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General Discussion / Re: MesoTroniK Donation Drive
« on: August 03, 2022, 10:37:15 PM »
It is always something, and things can change so quickly... I don't even understand how this occurred and happened so quickly (in a span of less than two days) but I am certainly getting a crash course on bed sores. Which is bizarre as I do my best to keep her active within reason and yet, here we are. They are something that has to be taken extremely seriously as they can easily become dangerous and fatal if they fester for those that do not know much of them.

More info here
https://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/health/conditions-and-diseases/bedsores
For those that do know of them at least somewhat there is one stage 2 ulcer and one stage 1, and they cannot be allowed to progress any further! An endeavor I am succeeding at thus far but this requires to be able to keep buying the supplies...

I was predicting they would cost about 60 dollars a week to treat, but it has proven to be more like 80. The wound dressings for them, which are basically extremely thick bandages, are crazy expensive and I go through many of them for probably obvious reasons. In addition I need to shift her position at a minimum of every two hours and this includes while she sleeps, so yea that is the final nail in the coffin of my sleep schedule...

Anyways I don't think I need to mention more as prior posts have more details on the overall situation and any help rendered in this dark time of my life would be beyond appreciated.

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Could we have some new teasers? Love your work, no point in rushing perfection.
Ask and ye shall recieve. Sorry for the late reply... I haven't been checking the forums much as of late :(

Working on the rework of the Xu sprite and showing part of it here, and keep in mind it is still highly WIP.

Old Vs New

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General Discussion / Re: MesoTroniK Donation Drive
« on: July 08, 2022, 08:41:35 PM »
Well, the air conditioner has finally been replaced, through a combination of assistance rendered and me working even harder every, single, day. I've literally been turning gray in the head lol... And developing mysterious chest pains that, while still present, have lessened somewhat since the crisis has been dealt with and I can relax a bit. But even "relaxing" for me is caretaking for her 12-16 hours a day. It just means less work after the fact and still have to pay bills which is such a tall order.

It is what it is, and I am doing my best and I want to extend my deepest thank you to everyone in this community.

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Mods / Re: [0.95.1a][v1.0.2] Realistic Combat
« on: July 08, 2022, 02:06:58 PM »
This mod is a total conversion by every conceivable definition and it really doesn't work alongside most other mods especially highly scripted ones.

It would be best for innumerable reasons if you gave it the total conversion tag in the mod info file.

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General Discussion / Re: MesoTroniK Donation Drive
« on: June 01, 2022, 11:07:13 PM »
Money isn't everything... Unless you don't have it.

Anyways, thank you all so much once again! It really is helping and I am getting all teary eyed just trying to think of something more meaningful to say and failing to do so. Just gotta keep trucking along.

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General Discussion / Re: MesoTroniK Donation Drive
« on: May 22, 2022, 07:55:50 PM »
Hello everyone, I am here to make a post I really would do almost anything to not have to do but it is no longer an option unfortunately.

While the original post of this thread was totally to my surprise, and not something I would have ever done myself back then. It ended up ultimately saving both myself and my senior mother, and the property we live on which is something I will be forever thankful for to Midnight Kitsune and the Starsector community at large. However times keep changing... For the worse, which is probably rather predictable to anyone else who has ever been down a similar road themselves.

As much as it pains me to do this, I am here once again to ask for financial assistance and or work, and this time doing so myself. From anyone who can / wants to. Life is so absurd, in some ways things are better than back then, and in some ways worse. I actually have more potential remote work opportunities than at any past point in my life! But is actually more than I can do with her degrading physical and mental health and other extenuating circumstances that consume more and more time. There is only so much time in the day, and barely scraping by as I am now just isn't good enough especially with what recently happened.

I live in the desert, Arizona which is an amazing state but something I been kicking down the road for a long time is my rooftop packaged air conditioner. It is from the 90s and amazingly, unlike most air conditioners that last around 15 years or so, still works. So I kept kicking that can down the road rather than replacing it because it continued working and my maintenance of it kept it floating along. However it is currently giving up the ghost, parts are rusting through, the coolant it uses is no longer available and neither are its spare parts, at least easily. And even if it COULD be repaired, due to its advanced age it wouldn't even be worth it.

