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    					for the life of me, he looks weird now, it's weird to me. Lmao. </p>


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  5. <description>Ruby's cool zone you should check it out</description>
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  10. <title> Gardening </title>
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  13. <p>
  14.  <img
  15. src=""
  16. alt="9 cans with small plants in them hanging from a rack in front of a window"
  17. class="resimg"
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  19. </p>
  20. <p>
  21.  When I was around 10 years old, I grew a
  22.  bean plant from a seed starting kit marketed towards children. I was
  23.  quite excited by how big it had gotten over time. Eventually, my cat
  24.  ate and destroyed the plant. I was absolutely devastated. My mother
  25.  had an impressive garden when I was a teenager. It was going quite
  26.  well when her boyfriend at the time had a manic episode and decided to
  27.  rip every plant from the ground and literally eat patches of the soil.
  28.  We didn’t have a garden again after that.
  29. </p>
  30. <p>
  31.  I am now 27 years old, coming on 28. In early April, I began
  32.  gardening. I started basil with a seed starting kit I bought at the
  33.  Dollar Tree down the road. I was shocked to see any sign of life. Once
  34.  the basil had gotten bigger in its cramped little container, I
  35.  attempted to transplant all of them and left one in the container. I’m
  36.  glad I left the one in the container; the rest died outside. The one I
  37.  left is doing great. It smells amazing. This was not the last time I
  38.  killed countless seedlings, but as of last week, I have learned my
  39.  lesson at this point.
  40. </p>
  41. <p>
  42.  I now have more plants than I know what to do with. I have countless
  43.  peppers, tomatoes, and a corn crop going outside that is doing quite
  44.  well. I’ve been fashioning containers out of cans, not sure if it
  45.  would work well or not, but it has. I later confirmed that these would
  46.  be acceptable growing conditions thanks to the “Pepper in a Can”
  47.  challenge that is popular on Facebook. People attempt to grow a pepper
  48.  in a can from seed to fruition between the months of February and
  49.  September every year. Judging is based on how many reactions each
  50.  plant gets. My internet pal Lori and I are currently doing a year 0
  51.  with porting Pepper in a Can to the “Fediverse.” I think it’s going to
  52.  be fun, and we have a few people joining in already. My challenge
  53.  peppers are doing well. I’m participating on both Facebook and Fedi.
  54. </p>
  55. <p>
  56.  What I’ve learned so far from growing plants is patience, and the
  57.  ability to accept loss. Some plants die for whatever reason. I still
  58.  get a bit upset when I have some seedlings die out from transplanting
  59.  to larger containers or what have you, but it’s gotten easier. A small
  60.  comfort is the hope that as I become more seasoned in this craft,
  61.  agriculture, that plant death will happen less often. Patience has
  62.  been far harder to tackle. I check my seed starting containers, often
  63.  cans or solo cups, to see if anything new has happened; I check them
  64.  all throughout the day. Sometimes I’m surprised and something has
  65.  actually happened in the middle of the day, but ultimately, I have to
  66.  wait. I also must wait to transplant plants until they’re big enough.
  67.  I also need to wait to “harden them off” before they receive full sun.
  68.  I live in the desert so regardless of waiting I think I also need to
  69.  invest in some shade.
  70. </p>
  71. <p>
  72.  The corn crop is doing great so far. I had initially sowed some of
  73.  this “double red sweet corn” a few weeks prior to this post but they
  74.  didn’t take. That was entirely my fault. I believe I forgot to water
  75.  them for a few days. When I tried again, I dug shallow trenches and
  76.  filled them with gardening soil. I’ve been making sure to properly
  77.  water the plants as well. It turns out that plants need water to
  78.  survive. Who knew. I’m hoping I can get this corn to fruition because
  79.  I’m really excited about it. I think it would make for a really pretty
  80.  ramen topper considering it’s entirely red.
  81.  <img
  82. src=""
  83. alt="a corn plant roughly 6 inches tall"
  84. class="resimg"
  85.  />
  86. </p>
  87. <p>
  88.  This tomato plant is doing really well too. It’s a beefsteak tomato.
  89.  Beefsteak is apparently the largest variety of tomato according to
  90.  Wikipedia. I don’t know much about different varieties of plant so
  91.  you’ll have to take their word for it. On the day I’m writing this,
  92.  I’ve added a “companion” seedling to this tomato’s container. It’s
  93.  basil. I have so many basil seedlings still and apparently basil is a
  94.  good “companion” plant for tomatoes and peppers. It keeps insects away
  95.  and I guess does something beneficial at the soil level. I’m hoping it
  96.  works out because I like the idea of growing plants together to
  97.  benefit them. I’m looking forward to tomatoes for things like
  98.  shakshouka. Also, Ivan Orkin is famous for putting roasted tomatoes in
  99.  his ramen so I think I might even try that.
  100.  <img
  101. src=""
  102. alt="a tomato plant in a clear vase that has a lot of big leaves.  It also has a small basil seedling planted with it."
  103. class="resimg"
  104.  />
  105. </p>
  106. <p>
  107.  Basil. The basil that has been with me since the start of this journey
  108.  is going strong. I’m looking forward to using it for things like the
  109.  Buldak carbonara and caprese salads. It’ll probably find other uses,
  110.  I’m sure. Thank you, basil.
  111.  <img
  112. src=""
  113. alt="a small basil plant in a cafe du monde coffee can with a lot of leaves so far"
  114. class="resimg"
  115.  />
  116. </p>
  117. <p>
  118.  I have so many pepper plants. I’m growing serrano, habanero, cayenne,
  119.  and sweet. I’m not sure which is which in some cases. I’m sure I’ll
  120.  find out before too long. This serrano in particular is doing quite
  121.  well. I’m going to try letting all of these become red instead of the
  122.  usual green you see in supermarkets because apparently the flavor is a
  123.  lot better that way. Yay for peppers!
  124.  <img
  125. src=""
  126. alt="a serrano plant in a turquoise pot.  It has a healthy amount of leaves. It also has a small basil seedling planted with it."
  127. class="resimg"
  128.  />
  129. </p>
  130. <p>
  131.  I also have two cucumber plants that seem to be doing well. These guys
  132.  are funny because they get dramatically droopy if their water gets too
  133.  low but perk right back up within minutes once you water them. These
  134.  are a pickling variety and I’m also growing dill in hopes of making
  135.  sour pickles. I’m planning on sowing more cucumbers soon.
  136.  <img
  137. src=""
  138. alt="a cucumber plant weaving through the rack from earlier.  It's a close up and you can see its baby leaves and two larger true leaves.  A third true leaf is forming.  There's a chopstick partially obscuring it."
  139. class="resimg"
  140.  />
  141. </p>
  142. <p>
  143.  I’m also attempting green onions again. I had some sprouts that were
  144.  doing well until I unfortunately killed them by bringing them outside
  145.  too quickly. Again, patience is a key factor with this stuff it seems.
  146.  I’m going to keep these ones indoors for a few months before doing
  147.  anything dramatic like exposing them to the deadly rays of the Sonoran
  148.  sun. Or maybe, I will keep them inside forever. I’m experimenting and
  149.  learning a lot so a lot of these plants will likely stay indoors.
  150.  Green onions are great for ramen, yakisoba, chashu, and just about
  151.  anything else, so I hope they do well.
  152. </p>
  153. <p>
  154.  Overall, despite the heartbreak over lost plants, I’m having a lot of
  155.  fun gardening. It’s been very grounding and a great source of stress
  156.  relief while I go through school. I recommend it!
  157. </p>
  158. <p>
  159.      A small note:  If you enjoy reading about my life and have the means to do so, please consider donating.  My wife and I have been struggling financially as of late due to various things outside of our control and could use all the help we can get.  My payment details are below.  Thank you.
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  172. <item>
  174. <title>New Short Story: The Spoon</title>
  175. <description>
  176. <![CDATA[
  178. <p>
  179. Gideon O’Hart and his girlfriend bought an apartment in the heights of Hayden in the year 5783 on the 15th of Adar.  It was an average sized apartment with two bedrooms, a kitchen, a bathroom, a living room, and a single hall closet.  The apartment had two windows in the living room on either side of the door.  The only other window was reserved for the master bedroom facing opposite the living room.   The apartment was quite old and had many layers of paint built up on practically every non-counter surface you could think of apart from the floor.  O’Hart began moving into his new abode on the 18th.  
