Geek Ink Updates: Weekend away, flu, and things done while sick

A very painful throat on Sunday turned into a snotty nose on Monday which turned into three days of lying in bed coughing and sneezing. At least my body is finally starting to overcome this damn flu.

I decided to put pen to paper for yet another catchup post since I was sick this week and my mental energy is pretty low at the moment. So what awesome things did I get up to before and during my flu?

Before the flu, I had the pleasure of waking up to this view:

Holiday vacation Cape Town

A friend of mine invited a whole bunch of us over to his family’s holiday home last weekend and, contrary to what I expected, I actually had a great time. The fact that I was expecting to have a bad time was no indication of the company I was keeping, since the company I keep tends to be pretty awesome. I was expecting to have a bad time since I spend a lot of time alone and time alone was going to be virtually non-existent over the weekend.

Yes, it did sound a lot like an introvert’s nightmare.

Thankfully, it seemed that I wasn’t the only one who needed some non-social time. A few of my friends ended up on couches with a book or laptop, and I quite happily sat on my mattress on the floor and watched some anime. By the end of the weekend, what really surprised me was the only reason I felt like I needed to come back was my really sore throat, and my slight sleep deprivation (my own fault for sleeping in front of the fireplace near the kitchen).

However, by Monday I realised my sore throat had not been caused my smoke inhalation from braaing. My sore throat was accompanied by a nose that was now dripping with snot. My symptoms got progressively worse until Tuesday, when I realised that I was indeed quite ill, and needed to stay at home and sleep it off.

During this time that I was trapped in my bed under my comfy, warm duvet, I decided to catch up on a whole ton of anime that I was interested in. I started watching Ore Monogatari!!, or My Love Story, which is about a high school boy with a heart of gold and the body of a gorilla. Being anime, I need to clarify that he doesn’t literally have the actual body of a gorilla, but he is tall, less than easy on the eyes, and built like a brick shithouse. I’ll be doing a proper first impressions post for it, but it’s a very sweet story so far, and I had a lot of fun in the first five episodes.

ore monotagari
Ore Monotagari!!

The viewing of this was interrupted by one of the best drama’s I have watched in a very, very long time. This drama is called Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso, or Your Lie in April for all you English speaking folk out there. The story follows a young piano prodigy who had a mental breakdown after his mother’s death, and how he rediscovers his ability to play thanks to a young violinist he meets.

Holy. Shit.

I watched thirteen episodes over a day and a half, which for me is incredibly unusual, and only occurs when something really hits home for me. From what I’ve seen so far, Your Lie in April is flat out one of the best shows I have seen in a very long time. It does have its faults, like it occasionally slipping into melodrama territory, and the humour not always working, but when it gets to you, boy does it get to you! Again, I will be covering it properly in another post, but if you’re bored and looking for something to watch, just do yourself a favour and check it out.

Your Lie in April Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso
Your Lie in April

I have also had the great pleasure of spending some time with Guns of Icarus, a small indie multiplayer game where players pilot airships and engage in aerial combat. Players have to work together to destroy enemy airships which are piloted by other players. You do this by taking on the role of an engineer, gunner, or pilot on board your own airship. It’s a really fun title that really comes into its own when playing with a microphone, and has a ton of depth to it. Again, a more detailed post is coming up, but it’s only on sale for the low, low price of $3.79 until the 29th of May. That’s less than a McDonalds burger meal in South Africa, so you have no excuse not to buy it first and ask questions later.

Here’s a quick look at what the game is about:


So that’s it for this week folks! Have an awesome weekend and I’ll see you next week!





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