Summary for the week ending Jul 22, 2018

Here’s a summary of activity for the week ending July 22, 2018.

This last week I was on the struggle-bus trying to figure out technical issues. First, my machine kept powering down randomly. I thought I’d detected some patterns, but kept ruling things out. Not OS version, not current application, not a startup application, or anything else. Burn the candle at both ends and when the flame goes out somewhere in the middle then there is the fault. I ended up thinking that I might have a power issue, either in the power supply or in the actual supply from the wall. Strange to hope that there’s something wrong with the house wiring or the power to the neighborhood, but in many ways those faults would be better than having to replace the power supply in my machine; an out-of-warranty iMac all-in-one, with the nearest service center several towns away. So, I ordered a new UPS. To be fair, either way, I figured, I’ve been needing one anyway. There’s lots of thunderstorms here too, so I need one even more than I have before. Well, I’ve been running on the UPS for several days and, crossing my fingers, I have not yet had another power down issue. Solved? I don’t know, but I’m hoping.

O HAI UPS plz gib TEH POWER!

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Then, on Saturday, the Murphy corollary that covers streamers and technology kicked in, and for some reason I couldn’t get audio to route from the Discord app to OBS anymore even though I’d not changed any settings … other than restoring the OS from backup, re-upgrading, and doing all kinds of things like that … um. Yeah. Anyhow: What. the. hell. So, for the Spelljammer game I had to resort to using Discord in a browser, which meant that push-to-talk on worked when the browser tab with Discord in it had focus. Oy! I survived, for the most part, but of course there were times I didn’t manage to get the focus correct and audio levels were not ideal. Oh, well. It’s not like that sort of thing is unexpected. Seriously. Streaming is the most technical-fault producing activity I’ve ever engaged in. The gremlins love to play tricks on streamers.

Anyhow, my machine was turned off for most of the week, as I just didn’t want to have something else go wrong, or for one of the power down events to damage something more than was already wrong.

Don’t forget that I’ve announced the call for submissions to the Odd Order anthology album for 2018, which is themed BIT NIBBLE BYTE!

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Summary for the week ending Jul 15, 2018

Here’s a summary of activity for the week ending July 15, 2018.

Getting back to streaming has taken a hit. The weather has been super hot, so my machine has been over-heating; and it recently started to simply, randomly shutdown. Not reliable enough to use for anything. I’m currently on the struggle bus with my laptop for even doing this update. I’m not sure what to do. But, I’ll try a few things and hope for the best. If my machine is kaput, then I’m done streaming until I can come up with another machine, and that’s going to be painful to have to do, and take some time to accomplish. I’m in a bit of a funk, to be honest. Oh, well.

Hey, but, at least one of my fan theories was vindicated this weekend!

Don’t forget that I’ve announced the call for submissions to the Odd Order anthology album for 2018, which is themed BIT NIBBLE BYTE!

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Summary for the week ending Jul 8, 2018

Here’s a summary of activity for the week ending July 8, 2018.

Slowly getting back into the swing of things. I’m starting to try out streaming at noon US/Central, and finding which days I am able to stream then. I’ll keep working on finding the right schedule.

I played D&D and a tabletop board game this week. It was fun to set things back up to stream my IRL tabletop as I played a game. I’ve got a few ideas for how to do that better, but I’m thinking that might become a thing I do more. We’ll see!

Don’t forget that I’ve announced the call for submissions to the Odd Order anthology album for 2018, which is themed BIT NIBBLE BYTE!

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Summary for the month of June 2018

Here’s a summary of activity for the month of June, 2018, and a few days on either side.

Huzzah! Time to come back from my June hiatus whilst I moved across country, and here’s what’s gone on since I last posted a summary.

I made it. I survived the move. I’m in the new place. However, I’m still not unpacked and I’ve only gotten a temporary streaming space set up because I’m not sure where everything goes yet.

I bought an Nvidia Shield TV. I thought I’d be super tricky and smart, but I got tricked and out-smarted.

Unboxing an Nvidia Shield TV #nvidia #nvidiashield @nvidia

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My plan to use an Nvidia Shield TV to play and stream games I can’t from my Mac got totally rekt. The brand new update, that just started to roll out to everyone removed the main feature that I bought it for. Here’s the FAQ on the new update: “What happened to the NVIDIA Share feature (Hold of Home button)? We are working on new game sharing features. In the meantime, we have removed this legacy feature”. What. The. Hell.

So now I’m in UPS hell trying to return it. (UPS didn’t even bother knocking when they came to pick it up, and the nearest drop off place that can take it is over 30 miles away from here.)

I might consider buying it again if they add that feature back, but, seriously, why would I trust that they’d keep that feature if they simply remove key line items from what the product is supposed to do?! Ugh. So, no. Do not recommend.

I guess I have to come to grips with the idea that I have no choice but to get a real Win/PC so I can stream some things. But I baulk. I might try going with an Elgato HD 60 S and make do with both my iMac and MacBook, but, really, I’m just trying so very hard to avoid having to buy a machine I can’t afford. Oh, woe!

When I got to my new town I started to explore everything. There’s not much. It’s a small town. But, there’s a Goodwill, and when I went in they had a huge stack of unopened tabletop board games, like, real games, perhaps inventory from a game shop that closed recently? So, I picked up a bunch and I’ve been posting pictures of them.

