I've been feeling extraordinarily bored the last few weekends, so I finally decided to break out the sewing machine and make this little guy. Some of you may recognize him. He's so cute!
How's your weekend going?
1 month agoLadyOddDuck
Who: RT Austin
What: Inspecting, sorting, and boxing food donations - Check out this video for a full run down.
When: Saturday, May 26th from 1:30 - 4:30 PM
Where: Central Texas Food Bank
Why: To fight hunger in central Texas and make a positive impact on our communities
DM me for more info or if you'd like to sign up!
1 month agoLadyOddDuck
Y'all know me... Saying I'm nervous is an every day occurrence. Anxiety is my constant companion. My baseline level of nerves will probably always be higher than everyone else's. But recently I've been nervous about something very specific: One of my friends is moving here.
Weird thing to be nervous about, right? Some of my nerves are due to the fact that they're partially moving because I live here. That means if something goes wrong and moving here turns out to be the worst decision of their life, it's kinda my fault. But, to be honest, there's something more nagging at me...
I don't know if I can be a good friend. My last in-person friendships ended when high school did. My friendships since have been based online. I haven't had a "real life" friend in a decade and I'm horribly rusty. Sure, I've met/hung out with my online friends a few times over the years. But I'm super awkward and very slow to warm up. So what it all boils down to is that I don't know if I'm capable of being as good a friend in person as I am online. What if I flub it all up?
Just something that's been on my mind.
1 month agoLadyOddDuck
According to Mike Quinn, VP of Engineering at Rooster Teeth, inactive or defunct groups will be archived in the next iteration of the RT community site. Archiving implies that data will be preserved, but given that we lost all our PMs in the last switchover, well... I'm a little concerned. So I've spent most of today going back and archiving (aka copying and pasting) all the journal and forum posts in The Angels/The Nerd Nest group here on the site.
All 297 pages worth.
Good God, that's a lot of words. More importantly, that's a lot of memories. Seeing as I'm now just 6 days away from my 5th year on the site and today is RT's 15th birthday, I think it's fitting to reminisce a bit. And what better way to do it than to look through that group. To see all those conversations we had. To recognize names I haven't seen in years, and to wonder where they are and what they're up to now. To see the beginnings of the friendships I've developed over the last few years and hope to maintain over a lifetime.
If you had told me 5 years ago that I would have had all these amazing (and some heartbreaking) experiences with this community, I would have thought you were crazy. If you had told me 5 years ago I'd be living in Austin working in the games industry (and for Bethesda, no less), I'd have told you to shut your freaking mouth.
What a weird thing life is. Life will take you so many places you don't expect and it will be filled with so many wonderful things. Like our experience as a community here, the road will never be perfectly smooth. But those lumps and bumps and battle wounds remind us of how strong we are and how far we've come together.
I intend to go through the same archiving process with my personal journal here, cause there's a lot I don't want to lose. I suggest you all do the same and take some time to look back and see how you've grown.
But seriously, don't trust that everything you put on the internet will stick around forever. And don't assume that something you delete will ever be gone. It's one of those strange paradoxes I don't think I'll ever get used to.
Are you reminiscing today? What are some of your best memories from this community?
2 months agoLadyOddDuck
It's been a really full week for me. Lots of announcements and whatnot, including the community stuff at RTX (which I am still super hyped for). In that journal, I mentioned wanting to rant. Well, I started the week with only 1 rant, but now I've got a couple built up. I guess these aren't really even rants; they're more "Hey! Don't do this, butthead!"
1. Don't act like an authority figure unless you actually have authority. I've noticed men do this more than women. You can hate me for calling that out, I don't care. You know what happens when you assume authority? You confuse the people who don't know better and alienate the ones who do. You don't have to step on other people's toes to show you can be a leader. In fact, doing that proves quite the opposite. Be helpful, yes, but also be humble. You will gain nothing by pushing yourself into the spotlight when you haven't earned it.
2. Volunteering is hard work. I don't know why some people expect it to be fun and games. It is quite often either physically or emotionally exhausting. Sometimes it's both. Know what you're getting into before you get into it.
3. This has been bouncing around on my Twitter timeline recently, but it also affected me personally this week. Criticism and bashing are vastly different and being negative in public isn't the most prudent idea. If you're going to be overtly negative about something, maybe make sure you aren't doing so around the people who worked on it? Or even the peers of someone who worked on it. Like point 1, doing this will only get you alienated. Nobody wants to associate with those who are disrespectful of the time and energy of others.
On a lighter note, this week has been exceptionally nice for me. Started the day yesterday by co-hosting RT Austin's 2nd charity meetup. Everyone left smiling and we made a positive impact on the organization we volunteered for. I'm going to call it a success.
I am ridiculously sore today, however. Who knew gardening was such an upper back workout? Kinda loving it, though. I've been looking for ways to strengthen the muscles in my back.
Now I'm off to work on a game pitch for my mentoring meeting!
How's your week been?
2 months agoLadyOddDuck
I was going to post a rant tonight, but instead I'm going to celebrate instead. What am I celebrating exactly?
The return of community-submitted panels and a brand new Community Corner at RTX Austin 2018!!!!!! (That requires more than 6 exclamation points, but I'm gonna reel it in for now).
I cannot tell you how hyped I am by this news. RTX last year was sorely missing community-submitted panels as the community track was... well... it wasn't very representative of who we are and all the great things we do. Now groups/creators/etc. have a chance to share knowledge with the community and recapture the true spirit of RTX - connecting community members with each other and with resources they can use to make this place awesome.
I have a ton of ideas for panels and I'm sure you do too. I'm also super curious what the Community Corner is going to be like and I hope we can get a lot of diversity in terms of what is showcased there.
What would you like to see talked about at RTX Austin? Anything you've been curious about? Anything the community does well that you want to learn how to do yourself? The sky's the limit. If anyone wants to bounce an idea off me, just let me know! My DMs are always open.
2 months agoLadyOddDuck
Like so many of you, I used to do charity streams - mostly 24 hour gigs for Extra Life and AbleGamers. As I've gotten older/more cantankerous/more settled, I've come to realize these things just aren't for me. I don't have the stamina to stream more than even 3 hours and I'm not sure how much I really enjoy streaming in general anymore.
What I really need is more in-person volunteer opportunities in my life. I love getting out there, meeting people, getting my hands dirty, and making the world better in concrete ways. Not that there's anything wrong with raising money, I'm just not very effective at it. I've got a charity thing with RT Austin coming up soon and I honestly can't wait. I think it's going to be a ton of fun. Hopefully I'll get the privilege of hosting more. Maybe I'll even volunteer at a booth or two at some conventions coming up.
Do you like doing charitable things? What sorts of things do you do?
P.S. If anyone in Austin knows of any in-person charity events they need volunteers for, let me know.
3 months agoLadyOddDuck
I'll be participating in some exciting things soon. Hope you can come/get involved!
Saturday, February 24th (Today!)
From 2-5 PM today I'll be streaming Portal 2 with the most excellent @kimbykat!
Want to help RT Austin do some gardening for a great cause, Austinites? I'll be hosting a volunteer event at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center on Saturday, March 17th from 8:30 AM to noon. We'll be planting, weeding, mulching, watering, and otherwise helping to tend for all the beautiful flowers and we'll get to learn more about native Texas wildlife! Spaces are extremely limited so I'm looking for people who are committed to attending. If you're interested, hit me up with your email address!
Saturday, March 24th
Super awesome secret stream! Details coming soon.
Hope to see you there!
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Now I've just made myself hungry... :(
| Asked by: Desayjin 2 years ago
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