It came as quite a shock last month, to come back from lunch and find that after 12 years at WildWorks, I had a letter in my inbox saying I was being let go. They downsized the company by half and my position was eliminated.( Collapse )
Here is a quick rundown of everything that's been happening. Mostly the same old same old going on here as we recover from the pandemic.( Collapse )
Here is a quick update in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic. Also a followup to the time travel post from last time.( Collapse )
Some of you may remember this post, https://vazor222.livejournal.com/4582.html, from more than 10 years ago, where I sought to understand the Replacement Theory of Time Travel by M.J. Young which can be found here: http://www.mjyoung.net/time/theory.html
I had a couple of topics left unexplored there which I would like to present now.( Collapse )
Last weekend, LucidDancer (twitch.tv/LucidDancer) and I went on a crazy road trip to San Diego from Salt Lake City for TwitchCon.
I got to meet some stream friends (twitch.tv/sheepfuzz), lemmiecat, obstkhanisar, nucaheart, dirigitive, JaneTV, Kintinue, and many others. I was accepted into a hackathon where we worked with twitch devs to make a twitch extension.
We didn't win anything but we completed a small project to show off to the judges and streamers browsing the venue. It was pretty well run except for dealing with the reimbursement/TicketFairy folks. The Twitch Developer invite-only party was really good. The Twitch Party was alright; better if you're a fan of concerts, or have a buddy to go with. Blink 182 did a good job.
Got to hit the beach and see some sights on the ride back. It was pretty fun!
Photo album: https://www.flickr.com/gp/184804963@N07/W8uTp3
Today I completed an entry for a casual little game jam that happens every Saturday. It was pretty fun! The theme this time was Virtual Pet.
The jam page: https://onehourgamejam.com/?page=jam&jam=228
My entry: http://vazor222.com/OneHourVirtualPet/
Two of my favorites were The Food Doggy Likes and Cat Booper — check them out if you like!
Stream was at https://www.twitch.tv/metahobby
This month was Camp NaNoWriMo which I was using as a practice run. I completed my "cookbook" which you can read here:
Here is a random post about recent events and my latest new year's resolution update.
Yesterday I was a professional escort, hired by a guy to hang out, chat, and help wingman at a bar. Last week, I was hired to play with a kid in Terraria. Last week I also started a hard keto diet (high fat, low carb style) for the next three months as well. Fun times.
My new year's resolution was to write a novel as part of NaNoWriMo this year. As such I have been starting to do writing practice and study.
Here is the (very short) story I wrote as part of the Start With This podcast challenge (by the makers of Welcome to Nightvale). The challenge was to write about an idea you had. Set aside an hour and just create something based on the idea. I ended up going a little over an hour and found myself (just like in game creating) needing more time to polish.
The idea I just pulled from my idea notes, a database of ideas and thoughts I jot down sometimes. I picked one randomly, and I couldn't remember fully what the idea was about. This was in my notes: "Now the thing I did to her, is going to happen to me" transfers from person to person. everyone from same person, just different steps -friends are near you in step.
I made up a new word in this story, "wearned" which means "looked like it has had no maintenance for a long time" and carries a meaning like it is pleading to be repaired or put out of its misery. Other words like friender and tracker can be conferred by the context. Feel free to let me know what you think!
Now I can say I've been a keynote speaker! I spoke this morning at an event called DigiForge which helps young students explore careers in STEM.( Collapse )
Earlier this week I contributed some volunteer time to this project, and added a giveaway mechanic to the game for this demo. Looks like it really helped during the showcase to the kids and hopefully it inspired several new positive game development careers!( Collapse )