After a recent system update my laptop has been experiencing technical difficulties and has become very laggy. Right now I am backing up all recent files, because I am NOT losing yet another family I am doing updates on, before I try and do preventative maintenance. System restore, deleting the buggy programs, etc and using a complete and total reformat as a last resort.
I am planning on upgrading to a desktop after I get some money saved up (around August) so I am hoping to get this one to last until then. If not, I may drop from the face of the simming world as this one is no longer under an extended warranty.
Wish me luck and if anyone has any suggestions, please let me know. Thank you!
For any long time reader of this blog or when SimsSanctuary was open, I have been trying to get healthier and more active. And trying to overcome and re-strengthen my legs through exercise and my custom insoles. The cold winter months have really put a damper on the exercise part, so now I am focusing on making better eating choices, and putting those recipes on my new blog.
I would have done it here, but as I am linking people from RL to it, I opted for a separate blog. This site is just for me. It's MY getaway from RL stuff I don't or can't share with people I know because I don't feel they can be supportive. And no one really gets the Sims 3 and is as active in it as I am. yes, I know one person who plays the game in RL, but as she is someone I work with and this is a retreat, I am not giving her my site address or screen name.
As this is the only time I will be mentioning Emily's Kitchen, you can link to it from the blog sidebar or view it here! The site is still under construction, but I do have two posts up.
It was the Mare's Post that actually reminded me that I was going to do an after-thought here on my blog in regards to the Same Sex Couples? thread that I posted in recently on the Officials.
I can honestly say I am damned proud to be a Canadian. And more proud to have parents that have always taught me to respect the choices of others, as long as those choices doesn't hurt anyone.
It is unrealistic to expect huge corporations, especially one that deals with a game or social media, to actively promote something that most people, to this day, still feel uncomfortable about.
I think the biggest break through I have ever seen that was an in your face, ground breaker that shook things up was: Queer as Folk, the American/Canadian version. There is a British Version as well, and I tried to get into watching it, but I found the whole thing to be "Meh!" The American/Canadian version (American production but filmed in the hub of Canadian Gay Society: Toronto, Ontario.)
To me, QAF BROKE through the lines and as I was a university student at the time, it was a well watched show and it was something that we could admire and feel for the characters. A friend of mine in Uni told me she was a lesbian and was telling people one at a time. She was SCARED to tell us and SCARED that we would turn our backs on her. It was touching and emotional and it SHOULDN'T be that HARD. People shouldn't feel afraid to express themselves because they are different. FFS, WE ALL ARE!
Now, I have a cousin, and I was only told about this recently mind you. One of my great Uncles has a son (I had NO idea until mom told me.) And apparently he's Gay and has a partner. The thing is, the reason why I never met him, is because he has been ostracized by the family, by his own father. And that is sad. I have a cousin I never met, because my mom's fucking family don't associate with him. My mom is very liberal, her mother is a real piece of work sometimes. She was a true tyrannical Matriarch. As long as you toed the line HER way, it was all peaches. The moment you stepped off HER path, she became a right ol' bitch. And I LOVE my Grandmother, but I don't agree with how she treats people, how she treats family.
Canada is one of only a few nations that are more forward thinking and more liberal (more open-minded). And though we don't live in a perfect society here in Canada where thing don't go haywire, I say again I am proud to be a Canadian.
Just take a look at this as quoted from wikipedia:
Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) rights in Canada are the most advanced in the Americas. LGBT Canadians have most of the same legal rights as non-LGBT citizens, and are extended more legal rights than many other nations where homosexuality is legal. Since 2005, Canada has offered civil marriage rights nationwide to same-sex couples. Canada was the third nation in the world where same-sex marriages were legally performed (commencing in 2003 in the province of Ontario), the fourth nation in the world to perform same-sex marriages nationwide, the first nation in the Americas to perform such marriages nationwide, and performed the first ever legally recognized same-sex marriage in the world (performed January 14th 2001 and legally upheld June 10th 2003 in court).
