orikes: (celo)
You know, they actually do make Lite Spam. I don't know why anyone would bother. If you're going to eat spam, just eat the real stuff, y'know? They also make Turkey Spam, but again, I don't know why you would bother.

I've actually made some progress on writing 4.11. I whined about it last week and after that seemed to find enough focus to get through some of it. I'm only going to say it's about halfway done at this point, but that's better than where I was last week. Technically there's still one scene to actually shoot, but I was putting that off while I struggled with writing the scenes I did have.

As a result, I have only minor picspam for you.



"This is a bad idea. This is a really bad idea. I'm telling you, it's one of the worst ideas you've ever had, Ori."

What's a bad idea? Having Sad Old Dude on the lot? I like Sad Old Dude, especially after the latest Regacy update. )
orikes: (miranda)
This is more than just picspam. This is spam. I've been meaning to talk about a few different things, but fighting off the plague last week really sapped most of my brain power. So, for your edification, here are some random things from me.

THE PLAGUE

I am feeling better finally. The hacking cough and laryngitis is hanging on, but I survived a full night of work last night. Even though I could use it to get caught up on things and for monetary reasons, I will not be asking for overtime this week. I'm still sleeping nine to ten hours a night, so overtime would probably just set me back health wise.

Ultimately, the doctor decided it was a virus, so there really wasn't much they could do for me other than tell me to get lots of rest and drink lots of fluids. It was all sinus and upper respiratory stuff which was not fun. What's worse is that it was spreading. One of my roommates got it and some people at work got it. Not sure who started it, but it was definitely not fun.

WATCHMEN

Before I got sick, I did get to go see this in the theater. It was pretty amazing. I loved the casting of pretty much all the characters (though I expected Ozymandias to be prettier, the actor still pulled it off very well) and I was delighted with how faithful they were to the original graphic novel.

Some things were changed, but most of it was either very minor or in the case of the one big thing they changed, kinda important. To be completely vague and avoid spoilers, things happen at the end that are world changing. In the comic, what happens is tied to many subplots and minor characters that couldn't possibly fit in the movie. Not to mention what happens is barely plausible in the comics and I never believed that the general public would buy it if they stuck with it. What they did to change it fit seamlessly with the movie and made sense. It also didn't change any of the results which was key.

It's definitely an R-rated movie with all the sex and violence that should suggest. Don't go expecting Iron Man or X-men. That's not what this story is about. It's still a damn good movie, though.

LOST

Since I was sick, there reached a point where I couldn't sit in front of the computer anymore. I couldn't concentrate enough to play or write, so I finally gave up and lugged my DVD player into my bedroom and settled in to watch some television.

I've loved Lost since I first started watching it. It's got a lot I love about serialized storytelling and ensemble casts. For some reason, though, I was dragging my feet watching Season Four.

The first season was fantastic. The second season struggled a bit as they introduced the tailies, some of whom worked better than others, but ultimately just confused things more. Third season was better, but still had some rough spots, especially with the Paulo and Nikki addition. Talk about a mistake. With the fourth season, though, you could tell things had changed. The writers and producers had finally hammered out a deal with ABC where they have an end date.

In some ways, I find it interesting comparing Babylon 5 and Lost. The two are very different shows with different feels, but they're both excellent examples of serialized storytelling with an ensemble cast. Babylon 5 was able to build slowly into its story arc, but then ran into trouble when they weren't sure they would have enough time to finish everything. As a result, the pace of the fourth season and then the unexpected addition of a fifth season feel forced. The show still worked, but you could see where the producers and the writers had to struggle to adapt.

With Lost, it's almost the exact opposite issue. Being a prime network show, the producers and writers hedged their bets in the first couple of seasons. They tried to keep their mind trippy storyline moving forward, but tried not to give too much away. They were a successful show, but they still had the network's headsman axe hanging over their heads. By the time they were finishing up the third season, though, they managed to wrangle a deal out of ABC that gives them an end point to actually END the show. It also gave them freedom to start going whole hog with some of their plotlines without worry about the network freaking out. This showed in Season Four.

Admittedly, Season Four is short because of the writer's strike, but there wasn't a single episode that didn't completely grab me. I also really liked most of the new characters they introduced into the story. Miles was especially intriguing, and I hope they do more with him in Season Five. I also really liked Keamy, despite his sadistic nature. Something about the big scary man with the laid back voice and boyish smile just grabbed me.

Anyway, if you enjoyed Lost, but hesitated at following it because it seemed like it was getting nowhere, I think you'll be pleased with the fourth season.

SUPERNATURAL

Okay, so I'm a little slow. De and Jamie and Doc and Stacie have all been telling me to watch Supernatural. I kept saying I would, but had dragged my feet picking up the DVDs. Being sick was finally the excuse I needed to have someone get me the first season so I could lay in bed and watch it.