  180. </p>
  181. <p>
  182. The first day of unpacking he unpacked the silverware and some dishes so that he could take meals for the rest of the moving in process.  When unpacking his silverware, he noticed a small spoon he did not recognize.  The spoon was short with an ornate handle of gold and silver, adorned with blue jewels along the neck.  The circumference of the bowl was inscribed with words in a script he did not recognize either.  He had friends help him pack up his old apartment and thought maybe they found this tucked away somewhere in his attic.  The attic had many boxes of various things belonging to his late grandfather.  He didn’t think much else of it and tucked it into the miscellaneous section of his silverware drawer.  </p>
  183. <p>
  184. The following week he awoke for work and went to make his breakfast.  He waddled into the kitchen with sleep still in his eyes.  He happened to glance over at the kitchen table and noticed a hot bowl of oatmeal sitting there with the spoon sat next to it on a small cloth napkin.  He figured his girlfriend must have made him breakfast.  Odd choice of spoon, he thought.  He ate breakfast, thinking of nothing other than the day ahead of him.
  185. </p>
  186. <p>
  187. When O’Hart had arrived home from work, he dug in his pocket for his house key.  When digging, he noticed an object foreign to him.  After pulling it out he realized that it was the strange spoon.  He did not find his key.  He thought maybe in his tiredness that he may have put the spoon in his pocket instead of the key.  He knocked on the door assuming his girlfriend was home.  She answered and let him in.  He spoke to her about his mix-up with the spoon and they both laughed.
  188. </p>
  189. <p>
  190. O’Hart awoke the next morning to his girlfriend screaming.  He also felt a sharp pain in his eyes.  He asked her what’s wrong and to turn on the light.  She just kept screaming.  He told her to calm down and fumbled in the dark to turn the light on.  He was quite alarmed when he realized the switch was already flicked on.  Maybe the power was out, he thought. O’Hart then noticed the feeling of a small metal object in his left hand.  He recognized its shape as the spoon.  His girlfriend screamed louder.  “Your eyes, they’re gone!” </p>
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  194. <pubDate>Mon, 25 Mar 2024 16:20:00 MST</pubDate>
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  197. <item>
  199. <title>New Blog Post!</title>
  200. <description>
  201. <![CDATA[
  202.  <p>
  203.    <span class="realdrop">I</span> just started my second semester of college last month.  I’m having a great time!  I’m taking an introductory writing course, a math course, and Japanese 102.  The schedule this semester has been a lot easier on me than last semester.  I take my first two classes in the morning; I have Japanese at night on Tuesdays and Thursdays, so for half the week I’m completely done with classes by 10:50AM.  I love it!  
  204. </p>
  205. <p>
  206. Quite a few people from JPN101 are in my 102 class so there’s some familiarity which is nice. I’m learning quite a bit more grammar at a faster pace this semester, and more kanji.  We’re starting to learn more casual language too which is a plus, so I’ve been practicing that more online.  I’ve been trying to find time to practice with some of the classmates I met last semester, but things keep coming up, but hopefully there will be time soon.  Overall, I’m having fun with Japanese still and can’t wait to be able to express myself more with the language.
  207. </p>
  208. <p>
  209. Writing class has been really great.  My professor is very nice and helpful.  I also can’t stop writing now.  If you head to the new writing section of my website, you can find some short stories I wrote over the last few days.  I want to write a novelette before too long but I’m working my way up with smaller pieces of writing first.  I eventually want to write full novels but that’s a ways off.  The class has made me feel a lot more comfortable with writing now that I understand the rules a bit better.  I’m sure I’ll only improve as time goes on.
  210. </p>
  211. <p>
  212. We got another cat which I somehow failed to mention last time; his name is curry.  He’s very cute but quite energetic as he is only 11 months old; we got him in August, so he was about 5 months old at the time.  He was quite scared at first which is only natural but he’s quite fond of us now.  He meows a lot; we thought pot roast meowed a lot, but curry has him beat for sure.  I like the little guy he’s a good cat.
  213. </p>
  215. <p>
  216. I’ve been playing Like a Dragon 8 which has been an absolute blast.  I was a little bummed out at first that there weren’t as many arcade games nor any home console in this one.  I quickly forgot after noticing there’s an entire Pokémon/Dragon Quest Monsters game and an Animal Crossing game within Like a Dragon 8.  They’ve made some improvements to the turn-based combat as well; area of effect spells are much easier to time now for instance.  In Like a Dragon 7, enemies could still move after an AOE spell had been cast, but now they freeze in place once you confirm the spell. It’s a small detail which huge consequences.  There’s also plenty of other mini games to keep you entertained if you’re not already overjoyed with the two entire other games they packed into this one.  There is also a rogue-like randomly generated dungeon crawler in this one.  It’s really nice if you need to level up fast for the next section of the story.  I haven’t finished it yet but will do a full write up once I have.  Overall, Like a Dragon 8 is the best Like a Dragon game to date. </p>
  217. <p>
  218. I’ve also been playing fighting games more after a classmate roped me into playing something called “Granblue Fantasy Versus: Rising.”  It’s quite a fun game but I remembered I actually do also enjoy games like Street Fighter and Tekken, so I picked up Street Fighter 6 and Tekken 8.  I haven’t had much time to play them yet, but I already really like them.  I want to get better at fighting games.  I played an older Street Fighter game against some random guy at the arcade last night; He completely washed me.  I’d like to offer at least some challenge to the average cabinet shark at the local arcades so a soft goal this year is to git gud at fighting games.  
  219. </p>
  220. <p>
  221. Due to the infectious energy of my writing class, I want to offer more focused pieces on here about various things I enjoy.  If you go to the new writing section of my website, while sparse, you’ll see that there is a tag system.  I have to manually implement this and while it is tedious, I do enjoy it.  Focused pieces of writing, say about a specific game, will be over on that section of the website going forward.  They will have tags that I like to imagine overtime will be quite populated with various writings. You will of course also find my creative writing and various other stories there. The main blog here will continue to be whatever other random shit I want to talk about.  I plan to add more navigation to that section of the site soon but for now you can use the “2024” tag to see everything published there so far.  Your browser should have back and forward arrows in the meantime. </p>
  222. <p>
  223. Thank you for reading!  If you have any comments, suggestions, etc., shoot me an email!   I’d also love recommendations for anything, music, games, books, pasta shapes, whatever!  Have a good one!
  224. </p>
  225. <p>
  226. -Ruby  
  227. </p>
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  235. <item>
  237. <title>Is anyone there?</title>
  238. <description>
  239. if you're reading this send "hi ruby" to
  240. </description>
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  242. <pubDate>Tue, 16 Jan 2024 11:05:00 MST</pubDate>
  243. <guid isPermaLink="false">rost#20</guid>
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  247. <item>
  249. <title> Site Update</title>
  250. <description>
  251. new weekly site message: "This Week's Message: Tailwind sucks and produces
  252. inaccessible css, Adam Wathan is a grifter at best."
  253. </description>
  254. <link></link>
  255. <pubDate>Wed, 22 Nov 2023 14:05:00 MST</pubDate>
  256. <guid isPermaLink="false">rost19</guid>
  257. </item>
  260. <item>
  262. <title> MARRIED TO WIFE AND SCHOOL!!</title>
  263. <description>
  264. <![CDATA[<h2>
  266. <p>
  267. おはよう‼️こんばんは‼️ごめんなさい🙇‍♀️
  268. 3月間毎日大学へ行っていますよ。だからブログをアップデートしませんでした。ごめんなさい!!!!!!!!草、大学はいいですよ。好き好きですよ。読みと日本語と数学をべんきょうします。先生とクラスメイトはとてもいい人ですよ。でも、あたしはとても忙しいです。 毎日うちで寝たいですよ。でも、がんばれ‼️www でも、大学が大好きです。一昨日インディちゃんと結婚しました‼️すごい日でした。あたしはとても嬉しいですよ。ありがとうございます </p>
  269. <p>
  270. Phew, that was difficult, apologies for any grammar mistakes if you read Japanese.  Also, if you read Japanese, skip this next paragraph. </p>
  271. <p>
  272. Hello, good evening! I’m so sorry! For the last 3 months I’ve been going to school every day. So I haven’t updated my blog. Sorry!!! Lol, school is very nice. I like it a lot. I’m studying reading, math, and Japanese.  My professors and classmates are very nice people. But I’m very busy. Every day I just want to sleep at home. But I’m doing my best!! Lol, but yeah I love school. Also on Sunday I got married to Indigo!!! It was an amazing day, I’m so happy  Anyway, thank you for reading.</p>
  273. <p>
  274. So yeah I’ve been fucking BUSY, I’m a full time student.  The workload I face every week is far beyond what I ever could’ve imagine, I don’t have very much free time hence the neglect of my blog, but I’m forcing myself to sit down and write something finally.  It’s been so hard to do anything I enjoy outside of school, which to be fair I enjoy very much, but we’re nearing the end of the semester.  While things are quite hectic right now I’ve sort of gotten into a routine where I can carve out time to do things I enjoy.  For instance, updating my blog!  School really is awesome though, I’ve made a few friends which is awesome. I’ve also learned soooooo much more Japanese in a way where I can actually communicate now and express my thoughts.  I’m only in JPN101 but I’m doing very well in it, I currently have a B grade.  I plan on getting my grade back up to an A.  I got sick for a solid two weeks so missed a week of school which set me behind on the course and I did not great on a few tests, but now I’m caught up and ready to defeat JPN101.  I’m going to do my best on the final oral exam. </p>
  275. <p>
  276. Other than school I’ve just been playing the new Like a Dragon game, Like a Dragon Gaiden.  I finished it shortly after came out and am now replaying Lost Judgment.  I can’t wait for Like a Dragon: Infinite Wealth (Like a Dragon 8) in January, I’m so excited.  Like a Dragon Gaiden came with a demo for Like a Dragon 8 and it was awesome!!! Highly recommend the entire series of course.</p>
  277. <p>
  278. Finally, I GOT FUCKING MARRIED BRO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!</p>
  279. <p>
  280. I’ll post pictures when we get them back from the photographer but holy shit I can’t believe I’m an actual wife now who has a wife.  
