A little about me, anyway. I mean, I'm not giving you my entire life story. You're getting the highlights, though.
Hi! My name is Josh but people call me Syrsly. That's "syrsly" like saying "seriously" the wrong way. Yes, I love my moniker. I was born and raised in Kentucky, so I hear "seriously" said that way a lot regardless of the name. I enjoy video games, movies, and the usual scifi/fantasy garbage your parents warned you about. I also enjoy programming, illustration, and storytelling. I have made games, websites, cartoons, and open source code. My freelance work history consists mostly of website development.
My web design experience dates back to when Geocities was a thing and AOL's dial-up signal noise was music to my ears. Before developing the Inspivia social platform (Facebook-like site powered by Drupal 6) in 2014, I taught programming as a tutor at Technical Lead and developed a mildly successful game reviews site, titled GetLives, just for fun. Check out my web dev portfolio for work samples.
Like most artists, I drew a lot when I was young, but I only started to really draw on a regular basis when I grew bored of the MMORPG that was all the rage back in the day... RuneScape. I began my first guild, made sprite-based animations for the guild's website, and eventually stopped playing the game all together so I could focus on my animations, which made me fairly popular in the game's community. After many years away from the game, I posted a forum thread on Zybez.net/"RuneScape Community" (a now defunct website) to ask players if they wanted me to draw their characters. The response was staggeringly large, and I got a lot of practice into drawing humanoid figures based on not-so-well-described characters. I created some of the most popular RuneScape animations throughout the years and even started a fully voice-acted sequel to my frame-by-frame anime style cartoon based on the game. Thanks to my fascination with the RuneScape community, I learned a lot about Macromedia/Adobe Flash and the human musculature. I rarely do fan art nowadays, favoring more profitable work, but if you like my work, I'm always open to commissions.
My favorite shows of all time include Adventure Time, Westworld, and Breaking Bad to name a few. I don't stick to any specific genre, and I have nothing against watching cartoons. I love animation. It used to be one of my passions as a kid to make my own animations, and now, I have a fondness for anime and other equally beautiful animation styles.
My favorite video game genres are action RPGs (Zelda, Graal, some FFs) and explorative platformers (Donkey Kong 64, Mario 64, etc). I really love games that offer me a creative outlet or tons to explore. Good stories are great, but there's not a lot to do after the stories end if there's not anything else on the table.
I purchased my HTC Vive VR headset on October 19th, 2016 (tweet), and I've not once stopped having fun with it. When my VR games were kind of dull or uninteresting, I kept myself interested in my Vive through game development in Unity. Some of my favorite VR experiences so far are Accounting, AltSpace, Rec Room, Sairento, and Tilt Brush.
I am happily married to Sarah Gardner Maines AKA @HistoryGal. Our wedding was something interesting: an outdoor party with video games and tacos! Sarah and I share a lot of interests, including an appreciation for history and storytelling and a general enthusiasm for video games, specifically the Zelda franchise. We're the light of each other's world. She is my moon and I am her sun and stars.
The future is coming, and now my watch begins. It shall not end even after my death. I shall take her as my wife, hold her hand, father her children. I pledge my life and honor to the joined house of Gardner-Maines, for this night and all nights to come.
I run a blog to document and share some interesting stuff in the works. I also talk a lot about technical things there. I may post a few nice pictures of my hikes and travels soon after they happen. I also have a Facebook account where I share funny and awesome videos and a Twitter account where I keep up with interesting discussion and news. The blog has an RSS feed if that's something you're into. Contact me anytime if you're interested in hiring me for a project.