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Aug. 1st, 2016 02:26 am
milesy: Acrylic painting of Kermit the Frog (Default)
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milesy: (Sjin)
Oof. It's been a few days, but I've been getting into a really bad habit of finishing my stream and then going straight to bed. Which I still almost did today, but then I remembered that it's been a while. I need to catch up on my f-list. I'll probably do that tomorrow.

I also need to catch up on my tags. I'll probably pretend to do that tomorrow. The problem is that the Pokémon project has reached a point where I feel intensely guilty if I'm doing anything remotely fun. The good news is I finally started on the last one tonight! I'll probably be able to finish him tomorrow. And I've promised myself that if I can finish him tomorrow, I'll give myself a three-day weekend of no streaming or stitching or anything, and just let myself tool around on the internet while I edit videos. I'm optimistic about this happening, considering how simple this last Pokémon is.

BUT! Speaking of catching up on my tags, I finally heard back from the mods! I actually heard back a couple of days ago, but I've been busy with these damn Pokémon. Everything is totally cool and approved to go, which was a big release of stress. There was apparently some confusion in what I was asking, so that's why things seem to have been delayed. But the technicalities of what I'm doing aren't going to factor in or be a problem for anything or anyone, so now all I have to do is wait until I get to the point within the story where the thing I want to happen will be able to happen. I'm aiming for September/October, but I asked early just because if it's something I wasn't allowed to do in the main game, I'd have to already start adjusting some of the stuff I'm doing now to make sure that it could all fit. But I don't have to do that! Yay!

Husband started his new job today. It scared the hell out of me because I see someone walking past my window in broad daylight, and start messing around with my front door. While I'm streaming. I was very confused and concerned, and then I heard the keys in the door and realised that it was the new time he gets home from work. I think I'm going to have to really work on tweaking my schedule around his, but today was probably an outlier since I specifically wanted to run late to finish the Pokémon I was working on and get a start on the final one. Which I did! Yay!

I've got lots of stuff to share, but I'll hold only all of it until Saturday and just do a big media dump.
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I'm really bad at being on every day. But part of that has been because of the weekend and things like that.

Speaking of weekends, I finally have them now! I don't know if I mentioned that before, but it's a thing now. My husband starts a new job in a couple of days, and with that new job comes a rigid schedule. In the past, I've always had to centre my livestreams around when he wasn't going to be home, so we weren't competing for internet or to make sure he wasn't making noise that my mic can pick up. It's resulted in some very random, chaotic streams. But he works Saturday-Wednesday now, so I work Saturday-Wednesday now. Unfortunately, his hours have changed, so that's sort of screwed some things up. I like to stream for about six hours a day, but I don't want to do it right in the middle of the day. Nobody's online in the middle of the day. I start at 4pm and go until about 10pm (sometimes later if he's working overnight), and that seems to be the best time frame.

We talked about what him now working 11-7 means. We both decided that since he starts so late in the day, that it would be fine if I still went until 10pm, and then had dinner. And if he's hungry before then, he can make dinner.

I was supposed to stream yesterday, but because I was out for half the day, I decided to just do a weird IRL stream where I rescaped my fish tank. I bought some new snails and put them in, but they're very stubbornly not moving. Internet is telling me that they might not like either my water, or my shark. I did a small water change yesterday, but I'm going to do a big one in a little bit, and hope my groceries don't arrive while I'm doing that.


In game news, I still have not heard back from the mods, but apparently nobody has on issues they've been presenting. It's really starting to get me antsy, because I asked at least two weeks ago at this point. I told them that this is a thing that I realistically can't start until around October at the earliest, but I hope they didn't take that as indicating that I don't need an answer until then. :[
milesy: (Sjin)
I keep meaning to post, and then I wind up streaming until midnight and going straight to bed. Whoops. But I do finally have a proper schedule, because my husband finally has a proper schedule. His hours are going to shift earlier, which means that I could either shift mine earlier, or we could just make having a late dinner still a thing we do. Talking about it, he was fine with still having dinner around 10pm on nights that he works, with the caveat that if he's hungry before then, he can make something.