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In short it is screwed. And even a repairman I had look at it told me as such and they speak the truth. It isn't even full summer yet, it gets to about 100 degrees during the day when at the peak of this season is closer to 120. And already it is running basically non-stop, the air it pushes not even very cold and it will not survive this season most likely and who knows how much longer it will keep limping along for. If it was just myself I would tough it out but I cannot put my senior mother through that, it would literally kill her. Also due to the rooftop nature of the AC unit, the price to replace it is SIGNIFICANTLY more than ground level ones or mini splits due to needing heavy equipment to get it up there and installed. The estimate is around $6,000 USD according to some of the quotes I got. And that is around the average price as well due to getting multiple quotes from different outfits.

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So here I am, unfortunately once again with little choice and as much as it hurts to do this I see little other option. I unfortunately chose to kick this can down the road and it wore out at the lowest point of my life so far. And even working on various freelance music and soundFX every, single, day? I have no chance of affording its replacement when I also have to care for her. For anyone else who ever has to take care of senior family members with Alzheimers / Dementia? I wish with all my heart, that you have help doing so. Family, friends, The State... ANYTHING but doing it alone while also trying to make a living.

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Wish I could tell you when, but I cannot. It will simply be done when it is done and that is the best I can do considering my life is a giant flaming dumpster fire right now.

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Thank you for the kind words, it will be updated and is being worked on as time permits along with some assistance from certain people to help it along.

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Please do not use my art in your kitbashes.

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Suggestions / Re: Suggestion: Fractal Software 2.0
« on: December 25, 2021, 08:33:08 PM »
I knew from the first post that your competency level was below zero if that makes you feel any better. The questions were trying to help you, not my fault you ignored most of the points and queries of several people.

Enjoy your *** thread.

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Suggestions / Re: Suggestion: Fractal Software 2.0
« on: December 25, 2021, 08:16:02 PM »
Also a side note, most of the time you don't even have to do this.

If there was a time... a Golden Age... where these things weren't necessary to make Starsector run smoothly?  Smoothly enough to convince somebody to reach into their pocket and swipe their debit card in frightening numbers?  I just haven't seen it.

Maybe that magical day is just around the corner, wheels are already in motion, and Starsector v.97.12u has everything allllll squared away.
In that case... please feel free to disregard.
Great more shitpoasts. This entire thread is one giant shitpoast, and quite frankly you are tiring. Believe whatever you want to believe, it changes nothing. Not much more I can say, appeal to authority is a bad argument. But I don't have time to actually get down in the nitty gritty because your giant list of fragmented points. So enjoy I guess.

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Suggestions / Re: Suggestion: Fractal Software 2.0
« on: December 25, 2021, 08:08:05 PM »
You say all that, while modding SS as a normal end user (and mod maker) is far easier than most games. Meanwhile, Steamworkshop would be an unmitigated disaster making so many problems far worse.

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Suggestions / Re: Suggestion: Fractal Software 2.0
« on: December 25, 2021, 07:51:38 PM »
<edit>and if it seems like you're being treated like a fool who has to back up everything they say, it's because we've been doing tech support long enough to not trust what people say. so many issues are caused by people who think they've done something, get challenged on it, and then realize they messed it up.</edit>

I'm not even HALF as frustrated with you, I promise.
... but... it's the principle of the matter!

You just sent me a (very friendly, very well-made) set of instructions on how to mod the game just to get it to..... work properly.  Not nosedive.
Because the product, as-shipped...
What you are saying you have to mod stuff to run mods? The horror!

Also a side note, most of the time you don't even have to do this.

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Suggestions / Re: Suggestion: Fractal Software 2.0
« on: December 25, 2021, 07:45:44 PM »
Meanwhile most of those issues are from you guessed it. Bad computers / too many mods / poorly coded mods.

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