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Phil’s Newsletter is out, Plus: Tonight is RetroStrange Movie Night #21

Gamera .vs. Barugon (1966), Majin The Monster of Terror (1966), 7pm Pacific time at retrostrange.com/tv

As announced on retrostrange.com tonight we’ll be streaming a couple of good ‘ol fashioned rubber suit monster movies with Gamera .vs. Barugon and Majin The Monster of Terror, both released in 1966.

My newsletter went out last Thursday like it usually has. I spun up a Patron/Subscriber only Valheim server. I like Valheim.

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RetroStrange Movie Night #21 Reveal

Over on retrostrange.com we’ve revealed the next entry in the Movie Night series of screenings. It’s time for some more giant rubber suit monsters, baybee!

Patrons have also gotten the HQ downloadable version of my intro for episode 20. It’s only $1/mo, just sayin.

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This Week’s Newsletter Is Now Available

You can grab yourself a heapin’ helpin’ of Phil’s Newsletter at the usual place. It’s still free. You can still pay me anyway. Just sayin’

This week I launched a big project and talked a bit about the little things.

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Spring Cleaned

Extrafuture.com got “a new paint of coat,” today and I am using one of the (very easy-reading) default WordPress templates until I get the gumption to create my own again.

I keep wanting to post things here but it feels like the world has changed around this slice of the internet. The silos just keep getting bigger and more closed off. I am going to try to “go back” which of course always works out well for everybody.

Even discussing this makes me feel incredibly old. Maybe the indie web still exists. I guess there is only one way to find out…

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My Newsletter For This Week Is Out

I wrote about the Smashing Pumpkins album Adore, shared an exclusive guitar picture, and ruminated on leaving it all behind.

Read and subscribe for free on Substack.

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Phil’s Newsletter 2/12/21

This week’s newsletter is a little more laid back and less anxiety-riddled. I talked a bit about guitar pedals, RetroStrange Movie Night, and this Divergent League Baseball season. You can read it all and subscribe for free on Substack.

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My Birthday is February 1st

This originally appeared in my newsletter.

Normally I invite my friends to go out and get me drunk, but this year that ain’t happening. Normally I don’t make a big deal about it, but I am leaning in to having birthdays this year. Here are some suggestions if you want to buy me a gift:

  • I have an Amazon wishlist
  • Sick-ass guitar pedals of any type (I already have an MT-2 so not that?)
  • Weird electronics projects
  • Old video games
  • You can send me money via PayPal, or Cash App
  • Become a paid subscriber to my newsletter
  • Become a Patron for as little as $3/mo
  • Gift cards (esp grocery stores) are also appreciated, send to phil@extrafuture.com

The absolute best, free, thing you can do for me is to share my Patreon, my Newsletter, or my Twitch channel on your social feeds! It is bananas how much even one of you sharing these posts increases the subscribers, traffic, and helps keep me on this side of financial solvency. Tell your friends. It helps.

Thank you!

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Divergent League Baseball now has a podcast called Divergent League Update

1993 Divergent League Update Podcast Art

Two of the things I’ve wanted to do since day one with Divergent League are coming true this season: Season Tickets (coming soon) and Divergent League Update, our weekly podcast. It’ll have stats, standings, and occasional talk about how our season is different than “real life.”

This first update is a short one, at just 2 minutes. In the future you can expect to find interviews with league owners, polls, and more. As always, thanks to the owners and my Patrons for supporting Divergent League. You can too!

You can get the feed in your preferred podcatcher, as I’ve submitted it to Apple, Google, Stitcher, and Spotify.

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RetroStrange Gets A New Website

I’ve updated retrostrange.com– it no longer just hosts the 24-hour old time radio channel LOFI SCIFI (which has been moved to http://retrostrange.com/lofi) but is now a WordPress installation.

We’ve got some plans for the new year, starting with RetroStrange Movie Night #16.

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Divergent League Baseball Signup Sheet

You can now sign up for the Divergent League newsletter (and be invited to play in the next Season) by filling out our new form.

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Where To Find Phil Nelson Online, December 2020 Edition

I cannot believe it is actually December 2020. The 6th, even. Time flies. Fruit flies. Something something. Here are all of the places I’m actively hanging out and doing stuff online these days in one handy place.