I'm hooked.

It was pretty cool seeing where Dean's original inspiration came from as well as finally getting to see what everyone was talking about. I love the chemistry between the actors playing Dean and Sam. You can totally buy that they're brothers and would do anything for each other, even if they'll constantly rib one another.

There are a couple of minor issues I have with it, but they're all pretty minor.

- Vancouver can look like a lot of places, but Colorado, Oklahoma and Kansas really aren't some of them. Every time they say they're someplace specific, I generally look at the scenery and go, "Yep. Pacific Northwest." Part of this is probably my own geographic snobbery since my job lets me actually SEE these places on a pretty thorough basis. The wilderness in Colorado doesn't really look all that much like the wilderness in the Pacific Northwest. It's not nearly that WET.

- If the boys are traveling around the country, why does it always look like they're staying in the same seventies decorated motel room? I know the budget was probably limited, but I started recognizing features of their standard hotel room.

- SHUT YOUR CAR WINDOWS! I mean, dudes. You've got a trunk full of more weapons and spiritual paraphernalia than you can shake a stick at and you're walking away from your car with the windows left open? You're just asking for someone to steal your car. Your sexy, vintage car with a perfect paint job. DUDES. Use a little common sense.

Like I said, these are really minor issues. They haven't stopped me from loving many of the episodes and loving the dialogue. I'm really looking forward to seeing where the show is going and how they're going to ramp up the storylines.

SIM STUFF (INCLUDING PICSPAM)

I feel like I'm so behind. I've been sitting on 4.11 for weeks now. I tried writing last week while I was sick, but that wasn't happening. I've tried picking it up again now, but it's still not happening. I think I may need to skip the scene I'm on and get to something else to get some forward movement on the story. I'm not making any promises as to when it will be done, but I'm not giving up.

Anyway, here's some picspam.



Cecil, is that you? )
orikes: (fairy)
Ugh. I don't mind a sick day here and there, but when I'm really sick, I hate it. It always seems to come when I've got too much to do. I've been trying to get 3.11 written and done with, but my brain hasn't been anywhere close to being in a place to write. The desire is there, but not the ability to put words together coherently.

On top of that, like normal, a bunch of stuff for work has come due. Things will be in production mode for a while, but once certain criteria are met, we get a 28 day count down until we're supposed to be done with our part of a particular project. I've got several of these projects assigned to me, which usually isn't a big deal, but when they all come due at the same time, it's a pain in the ass. Especially when I'm home sick and not there to do the pieces I need to do. Ugh.

Even though I should have abstained from playing until I was done writing 4.11, I decided to go ahead and give myself a little leeway. At this point, what could it hurt?



Stop looking at me that way, Louise. You'll get your stories done, don't worry.

So, yeah. I played the Legacinas for a little while. )
orikes: (Star)
It's that time again! Everyone needs their weekly dose of Picspam, right?



"How lame can you be!? Calling this Sunday Picspam and then posting it on a Tuesday. God, can't you do anything right? How could you possibly be MY author?? I don't even get a starring role, when I'm obviously the most important sim in your whole hood. How much of a loser could you be?"

Ah, Mercedes. What a spoiled brat you are... )

Surprises

Mar. 1st, 2009 03:15 am
orikes: (wing)
They got me today. They being my family. I expected to go out to dinner with my dad and some family, but it turned out to be a full blown surprise party with probably fifty people.

I walked into the room and they all yelled surprise. There was my brother from out of town, aunts and uncles from both sides of the family, cousins galore from everywhere, family friends who might as well be aunts and uncles, friends I've had for years and the gaming friends I've collected into my life even more recently. They even got my best friend from high school there. My head was spinning I was so floored.

My aunt presented me with a wand that proclaimed me as being 40 and I was given a pin that had a blinking red light to also proclaim me as the birthday girl. Everyone there had a name tag on that proclaimed them to be the 'Old Fart's Friend'.

I made out like a bandit between the gift cards and the 50/50 raffle they did for me, but the best part was all the people. Sometimes I consider myself a pretty introverted person. I like people well enough, but I often feel like I drift through life fairly alone. But pretty much everyone there was someone I care about deeply. My own little people collection. I've collected a lot of people into my life when it comes right down to it.

Anyway, that was my day. :)
orikes: (SexyShoe)
There's not too much to report in this belated Sunday Picspam, but I did do a little bit of playing. Mostly I waffled between knowing I should be working on the update and wanting to play. So I didn't really do much of either.

What playing I did do, though, involved lots and lots of kid parties.



