A Journal in Time

Myriad Writings from the Desk of Isyldar

MYST 25th Anniversary Kickstarter

Without a doubt, the single, #1 favourite game series of all time, for me, is that created by Cyan: MYST. Their worlds, known as Ages within game lore are absolutely stunning. Even the worlds created back in 1995 when they took the world by storm in being the number 1 game-seller (as I recall).

Now they’re re-releasing all their games, re-tweaked for modern hardware so that we can enjoy them all over again. (Trust me, I will for sure!) This time around, though, they’re doing it via Kickstarter. Much like they did with Obduction. (Oh, BTW, if you haven’t checked that game out…go, do it now. It was also fantastic!) Their Kickstarter campaign is over here: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1252280491/myst-25th-anniversary-collection and will be worth every moment of your time to check it out, and every dollar you wish to donate. The rewards are all fantastic, in true Cyan fashion. (I mean, WORKING LINKING BOOK?!?!?!?! I’m sold.)

And since it’s related, here’s a link the post on the same topic at an old fansite of mine for MYST Online : URU Live (Now MO:UL Again):

Saturday Morning

It’s Saturday. Morning. Like, really morning. I’m up, have taken my wife to work, had breakfast out on the deck while I watched an anime show on Crunchyroll. I’ve had time to peruse Facebook, and spend 20 minutes looking for my iPad keyboard so that I could muck around on WordPress. It’s not even 9am yet!!!

It’s actually kind of chilly out here on the deck. The sun, while slowly climbing towards zenith is still behind some really large trees, and also the high-rise behind them. I’ll probably wish that was the case later on when it hits near 30 celsius this afternoon. Such is life.

Now I feel like I ought to figure out what I’m going to do with the rest of my weekend. Probably some house chores. Gods know that there’s never any end to them. Plus they’ve pretty much been ignored all week; so I ought to do some dishes and laundry at least. 🙂 That takes care of this morning.

What about this afternoon?

I have a proverbial tonne of reading that I need to catch up on; both in news articles, and books that I’ve purchased over the last <forever> that I haven’t gotten to. But if I spend the afternoon reading, I’ll probably end up taking a rather long nap; and there will go Saturday.


On a completely different note, I had an interesting spark of thought this morning as I was coming home. I’ve been working at the new job as Support Web Developer for almost two months now; and apart from the fact, that I still haven’t done much actual work on websites, I’ve noticed something in my own way of interacting with my co-workers. I have an urge to pass on knowledge. A big one.

I’m finding often-times, that I’m having to hold back in conversations, because I just want to expound on how much I know on a subject, whether it’s needed or not. I feel I really need to hold back, given I’m the rookie on the job, howevermuch I’m the only guy in the department. But that’s what really led me to notice this.

In my previous job, I did a lot of training. Day-to-day stuff, sure; but more than that as well. As a retail manager, you are pretty much solely responsible for making sure that your entire team knows what they need to know in order to do their jobs and live up to your expectations. To that end, I was always guiding, teaching, and informing the people that I worked with; and, that extended to non-work-related things as well. You just learn so much about the world sometimes that you have to share. 🙂

Back to my spark of thought: what if, down the road, I went into teaching? There’s nothing really, apart from education that holds someone back from that I think. And in my mind, education is just a matter of taking the course and learning the material. Actually learning it, of course, and not just passing the class. 😀

At the very least, it’s worth considering. It’s not an entirely new thought, really. It’s soething that has been in the back of my mind for years and years; but, I was never (and am not) entirely sure it would hold enough challenge for me. I might even be good at it. Hard to say. There’s also the fact that whenever I imagine teaching, I am imagining teaching in a high school setting; and that poses a challenge all its own in regards to stress levels…which I’m not sure I’m up for.

So, at the very least this idea is going back up on the shelf for a while; but, I’ll keep an eye on it and take it down from time to time for consideration. You always need a backup plan after all.



Where to start?

It is true, that I have been away from a lot of my creative, and developmental work for a longer time than I would have liked to be. Before this past fall, I hadn’t even really done much work development-wise, let alone creatively. Thankfully, I have a guild that I belong to in a popular MMORPG that had me pick up my rather dusty (and even rusty!) skills, and get back to work with them on the website for said guild.

It’s been a long process, and I still haven’t got everything back that I had before. I really need to pick up on the old php and javascript stuff that I used to know so well. Let alone Python. Still, that should be relatively easy to do. I just need a project for myself to dive headfirst into, and start creating things from the ground up again to make it happen.

