Hey all it’s with a heavy heart that I’m announcing that this personal blog of mine is not going to be updated for the foreseeable future. The “new” block editor for WordPress is just too clunky and a pain in the ass to use, and even disregarding that I just don’t have the time to deal with the formatting issues that crop up when I try to copy over to GiN or vice-versa. However I’ll still be blogging over on GiN, so if you want to continue reading my stuff please go over there. If for some reason you only want to read my stuff, than you can use this handy link and bookmark it, it shows only the stuff I’ve written with the most recent posts first, this includes any game and book reviews I’ve got over on GiN. I do ask that you read my colleague’s stuff though, but that link is there for you all to use if for whatever reason that isn’t what you want to do. This situation may change if GiN ever switches over to the block editor, but I’m not going to ask them to do so, because I prefer the old WYSIWYG editor over this clunky garbage any day. I do hope you all continue to read my work over on GiN, but if you don’t for whatever reason than it’s been a pleasure to write posts for you for over 6 years. Maybe in the future I’ll be back, but until then this Blog is going to stay up for posterity’s sake.
Okay so apparently I’m now forced to use this piece of crap “block” editor. It’s highly annoying to use and I’m not sure I want to bother with learning how to use it when my posts on GiN are going to be still using the easy to use post maker thingymabob. I’m not paying $300 just to install a plugin that will only work for a little more than a year so for now I’m going to be closing this website. I may or may not open this particular blog backup but I’ll continue to blog at GiN. If you want to read my posts there you are free to do so, the schedule won’t be changing, one post every 4 days, but until I figure out if I want to bother learning how to use this piece of shit editor I’ll not be posting here anymore. So for now this will be goodbye to this site, whether it comes back or not depends on if I can figure out how to easily copy content from GiN to here. But for now this is goodbye on this website, please visit gameindustry.com if you want to continue reading my work and check out my colleagues work there as well.
I interrupt your regularly scheduled Video Game Tuesday with a post that has me complaining about various things. The Year 2020 has sucked!
Yeah so what?: Well we are well into the last 6th of the year, and I’m seriously hoping that as of the writing of this (It’s August 29th, so sue me I like to write well in advance) that things have calmed down.
I’m going to guess they haven’t though, but that’s because I’m a pessimist and fatalist who rarely if ever sees the bright side of things. By the time you are reading this the US Election season is going to be in full swing and I expect that to absolutely suck. I hope we get rid of the Cheeto of a man that has so ruined so much of my country’s international reputation next month, and at least we’ll all be voting from the comforts of our homes, I hope. Seriously I’ve voted from home every year since I turned 18, and it’s been that way in Oregon for the entirety of my life, and it’s never not worked out just fine and dandy for everyone. There has never been voter fraud and we get some of the highest voter turnouts in the country because of it. You can fill out the ballot on your own time without being at the polls surrounded by strangers who don’t care about you except that they want you to hurry the hell up.
We’ve all missed various events, and lots of people have died. I haven’t been affected directly by COVID-19, nor has any of my family that I know of as writing this, but it still has caused me to miss out on a trip to visit the other half of my family down in California. I hope, but not realistically expect, that I’ll be in Cali sometime soon, but we’ll see if that works out. We’ve lost some of our best and brightest due to various illnesses other than COVID-19 though, like Chadwick Boseman who played T’Challa in the movie Black Panther and did one hell of a job of it.
We’ve all been stuck at home for various periods of time, with working from home and learning from home becoming our new normal. As of this writing it’s looking like school will be fully distanced learning here in Oregon for the next school year, which is going to suck for a lot of kids. However it is the safest way to curtail the spread of COVID so I hope people don’t complain about that too much. A school opening up and doing full in person classes is just asking for trouble, and our leaders know this, well at least most of them do.
Speaking of Oregon as of this writing the protests are still going on nightly in Portland, which is frustrating for many of us Oregonians. It’s for a good cause for the most part, but the fact that they turn violent for little reason is just aggravating at this point. I used to live in a tiny studio apartment during my college years that was only a block or two from a clothing store that sold fur coats, it had protests going on daily and it was incredibly difficult to work on my projects when that was going on.
That’s it for this post, sorry that you all had to listen to me complain. I hope most of my concerns aren’t well founded and proven to be just pessimism, but we’ll see by the time this post goes live won’t we?
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Hey all I’m happy to announce that I will be retiring Serial Saturday and bringing a new medium to cover for Saturday’s in it’s place. It’s titled Synth Saturday and it will cover Fan Fictions. I will still cover grammar and basic things like plot and characters when I cover a Fan Fic, but I’ll also be looking into various stereotypes and fandom ideas that are used, like the fact that most Harry Potter fans see Dumbledore as a manipulative jerk. That was a real shock to me, but I also could see the reasoning behind it.
I will make a post that covers basic terminology used in Fan Fics, so various terms and phrases don’t confuse you.
Disclaimers: I do not own anything talked about in this column except what I write here which are my opinions and are subject to change on my whim. If someone is making a profit off the franchise or the fiction author mentions something like Patreon that is purely on them and them alone. This will be the one and only disclaimer for all future posts in this column. I’m too busy, and more importantly lazy, to write “I don’t own (Insert works name here)” every time I write one of these posts.