Zortik
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Oct 12, 1984 (Age: 34)
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Solution Engineer at Insurance Firm

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Zortik

The Architect, Male, 34, from Dubuque, IA

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Anyone need a chuckle. Have one on me. Nighttime Daytime bird always delivers :) Jan 14, 2016

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    1. Zortik
      Zortik
      <Plays new party member music> Celebrating the day as my 2nd daughter was born not so long ago!!


      On the same day my first daughter was born no less!


      :3
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      2. Niten Ichi Ryu
        Niten Ichi Ryu
        Buddy, you gonna have some REALLY eventful birthday days in your future.
        Jun 24, 2016
        1 person likes this.
      3. Shaz
        Shaz
        haha - no, they'll be upset that they have to share :D
        Jun 24, 2016
        1 person likes this.
      4. Marquise*
        Marquise*
        YAY! (looks your avatar and wonders... ) Danse baby, danse?
        Jul 15, 2018
    2. Zortik
      Zortik
      What a wacky, crappy and stressful month it's been!. I've got a bunch of notifications and personal messages to catch up on and I'm gonna feel like Rikifive when I catch up on the "introductions" section. So many welcomes and hellos to send out!
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      2. Hollow 1977
        Hollow 1977
        Yeah it can get busy here. I try to reply to as many status updates as possible but sometimes its hard. :(
        May 4, 2016
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    3. Luck Of Kurisu Saimon Des
      Luck Of Kurisu Saimon Des
      Mr z how did i know you would be online? Its coincidence m8te 


      Btw i use android 
      1. Zortik
        Zortik
        Yep, got a minute to finally look over and read some intro posts and respond. All done though, it's late and sleep is calling.
        Apr 11, 2016
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    4. Zortik
      Zortik
      Almost done with my crazy drive ~_~.


      Another few hours to the next hotel and then I can get some rest. I want to chill out already!
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      2. Alexander Amnell
        Alexander Amnell
        No, flying sucks. Driving is great as long as you don't have a schedule to keep to...or children to sooth.
        Apr 3, 2016
      3. Luck Of Kurisu Saimon Des
        Luck Of Kurisu Saimon Des
        Yeah well 12 hours to sydney nsw aus is a pain 
        Apr 3, 2016
      4. Zortik
        Zortik
        It was 19-20 hours of driving for me. Flying wasn't a valid option, I'm relocating for a new job opportunity. So I packed my car to the brim with essentials from my house and started the drive early April 1st. Got into the last hotel (about 10 minutes from the new apartment I'll be moving into) about an hour or so ago.
        Meeting the landlords tomorrow morning for the keys and to sign the last few documents.
        Apr 3, 2016
    5. Zortik
      Zortik
      About time to turn off the laptop and start phase 1 of a 15 hour drive.
       


      Off to start a new chapter in a new state. Wish me luck, please! ^_^;;
      1. amaSenpai
        amaSenpai
        Have a great move, and be safe!
        Apr 2, 2016
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      2. Zortik
        Zortik
        Thanks. Still driving at the moment. Taking a short dinner break.
        Apr 2, 2016
    6. Zortik
      Zortik
      I only frequent a few of the subforums. So, when I suddenly see a HUGE number of unread topics (Introductions) I get confused.


      Then, I realize @Rikifive was there playing catch up. -.-;;
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      3. Shaz
        Shaz
        yeah, Rikifive has the spotlight this morning :D
        Mar 28, 2016
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      4. Rikifive
        Rikifive
        That's what happens when you'll use Welcome skill, that has scope set to all new members and use it, when there are 3 pages of new threads in the introduction section. So much exp. ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)
        Mar 28, 2016
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      5. amaSenpai
        amaSenpai
        I also noticed that! I was surprised.
        Mar 28, 2016
    7. Zortik
      Zortik
      Loads and loads of paperwork to do today... but all I want to do is watch more Hiakyuu  :rsad:

      Darn responsibilities.
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    8. Zortik
      Zortik
      Daughter is sick. :C
      So today is now going to be a movie and cuddle day (with poppity corn).
      Movie options will be:
      Inside Out, Puss in boots, Tangled, Despicable Me 2, Minions, How to Train Your Dragon 2.
      1. Lars Ulrika
        Lars Ulrika
        Aw, hope your little sweetheart will get well soon!
         
