It's been a busy few weeks. Our company launched it's product at GDC. I saw snow for the first time in over 20 years. And I turned 29 - last year of my twenties...
Firstly, the Game Developer's Conference
was awesome. We had heaps of people try out
our neuroheadset, and they had good experiences with it. Keep an eye out for Emotiv
in the news over the next few months and, if you're in the US, on the shelves closer to Christmas!
For a bit of R&R after GDC, we headed up to Heavenly
at Lake Tahoe with a few friends. It was the first time I'd seen snow since I was 6 years old, so I was very excited - and very nervous. I normally don't cope well with cold weather, since I have poor circulation. I was also a little nervous about skiing for the first time - I have TERRIBLE coordination.
As it turns out, the cold wasn't too much of an issue - I just wish that wearing so many layers of clothing were practical for every day use. But skiing just didn't work for me.
We started with the beginners lesson. First they had us run around in our ski boots. Fine. Then we put one ski on and practice some basic skating. No problem. Both skis, skating on the flat, great. Then we tried taking the tow up to the top of the bunny slopes. I fell off, slid backwards down the slope and landed in a snowdrift under a tree, which dropped more snow on top of me.
That was the worst, although probably the softest, fall I had on the skis, but the only natural aptitude I showed with skis was a natural ability to fall over. I'd panic when I couldn't slow down enough when I wanted to, and fall over. I'd panic every time I got halfway through a turn, and fall over. I spent the whole afternoon falling down one of the easiest green circle trails available. My friends helped me out with improving - by the end of the afternoon I could just about take a turn without panicking, or at least without falling over in a panic. They assured me that they were most amused by the experience of watching me fall down a mountain in stages.
So the next day, having decided that skiing really didn't seem to be for me, I decided to try snowboarding. It was awesome! Despite the fact that it was snowing heavily and we had to go inside several times to defrost and get the feeling back in our fingers and toes, I enjoyed it far, far more. I could actually control a snowboard. I could turn reasonably well before we were even halfway through the lesson. It was great, and I'll definitely be back to try that experience again.
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