There’s a tweet going around from Monstercat that has the social media sphere in a tizzy. Tweet Here
Basically, they’re trying to make it easier for people to reach Affiliate status by paying for a subscription to the Monstercat Gold service, and this is pissing people off (specifically those that are already Affiliates) because they feel like it’s lowering the bar EVEN FURTHER.
But I have to ask….Does this even matter?
Personally, I don’t think it does. Big picture, it just makes it easier for streamers to have access to ads, bits, and subs. If you’re an Affiliate you can monetize your stream. That’s great! But again, does lowering the bar matter? If just ANYONE can suddenly become Affiliate, does that ACTUALLY impact you as an existing Affiliate?
No, it does not. Why do I believe that? Because having that Affiliate tag doesn’t mean anything. It’s not magical. It never was, nor will it ever, make you a better streamer or give you immediate success. It literally was designed as a jumping off point. A way to get your feet wet and see if you wanted to work towards something greater.
Having the Affiliate tag? Again, it alone does nothing. You and your content. That’s what’s important. How you present yourself, your brand, your everything, is how you fail or succeed.
So, is Twitch giving away Affiliate? Sure, maybe they are, but it doesn’t matter. If you really want to succeed as a content creator then get over it, and get back to creating. Good luck out there!
I had won some sort of trip to hang out with Annemunition and Lil_Lexi for my birthday. We were supposed to go see the premiere of the final Avengers movie, Avengers: War Path. In the back of my mind I knew it existed in place of Avengers: End Game, but wasn’t sure how I knew that. Along the way, we had taken a break at a truck stop (which becomes important later) and shortly after we made it to the theatre.
The movie was interesting. Thanos had succeeded in The Snap, but the results seen in this movie were different. Of The Avengers, only Tony Stark and one other hero I don’t recall had survived. This had caused Tony to go on a rampage throughout the universe, looking for a way to fix everything but it turned into a revenge tour at some point. He had changed himself so drastically. The nano machine swarm he used for his suit had grown. His mind had melded to the swarm in such a weird way that he had become like Dormamu from the Doctor Strange movie, a massive, green glowing cloud of nanotech. Cut to a scene where a bunch of parallel universe/alternate reality versions of the Avengers were gathered and being prepped to embark on a mission to go and stop the nano cloud of Tony. After they leave, we’re left in the briefing room with some aliens that were pretending to be human, and we learn what’s really going on. The aliens of this parallel universe are more like janitors. They have a massive multiversal operation that contains parallel universe anomalies and they set them right by sending people from one universe to another to replace individuals who die or go missing. The mechanics aren’t fully explained, but these replacements both are and are NOT clones? Anyways, these new Avengers get sent off, we have the revelation of these aliens, and then the camera pans out through a window into space while still looking at this weird space station. And it keeps getting bigger. The space station is made of tons of connecting rings and shapes that collectively make the operation bigger than a galaxy.
At this point in the dream movie, one of the audience members makes a huge fucking commotion and disrupts the movie. We try to calm him down, but he won’t be stopped, so we leave and try to get refunds. It’s at this point that I lose Anne and Lexi and somehow make it back to that truck stop from the beginning of the dream. I’m trying to call/message them so they can pick me up but for some reason I don’t have a proper signal or something.
Eventually, I think I get through to them, and I’m just sitting there waiting. I end up hanging out with some group that’s playing with RC planes or something? (Looking back I remember watching a video on youtube of an RC plane with a turbine motor)
It turns out, this is where I was supposed to be, as the dream somehow shifts into a weird birthday party scene and I’m being greeted by a large group of people, some I recognize and some I don’t. For some reason, it starts to click that I was actually from a parallel universe and was sent to replace another version of me, and that’s what the movie was trying to prepare me for. It felt really fucking weird.
Finally slept through the night for a change and had a bunch of strange dreams but only one stands out now that I’m awake. It involved an ostrich.
Not just any ordinary ostrich, though. This one was some sort or chimera hybrid ostrich that was mixed with an alpaca or llama. You could see the blend of the animals in the head/face and it was honestly not that disturbing (at least not in my head, anyways.) To make it more strange, this creature was wearing a tshirt for a fictional band named Ammando Commando which was stylized in a two word stack so that both words used the same MM’s.
