ActionSomnia

A new sniglet, to describe my current condition.

Definition: This is what happens when you either a) watch an action/adventure movie or b) play a video game late at night. Your mind gets revved up because you feel like you’re in the action with the added problem that your body was just sitting there still for a while.

The recent trigger for this was playing Return of the King which is pretty cool, since it blends parts of the Lord of the Rings movies as well as derived cut scenes seamlessly with the introduction of each level. At the end of each level, there is also a wrap-up movie snippet. The sandwiching of the level makes the game much more immersive than other games in the genre. Plus it is cool to be playing as Samwise, Gandalf, Aragorn, and the rest of the beloved Lord of the Rings characters.

Solution: Don’t do that. But late at night is one of the only times I can get to play games like this (or watch action movies), since the little ones are asleep. I did try doing this early in the morning as well, combined with a workout routine to take advantage of this mental state. However, that didn’t last, since like many programmers I know, I’m not a morning person.

Its too bad that we: A. have to live with the Digital Millenium Copyright Act, which says that I can’t take my DVDs and put them on a device like an iPod Video and B. don’t have something like an iPod Video (yes I know there are other devices, but really I’d like an iPod that holds all of my songs, all of my pictures, and all of my movies, including home movies, movies I’ve bought, and movies that I’m currently borrowing from NetFlix.)

If we could overcome these two obstacles, perhaps the best solution is to find sometime during the day when you really needed a break or when you’re feeling a little slow, and go take a walk and watch a few scenes from an action movie, for example when Neo spars with Morpheus in The Matrix along with when Neo and Trinity storm the building lobby. Then you don’t lose any sleep and you boost your energy level during the day.