After two months of self isolation

As many around the globe, the past weeks I’ve mainly been spending my time at home in order to slow down the spread of the new coronavirus. Time has moved forward surprisingly well, although the lack of variation between days has made sense of time a bit fuzzy. Still, what have I been up to lately (apart from work)?

Music in different formats

Most of my free time I’ve been sticking to my most common hobby, listening to music. For instance, I’ve been going through my old c-cassette collection. Yes, the sound quality is quite modest (especially through an old portable player plugged into my stereo system), but it’s fun to notice all those small defects and drops in sound here and there were still accurately imprinted in my memory. Seems weird c-cassettes are a thing now, however. This is still a bothersome format.

My old trusty Walkman. While the auto reverse feature is broken, it otherwise works pretty well. This will be my emergency device if there will be a nation wide power failure.

I’ve also spent a little cash on Bandcamp in a modest supporting gesture to various bands (mainly local ones). While I applaud the platform for being one of the most direct ways to support an artist (as opposed to something like Spotify), it still feels a bit inefficient (financial-wise) to give a few euros to a band or artist how hasn’t received any support before me (at least through Bandcamp). Well, it’s the gesture that counts, I hope.

Revisiting the PlayStation

Videogaming was something I haven’t been doing for years, but now I played two PS3 games I owned but never bothered to play them through. One being Spec Ops: The Line and the other Valkyria Chronicles. Both are war games, but completely different not only in gameplay, but story as well. Spec Ops was a rather gritty Apocalypse Now! goes Dubai (with no happy ending), while Valkyria had a typical melodramatic Japanese storyline of how solidarity, friendship and love triumphs over the brutalities of war.

Playing these games was a decent pastime, but I don’t feel like starting a new game for awhile. Well, apart from Civilization 6 maybe…

Updating the gadget in my pocket

My daily servant for over five years – the iPhone 5S – was finally replaced by a new iPhone SE. I did consider for a moment an Android phone, but in the end I wanted convenience from my daily tool and that is what I got: all my data (including photos) and settings were easily transferred to my new phone and I had practically nothing new to learn from my new companion.

Also, since the phone has five times more processing power and three times more memory than the previous one, I experienced wonders like apps loading instantly. Let’s see if I can stick with this for the next five years, as that has been the average lifespan for all my cell phones the past twenty years.

Mobile phone evolution from the past twenty years (plus the new iPhone SE). I guess I keep the retired ones around because they all have been central gadgets in my daily life.

Doing the basic stuff

At the start of this isolation I didn’t do much exercising, cooking or reading as much as I would have hoped, but now I’ve been doing some routine exercise drills daily and noticed I’ve already run way over half the amount of kilometers I ran last year, so I’m pleased with that.

On top of that, I’ve been reading Jeff Vandermeer’s Southern Reach trilogy, purely just because I happened to watch a movie earlier based on it. The story is interesting enough to make me bother reading the next chapter after another, so I’m relieved that I’m still able to sit tight and read something longer than ten minutes.

So although times are exceptional, I’ve managed to live quite an ordinary life. I hope it will stay safely like this through the pandemic, however long it will eventually last.

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