Non-Shit-Talk of Your Day

My paperwork has been accepted and I’m officially running for county commissioner. Is there a point where I’ll stop feeling like an impostor?

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When you are commissioning the county.

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Probably not even then. Local politics is super strange and weird until you realize that literally everyone in local politics has impostor syndrome except the Narcissists. So just remember that most people also feel like they don’t belong and the elected officals tend to not know anything. Befriend all the non-political workers in your county ASAP…

Also congrats on filing, County Commissioner is a big job , you live in a big or small county?

Already working on that a bit. My Union has a handful of helpful connections I’ve been using to help me. Getting endorsements from several unions and a few local businesses is my next step. Well, it is once my anxiety calms down a bit.

4 days for concept, art, and production decisions, a little under a week for product production, and five days for shipping, and I’ve organized, manufactured, and shipped the first non-pin merch product I’ve produced on a larger than individual scale. Made for my friend Hannako over in Seattle, originally as an ECCC debut as a convention tote.

(She also sells the Be Gay Do Crimes Keychain, and I’ve worked with her in the past on her Pin production zine, Pin Hell, and the sequel, Inner Circles of Pin Hell. The latter of which containing the first time anyone’s ever drawn a picture of me, to my knowledge.)

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Looks awesome! That’s a tote bag, yeah?

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Yep. 19 Litre, 320GSM canvas totes, full gussets, with a heat-set Screenprint. They’re pretty tough and sizeable - intentionally so, they had to be big enough to fit a lot of stuff, including stuff up to the size of art prints. A lot of artists are selling totes at conventions, but while they might have larger or more detailed prints(or are even entirely printed, most of them are smaller and nowhere near as durable, so we decided to make one that was big enough to hold a lot of AA purchases and durable enough to last many convention seasons.

So excited to start do a session Zero of my Burning Wheel Prince of Nothing game online today.

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Fifteen characters of jealousy

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Project closer to completion, now have a self hosted jitsi server (think zoom that doesn’t suck), once step closer to online movie nights and self hosting hangouts.

After years of making pins in the manufacturing sense, finally got together with a friend and fellow professional, and made one(well, two) in the other sense. And it’s fucking badass.

Edit: Also, just as a minor brag, because I’m proud of these things:

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I have put out feelers for people to play a FATE Accelerated game online, promising to serve as gamemaster. I’ve struggled before, and there’s no time like the present to git gud.

Thanks to @Coldguy posting this:

I upgraded my GameBoy Advance exact the same way as the person in the video does. Here’s the lowdown.

The replacement amp and speaker were really the hard part soldering-wise. That took the majority of the time. If you just skip on that, the only soldering left is the brightness control for the screen, which is also optional. I of course, did everything, and did a really shitty job soldering. I don’t do it often, and am very out of practice, especially for surface mount. Even so, it’s extremely forgiving. Everything worked perfectly on the first try. Don’t be afraid to go for it if you want it.

Installing the screen is just a matter of attaching a ribbon cable. Super simple.

The hardest part after wiring up the amplifier was actually just getting the motherboard and buttons into the case and screwing it all shut. The L/R buttons are especially annoying. Make sure everything is installed perfectly and tightly because you need the pressure of the motherboard for the buttons to press against.

Once you take the protective cover off the screen, be very careful because cleaning it will be a pain in the ass. But also, be very careful with the back side of the plastic lens/shield. Once you seal it up you won’t want to open it again, and the only part you can clean is the front outside of the shield.

Lastly, the end result is as legit as what you see in the videos. The audio is way louder and clearer. If there’s a game that the GBA can play, it’s vastly preferable to play it on the upgraded GBA than on a DS Lite or other handheld.

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Oooh I may have to do this myself. I have my original GBA and never upgraded to any of the backlit options at the time and now whenever I dust it off to replay Metroid fusion or zero mission or the first western release Fire Emblems I really feel the lack of a backlighting.

It’s not just backlighting. It’s an IPS display. We’re talking like, iPhone pre-retina screen.

According to wikipedia, yes but I have zero exposure to that source material and aside from certain scenes and attitudes about class that I find in a lot of other anime as well (and doesn’t really equate in American experience in my opinion) it could be an adaption of Rocky (yakuza and mafia can be 1 for 1 in the fixed fight trope) or any other archetypal western boxing underdog story.

It looks quite nice in the video and if its even better than simple back-lighting all the more better, not trying to short sell the product just speaking from ignorance about the hardware.

[CW: Weight loss]

So I guess this is more like “non-shit-talk of the last 2.5 years,” but around December 2017 I started a ketogenic diet as well as exercise.

This was me somewhere around my heaviest weight of 337 lbs. Waist size 48 - 50 depending on the pants, 3X shirt:

Here I am last week at around 255 lbs, in a 38 waist and a European XL/American L:

I have literally never met the man in this photo before. It’s wild.

EDIT: I have never put these two photos side by side before. Goddamn.

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