Nigmabox Rundown (8/05-8/11) The Next Level In A Dungeon Called School

So, this past week I completed the final class in my undergraduate.  That means that I am set to receive my bachelor’s in accounting soon, but in order to really succeed as an accountant, I will need to obtain a master’s in the subject, and then take a year long test in order to prove that I have what it takes to become a certified public accountant.  Seeing the long path in front of me, I really do not see this as a cause for celebration, as I am simply going to need to keep doing what I have been doing for the past two years, but this time at night school. Part of me is a little fatigued at how what is the end of schooling for most people is, for me, just another level in a 20-year-long game, but I’ve gotta do what I’ve gotta do.
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Nigmabox Rundown (7/29-8/04) Natalie Got A Switch Part 2

So remember how I said that I purchased an audio mixer for my Switch?  Yeah, that was a dumb idea, because as it turns out I could just have the audio from my Switch go into my computer via the microphone port and have that play back to me, but then I had to confront the horrors of ground loops, which ultimately led me to buying an isolator.  All so I could most comfortably use the Switch, which is a nifty enough system, except for some weird oversights. So far it is just minor things like, why do I need to hold down the physical power button on the system and then select an option to turn the system off opposed to simply using a menu?  Or why can’t I move around my game library or change the size of the icons. Seriously, this is stuff that Nintendo figured out years ago, and should be pretty basic to implement.
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Nigmabox Rundown (7/22-7/28) Natalie Bought A Switch!

As I claimed I would a few months ago, I finally picked up my very own Nintendo Switch.  It was a purchasing decision I finalized after gaining a second job by sheer happenstance, but in buying both the system and the necessary items for me to properly enjoy it, I found up feeling a bit irked.  $255 for the system, $60 for a controller, $45 for Super Mario Odyssey, and $35 for an SD card.  Oh, but in order to get secondary systems to work with my setup in my bedroom, I also needed to get two male to male audio cables and an audio mixer, totaling $50.  Do the math like you’re Atari before they were bought by Infogrames and after they were sold by Warner Communications, and that’s $445. Video games, man. They’re expensive.
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Nigmabox Rundown (7/15-7/21) Cultural Apathy Rising!

Something that has become very obvious to me over the years is how disconnected I have become from various other aspects of “nerd culture” to the point where the only thing I follow is video games, occasionally catching wind of an anime, show, or film, while rarely ever partaking in any of those.  This was not a conscious decision, I simply just lost interest in many of these things and let them be as they were, focusing more on the few things I care deeply about, and trying to make time for them as I gradually gain more and more responsibilities. I bring this up mostly because it is Comic Con, and there is much fervor about various announcements, most of which I really couldn’t care less for.  Well, except for the trailer for the Invader Zim movie, which looks pretty cool.
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Nigmabox Rundown (7/08-7/14) No Child Can Understand The Past

Something that I noticed as being common sentiment amongst a few burgeoning adults whom I follow for their work is the idea that children of the culture and modern day will be and are unable to understand aspects of the past.  Claiming that the idea of modern conveniences such as smartphones, the internet, and various services will be so ubiquitous with everyday life that they will be incapable of understanding an earlier era in human history. It is a notion that has always annoyed me, as it runs contrary to my experience as a young child, where I was able to understand the idea of a world without things like washing machines, electricity, and grocery stores from an early age.  It was not a full understanding, but I was able to imagine what that was like and gained some understanding. I mean, if there is one thing about children that you should not underestimate, it’s their imaginations.
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Nigmabox Rundown (7/01-7/07) Natalie Is Nuts

So, I recently did a log of all of the stories I wanted to write, coming up with the basic concepts, and telling myself that I should be able to put one out a year.  Or in other words, the thing I did back in 2015 before I had a change of plans, yet I am trying it again now, a mere 3 years later, and after I spent two years on a single novel.  It is because of this that I am utterly nuts, and to prove just how nuts I am, I made a simple little schedule of what I am going to try and write and when. It’ll only take me a decade or so to get through it…
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Nigmabox Rundown (6/24-6/30) It’s All My Fault!

I’ve probably mentioned this before, but when I encounter something in my day to day life, either at work or at home, and I have some level of involvement in the general going-ons, I typically associate all forms of bad things that occur as being, in some way, shape, or form, as being my fault.  This includes things I was completely unaware of, that I was not informed of, that I literally could not prevent, and ones that did not directly involve me. It is a sense of guilt and responsibility that is likely a mutation of some moral values I picked up as a child, and carried with me as a core component of my personality, which results in me stressing out at my part time job far more than I reasonably should, to the point that I sometimes cause myself stomach pains.  Anyways, time for video games!
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