Well I kept going on about having no interest in getting Sims 2: Pets expansion pack but in the end I bought it anyway. Not specifically for the pets but because they had added some new building tools and a few new items that I thought would be handy. I’ve played a couple of times with Pets and so far so good, but I always create too big of a family to begin with and having to control the pets while controlling the household is not an easy thing to do! Its okay, but it is similar to the Sims 1 version which I wasn’t all that fond of either. Speaking of pets, my cat is seemingly okay. Its possibly athritis in her joints as she has difficulty in stretching her leg and in getting up the one step into the house. She walks around without a limp, though every now and then it seems to reappear. I may have to put a little ramp down for her to make it easier to come inside the house! I haven’t seen her jump up onto the fence for the past few days so I don’t think she’s capable of doing that anymore. The water restrictions here are pretty tough. We’re really in the middle of a drought right now. They’ve said that if we don’t get any rain in the next few days then we will not be allowed to water the garden at all (at the moment there are only certain days you are allowed to water). I went out and bought a new shower-head for our shower, one that is supposed to be “water-wise”. There will apparently be some inspectors out and about and if they hear our water meter’s running they’ll be timing how long it runs for. They’ll be starting to hand out fines for anybody who’s not doing the right thing. We have a rainwater tank and it filled up a bit not long ago when we did get some rain for a couple of days, so its possible we can use that to water the garden but as for inside the house we have to be a bit more careful. I recently upgraded my internet account so that I had a larger download quota. The past few months I’ve been using it up before I’m halfway through the month. In doing so I also upgraded to an ADSL2 account, but the speed is a bit erratic and only a few times have I seen the download speed top 100kbps… and then my modem disconnects. It is specifically for ADSL2 so I’m not sure why I’m having this problem. When I first got my modem it kept disconnecting itself and then reconnecting which became frustrating and made everything as slow as hell. I then messed around with the settings and eventually got it to work properly. My previous account was ADSL1 with a 512/512 speed on the line. I always got pretty good speeds and no disconnections while on that account but since I upgraded a few days ago its actually been slower than it was before. Hopefully it’ll iron itself out and that I’ll get the speed that I should be getting. I forgot to mention in the last post about that particular picture (the one below of my cat Gidget). Obviously it was taken at Christmas time. Its now probably the only photo I have of the shelves that were on that wall and the beautiful vase that my mum bought while we were doing the redecorating. Those shelves no longer exist and neither does the vase! My mum in her wisdom of putting up the shelves did not have the bottom one squarely in the wall. How the managed to stay there for over 6 months, I don’t really know, but after those hot days that we had after christmas I suddenly heard this almighty crash and came out to see that the bottom shelf was still in the wall but it had tipped on an angle and everything on it had come tumbling down and crashed. The beautiful vase was in tiny tiny pieces (we’re still finding bits of glass around the place even now!) My mum had gone out for a walk and when she returned she saw me out with the vacuum cleaner and then saw the shelves. She was disappointed but not completely upset about it even though the vase was really lovely (she really liked it). We didn’t have the money to patch up the holes left by the shelf and it looked stupid with just one shelf so we took both of them down and now there’s one of our large picture frames covering up all the holes lol.
This is my cat Gidget. She will be turning 12 this year so she’s been around a while. I found her in a pet store that was around the corner from where I used to live. She was pretty hyper and had the most peculiar markings on her compared with the other ginger cats. So I went home and picked up a box to carry her home in (had holes in it and a blanket and a toy) and when I got back to the store, here she was hanging from the top of the cage on a swirly toy that almost choked her! I knew she was going to be a bit of a weirdo cat from the beginning! And she was! We had a swing-top rubbish bin in side and we used to catch her climbing into it to get any goodies out lol. She always drank her water with her paw in the dish (often dogs do this) and one day she was so curious about the bird bath that she climbed up into it and then wondered why her feet were wet! She shifted with me to my new house and settled in quite well. At the moment she is starting to act her age a bit, she came inside this morning with a rather nasty limp and her usual whine sounded more painful. But she seemed to get over it. I think she hates the hot weather and when she’s not feeling well she tends to want to be left alone and just go to her hiding places (like under my bed ^^). Hopefully she’ll be fine tomorrow. And yes there will be more pictures of my cat I can guarantee it 😛 Oh and you’ve probably noticed the change in theme again yes? I had to upgrade the software so I changed the theme at the same time! 😀
A few days ago I took down Midnight Crow. I haven’t updated that site in a long time and I didn’t see that there would be any new updates in the future. I still love /\ucifer but I don’t have the time to be running a fan site dedicated to them anymore. So its now gone. The spot it took up will go to a site that will be part of my ReBoot Mayhem website. There’s already the forums for RBM that have their own domain (EdgeofBeyond.net) and this new one will be for the new image gallery. I’ve finally started working on the new layout for RBM. The site hadn’t been updated for over a year and has been offline for about 8 months now (maybe longer) but I’ve finally started the ball rolling lol. Don’t know when I’ll have it finished. Its a big job and it takes time and effort (and having the inspiration and energy to undertake the duties of rebuilding a site from scratch) so it’ll probably take me forever to complete. On another note, I have been reminded that its only 4 more days of freedom left and then I have to return to work 🙁
I was pretty surprised when after first launching the game it gave you the option to have the voice-overs in Japanese instead of English. You still have the subtitles appear as little speech bubbles (the characters don’t always speak anyway) and they are in English but I was really excited about it lol. After playing games like Final Fantasy X, X-2 and VII:DOC where they replaced the voice actors with American voice actors (and so changed the overall impression of the characters… most of them did anyway) and having no option to play the game with the original Japanese voice actors, I didn’t think there were any games released here in Australia that gave you that option. Atelier Iris: Eternal Mana – bought this yesterday at EB Games with $20 off the marked price. Its always exciting to see these anime-ish titles that get bigger releases over in Japan and the US finally make their way down under. My nephew sees a lot of the previews of these types of games (which we look up on the internet) and he usually says “We’ll probably never see them down here, they always forget about Australia.” He’s right though, even when they do actually do a European version of the game, it doesn’t always end up down in the Southern Hemisphere so when they do appear, its kind of like ