Nov. 7th, 2012 06:31 am
kd7sov: (hit in the face with a rock)
Dear America:


Thank you. Now. Obama has been elected before. This was, in fact, a contiguous reelection. He's not going to decide to suddenly make things worse now, any more than he decided to suddenly make things worse two years ago when various Senators and Representatives were replaced.

Also: whatever your politics, I'm sure you can agree that America has had less-than-stellar presidents in the past. It has survived. You know what it can't survive? This kind of partisan divisiveness. If I may borrow the words with which one great man paraphrased One even greater:

A house divided against itself cannot stand.

If half of us hate the other half, why are we together in the first place? Vote the candidate or the issue, but never vote for someone just because of their political party.
kd7sov: (Default)

Back at the beginning of the semester, there was some kind of religious club giving away books on campus. Being who I am, I picked one up. Specifically, I got The Case for Faith, mostly because none of the others interested me apart from the C.S. Lewis one I already had a copy of.

Recently, I started reading it. And was disappointed. There just doesn't appear to have been a whole lot of thought put into it. The example that brought this home to me, for a variety of reasons, is as follows.

Read more... )

It may be a decent book, if you're into that sort of thing and for some reason don't like C.S. Lewis' writing style. But it doesn't seem to be right for me.
kd7sov: (not my eyes)
The bluebird overrides the seismograph.

(You may write that down if you need to.)

Also, I apparently need a high-pressure refresher course on natural logs.


Oct. 4th, 2012 12:01 pm
kd7sov: (Default)
I really need to keep better control of my inputs and thought, and the collision thereof.

Also my computer is not helping.

So. A while ago, I started up this Sims game with the intention of getting a Felix and a Sheba together, preferably without the enormous tragedy that seems to happen whenever I try to fic that relationship.

More recently, I have been reading logs of various people's Sims Legacy Challenges (and variants). Given that the Legacy Challenge involves getting a family through several generations, these often involve proposals and marriages. And some of the writers are rather good at evoking emotion.

The last few days, I have also been trying to get an OOM written. It's from canon; specifically, the scene at the end of the first game where Felix is attempting to rescue Sheba on top of Venus Lighthouse.

So these have been colliding into periods of DO WANT, although I'm determined that certain things in the Sims game happen in a certain order. In particular, Sheba is not allowed to grow up just yet.

And then just now my computer decided to switch to this as its wallpaper. As I said, not helping.


Oct. 3rd, 2012 07:57 am
kd7sov: (music)
Quite often, I enjoy having my mp3 player play all the tracks in alphabetical order. This can produce some very interesting effects - "Dulcinea (reprise)" goes straight into one of the boss battles from Zelda: Spirit Tracks, for instance. But I already knew about that one. Today I found a new amusing juxtaposition.

I know at least one of you will know exactly what I mean when I refer to "My Eyes are Fully Open", from Pirates of Penzance. The track on my player contains that song and the dialogue (trialogue? punctuated monologue? I'll just call it dialogue, even if talking to each other isn't exactly what happens...) that follows. In normal playthroughs, it is immediately followed by "Away, Away!" This morning, in the alphabetic play, it... was not. What followed it was, instead, "My Fluttershy". Which has just enough similarity in the opening notes to make it an absolutely hilarious follow-on.
kd7sov: (hit in the face with a rock)
Welcome back, faithful viewers, to another exciting episode of... Legacy Sims! Tonight: Finance! Robbery! Both ends of the Aspiration Scale! And... Vegetables!

For all these and more, stay with us! )
kd7sov: (hit in the face with a rock)
This week was not my best, I think. The Jerras are tough. No money, no fun, no comfort... but I think they're going to get better.

Anyway! Let's see what kind of kid the Vales have now! )

I don't feel like sorting through all the pictures I took of the Jerras, so mostly I'll just sum up. )

I think I'll wait a few days before coming back to that family.
kd7sov: (la)
So like I said last week, I've begun a Legacy Variant Challenge.

