STATE OF THE BASTARD 2018
HOLY SHIT I'M 30
(artwork by Talez01)
1. 2017 was a goddamn clusterfuck. The rich got richer, the poor have less footholds to climb out of, and a bunch of my fellow white dudes decided that they'd support fascism so they'd no longer have to be inconvenienced with things like "acknowledging other people exist".
And on top of that, I'm 30 now. For some reason, that number makes me feel like I've missed out on SO MANY opportunities. I waver back and forth between "I'm too old for this shit, get real, stop dreaming" and "There are plenty of other people within my niche finding a way to make it happen regardless." I'm always left with a feeling that I could be doing better.
I've been dealing with depression and anxiety for most of my life, and the possibility for autism, which for a while have made it really difficult for me to be out socializing. Ever since I've moved down to Florida, I've been able to join the Magic, convention and nerdcore communities, just feel more comfortable just TALKING to people.
I know it sounds odd, but in its own way, I AM doing better.
Also some of those white dudes faces some measure of comeuppance:
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2. Also, hey I do music!
MOST RECENT SONG: "Unstable"
This was a fun one to do! I managed to get Tweakbench's Triforce while it was free, and every time I use it, I learn something new. Also I managed to get like 5 people to pretend to be attacked by squirrels, so you know, win for me.
FAVORITE SONG I MADE: "Fire In The Hole"
My first Overwatch song! Also my first song I did an N64 Remix for. It would have been featured on League of Heels's PAXAMANIA III, but sadly they had audio issues. It was featured in the Official PAXAMANIA III video, and was played a shitton during The Great Australian Bash. Appropriate, since it was inspired by an Australian video game character.
3. OTHER COOL SHIT I DID
Music For Suplex Saga
This was fun to do! I caught them at the right time, and while the Kickstarter failed, they're still dedicated to the project, so hopefully you can see all of that come to fruition soon.
Honestly, this has been the best motivation for making new music. People line up to listen to your music, and because of that I want to do nice things for you all!
Last but not least, the 3000 Brigade, an insane show that was incredible to see come together and 100% worth it to put on. I can only hope I'm around for next year's show!
3. 29 YEAR OLD RESOLUTIONS? DID MAKE THEM?
Sort of? I've been working with more people for gang vocals and stuff, but nothing TOO deep. Roborob helped with the bassline for Unstable, but that's about it.
-Album #3. Not quite finish it, but have an idea of where it's going.
I do have three "album" projects lined up:
1. A "Best Of/Road Mix/Introduction To" album I can sell at cons.
-A proper music video. With like a crew and shit.
ha ha nope. I became unemployed halfway through the year.
-Another game. Maybe it's part of a bigger project, maybe it's another game jam. WHO KNOWS?
Yes! It's called Coastal Chomper!
And I did it with Trace Evans aka Pseg on the internets!
I also was part of a video game show "Arcade Pit" with him, and we got our asses kicked...
-500+ Fans on Facebook.
Yes! And 25 more!
4. 30 YEAR OLD RESOLUTIONS!
1. To participate in a League Of Heels Event.
2. Put one of my Album Projects
3. Hit my first donation goal in Patreon
4. Get on something outside an album. Work on a game, VO work, etc
5. PODCAST STUFF!
ECHO CHAMBER- Music, video games, and More?
I'D RATHER NOT- Bad decisions and how we make them!
5. OK NOW GO OUTSIDE THE BOX
GAME OF THE YEAR-The Metronomicon In The Woods 7: Biohazard
We're doing an Echo Chamber episode on this!
WHY THE FUCK DIDN'T ANYONE TELL ME ABOUT THIS BEFORE AWARD?- A Link To The Past
Finally beat it this year. If your game is well designed enough that randomizing it can be not only possible, but another puzzle in and of itself, you did good. Been waiting TOO long on this SNES classic.
BEST MOVIE I SAW THIS YEAR- Get Out
It is the epitome of "fridge brilliance": everything in this movie is so tight and deliberate, and any question I do have is presented with an answer.
The best horror isn't to MAKE some scary. It's to take something we're afraid of and make it tangible.
TOP 40 SONG I HATED THE LEAST- "Feel It Still" by Portugal. The Man.
"Hard Times" by Paramore would have been number one with a bullet but it didn't crack the Billboard Hits. Truth be told, I don't even like this song that much. It's got a good vibe to it, and is technically rock.
TREND I LIKED THE LEAST- "Coddling Bigotry" as an occupation.
Remember kids, you don't need to consider other people AT ALL! You're not being racist/sexist/homophobic/transphobic! It's the marginalized groups you're picking on should have thicker skin!
Also, guys wearing Kekistan Flags at cons, which are modeled after Nazi Battle Flags.
TREND I LIKED THE MOST- Assholes getting what's coming to them.
OK THAT WAS KIND OF A DOWNER, HERE'S SOMETHING FUN, AKA MY REAL FAVORITE SONG OF 2017.
ANNUAL STUPID REMINDER THAT I SHARE A BIRTHDAY WITH MC BAT COMMANDER