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Our Discord sever is now a community server, which means I want all of ya’ll in there. This is a year for making new friends. Join today and watch some wrestling, or play some video games, or just lurk: https://discord.gg/uNahVCDU
The introduction video I wrote for OpenCV.ai is now live! It’s a tight 2 minutes of no bullshit pitching.
So, like, we have a TV channel now. RetroStrange TV to be precise. It plays movies we have featured on Movie Nights past, including some short features and other odds and ends. We are broadcasting Divergent League Baseball there, now, too.
There’s something coming from me about the indieweb, sometime, because I’ve remembered that I need it. I am a person who still feels like they do not really belong anywhere, or even, feels like they specifically do not belong wherever they are. I think over the last few years I forgot not how important independent media and news is societally, but how important it is to me personally. The answer is: Very much, a lot, etc. Where else would I go?
We are drowning in deadlines this week, folks. Hosted a webinar (still hate that word) this morning, now I’m writing a press release and submitting a competition entry. No rest for the wicked.
In the newsletter this week I talk about my new mixing board, the San Francisco “exodus” and Movie Night.
Read and subscribe to it for free on Substack.
As announced on retrostrange.com tonight we’ll be streaming a couple of good ‘ol fashioned rubber suit monster movies with Gamera .vs. Barugon and Majin The Monster of Terror, both released in 1966.
My newsletter went out last Thursday like it usually has. I spun up a Patron/Subscriber only Valheim server. I like Valheim.
Over on retrostrange.com we’ve revealed the next entry in the Movie Night series of screenings. It’s time for some more giant rubber suit monsters, baybee!
Patrons have also gotten the HQ downloadable version of my intro for episode 20. It’s only $1/mo, just sayin.
You can grab yourself a heapin’ helpin’ of Phil’s Newsletter at the usual place. It’s still free. You can still pay me anyway. Just sayin’
This week I launched a big project and talked a bit about the little things.
Extrafuture.com got “a new paint of coat,” today and I am using one of the (very easy-reading) default WordPress templates until I get the gumption to create my own again.
I keep wanting to post things here but it feels like the world has changed around this slice of the internet. The silos just keep getting bigger and more closed off. I am going to try to “go back” which of course always works out well for everybody.
Even discussing this makes me feel incredibly old. Maybe the indie web still exists. I guess there is only one way to find out…
I wrote about the Smashing Pumpkins album Adore, shared an exclusive guitar picture, and ruminated on leaving it all behind.
This originally appeared in my newsletter.
Normally I invite my friends to go out and get me drunk, but this year that ain’t happening. Normally I don’t make a big deal about it, but I am leaning in to having birthdays this year. Here are some suggestions if you want to buy me a gift:
- I have an Amazon wishlist
- Sick-ass guitar pedals of any type (I already have an MT-2 so not that?)
- Weird electronics projects
- Old video games
- You can send me money via PayPal, or Cash App
- Become a paid subscriber to my newsletter
- Become a Patron for as little as $3/mo
- Gift cards (esp grocery stores) are also appreciated, send to email@example.com
The absolute best, free, thing you can do for me is to share my Patreon, my Newsletter, or my Twitch channel on your social feeds! It is bananas how much even one of you sharing these posts increases the subscribers, traffic, and helps keep me on this side of financial solvency. Tell your friends. It helps.
Two of the things I’ve wanted to do since day one with Divergent League are coming true this season: Season Tickets (coming soon) and Divergent League Update, our weekly podcast. It’ll have stats, standings, and occasional talk about how our season is different than “real life.”
This first update is a short one, at just 2 minutes. In the future you can expect to find interviews with league owners, polls, and more. As always, thanks to the owners and my Patrons for supporting Divergent League. You can too!
You can get the feed in your preferred podcatcher, as I’ve submitted it to Apple, Google, Stitcher, and Spotify.
You can now sign up for the Divergent League newsletter (and be invited to play in the next Season) by filling out our new form.
I cannot believe it is actually December 2020. The 6th, even. Time flies. Fruit flies. Something something. Here are all of the places I’m actively hanging out and doing stuff online these days in one handy place.
- My Patreon, where you can support me directly each month and get exclusive content and early access to stuff
- My newsletter on Substack is where you can subscribe for free (or $5/mo) and support me while getting a little more personal view on things than I post elsewhere, sent out every Thursday.
- My Twitch where I sometimes stream video games, sometimes in VR, and we do RetroStrange Movie Night on every other Saturday night
- Discord: I’m philnelson#1094
- My Thingiverse account, where I post my 3D printable models
- Extra Future, this place here, my blog since 2008 or so, where I announce and release things
- My Itch account, where all of my (pay if you can / free) video games are hosted including the recently-released Chipping Challenge plus old experiments like Duck Jumper, Rassler, and Haunted Floating Eye
- I am @philnelson on Twitter
- My YouTube where I upload the intros to every Movie Night and some additional content
- My LinkedIn which I don’t really use, but when I do, I mostly boost cool VR/AR stuff.
Ongoing Projects I Run
From the official page:
Chipping Challenge is a point-and-click meditative golf-like game meant to be relaxing and rewarding. Games usually last about 15 minutes.
As of this writing Chipping Challenge Alpha04 is available for free on macOS, Windows, Linux, and Android. It is totally a riff on Desert Golfing, but more than that, and I hope you like it.
I have a newsletter. It arrives at your inbox each Thursday. I write about myself more openly there than I do here. I also write about pro wrestling, video games, what music I’m listening to, what I’m working on, &c.
You can subscribe and read the current issue for free on Substack.
Congratulations to the Cincinnati Reds and the Chicago White Sox, who have defeated the Pirates and Yankees respectively, to advance to the World Series in this, the strangest Divergent League season yet.
That means the World Series starts Tuesday, October 6th, and 4:30pm. Join us live for every game on https://divergentleague.com/tv
Having run the $1,350,000 campaign for OpenCV AI Kit, I am now stepping away from that project while they focus on computer vision development, manufacturing and fulfillment. They’ve got a big job ahead of them and I wish them the best of luck.
This means I’m available for freelance again, after several months of that project taking all my time.
My dance card is filling up rapidly, I guess that happens when you raise a million dollars, but I still have space for projects in the realm of 1-2 weeks of work. If you need video production and editing, voiceovers, UI/UX design, web development and infrastructure consulting, or have some other wacky idea- hit me up by emailing
phil @ this domain name.
I haven’t talked about much about Divergent League (What is Divergent League?), the atemporal fantasy sports thing I run, here. My Patreon is usually kept up to date, but let’s get some cross-posting going on. Marketing 101.
The 1977 postseason has begun, and the White Sox, Yankees, Reds, and Pirates are vying for the coveted Bip Roberts Memorial Cup Even Though He’s Still Alive. We’re streaming games live every Tuesday, Thursday, and Sunday at 3:30pm PDT on Twitch. Join us!