But those aren’t the only things that I have on the “things I want to do” list. So much reading, writing, creating. There are courses, even, that I think I would like to take to help me develop my creative and developmental skills…but I certainly don’t have the funding for that right now; nor the time to see it happen.

That brings me to the other stuff in my life; what many would argue, would be the more important stuff in life. The people around me, the everyday stuff that needs to get done like house chores. How on earth does everyone else get all this stuff “looked after” or kept up, while pursuing all the other things they want, and still hold down a job? Lord knows the job I’ve got right now demands every last minute I care to grant it. And the projects around the house (many of which I have put off for a very long time), don’t seem to be getting themselves done without my intervention. In fact, they seem to have multiplied somehow…WTF?

So, where do I start? What thread brings me to the beginning of the unravelling (and thus completing) of all the things that I want to do?

Alas, this is a complaint, and a struggling point that I have been dealing with my entire life. One of those blastedly annoying cyclical things that will ever come back to bite me. As ever, I’m going to have to evalute what time I want to spend doing what, and probably scale back some of the liesure activities that I’m partaking in, in order to accomplish the other things that I want to.

One of these days they will find a way for me to be in sixteen places at once; sure they will.


A trip

We’re heading out to visit the family in Boissevain today. Only been a couple weeks since I was out there for a visit, but frequency is nice. 🙂 So long as they don’t get bored with us I suppose. Hee.

This time Lucette is coming with me so the trip won’t be so quiet in the car… Or maybe it will. She will probably sleep the whole way there.

Still, looking forward to the visit and maybe even taking some photos with this new gizmo I call a phone.





A thousand people must have written something similar over the ages, or thought these same thoughts. Still, I penned something tonight that I would like to share. Here it is:

No easy path to follow,
never a smooth road to walk.
Never a hill that needn’t be climbed,
never a mountain that one need not ascend.

Always a field that must be sewn,
never a crop that needn’t be harvested.

To live is to work at life each and every single day.
Do not let life’s toils keep you discouraged.

Enjoy the trip, the journey, the trek.
It is you who chooses the landscape to traverse,
and it is you who must reach journey’s end.


Seasons Change

Winter’s gone, and spring has come.
Summer too now is through.
We look now to fall that it may come,
and bring us its glow, many coloured hue.

Listen now, the seasons go, spring and summer,
winter too. Summer to end, and winter to come.
Let the leaves change, and the day grow short.
Summer is done, and winter must come.


A Project

So many times, we just need that project to come along. You know the one. You’ve been ignoring something for years; some skill that you used to enjoy. Something that would absorb every last ounce of any free attention you had. Who knows why you stopped paying it attention, but you did. Now you have a new project again; and you’re enthralled.

That’s me right now. I’ve truly been out of web development for a couple of years now; but now I have a project again. Some friends of mine are looking into migrating their site services to a new provider and service, and I’ve been tasked with the project. Well, more to be true, I volunteered. 🙂 And wow does it ever feel good to be back in the seat again. I’ve got tons of work to do in order to make this project viable, and find the right solution; but I am looking forward to it.



On a flight to convention for work right now.  No wifi or Internet of any kind right now, and besides watching TV or reading a book I’m at a little bit of a loss as to what to do to entertain myself. There’s a number of things that I would ime to be doing right now,  but which would require an active Internet connection. I suppose that I will at some point just acquiesce and read my book or magazine.

Still,  when are the days coming where we wl be able to have access to Internet on all flights and not just those few with certain airlines?

Don’t get me wrong; as I have said before,  I greatly advocate disconnecting from the great communications network of ce in a while. But there really are a great many situations where having access to it would be so awesome.


Incumbent-owned EnStream inks deal with Desjardins for NFC-based mobile payments

Incumbent-owned EnStream inks deal with Desjardins for NFC-based mobile payments http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/Mobilesyrup/~3/Ey-9Knqh-dA/

My comments later.



How often is it, that you look back on things? How often do you wonder at, wish for, or just desire that things were, as they once were? I think perhaps it is natural; though I know not as yet just what purpose it serves. I too, do it often; to my detriment, though also pleasure, every single day.

I reminisce. I consider. I ponder the possibilities both past and future. All this, and more cross my mind of a moment; of an hour, of a life.

What once was, though so often we would have it back, cannot so often be. What could be, as ever ought, we will not come to see.

Such is life. We must find a way to enjoy it. Relax, and amuse. Live.