Completed the Dark World last night in Adventure Mode, earning the “Defeat [spoiler]” challenge and putting me at fifty-one challenges complete. Woo, progress!
Most humiliating defeat: I lost a fight to a pichu CPU. Wasn’t even a Legendary pichu. Overconfidence can be a slow and insidious killer. I re-matched and promptly curb-stomped him, but the shame still lingers.
Most humiliating victory: During the Legendary Mecha Ridley Spirit Battle, I won not through skill, but through CPU stupidity. Ridley was wiping the floor with me in a Stamina battle. I had under 20hp left, he still had over 100hp. He successfully captured me in a grab and… walked off the stage. His hitbox hit the edge before mine did, and he handily snatched defeat from the jaws of certain victory. I don’t deserve that win, but I’ll take it.
In other news, I’ve been listening to the Crash Course channel on YouTube. I have a one hour commute to and from work, and while I’ve normally been listening to my Spotify, I’ve lately been craving alternative forms of auditory engagement. I suppose this is the start of a slippery slope leading to pod-casts and audio books.
I finished their World History 2 playlist yesterday, and started their Big History playlist on the drive this morning.
I’ve learned more about the history of Islam, China, and Africa from watching their videos than I ever did in high school. I also found their video on the Dutch East India Trading Company quite interesting, as I was heretofore unaware of the extent of their power and prominence on the historical stage. While it’s nigh impossible to discuss those topics from an american perspective without significant Western and Eurocentric bias, I feel they’ve done an admirable job acknowledging their biases and attempting to filter them out. Which itself is probably a biased feeling on my part. Bias is tricky.
I’m a few episodes in to the Big History playlist, and while it’s largely been information I was already familiar with, there’s been a refreshing amount of new details filling some of the gaps in my understanding of the historical narrative, some of which I had not been aware were gaps. I’m going to have to re-watch this series and do some wikipedia binging to flesh out this new information.