Gaming, Life

I guess I’m a Streamer now? Weird.

With a long winter break coming up, I need to feel productive until my classes start up again. So, in the meantime, I plan to start streaming sometimes as a hobby, maybe turning into a side hustle if I can meet the Twitch/YouTube requirements to get access to payments. Until then (maybe), it’ll make video games feel a little less like a time sink and a little more productive. Like a real hobby.

While some of the games I like might not be the most entertaining to watch in real time, since they’re grindy games (WoW) or simulators (city builders), I’m thinking that maybe I can make them into guide videos for YouTube. I’ll probably need to play around with the SLOBS software some more to get the kind of output I want for creating such videos. I think that while I’ll have my live audio recorded, I might do voiceover for specific sections to address certain points or game mechanics (for a guide) that I might otherwise skip over while actively playing. In both cases, live or edited guide, I definitely want the game music to come through. I think I have the setup right, but I’ll have to get a recording to two to make sure.

I’ll still try to do art stuff as well, but I might focus more on stream support (making thumbnails, etc) than my own stuff. I’m still working on the story for Gauntlet, just very slowly. I definitely plan on streaming/uploading recordings of the creation process for pages, but I need to have some content for that first. I think I’ll work on the story over the Thanksgiving weekend, and at least get the prologue finished so I can maaaaybe get some pages up for the new year. I’ll have to see where my motivation levels are next month before making any real promises.

I will say, before anything happens, it would be interesting if I ended up blowing up online because I did start streaming. I know my humor tends to land pretty well — I don’t really make crude jokes that may offend, and I have a pretty quick wit. Though, I think my family would be in shock if I became a sort of comedian with what I want to do. I don’t think it’ll end up happening, but the thought is amusing. [:

Gaming, Life, Ubuntu Adventures

Ever want to feel like a hacker? Just add Ubuntu!

Apparently, my hard drive with my windows install (and all my school files) decided it wanted to die last week. While I can still get it to spin up (sometimes), I’m holding off on recovering my files (and some programs) until I can get a new hard drive to replace it. In the meantime, I have a lovely little system on my other drive that allows me to get stuff done: Ubuntu.

Tux <3
(From Wikimedia)

[begin: meandering life story]
I’ve actually been using various flavors of Linux for a long time, starting sometime in the early ’00s. It started with I think Red Hat (I just knew it was some kind of Linux) on the “family” computer. I don’t remember why we switched, but I do remember Tux. We switched back to Windows XP before too long, but I was reintroduced a few years later. It started with Ubuntu Studio for me specifically, since I was already using open-source creative software on my windows PC. My step-dad installed the distro and set up a dual boot, so I could switch between studio space and Windows (98/ME, it was a weak system) for my games. I went between Ubuntu and Mint for a while in high school and the few years following.

While I was in the military, I had a thumb-drive that had Linux-to-Go (Ubuntu, of course) for when I needed a break from Windows or needed to do file recovery off the drive. I had plenty of practice using the various commands before setting up dual boot on my current machine. While I didn’t use Ubuntu much in the time leading up to the hard drive almost-failure, it was always an option for me.
[end: meandering life story]

With the dual boot on my storage drive, I was able to switch immediately. I’ll have to recover my school files and other important documents sometime soon. Thankfully, a lot of my personal work, photos, and (most importantly) games are still available to me.

Ubuntu 20.04: Focal Fossa

It does feel weird to be back on Linux again after so much time on Windows, even with a GUI. (Graphical User Interface) While I can use the GUI the same way as I would on Windows, sometimes I need the terminal. In these moments, I feel like a badass hacker, especially if I need to run some sort of script and the window keeps going after I type in the command. It feels like I’m hacking into a secret government server and getting past the firewall. Not really, of course, but it’s the little things that make using Linux/Ubuntu fun. [:

While I won’t make guarantees about the comic(s), I’ll try to get some work done soon. I’m doing summer classes now, but in the next two semesters I’ll have a mix of art and English classes. I’ll have more mental resources to dedicate to working on creating rather than processing information.