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Pre-Halloween Rant

Posted in Advertising, Apartments, Art, Books, Economy, Education, Entertainment, Food, Gaming, Holiday, Life, Movies and Theatre, Politics, Tea, Technology, Work, Writing with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 27, 2010 by urbannight

I am so far behind. And I forgot to record the first bill I paid for the 2 week cycle, so I can’t buy the last little details for my desk decorations.

I don’t even want to start on how far behind I am at home. I’ll get it finished and be set up for NEXT Halloween.

The more I try to organize my in progress projects and my hobby stuff, the more disorganized my entire home ends up. I’m beginning to feel overwhelmed.

I have to get laundry done and I didn’t get up early enough to go get my car moved to my apartment to load up the laundry. I’ll have to try for tomorrow. Or maybe I’ll luck out after work today and I won’t have to park 3 blocks from home. I hate carrying my laundry bags three blocks though the heavily visited Old Market area.

I went to grab my camera to bring to work. I want to take pictures of my Bayou inspired Halloween ides and I couldn’t find it. I wasted 20 minutes looking for it. So tonight I will jump on the Great Camera Hunt of 2010.

A co-worker is making me very angry. It’s been going on for three days. Now I feel like she is saying I took her pink zipper folder. I really have to get some pictures of me to use here because you will see that a pink zipper folder is not going to tempt me.

I have two nights to get ready for the Halloween Party and the Trip. I have not enough time. I will take a notebook to make some notes. Funny how that works. I decided to jump on the NaNoWriMo band wagon. See how it goes.

I’m cranky with Washington state that is having the bad form to talk about suspending refs who were donating their paycheck to Breast Cancer Research and using pink whistle. The pink whistles were getting them suspended. It flies in the face of what high school athletics is supposed to teach kids. Teaching community spirit by building team spirit. Teaching people to work together for a common cause.

I’m super pissed off about the Texas school who had a star player plea bargain his rape charges down and the school let him stay on the team and punished his cheerleader victim when she wouldn’t chant his name. That teaches the students that boys are more important than girls and rape or any assault is acceptable behavior for athletes.

I’m mildly cranky at the community in New York that tried to get a woman’s tree house for her daughters removed. Instead, the courts finally ruled in favor of the woman and declared it an historical landmark because her house is in an historical district and because of whom her house once belong to. But at least the system finally supported some one who deserved support.

My last cranky item is Superman’s new ‘edgy’ look. They are trying to draw in the Twilight crowd. Some thought Superman’s new look was too emo. What really got me was the glowing red eyes. Not only did they make him look emo, they made him look like an emo demon. I hate superman’s makeover even more than I hate Wonder Woman’s makeover.

I think that is the end of my rant today.

Short Shifting the Slumber Time

Posted in Life with tags , , , , , , on September 23, 2010 by urbannight

I feel like I need to sleep around the clock.  I have been shorting myself on sleep.  Not a good thing to do. 


I spent the weekend past in my PJ’s sitting at the table working at one of my more insane projects.


This I spent 18 hours on it over Saturday and Sunday.  Monday I couldn’t stop and got in a few more hours.  After spending a couple hours trying to get my laptop set up to play anime so I could watch


English name is The Wallflower.   So by the time I got it running it was after 11:00 and I watched until 1:00 am.  Stitching.


Tuesday I did more stitching and watching shows.


Got in 24 hours stitching and don’t even have half of one pattern page on the project done.  The other one I’m working on has over 300 hours into it and not near half done.  This one has even more pages. 


I may be insane.


Needless to say, I’ve been up until 1:00 am Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday nights.  Last night I did not work on any projects and went to bed at 11:30 pm.  This is my normal.


I still feel like crawling into bed and sleeping straight after work.  I probably would too.  Only I have to drive way out to West Omaha to see how a dog is going before the owners head out of town this weekend.  He’s been really sick and is just starting to get better.  I won’t be home until about 3 hours after work. 


I want to go to bed.

Writing Hiatus

Posted in Writing with tags , , , , on September 15, 2010 by urbannight

In school I wrote all the time.  I wrote poetry, short stories, and random essays on things that popped into my mind.  While spelling was and is a weakness of mine, I worked hard on grammar and punctuation and organization. 

I would write a short story or essay inspired by the art on my folders for school.  I would make up stories as I went for my nightly walks.  I went to college and wrote, went to work, went to college again and majored in English Lit and took additional writing courses.

Then I graduated and stopped writing altogether.

Over the past 5 years, I’ve noticed a laziness that crept into my writing.  I’ve seen the deterioration of grammar and sentence structure.  And you don’t want to talk about my comma splices.  Or maybe you do.  I couldn’t say.

I’m not a grammar Nazi when online. But I do try not to look too stupid and uneducated.  I have several degrees after all.  And I really wanting to go back to school again because I’m strange and miss classes and studying and research.  I even started researching ancient East Anglia kings for something ‘fun’ to do. 

Part of this exercise is to work on my writing skills again and get them back up to par and work on my research skills for an age where technology now rules.

How did life get so busy that I completely stopped writing when I envisioned my future as a writer?

Sims 2 or Sims 3

Posted in Gaming with tags , , , , , , on September 8, 2010 by urbannight

I went back to Sims 2 because there were a lot of things about it I missed.  Now I’m missing things about Sims 3.

Sims 3 Sims are slightly smarter in that they will not do the potty dance until they pee themselves and if they are hungry they will go eat.  In S2, they will complain about hunger then go paint, or use the dance bar.  The strange thing about S2 is that when they have totally depleted the fun meter, they will keep going to the dance bar if there is one on the lot even though this item gives no fun credit.

But Sims 3 Sims won’t do many things unless you control them.  If they are outside, they won’t just start finding things or collecting things.  S2 will start doing hobby stuff on their own if nothing else is going on. 