  281. </p>
  282. <p><i>Anyway, good luck out there, the highway is dangerous at night.</i></p>
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  290. <item>
  292. <title> Rain Rain Rain!</title>
  293. <description>
  294. <![CDATA[
  295. <h2>Rain Rain Rain!</h2>
  297.    <h3>It's Monsoon Season, woo! </h3>
  298.    <h3>   2023-07-25 </a></h3>
  299.    <h4>Ruby May Valentine</h4>
  302.    <p>
  304.  </p>
  307. <p>
  309. The Weather
  310. </p>
  311. <p>
  312. It’s monsoon season here in Tucson, so it’s both very rainy and very hot!  Our swamp cooler hasn’t been working worth a shit due to the humidity so we had to crowdfund for a portable AC unit lol, before we got it it had been regularly 90-93 degrees Fahrenheit in here every day, but last night the inside temp was 77!  Woo!  But yeah monsoon is really ramping up now and I’m excited, it’s my favorite time of year in Arizona because I love rain!  I’ve been really scared of lightning in recent years for some reason but I’ll tend to just enjoy the rain momentarily then go back inside unless there’s no sign of thunder or lightning lol.  The other day our whole street flooded quite a bit which was wild!  I’ll miss monsoon when it’s over but am also looking forward to the more agreeable temperatures in Winter, and it’s been raining all winter the last few years so I’ve still been getting to enjoy lots of rain even when monsoon has ended, so it’s great!  
  313. </p>
  314. <p>
  315. College
  316. </p>
  317. <p>
  318. I start college in a little under 5 weeks now, I’m really excited!  My first classes will be Japanese 101 and writing, I’m looking forward to both, unfortunately I don’t have any computer engineer classes my first semester but next semester I think I should have introduction to circuits I think it’s called, either way really looking forward to it!  I should be getting my disbursement for my financial aid a week or so before classes start so I’m hoping to get some school supplies and what not, and then in September when my loans are disbursed I’ll be getting a laptop!  I’m looking at the new MacBook Pro models since I figure a solid computer will really help with school over the next like 6 or more years, I’ve decided I want to get a master’s degree after I get my bachelor’s because it will give me more job opportunities, I have eyes on a company I want to work for and I hope I can work there, it would be the dream, if I do work there I’d like to pursue a PhD in computer engineering while I’m also working.  
  319. </p>
  320. <p>
  321. Japanese learning
  322. </p>
  323. <p>
  324. I’ve been studying a lot!  My friend Renkon (<a href="">check out their blog!</a>) recommended me this site and it’s been really helpful, I’ve been learning a lot more stuff and it’s been good at keeping me engaged, I’ve been trying to aim for studying 3 hours each day lately and it’s been going good so far!  I’ve also been watching a lot of Japanese movies and shows without subtitles to practice listening and see what I can pick up from context and such, and just for general exposure to the language, I’ve watched all of the Senritsu Kaiki Files films and have watched nearly all of the Ju-On films!  I’ve started watching the series Ju-On Origins now which is cool so far!  I’m hoping to pick up some more Japanese edition manga for helping with reading, but I’ve also been using Satori reader which is fun!  Also I've been learning the language for over a year now, wow!
  325. </p>
  326. <p >
  327. Games
  328. </p>
  329. <p>
  330. I’ve been playing Like a Dragon 6 and Dragon Quest II recently when I’ve had time, the rumors are true, Dragon Quest II is a lot more difficult than the first one and even more recent ones lol, I like it a lot though the early games are so fun to get into, I haven’t had a ton of time to play games because I’ve been getting ready for school and planning my wedding of course, and now that I have a better climate to work in (Thanks AC!) I’m going to get back to working on a new comic I’ve started for my Patreon subscribers, it’s in Japanese and the English title is Scary Month, it’s about a kitty cat guy that moves into a haunted house!  I’ve really enjoyed working on it so far and I can’t wait to share it with everyone.  I’ve also placed some games from <a  href="">Nice Gear Games</a>, please check them out!  They also do <a  href="">Indie Tsushin</a> where they interview Japanese independent game developers and post digital zines including the interviews plus a bunch of game reviews!  It’s a very cool project and I highly recommend it!
  331. </p>
  332. <p>
  333. My friend also sent me Ring Fit Adventure and Live A Live and I’m looking forward to playing both, I’ve been wanting to get more exercise so I think Ring Fit Adventure will be really good!  I’m probably gonna set it up and play for a bit tomorrow if I find the time!  Review to come!
  334. </p>
  335. <p>
  336. Also Enix announced a new Dragon Quest Monsters title to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the series, I’m really excited to play it!!!
  337. </p>
  338. <p>
  339. Social Media
  340. </p>
  341. <p>
  342. I’ve been posting a lot on Twitter again which is now “X” lol, really silly, I guess Elon has been obsessed with trying to name things X for like two decades or something, which was funny to me because during the height of my psychosis in 2016 I was obsessed with the letter X.  But yeah, the platform is rapidly deteriorating, he rate limited DMs, so you have to subscribe if you want to DM people past the daily limit, I will not be doing this, and also they’ve been dropping huge amounts of cash on verified right wingers for “engagement,” the numbers seem to be totally fudged in favor of a select few freaks, $25,000, for tweets?  Yeah I’m sure that was the natural selection of ~the algorithm~ lol.
  343. </p>
  344. <p>
  345. I’ve also been using activitypub based social media, despite a few bad experiences when I first started using it I’ve found some cool communities on there, and, people are really nice to me on there and seem to engage a lot with what I say which is a nice feeling, using stuff like twitter I usually don’t get a lot of people commenting on what I say or engaging in conversation with me, so it’s been a nice change using mastodon and calckey (now called firefish I guess?).
  346. </p>
  347. <p>
  348. I really like posting, and I think the fediverse is one of the better places to do it, I kind of want to set up a forum for me and my friends to use before too long, I like self hosting my own things, it’s fun connecting via the internet in more personal DIY ways, I want to plug my IRC server more soon but I’ve been having issues with the machine it’s running on (Orange Pi 3 LTS).  I think a forum will be a cooler project though, I think I’ll regularly back it up on just to preserve my own little history on the net, also check out and support them if you haven’t!
  349. </p>
  350. <p>
  351. Music
  352. </p>
  353. <p>
  354. I’m working on a new album!  I don’t know if I mentioned that last time, I released Hour of the Rooster (my second album) earlier this year, but I’m working on a brand new one!  It’s called OUR FM, it’s a concept album, I’m excited!
  355. </p>
  356. <p>
  357. Anyway
  358. </p>
  359. <p>
  360. I think that’s all I got in me this time around, I want to update the blog more frequently, I’m going to aim for once a week, thank you for reading, take care!
