Here are a few of my favorite things: Nintendo, Penny Arcade, The Legend of Zelda, Mario, Pokemon, Harvest Moon, Fallout, Dungeons and Dragons, books, dice, Professor Layton, Shadow of the Colossus, Minecraft, and so much more. I'm going to talk a lot about video games, I sincerely hope you don't mind.

Newest paper sculpt project!

Sonic Screwdriver trio for my friend's birthday.

An interview with Adam Harum of Transolar Galactica.

They achieved their Kickstarter goal, and now the world gets more of their award winning sci-fi comedy!

Doctor Who themed lip balm!

Brought to you from Earthtastic! and A Bit of Geek.

Minecraft paper sculpt!

My submission to the Mojang community art contest. Watch the video!

A TARDIS desk lamp!

Instructions and babbling on how to make a TARDIS lamp from foam core!

Thursday, August 19, 2010

The infatuation has ended and now it's just stupid.

I think I may be finished with facebook games. I still accept and "return the favor" with regards to Farmville gifts, but I haven't tended to my farm in well over a month. I was enthusiastically playing Frontierville for about two months and now I just feel irritated every time I check on my land. Is it really necessary for five new trees to sprout in a two hour period? Is that really fair? Oh right, they don't want their players to have an semblance of a life.

Every time I check on my frontier lately I heave a deep sigh and think "what's the point? I'm not actually making any sort of progress". Unless I am on that game every hour (which I can't do, nor do I want to do it) then I am literally chopping down the same tree every single day. It's like the Greek king that has to roll the boulder up the hill for eternity. Just depressing.

I read an interesting article on the other day about how and why Farmville (and other facebook games like it) is so successful. Reading the secrets unraveled the whole experience for me, which is a good thing. It gave me that extra push to realize I don't even enjoy playing those "games".

They were certainly addictive and fun at first, especially Farmville. You leveled up so easily, it was exciting. Saving money to expand your farm and finally getting that last nail to complete your barn. Now your horses have a place to life! Great. Well, I have reached the cap. My farm is just bursting with livestock and tilled land. It became mundane internet labor to harvest crops and animals. I'd log in after tending to my real life for a few days and I'd see all those freaking pink icons and feel stressed about how long it would take me to click on each horse, chicken, pig, etc. No thank you.

In a way I'm very proud of myself. I have a tendency to create some very serious emotional attachments to inanimate objects, virtual ones included. Those sheep can stay there, ready to be shaved, I don't even care anymore.

So now what do I do with my free internet time? I could be enriching myself, researching and learning. I was doing that a bit the other day, cruising through wikipedia and learning some new things on a basic level. My issue seems to be I don't know what to search for! A wealth of knowledge at my fingertips and I can't even type a word into the search box. Somebody help me! Any topics that are particularly good to read about when you're feeling bored? Or just looking for some mental enrichment?

I have also taken to listening to music on youtube. Had never even thought of this as a viable option before, but turns out it's a good one. I like to read though. Suggestions are welcome.


Monday, August 16, 2010

Computer clean up.

I have today and tomorrow off to do whatever I want, so I'm choosing to do nothing! Well, I'm relaxing, y'know, taking it easy. It's been nice so far.

The biggest item on my "when I have free time" list is getting the freaking Cataclysm beta to work! First attempt, it installed correctly but wouldn't install the patches. Second attempt, my hard drive ran out of space and even after clearing space I couldn't get the Loader to start installing the patches. Third time's a charm, right? That's what I hear. Currently I'm 38% into the patches, with 10 gigs and 5 hours to go. JUST WORK PLEASE.

I've spent a good portion of today begging with my computer to go faster. I ask so much of it. I've been deleting a bunch of things and moving items I don't use regularly to my external drive. A few games went bye-bye, as well as some music. I went through my downloads folder and deleted all dmg and zip files. My last effort to clear space resides with my Aperture library. The file is impossibly large. I don't want to delete anything though because I have spent a lot of time cataloguing and adding metadata. I was seeing if it was possible to move the monstrous file to my external drive and still load it properly when I saw this option in the File menu: delete trash files. Hmm! How had I never noticed this before? I have deleted a lot of things from my library before, lots. According to the warning dialogue box, a little over 11,000 files/previews/versions. Hot damn! I don't know how long it's going to take to remove all of them, it has been going for a while though. So far it has cleared up about 4 gigs of space.

I wish I had some windex, my laptop is dirty.

With the downtime that I have had here I've been thinking a lot about what I would be doing were I at home. I hardly know. I do wish I had my Wii here. What would I play, you might wonder? I don't know, really. Maybe Mario Kart. I've hardly touched my DSi. I brought games that I like to play, it just isn't where my mind is I suppose. I'm going nuts waiting to play the new Professor Layton. What do I do with my spare time? What a question. Here I spend a lot of time staring at the wall and just thinking. It has been interesting.

If I can get this beta to work then I don't have to think too hard to figure out what I'll be doing the rest of the week. I could be playing my regular character but that's most fun when James is on too. With the beta I'll feel powerful and OK with being alone. Ha!


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