So despite the drama queens, attention whores, and the "Not Good enough EA, you should do more!" I applaud your efforts EA in being as forward thinking as you can be in a society that took several steps back with Proposition 8.
And this After-thought has become more of a novel, so I shall stop there before I go off on another rant over Prop 8. (Disgusting!)
Well the pillow fighting is now at a minimal. I went in under my Castaway save and played a bit, update coming tomorrow most likely as I am at Mom's til morning. I do have a bit more to play before I post up the update. I am waiting for Emillye to have her baby and my adults are finally turning elder.
Only Faelan and his IF seem to be pillow fighting at the moment.
And may I say, I LOVE that the MAXIS logo came up before The Sims 3. Kinda gives me a small bit of hope. Not much tho.
The real test for the patch will come when Arashi and Rivera are finally elders and I give them a cane. I haven't had a shrunken sim yet, or many glitches for that matter, and this one seems like a hilarious one
I'm patching to 1.50. I did hear about the elder glitch. Hopefully that's all of them. I mostly want the patch because while I play my Castaways, I have to stop and X-Out of their pillow fighting. Every 2 minutes someone is initiating a pillow fight when they could be concentrating on harvesting their crops.
Plus the Dumpster Diving just seems like the best thing eva. Makes me want to play Cyclon3 again because that's all he did lol.
Since I am at Mom's for the night, I've been reorganizing and deleting CC and I changed my default skin and eyes. I also did a complete wipe of all my store content and redownloaded a few things, including my newly acquired Monte Vista. The Market is my next purchase after I get Uni (already pre-ordered)
I am wary of getting Uni as in TS2, it was my biggest letdown, so hopefully, this won't be.
After I eat and replace all of Twallan's mods, back to playing my Castaways.
This issue just keeps going around the block and coming up. Which I get with the new simmers that join and discover CC and find out the Exchange is not such an "awesomesauce" thing as they once thought.
I believe before that Magician was the last person, that I know of that advocated that more lengths should be taken by EA to not allow CC on uploads to the exchange. I'm sure there was more, he's just the last that comes to mind as there were numerous threads on the matter. (And yes, I gave my 2 cents back then too.)
But >>here<< we have another person who is disgruntled (and rightly so) by the corrupt CC on the exchange.
Joining in 2009 and the first post created is on the exchange a few years later. This is after the Doll Incident and the numerous other vocal threads to do something about the exchange. Research is key, especially when downloading from the exchange. There are tools now and very helpful threads that can help ensure that corrupt CC doesn't make it into our games, as long as we are responsible enough to know.
Could EA come up with better solutions? Sure of course they could, but it would be a massive undertaking, and while I love the Sims Franchise this IS EA were are talking about here.
The exchange would need 24/7 round the clock surveillance and that is just NOT going to help, because you would get other people moaning that their uploads aren't being approved in a timely manner.
So as always, two sides come up. One wanting the exchange to do a way with CC, provide approval, testing, scanning (but if corrupt CC is still CC, even by scanning it would it come up corrupt?) *Insert Delphy's programs into the exchange or do-it-yourself. And the other side saying that would be impossible it's Download at your own risk. No one else is responsible, no one else made you hit the download button, and no one else said to download without restriction.
My opinion on the exchange has never, and will never change on this matter. It's how I feel on the matter. And yes I feel bad for those that get corrupt CC, at the same time, I have also experienced Corrupt CC from the exchange in my game and had to take on the daunting task of getting rid of it. It sucks bananas, but it is what it is. You learn and know for next time. Exchange=bad bloody business.
****WARNING - ADULT NATURE****
The story, while not X-rated, does have adult sexual tones. The picture, however, is completely fine. You have been warned!
Women tended to bore Christian, they fell much to easily to his charms. He much preferred a challenge. So when a woman did challenge him and wasn't so easily succumbed to his vampiric charms, she became his prey for the evening and he did enjoy the game of cat and mouse very much.