  361. </p>
  362. <p>
  364. -Ruby
  365. </p>
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  377. <item>
  379. <title>0339 late night rost hello</title>
  380. <description>
  381. <![CDATA[
  382. <h1> hey everybody </h1>
  383. <h2> just checking in via RSS </h2>
  384. <p> I hope if you read this that you have a good day, and if you don't read this, I also hope hou have a good day, I'm the sage of hoping people have a good day, my secret stone amplifies my powers of well wishing </p>
  385. <p> sorry that was a new zelda game joke </p>
  386. <p> I've just been busy getting ready for school and playing like a dragon games I haven't played yet, I'm playing 5 right now and after I've played 6 I will have played all of the mainline games, and also several spin-off </p>
  387. <p> I've also been playing games from Nice Gear Games, check 'em out on Steam! </p>
  388. <p> anyway see you later :D </p>
  389. <p> -ruby </p>
  391. ]]>
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  394. <pubDate>Tue, 13 Jun 2023 03:42:00 MST</pubDate>
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  399. <item>
  401. <title>The Party Changes Jobs </title>
  402. <description>
  403. <![CDATA[
  404. <h2 The Party Changes Jobs</h2>
  406. <h3>I'm going to college, wow!</h3>
  407. <h3>
  408.   2023-03-27
  409. </h3>
  410. <h4>Ruby May Valentine</h4>
  411. <hr>
  412. <p>
  413.  Hello! Good morning!
  414. </p>
  415. <p>
  416.  <img
  417. src=""
  418. alt=" a bunch of CDs with the obis, Shizuka - Paradise of Delusion, Daft Punk - Alive 2007 (deluxe), Stardust - Music Sounds Better With You (maxi), The Weeknd - Beauty Behind the Madness, The Weeknd - Starboy, Giorgio Moroder - Deja Vu, Meli’sa Morgan - Do Me Baby, David Ruffin - The Unreleased Album, Savage Garden - Savage Garden, X Japan - Blue Blood, Tatsuro Yamashita - Moonglow, Tatsuro Yamashita - Go Ahead! "
  419.  />
  420. </p>
  421. <p>It’s me, Ruby.</p>
  422. <p>I’ve been busy making major life decisions and such!</p>
  423. <p>
  424.  I also got cool shit in the mail and will hopefully have more cool
  425.  shit to show off before too long, the other cool stuff is coming from
  426.  Japan via economy shipping so who knows! Lol!
  427. </p>
  428. <p>
  429.   ANYWAY
  430. </p>
  431. <p>
  432.  I’ve decided I’m going to be going to college to become a computer
  433.  engineer, I am very excited to learn and hope I can become the
  434.  ultimate computer genius. I’m not entirely sure what a computer
  435.  engineer does or anything but apparently I’ll get to learn all about
  436.  how computers and electronics work, which is very practical to me and
  437.  the money should be good if I can do a good job, and I will. I’ll be
  438.  attending college for the first couple of years to do prerequisites
  439.  and then transferring to university for the computer engineering
  440.  program, I also hope to take Japanese language as an elective because
  441.  my main goal is to move to Japan and be in the field there and I
  442.  suppose it will look flashy to employers if I have solid language
  443.  credits.
  444. </p>
  445. <p>
  446.  Speaking of learning Japanese, I have acquired many Japanese learning
  447.  textbooks because while Duolingo is fun and all I’ve realized it is
  448.  quite stifling my learning for the most part, just a few hours of
  449.  reading a language course textbook made a lot of things make so much
  450.  sense! Turns out, studying grammar directly is a great way for me to
  451.  learn a language! So yeah I’ve been studying a lot more the last few
  452.  days mainly as that’s when I started getting the books and I’m already
  453.  feeling more confident that I’ll actualize my goals!
  454. </p>
  455. <p> Speaking of reading!</p>
  456. <p>
  457.  I read Dune! The first novel I’ve read in like 15 years! Yes the last
  458.  novel I read was when I was like 10 years old, silly, and yeah I read
  459.  a 900 page dense sci-fi novel, and I loved it! It gave me confidence
  460.  to pursue the above goals of reading Japanese language learning
  461.  textbooks, seriously after reading Dune I feel like I can read
  462.  anything!
  463. </p>
  464. <p>
  465.  I’m on to reading Dune messiah when I can as I’m mainly reading the
  466.  grammar and kanji textbooks and such lately.
  467. </p>
  468. <p>Time Skip</p>
  469. <p>
  470.  It’s been a few weeks since I started writing this blog post as of
  471.  this line, and I have a bunch of cool CDs now! I’ve been collecting
  472.  Japanese releases that have the obi, and there’s a picture of most of
  473.  the ones I have so far at the top of this post, I have more coming
  474.  lol.
  475. </p>
  476. <p>
  477.  I’ve been listening to a lot more music now because of this which is
  478.  nice, I sort of stopped listening to music for the most part except on
  479.  rare occasions which sucked, I love music, but now I listen to whole
  480.  albums at once pretty much daily which is really nice, right now I’m
  481.  listening to III by Masanori Nozawa, Masanori Nozawa is an ambient
  482.  producer and DJ from Utsunomiya, Japan. He also runs the label Medium,
  483.  I have a few releases from the label now and they’re all very nice
  484.  ambient works, highly recommend!
  485. </p>
  486. <p>
  487.  I’m going to be registering for classes very soon, and then starting
  488.  school in May supposedly, looking forward to it, a bit nervous because
  489.  it’s going to be a big change but everyone in my life is rooting for
  490.  me so that’s nice.
  491. </p>
  492. <p>
  493.  Last night I had a computer disaster, I made the silly decision of
  494.  trying to get my PC equipped to upgrade to windows 11, and it did not
  495.  end well, I messed up the setup and when I changed my BIOS to launch
  496.  with UEFI it made my PC unable to boot, lol, luckily a friend helped
  497.  me they told me how to remove the CMOS battery to reset the BIOS and
  498.  that fixed it, and so I decided to not get windows 11 after that
  499.  dreadful experience and install software that gives me a dock instead,
  500.  we have windows 11 at home! Lol
  501. </p>
  502. <p>
  503.  <img
  504. src=""
  505. alt="windows 10 desktop only featuring a dock, a clock, and the weather, the background is a cropped version of The Edge of the Desert, Arizona by George Elbert Burr which is a landscape drawing of some trees overlooking the desert and it's cloudy"
  506.  />
  507. </p>
  508. <p>
  509.  I’ve been working on my new album that releases in September, Hour of
  510.  the Rooster, it’s like 17 tracks now, which is crazy, I’m really
  511.  looking forward to everyone getting to hear it, and plan to do a CD
  512.  release if I can manage it, I’m hoping to get some friends to record
  513.  some stuff for the album just waiting to hear back from everyone,
  514.  they’re gonna listen to the album to see what they wanna add to it.
  515. </p>
  516. <p>
  517.  Speaking of if you’d like to hear the album in its current state,
  518.  email me and I’ll send you a copy! Thanks!
  519. </p>
  520. <p>Anyway hope you have a good rest of your day!</p>
  521. <p>-Ruby</p>
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  531. <item>
  533. <title> What A Time To Be Alive</title>
  534. <description>
  535. <![CDATA[
  536. <h2>What a time to be alive</h2>
  537. <h3>It's Friday, I am tired</h3>
  538. <h3>
  539.  2023-01-27
  540. </h3>
  541. <h4>Ruby May Valentine</h4>
  542. <p>
  543. Hello everybody!
  544. </p>
  545. <p>
  546.  <img width="50%;"
  547. src=""
  548. alt="a picture of my desk, showcasing my raspberry pi 4 in its new red and black case!"
  549.  />
  550. </p>
  551. <p>
  552.  I am very tired while I’m writing this, I’ve been having problems with
  553.  getting to sleep lately which sucks! For a while it was just, I was
  554.  staying up really late and sleeping during the day but now it’s also
  555.  staying up all night and then not sleeping until the following night,
  556.  sucks!
  557. </p>
  558. <p>
  559.  Other than that things have started to feel normal again now that Pot
  560.  Roast has been back home for a while, I’m still super paranoid about
  561.  him getting out again though which I guess is better than him getting
  562.  out again due to me not worrying about it as much, he’s been doing
  563.  good, he’s caught a few more mice too lol, seems to be a never ending
  564.  supply of mice here, it’s insane.
  565. </p>
  566. <p>
  567.  Indigo is in North Carolina currently but will be back the night of me
  568.  writing this post (2023-01-26) It’s currently nearly 5am and yeah, I
  569.  haven’t slept, I’ve just been “doom scrolling” as people say nowadays,
  570.  which I was doing good with not doing for a few months! I think I’m
  571.  gonna try to write here more often than I have been doing to keep
  572.  myself off twitter especially, I for some reason cannot help but click
  573.  on alarming trending topics and reading horrible, hideous, posts,
  574.  which results in panic and despair, which is not healthy. I’d like to
  575.  just completely delete twitter, but I do enjoy seeing posts from
  576.  friends and my mutuals in Japan that post about video-games and the
  577.  weather there.
  578. </p>
  579. <p>
  580.  I ordered a bunch of CDs last month which have been arriving
  581.  throughout this month, building up a nice disc collection is fun, I’ve
  582.  also been ripping the CDs so I can add them to my raspberry pi 4 based
  583.  media server so I can stream the audio on my various devices, it’s
  584.  cool! I’m my own streaming platform, and with the discs backing it up,
  585.  aside from a major disaster and deep levels of bit rot, no one can
  586.  take the music away from me on a whim like we’ve seen streaming
  587.  platforms do time and time again especially more recently lately, with
  588.  adored media. I’ve pretty much only been listening to stuff I actually
  589.  own now instead of streaming via Apple Music, which has led to a
  590.  deeper appreciation of the music honestly, I had actually mainly been
  591.  listening to Young Thug’s album Punk for about two years now until I
  592.  started getting more discs because it was basically the only album I
  593.  had on disc, I think I still have a copy of Deadmau5’ > Album Title
  594.  Goes Here < from my teen years but it’s buried in a storage bin if so,
  595.  and is certainly missing the majority of the case, (whoops!). I really
  596.  like that album; it’s a shame Joel Zimmerman is a prick.
