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In Topic: Japan's top 50 vgm of all time

25 August 2020 - 08:28 PM

Thanks random YouTube saxophonist! This is a really lovely interpretation of To Zanarkand.


In Topic: Japan's top 50 vgm of all time

22 August 2020 - 12:48 PM

I didn't post Rigel Theatre before? Not VGM, not live instrumentation, but still 110% incredible.



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In Topic: ♥ ♥ ♥ Rengar ♥ ♥ ♥ cute kitty

16 August 2020 - 11:15 AM

Nanowrimo (50K word novel challenge) is one of those bucket items that I've thought about doing every once in a while. So even though it's not November, I went for it and wrote about 69K over 26 days. 


Of course the story is a complete disaster, that barely needs be said. When I arrived at a loss as to what to do with certain characters, they would vanish never to be mentioned again. It's a tale plagued by laziness, the worst disease to a craft. Also, the protagonists spent most of the time running around uselessly. They tried very hard but seemed incapable of doing anything right. Well, I wrote an ending and everything. They died, the end! Nobody's allowed to read it, so I'm a-spoilin'. I did occasionally question why I write stories like this.


Writing is >90% editing, anyhow. Even if I made an initial grind of 69K words, all it means is that I did sub-5% of the work. Nanowrimo is a feat, but not a great one.


On the bright side, that all made me want to doodle the cast! Here's the haul.








 Lol hands what are they?




I named this character after someone I saw randomly on the communications software my company uses. I don't even know her.


Tickles me to imagine, someone spots you in the cosmos and lo you become the villain of their story






Ursun Lahar, a real stuffy Pride-of-My-People type. I even went back and added an Ursun section to my name generator (wasn't sure why it didn't exist before) and did some refactoring, although "Lahar" isn't a legitimate name






To hit the maximum adventure-trash dollar, there are these sad crystal dragons where you can get special powers if you kill them but only if you stab them in the eyeball(s). It's a really mean thing to do, but I needed an excuse for why the protagonist of my new story didn't die a horrible death between various life-threatening situations






if they live any longer they'll lose their limbs and end up like a grub


This line of thought made me laugh my butt off. PEAK EVOLUTION




> can't believe it didn't lose its wings first


maybe it still uses it to glide or hover across small canyons


Oooooh. Just believe, you can do it!




The Real Peak Evolution, im crying

In Topic: Japan's top 50 vgm of all time

31 July 2020 - 09:16 PM

Would you listen to that! These RD-Sounds people are fantastic. I mustered the motivation to wrangle with a Japanese storefront long enough that I could nab about 12 of their CDs. Normally, shopping takes too darn much effort, but these guys are really something else. I even contemplated getting every single CD available on the site, except I got antsy about rickety tech rejecting my credit card/things not working, which happened when I tried to buy Trails from Zero. Please! I spent so much effort putting things into the shopping cart!* Fortunately, it worked.
Glad I picked Nozomi to listen to first, solid album. The song that convinced me to pop it into the cart (https://www.youtube....h?v=0CbvqJAfCRc) is amazing on the big speakers.
MVP1: Percussionist
MVP2: Bassist
MVP3: Keyboard player
And MVP when they have one: the saxophonist
*It's hard to overestimate just how much I loathe shopping. As far as I'm concerned, there is only one reason to go to a store, and that's to get the goods. Everything from A (stepping into the store) to B (finalizing checkout) is a waste of time that makes my soul go stir-crazy after one minute. Take my darn money! Don't take my time!

In Topic: Who are you?

16 July 2020 - 07:07 PM

Career Adventures Con't
I was about to lose my job! Wombo-combo of a COVID economy and being a late joiner at my company. In fact, one of my teammates has already been cut. Sad pandas. He's better than both our full-time peers -- see, one teammate is great at the vanishing act, and the other tries really hard but regularly baffles me with their basic questions. It wasn't anything more than bad luck that Buddy got dropped instead. 'Tis the rule of the game for contractors like us.
So they gave us notice, and I went to re-live the trauma of interviewing, as you do. During one phone screen, my brain shut down in the middle of the initial "So, tell me about your professional experience" introduction. It was bad. I went to buy alcohol afterward, and I don't drink.
Somehow, I moved on to the second stage, a technical assessment, which I passed (this was less of a mystery). Next was a remote technical interview. By then, I had wisened about my drinking habits, and pounded alcohol beforehand rather than after. I still nearly collapsed into a black hole, but managed to bungle my way to the final HR round, where they picked at my design degree and unconventional background.
After that wild ride, I got a verbal offer. Pretty solid one, given the circumstances: 85K base + possibility of bonus, retirement matching, foosball tables and free beer (yeah... one of those places), cool but closed office located in a druggy nest.
While this was all going on, things got better at my company. And by better, I mean random. Manager Man asked if I was interested in doing UX. He'd asked me this in the past, at which time the answer had seemed obvious. No! 
As a profession, "UX" is almost always graphic design/UI beneath a veneer of tech hipsterhood. Too many people, including my peers from school, think UX design is about making things Le Pretty. It's not bloody "UX" without a research/statistics-driven process. For that matter, I always liked that my friend's company hired a cognitive scientist to be their UX designer: at least somebody knows what's up.
When Manager Man asked about the UX thing again, I decided to be frank about "UX" seeming more like graphic design, and that a lot of the interesting and important usability problems are solved on the dev level. I love the gritty details, that's my thing. So if I want to be a designer, I have to be a dev, because it's often hard to reach the granularity you need till you do the implementing yourself. I don't see myself ever detaching from that. It's not that I dislike UX -- I strongly dislike what the market has done to it.
Turned out Manager Man wanted to move me to a "UX Engineer" role. Surprise! He seemed confident enough that he presented the offer as something I could have as long as I wanted it, even though to them I was somewhat unproven in this area. Or, he added, I could continue being a front-end dev, because either way, they were trying to save my place at the company.
Well. I had a bad feeling about doing "UX" again, including (especially) "UX dev." Not to say that this position was necessarily a trainwreck, but UX dev jobs suffer from the same problem that plagues marketing jobs: people want ultra Swiss Army knife skills, including development, but don't want to pay dev prices. More cynically speaking, the pay tends to be closer to the lowest common denominator of your skill set. I saw a company post an "Intermediate UX Developer" role that had vastly more requirements than their Senior Front-End Developer role. The projected salary was $65,000 Canadiamonopoly money. Also, Glassdoor reviews said that the CEO screams at people. Just run away.
So given all that baggage that comes with "UX," it wasn't a great look for this UX Engineer role. I strongly considered rejecting it, and at some point, was quite sure that I would.
Plot twist: I accepted the position anyway. The trick was distinguishing whether my misgivings were because the path ahead was really no good, or because I'd gotten complacent. I decided it was the latter. I was sensing personal stagnation, and pushing myself to do something I had a bad feeling about might give me some kicks, who knows. :'D 
There was still the matter of the other offer. I thought about it for a few hot minutes, then I rang up Manager Man to explain that this deal I got was cutting it close in value to my current cold-hard-cash rates. Therefore, more money please. It wasn't that I wanted to leave to begin with, but negotiating would make my decision to stay a lot easier. Ngl I'm about as politically unsavvy as they get, and for me that was an audacious move, ask for a raise from a company who wasn't so long ago poised to boot me.
But I got it. 9%. Extra 10K a year. I'm staying.
And that's my horrible humblebrag post of the decade. See you next time, when I lose my job for real, or something.
PS I am really darn awful at basic addition/subtraction and want out of this business tax crap