I stopped early tonight because I appear to have pulled something in my shoulder area, and there's a weird sharp pain every now and then, so I'm just gonna cool it with the stitching for a few days. Which is annoying because I still have this damn Pokémon thing to finish, but oh well. I sent an email off to my network letting them know what's going on, and they were understanding. Which, I'd have been surprised if they weren't, given everybody on YouTube has had corrupted video heartache before. I have decided that I'd rather just re-stitch those ones though, since my computer chair is super uncomfortable and would make me hate editing for a while. Considering how much I already think it's a ballache, let's avoid that and just re-shoot. I can still probably finish the lot of it off by mid-June, especially if I hustle.

I still haven't heard back from the mods on my plot, but at this point I'm going to work on the assumption that I can at least do part of it, if not the long-term goals I have with it. I have like, a month to just noodle around anyway, because I can't even take the next step until the end of June, since that's when other pre-arranged things with players is happening. But I can plan and put things together until then, so I should be fine. I also decided to pop back into the Discord, since having a proper day-to-day schedule will make it easier to arrange my free time.

And as a means of getting new ideas for things to do in between plot, I signed up for a [community profile] genprompt_bingo card. It might be kind of weird posting RP stuff over there, but I'm just here to have fun, and nobody has to read it. I'm gonna drop my card here, so I know where to find it. I really like the prompts I was given, and I think the opt-in model they use is really helpful in getting prompts that fit well with your canon. I've done bingo games before where half the prompts would either be wildly out of place, or wildly out of character, so this has me hopeful.

Bingo Card )
milesy: (Sjin)
I'm weirdly tired today, in a way that made me glad I got text-stormed with a convenient excuse to end my stream early. I usually end around 10pm, but I was dozing off pretty early today. Usually as long as the chat's active and giving me something to talk about, I can keep my energy up a lot easier, but it's been really quiet the last couple of days. I'm really bad at thinking of things to talk about while I'm trying to count stitches, which is something I really do need to work on because sometimes chat is just quiet. But I also need to do laundry, which I'm trying to get up the energy to get up and do. I might see how I feel tomorrow and spend the day editing videos instead of streaming.


Still haven't heard back properly from the mods yet on my plot. I'm really hoping to hear back by the end of the weekend, but I've kind of resigned myself to 1, that not happening, and 2, the answer being a no anyway. Every time I've emailed them about something and it's taken this long to get back to me, I've been told not to do the thing I want to do. I'll be very surprised of a positive answer at this point. But I'm also seriously considering dropping a bunch of my characters and going down to just two. It would kind of put a few other players in a slight bind, which is the only reason I haven't yet. I'd feel bad about that.

It's Saturday, so here's some things:

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milesy: (Sjin)
Heard back from the mods today. They need a little more time to confab, which I expected. I want to get the ball rolling on the planning, so I know what I'm working toward with the current plot, but I need to know the extent of what I'm able to do first. Half of me expects that I won't be able to actually do it, honestly. Which would be a shame, because I'd miss out on a lot of good plot device, but if it needs to happen, I can always do things in the background.

Part of me also thinks it probably won't matter, because the game might not be around in its current form by the point when any long-term goals can be realised. Which would be an awful bad shame, but it's gone down to less than a post a day at this point. I've tried a few times to bring some new players in, but they always seem to flake out at the last minute. I'm just not really sure where fandom hangs out anymore, is the problem. Oh well.

On the video front, both of the ones I filmed the other day are trash. I've decided I'm not filming them again. I can recover the video, but it's going to require frame by frame editing to cut out all of the bad frames. My plan is to pick a few days after I've edited everything else, and have a good, solid buffer of content, put on an audiobook, and fix both of them. I also just realised that I never took pictures of my stream projects tonight, but I'm too tired to get up and turn all the lights back on just for that. So I'll do it tomorrow after I've framed the one I finished.
milesy: Acrylic painting of Kermit the Frog (Default)
This Pokémon project is slowly killing me. It was so much work, and I don't know why I took it on, and now two of my videos got corrupted in a very particular way, and augh. At least the videos are salvageable, but in a way that will take several hours of frame-by-frame editing. But there are only five more to go. I can probably finish them quickly, and then go back to working on projects I want to work on. I'm just so tired, and I have hours of editing ahead of me, and bleh.

Also I'm feeling weirdly sick tonight out of nowhere. That's never good.

