So 2019 has ended... What a shitshow that was.Jan 3, 2020
In April of 2019, I lost my grandmother to cancer. She was in remission, but slipped and fell down her stairs and suffered a pretty bad head injury. She was put into a medically induced coma to hopefully have her body focus on healing, but instead, the cancer took her life just two short days later. And although I miss her and I'm sad that she's gone, I'll never forget her. I was lucky enough to visit her one last time in summer of 2018. I live at the top of Oregon, and she lived at the bottom of Los Angeles in California. I knew that it would be my last time seeing her, so I prepared myself, and made damn sure I could spend all the time with her that I possibly could. So I guess I at least have that closure.
Then, around the same time, my girlfriend was having very sharp pains in her lower abdomen. She ot seen my TWO doctors at the urgent care, and they both wrote it off as gas, or some other bullshit. Finally saw a GOOD doctor as the pains continued, and she said it could possibly be cancer. This ruined me, as I had JUST lost my grandma to that shit. So we scheduled a hysterectomy surgery, and thankfully it was just ovarian cysts. They took one ovary, left the good one, and removed a bunch of leftover scar tissue from her C-sections over 17 years ago. She was in pain for most of the summer as she healed, and depended on me for everything. It was difficult for us both, but I'd do it all over again in a heartbeat for her.
Due to everything listed above, I did not have time to work much on MediCat for an April 2019 release. I also became very ill myself during the summer, further halting production. So I skipped a release, and I'm sorry about that. I had to get healthy again.
Later in the Autumn month of October, I got wind that my great uncle had passed away from pneumonia complications. He was quite old in his 70's, and his age played a major factor. I didn't know him very well, but I visited him in the same California trip that I took in 2018 to see my grandma. He was my last stop up on our way back home. So I guess I got some closure there too. My family is VERY small, so losing family members REALLY hurts, and I lost two last year.
My brother has been prone to seizures these last 10 years or so, and he had a major one on Christmas morning. It happened at his house, and he could feel it coming on early enough to move onto the couch, and have his wife hold him in place until it was over. He then slept for an hour and a half, because those drain you of all energy. He was able to get up, catch a ride to my mom's house, and we still had christmas, but that was scary for all of us.
And now the Icing on the cake - My friend's daughter (Allyson Watterson) is missing, and has been since December 22nd. I'm worried that her piece of shit boyfriend might have killed her, or that she might have become a victim of human trafficking. She still hasn't been found, and it's been turning my stomach ever since. I'm worried sick about her well-being. Her mom Misty isn't taking it well at all. Allyson and Misty are like BFFs, they're very close. They're each-other's worlds. And Allyson has just been plucked from their lives and there's nothing to go by. No witnesses seeing her, no clues found where she was seen last, search teams have come up empty-handed. Her boyfriend is in jail for unrelated charges (credit card fraud, car theft, among other stuff). I'm sure he knows where she is, or what happened to her.
My job has become somewhat a hostile environment to work in now, with new managers slave-driving my crew and I. The work keeps piling on, but the pay doesn't, so I think it's time to get out soon. My first goal this year is to get out of this shitty apartment and into a bigger place. Once I'm all moved in and settled, I'll be refinancing my car, and looking for new work that isn't so stressful and pays more than minimum wage. Those are my 3 short-term goals for this Spring.
So yeah... 2019 was not kind to me, and I'm hoping 2020 will be a better year.
I made my Pokemon Trainer Card in Photoshop, feel free to add me.Nov 26, 2019
I have Sword version.
You and stealitem like this.
I just finished putting together my prop sign for my Splatoon 2 cosplay...Nov 9, 2019
It turned out really well! I'm going to an anime convention on the 15th called Kumoricon, held in Portland, Oregon.
(I designed it from scratch in Photoshop, printed it at Walmart's photo center, and glued it to foam board)
I'm in the Urgent Care facility.Oct 20, 2019
Got a jaw infection, nothing major. I'll get some meds and be sent on my way.
I just beat Link's Awakening on Switch. (No spoilers)Sep 19, 2019
As a 26 year veteran of this game, I enjoyed this new remake very much. Many new things make it still feel like a good refresher, like the new intuitive controls and additional Secret Seashells required for the Level 2 sword.
(And for anybody wondering, yes... The Color dungeon is present and preserved.)
For anyone curious on picking it up, do it. It's well worth it. I haven't even dove into the dungeon builder yet.
So my first 3D printer just arrived...Aug 15, 2019
I've never owned one before. I'm looking forward to setting it up this weekend. I still need to go to Fry's and pick up some basic filaments, but I'm excited to get started. I've been educating myself thanks to various Facebook groups, YouTube videos, and cheap/free upgrades I can do to this thing to maximize output quality. Once I feel confident enough with my settings and results, I'll setup a proper Etsy shop and take print commissions.
Girlfriend is in surgery... Now I wait.May 9, 2019
She's got cysts on her right ovary and in her uterus, so they're taking everything but her left ovary (for hormonal reasons).
Prayers are bullshit, so I just have to wait and see how it goes. :/
Splatoon cosplay test for Sakuracon 2019, which is next week.Apr 13, 2019
Felt fresh, might rank-up later.
Test footage of my Inkling cosplay slideshow. (Splatoon 2)Apr 4, 2019
I have the power consumption under 1 amp, using the LCD set to 30% brightness and the Raspberry Pi 3 A+ underclocked to 800MHz. I disabled the Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, and audio chip since they aren't needed.
I redesigned my Splatoon 2 friend-code "Inkling Card", details inside with .PSD template for download.Apr 2, 2019
I redesigned my "Inkling Card" Photoshop template. I resized everything in such a way, anyone can just paste a screenshot of their Inkling or Octoling as a background layer, center it, and type in their friend-code information. Feel free to edit it to your liking, as everything is on it's own layer and clearly labeled what it is.
You can download the Photoshop template HERE.
Click the thumbnails to see them full-sized:
Progress is being made on my arcade cabinet:Feb 24, 2019
I got the control panel hinged and done, the screen mounted, the speakers and amp mounted and wired up, and all the holes drilled that I need. Next is sanding and paint.
Is this many connections on my PC considered "normal"?Feb 20, 2019
It seems a bit high to me, and I don't have anything running like a VPN or torrent client.
My late Winter + early Spring project:Feb 20, 2019
I'm building bartop arcade cabinet from scratch! It's made from MDF, and I've only gotten the basic parts glued and screwed together so far, but I'm not in any rush. I'm taking my time, and really stretching this out. I'm not a good wood worker by any means, but I do okay.
New "Off The Hook" plushies coming out in Japan in late June 2019!Feb 19, 2019
Feel free to ask me (Jayro) thingsFeb 18, 2019
Nothing is taboo.