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  • Favorite response to Xingchen Infinity on Bili so far:

    能不能让尘尘多穿点,光着腿连裙摆都没有,我怕她冷 😭

    (Can't she be given more to wear? She doesn't even have a skirt to cover her bare legs, I'm afraid she'll get cold 😭 )
    peaches2217
    peaches2217
    I almost hate to admit it, but I love her English demonstration. Honestly I'd be a lot more receptive to her voice if it wasn't presented as The New and Improved Xingchen; it's not bad, it's just... unnecessary. And knowing that Ddicky's rushed it just to have it made for the sake of replacing her Vocaloid due to personal grudges sours that opinion a lot more as well.

    Dammit I want to love her, but I want to hate her, but I can't fucking do either 😭
    It’s interesting to see the sheer divide in the Western and Chinese fandoms over Xingchen AI. People can’t get enough of her over here, while the general consensus in the Chinese fandom is somewhere between “This is okay, but unnecessary” and “Ew”.

    I’m kinda on the side of “Okay but unnecessary”. She sounds fine, and I’m happy for that! But there’s no significant improvement over her Vocaloid. Like, I was expecting a sacrifice of her characteristics in exchange for greater realism, but that’s not even the case. She’s more or less a rehash. And the Chinese fandom wouldn’t even agree on that much: many say she’s lost her character and doesn’t sound any better for it.

    I guess I’m just glad they didn’t outright fuck her up. Still, current conflicting feelings on Quadimension aside, I’m happy just having her Vocaloid.
    TheStarPalace
    TheStarPalace
    If nothing else, Quadimension followed through on their plan to bring stardust to Synth v regardless of the legal hoops they'd have to jump through, and I think there's something admirable in that. A lot of Chinese fans who are unenthusiastic might own Stardust V4 already and not see a need to get another software. And stardust AI will have English cross lingual capability, so I'm excited for that ❤❤❤❤❤
    morrysillusion
    morrysillusion
    yeah im def like "well at least she doesnt sound worse?" but its so much just the same as her vocaloid version which is only good for the "at least it didnt get worse" opinion lol. and im glad in that sense, but still wouldve hoped to see a more significant positive change. but it is interesting to see such the divide- while im not on the most positive end of opinion, im also not really on the negative about it either. i always had a soft spot for her vocaloid design and knowing her voice is basically identical makes it disappointing about the little change between them aside from design and where they are used- the whole legal side of things was very messy so im glad shes survived through that regardless in some form, and there are some benefits to her Synth V in the sense of cross language, which i will at least be curious to see people use her for.
    peaches2217
    peaches2217
    @TheStarPalace the issue isn’t “Eh, they probably already have her Vocaloid, they can’t justify buying a rehash”, it’s more “Quadimension has stopped production of her Vocaloid bank, which is widely beloved in the Chinese fandom, and intend to fully replace it with something much of the target audience considers inferior, not because Quadimension was aiming to use new technology to improve Stardust, but because Ddicky has a grudge against Vocaloid and was fine with Stardust gaining no improvements and losing what made her unique just to have her on another engine”. Her existence on AI is purely in bad faith and not a desire to use new technologies to improve her. That’s my main issue, and that’s the issue many, MANY people in the Chinese fandom are expressing as well.

    It’s cool that we’ll get English capabilities with her, but it’s sad to see that they basically flipped the bird to their target audience in the first place.
    I did it! I accomplished something today! I re-installed all of my V4s... that I accidentally uninstalled in the first place because I uninstalled a trial bank through Revo, because muscle memory triumphed over my common sense. I'm not sure if fixing a problem I myself created technically counts as accomplishing something, but I'm going to pull the "I almost got stabbed at McDonalds three days ago" card and use it as an excuse to be nice to myself.