I'm going to be putting most of my free time into Milliways stuff. I was convinced to just go full YOLO, stupidly self-indulgent, so that's exactly what I'm going to do. All the dumb plots that are of no interest to anybody but me. I've got at least six months worth of stuff planned out, some which I've already got a bit of a start on. I need to make some icons for it, but I've already found my PBs, so that's not too big of an issue. I'll probably do that real quick before I go to bed, and upload them so they're ready when I need them, and I don't lose them on my massive hard drive anywhere. Because that's a thing that'll for sure happen. After that, I want to make sure all of my timeline stuff adds up properly, which will probably take at least a month to do. I've got the first bit of my self-indulgent fantasy already rolling, so that'll keep me busy until I can get everything totally sorted. It'll probably take a year to get through everything I want to get through, but that's fine. I need something to occupy myself with, and since only a few people really thread with me anymore, self-indulgent YOLO is exactly the way to go.

I'm also thinking about dropping the majority of my roster, and cutting back to just Wilford and Nichola. Mark and Dodger aren't really working as well as I'd wanted. I have a lot of ideas for them, but they're ideas that would probably better be suited to fanfic. So maybe I'll do that. I've played Xephos and Mycroft maybe twice since I've apped them, so there's not much point in keeping them around either. Mycroft just overwhelms me, because more people want to thread with him than I can handle, and his irritating smugness gives me a headache to maintain. Or I can just be super lazy and do the quiet fade with them. Maybe I'll do that.


For some reason, Dropbox isn't loading at startup lately, which is really fucking me up too. I have it entirely for Scrivener, so I can bounce between my PC and my iPad. This isn't working when nothing wants to sync. I need to figure out how to fix that.
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I've been doing stuff for this channel a bit more often lately. Just a couple of quick doodles, but I might start on something big today.




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I also made a fourth YouTube channel, because apparently I have a problem.

Cujo

Aug. 8th, 2016 08:31 pm
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I saw Cujo is on Netflix, so I decided to watch it. Five year old me loved it, but then I read the book a little later, and realised the movie was pretty bad, comparatively. But I'm watching it now just out of nostalgia, if nothing else.

I'm a big fan of the horror genre, and always have been. I was raised on a weird mix of Disney and slasher films. but the husband hates horror, so I haven't really been keeping up with it for about 10 years. But I've been watching a lot of horror LPs lately, and it's making me really start to miss scary stuff.

So watching Cujo, I expected to get like, this huge wave of nostalgia. Instead, my first thought was the realisation that what Peter Benchley did for sharks, Stephen King did for bats. I just spent the first ten minutes wondering how badly bat populations suffered after this movie.

But at the same time, I really like natural horror. Ghosts and psychopaths are great too, but there's just something especially scary about real things. The big friendly dog that starts ripping everybody's throats out? That's scary. The pleasant tourist beach that gets besieged by a massive, man-eating shark? That's terrifying! And I think that's why the found footage format really took off like it did. Ghosts and haunted houses give a certain kind of thrill, but even when you suspend your disbelief, it only goes so far. It's not quite the same as something you know is real. But the found footage movies, especially those early ones, turned ghosts and haunted houses into something real. Blair Witch didn't do a whole lot for me, except for make me a bit seasick, but I remember nearly pissing myself over the St Francisville Experiment. And I miss that. Because I don't get to see a lot of horror films, and when I do, it's usually just on my iPad or in my well-lit office while I'm working. I haven't gone to see a proper horror movie in cinema in years.

I just feel so out of the loop now. When I look at Netflix, all I find are tongue-in-cheek B-movies. I don't know what's out that's genuinely scary. I need to fix this.

Oh boy

Aug. 5th, 2016 11:56 am
milesy: Acrylic painting of Kermit the Frog (Default)
This has been the kind of week I want a refund on. Nothing's gone particularly well, and it's not even midday yet, and I'm exhausted.

The husband got a few unexpected days off after a client lost their funding, so we took advantage of that and went down to Vancouver to get the rest of our stuff out of storage, where it's been since we moved back up here from Las Vegas. Robin Hood took the stuff that was in his folks' spare room, and I took the garage, and boy, that was embarassing. When we moved up here in the first place, we didn't have much time to pack, so everything pretty much got shoved into boxes, and then shoved wherever it would fit.

Apparently "everything" included trash, because that's what we were storing in their garage. What started off as six boxes came out as one, plus a bag of clothes. Eurgh.

So, that's what we've been doing all week; going through it and trying to fit everything we brought back into what we already have. My office got a complete re-decoration, including the loss of all doors, to better fit my drafting table in here.