        Mar 21, 2016
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      2. Cadh20000
        Cadh20000
        Tell her to get well soon!
        Mar 21, 2016
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      3. Zortik
        Zortik
        Thanks :)
        Mar 21, 2016
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    9. Zortik
      Zortik
      After an immense amount of consideration I've accepted the job that'll have me relocating to Malvern, PA.
      14 1/2 hour drive away


      All the feels.
      1. taarna23
        taarna23
        You'll be okay! And you'll find a balance that works for everyone, I'm sure of it.
        Mar 17, 2016
      2. Zortik
        Zortik
        Thanks for the vote of confidence! ^_^

        I'm going to have the next two weeks off and outside of required planning and packing I think I'm gonna focus on relaxing and enjoying the freedom.
        Mar 18, 2016
    10. Zortik
      Zortik
      For those of you curious about audio books, and coincidentally are a fan of The Lord of the Rings, Humble Bundle is running a promotion where you can get all of them for $15.00.





       





      I've never listened to an audio book before and I had some serious doubts about what to expect. I was actually ridiculously impressed when I decided to buy it and give it a go. The reading pace is great, the annunciation is on point and the range of voices is outstanding. They even go so far as to bring in multiple voice actors to read their parts and the background music sets the scene well without disrupting the narrative/dialogue.





       





      It's worth it. So, check it out if you're curious.





      https://www.humblebundle.com/books/lord-of-the-rings-audiobook
      1. Zortik
        Zortik
        I'm not sure why there is such strange spacing on this status... oh well.


        I also looked into Harry Potter audio books and learned that I didn't care for Jim Dale (the US Version) and much preferred Stephen Fry (UK Version) only to find that due to copyright I cannot purchase the Stephen Fry audio books :(.

        I have much sadness about this.
        Mar 15, 2016
      2. taarna23
        taarna23
        You would not believe the happy dance I did when they did this one. I got it right when they started, although it's worth noting that the numbering for The Hobbit is out of order. No clue why.


        As for audiobooks, some are just awful. Some guy with a bland voice reading a book at you. Ugh. At the very least with these, The Hobbit has more in common with a radio play, and may well have been one at one point.


        As for me, the happy dance came about because I used to have this version of The Hobbit on cassette tape. 8 of them, in a neat little wooden box. Well, this got lost in a move and I never thought I'd find it again, never mind legally. I happily threw money!
        Mar 15, 2016
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    11. Luck Of Kurisu Saimon Des
      Luck Of Kurisu Saimon Des
      you must really like david bowie 


      Ive Seen One Of His Movies Called The Labrynth 


      Hey Maybe You Should Do A Game Based On 


      The Labrynth  Also One Song Of His I heard Is We Could Be Heroes
      1. Zortik
        Zortik
        This is a picture of him from "Labyrinth" and it's a fun unique avatar. I don't know if I could ever make a game that'll do labyrinth justice without a team of talented people to help out :) .
        Mar 14, 2016
      2. Luck Of Kurisu Saimon Des
        Luck Of Kurisu Saimon Des
        You can try though ;)
        Mar 14, 2016
    12. Zortik
      Zortik
      So... I'm already in consideration for another career move. So many ridiculous things to consider.

      Does anyone else feel pangs of guilt if they need to turn down one positive for a better positive?
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      2. Shaz
        Shaz
        That was my situation when I left the bank to work for Degica.  Working at the bank was great, and I know if I'm ever looking again, I can go back to them.  To help you decide, which one will get you and your family closer to the place where you want to be in 5 years, or 10 years?  Go for that one.
        Mar 12, 2016
      3. Zortik
        Zortik
        Thanks, @Shaz.

        My Wife (and her immediate extended family) have been discussing this pretty heavily the past few days. We'll probably keep up the discussion as it comes down to the wire (This Monday).
        Career A offers us the chance to stay in Iowa where all of her family is at. Family is really important to her. It also offers just barely enough money for us to sustain the lifestyle we desire. 
        However, it has a high risk of ending suddenly (contractor work) and there is nothing in the area that could replace that level of income.

        Career B offers us the chance to move near my family again (I'm not a big family person...), It offers us more money, really good benefits, retirement plan, PTO, etc. Comparing jobs it's an absolute no brainer in which is better. 0 doubt.
        The concern comes from uprooting my wife and very young daughter from the somewhat close-knit small family here in Iowa. This is where all of the deliberation and weighing of pros and cons is occurring.

        We're making progress but it's a rough conversation to have since her family is pretty much desperate to not see us move away. My wife is fine with being able to come visit for the holidays though ^_^.
        Mar 12, 2016
      4. Shaz
        Shaz
        Ultimately, you, your wife, and your daughter are your family - your primary concern.  When you're looking out for your future, what your relatives want should play a very small role in comparison to what's best for your family.


        If visiting during the holidays is enough for your wife, you should not let yourself be swayed by the fact that they don't want to see you (or her) move away.  If your contract falls through and you have no income, are they going to come to the rescue and provide for you for as long as you need it?  It also depends on how far you're considering moving - maybe her family can come and visit as well, rather than your family doing all the travelling - that would allow them all to see each other twice as often.


