2016 Is Upon Us!

The new year has arrived, and with it a fresh start, so to speak. The website changed, again, and hopefully I won't change much else with regards to it. Starting in February, I'll be trying to post on a weekly basis (possibly more). So, here's what I plan on doing in 2016, at least with regards to my website(s) and Youtube channel.

xanny.us

This site, the one you're reading. I intend to write commentary on things I find interesting, projects I'm working on, or games that I'm playing. Hopefully updated on a weekly basis, and hopefully an interesting read. We'll see how it goes though :)

xannypix.com - Photography

I've got a few photoshoot projects in the works, and unlike last year, I'm actually going to get out there and get some shooting done. The website will be updated accordingly :)

XannyTV - Youtube

I'll be making some changes in where the computer lives such that it'll be easier to record gameplay footage. There are a lot of games in my backlog, so I have plenty to choose from. I've also got a few other review-type things and of course the vlogs will be returning soon too.

All in all, it should be a fun year for content here :)

Choices: Use What's Best For You

I’m sure you may have seen or experienced this in the past. You just bought your shiny new Apple/Android phone and post about it on social media. Immediately you get a few comments, some agreeing with your purchase, and others telling you that your purchase sucks and you should have gone with the alternative. The same thing happens when it comes to personal computers (Apple vs. PC) or gaming (Sony vs. Microsoft vs. Nintendo, Consoles vs. PC) and usually it ends in a train wreck of derogatory comments. People need to remember one thing:

What works for you may not work for others.

There, now that we have that out of the way, what is the best thing? That’s simple, actually. The best thing is what works best for you. Does that iPhone do what you need? Awesome! Prefer an Android device? Great! That does not mean you should go out of your way to trash someone’s choice in product. They aren’t going to magically change their mind just because you say X sucks. It’s their choice, it works for them, and that is all that matters in the end of things.

AWA 2015 and The Group Shoot

The Shoot
Anime Weekend Atlanta has come and gone once again, and this year I didn’t get to shoot any “candid” shots, but instead shot a coordinated photoshoot for Naruto cosplayers, and unfortunately it killed my desire to shoot anything else during the weekend. It’s not the organizer’s fault, really. It was a really large turnout at a convention. The problem was with everyone else with a camera or phone. There were three photographers who volunteered to do this shoot, and as such, these photographers should be able to move freely and get the shots they want / need to get. For about the first half hour, this wasn’t really possible due to other people stepping in front of us, pushing us out of the way, or just sitting where we wanted to move to. We attempted to move the people back some, but after about five minutes, the problem returned. It got to the point where I pulled the other two photographers in front of the group and explained that we needed room to move around. Did it help? Not much, sadly.

I don’t mind others taking shots, but at the very least allow the volunteers to get the shots they need / want and don’t impede them. Honestly, I don’t know that I’d do another one in this setting, simply because it got to be quite annoying really quick and I’m not sure how happy I’m going to be with the shots I did get. On the bright side, now with fall here I can start doing the shoots I’ve been meaning to do.

The Convention
I didn’t attend a single panel this convention, and honestly I’m okay with that. I spent most of the time wandering around checking things out or just people watching. I had wanted to get photos, but see above for why that didn’t happen. I got to spend some time with important people in my life, so overall it’s a win.

State of the Site, End of August 2015

General Site Stuff

First, after perusing my website’s logs, it appears my current host’s alarms are malfunctioning, and I’m not getting anywhere near the CPU / Memory ceiling when it comes to using WordPress and the security plugins I’m using, so for now I’m going to stay put unless I find another compelling reason to move. 35 bucks a year for hosting is a good thing, and Stablehost has yet to do me wrong, really. That being said, I’m still going to keep my DigitalOcean VPS running. I have plenty of uses for a VPS, so I’m going to keep it around.

Content Update

I’ve been lax with content generation lately, and I’m still working on trying to change that. I’ve got a new-to-me laptop that, once I upgrade the RAM, I should be able to use for voiceover work for my videos I’m capturing. Also, it seems like my Windows 10 overview went over well, so I may revisit it and go from there. Game streaming, I’m still struggling with the whens and hows. My main PC lives downstairs, and living with multiple people in an open-air downstairs does not lend itself well to streaming. Still trying to sort all of that out. I may save streaming for special occasions and shift my focus to Youtube videos. We’ll see what happens though.

Blog

This is where I’m severely lacking. My new goal is to try to post at least once, if not twice a week. We’ll see how it goes though.

Anyway, that’s where I am for now. Stick around, we’re still working on things.

XannyTV Returns!

Here’s the relaunch of XannyTV! Excuse the shoddy camera / editing work. I’m getting used to the new GoPro and the new editing software. Expect updatesat ;east three times a week, maybe more. You can watch the latest episode below, or visit the Youtube Channel Page

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