Play with me.

Live From The Virtual Future

Greetings, loved ones.
We are all interested in the future, for that is where you and I are going to spend the rest of our lives... and remember, my friends, future events such as these will affect YOU ... in the future.

It won't affect me, however, because I'm already in the future. I'm bringing this post to you direct from the magical world of VIRTUAL REALITY, where I have established a base floating in the vast void of outer space which I refuse to leave ever unless I have to for reasons.

So how is VR working out for me?

Well, the positives are many. I love the sense of space it gives. Even something basic, like operating your Windows desktop while floating in a space void or the like, "feels" better than sitting in my bedroom. It was only a few minutes after I put on the headset for the first time that I realized, "Oh. Hey, yeah. This is worth like $600-$1000 to do right, isn't it?"

That is pretty awesome. Games designed for VR? Magnificent. Wonderful sense of space. Not entirely great with the controls yet, and I can only last 15 minutes to half an hour before I want to yarf, but tolerance builds slowly and steadily. I have no doubt that with practice I'll be zipping around virtual space.

The downsides... mmh. Mostly that my eyes get a bit tired, I can't wear my glasses, and the headset's foam rest leaves blue-ish marks on my forehead.

Still, I am INVIGORATED by this thing. I'm looking forward to seeing if I can stream VR stuff and give everyone I know motion sickness. It feels good to use, even casually.

Thus, Streaming with Sqrlmog's next movie is... uh, slightly delayed. Please look forward to that. But I'm enjoying THE FUTURE right now.

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Sqrl-Bit.

Dream of Last Night - Comic, sans...?

I'm just waking up from a dream about my old webcomic. Someone had found the archives to it on a server I couldn't believe was still up, and archive-binged it. It was amateurish, because I was a dumbass teenager writing the jokes and my partner was a starting-out artist doing her best, but it had a lot of potential and it ended on a cliffhanger because we'd both sort of gotten bored and wandered off.

Unfortunately I'd lost touch with her over the years, and so I was left debating whether there was anything in this dumb late-nineties-early-2000s webthing that should or could be scavenged and restarted with a different artist, or if I should leave it sit forever, or try to get it taken off the web, etc.

The thing is...

... I can't remember whether any of this is real? "Let's start a webcomic it'll be great!" is EXACTLY THE KIND OF PROJECT I would have embarked on with said departed out-of-touch friend, and I would have written the ABSOLUTE MOST CRAPPY JOKES and story arcs because back then, pre-Worth Playing, I still though I was gonna be the divine gift to all writers someday, and I just can't remember what that URL was..

I was laying in bed for a half hour going "...that SOUNDED like something I'd do? DID I ever co-write a web comic? Where the hell did we host it? What did I have planned?"

I -think- it wasn't real. I'm pretty sure I never did that. It's false. It never happened. Not a chance. It's fiction. We made this one up.

But frustratingly, I think I'm never going to be absolutely positive and that's going to drive me up the wall for months to come.

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Ducks

Not All Bad

Okay so like, I DO get depressed a lot?

But I also have the kind of life where I can lay around naked in bed reading like 10 volumes of Squirrel Girl over the course of a couple days, and discover via this medium that there was a new run of Howard The Duck, and then I can punch in a library hold on collected editions of that comic via my phone without actually LEAVING bed.

So, like.

Don't worry too hard about me because there is an equal chance, on any given day hour you check on me, I will be like "oh woe life woe woe" OR "hell yeah, anthropomorphic ducks make excellent private detectives and you cannot convince me otherwise".

(Or there's other possibilities too but I really say the duck thing a LOT comparatively speaking.)

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Play with me.

Well I guess this is happening now.



Allegedly one of the best-in-class $400-500 VR headsets, sold to me for $230 + tax.

What with the new Half Life game and the Myst creators getting into VR, I've naturally felt a draw towards this. Now's just the time to do it.

So, I did it.
ahahaha what the hell am I doing.
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I am poor financial choices incarnate.

Oh well.
I have always wanted to shove my head face-first into virtual reality and then get struck by lightning and abandon my physical form and live forever as a ghost amid the wires riding the endless grid of an infinite database, and this looks like a good "starter" on that.

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Moogle, Sqrl

Streaming With Sqrlmog: Duck Tales (2017)

Welcome back to Streaming with Sqrlmog, where my Head, Heart, Guts and Inner Child engage in robust discourse over something I've watched off the Internet recently.

Duck Tales (Season 1)
2017
25 episodes
Have I Seen This Before? Nope

HEY. So this is actually a fairly recent animation, unlike the previous stuff I've been writing about. If you care about spoilers you should know that this writing will contain spoilers for Season 1 of Duck Tales 2017.

If you don't want to be spoiled for this goofy duck cartoon, don't read any further.
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RUN AWAY

Signal-Boost

A friend of mine and their family are leaving Texas for various reasons, and could use financial aid.

In a strictly mercenary sense, if you enjoy my writing here, helping them would also help me. I bounce a lot of thoughts and ideas off them and it makes for better blogging.
In a less mercenary sense, it's a good thing to do if you have spare funds to spare.

Just a push that way. Normal service resumes soonish.

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WWSD?

Streaming With Sqrlmog: Disney's 'The Black Hole', 1979

Disney's The Black Hole
1979
Have I Seen This Before? Yes.

I want you all to know that the temptation to call this movie "Disney's Black Hole" for the entire post was absolutely incredible and my restraint qualifies me for sainthood.

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Message for you!

Streaming With Sqrlmog: 'Steamboat Willie', 1928

All the furniture is still plastic-wrapped, the set decorations haven't arrived, and I still have a price tag in a very uncomfortable place, but we're set up enough around here that we're ready to roll with this inaugural episode. But hey, if I'm in a state of disarray, at least I'm not as bad as the Disney Plus launch. They were simply not ready for the sheer number of people trying to watch at once. TV shows were in a strange jumbled order, the search bar didn't, the website was slinging error messages every second click, and the movie list would stop loading whenever it felt like it.

That last one isn't a problem if you really like films starting with the letters A, B, C, and D but it was kind of a problem for everyone with a taste for deeper cuts of the alphabet.

There was some stuff I thought about, writing this first entry. Did I want to have a rating system?
(No, not really.)
How long should I write for something like this?
(Begin at the beginning, go on 'til you come to the end, then stop.)

Most importantly, though... what would I watch first? What would set the proper tone, what's the best beginning? When a company like Disney dumps a shedload of their history in a giant heap on your lawn, even starting to pick through it is a daunting task.

Would I go with a beloved legendary classic or one of those weird and fascinating bombs dug out of the bins of history? Should I just click at random, or try to impose some sort of order? What do my heart, head, guts, and inner child have to say about this?

I gave those four some weapons and let them rampage around while I added stuff I wanted to check out later to my watchlist. Eventually they came back with a consensus.

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WWSD?

Down Doobie Doo Down Down comma comma.

So this is a medical health report, just saw the diabetes specialist again. Easily skippable, nothing lost. See you on Disney Plus Day.

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On the way back, we stopped briefly at Five Guys. I had a lettuce-wrapped burger.

Sqrlmog: "My thumb tastes like A1 sauce."
Woof: "Are you delicious now?"
Sqrlmog: "...mmh, not as much as I'd hope."
Woof: "Wait are you ACTUALLY trying to eat--"
Sqrlmog, retracting thumb: "NO."
Woof: "--your thumb over there, wow that was the guiltiest 'no' I've heard from you in forever."
Sqrlmog: *pout*
Woof: "Seriously that was some 'five year old with their hand in the cookie jar' shit right there."

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