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A fine and sometimes pleasant creature; she/her

Projects

Werewolves Versus Suburbia

I have a contribution in the latest issue of Werewolves Versus! Werewolves have been super fascinating to me since young times and this is my first work published by someone else! : )

You can (and should!) purchase this issue and previous ones, starting at only $1:

Sadie the Star Sprite

A platforming adventure game made using MegaZeux with original soundtrack by Noah Michael of If I Look Strong; You Look Strong.

Some screen captures of the protagonist, Sadie the dog, adventuring:

Sadie overlooks strange creatures and a valuable artifact in a towering pile of crumpled vehicles.
Sadie overlooks strange creatures and a valuable artifact in a towering pile of crumpled vehicles.
Sadie evades spider-like creatures in a decrepit office setting.
Sadie evades spider-like creatures in a decrepit office setting.
At the bottom of a ladder, Sadie hunkers down near a valuable artifact. Hostile autonomous vehicles roam back and forth above.
At the bottom of a ladder, Sadie hunkers down near a valuable artifact. Hostile autonomous vehicles roam back and forth above.
Screenshot of my desktop as I work on this game. As you can clearly see, I am very busy.
Screenshot of my desktop as I work on this game. As you can clearly see, I am very busy.

Sadie's namesake is one of my family's late German shepherds. The older of my two sisters named her Sadie, short for Scheherazade, in the early 2000s.

My partner

Nick Foos is my beloved partner. We met in 2009 and married in 2012. Find him here:

I personally recommend the link to his Etsy. You can see that it's easy and fun to buy and positively review all the beautiful items he makes, paints, and sells.

Abigail the cat

We adopted her from Lollypop Farm some years ago. She is nervous in disposition but when she's warmed up to a person becomes very friendly and talkative. Someone at the shelter explained in writing that she drools when she is happy, that she is a social eater, and that she has "extra toes!". One veterinary assistant, I believe an expert in these matters, remarked that she is "soft like a bun". These observations remain true, notwithstanding she's grown less anxious about her meals.

There she is! She's excusing me from making the bed (by sitting on it). What a blessing.
There she is! She's excusing me from making the bed (by sitting on it). What a blessing.

A few places I can be found

Drugs I regularly take, in order of milligram amount

I just think they're nice and I need them to thrive. If you the reader have a chance, please end the institution of medicine patents, sanitize the US's brutally elitist and profit-oriented medical culture, and equitably distribute the costs of healthcare to all, so that workers thus ejected from the collapsed rentier's racket maybe need not busy themselves over COBRA junk mail, on top of the rest of the bullshit.

Art/media I like

Moveys I've watched of late

Recent diversions

S-tier

A frame from the 1997 Berserk OVA. Guts and Casca sit beneath a tree on a hill overlooking a vast and torch-lit military encampment. Like a bonfire of dreams...
A frame from the 1997 Berserk OVA. Guts and Casca sit beneath a tree on a hill overlooking a vast and torch-lit military encampment. Like a bonfire of dreams...

On my mind

Stuff I saw as a kid

What untold harm some of these bits and bobs probably did me.

Stuff I'm sad about, but treasure

Games

I'm not sure I got to the end of any video games until I was like 15.

I had mostly lower end or behind-the-times PCs growing up.

I tasted a bunch of DOS stuff in large part thanks to my childhood friend Anthony Turner, who shared his Game Empire shareware disc with me. This is also where he discovered ZZT.

The legendary Home of the Underdogs is probably where I learned of these:

Noctis (Alessandro Ghignola, 2000)

For exploring a galaxy I don't think this game has been quite matched. I'm uneasy about the chaotic retrofuture maximalism attitude in No Man's Sky, where new lands are candy-colored canvases for base-building. The hope-starved slide-rule non-mystique of Elite makes my freeform adventuring in it feel like a highly sanctioned, monitored, and redundant sinecure. As video games, they're both on their own admirable missions.

But Noctis is the simulator of being a dignified and mostly solitary member of a sparse race remnant of super-intelligent spacefaring cats, living in a 'ship' best described as a glass box of gaze-tracking HUDs that eats grams of lithium to seamlessly drift from star to star and planet to planet (sans loading screens, natch).