As Nanny Kendal can attest, they were more than a little chaotic... )
orikes: (Star)
These are the children born into the Fifth Generation of the Pseudo Legacy (with a couple of exceptions noted below). With each notation is the lineage of that child, their personality, aspiration, and any other notes. I'll be updating their portraits as they age and adding any additional kids born.

(I've been meaning to do something like this for a while, but rather than focusing on just the teens, I figured I'd do one for the whole generation that I can keep updated even as they grow up and take over. I may also do one of these for the previous generations.)

NOTE: There are spoilers in here since this includes the kids as they are currently in the game rather than as they are in the story. There are a few surprise babies in here.

Presenting, GENERATION FIVE! )
orikes: (miranda)
So. Birthday.

The fortieth birthday.

Today.

Theoretically, I'm supposed to be securely entrenched in middle age now. I should be old. But oddly, there was no magic switch, no sudden change in my disposition. I'm still me. I still feel like I did yesterday when I was 39. Which is, honestly, only slightly different how I felt when I was 29. Maybe a bit different from when I was 19, but that was a long time ago.

The number is kind of mind boggling, but beyond that, I'm okay with this birthday. I think turning 29 was actually the hardest birthday I've dealt with. This is nothing. I'm still me. The number's a little different and I have to answer surveys by checking a different age bracket, but for the most part, it's alright.

This afternoon, I'm headed out for a long weekend. There's a little local convention down in a nearby college town. I'm headed out with a couple of friends and we'll be sharing the hotel room with some guys from Binghamton. It's probably going to be a bit of a crowd in the hotel room, but it should make it cheaper for everyone involved. Cheap is good. Hopefully the two guys who snore like buzzsaws don't keep everyone awake. It should be a good time.

In other news, I've recently been turned on to some new music and wanted to share a couple of them with you guys.

Badly Drawn Boy is not actually a group, but a pseudonym for one guy. It seems very British and reminds me a bit of some of Euro stuff from the 80's, but I'm not quite sure why. Here's another song I really like from his "Born in the U.K." album.

The other artist I've been listening to non stop for the last week is Ingrid Michaelson. She's got a gorgeous voice. I've mostly been listening to the "Be OK" album, but her earlier one is pretty good to. Here is another song I like, and especially this one.

Last month I was all over Fall Out Boy, so it's kind of interesting to switch to two more mellow artists.

Anyway, I need to get moving. So thank you to everyone for the birthday wishes. :) Have a good weekend!
orikes: (streaker)
Hey look! It's a two-for-one special! You're getting Sunday Picspam combined with Behind the Scenes "footage"! Okay, so maybe it's not that special and some of you would have preferred to get Behind the Scenes stuff and then also get Sunday Picspam. I figured it would be easier just to combine the two.

I was actually hoping to cover more in 4.10, but when I pulled the pictures I already had and estimated what I would need for plotty scenes and filler pics, I had over 220 slides. For most people this would mean a double update, but not for me. I've tried to do the double update thing and I fail every time. Once I've got one half finished, I can't wait. I upload it and then take a week or so to get the other half done. 4.11 will be coming before the end of the month, but I'm going to be gone next weekend and I still need to do some of the staged scenes.

So, on to the blather about 4.10!



First up, Boy's Night Out! )
orikes: (miranda)
I've been using the same eyes for about a year and a half. When Generation Three started college, I was still using the Maxis defaults. By the time they were having kids, I'd settled on the set I've been using sense then. They're a default set of Helaene's 3105 eyes by Corvidsomething or another. They were on MTS2, but got taken down at some point.

For the most part, I've been happy with these eyes. They weren't as heavily shaded as some, but they still looked nicer than base Maxis eyes. Still, they were shaded and some of the more cartoony animations looked really odd. There were a couple of times I went in and tried to edit images to ease the impact of these.

I'd been looking at the modified Easy/Lucky/Free set (Pithy's modifications of Phobia's modifications of Sahrah's eyes.. or something like that), but I wasn't completely happy with the color options they had for default eyes. The light blue did not match what I already had and there was just something a little odd about them.

So, this weekend, to procrastinate from writing the update, I decided to play with my eyes. And what do you do when you want to test cartoony animations on Sims eyes?



YOU SMUSTLE! )

Hack Help

Jan. 30th, 2009 05:25 pm
orikes: (kaleya)
This is something that's been bothering me for a little bit, but not enough to really do something about it immediately.

I've been using Pescado's LTWVariety hack for ages. For the most part, I like the way it works. It tries to base the LTW a sim gets on more than just aspiration. It will attempt to fit a LTW based on personality and interests. This means that LTWs can cross aspirational boundaries and in the beginning it gave me the variety I had been hoping for. Unfortunately, it functions on Pescado logic, which isn't always actual logic. Lately, it seems like I've been getting the same handful of LTW's over and over again.