  597. </p>
  598. <p>
  599.  Speaking of pricks most of the CDs I’ve been buying are Kanye West
  600.  albums, I’ve been a long-time fan but decided hey, with the
  601.  ever-growing amount of horrible shit he’s saying and doing, I don’t
  602.  really want to support him financially in the slightest! So I’ve been
  603.  buying up discs second-hand so as to not directly contribute to his
  604.  ever massive wealth via streaming, and to say the absolute least, I
  605.  miss the old Kanye.
  606. </p>
  607. <p>
  608.  I also got Daft Punk’s “Discovery” on disc, and have more Daft Punk
  609.  discs on the way, I love Daft Punk! My mom introduced me to them as a
  610.  kid and would play their music all the time and I’ve been listening to
  611.  them ever since, a huge inspiration to my sound, I’ve covered a few of
  612.  their songs even, their music means a lot to me so it’s nice to have
  613.  it on disc once again! We actually had A LOT of music on disc
  614.  including Daft Punk but thanks to fucking iTunes and Apple we don’t
  615.  have that anymore, my mom had ripped all of her music to our computer
  616.  and added it to iTunes and decided hey I guess we don’t need this
  617.  massive amount of discs anymore, and of course later on due to iTunes
  618.  and general computer fuckery, we lost all of that music, a sad tale
  619.  told many times at this point I’m sure, oh the dawn of the mp3.
  620. </p>
  621. <p>
  622.  She’s happy now with her amazon music though, and I don’t blame her,
  623.  the wealth of most of the world’s sonic creation at your fingertips?
  624.  Hard to pass up. I also have Moonface’s “Organ Music Not Vibraphone
  625.  Like I’d Hoped” coming, and additionally “Skullgrid” by Behold… The
  626.  Arctopus, great music overall! I’m hoping I can get a WORKING tape
  627.  player with audio out before too long though because I have a shit ton
  628.  of tapes and I’d like to record their contents and add them to my
  629.  media server, a daunting task but I feel the need to do it. I’ll
  630.  probably end up ordering more discs next month if finances allow, they
  631.  are rather cheap after all, most of the discs mentioned I acquired for
  632.  $10 or less, buying second-hand rules!
  633. </p>
  634. <p>
  635.  I might actually hit up the local used media chain Bookman’s here
  636.  before too long because that’s also a great way to get CDs outside of
  637.  eBay and Discogs, and I might check out new stuff I haven’t heard
  638.  before, or even find stuff I forgot about, I love music.
  639. </p>
  640. <p>
  641.  I’ve also been getting lots of VHS tapes and DVDs which I’ve been
  642.  ripping the DVDs but haven’t gotten around to recording any tapes,
  643.  because you know, you have to let the entire movie play, and that’s a
  644.  long time to not use my computer lol, I have Takeshi Kitano’s
  645.  “Outrage” trilogy on DVD now, as well as Fireworks, and I have
  646.  Sonatine coming in the mail too, I’d like to get Brother, great movie,
  647.  all of his movies are great. Highly recommend.
  648. </p>
  649. <p>
  650.  I’ve been watching a lot of “The Brave Yoshihiko” lately, it’s a
  651.  Dragon Quest parody comedy inspired by Monty Python and The Holy
  652.  Grail, it fucking rules. I highly recommend it, especially if you play
  653.  Dragon Quest games. It’s hilarious even without context though, I love
  654.  it, I’ve basically just been watching it from the beginning to end
  655.  every week at this point, it never gets old!
  656. </p>
  657. <p>
  658.  I also added a shop and page to showcase artists I like the work of on
  659.  the website here, you can access those pages from the home page, give
  660.  it a look!
  661. </p>
  662. <p>
  663.  Also it’s the next morning I took a break from writing this post,
  664.  Indigo just got back from North Carolina last night, glad they’re
  665.  home, it’s very weird when they’re not here, was having a really hard
  666.  time sleeping because of it and still am, once again! I’m planning on
  667.  just staying up all day and pushing through it, I really wish I could
  668.  just retain a normal sleep schedule, it’s hideous to me the habits
  669.  I’ve formed since this dog sitting job I took last year, I’ve been
  670.  staying up later and not sleeping a lot ever since lol, I was having
  671.  trouble sleeping at the peoples house because I always have trouble
  672.  with sleeping in new places and that just snowballed into my once
  673.  again disordered sleeping.
  674. </p>
  675. <p>
  676.  I got a new case for my Raspberry Pi 4, it’s running real cool now
  677.  because of the fan that came with the case, really happy with it,
  678.  looks cool too! The official case they plug is basically a plastic
  679.  coffin for the poor thing so this is a major upgrade, it’s cool that a
  680.  little computer has been doing so much for me, i.e. managing my media,
  681.  I love it! I hope to one day upgrade to a legit server setup though,
  682.  big bulky hardware and all lol.
  683. </p>
  684. <p>
  685.  I also made a new comic, it’s about Pot Roast going on a Dragon Quest
  686.  style adventure, inspired by the TV series The Brave Yoshihiko, which
  687.  is in itself a Dragon Quest parody, it’s listed in the shop for a
  688.  print copy but you can also get a digital copy here:
  689.  <a
  690. href=""
  691.  >
  693.  >. I took the “no budget” concept from The Brave Yoshihiko and sort of
  694.  applied it as an art practice, I will spend as little time drawing the
  695.  comic as possible, so I’m doing quickly, purposefully poorly, and not
  696.  thinking about it too much, drawing like a child basically, it’s
  697.  pretty fun to draw this way, not measuring out anatomy and objects and
  698.  shit, it’s the most fun I’ve had making a comic in really long time,
  699.  it’s going to be an ongoing series and I’m gonna make the next issue
  700.  soon, I think if I can handle it there will be a new issue every
  701.  month, don’t hold me to that though lol, it is however very easy to
  702.  draw this way so I think it’s possible.
  703. </p>
  704. <p>
  705.  Also, I am running a gofundme to pay off some medical debt, dental
  706.  specifically, I basically accepted a ridiculous loan that’s impossible
  707.  to pay off monthly so I’m trying to raise money to pay it in full so I
  708.  can stop wasting money on it, as I do not make very much money,
  709.  ($257/mo is my income lol). If you feel like helping or sharing,
  710.  here’s the link:
  711.  <a
  712. href=""
  713. ></a
  714.  >.
  715. </p>
  716. <p>Anyway, thanks y’all, have a good one!</p>
  717. <p>
  718. -Ruby
  719. </p>
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  729. <item>
  731. <title> HAPPY THURSDAY </title>
  733. <description>
  735. <![CDATA[
  737. <p> Happy Thursday! </p>
  738. <video controls width="50%" src=""></video>
  739. <p>
  740. What a week, for me at least!
  741. </p>
  742. <p>
  743. Pot Roast was missing for EIGHT DAYS he got out because we thought he was in the bedroom when he wasn't and the door didn't close all the way when we went outside, what a fucking nightmare!  I've had plenty of horrible experiences including being homeless for two years and going to jail twice!!! but I gotta say my cat missing for a bit over a week was the worst week of my life, I was just absolutely miserable, we finally got him back thanks to my neighbor he was hanging out in her yard, I actually had a hold of him a couple days prior but he escaped again when trying to get him in the cat carrier, luckily last Indigo was home so we drove over there this time and got him in the car and then put him in the carrier, it went very smoothly and now he's doing good, I think he missed us cus he's been all over us since getting back, the first thing he did though when getting back home was look for mice, then he fell asleep for a few hours lol.
  746. </p>
  747. <p>
  748. Now we're being extremely more careful I'm honestly anxious about opening the front and back doors at all now because of this experience but hopefully will get back to being normal soon, I'm just so worried he'll get out again is all, he's a great cat so it really was horrible thinking I might never see him again before we got him home!
  749. <img width="100px" src="" alt="a picture of my orange cat pot roast about to jump down from the dresser">
  750. </p>
  752. <p> In other news </p>
  754. <p>
  755. My friend gave me a raspberry pi 4 for free so I set up a media server on it with plex which has been super convenient, I've been ripping my CDs and DVDs and soon thanks to the same friend gonna be ripping some blu-rays!  I have a few of those two in one things like it has a blu-ray and a dvd and I guess blu-Ray is better so I might as well rip the better version, I actually ended up ordering an orange pi 3 LTS to play around with due to the raspberry pi shortage and more importantly recent behavior from raspberry pi (the company).  If the orange pi 3 LTS goes well I want to get an orange pi 5 and build myself a cyberdeck this year if I can swing it, I think it would be fun!  