And I thought, why not let my readers-who-don't-say-anything (do they just stay home and lie around?) see it happen?

So here we go! )

All right, first try didn't go so well. Pull her out, bulldoze the lot, replace with a slightly less superhuge lot (5x5 instead of 5x6). Let's try that again.

Take 2! )

So that's Alex so far! Hope you enjoyed, please tip your servers.
kd7sov: (hit in the face with a rock)
When last we saw him, Felix had just headed off to college.

So let's see how he's settling in, shall we? )

...But I'm sure that Jenna and the other 'Zoons have crossed your mind;
How had college hit the family Felix left behind?

Not that great, but not bad, apparently. )

You know who we haven't seen for a while?

The Hammets )

More baby adventures! )

Sometimes the Jerras are weird. )

And then, having confirmed that vampires are present in my copy of the game, I did one more thing... )

And then I did some more with the Jerras, including aging Kay up, but the game locked up and I couldn't save. Rrr.
kd7sov: (not my eyes)
So I am contemplating a thing.

Well, okay. Technically I was contemplating it and have now started doing something about it. But I thought I'd put the concept out there before any of the rest of it.

So. I've heard of these "Legacy Challenges" in Sims 2 and 3. The concept of which, for those who care and haven't heard of them, is that you follow a given family of Sims through a number of generations. There are a few variants, but that's the core idea.

So I decided, for no very excellent reason, to make my own. I would make a neighborhood, and a Sim, and follow that family for some time. I have come up with some rules, some more considered than others. There is no scoring.

Da Roolz )

Any thoughts? I've already started working on this, but I'm not very far in; it wouldn't be hard to change and start over if someone has an idea I like better than my own.
kd7sov: (Felix)
My current plan is to put these reports up pretty regularly, probably on Saturdays. We'll see how well that sticks.

So. Where to start, where to start... Aha!

Piers Picard and the Freshman Year )

At long last, we have some pictures of the Jerras! )

But what about the Dalzoons? )

To Be Continued...

In point of fact, I do have more pictures. But that seems like a good place to stop.
kd7sov: (maaaaagic cat)
I am beginning to revise my opinion about insurance being the worst extant thing in contemporary society.

So UNM has this "consortium agreement" program, where I can take some classes at another school and as long as I've got at least six credit hours at UNM itself and come to full time in total I can get my full-time-student financial aid from UNM. And things work out such that I can drop off the form to have the UNM advisors fill out their part on August 31. Those of you who are paying attention will note that this is now two weeks ago.

Where I drop the form off, there is a sign, indicating that dropped-off forms can be picked up after 48 hours. It includes a "no exceptions" clause, although I'm now being expected to believe that that applies to an earlier part of the sign and not the 48 hours clause.

So. The following Monday is Labor Day, and they're not going to be there. But that's fine, the guy I turn it in to says I can come in Tuesday and it'll be ready. Well, Tuesday comes, and it's not very feasible to get down there, so I show up Wednesday.

And they don't have my form. So I say, basically, "look for it" and head to class. I come back after, and it turns out the advisor who was supposed to be filling it out has encountered a problem and needs to shut down is holding on to it. I get them to give me her email address and leave. I send an email that afternoon, saying "hey, what's up?"

She responds the next day, Thursday the sixth. She's contacted the math advisor with a concern that she has, and said math advisor has probably been out of the office lately because she's usually really good at response turnaround time. She says, further, that I shouldn't worry because as far as she knows there's no deadline for the consortium form.

That is where the warning bells start. When I turned in the form, back on the 31st, I specifically asked what the deadline was. And they said the next Friday, September 7.

So. In what may not be the best-considered of all actions, I go in the next day to see what's up. You say there's no deadline, they say there's a deadline today, what's going on, sort of thing. Also what's the concern. It turns out the concern is that one of the other-college classes I'm taking is Calculus 1, which is covered by my AP scores. So it might be counted as a repeat class, which the consortium people don't like. Even though the AP scores in question are seven and eight years old. And the math department has some kind of five-year policy on repeats. I don't understand the problem, but apparently it might exist. Anyway. She still has not heard back from the math advisor. As for the deadline thing, that apparently has something to do with registered credit hours, and if the agreement doesn't go through or the math class sin't counted things could get messy. So she has me sign up for a couple of second-half-of-the-semester PE classes, which should make it all work out. She also says she'll stay in touch.

