Today is the 2nd anniversary @lukemckay and I getting married. We are spending it like two poor artists do...working trying to make a living.
And I couldn't be happier.
I love you, Luke.
19 hours agokriss PA Lead Guardian
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15 hours agoLoZelda Supposedly An Adult
It's been a while since I've posted here (but I am keeping up with updates on FB, Twitter, and my website!) BUT tomorrow is going to be a thing and I don't want anyone to miss it because I have personally been waiting for this for like a year.
Danganronpa v3: Killing Harmony releases tomorrow! AAAAH!
I fucking love this game series. I love streaming it and reacting along with people and sharing the emotions it brings because hot damn it is so full of twists and ridiculousness. I greatly enjoyed the first two games of the series, and I've been waiting since we completed them last fall for the next installment to come out. There was a whole bunch of confusion about if they were going to pull a Persona 5 and restrict streaming (that's a story for another time), but now they've given the all clear, so we're going to party!
Tomorrow as soon as the game arrives on my doorstep (I'll post updates on Twitter while I refresh the tracking every 8 seconds) I will be kicking off a stream and going pretty much all day for the next several days to plow through it. In honor of my SHEER EFFING EXCITEMENT I'll be wearing my cosplay of Kyoko Kirigiri (my favorite character from the first game) for at least the first part of tomorrow's stream.
I feel like it goes without saying, but obviously if you're concerned about having the game spoiled for your don't watch the stream! But if visual novels aren't your thing so you won't be playing it but are still interested in the story (or will play it anyways because it's so good) you should come hang out! This series is one of my favorite things to play with my community
1 day agoEricHVela First World Palabras
I tried to get a picture of Sam, too, but she insisted that the light on the camera was a toy. So, here's Emma in her natural habitat.
Speaking of hairy things...
What do I do with this mess? Try to clean it up or buzz it as I usually do? (Picture flipped because mirror...)
11 hours agoDiMono It's Back Baby!
And you wish you loved anything as much as this chipmunk loves freshly washed bedsheets.
(Edited to put the original video in, which doesn't skip. Unfortunately this will also change the upload date, but hey, the price we pay for accuracy, right?)
4 hours agoIronBridge Keeper of Knowledge
Corporal Wojtek (1942–1963) of the Polish Army, served during the Second World War at the Battle of Monte Cassino.
Originally having been born in Iran and only joining the Polish Army when they passed through Hamadan on their way to Tehran, on the 8th of April 1942.
After enlisting he was assigned to 3522, 22nd Artillery Supply Company,
He was known for having a penchant for beer and cigarettes, even in his early career he was never far from a vodka bottle, he was also quite skilful at wrestling and always saluted regardless of rank.
After the war Wojtek and his company were posted to Berwickshire, Scotland, were he became an honorary member of the Polish-Scottish Association.
After de-mobilisation he retired to Edinbhburgh, having grown fond of Scotland. He was regularly visited by his old war buddies and shared cigarettes with them, Wojtek was also a frequent guest on children's shows.
Finally in 1963 old Wojtek passed away, he was a grand size when he passed at 35 stone (220 kg) and over 6 feet (1.8 meters) tall. He was sorely missed and was commemorated by statues and plaques throughout Europe.
There is even an achievement in Hearts of Iron IV, referencing him.
The more perceptive among you may have noticed that Wojtek was only 21 when he died.
That, despite fighting during the Second World War, he was born in 1942.
That strangely after a rather boring military career he was well remembered and celebrated.
Why is that?
Because Corporal Wojtek was a Bear.
A Syrian Brown Bear to be precise.
He was adopted by his company in Hamadan when he was found by a young boy having been abandoned after his mother was killed, he was fed condensed milk from an old vodka bottle when he was still young by 18 year old Irena Bokiewicz.
The reason for him having been enlisted was due to the fact that in order to get him onto a British transport ship he needed to be an enlisted soldier, so they enlisted him.
He really did serve in the Battle of Monte Cassino, kind of, were he helped in the transport of munitions.
For his actions the emblem of 22nd Artillery Supply Company was made to be a Bear carrying an artillery shell.
After the war he stayed with his company until de-mobilisation, after which he was donated to Edinburgh Zoo. Where he was visited by company members through the years, they would often throw him cigarettes (which he would eat, as know one could light them for him).
When he died he was immortalised as a symbol for Polish-Scottish relations and the Polish Artillery Corps.
That ladies and gentlemen is the story of Wojtek, the Soldier Bear.
Further Info: https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wojtek_(bear)
1 day agoErinM
Earlier this month, a friend from a different community announced that she would be organizing a blog tour for Suicide Prevention Awareness. I had told her I was interested, but it took me a while to figure out how to put the importance of this subject into words that made sense.
The result is probably the longest thing I've ever written (that's online, anyway) - an open love letter to anyone who has ever felt alone or struggled with depression or thoughts of suicide.
Because that was me at one point.
The post is way too long to share in its entirety here, so if you want to read it all, you can do so here. (Feel free to ignore the debt parts - the focus of this particular tour was on the link between depression and debt, but I kind of ignore debt and go more in-depth with how I overcame things after that.)