I do like that you don’t have to put your S3 people on the bed to get the WooHoo option.  But S3 people, no matter the personality characteristics, are much easier to get together than S2.  There is no challenge to it.  I can make total opposites and get them together in no time flat.  Sims 2’s sign based personalities are more likely to create people that just don’t get along.

I REALLY miss alien babies which is why I went back to S2.  I suddenly realized what I needed to do to create a town of aliens and wanted to work it out.  It was so obvious that I don’t know why I didn’t realize it before.  More than anything from S3, I miss being able to change the peoples wardrobes after ever birthday and modifying furnishings.  Some furniture items have no properly coordinating carpet or wall colors/coverings. 

In S3 I don’t like that they took out the environment meter.  Oh, I like that I not longer have Sims going nuts because of the dirty dishes.  But I used that meter to determine if I had made a good house or not. 

I miss the vampires, witches, zombies, and werewolves from S2.  Actually, I’ve never gotten a werewolf or a zombie yet.  So in that sense, I’m still finding S2 to have challenges in it.  I also like the fact that I have SOOO many more hair styles and clothing from which to pick.  I miss a lot of my favorite outfits from S2 when I play S3, especially for the school age kids.  The S3 outfits are pretty horrible for that one age group.  

I was a little disappointed in the personality characteristics of S3.  I expected more difference in behaviors when you let them go on their own.  But they all act mostly alike. 

S3 lets you set favorite colors.  But there is no boost to the Sim when if you have them in clothes that have the favorite color or make living spaces in the color of choice.  If it has no bearing on the give them favorite colors?

On the whole, I really can’t say if 2 or 3 is better.  Maybe it will be more obvious once there are more expansions for S3.

No Kindle Here

Posted in Books with tags , on July 30, 2010 by urbannight

I am a voracious reader.  I read books in many genre’s of fiction as well as an interesting variety of nonfiction.  I love the feel of a book in my hands. I like to relax in a bubble bath with a glass of wine and a good book.  So the lastest article on the Kindle is just insulting.

“Amazon CEO Jeff Besoz, as a dedicated e-reader, the Kindle would be attractive to “serious readers,” which he implied was perhaps only 10% of the population.”

The cheaper Kindle is 139$.  The e-books cost less than a hardback but more than a paperback.  They also are released after the hardbacks so you still have to wait.

  1. I am a serious reader.  I can easily read a book a day during the work week and still find time to go to the gym, cook, and indulge in my other hobbies.
  2. With the speed I read, I can’t afford to spend the money on hardbacks let alone a pricy reader and the costs of each e-book.
  3. For reasons that make no logical sense to me, in order to stay competitive with Apple, Amazon had to RAISE its prices on e-books. So the recurring cost aspect is actually more even if the initial cost outlay is less.
  4. While it might be nice when traveling, to have several books on one slim machine, it is not a good option for reading in the bath, on the beach, or on the lake.  If a paper back gets a little wet it is salvageable.  If it gets soaked, well, you are only out about 8$. 
  5. To imply that anyone not interested in a Kindle is not a serious reader is an insult not only to their customer base but to the portion of that customer base that actually makes the most purchases.  Not smart.


As you can see, I’m not likely to ever buy a Kindle.  It would cost a fortune to convert my massive book collection into e-books.  The only thing about it that would be at all nice is getting all the space back that is currently taken up by 9 overstuffed bookcases.

The Picky Reader

Posted in Books with tags , on July 30, 2010 by urbannight

I had a lazy weekend last weekend.  I got up Saturday, went to a movie, read a book, played computer games, read a book, played more games, and read another book.  Sunday I got up and read a book, went to the store, to the stitching group, did some cooking for the week and read one more book.

This is why I reread books.  I read fast.  I do not speed read.  I read every word.  If I didn’t reread books, it would cost me even more than it already does.

Last weekend’s books fell into several genres: Fantasy, Historical Romance, Fantasy Romance, Contemporary Mystery, and Paranormal Mystery.  In there were also two books I started and set down, two different paranormal mysteries/romances.

The fantasy book was a reread and I can no longer see why I liked these books.  The characterizations are terrible.  The female characters are very badly written.  I remember liking the series in the 80’s when it came out and I read it in my teens.  And his other books are no were near as bad. Even the ones he wrote prior to these books were significantly better.  I just found that other series to depressing to read.  I may rant specifically about this writer later.

The Paranormal Mysteries (all of them) bored me.  One just wasn’t as good as earlier books.  The other was the first book in a new series that seemed as if it was part of the other series.  There was this whole “been there and done that” feeling and there wasn’t much new in it.  Oh, there was a new type of vampire.  But everything else felt old hat.

In fact, the only books I was satisfied with were the romances.  But then I have lower expectations for romances and they have to be REALLY bad in order to not live up to those expectations.  If they are well researched with a good plot and a sup-plot they tend to exceed my expectations and I’m very happy with them.  Unfortunately, the writing style of the typical romance is such that I can normally read a straight forward one in two or three hours.

In conclusion, either I read so fast that I see to many books and they are start to sound alike, or the writers try to write new worlds and they sound just like their other books, or I’m just too picky anymore.  It has to be one of the three alternatives.

As a sort of Post Script, I am now reading a contemporary romance (that is structured and reads like a mystery) and a paranormal mystery.  The first is a reread and the second is new.  Both of which I’m enjoying.  The first I thought was a mystery and couldn’t figure out why no more books in the series were coming out.  That’s because it was published a romance.  Upon rereading, it still reads like a mystery more than a romance.   The new mystery is a series of which I’ve read only one other book, neither being back to back.  The female character is of a type that has been used often by many authors.  But since I’ve not read much of by this author the story itself is enjoyable.