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No Man's Sky Astrophotography.

I recently took a break from playing Hitman 2.  I was playing it a lot, and if you're a regular reader of my twice-weekly blog entries you already know how I feel about that game.  But variety is the spice of life, so they say, and I needed to step away from the meticulous planning and puzzle solving of Hitman 2.  So I stepped out of Agent 47's signature suit (or whatever disguise he happened to be wearing) and stepped back into my spacesuit for a return to No Man's Sky. Within moments, I ...

On the Matter of Practice

I've recently taken up competitive shooting as a hobby, and it's left me thinking a lot about what it means to practice. In art and other creative type things, practice usually means “doing the thing a lot.” You make lots of art. Draw lots of things. Make lots of paintings. You get good by doing. But drawing all the time isn't necessarily “practice,” now is it? Practice is studying with your hands. It is a critical and often methodical examination of an activity combined with the repe...