  • My Patreon, where you can support me directly each month and get exclusive content and early access to stuff
  • My newsletter on Substack is where you can subscribe for free (or $5/mo) and support me while getting a little more personal view on things than I post elsewhere, sent out every Thursday.
  • My Twitch where I sometimes stream video games, sometimes in VR, and we do RetroStrange Movie Night on every other Saturday night
  • Discord: I’m philnelson#1094
  • My Thingiverse account, where I post my 3D printable models
  • Extra Future, this place here, my blog since 2008 or so, where I announce and release things
  • My Itch account, where all of my (pay if you can / free) video games are hosted including the recently-released Chipping Challenge plus old experiments like Duck Jumper, Rassler, and Haunted Floating Eye
  • I am @philnelson on Twitter
  • My YouTube where I upload the intros to every Movie Night and some additional content
  • My LinkedIn which I don’t really use, but when I do, I mostly boost cool VR/AR stuff.

Ongoing Projects I Run

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New Game From Me: Chipping Challenge

From the official page:

Chipping Challenge is a point-and-click meditative golf-like game meant to be relaxing and rewarding. Games usually last about 15 minutes.

As of this writing Chipping Challenge Alpha04 is available for free on macOS, Windows, Linux, and Android. It is totally a riff on Desert Golfing, but more than that, and I hope you like it.

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Subscribe To My Newsletter

I have a newsletter. It arrives at your inbox each Thursday. I write about myself more openly there than I do here. I also write about pro wrestling, video games, what music I’m listening to, what I’m working on, &c.

You can subscribe and read the current issue for free on Substack.

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The 1977 Divergent League Baseball World Series Begins Tuesday, October 6th

Congratulations to the Cincinnati Reds and the Chicago White Sox, who have defeated the Pirates and Yankees respectively, to advance to the World Series in this, the strangest Divergent League season yet.

That means the World Series starts Tuesday, October 6th, and 4:30pm. Join us live for every game on https://divergentleague.com/tv

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I’m Available For Freelance Work Again

Having run the $1,350,000 campaign for OpenCV AI Kit, I am now stepping away from that project while they focus on computer vision development, manufacturing and fulfillment. They’ve got a big job ahead of them and I wish them the best of luck.

This means I’m available for freelance again, after several months of that project taking all my time.

My dance card is filling up rapidly, I guess that happens when you raise a million dollars, but I still have space for projects in the realm of 1-2 weeks of work. If you need video production and editing, voiceovers, UI/UX design, web development and infrastructure consulting, or have some other wacky idea- hit me up by emailing phil @ this domain name.

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The 1977 Divergent League Baseball Postseason is here!

I haven’t talked about much about Divergent League (What is Divergent League?), the atemporal fantasy sports thing I run, here. My Patreon is usually kept up to date, but let’s get some cross-posting going on. Marketing 101.

The 1977 postseason has begun, and the White Sox, Yankees, Reds, and Pirates are vying for the coveted Bip Roberts Memorial Cup Even Though He’s Still Alive. We’re streaming games live every Tuesday, Thursday, and Sunday at 3:30pm PDT on Twitch. Join us!

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OpenCV AI Kit Campaign Final Stats

6,564 backers pledged $1,358,318 to close out the OAK campaign at just a little over the pledge total of the other massive 3D sensor campaign I worked on in 2015… and 2x the number of backers.

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Introducing The OpenCV AI Kit

For the last several months I’ve been helping OpenCV ready their biggest launch ever, and today it’s here. The OpenCV AI Kit is now available on Kickstarter.

A Spatial AI platform so small, it’s going to be huge.

The best press mention so far has been Devin Coldewey’s piece for TechCrunch: OpenCV AI Kit aims to do for computer vision what Raspberry Pi did for hobbyist hardware

The campaign has been up for a little over 4 hours, and we’ve passed 500 backers, smashed our goal, and are about to cross the $100,000 mark.

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New Work: Introducing megaAI, a 4k 60fps AI camera – Now on CrowdSupply

The last month or so I’ve been working with a new computer vision / AI startup, Luxonis. megaAI is the first project we’ve worked on together. I named it, designed the logo, wrote a lot of the copy, and wrote/shot/edited/narrated the launched video. It’s a tiny but powerful camera built for Raspberry Pi and other embedded / low power situations.

Get one: You can get your own megaAI on CrowdSupply right now for $169.

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7 Years On

I’ve been laid off by Occipital after 7 years and 2 months of 8:30am to 6:30pm days. I didn’t see it coming and it genuinely hurts. I’ve got a little money, but not much. Until the next thing comes around, let’s do some of the stuff we used to:

You can find me streaming RimWorld, Fire Pro, and other stuff on Twitch

I’m still posting too much on Twitter

If you’d like to help me directly, you can join my Patreon for a buck and help me pay my rent / eat food while I work on my indie games, apps, etc.

You can, of course, also hire me to design beautiful, usable, apps, websites, and games for you. Hit me up on LinkedIn or send me an email.