A journal by Mann 男, a twenty-four year old in Sydney, Australia who loves design, games and riding. A reasonably competent programmer and enthusiastic writer. More about.

RATATATATATAT and other blasting noises, through Borderlands 2


After 35 hours, my partner and I finished Borderlands 2 on the PC. It is a linear World of Warcraft with guns that you can play co-operatively. Although it has all the mechanics of a MMORPG that has been scaled down to at most four people – like random loot, chains of quests, and incremental leveling/a skill tree – it is at heart, a marvelous display of what happens when you let your game development team be as funny, creative and out there as they want. We spent so many moments just laughing at the humour imbued in our campaign. Continue reading ‘RATATATATATAT and other blasting noises, through Borderlands 2’

Flying kites at the beach


Believe it or not, one of my personal dreams is to go fly a kite. It’s not a dream or goal but its a bit of whimsy that I’ve wanted to partake in since forever.

My partner and his best friend spent the day taking me to stores to pick out a pirate kite and then fly it at the beach. You should have seen my face. My delighted squeals set off car alarms. Continue reading ‘Flying kites at the beach’

Origami Swans


I’ve had this origami book lying about for a very long time. It was given to me on graduation night for being one of the top 3. I asked the partner if he’d be interested in trying it out and after an enthusiastic reply, we decided to make a day of it. Continue reading ‘Origami Swans’

Soundtrack to life


It’s odd but no matter what part of my life I’m in, there seems to always be an accompanying soundtrack or album – pieces of music to set the mood, parallel the energy of my direction or feelings, and melodies forever ingrained in the memories forged by that period. Continue reading ‘Soundtrack to life’