So I do. And she doesn't. And we come to today. The sign says two days, it's been two weeks. So I go in again, and say "what's going on?" Apparently they learned on Wednesday, the twelfth day after I turned in the form, that the math advisor is having trouble receiving her email. It takes until I'm talking to this advisor for it to occur to her that she might possibly call the math advisor on the phone, or go in person, to figure out the issue.

There is, I think, not enough headdesk in the world. Possibly I should get a team of monkeys to do my headdesking for me.
kd7sov: (glory)
(That should mean something like "studious dawn". I wanted the alliteration, and the concept of dawn, from GS:DD, and I've been taking a little Latin, but unfortunately I'm only a few weeks into the class.)

If you've been paying attention, you may have noticed that there's been a bit more time between this Golden Sims post - the third - and the second than between the first two. This is not, as you may have suspected, because I'm a flake. I am, but that's not why this took longer. No, it's because I got a new expansion. Yes, I now have Sims 2: University, and I wanted to make sure I understood how certain aspects of it worked before putting my Adepts through it. Also I was trying to build a custom college campus, Wey U, and having to figure out a few more things along the way. But that's done, and I can mess with my Weyardians again!

When last we left our heroes, Jenna had just had a birthday and was now a teen! Yeah, Jenna!

The next morning... )

The Jovian woes )

Piers Picard, or, dance party photodump! )

And, last but certainly not least, the Vales in Mission: Adorable. )

So, on that note, I finish. But only for now; tune in again soon!


Aug. 28th, 2012 05:19 pm
kd7sov: (hit in the face with a rock)
Oh, Brain.

Okay. So. Here's me, thinking about my Golden Sun Sims stuff. And it occurs to me that I ought to fold the laundry, so I go do that. I typically have my mp3 player on when I do the laundry. And today my sister was watching Serendipity in the next room at the same time.

Now. One of the major things I'm trying to do, in Sims, is to get Felix and Sheba to end up together without either of them dying or getting grievously injured or running off to wander the world in depression. So some of this is running through my head while I'm getting occasional glimpses of a romance movie - which I didn't actually like, what I saw of it, but that's beside the point. And the music on my player is from The Scarlet Pimpernel.

I believe I've mentioned a few times that my Felix headvoice, in some manners of speaking, handles incoming music. What I don't know that I've mentioned very much is that, for a long time, I was considering doing a Felix plot at Milliways based on Scarlet Pimpernel. So some of the songs, particularly Only Love, She Was There, and You Are My Home, are particularly associated with the Felix/Sheba ship. (Yes, I'm well aware that You Are My Home is sung by a pair of siblings. It has nevertheless always sounded like a romance song to me.)

So there I am, being bombarded three ways with roughly the same thing. I think I need a break; anyone willing to brainsit for me?
kd7sov: (Felix)
When last we left our gallant heroes, we only had about half of them. Felix's family, Jenna and Faran, and Mia were all in the neighborhood, and Isaac's family had been created but not placed. This time... we change some of that. Also, in here I learned to take larger pictures, so be aware of that.

Let's get back to the Vales. )

Then we had the Jerra Trials. )

Next up... the Hammets! )

And, finally, some Dalzoon adventures! )

So that's that! We still need a Piers, but that'll have to wait until I find hair that seems right for him. I wouldn't mind suggestions for what types of community lot various canonical places might be - so far we've got Kalay as a recreation center, Hermes Pool, and Venus Park (right next to the Lighthouse). And soon, we can start Jenna's romance adventures.
kd7sov: (Felix)
As those of you who read my last post may be aware, I've been fiddling with Golden Sun characters in The Sims 2. I'm aware that someone else has done such a thing, but I think my attempts are sufficiently different.

