So, I'm really only doing this because Conor wants to make this old Cblog fad a thing again, and I'm totally in favor of this. So here goes.
1. There's actually way more than 10 things you don't know about me, because I tend to drift in and out of Dtoid, and have been doing so over the past five years. In fact, the last two times Dtoiders have seen me in person at all have been between tours of duty as a MAGFest media volunteer. I kinda want to change this- I wound up working a long Saturday last year for what turned out to be not that much actual recorded material, and I wish I'd spent more of that day partying instead. As for the site itself, I tried my hand at building a few features on the C-Blogs a few years ago, but it never really took off for me.
2. I'm a radio guy and I always will be. I've interned for three different radio stations in the Philadelphia area and spent three years working for one- Wired 96.5 in Philadelphia. While I'd like to find some way back into the industry, ever shrinking as it is, I'd be fine if I did nothing more than my own work. I currently run the 24/7 music stream at 8bitx.com
, as well as host my own Friday show (Explosivo!, 8 PM Eastern, more details at facebook.com/JTIceFireShow
) full of video game music, chiptune, interviews and other stuff. This is my third attempt at a regular program, and this one's intentionally less rigid in format than my last two attempts, WNES and The Blue Shell Manifesto. Both of those were fun but required way more work than they were worth, and I ended up missing show dates way too often. So I dropped all of the excess work, and I'm letting this one just grow in whatever direction it feels like.
3. I still keep in touch with some Dtoiders and ex-Dtoiders, but not as often as I could. Tino, ArcticFox, Conor, Apathy, plus there's Gabriel Gutierrez who I initially met through Dtoid and who I now know as the MAGFest Indie Game Showcase director, as well as a developer in his own right. I've also had the pleasure of meeting Senisan, ZombiePlatypus, Diverse, Antwhan, DJKirsch, Sam Gobbldigook, and plenty of others- I can't recall everyone's handles at the moment.
4. I'm still stuck in the same house I grew up in. There's a few reasons- self-esteem issues making it hard to excel at work, pursuing careers in industries with way less potential for advancement than I realized, and, luckily, getting along with my family really well. However, situations like mine are gradually getting more common, and while I spent a number of years feeling really guilty about it, I'm bringing this up now because there's someone younger than me in a similar situation who feels like total shit that they might be turning into a stereotype, and reading this might help them feel a little less alone.
5. I've been a wrestling fan since I was 14, and these past two months for WWE have been a golden age to me. I haven't been this excited to watch Monday Night Raw since the night they bought WCW, and I have never in my life seen this company make this much of an effort to bring up a new class of performers. The network is one hell of a deal, and I've been using it to catch up on the WCW and ECW stuff I missed in the late 90's.
6. I've been roleplaying in one form or another for well over a decade. D&D, Cyberpunk 2020, Old World Of Darkness, Dagorhir, wrestling E-feds, even the old-school AOL Red Dragon Inn chats. I've touched on a lot of different parts of the roleplaying world, and at the moment, I'm involved in more individual games (a brand-new D&D campaign, a major role in a long-running Vampire game, and over a year of service in an E-fed) than I've ever been.
7. I've been following the video game cover/remix scene for over five years now. Favorite acts: Mega Ran, brentalfloss, The Megas, This Place Is Haunted, The Adventures Of Duane & BrandO, Random Encounter, the Oneups, DJ Cutman, and from OCRemix, Sir Jordanius, Jillian Aversa, and Joshua Morse. I've also followed chiptune as well- some of my favorites there are Anamanaguchi, George & Jonathan, the J. Arthur Keenes Band, and all the members of Cheap Dinosaurs, both as a unit and their solo acts. Just outside these genres, I also like Adam WarRock and My Parents Favorite Music.
8. I freaking love conventions and I wish I could go to more. A good chunk of my life in general revolves around MAGFest. Otakon, when I can get there, is practically a religious experience for me. PAX East has been way too much of a financial stretch for me recently, but I'll find a way to get back to Boston one of these years. Also, I don't think I've been to a full-on NARP since 2010. That needs to freaking change.
9. Video game streaming has taken over a large chunk of my viewing habits, to the point where I can count the actual current shows I keep track of on one hand (Archer, Rick & Morty, Doctor Who, Space Dandy. Yep, four.) I enjoy seeing streamers interact with chatters, I enjoy watching high-level fighting game play, I enjoy seeing bizarre creations in WWE 2K14, and I enjoy watching speedrunners tare ass through the likes of Mario 64 and Super Meat Boy. I'm gradually working on getting into the game myself, but I'm not the sort of person who can dedicate long hours every day to just playing games, so the standard blunt-force-trauma approach to building an audience is out. So, I'm working on quality over quantity- good production values, distinct events and goals, a dedicated timeslot, and as much viewer participation as I can cram in.
10. It's only recently that I've become even remotely comfortable divulging most of this stuff on a public forum. But this past year, I've been noticing more and more gray hairs starting to poke through, and each one represents one less fuck I need to give. So there ya go.
Also, Conor is a really fucking awesome person.