The particles of an atom decide to hang out outside of work one day and go to a bar. When they get there the Proton says, “Barkeep I’d like a beer with a shot of whiskey, a shot of rum and a shot of Irish Creme in it.” The bartender is surprised and asks “Are you sure?” and the Proton affirms”I’m positive!” Then it’s the Neutron’s turn and he looks at what the Proton ordered and says “I’ll have what he’s having” and the bartender takes one good look at him and hands him the drink “For you, no charge.” Now by this time the election realizes he’s the lightweight of the group and tells the guys he’s going to split. And the proton and neutron say goodbye, “Alright but we’ll see you around.”
"You might not realise, but real life is a game of strategy. There are some fun mini-games – like dancing, driving, running, and sex – but the key to winning is simply managing your resources.
Most importantly, successful players put their time into the right things. Later in the game money comes into play, but your top priority should always be mastering where your time goes.”
This post from one of my favorite Internet people, Oliver Emberton, is great. Sure, life really can’t be boiled down so easily but this is a fun pseudo strategy guide framed around cute video game tropes.
I found the section on “Finding A Partner” to be particularly accurate:
"Attraction is a complex mini-game in itself, but mostly a byproduct of how you’re already playing. If you have excellent state and high skills, you’re far more attractive already. A tired, irritable, unskilled player is not appealing, and probably shouldn’t be looking for a relationship.
Early in the game it can be common to reject and be rejected by other players. This is normal, but unfortunately it can drain your state, as most players don’t handle rejection or rejecting well. You’ll need to expend willpower to keep going, and willpower is replenished by sleep, so give it time.”
Go check out the whole post, which is full of great illustrations and fun, video game-laden writing.
HAPPY WEEKEND! Here’s a fun read to bring you out of the work week.