23 April 2009

Closing the book

I did it. I broke the cycle. I fought off the dragon. I jumped on the wagon.

I canceled facebook. It wasn't an easy decision. There were a couple games that I was enjoying, but that's all it was. Two games. I had stopped going to friend's pages, stopped looking at pics, stopped it all. I only went to facebook to play mafia wars and tiny adventures. It took up an amazing part of my day and there was no creativity in it. No real fun. Just click and wait.

So, I deactivated it and turned off all email notifications. I removed my pics and changed the email address. Fini.

Its for the best, I think. I plan on doing more creative things, like some writing assignments and some more drawing. I'll post it in the appropriate catagories here.

Its possible to consider facebook my April hobby. And like all my hobbies, they fade away for awhile. Maybe some day I'll go back to it. Maybe I'll add new photos and post more. But not n0w.

For now I plan on catching up on some of those posts here that say things like, "5 weeks ago" when they shouldn't.


22 April 2009

Fixing a Broken Home... and chainmaille

It has been a few days.. or maybe a week.. since I last posted. Any good reason why? no, not so much. Busy with IRL stuff.. work, wife, etc. My son is coming up from his mother's for the summer.. he'll be here in June, and I spent the weekend tearing out the bad carpet and remaining sheetrock /wood from the flood 2 years ago. Did I mention I procrastinate?

He wants that downstairs room that flooded, so I am going to do my best to have it somewhat ready for him. Next I need to coat the entire place in bleach and give it a good scrub, then seal the concrete to hopefully keep it from leaking again. Really, I need to dig out the wall from the outside and repair it there, but that means renting a small back hoe and being careful not to destroy my installed sprinkler system. doesn't sound fun so far.

Once the room is properly sealed (like i said.. dig it out..), i need to rebuild the walls. Only this time I'm not going to rebuild them as they were, 10" out from the concrete and totally open, I'm going to put up a wall to separate it and make it into a real bedroom. The old closet that used to take up the entire walkway to the laundry room is gone now, and I can use it as hallway space, running the wall over to the other side of the window.

This is a rough floorplan of the front of the basement (done in mspaint). The crooked line with the door in front of the window is going to be the wall i put in. Yes, it will most likely be crooked, as in not 90 degrees off the wall. Why? because i need to have the window be inside the bedroom for fire code and the entry to the laundry room (circle and two squares) isn't exactly in the best place.

Other things.

I received my arbor and blades from The Ring Lord in the mail. This will allow me to cut my own coils into rings. Yay! This weekend when the weather was beautiful I went outside at 8 in the morning and built myself a coil cutter stand. I'll put up pics later. Basically its a bunch of wood with a block of wood that has a hole drilled in it so i can drop the coils down. The drill will hold the blade into a notch that enters the hole where the coils are and i push the coils down onto the saw blade, and rings fall out the bottom into a cup. It works really well. i cut half my coil this weekend. Just wanted to make sure it was working right. Now I go back to my mandrell and make more coils so i can make more rings so i can make my hauberk (see the other posts on chainmaille to compare notes.)


07 April 2009

More on Lux-Pain

Just wanted to throw out a quick note on the art book. I have some pics that i'm going to post but i want to reduce their size first. Not easy to upload 4MB files on a public wireless network. Plus I don't want to infringe on any copy writes, so they'll be small pics..

I'm wondering if I need to change the replay-ability portion of my review. It occurred to me that very few games would actually fit into this catagory. Maybe its just because of the last two games i've done, because I could totally see games like Oblivion and Fallout3 getting the + on that part.. I know I've played Morrowind and Oblivion for months without actually touching the main storyline, so its there..

I don't want a 3/5 to sound like a bad or mediocre review. I mean, sure.. if it wasn't for the voice thing Lux-Pain would have gotten a 4, which is pretty good.. So, its an internal struggle thing. Doubt I will change it, because I really can see a reason for it.

That's enough for now.

p.s. I really do like Lux-Pain, and I'm glad I was given the opportunity to review it.. voiceovers notwithstanding.


02 April 2009

Lux-Pain Review on the Way

The game is in. I'm playing it and will post the review next monday, including some shots from the art book. Here's a couple screen shots to whet your appetite.


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