I've been thinking of pulling it and trying to find something to replace it. I don't want to go back to the same predictable LTWs for aspirations but I also don't want to open up ALL LTWs to all aspirations. That seems just as silly to me. The biggest thing is that I definitely don't want those obnoxious puppy mill LTWs reappearing. I'm just getting a little sick of the seeing the same LTW's over and over again. Yes, it may make sense that some of my active romancers want to be All Stars, but I don't want ALL of them to be All Stars.

So, does anyone have any advice?

It's Up!

Jan. 27th, 2009 05:08 pm
orikes: (streaker)
*FLOP*

That took more work than I thought it was going to!

Anyway, my 'interview' over at SimStorytellers is up Here.
orikes: (miranda)
So guess who gets to be the next Storyteller Spotlight Interviewee over at [livejournal.com profile] simstorytellers?

Me!

I am so absurdly thrilled at this. Stacie submitted my name a while back, so it got added to the list. My name came up as the one next in line, so this coming Monday, I'll be posting my responses to the regular interview questions as well as any questions that anyone else wants me to answer. Count on there also being lots of pictures, so this will probably take the place of Sunday Picspam.

If anyone has any questions they want to ask about the story or who I do it or who my favorite Beatle is, feel free to ask over HERE.

Portraits

Jan. 20th, 2009 11:40 pm
orikes: (streaker)
So, I'm home sick today. It's not major, but I was feeling crappy enough that I decided to call in. After puttering around (watching the inaugural address, finding more cool cc I didn't really need, etc.) I cornered Sarah and asked her to tell me how to do recolors of paintings. She made me an awesome wedding present for Miranda and Dean, so I knew she knew how to do it.

See, with the rebuild, there were a few things lost that I needed to replace. Namely...



... the generational portraits.

Here's what we have now, thanks to Sarah... )

I've been working on 4.10, seeing what I have and what I still need as far as pictures go. Right now, it's either going to be a double update or it's going to be split into 4.10 and 4.11 which will go up relatively soon after one another. There's a dozen or so scenes or pictures I need to fill it out, but none of them should be particularly complicated. Hopefully I'll be done with pictures by this weekend and writing by next week. There's still no guarantee I'll have an update out by the end of the month, but I'll certainly be trying.
orikes: (miranda)
Picspam is a little light this week. I spent some time going through the pictures I had and pulling the ones I think I'm going to need for the next update. That was then compared to my outline, so I know what scenes I still need to shoot. There's still quite a bit to go, but I'm fairly happy with what I have so far.

A little bit of what I was doing involved playing my simself's house. It felt wrong without any cats, so my simself now has simpet versions of Malakhi and Pashenko.



More ramblings about simpets and Headmasters within... )
orikes: (emby)


Saturday, January 17, 2009 is Stacie's (Stacielee, swhedonberry, stacierearden) wedding day. Everyone is welcome to leave congratulations as well. Let's turn this into our own version of an e-card.

Congratulations and many happy wishes, Stacie and Lucas. :)

Sim Kids

Jan. 13th, 2009 05:23 pm
orikes: (miranda)
I didn't get a chance to finish the 'party' before having to get ready for work, but I did get Oz and Jo aged up. Since Oz had a fear of a party, I just invited sims over. It also happened to be a Saturday, so I summoned over all the playable kids and teens for Louise to play with. So, while it wasn't a party, it was a house full.

Because pictures are spammy, they're under the cut. )

So how are you today? :)
orikes: (Star)
It's a girl!



And Elijah thinks his wife is hot when she's giving birth.

Everyone give a warm welcome to Josephine Legacina. I really wanted a girl since Josephine was the only name I had left that I really wanted to use. I was fully intending on cheating to get a girl, but they gave her to me on first try.

I have no idea what Jo looks like yet, other than she has the expected black hair and dark blue eyes, just like her siblings. Like Oz, she also got S2 instead of S3 like Louise. As far as recessives go, she's got Shelby's green eyes and ... RED HAIR!!!!!! I can't tell you how much I flipped when I saw that.

As far as personality goes, she's completely different from her siblings. She's a Gemini, very similar to her father. 5/10/9/7/3. The only difference between her and Elijah are the playful points. He has only 3.

YAY! Sorry for the pixel baby spam, but I've been waiting for her since before the 'hood blew up. It's so nice to finally get her into the house. She'll also be the last baby for Elijah and Shelby unless they throw me a late life lullaby after Louise goes off to college. Right now the house is full (Matthew, Persephone, Elijah, Shelby, Steve, Louise, Oz, Josephine and Buttercup) and I don't see Matthew and Persephone going anywhere soon.