    I've felt crummy all day, but my hope is that tomorrow (well, later today, technically), I can get out, get some grocery shopping done, maybe visit that resale shop owned by one of my regulars (she gave me a 15% off card, it's only fair I use it!). Wish me luck with that as well!
    I’ve felt panicky and sporadic, far more so than usual, since the incident on Friday. I’m a dramatic bitch, I’m sure it’s not PTSD, but I’m definitely still shaken psychologically and I’m annoyed by it. I’ve done nothing of value all weekend, not a note tuned or not a word written or anything. I’d at least like to accomplish something today. I at least need to take the trash out. Or clean the living room, or SOMETHING. I’ve given myself entirely too much time to “recover” from something I shoulda been able to shake an hour after it happened. :clara_ani_lili: Wish me luck!
    I’m caught between wanting desperately to use Haiyi again, and wanting to sell her and the rest of my Quadimension vocals, burn their boxes and merch, and delete all of my covers and references to enjoying them. And that’s a very, very strange crossroads to be stuck at.
    Blue Of Mind
    Blue Of Mind
    There's quite a few other VBs considered problematic by some people now (*coughSeeUYohioloidZunkoEmVoiceingeneralcough*) for different reasons, yet fans still put out content for them. One thing I've noticed about the vocal synth fandom is that beyond a certain point, it's fairly easy to divorce a VB from their VP or company. There was a recent discussion about how Crypton was trying to divorce Miku from Saki Fujita through how they were processing her samples in NT, and it made me realise that barring any massive drama on Crypton or Fujita's end, chances are that Miku might become a phenomenon that will last beyond her creators.

    I never followed any official Quadimension accounts, even before the drama surrounding the extremely questionable official art started, so I guess I'm sitting on a very different perspective from you. I can mentally divorce from Quadimension VBs from the company and the official artist for Haiyi because I can just look up more worksafe fan content featuring her and the other characters, but I dunno what you've been thinking aside from ditching the VBs completely out of guilt for something that isn't your fault.
    Welp, I had one of the most terrifying experiences of my life earlier, and it sapped any and all motivation I had to Get Shit Done today. Thankfully the timing’s good: I’m off for the next week! But damn, what a way to start a vacation.

    Ah well. This is the first time I’ve had more than three days off in a row since I started nearly two years ago, so I guess this is a sign that I should take advantage of it and sleep like my life depends on it. I just hope that this mood doesn’t last. Or morph into PTSD. If it becomes PTSD I’d at least like it to wait until AFTER my vacation’s over. 😩
    peaches2217
    peaches2217
    Considering I’ve been shaking and short of breath ever since I tried laying down to go to sleep, I worry it IS PTSD. I’ve read that playing Tetris after a traumatic event lessens the long-term impact so that’s what I’m doing now. Wish me luck!

    Aaaaaaaaaaagh it’s so stupid. It lasted like a minute, there’s no reason it should effect me this hard. I think this is less a sign that I need more sleep and more a sign that I’m weak as fuck and need to grow a thicker skin.
    Ronny777
    Ronny777
    If you want to talk about it I'm all ears.
    Me: *has multiple books on Slovakia and the Slovak language that I've printed over the past months, as well as a native Slovak girlfriend who is a loving and patient fountain of knowledge*

    Also me, scouring PDF Drive for books on Slovak/Slovakia like an anteater who has too long been deprived of ants: "I want to know EVERYTHING"
    I'm nearing 25 and still have no idea what I want to do for a living, but the fact that I have a favorite paper type (and the fact that I feel genuinely passionately about it)* suggests remaining in the field of printing is probably a good idea. Except, y'know, paper's not really a sustainable business in this day and age, so I can't see it being a job I can remain secure in.

    So... that puts me back at Square 1.

    I try not to get discouraged. My brother just got a new job a few months ago that he can see himself in long-term, and he's 26. So I've got at least two more years before I should be beating myself into the ground! I plan to uproot and be on the other side of the world by the mid-point of next year, so maybe I should just focus on that for now and worry about my career later.

    But how am I supposed to build a career abroad if I don't know what the fuck I wanna do, or even what I'm good at? It's a vicious cycle.

