[sticky entry] Sticky: Friending Policy

Aug. 1st, 2016 02:26 am
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Friend me. I'll probably friend you back. Tell me a little bit about yourself if you want. That's cool too.

This journal is open. Any fic or art that makes its way here will be under a cut. Otherwise, it's all pretty much available for anyone to read.
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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.


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
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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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