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012 - 4/20/21

Whoo boy, it's been a while.

Sorry I haven't updated everyone in a while. Do you ever get into habits of complacency that really aren't good for anyone? That's what happened. One day where I stayed up late working on homework turned into another day, and another, which eventually just became me sitting at my computer doing nothing important. I want to get in the habit of turning to my activities, rather than video games or YouTube, when I need something to do. I'll try to actively work on that for now, but I'm back.

We played our first volleyball game last week, and we played our second today. For those of you who don't know, I have played volleyball now for six years. The sport is absolutely fantastic. It has gained a lot of traction recently because of the entrance into the mainstream of an anime about volleyball, and as a result many more people are taking up the game.

I've been thinking a lot about what exactly makes volleyball, and other sports like it, just so much fun to play. Sure, part of it is the competition, and part of it is the creativity, but surely there is something about the way you hit the ball, something about how the game itself is actually played, that causes it to be so much fun. I think it would make a really interesting experiment to figure out why exactly humans like to design games for exercise.

In other news, I started learning Ancient Greek yesterday. I don't frankly know if I'll continue, since one thing I'm very consistent in is not being consistent with what I learn. In the past year, I've tried to learn Japanese, French, Italian, French, Icelandic, French, and Norwegian. So there's a high probability that this Ancient Greek will be dropped remarkably quickly.

But the language is really interesting. I've only learned the alphabet, as well as skimmed the chapters, but it seems (grammatically) similar to Latin, in that it is very pattern-based. I also find it funny how similar the language is to what I already know. Many of the letters are letters in the Latin script as well, but many I know from years of math. Who's someone who likes physics who doesn't see Δ and recognize it instantly?

That's all for tonight. I'll try to be better about this in the future.

Good hunting.

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