So without further ado, I present...the Jupiters! )

Next up are the Dalzoons. )

One possibility for that is... Miss Mercury. )

And, finally, the Vales. )

So that's what I have so far. I still intend to make Garet's family (the Jerras, thanks to a mistaken translation of someone's name), Piers (probably surnamed Lemuria), and Ivan (with Hammet and Layana; possibly the Kalays?). I thought I had downloaded some hair for Garet, but it doesn't appear to be showing up.
kd7sov: (hit in the face with a rock)
Le sigh.

So. Pursuant to this DE a month or so ago, I have acquired a copy of The Sims 2. And so far, I am enjoying it. Even though I managed to not get the toddler in the first family I made toilet-trained before she aged up, and her demands to be let out of the crib absolutely wrecked her parents' sleep patterns.

But. One of the reasons I got it was to try running Golden Sun characters. And it's there I've encountered the problem.

First, some of them are not easily replicable in-game. Particularly the ones with blue hair. But that's okay, TS2 is very open to modifications, and plenty of people have made custom hairs and so on. Plenty. But then there's the second problem.

Naturally, one of the characters I want to make is Felix. And it would be silly to not concurrently make Jenna, given that she's both a fellow party member and his sister. The problem arises with the Family Tree requirement: every Sim in a given family must be related to, or be, at least one adult (or possibly elder; I haven't tried a family with elders but no adults). But Jenna, moreso than her agemates Isaac and Garet, strikes me as a teen Sim. So I go in, make an adult Felix and a teen Jenna... and it turns out there's no option to set an adult and a teen as siblings. Nor is there an option to set one adult as the child of another adult, so I can't just roll up a couple of parents and have them both be their kids.

So. The options, as I see them: 1) make Felix on his own; possibly make Jenna separately at a later time. 2) age Jenna to adult, and set them as siblings. 3) de-age Felix, and possibly Jenna, so that they're both juveniles; make parents, who may be able to be killed off when Felix is an adult. 4) just set Jenna as Felix's daughter, and live with it; what could possibly go wrong?
kd7sov: (myself)
I wonder.

If I include the journalname of a person in a DW post, how does it handle that in the export to LJ? Does it look for linked openids, or does it still link to the DW user, or does it stick it in as an LJ with the same name?

I think I will try this with [personal profile] skygiants, whom I know to have different names on the two sites, and see what happens.
kd7sov: (Default)
You know what confuses me?


Now, I could make this post be about the My Little Pony stuff. I considered it, but I think we'd all be better-served if I just skip to what actually prompted the post:


There is, at my local TRU, an endcap with a bunch of Merida dolls, along with some costume dresses and a few other pieces of tie-in merchandise. Each of these dolls has the character's picture, perhaps taken straight from the movie, right on the box.

And they don't match. Skin tone, eye shape, face shape, the natural state of the hair... even the expression is not one that I can recall seeing.

It is established fact that people will buy, play with, and enjoy toys not based on any particular intellectual property. I haven't researched, maybe people are more likely to buy things that are based on IPs they like. But if you're going to sell a toy based on an existing visual appearance, is it that hard to either make them match or not include a picture on the box itself?
kd7sov: (Default)
There are a number of things that leave me simply worn out.

Dealing with people is one of these. Especially if it's a lot of people, or unfamiliar ones, or about certain topics.
Commerce is another, especially the offline kinds.
Large amounts of driving, especially under any kind of adverse condition.

I am not certain, but I suspect that employment should be on the list. It's been quite some time since I had a job that didn't have a lengthy commute during rush hour, or involve dealing with large numbers of unfamiliar people.

There are things I can do to reduce the effect of some of these. For instance, shopping is much less tiring if I know, pretty exactly, what I want and where to find it. This is one reason I am much more satisfied with what I pick for people's gifts if I have opportunity and means to do so well in advance. (See also: my shopping tendencies, which involve "see it, leave, maybe do some research; repeat at least once; on a separate trip, buy." By and large, anyway.)


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