  756. </p>
  757. <p>
  758. I think I might set up a pi-hole on the orange pi I do have coming cus network wide ad blocking sounds funny as hell to me I wanna see what the behavior is like for that lol.
  759. The media server is really nice especially because I have it setup for remote access so I can stream my music and whatever other media wherever I'm at, I don't leave the house a ton but sometimes we go on drives and stuff!  I'm currently ripping season four of the twilight zone, I got a good deal on it at bookman's (local used goods store), it's taking forever because it's six fucking discs, I've also been finding old Japanese movies on the internet archive to add cus I thought that would be fun.
  761. <img width="100px" src="" alt="a picture of a raspberry pi single board computer with some flash drives and an external hard drive plugged">
  763. </p>
  764. <p>
  765. I also got some cool stuff in the mail from Japan, Dragon Quest IV collector's set, boxed copy with the inserts of super Mario advance 4, and dragon quest 1 + 2 in box for game boy with all the inserts as well, it's actually the third copy I have of this game but I wanted a boxed copy, my goal is to have all the dragon quest games complete before too long, which I've nearly achieved actually, I'm mostly missing the DS games at this point I'm gonna get the DQ X offline version to fill the DQ X void, I wish a mainline game wasn't a completely online experience but oh well lol.
  767. <img width="100px" src="" alt="picture of dragon quest iv collectors edition box">
  769. <img width="100px" src="" alt="picture of dragon quest iv collectors edition booklet">
  771. <img width="100px" src="" alt="a picture of dragon quest iv collectors edition slab">
  773. </p>
  776. <p>
  777. Also looking forward to getting to the JavaScript side of my online course so I can do slideshows on here for photos since posts like this tend to have a bunch of them.
  778. </p>
  779. <p>
  780. I've also been decorating the house in the style of “maximalism” because my fiancée Indigo likes that stuff, I like it too now though it's fun and very chaotic lol.
  781. <img width="100px" src="" alt="my dining room with walls full of objects and pictures">
  782. </p>
  783. <p>
  784. I also got red backlit keycaps for my keyboard!  I really like how they turned out!
  785. <img width="100px" src="" alt="a picture of a keyboard with red backlit keycaps and white LEDs">
  786. </p>
  787. <p>
  788. And finally I edited some old photos I took in 2015, hope you like them!
  790. <img width="100px" src="" alt="a photograph of someone in a pig mask holding a burning piece of paper">
  791. <img width="100px" src="" alt="a photograph of a sheet in a yard floating in mid air">
  792. <img width="100px" src="" alt="a photograph of a sheet in a yard floating in mid air in a different shape">
  793. <img width="100px" src="" alt="a photograph of a sheet in a yard floating in mid air in a third shape">
  794. </p>
  795. <p>
  796. Anyway I hope you all have a great day!
  797. </p>
  798. <p>-Ruby <img src="" alt="ruby as the hero from dragon quest, animated and crab walking" width="20px"> </p>
  803. ]]>
  805. </description>
  806. <link></link>
  807. <pubDate>Thu, 12 Jan 2023 19:46:00 MST</pubDate>
  808. <guid isPermaLink="false">rost12</guid>
  809. </item>
  812. <item>
  813. <title>
  814. Happy Hanukkah!
  815. </title>
  816. <description>
  817. <![CDATA[
  818. <img
  819. src=""
  820. width="100px"
  821. alt="picture of a hanukkah menora with 9 candles in front of a window"
  822.  />
  823. <h1>  Hey Everyone! </h1>
  825. <h2>
  826.  Happy Hanukkah! 🕎</h2>
  827.  <hr>
  828. <p>
  829.  It's the last night so wanted to make a quick post, hope everyone has had a good week!  
  830. </p>
  831. <p>
  832. I went up to Mt. Lemmon with my fiancée so that was fun!
  833.  Also on the fifth night my blinds caught on fire, that was fun! Lol </p>
  834.  <p>
  835.  Also I released a <a href=""> music video </a> of one of the tracks from my newest album!
  836.  </p>
  837. <p>
  838.  Have a great night!
  839. </p>
  843. <p> -Ruby      
  844. <img
  845.   src=""
  846.   alt="ruby as the hero from dragon quest, animated and crab walking"
  847.   width="20px"
  848. />
  849.   </p>
  850.   <address>
  851. <a href="">📩</a>
  852. <br />
  853. <br />
  854. <a href="">🌐 #RubyZone</a>
  855. </address>
  856. ]]>
  857. </description>
  858. <link></link>
  859. <pubDate>Sun, 25 Dec 2022 23:38:00 MST</pubDate>
  860. <guid isPermaLink="false">rost11</guid>
  861. </item>
  864. <item>
  865. <title>
  866. Massive website update!
  867. </title>
  868. <description>
  869. <![CDATA[
  870. <h1> Hey Everyone! </h1>
  872. <h2> I updated the website's look again lol </h2>
  873. <hr>
  874. <p>
  875. I decided it looked hideous to me so I have made it different colors and what not, this will probably happen many more times as my tastes change and I learn more about web development!
  876. </p>
  877. <p> Anyway have a great day!</p>
  878. <p> -Ruby </p>
  879. <hr>
  880. <address>
  881. <a href="">📩</a>
  882. <br />
  883. <br />
  884. <a href="">🌐 #RubyZone</a>
  885. </address>
  886. ]]>
  887. </description>
  889. <pubDate>Thu, 22 Dec 2022 21:40:00 MST</pubDate>
  890. <guid isPermaLink="false">rost10</guid>
  891. </item>
  893. <item>
  894. <title>I broke the feed again!</title>
  895. <description>
  896. <![CDATA[
  897. <h1>Oops I did it again...</h1>
  898. <h2>I broke the feed again!</h2>
  899. <h3>(should be fixed now)</h3>
  900. <hr color="red" />
  901. <p>So yeah the feed was down pretty much all day! Which is... not great!</p>
  902. <p>
  903. I was promoting the hell out of the feed today so the fact that people may
  904. not have been able to subscribe due to my mess up really bums me out
  905. </p>
  906. <p>
  907. I at least announced that I broke the feed and fixed it wwhen I found out so
  908. hopefully that helps mitigate the damage lol
  909. </p>
  910. <p>
  911. But yeah I'm gonna make a checklist for myself so I can avoid obvious errors
  912. like forgetting to change sun to mon which is what did it today lol
  913. </p>
  914. <p>anyway have a great rest of your night/day!</p>
  915. <p>-Ruby</p>
  917. <p> edit: forgot to escape the html! lol! going great over here! </p>
  918. <hr color="red" />
  919. <address>
  920. <a href="">📩</a>
  921. <br />
  922. <br />
  923. <a href="">🌐 #RubyZone</a>
  924. </address>
  925. ]]>
  926. </description>
  928. <pubDate>Mon, 19 Dec 2022 22:24:00 MST</pubDate>
  929. <guid isPermaLink="false">rost9</guid>
  930. </item>
  932. <item>
  934. <title> Good Morning everyone!</title>
  935. <description>
  936. <![CDATA[
  937. <h1>Good morning Readers! 🐓(RSS readers)</h1>
  938. <h2>Just wanted to say hey what's up</h2>
  939. <hr />
  940. <p>I've been playing the new pokémon games with my younger sister this morning I'm letting her use my copy of Violet until she can get her own since I bought the double pack, so I'm playing scarlet, the red one.</p>
  941. <p>We're trying to complete our pokédexes so we've mostly been trading back and forth and we also both decided we're going to build living dexes of this game so we're gonna both play through the entire games again on second accounts lol, a massive undertaking because it took me so damn long to finish the story, we'll start doing that once we fill every entry in our current games.</p>
  942. <hr />
  943. <p>Also cohost just implemented ATOM and RSS, RSS might be being deprecated on their end because of some technical issues with how shares show up in feeds so I recommend using the ATOM backend for now but you can put the link to my profile in your reader and it'll load up with chosts (cohost posts)</p>
  944. <hr />
  945. <p>Anyway, hope you have a good day!</p>
  946. <p>-Ruby</p>
  947. <hr />
  948. <address>
  949.    <a href="">📩</a> <br />
  950.    <br />
  951.    <a href="">🌐 #RubyZone</a>
  952.  </address>
  953. ]]>
  954. </description>
  955. <pubDate>Mon, 19 Dec 2022 14:10:00 MST</pubDate>
  956. <guid isPermaLink="false">rost8</guid>
  957. </item>
  959. <item>
  960. <title> My new album is out!</title>
  961. <description>
  962. <![CDATA[
  964. <h1>Hey readers (RSS readers)! 😸</h1>
  965. <h2>I just released my second album</h2>
  966. <h3>it's called "RED"</h3>
  967. <img
  968.  src=""
  969.  alt="a red and black album cover featuring an image of ruby on a CRT television"
  970.  height="200px"
  971. />
  972. <hr width="50%" align="left" />
  973. <p>
  974.  I'm gonna write a longer blog post about it soon but it's available for $7
  975.  and it's 10 tracks!