He would appear disinterested in them and ignore them for the most part, but a graze here, a ghost of a touch there and talking animatedly to a woman his prey couldn't stand, until his prey came to him. And then the real fun began. Oh sure, he could just take what he wanted, but after living for centuries, he needed a bit of spice with his dinner.
He would lure them back to his place, a lonely home on the outskirts of Bridgeport. Across the bridge and down the hill, just along the river that ran through. The perfect place to dump his dinner when he was done.
He would make promises of showing them the time of their lives. He would be gentle, and passionate throughout the night. All the while being stand-offish and deflecting questions away from himself.
Christian would light the fireplace and set them before it, the warmth making his lady of the night feel lethargic. He strips the women down to their undergarments and gets comfortable on the floor with them, gazing over them as he prepares to show them the night of their lives. Christian, with gentle passion makes them pliable in his arms and the women, sated, can only moan as Christian is in the midst of his own throes of passion. As Christian reaches the height of his climax he bites down on her neck, hard and with such fierceness, he sucks them dry.
When he is sated, he pulls himself out and takes a shower, cleaning away the women from him. He goes back, showered and changed and with disinterest cleans the women and seals their neck wound. He dresses them and chucks them in to the river, allowing the current to wash away his victim. He looks on with the same disinterest and looks forward to the following night when he can claim his next victim.
It's not often I post a CC collection on my main blog, but this collection came from a friend of mine that I work with. I found out that she is actually a simmer, though she hasn't joined the community as her account is screwed up or something of that nature.
But she draws and I asked her to allow me to use them for a collection of CC. I do have them in sims3pack as she does not know anything about .package files. I have combined the crop vest with the mesh top and added her designs on the back of each vest. Plus I included her eyeliner/teardrop sketch as new makeup for the collection. However, I made a slight alteration, and set the default color of the eyeliner to black not white. It looks better.
The designs are meant to look like they were sketched, so I didn't soften them. So, a slideshow of piccies and then download buttons after that. If she is willing to allow me to use more, I will create a new collection to use.
How could anyone bully someone as nice as CLP? Well if you read the latest post from the Mares you would see for yourself that someone was just that mean-spirtied. Making a wordpress account with a slightly altered name from CLP and liking all the Mares posts you can is sad and pathetic. Not to mention posting on MS3B.
What? You need the attention that badly that you would stoop that low to degrade him? Never mind the fact that no one even knew about it until the Mares brought it to light. Funny that someone could "just so happen" to find it.
CLP handles himself with a lot of class especially when faced with people who try and degrade him. It just makes the person all the more pathetic.
Bullying is not cool and it happens to far too many nice simmers who don't deserve it.
It is disgusting that people think it's Okay to bully someone, especially online, because no one knows who each other truly is. But it doesn't matter where it is: at school, online, in the workplace, bullying hurts! And the person doing the bullying is just a sorry excuse for a human being trying to make up for their own inadequacies.
I've never liked bullies, even as a kid. Even if I had to walk a kid home after school because the older kids picked on him and he was scared to. Until he made friends and then I was out of the picture because I knew he would be all right.
But you never forget: the gratitude of a child who had a complete stranger protect him (and you are only a child yourself). The simple thanks of a mother who was just so darn happy that someone looked out for her son. The extra long time it took to get home and explaining to your mom where you were.
CLP can take care of himself for sure, but I also won't stand for seeing nice simmers be harassed for no bloody good reason. On or off the forums.
And that's my little piece on the matter.
There is still a storm warning in effect. Blowing snow, poor visibility and lots of snow drifts. Work is opening today as it is supposed to clear in the afternoon.
So here is the "damage" from Blizzard Nemo. Not nearly as bad as they made it out. (From last night and this morning)
My Name is LE or LE Style. I have a tendency to go off on tangents from time to time. Such is the MADNESS of my Mind.