Last night, I wound up falling into the rabbit hole of recommended videos on YouTube, and found myself in the Korean cooking section. I've been wanting to try making my own Asian noodles for a while, since I already make my own spaghetti and ravioli, and watching the videos last night gave me the kick in the pants I need. I went across the street to Safeway to get some black bean paste and potato starch, and am now taking a quick breather before getting my kitchen back into enough of an order that I can actually cook something. I'm gonna try Jajangmyeon tonight, with a few tweaks to make it safe for me and my ridiculous allergies. I've got the shitakes soaking right now, and decided to just go vegetarian with it, since beef is fucking expensive and we used up all the chicken the other night. So I'm just gonna double up on the mushrooms and call it good.

I'll probably post pictures to Instagram later on, as I'm actually doing it. I'm not sure what to expect from the dough, but everything I've seen suggests it won't be nearly as sticky as pasta dough is. Which I'm actually looking forward to.
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I’m talking the idea itself, and not the musical. But having the supercut, extended edition premiere on a livestream was a brilliant move.

Livestreams are great. They’re a powerful tool, and I live for December when the Yogscast do the Jingle Jam. I love watching Rust livestreams, and jokingly refer to them as my soap opera. As a tool for charity, they’re undeniably a very powerful asset. And I don’t think anybody’s going to disagree with that. Especially when events like the Jingle Jam are bringing in over $1,000,000 over the course of the month.

But the problem with a lot of the content on YouTube is that even within much of the internet subculture, YouTube is seen as a place for video gamers and people talking to their webcams in their bedroom. I don’t think people on the wider scale realise that channels like Random Encounters even exist. People don’t expect that level of production values to come out of what they perceive as a couple of kids in their bedroom with a webcam.

But what Random Encounters did tonight, with the FNAF Musical, is exactly what this side of YouTube needs to be doing more often. Having a late night livestream to premiere their content created a hell of a lot of hype around it. I loaded up the livestream page about an hour before it started, so I could putz around my office and not miss the beginning of it because I lost track of time or whatever. And an HOUR before it started, the chat was already going so fast, it was literally unreadable. I’ve seen hype trains before. A good portion of my daily entertainment is livestream content. But it’s also scheduled livestream content. This was a one-off, and there thousands of people there to watch it; people who were complaining that it was 5am, but they’d pulled an all-nighter just to see the premiere live, when they could have just as well waited for it to upload a few hours later. And that’s amazing! The only other time I ever see that level of enthusiasm and willingness to put one’s self through that level of discomfort is for a midnight premiere of a Star Wars or a Marvel movie, or the like. YouTube is, by its nature, and on-demand service, but people were still there for it.

And I think if more channels which produce live-action content had late night premieres of some of their bigger projects, and get thousands of people watching at once (I saw at one point over 12,000 people watching the first livestream; I didn’t stick around for the encore), it could go a long way toward helping to legitimise this format of entertainment. When 12,000 people show up at once to watch a 40-minute video crated by a handful of YouTubers, you know it’s doing something right. I would love to see more of the channels I watch do this sort of thing. And a 40-minute musical production with multiple sets and visual effects isn’t a small task, so there aren’t going to be many productions like this out there, compared to the amount of 2-3 minute sketches that make up the majority of this genre on YouTube. But for those projects that are this big? This presentation was absolutely the right way to go with it. The interest was already there from the individual clips. So with the promise of the sixth night, and new content I don’t think anybody expected, the full experience presented in the livestream format was wonderful. And it was, in many ways, a lot like attending those midnight premieres to Star Wars and the Avengers. Obviously, I wasn’t going in expecting Triple-A Hollywood Blockbuster quality, but just seeing all that hype before it started felt, emotionally, very similar. And I was so much more comfortable. Because rather than sitting on hard concrete, freezing my ass off, or dying from the heat, I was at home. In my pyjamas, sitting comfortably in a nice chair. Which is even better than queueing up for a traditional midnight premiere, because I was guaranteed a great seat. I didn’t have to worry about sitting behind someone with a giant hat.

But definitely, more channels need to be taking advantage of the livestream format. The chat was fucking impossible to follow, and I could neither read the answers nor any of the questions, but that didn’t actually bother me too much, because I was too busy enjoying the hell out watching a bunch of singing puppets.

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