    *It's 28lb/98 Brightness, by the way. So simple, but so refined! So versatile! So uncomplicated!
    Mika
    Mika
    Don't be too discouraged. My brother turned 31 in December and only got his first actual job in October... and he already has a little family lol. Wanted to be a lawyer first, then his grades weren't good enough and he tried to study Physics at university. Failed because of Math and went to the Military for a while. Then studied Programming, finished as one of the best and now he works for the state. He also tried to be a Musician somewhere between that. So hey, take your time! Not everyone knows what to be right from the beginning.
    Blue Of Mind
    Blue Of Mind
    I'm 25 - I'm probably a bit different from most people in that I've always known what I wanted to do (work as a historian), but actually getting to that position has been a challenge (it's been 10 years since I left school and I'm only starting to see a light at the end of the tunnel of constant studying). In the meantime, I've held down an office job and done some volunteering at a local archive (before Covid). Needless to say, I discovered I can't hack traditional 9 to 5 hours because I severely struggle with getting up early (it's not laziness, I legitimately feel sick if I wake up before nine), so I'll have to be careful with future positions unless I want to experience the same burnout and sickness that tripped me over at school multiple times. At least Covid has proven working from home can be viable, especially if you're disabled, so I'm hoping I can get lucky in the future.
    Literally TEN FREAKING MINUTES after making a post whining about Nana and EMS's lack of updates, and the status updates. They're holding her at the post office because of "multiple failed delivery attempts". ALL THE MAIL AT MY APARTMENT COMPLEX GOES TO THE SAME PLACE AND GETS SORTED BY THE LANDLADY, ALL YOU HAD TO DO WAS CHUCK THE BOX IN THE GENERAL DIRECTION OF THE MAIN OFFICE ET VOILA

    But! In exchange for cleaning her bathroom, my mom's gonna pick her up for me to save me the trip. I'm excited!
    Trying to record an Utau when you have a very noisy cat with separation anxiety is fun. You have to re-record every other sample three times because "NuNuN" turns into "NuNmyaaaauNmyaaaaaaaow".

    Maybe Peter just wants to make his own Utau. Y'know? I think the world really DOES need a Peterloid.

    (Also! I did it: I finished and posted my FoMT fic! It's M-rated so I won't link it, but I'm really happy~)
    Since I've been floundering on all attempts at covers and I've already posted two in the past week, I think I'm gonna shift my focus towards trying to write. I have another Kung Fu Panda fic in the works, and I'm encouraged to chip away at it some more following the feedback the other one I posted got! And then there's a FoMT fic I've got mostly done, but I got hung up on the ending. I really believe I can get it done.

    Wish me luck!
    Because I haven’t already taken on too many projects, I remembered on the drive home from work that, about a year before I got into the technical side of Vocaloid, I wanted to make Rin sing Livin’ in the Sunlight, Lovin’ in the Moonlight. The thing is, I want her to cover the Tiny Tim version, and I got the feeling that, y’know, the soft brightness of her English bank might be perfect for that!

    Which makes this I believe the ninth cover I’m “actively” working on now. Pray for me.

    (Also, how do y’all like my new icon? I just wasn’t feeling the last one, so until I can find a vocalsynth icon I really click with, my favorite Bicon it is~)
    Pouring one out for the Color Voices tonight. I’m out of vodka, so I hope protein-enhanced chocolate soy milk honors their memory just as well. 😔
    I posted my new fic last night... and it's already got a comment, praising it as a masterpiece, praising my depiction of PTSD, and confessing that they cried while reading it. It's from a reader who read my stuff while I was on Tumblr, so maybe they're seeing my works through rose-colored glasses, but...

    It's been three years since I got a comment like that on ANYTHING I've written, so naturally I'm going to frame it and hang it in my room.
    Me? Writing an original, all-new Kung Fu Panda fanfic in 2022, five years after leaving the fandom proper? It's more likely than you think.
    I threatened to start calling Patuk “Patch” or “Patchy”, because it matches how she calls me Peach/Peachy. I was anticipating laughter or even a joking “Call me that and we’re breaking up” or something.

    Catching me completely off-guard, she unironically loved it. I pointed out that Patchy is the name of the pirate from SpongeBob, complete with a gif of him flying through the air and crash-landing through a house. She still loved.

    Peachy Cheeks loves her Patchykins is what I think this post is trying to say, and that’s a string of words I never anticipated I’d actually type.
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