  976. </p>
  977. <p>
  978.  You can find it at
  979.  <a href=""></a>
  980. </p>
  981. <p>Let me know how you like it!</p>
  982. <hr width="50%" align="left" />
  983. <h4>Here's the first review I've gotten:</h4>
  984. <figure>
  985.  <blockquote cite="">
  986. <p>Oh nice!! Good job!</p>
  987.  </blockquote>
  988.  <figcaption>—My fiancée</figcaption>
  989. </figure>
  990. <hr width="50%" align="left" />
  991. <p>Have a great rest of your night/day!</p>
  992. <p>-Ruby</p>
  993. <hr width="50%" align="left" />
  994. <address>
  995.  <a href="">📩</a> <br />
  996.  <br />
  997.  <a href="">🌐 #RubyZone</a>
  998. </address>
  1000. ]]>
  1001. </description>
  1002. <pubDate>Sun, 18 Dec 2022 22:29:00 MST</pubDate>
  1003. <guid isPermaLink="false">rost7</guid>
  1004. </item>
  1006. <item>
  1008. <title>I failed...</title>
  1009. <description>
  1011. <![CDATA[
  1012. <h1>I have failed my fiancée and myself</h1>
  1014. <p>
  1015.  Hello everyone last night I made a post about staying up all night, well I
  1016.  was supposed to stay up until 9am but I only made it until 7am, RIP my plans
  1017.  for the morning lol
  1018. </p>
  1020. <p>Anyway hope you have a good day!</p>
  1021. <p>-Ruby</p>
  1023. <img
  1024.  src=""
  1025.  alt="a drawing of ruby as the hero from dragon quest in the style of akira toriyama, ruby is standing with a sword and shield on guard in a forest with the eyes of many monsters peering out from the trees"
  1026.  height="200px"
  1027. />
  1029. <img
  1030.  src=""
  1031.  alt="ruby as the hero from dragon quest drawn in the style of akira toriyama, swinging a sword"
  1032.  height="200px"
  1033. />
  1035. <img
  1036.  src=""
  1037.  alt="ruby as the hero from dragon quest writing in a notebook while a chicken king yells at her, a window is in the scene showing the castle walls"
  1038.  height="200px"
  1039. />
  1041. <address>
  1042.  <a href="">📩</a> <br />
  1043.  <br />
  1044.  <a href="">🌐 #RubyZone</a>
  1045. </address>
  1046. ]]>
  1048. </description>
  1049. <pubDate>Sun, 18 Dec 2022 13:13:00 MST</pubDate>
  1050. <guid isPermaLink="false">rost6</guid>
  1051. </item>
  1054. <item>
  1056. <title>All Nighter...</title>
  1057. <description>
  1058. <![CDATA[
  1059. <h1>Hey everybody!</h1>
  1060. <hr />
  1061. <h2>I'm pulling an all nighter lol</h2>
  1063. <p>
  1064.  Indigo (my fiancée) has to wake up early for work so I'm staying up to make
  1065.  sure they wake up on time because on days like this I have a really hard
  1066.  time convincing them to wake up when I am also very tired from having just
  1067.  woke up lol
  1068. </p>
  1070. <p>
  1071.  I just made some coffee with my phin in my red travel cup so I'm ready for
  1072.  the night, I've also been drinking some beer, it's a Japanese craft beer I'm
  1073.  glad I finally found one and that it's actually good, lager with yuzu in it,
  1074.  exactly how it sounds! It is quite pricey however for the pack of four it
  1075.  comes in, but totally understandable tbh, though I imagine it's incredibly
  1076.  cheaper in Japan, which hurts.
  1077. </p>
  1079. <p>
  1080.  If your RSS reader lets you click on links, you can read more about Kiuchi
  1081.  Brewery here:
  1082.  <a href="">Kiuchi Brewery</a>
  1083. </p>
  1085. <img
  1086.  src=""
  1087.  alt="a cut out of my hand holding a can of beer, it says kiuchi brewery in japanese and english as well as YUZU LAGER, there is a cute owl between YUZU and LAGER, and it then says Hitachino Nest Beer below"
  1088.  height="200px"
  1089. />
  1091. <img
  1092.  src=""
  1093.  alt="a phin coffee brewer sitting atop a red travel cup, arguably, brewing coffee"
  1094.  height="200px"
  1095. />
  1096. <hr />
  1097. <h3>Speaking of Beer</h3>
  1098. <p>Here are some of my favorites!</p>
  1100. <ul>
  1101.  <li>Pumpkin Porter - Four Peaks</li>
  1102.  <li>Yuzu Lager - Kiuchi Brewery (as mentioned lol)</li>
  1103.  <li>Koffee Kolsch - Huss Brewing</li>
  1104.  <li>Sapporo</li>
  1105.  <li>Barrio Blonde - Barrio Brewing</li>
  1106.  <li>Kilt Lifter - Four Peaks</li>
  1107.  <li>Crush Raspberry Sour - 10 Barrel Brewing</li>
  1108.  <li>Vape Tricks - Prairie Artisan Ales</li>
  1109. </ul>
  1110. <hr />
  1111. <p>
  1112.  Anyway that's it from me for now hope y'all have a good day today :-)
  1113.  <br />
  1114.  <br />
  1115.  -Ruby
  1116. </p>
  1118. <address>
  1119.  <a href="">📩</a> <br />
  1120.  <br />
  1121.  <a href="">🌐 #RubyZone</a>
  1122. </address>
  1123.  ]]>
  1125. </description>
  1126. <pubDate>Sun, 18 Dec 2022 03:15:00 MST</pubDate>
  1127. <guid isPermaLink="false">rost5</guid>
  1128. </item>
  1131. <item>
  1133. <title>What's up?</title>
  1134. <description>
  1135. <![CDATA[
  1137. <h1>Hello Readers (RSS readers)</h1>
  1138. <hr>
  1139. <br>
  1140. <p>
  1142. I'm starting up my web dev and computer programming courses again soon so I'm
  1143. looking forward to learning more stuff! Also just obsessed with the idea of
  1144. posting things to only the RSS feed, my rosts (RSS Posts), they're amazing to
  1145. me.
  1147. </p>
  1149. <p>
  1150. I added an XML extension to VS Code but TBH it's sort of useful but also sort of
  1151. annoying, emmet code completion for html no longer works within CDATA tags
  1152. because the XML extension treats it as some special sort of field so what I've
  1153. started doing is just adding the CDATA tags after I'm done marking up the
  1154. document
  1155. </p>
  1157. <p>ALSO,<b> POT ROAST </b> (my cat if you somehow don't already know) is NAKED, he
  1158. must've gotten his collar caught on something at some point. I cannot find it
  1159. for the life of me, he looks weird now, it's weird to me. Lmao. </p>
  1161. <details>
  1162. <summary>Also does this work</summary> Is it working? </details>
  1164. <p> If that details tag above doesn't work don't blame me, blame your reader!
  1165. There's actually not standard for what HTML tags are allowed and which are not,
  1166. it's a bit silly to me if we're being honest here, but yeah so it's basically a
  1167. free-for-all
  1168. that's entirely up to whatever developer built your reader!</p>
  1170. <h2>Anywawy</h2>
  1171. <p>That's enough of my rambling <i>(for now)</i> I'll bother y'all later!</p>
  1172. <h3>-Ruby</h3>
  1173. <hr>
  1174. <img src=""
  1175. alt="a crude drawing of an egg cracking with the white and yolk spilling out"
  1176. height="200px" />
  1177. ]]>
  1178. </description>
  1179. <pubDate>Sat, 17 Dec 2022 22:29:00 MST</pubDate>
  1180. <guid isPermaLink="false">rost4</guid>
  1181. </item>
  1183. <item>
  1184. <title>It works!</title>
  1185. <description> <![CDATA[
  1186. <h1>
  1187. My item organization system for the feed is now working! </h1>
  1188. <p>Now I can post site updates, fun thoughts, a picture of my cat, or whatever via RSS without having to include a special link, just a little ID in the guid section, woo hoo!</p>
  1189. <p>-Ruby</p>
  1190. <img src="" alt="a picture of an orange car and a white dog sitting on a grey blanket together"/>
  1191. ]]>
  1192. </description>
  1193. <pubDate>Sat, 17 Dec 2022 19:45:00 MST</pubDate>
  1195. <guid isPermaLink="false">rost3</guid>
  1196. </item>
  1198. <item>
  1199. <title>guid test 2</title>
  1200. <description> <![CDATA[
  1201. <h1>
  1202. Don't mind me just testing out my new guid organization system </h1>
  1203. <p>Hope you're all having a good one!</p>
  1204. <p>-Ruby</p>
  1205. ]]>
  1206. </description>
  1207. <pubDate>Sat, 17 Dec 2022 19:33:00 MST</pubDate>
  1209. <guid isPermaLink="false">rost2</guid>
  1210. </item>
  1212. <item>
  1213. <title>Howdy</title>
  1214. <description>
  1215. <![CDATA[
  1216. <h1>Hello!</h1>
  1217. <p>
  1218. I wanted to test out using the guid element as not a link for things like this where I just want to make a post strictly to the RSS feed.
