The state of the WeaselZone

Hey beautiful people! You probably got directed here from Discord (or Twitter), since it has a message length limit and I didn’t feel like splitting up my posts!

First off: I hope you get to enjoy the holidays or at least have a day or two to breathe!

This year has been a pretty busy and also challenging for myself and I’d like to let you guys know what’s been going on.

As you have noticed, the frequency of my YouTube uploads has been reduced and there have and will be several days without videos. This is not because I abandoned my YouTube channel, instead, it comes down to multiple factors:

– New full-time position: I picked up a position as a QA Tester for a game company that I enjoy quite a bit and I’ve been putting a lot of effort into it since I would love to move towards an engineering position. This mostly eats into my available time, since once I am mentally exhausted, I can’t really spend another few hours recording. I do intend to do better in the future!

– New house with the shitty internet: A lot of you know that Lauren and I moved to a house which is pretty much exactly what we wanted, EXCEPT the internet. Right now I am rocking 5MBits down and 768 Kbits up. This means uploading a single video can take 8-16 hours depending on the size. (I like to upload them in higher quality). I am using 4G whenever possible, but there are data caps that come with these so-called unlimited plans that will slow you down after a bit of data. It’s frustrating, to say the least.

This also means that streaming is borderline impossible. Every time I tried to stream in the last few weeks I drop frames and have to fuss around with the settings, making it hard for me to get into a mood where I can reliably stream. Try entertaining people when you have to constantly fuss around with technical issues.

As of right now, there isn’t any way for me to get faster internet where I live unless I’d pay Comcast around 20,000 USD to lay cable. Trust me – if I had that kind of money, I probably would.

The house itself requires a good bunch of upkeep and renovations are not complete so I try to put my free time into this as well.

Before I lose myself in more rambling, let me answer some questions:

WHY DID YOU PICK UP A JOB IF IT INTERFERES WITH YOUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL???

A place to live and health insurance are two things I need. Food and internet aren’t free either. YouTube and Twitch have been less than reliable in providing a *constant* source of income. Yes, yes if only I’d play more Simple Planes and other game I don’t want to play, I could have ALL the money.

WHAT’S GOING ON WITH YOUR COFFEE SHOP GAME???

Oh man, I miss working on this game… It’s been over half a year since I really worked on it. The house and the new job didn’t really leave me much time to work on it and now it just sits there… taunting me. It’s not forgotten… just paused.

SO WHAT ARE YOU GOING TO DO ABOUT THAT MR. WEASEL TO FIX ALL THE THINGS???

I will hopefully be able to make some changes in January / February which might help. I can’t really say much about that, I just hope you can be patient in the meantime.

WHY ARE YOU NOT DOING [INSERT THING I USED TO DO] ANYMORE???

The answer is most likely a lack of time.

Thank you for taking the time to read over this amalgam of words and I hope this clears up a few questions you might have had. I usually hang out in Discord here and there (I mostly lurk) if you have more questions!

KTHXBAI

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