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Midnight Kitsune

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MesoTroniK Donation Drive
« on: January 29, 2021, 12:58:26 PM »

Hey everyone, I'm posting here today to ask for some help. Not for me, but for a good friend and mod author of Tiandong Heavy Industries MesoTroniK
Meso has fallen on hard times both financially and mentally this last year and a half. And while I know the last year has been hard for most people, it hit Meso extra hard.
-There was a car accident which totaled the car.
--Accident scammers tried to take advantage of the situation, lying about what happened even though it flies in the face of the police report and this was happening for the better part of a year.
-Covid, and the associated lockdown, has disrupted both his work and his life. Especially with the lack of transportation.

However the biggest issue is that late 2019 his senior mother began degrading in both mental and physical health rapidly. This is made worse by the fact that she needs around the clock care due to her having Lewy Body Dementia, which is similar to Alzheimers in many ways but much worse in others. Said care and supervision is consuming nearly all of his life. This is due to the fact that she can do something like go to try and cook something and end up leaving the gas on. And yes, this did happen multiple times in fact, and so much more that won't be mentioned for they are gross and gruesome and is best left to the imagination... All of this care and supervision is stressing him out and preventing him from working nearly as much as he needs to and wishes to, though thankfully he works from home. But now his bills are piling up and he is in significant financial trouble. As in possibly losing the house levels of trouble.

So here I am asking people here if they could please give what they can to Meso.

Yes the link is legit even though it is using a shortener. It was needed as otherwise the link is a giant mess. It was taken directly from his THI page
This money will go towards paying off bills, both current and future, along with "senior proofing" the house and just help him take care of her in general.

I am also trying to find him 100% remote work that he can do and help bring in a more steady flow of cash. Currently he works freelance right now and was already hurting before his mom ended up in this situation. If you have a tip, or have work needed or know someone who does, please either leave it here or email Meso at mesotronik[at]gmail.com (Email preferably)
His skills are primarily sound and music design along with software, especially games and playtesting, QA (Front end and unit testing).
A link to his soundcloud

More info on his sound commissions:
http://fractalsoftworks.com/forum/index.php?topic=18116.0


Before anyone asks, yes I already have Alex's permission as I talked with him about this, in depth, over several days.

As for Meso's permission to post all of this: We talked about doing something like a GoFundMe in the past if it ever got really bad, but at that moment it wasn't THAT bad yet. Sadly it is now, which is why I'm here. I also know he is too proud to ask for help and I know this kind of thing would be super stressful for him, so I'm doing this for him in order to help him out as much as I can and as a surprise to him even. One that I am not even sure 100% how he will react to it, but I know he will trust in me and that it was for the right reasons. He is always the sort to just sort of... Stick it through, and power through tough times. But at this moment, it may truly no longer be possible for him no matter how much effort he puts into it.

Why this post and not a GoFundMe? Because most fail and GoFundMe is meant more for "viral fund raising". However, most people that know Meso are either here or on the Unofficial Discord server so a GoFundMe doesn't make sense in the long run. And those who know him well know how much he has put into the Starsector community... Often to the point of his own detriment.
« Last Edit: January 29, 2021, 08:01:03 PM by Midnight Kitsune »
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Re: MesoTroniK Donation Drive
« Reply #1 on: January 29, 2021, 01:40:37 PM »

Can confirm that the donation link is legit.

I really hate hearing about this. Caring for someone with dementia is a serious undertaking, it is understandable that little time is left for work.

Meso is a really, really nice guy, and has helped countless others in this community over the years - if anyone has ever deserved support in a time of crisis, it's him.
« Last Edit: January 29, 2021, 01:43:52 PM by SirHartley »
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Re: MesoTroniK Donation Drive
« Reply #2 on: January 29, 2021, 01:45:32 PM »

I donated what I could. I hope his situation improves soon!
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Re: MesoTroniK Donation Drive
« Reply #3 on: January 29, 2021, 01:57:54 PM »

Can confirm that the donation link is legit.

I really hate hearing about this. Caring for someone with dementia is a serious undertaking, it is understandable that little time is left for work.

