it's been a little over a year since I got a house and some horses. We've been slowly making improvements to the property and this holiday we rented some machines and dug a big ass trench and added water lines out to the pastures since we've been ruining hoses like crazy.
First we dug the trench
The other machine there is an augor for drilling some post holes but it was crap. It went about 18" deep and hit some clay and wouldn't go any deeper. They refunded me the rental for that one. The trencher was great. Ran about 300ft of Pex pipe 18" deep.
When I got to the pasture the horses were currently in I had to rope off the corner so they wouldn't break a leg in the hole while I was working.
Serenity Firefly Class Horse tried helping
When all was said and done it took a couple of days, $250 to rent the trencher and $150 in Pex pipe, fittings, posts and connectors. It was hard work but it was a lot cheaper than hiring a plumber to do it!
Now we've got automatic water in both pastures and a wash station in the main one and we can keep the hoses from getting ruined all the time and reduce some of the tripping hazards around the house.
Pico day was a blast again. It is now part of my yearly travel plans. @tomfulp is a sweetheart for hosting the party and having such a kickass website I like to spend (too much) time on!
As a fan of art and music and games and animations and stories it is a real treat to rub shoulders with the likes of krinkles, tom, mindchamber and stamper - giants in the community - but the best part is talking to and just seeing so many new young kids. I saw so many little circles of younger artists making connections with each other and probably plotting the next 21 years of NG content! How awesome!
These last 2 years I have found myself spending a couple of weeks following all these new artists on twitter, facebook and newgrounds and my content feeds are getting so cool!
So today was the last day of my 2015 supporter subscription and I renewed - of course. Since it's always a pain in the butt when my bank sends me a new card every time somebody sneezes on an ATM I chose the yearly membership - but I upped it to $35 because I don't want newgrounds to lose out on that tasty monthly subscription.
I really hope it goes towards fostering even more new artists so I can meet more cool people next year.
Still 1/2/16 my time
I purchased the 2015 NG Supporter upgrade today.
I neglected to for a couple of years and I feel bad (sorry @tomfulp)
Newgrounds means a lot to me and I'm glad I'm able to support it. You can totally re-enable ads if you want those hundredths of a cent that I account for in your ad revenue, Tom!
I had a blast at Pico day and met or reconnected with some really cool artists and I want NG to stick around to support them and they can make a living off their art. I think I'll have to start making a list who all has a Patreon for when I win the lottery (after sharing with @sevenseize of course because she'll buy the winning ticket for me)
I made it to Pico Day and I gotta say it was a blast! I didn't take many pics and I can't remember names so I won't try to tag all the amazing young artists I met for the first time or old NG buds I got to meet in person for the first time or friends I got to see again after too long an absence. Although i got in on Friday night I didn't have it in me after a very long day of travel to head to the office - I didn't even think anyone was there until @cosmicdeath called me to say she was there and it was packed.
Saturday had even more people. I showed up at 11 or 12 and there were already so many people! Everyone was wearing name tags and I still can't remember names too well. Tom threw a great party while Tim was awesome on the grill. At some point Evark showed up and we hung out and accosted johnnyutah and strawberryclock like starstruck teenagers.
Sunday was very chill and a ton of fun. With fewer people it was easier to have conversations and just hang out with people who were still there. We went to a pizza place and a barcade in the city and it was the coolest place. Later we went back to the office and people played video games and watched Robocop.
Monday I hear people were still at the office but I took a day out to see some sights on Philly. I went to the Mutter museum, the Liberty Bell, Liberty Hall, the museum district the City Hall train station and the art museum to see the steps Rocky ran up. I actually was there in 2008 for mod meet - we raced up the steps and I think rucklo beat all of us because he's hella ripped. It was a pretty chill day after 3 days of chaos. I took the 'quiet car' on the train back to the hotel and it was very nice.
I was thrilled to finally be a part of a NG event again. I used to really like NG meetups but they haven't been happening as often anymore. I hope to attend Pico Day again next year. I've been following new people on NG and twitter all week since I got back.
Some cool peeps I met for the first time or saw again: @zj, @afroninja, @ryan, @ejr, @jonas, @luis, @evark, @zachary, @tomfulp, @wadeful, @liljim, @mindchamber, @tim, @cosmicdeath, @ornery (and @turkeyonastick as a munny), @mike, @yurgenburgen, @grub-xer0, @VicariousE, @shikamarana, @sardonicsamurai, @jay, @krinkles, @emily-youcis, @kashi, (probably way more to come)
how do I make this post 2 days ago D:
I tried posting this all together in a NG blog but it just couldn't handle the full crazy. So, alas, here is a link to it on my tumblr.
I've been using NG art as my PC backgrounds for a few months. I have 9-10 that loop every 3 minutes on my monitors. The top 20 or so of my favorite art portal entries has been on my desktop at some time or another.
5 years ago this month I started BBS modding. I should go on a banning spree