Here's an excerpt -
This is an open love letter to anyone who has struggled with debt, suicidal thoughts, depression, or any combination of those. I want you to know that you’re not alone in this.
I am firmly in the “suicide is not the answer” camp. But it wasn’t always that way.
Throughout much of middle school and high school, I struggled with suicidal thoughts on a daily basis.
I attribute much of it to the bullying I endured during those years. I was carefully picked apart, feature by feature, trait by trait, by a handful of assholes who had nothing better to do. And I had no one to turn to.
One incident sticks out the most in my head: I was on the lunch line with a few friends when kids behind us started making fun of my teeth. At the time, my parents couldn’t afford braces, and my front teeth were, well, prominent.
I felt my face flush instantly. My friends quietly adverted their eyes, and no teachers were paying attention. I endured several more moments of verbal poking and prodding before running off the line and back to my table, tears running down my face.
When my ‘friends’ came back, they expressed some sympathy, but conversation around another topic resumed and that was that.
I could never come up with any reason for the bullying other than I was quiet, which made me an easy target. Which also sucked, because it made me wish for the power of invisibility more and more each time it happened.
I started thinking that my sole purpose on this earth was to be tortured at school. (Dramatic much?) At the time, I had one or two friends I could turn to, but when I tried to confide in them, it was clear they felt uncomfortable.
As a result, I felt completely alone, and things only went downhill from there. It wasn’t long before I would pass a group of laughing kids in the hallway, wondering what I did to elicit such a reaction. (Yep, I was super paranoid.)
Once a proud holder of ‘perfect attendance’ awards, I started missing school because it felt like a prison. I would wake up each day with the thought not this again.
Not only did I hate what my life had become, but I hated myself. I was firmly convinced I wasn’t worthy of love, and that there was no reason for anyone to love me anyway, so what did it matter?
Eventually the pain subsided; it was replaced with emptiness. I had cried enough tears, ran myself ragged with negative thoughts, and my soul had been ravaged. What was I doing with my life? Why did it matter? I don’t mean anything to anyone. Everyone always looks the other way. Their eyes speak of hate and disgust. I’m just a burden.
It was easier to go through the motions and put on a fake face to please others to avoid the inevitable are you okay?
But a life of emptiness has no roads to travel. Being directionless, it becomes pointless. So I found myself planning how it would all end.
Yet, for all the planning I did (and I’m quite the planner), I could never pull the trigger – in any sense of the word.
To spare you the unnecessary details, I eventually reached the precipice. I had to make a decision: end it, or figure out a way down.
I chose the latter, though it wasn’t an easy decision. Considering I had to build the road from scratch, the journey was anything but quick.
That journey taught me that suicide is not the answer. It took me years to reach that conclusion, but thoughts of suicide haven’t entered my mind since. 10 years ago, I never thought I would find peace, but I did.
Everyone’s journey is different, of course. What worked for me might not work for you. But I still believe that we have the power to control our destiny – we can choose to live, to find peace, to love and receive love.
That choice is one of the most difficult choices we will have to make in life, but it has been worth every struggle and battle I've endured. Even the ones I lost - especially the ones I lost, because I learned the most from them.
I'm all for being independent, but connection is something most of us crave. Sometimes we need the help of others to make it through, and there's absolutely no shame in that. We weren't meant to live in isolation. We're all trying to figure this shit out and stumbling along the way. So please, reach out and ask for help when you need it. Form connections with others because we all have something to learn from and teach each other. If you ever need someone to listen, I'm here.
What follows in my post is how I regained control over my life - my story - and why it matters. I talk about forgiveness, leaning into the pain, being enough, asking for help, practicing gratitude, the power of music, finding meaning, and why happiness shouldn't be our end goal.
Side note: As part of the music section, I also created a playlist that contains a range of songs which reflect the inner turmoil we all wade through at some point. There's a bunch of different genres and moods in there, but if you find turning to music helpful, I encourage you to make your own playlists as a form of therapy.
I hope this helps.
6 hours agoPhoenixFilms Community Hunter, Austin
Hey guys. While there may not be a Let's Play Community any more, fans have still been creating some amazing creative stuff. Videos, compilations, fan art, cosplay, you name it.
I'm working on a pilot episode for what I would like to be a weekly series with the help of RT World. This weekly video will showcase some of the best fan made content from around the web, shared here on the RT site, Twitter, Reddit, YouTube, you name it. The videos will showcase the content and give credit to the source, as well as linking to the original in the description. Think of it as AHWU but instead of showcasing weapons, fan letters, and videos of the week, it's all fan made content. Better yet, I want to have a rotation of community members commentating each episode.
I plan to put together a pilot episode for this weekend (ideally) so I'm going to be scouring the web for great content to showcase from the past couple weeks (not too far back), but I also need your help. Bring some cool stuff to my attention. Highlight videos, fan edits, fan art, cosplay photos from conventions, anything that can be credited and linked to. For example, the Let's Play Reunion was this week, I'm sure there's some great fan art and highlight videos from that to showcase. Send those my way, I can't be everywhere at once, and I can add it to the showcase.
So if you have seen some cool stuff fans have made that is RT related, leave a comment and let me know where to look. We'll have a pilot episode and a new video series in no time.