Meso is a really, really nice guy, and has helped countless others in this community over the years - if anyone has ever deserved support in a time of crisis, it's him.
Yeah, sorry about the bit.ly link. However the link shortener IS needed as it is a giant URL string. The donation link was taken straight from his THI page. Adding this to the main post.
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Re: MesoTroniK Donation Drive
« Reply #4 on: January 29, 2021, 02:23:48 PM »

Confirming that this does have my permission to be posted here. Let me sticky it for a while, too.

Also: donated! It sounds like a very difficult situation, and I wish him the best.

Meso is a really, really nice guy, and has helped countless others in this community over the years - if anyone has ever deserved support in a time of crisis, it's him.

Indeed.
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Re: MesoTroniK Donation Drive
« Reply #5 on: January 29, 2021, 02:44:45 PM »

This is a really nice thing to do, but please tell me you had his permission to share all of these very personal things with the world.

edit: Meso is cool with it, per below post. So all that's really left for me to say is thank you Midnight Kitsune for doing this, giving us the opportunity to help one of our own.
« Last Edit: January 29, 2021, 03:48:37 PM by Wispborne »
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« Reply #6 on: January 29, 2021, 03:12:42 PM »

I was wondering why I got email notifications of several donations in a row, that has never happened before (and they are very rare in general too), and this thread certainly isn't something that I was expecting...

Wisp, while I didn't give him permission to do this per-say. Midnight is a very good friend of mine, and we go way back and I have helped him through some of his own really hard times myself. He did this for me for the Right Reasons, out of concern for me and I can't shoot holes in that even as much as it hurts in some ways. I wouldn't have done this myself, as he said in his own manner of speaking. I would have just kept plugging along no matter how futile it seemed and this is foolish, self destructive, and leads down a dark path. So he did what he thought he needed to in perhaps one of the few ways he could, and in the end was just returning the favors I did him in the past and I will respect that.

Thank you so much for the kind words... And help everyone, it won't be forgotten and it truly will help me try and dig out of this seemingly bottomless pit.

And hey, can glean one other thing from this too. Now everyone *really* knows why my mod development is going about as fast as cold molasses heh. Replacing almost all of my free time, what little there is, with networking and freelance work whenever I can sneak it in between caring for my mother.

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Re: MesoTroniK Donation Drive
« Reply #7 on: January 29, 2021, 05:58:29 PM »

Tiandong is one high quality mod. Thanks for creating and supporting it.

Good luck, buddy.
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Re: MesoTroniK Donation Drive
« Reply #8 on: January 30, 2021, 01:02:01 AM »

I hired Mesotronik to make the ORA's music themes so I can vouch for the quality of his music work.
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Re: MesoTroniK Donation Drive
« Reply #9 on: January 30, 2021, 11:48:53 AM »

Meso is a standup guy who's contributed not just to his own excellent mod but to many others. I wish you the best, Meso, and I'll do what I can do help.
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Re: MesoTroniK Donation Drive
« Reply #10 on: January 30, 2021, 05:45:10 PM »

Donated. As I used to be taking care of my grandparent who had Alzheimers, I totally understand how much care they would need. Hope everything goes well.
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Re: MesoTroniK Donation Drive
« Reply #11 on: January 30, 2021, 06:22:27 PM »

"Donation to this recipient is not supported in this country."
Well, frick.
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Re: MesoTroniK Donation Drive
« Reply #12 on: January 30, 2021, 06:35:35 PM »

"Donation to this recipient is not supported in this country."
Well, frick.
Try DL the Opera browser for their free VPN feature.

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Re: MesoTroniK Donation Drive
« Reply #13 on: January 30, 2021, 06:54:26 PM »

It's probably not a VPN thing
Being one from china I use VPN all the time, and paypal shows me this message too, only after I logged onto my account.
Also if I switch to use debit/credit card, if the region is china it says "Donations to this recipient aren't supported in this country"
So I think it's with their transfer policy or something money-related, like a credit card from my country is not allowed.
I remember last year I could donate to wikipedia with my visa card but not via paypal, it might be the same problem.
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Re: MesoTroniK Donation Drive
« Reply #14 on: January 30, 2021, 07:18:17 PM »

While I have not been privy to the whole extent of Meso's problems, I do know that he has been struggling for a considerable amount of time. Meso is a good man and his extensive contributions to both my mods and others, particularly newbie ones, is something that cannot adequately be covered in a single post. Please donate to this man, lord knows he not only needs it, but deserves it.
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