Then, my brain decided to take things to an even more bizarre level and somehow my dad was there with me and he was also wearing a shirt for Ammando Commando. So, of course, he gets excited because this fucking alpac-ostrich was a fan of a band he liked! What does he do next? He wants a damn picture with it….then all hell broke loose and it like tackled/charged him knocking him into me. I had to catch him and make sure he got away from the things ass end because I saw it start raising a foot like it was getting ready to back kick into us.
And that’s where the dream ended! Wonder what I did to have THAT dream in the mix? Oh well, I think Ammando Commando is my new alt-rock band name.
Not long after I posted that entry this morning, I realized I missed something. I mentioned that to help accomplish my writing goals I needed to read. What I neglected to mention were the things I could do to accomplish that particular reading goal OUTSIDE of the scheduled self-education reading time slots. That’s probably because I finished writing the post late last night (actually sometime around 12:30 this morning) and I may have been rather drained by the end.
So here’s an addendum! To help me accomplish my reading goal (and thus support my writing related goals) I decided I needed to get back to reading books regularly. I’ll also be trying to read more non-fiction, such as news, reviews, and other blogs that I come across that catch my eye. I haven’t decided on the actual number of things I’ll read, but just knowing I need to read and have the opportunity to do so at any time (and not totally structured is in itself a relief.)
Good thing I have a backlog of books to read to get me started. Here’s to reading more in 2020!
This isn’t a cooking blog, so don’t expect some awesome recipr formatting or anything. I’m just taking a moment to talk about a flavor combination I made.
Okay so it may not be the healthiest thing you can eat for breakfast but it’s better than crack, and so are these cookies I made for a work potluck today.
Coincidentally it is also National Maple Syrup Day, and these cookies taste like a waffle that has been slathered in butter and maple syrup.
The secret? Maple flavored buttercream frosting on a pudding sugar cookie.
The recipes aren’t secret because you can find versions of them all over the internet. So I’ll keep it simple here.
For the cookie:
Take your favorite cookie recipe. Doesn’t matter what kind from what I can tell. Add a box of instant pudding mix to the dry ingredients and an extra egg to the wet ingredients. Need to keep the dry and wet ingredients in balance.
For the frosting:
Find a simple buttercream frosting recipe you like and add Maple flavoring extract. About 1 1/2 teaspoons per 1/2 cup of butter. Maybe more.
And that’s it. Apart they aren’t anything special, but when eaten together is when the magic happens.
Excuse the shitty hand writing you’re about to see.
A couple weeks ago I mentioned on my Twitch stream that I had picked up a small whiteboard to hang in my room, and that I was using it to list out some of my top goals. I only showed it briefly there, so I thought I should share it here for everyone to see clearly.
I picked the top 5 things I felt were going to be important to me for the immediate future and beyond, and I put them on the left.
Each goal has some supporting words and statements to help keep me thinking about the pieces that will make up the whole.
On the right side I came up with a list of things I recognized were time and/or resource suckers that I should be avoiding at all costs because they detract from my potential to complete any of my goals.
I then finished with a couple of two statements that I hope will remind and empower me to complete these goals.
Be Disciplined. Be Focused.
Wish me luck!
A text list of the goals for anyone that wants it.
I’ve been fairly quiet on social media for the last month or so, and felt like posting an update.
I started typing this out on Twitter but quickly realized I was going to need more than 240 characters and also didn’t want to just post a string of tweets, so here we are!
The last couple of months have been an interesting journey. I’ve traveled to familiar places and spent time with old friends. I’ve traveled to new places and finally met friends I’ve only ever known online. I’ve started down a path for bettering my health and alreadt seen some improvements. I had time to reflect on who I was, where I’ve come from, and where I think I want to go.
During that bit of self-reflection, I decided on a couple things. First of all, goals for 2020 and beyond. I bought and hung up a small whiteboard with some goals written on it, as well as things I need to avoid going forward so that I can focus on the more important things.
In addition to that, I’m putting forth an effort to learn more and expand my knowledge. A while back I learned about a service called Masterclass and was recently reminded that it exists. So I looked into it, found some subjects I liked, and took the plunge. We’ll see where it takes me.
Now that it’s December of 2019, I’ll put together a different entry to cover more specific topics such as a proper reflection of my year and what I’m actually aiming to accomplish in the year to come.