Also, a crowdfunding effort that I supported back in 2015 finally delivered. Of course, it delivered the exact time I was moving across country, so there was a whole adventure trying to figure out what address to use and how and when to update that in their system. But, a game I spent over $100 on, and had, frankly, given up on ever getting; and, had soured me on supporting any big dollar crowdfunding efforts at all; finally showed up. Of course, the game can be purchased for around $50 now, so I’m not sure, after all this time, what the hell I paid double for this for, but it’s done. Over.

One big thing that I need to mention is that I’ve announced the call for submissions to the Odd Order anthology album for 2018, which is themed BIT NIBBLE BYTE!

Okay, that’s a whole lot of stuff that happened whilst I was away on hiatus, huh?! I’m sure I’ve forgotten some other stuff that’s happened. I’m in the process of finding my new streaming schedule. But, I should be back to doing weekly activity summaries now!

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Call for submissions to Odd Order album BIT NIBBLE BYTE for 2018

Today I am announcing the call for submissions for the third Odd Order anthology album, a new anthology album of tracks by artists inspired by technology and geek culture. These benefit anthology albums help Rigaroga and Odd Order promote artists to the audience of the not only the Odd Order, but also the Hermetic Library and beyond. And, they are a mass of awesome fun.

Theme for 2018 is BIT NIBBLE BYTE

The deadline for submissions to the 2018 anthology album is September 30th, 2018. Be sure to stay tuned to the blog and the soon to be added pages for the Odd Order anthology project for reminders and updates along the way.

 

Deadline for submissions is September 30th, 2018. Release is planned for a subsequent date to be determined before the end of 2018.

Be sure to read through the terms and conditions for artist submissions to an anthology album, included below (which includes specific information about acceptable file formats), and after that if you have any questions, comments or wish to contribute to this project; contact Rigaroga.

Please consider joining Rigaroga and Odd Order in promoting your work by contributing to this benefit anthology album project. All proceeds from album sales will support Rigaroga and Odd Order to help cover hosting costs, materials acquisitions, and other expenses.

 

Check out the first anthology albums, help spread the word about the Odd Order anthology project, and let those you think may be interested know about this new opportunity to participate.

 

Cover Artwork and Design

If you would like to make a proposal for the artwork and design of this anthology, please get in touch! Take a gander at all the other covers and consider joining the illustrious artists who have participated with their work on those anthologies.

Subscriber-Only EP

This year I’d like to create a subscriber-only EP as a special additional perk for those people who have subscribed to Rigaroga’s Odd Order on Bandcamp. This will be a few tracks on an exclusive release just for subscribers that will be released in addition to the 2018 anthology.

Bonus Download Submissions

If you are creating something else, and would like to be included in the anthology download as a bonus, let me know. I’m open to bonus artwork, game demos, download codes, essay, articles and … well, anything that can be included in a digital download!

Hermetic Library anthology

Please also consider the Hermetic Library anthology, Magick, Music and Ritual 14, which is also being announced today with the same deadline. Hermetic Library Albums are annual compilations of tracks by artists inspired by or who incorporate ritual and magick in their work. Inspirations include Hermeticism in a broad sense, the Western Esoteric Tradition, and Aleister Crowley’s Thelema.

Become a Patron

This last year has been a renaissance for me as an active streamer, with lots of Video Game Streaming, Tabletop Roleplaying Games, and IRL videos; including several new ongoing series. I’ve also become a Twitch Affiliate earlier this year. With my patronage campaign, I hope to create more ways I can connect with and develop community with a circle of fans with whom I can share a love of weird and wonderful technology and geekery. One thing I love to share is my excitement and joy around music through this anthology project.

One of the best ways to get add anthology releases to your personal music collection is through Rigaroga’s Patron campaign at Patreon. Patrons will each receive a gratis download code for the any release while they are active in addition to all the other patronage rewards they may receive, and that ends up being the most cost effective way to get these albums. Consider becoming a Patron today!

Summary for the week ending May 28, 2018

Here’s a summary of activity for the week ending May 28th, 2018.

This will be my last weekly summary before going on hiatus at the beginning of June. I’m moving across the country, traveling almost literally a reverse Oregon trail with everything I own. I’ve still got a few streams before I leave, but then I’ll be on the road. Here’s a funny graphic I created for my Twitch channel whilst I’m on hiatus.

Rigaroga is currently traveling the reverse Oregon trail

The trip will take about a week, and then I’ll be getting set up there. I’m not sure how long the whole thing will take, or when I’ll be back online. But, we’ll see!

This week I also posted an interview with streamer igetexcited, so be sure to check that out.

In conversation with Twitch streamer igetexcited

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Summary for the week ending May 20, 2018

Here’s a summary of activity for the week ending May 20th, 2018.

This week Danny and I started up a new series: Let’s Learn Roll20! I’m going to learn from Danny how to use Roll20, a digital tool that provides a virtual tabletop for playing pen-and-paper games online, from absolute Basics all the way through Advanced scripting! In the first episode, we introduce ourselves and then and then cover a bunch of cool things about rolling dice.

Rigaroga Twitch Let's Learn Roll20 with Rigaroga and Danny!

Each episode in the series will be up on my Twitch events, and the video of each episode will be there until they expire. I’ll also be keeping the series long term in a playlist over on my YouTube channel. And, the first episode is there now.

We streamed the first episode on Friday, and we’re going to do a couple more before I go on hiatus for the big move. So, we’ll get three episodes in and then continue the series when I’m back streaming.

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