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Sooo... I dunno how true this is, but I've just heard on Instagram that Tumblr is now down to a skeleton crew that's only doing maintenance on the site. This is not good news no matter how you think about it. When you combine this scuttlebutt with the fact that the Escapist and Omegle have now closed down this week, it's really starting to feel like the internet culture that existed in the late 2000s and early 2010s is now disappearing. A lot of the touchstones we might have grown up with tended to be either group efforts or solely created by bright-eyed tech whizzes who wanted to change the world. But now that idealism has given way to the influencer era and a way more individualistic mindset regarding content creation, especially with platforms like Patreon and... *cough* OnlyFans bypassing the need to be hired by an employer.
But to be honest, many of these platforms either getting bought out by conglomerates that proceed to run them into the ground, or their Wild West nature hitting head first into the brick wall that is modern censorship and safeguarding hasn't helped matters either. Another piece of scuttlebutt is that Omegle was being investigated in the US because of some of the... unsavory people and content that was being hosted there. So the owner closed the site before the feds could bring charges against Omegle.
Also, it's crazy to think DeviantART and FanFiction.Net have outlasted Omegle and might outlive Tumblr now. They're shaping up to be internet cockroaches in the sense that if the modern web exploded right now, those sites might be one of the last men standing lmao.
I decided to wait until I got much further with my leg sleeve before posting a new update picture on here:
You can tell which parts were done just yesterday and which have long healed up already. ^^; Some more branches need to be added next time, and after that, I'm gonna have a final set of branches finishing off the tree right at the top of my leg, with maybe a cobweb and a Red Admiral butterfly for decoration. I might wait until the sleeve is completely finished before posting another update, so it might not be until January or February next year.
So I managed to finish Mario Wonder's story over the weekend, and now I'm honestly thinking of going for a 100% clear on it. Not only because there's actually a bunch of secret and special levels left to unlock (it feels like there's a hundred secret exits when I think there's only like, under ten lol), and I'm still missing some badges, but because it's obvious Mario Wonder was a carefully crafted game with genuine love behind it. And thanks to the lack of a timer in this game, it's relatively carefree to explore the levels, actively encouraging you to go out and find secrets. I hate to join in with the mainstream Pokemon bashing, buuut... If Game Freak could pull off something with just as much heart as Nintendo's main studios can with Mario Wonder, the current Pokemon fandom would definitely be a lot less angry all the time.
World 6 sucks when it comes to difficulty tho. Just warning everyone lol.
It's been a while, but the bottom part of my leg sleeve is pretty much done! (I might add a bee or two somewhere, but that's something to discuss with my artist at the next consultation). Next time, the top and bottom halves of the sleeve should be connected.
Not the best quality image, but I hate trying to take pictures of my legs lol.
I know there are tons of ethical issues surrounding AI voices (by which I mean people creating AIs out of fictional characters and celebrities, not our AI synths), buuut... I've recently developed an addiction to the current AI singing wave, and it's both cracking me up and scaring me how good AI programs are getting. To me, this is almost like an evolution of all those UTAUs made from fictional characters that were still around until just recently. At the same time, I can see why some voice actors and singers are complaining.
I'm now officially a member of the glasses mafia! The lenses are insane - everything looks a lot brighter and clearer through them, and it makes a massive difference to my long-distance vision in particular. (They're meant to help while I'm looking at screens too, but they don't seem to do much other than make text a bit larger and brighter.)
The only problem I'm having right now is that the bridge of my nose hurts like crazy after around a couple of hours of wear - any tips for that, or is that just a general glasses wearer problem that I'm stuck with?
Sooooo... For the very first time in my life, I may have caught chicken pox. Yes, I was lucky enough to never catch it as a kid. But it seems that my luck ran out around last Saturday, because I noticed some weird spots on my chest, but I didn't think anything of it at the time. Unfortunately, the spots just kept spreading on my stomach, back and top of my legs, to the point that yesterday I finally had to tell Mum something was wrong - her inner armchair doctor diagnosed me with chicken pox.
What's weird is that even though I've been stuck at the spot stage for around seven or eight days now, only one on my back seems to be turning into a traditional pox blister, and the stupid things keep trying to spread everywhere - I've discovered one on my neck after a shower around a hour ago. If this crap spreads to my face, I'm gonna cry. Another weird thing is that the spots haven't been as itchy as you might expect from chicken pox - the worst itchiness has been tingling sensations on my back and shoulders. So I dunno if it's some kind of mild chicken pox or possibly something else, like a different viral infection.
Mum's ordered some calamine lotion, despite the spots not being super annoying. Meanwhile, I just feel like a disgusting troll and I wish these spots would piss off.
This is probably the most mysterious trance song on the internet. All that's really known about the record is that it came from the Netherlands. The phrase 'Bitter and Twisted' is etched on it too, so I was wondering if that might have been the name of either the title or the artist. Either way, nobody has ever come forward to explain its origin.
It sounds kinda similar to Brainbug (RIP)'s songs (check out 'Nightmare' and 'Rain'), so some people have wondered if it was secretly by him, but like I said, the record came from the Netherlands and Brainbug was from Italy. Unless it was some kind of bootleg release by a Dutch label that took on foreign artists. The lack of details on the vinyl is what drives people mad about this one lol.
I started a new tattoo project on my right leg last month, but it wasn't until today that it reached a stage that I thought it was presentable enough to show off on here:
I've also had to start using numbing cream because when I originally got the linework for this done, the pain was ABSOLUTE HELL. If you have a low pain tolerance, numbing creams are a godsend, despite what the old school tattoo curmudgeons say about them. Finished tattoo art is amazing, but the process of getting them really isn't! ^^;
My hair is now short again! I added some blonde highlights too, in order to take out this red dye I've been growing out since last summer (though with how short I've gone again, most of the red had already disappeared by the time we reached the highlight stage). Surprisingly, even Mum thought it turned out great. I'm so happy right now, I really feel like I'm who I want to be again!