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Hamilton, July 2021

Just a Gwai Lo - Sun, 07/25/2021 - 22:29

I attended a Hamilton Honey Badgers game.

Published by Richard on July 25th, 2021

Reflections on a Year of Studying Mandarin Chinese with Duolingo

Just a Gwai Lo - Mon, 07/19/2021 - 13:49

Having someone to speak with and continuously practicing writing is essential in learning a language.

Published by Richard on July 19th, 2021

Sixteen Months of Sheltering in Place

Just a Gwai Lo - Tue, 07/13/2021 - 20:15

Toronto is opening up even further.

Published by Richard on July 13th, 2021

Toronto Islands July 2021

Just a Gwai Lo - Mon, 07/05/2021 - 21:35

I spent the afternoon on Toronto Islands.

Published by Richard on July 5th, 2021

Spring Stations 2021

Just a Gwai Lo - Fri, 07/02/2021 - 22:33

I love art you can touch or site on or walk inside, and did so with all of the art exhibits at Spring Stations this year.

Published by Richard on July 2nd, 2021

Fifteen Months of Sheltering in Place

Just a Gwai Lo - Sun, 06/13/2021 - 18:41

Toronto feels like a city again.

Published by Richard on June 13th, 2021

There's a Frood Who Really Knows Where His Towel Is

Just a Gwai Lo - Tue, 05/25/2021 - 19:56

I celebrate Towel Day every May 25th as an homage to my favourite author, Douglas Adams.

Published by Richard on May 25th, 2021

Fourteen Months of Sheltering in Place

Just a Gwai Lo - Thu, 05/13/2021 - 14:33

I got my first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.

Published by Richard on May 13th, 2021

The King-Liberty Village Pedestrian/Cycle Bridge

Just a Gwai Lo - Mon, 04/19/2021 - 22:22

I visited the bridge over the course of its construction and today, its opening day.

Published by Richard on April 19th, 2021

Thirteen Months of Sheltering in Place

Just a Gwai Lo - Tue, 04/13/2021 - 20:43

A month and a year of staying at home as the weather warms.

Published by Richard on April 13th, 2021

Grange Park Heritage

Just a Gwai Lo - Sun, 04/04/2021 - 19:18

12 degrees Celsius and sunny during “Spring” in Toronto was the perfect weather to do a tour from the book Toronto Architecture: A City Guide by Patricia McHugh and Alex Bozikovic. Ontario lifted its "strict stay-at-home order" last month, so I no longer felt guilty about wanting to visit the neighbourhood adjacent to mine.

Published by Richard on April 4th, 2021

A Year of Sheltering in Place

Just a Gwai Lo - Sat, 03/13/2021 - 18:45

After 12 full months of working from home during a global respiratory pandemic, I'm not sure I learned a lot.

Published by Richard on March 13th, 2021

Eleven Months of Sheltering in Place

Just a Gwai Lo - Sat, 02/13/2021 - 13:34

Things are going about as well as one could hope while stuck at home.

Published by Richard on February 13th, 2021

Adherence to Rule Number One Leads to Loss in Rocket League

The Gaming Years - Wed, 02/10/2021 - 13:28

Let me set the scene. I’m up 4-3 in 1-on-1 mode in Rocket Leauge. This is a casual match, an opportunity for to warm up before hitting the ranked 2-on-2 competition. There’s about a minute left, with the ball in my opponent’s side of the court, so I’m setting up to save a shot from long range. (I’m positioned to the side of my net since it’s easier to move east-west to do a save like this than it is to move north-south.) My opponent dribbles, and, I suspect, lost control of the ball and is not able to get a shot off. As luck would have it, we end up locking the fronts of our cars.

Even before I knew it was unwritten rule number one of Rocket League, every time I ever locked up with an opponent, I always find it funny and keep doing it. In a team setting, I quickly realized it took that opponent out of the play, letting my teammate(s) take over. A 3-on-3 becomes a 2-on-2, a 2-on-2 becomes a 1-on-1. In a 1-on-1 situation, a lockup becomes a 0-on-0, which both makes no sense in terms of strategy, and is hilarious! Unless…

In this case, I was ahead with a minute left, and I think to myself “Great! If my opponent adheres to Rule #1, all I have to do is run out the clock!” So I pursue that strategy. Watch the video below to see it play out:

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To my chagrin, Rocket League interprets a lockup between two 1-on-1 opponents as idle time, even though I’m flooring the gas, and moving because I had a very slight edge. Not knowing the timeout time, I thought the clock would run out first, and I would get the win. I don’t know who ended up with the win, either my opponent or myself, and since the stakes were so low, it doesn’t matter. But I found it very funny, and I’m very unlikely to find myself in that situation again.

Adherence to Rule Number One Leads to Loss in Rocket League was originally published in The Gaming Years on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story.

Ten Months of Sheltering in Place

Just a Gwai Lo - Wed, 01/13/2021 - 19:34

This is the new year, and we are still "locked down" (if you want to call it that).

Published by Richard on January 13th, 2021

University of Toronto Heritage

Just a Gwai Lo - Fri, 01/01/2021 - 20:52

Over the course of a month, I visited the University of Toronto to take an architectural tour.

Published by Richard on January 1st, 2021

Nine Months of Sheltering in Place

Just a Gwai Lo - Sun, 12/13/2020 - 22:22

“‘Tis a fine shutdown, but sure ‘tis no lockdown, English.”

Published by Richard on December 13th, 2020

Naming

Just a Gwai Lo - Fri, 11/20/2020 - 22:21

I name my computing devices after minor characters in the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy series.

Published by Richard on November 20th, 2020

University Heritage

Just a Gwai Lo - Sat, 11/14/2020 - 18:33

Faced with the need to get some sunshine and exercise the day before it was expected to rain in Toronto, I took a walking architectural tour of University Avenue.

Published by Richard on November 14th, 2020

Eight Months of Sheltering in Place

Just a Gwai Lo - Fri, 11/13/2020 - 22:36

This is the end of the beginning.

Published by Richard on November 13th, 2020

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