  1219. </p>
  1220. <p>
  1221. I also wanted to test out more html elements in rss posts (rosts) so here's some stuff.
  1222. </p>
  1223. <h2> Top Three Young Thug Albums </h2>
  1224. <ul>
  1225. <li>Punk</li>
  1226. <li>So Much Fun (Deluxe)</li>
  1227. <li>Beautiful Thugger Girks</li>
  1228. </ul>
  1229. <a href="">
  1230. <img src="" alt="a button that has ruby as the hero from dragon quest that says #rubyzone"/>
  1231. </a>
  1232. <p>Okay that's all from me for now! Thank you!</p>
  1233. <p>-Ruby</p>
  1234. ]]>
  1235. </description>
  1236. <pubDate>Sat, 17 Dec 2022 19:27:00 MST</pubDate>
  1238. <guid isPermaLink="false">rost1</guid>
  1239. </item>
  1241. <item>
  1242. <title>Hello!</title>
  1243. <description>
  1244. Hi, I broke the feed again so you may need to delete and add the feed again to see
  1245. previous updates if you're using RSSOwl to read feeds, sorry!
  1246. </description>
  1247. <pubDate>Sat, 17 Dec 2022 17:41:00 MST</pubDate>
  1249. <guid isPermaLink="true"></guid>
  1250. </item>
  1252. <item>
  1253. <title>Testing image upload to feed edit 3</title>
  1255. <description>
  1257. <![CDATA[
  1259.  <img src="" alt="ruby as the hero from dragon quest"/>        
  1260. ]]>  
  1262.       <![CDATA[hello this is a test, I'm seeing if image upload works and also if adding an entire blog post to the feed will work this time!
  1264.       edit: just found out about CDATA tags for images and adding html to an xml document so please work omg
  1266.       so here's last night's blog post (I hope)
  1267. <br> <br>
  1268. Hey everyone, hope you're doing well!  
  1269. <br> <br>
  1270. I started learning how to cross stitch on October 17th of this year and just finished my first big project!  It's King Dragon from Dragon Quest 1 but I made him red (of course).  It's not perfectly accurate to the actual pixel art because of the simple fact I was working on it for like 12 hours straight at a time for nearly three weeks and was losing my fucking mind lol, so I messed up in a few spots, it also did not help I was using this water soluble canvas that was warping like crazy because it would get soft from my sweaty ass hands and then harden up again when I wasn't working on it in weird shapes and stuff so it made it hard to make stitches and count properly, I've since started working on some smaller projects with regular waste canvas which is water soluble but still uses actual threads that you just pull out after soaking it in water instead of the entire canvas being water soluble itself, it works A LOT better than the water soluble stuff so I am liking it quite a lot, I did a little ghost looking Dragon Quest slime on one of my t-shirts with it!  I'm going to be doing some more projects soon but much smaller than the King Dragon one, it took so long, I was so exhausted from it, but it was very fulfilling to finally complete it and now I have a cool shirt!  The shirt actually has a bunch of designs on it and I plan to add more but I've been wanting to decorate more of my other clothes lately since I did such a huge thing on that one and it's already pretty packed with cross stitching lol, I'm planning on doing some of my pants and jeans next! <br>
  1271. <br>
  1272. I highly recommend cross stitching, it's very fun and affordable!  You can get a lot of embroidery floss for like 60 cents each at a fabric or crafts store and the waste canvas I use is also very cheap, and needles, also cheap!  
  1273. <br> <br>
  1274. Dwarf Fortress
  1275. <br> <br>
  1276. I've also been playing a fuck ton of Dwarf Fortress, it's very easy to be playing it and completely lose track of time, I'm not very good at it yet but it's also very complex of a game and very hard lol, my third fortress which is my current one is about 10 years old now (in-game time) and my Duke just died with no heir so we're back to just having a mayor now, each spring (sometimes autumn?) a bunch of goblins come and wreck everything and kill like a third of the population and I haven't had much luck trying to figure out what to do about it, last time they only killed one person but this time they brought a shit ton more people with them and just wrecked shop lol, I'm honestly just hoping this fortress fails on it's own before too long because I want to check out the world in Legends mode which will give me a lot more to write about over here regarding Dwarf Fortress!  You can choose to retire a fortress manually but I just kind of want to see what happens if they fizzle out lol, things are not going well after all!
  1277. The population of the fort used to be like 120, now it's diminished to 54 currently.
  1278. I highly recommend this game!
  1279. <br> <br>
  1280. Death Stranding Director's Cut
  1281. <br> <br>
  1282. I've also been playing a lot of Death Stranding Director's Cut!  It was on sale as an upgrade from the base game on steam ($6 wow!) which I didn't get super far into because I got distracted by other things plus Death Stranding is scary so I can only play so much at a time lol.  Death Stranding is so cool though, it's the first game I've played that's been Directed? Designed? By Hideo Kojima and I love it, it's such a funny game while also being terrifying as well as chill, the music beats that happen during story stuff like when you're walking to the first city you encounter are awesome and very relaxing, the game is really just a roller coaster of feelings to experience, I'm looking forward to getting back to where I was in the base game to experience more of the story, which is mostly why I'm playing it, I saw someone recently write about how the story isn't its strongest part but I really love it honestly.  I'm also going to be playing Metal Gear Solid for game boy soon so looking forward to checking out an older Kojima game!  But yeah highly recommend Death Stranding especially if you're into horror!
  1283. <br> <br>
  1284. Pokémon Scarlet and Violet
  1285. <br> <br>
  1286. I've also been playing a shit ton of Pokémon Scarlet!  It's very fun, I have Scarlet and Violet so my sister has been playing my copy of Violet on her switch, this entry is very fun and I love all the new monster designs, especially the spoilery ones I won't mention here in case you want to play it and be surprised!
  1287. The new auto battling mechanic in the open world is also a very nice and very welcomed feature.
  1288. I don't have much else to say about the game that isn't full of spoilers, but I'll probably write more about it at some point!
  1289. <br> <br>
  1290. Other News
  1291. <br> <br>
  1292. I've added an RSS feed for how many mice Pot Roast has killed, it's currently at 13, and I'm not so sure it'll go any higher because I haven't heard any lately lol, he's very skilled and patrols the house to find them and screams if he can't find any.  Also unfortunately Pot Roast has been diagnosed with FIV which is weird because the shelter is supposed to test them for that but we took him to his first vet visit and he tested positive for it, luckily we have insurance for him so regular vet visits won't be a problem for us and he's a strictly indoor cat because I'm very opposed to outdoor cats in general so he should be all good but it's of course a bit worrying.  He's a great cat.  We also got a baby gate to keep the dog out of the bedroom and let Pot Roast jump in and out of the bedroom as he pleases because he loves yelling if to be let in or out lol.
  1293. <br> <br>
  1294. Indigo (my fiancée) and I have been working on the “Save the dates” for our wedding and are going to be sending those out soon, I think they turned out pretty good!
  1295. <br> <br>
  1296. I've been tuning more and more out of social media which is strange to me I used to be posting on twitter constantly, I think this blog has helped quite a lot with that it's somewhere I can talk about things in my life and thoughts I have in a longer form with less pressure, I'm not sure if anyone reads these even but it's nice to put it out there any way!  If you do read these feel free to email me if you want to comment or just chat!  
  1297. <br> <br>
  1298. My sister gave me a computer monitor so now I can have a total of 5 monitors active if I really want to lol, very funny to me, two regular monitors, a drawing tablet, a CRT TV, and my iPhone or iPad Pro.
  1299. <br> <br>
  1300. I'm going to be working on more video content/art soon so I'm looking forward to that, I want to do a let's play and some video art as well but not entirely sure what game I want to play and what art I want to make.
  1301. <br> <br>
  1302. I'm also going to be rebooting my podcast, stay tuned!
  1303. <br> <br>
  1304. ANYWAY
  1305. <br> <br>
  1306. Thanks for reading I hope you have a wonderful day!
  1307. <br> <br>
  1308. -Ruby
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