Who are you?
You can call me Viz. I'm a young woman currently in college studying electrical engineering. I'm hoping for some sort of low-level hardware/firmware job, maybe in the aerospace field? I'll get to worrying about that later, though.
I'm into retro tech (everything's so much more interesting with constraints), indie games, riding my bike through nature trails, public transportation, and Sonic the Hedgehog. That said I'm always up for trying new things. Who knows? Maybe I'll find a new favorite thing. That's always fun.
I'd like to consider myself a nice, caring person. Above all else I'm determined to help people be the best them that they can be. I'm not about being edgy, or hateful, or demeaning. If you're having a bad day, I hope you can just chill here and read about Sonic or AOL or whatever. A friend of mine once called me "a breath of fresh air", so I'll take that as an invitation to be the spring breeze in your sails.
What is this site?
Mostly a dumping ground for random thoughts. It's split up into some broad categories.
The Articles section, the earliest one that actually had semi-regular content, is where I try and explain and/or gush about things that interest me or stuff I'm working on. It doesn't get updated super often though, because coming up with content is hard.
Some newer sections are the Hacking Notes, which contain some notes and utilities for modifying older video games, the Projects, which is a list of more substantial stuff I worked on that can stand on their own a little, and the Doodles, which is just where I try to creatively express myself.
Any favorite games/webcomics/whatever?
Check my Links page for things I like from various indie devs and producers. But as far as more mainstream stuff...
I'm kinda into video games? I'll play them from time to time, but I absolutely would not call myself a "gamer". I just think the whole medium is neat, what people can do with them, the experiences and emotions they can express and how they use what they have to their advantage. Some games I'm kinda into either right now or in the past are deltarune, Tetris Attack, a lot of the Sonic series, Minecraft,
For movies, my all time favorites have to be Ferris Bueller's Day Off, Forrest Gump, About Time, and Kiki's Delivery Service. I like my plots to have a lot of strong character interaction more so than a flashy grand plot.
My musical tastes are... unorthodox. Honestly, SoundCloud, YouTube, and old video games shaped my music tastes way too much. But in short, the things I like are either earworms with a good bassline (I'm a sucker for 80's J-Pop and 00's alternative) or nice instrumental pieces that really make you experience the music, not just listen to it. (stuff like Fleetwood Mac, Styx, Blue Album-era Beatles and Pink Floyd.)
What's with the username?
Surprisingly short story, actually. I was watching a Mario gaming marathon for charity (by the now long-defunct group ExtraLives, headed by MonotoneTim, who is a pretty cool dude), and I needed an username for the chat. I thought "You know what's cool? Those Boo mushrooms from Super Mario Galaxy that turn you invisible." So after a solid 15 seconds of thinking I typed "InvisibleUp" and I stuck with it. (In hindsight I really should have chose something with less syllables.)
And the ghostsona?
I started out for years with a logo that looked vaguely like a ghost from Pac-Man. I really wanted a unique profile pic, so I made one. That being said, a few years later I decided that it kinda sucked. I felt a need to have an actual kind of human face to represent my posts instead of just some weird abstract logo thing. I wanted to have a more personal presence on the 'net than I had let myself have before. So, I came up with Inviz.
I guess you could say she was sort of inspired by Napstablook from Undertale and Vivian from Paper Mario TTYD. I could have just drawn myself as a human, but I wanted to try my hand at designing a character instead. And I've gotta keep up the ghost theme, you know? Also I'm kinda too squirrelly about privacy to use my actual face. (Probably a good thing, to be honest.)
Why is every other word bolded here?
Accessibility reasons, mostly. Bolding the most important words makes it easier to skim through and still get the most important concepts. This can be very important for some people who find reading long passages of text difficult, such as individuals with ADHD or dyslexia. I don't do this a lot on my site, but I think it's a neat idea and I'm trying to phase it in. Let me know if it helps! (Or doesn't, that's very valid feedback too.)
As an aside, if you are one of those people, I'd like to recommend WaspLine Reader, a FOSS browser addon that colors every line in such a way that it's easier to keep track of where you are.
Got any of those 88x31 buttons?
Heck yeah! Keep the dream of the 90's alive. Don't forget to link them back here.
How do I contact/follow/support you?
For site updates, I have an RSS feed, which should be picked up by any RSS reader. I also tend to post them, other stuff I work on, and the occasional neat internet thing on my Twitter.
If you want to contact me, either to ask me questions about something I've made or just to chat, your best bet is to shoot me a PM on Reddit (/u/invisibleup), a tweet at @invisibleup or to my email at [my username] at outlook.com. I also have a Discord, but I'm not comfortable sharing that publicly. You can also shoot me questions at retrospring, which is like CuriousCat but open source.
As far as financial support (if you want, no pressure if you can't/don't want to) I have a Patreon. Also, if you plan on creating a DigitalOcean account any time soon it would be super duper helpful for both of us if you used this referral link, as that'll net you $50 (10 months free) and me enough to keep the server running with no out-of-pocket costs.