A few radical decisions made for its UI, lore, and visual design push this game into an aesthetic of profound escape from the human world, with no back door, none of our books and shows and memes, no hint of a fourth wall to break or even a window looking in. The galaxy research database accessed and contributed to via one of the ship's terminals may be synchronized with other players via a quick import/export process mediated by emails to the developer. The database received its most recent update in 2017, and is available alongside the game itself (runs on older Windows PCs and in DOSBox) at anynowhere.com.

Elegiac aura of the infinite heavens in Noctis. Spooky space music improves the effect.<br>Adorable screenshot stolen from Home of the Underdogs.
Elegiac aura of the infinite heavens in Noctis. Spooky space music improves the effect.
Adorable screenshot stolen from Home of the Underdogs.

As far as PC (and emulated) stuff later on, these were my faves.

I grew up with the following video game consoles and respective games having an undue influence on me. This is a small subset of the memorable titles; others, unlisted or unremembered, were probably/mostly bad garbage.

Sega Genesis (and 32X !!!!)

PlayStation

Dreamcast

PlayStation 2

Game Boy Advance

XBox

Non-game software I like or have loved

In reverse chronological order.

You know what really grinds my gears? All the applications are browsers now.

My life!

Embarrassing things

Some jobs I have done

As of October 2021 I've completed no formal post-secondary education. ¯\(ツ)

Places I have lived

Things

The best candy

The best candy is Mike & Ike Mega Mix Sours. They are gelatin-free and they put 10 different flavors in the box.

Consumer product artifacts I find attractive

These cool and expensive Rotring pens. I don't have any but feel free to buy me one.

My Mac minis. My partner bought me one in 2011. We couldn't really swing it, and on practical, ethical, and cost-effectiveness considerations I wasn't sure I wanted to want it. I used it until last year, when I bought the 2018 model. FWIW, I keep hearing that any computer from 2010 to 2011 seems to live very well for a decade.

My iPhone 7. In spite of iOS and Apple being what they are, I kind of suspect this was as functional, fast, accessible, beautiful, and reliable as little hand computers will ever be. No headphone jack (I rarely missed it), but the sides and rear face were metal. I used it from about when it came out until 2021, when I upgraded on a whim for a big enough carrier discount.

My current planner, a Kokuyo Jibun Techo.<br>I had a long spell of sometimes consistent bullet journaling, and some manual page-a-day years before that, but this is helping me beautifully in its way.
My current planner, a Kokuyo Jibun Techo.
I had a long spell of sometimes consistent bullet journaling, and some manual page-a-day years before that, but this is helping me beautifully in its way.
This little reddish-pink stone box that I picked up from Archimage in Rochester a few years ago. Made in Kenya. I like the angry cat.<br>I stuck on rubber discs so I could lift off the lid without moving it. Here shown closed.
This little reddish-pink stone box that I picked up from Archimage in Rochester a few years ago. Made in Kenya. I like the angry cat.
I stuck on rubber discs so I could lift off the lid without moving it. Here shown closed.
And here, the box shown open. No hinges.
And here, the box shown open. No hinges.

As an aside, I caught the following funny review of a toy sold by Jetpens:

"While I cannot speak about this item from a personal experience, I did want to voice that I find this to be a great new novelty! I love the concept of joining pieces together to form a thing; however, the dinosaur is not for me as it isn't connected to the stationery world. Would be nice to see some office or school appropriate characters/items." - ADR in NY, March 17, 2020 (5/5 star review)
"While I cannot speak about this item from a personal experience, I did want to voice that I find this to be a great new novelty! I love the concept of joining pieces together to form a thing; however, the dinosaur is not for me as it isn't connected to the stationery world. Would be nice to see some office or school appropriate characters/items." - ADR in NY, March 17, 2020 (5/5 star review)

Dear websites

I'm indebted to their creators and curators.

End matter

Not only is this website not under construction, this website is the final canonical word on everything there is to know about me, Ashley Sgromo. Normal thanks to Nick, Alice, family, and friends.

Any creative work that I have wholly authored and that I have linked to or published inline on this website—except that I have otherwise remarked, or that such work and its license is otherwise subject to external agreement or law—I release into the public domain.

Last updated on 6 October 2021.


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