        I don't know what kind of work you do - if it's primarily internet-based, there's a lot of work around where it doesn't matter where you live, as long as you've got good internet.  Otherwise if you really want to stay, looking around for other similar roles, or reskilling, are also options, though probably not as desirable.
        Mar 12, 2016
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    13. Zortik
      Zortik
      Well, I'll be starting my new job in a week (and transitioning out of my old one over the next few weeks).
      Nervous and excited all at once!
      1. Hollow 1977
        Hollow 1977
        It will probably be better than the last one. Good Luck!
        Mar 1, 2016
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      2. Rikifive
        Rikifive
        And I'll be starting my new job in ~31 hours.


        I don't want to! D:


        ~ Anyway, good luck!
        Mar 1, 2016
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    14. Zortik
      Zortik
      Breakfast for dinner...?
      Yeah, let's do breakfast for dinner.


      Does anyone have a favorite way to make french toast? I usually keep it simple with cinnamon and maple syrup.
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      3. Zortik
        Zortik
        Plans changed at the last minute! We were invited out to eat by my wife's parents.

        @Vox Novus
        I've never heard of stuffed french toast before.
        Feb 29, 2016
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      4. Vox Novus
      5. Meep007
        Meep007
        Nutella stuffed...hmm
        Feb 29, 2016
    15. Zortik
      Zortik
      I finished Struggle. Need to get some sleep so I can test play it a few times tomorrow.


      Holy rabies am I tired X_x
    16. Zortik
      Zortik
      17 pages of dialogue / story later and I've finished my rough draft for Struggle. I just need to make the events now.


      :rhappy:
    17. Zortik
      Zortik
      I've never eaten eggplant before. I think I'm gonna try to make eggplant parmesan for dinner.

      Does anyone have any general tips? I'll google some recipes but I figure I need to slice it, flour -> egg -> panko bread crumbs -> pan fry until golden.
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      2. Zortik
        Zortik
        @Nirwanda


        So, I tried a piece of eggplant raw. It was the yuck.


        So I sweated it after slicing it down (a bit of salt on both sides and left in a strainer. for 30 minutes). Tried it again and nearly all that bitterness was gone. Kinda reminded me of a raw potato.


        After this though, when I coated it in seasoned flour, egg, and panko breadcrumbs and fried it up... it actually tasted kind of yummy. Sort of like a tasty potato chip.


        @mlogan


        Food cooking was a great success. However, we still prefer chicken parm over eggplant ^_^. It was an interesting alternative and now I have a new recipe for my friends who don't eat meat.
        Feb 25, 2016
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      3. Nirwanda
        Nirwanda
        You're a braver man than me, zortik.
        Feb 25, 2016
      4. mlogan
        mlogan
        Glad to hear the experiment was a (relative) success! And yeah, I was a vegetarian for a few years, which is why I ate this dish, lol. But I was picky about it for sure. 
        Feb 25, 2016
    18. Zortik
      Zortik
      Got a lapse in work today. Filling it with AMV Hell #4.
      It's a good thing.
    19. Zortik
      Zortik
      Invested in some exercise equipment. I say it was a good choice.


      http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v465/kalyfa/Miscellaneous/DDR.jpg
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      2. Zortik
        Zortik
        My mistake, I sincerely figured you were just asking for general information. :)


        This is the model "Energy Metal Dance Pads"


        http://www.ddrgame.com/ddmuplsuseen.html for your browsing convenience.


        I was able to find a coupon on retailmenot for free shipping. So it was cheaper to order from the website directly than to order off of amazon.
        Feb 18, 2016
      3. Zortik
        Zortik
        Got the chance to test it tonight. Has a little bit of flex, but nothing that concerns me.
        Sensitivity and everything was excellent!
        0 regrets for this purchase.
        Feb 20, 2016
      4. taarna23
        taarna23
        Nice! I'll get one like it eventually. I think maybe I don't have space for something I can't squirrel away somewhere, sadly. Have fun with it!
        Feb 20, 2016
    20. Zortik
      Zortik
      I drew a valentines picture for my wife. She says it was demented and she loves it ^_^
      1. Zortik
        Zortik
        http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v465/kalyfa/Miscellaneous/2016%20valentines%20picture.jpg
        Feb 15, 2016
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    Gender:
    Male
    Birthday:
    Oct 12, 1984 (Age: 34)
    Location:
    Dubuque, IA
    Occupation:
    Solution Engineer at Insurance Firm
    First Language:
    English
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    Development Studio - RPGrindStudios
    Producer/Lead Developer

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    Animation (skills/spells) design - 6/10
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    Core engine functionality (eventing) - 7/10
    Mapping ability (In game editor) - 7/10
    Mapping ability (Parallax) - 3/10
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    Sprite editing/design - 1/10
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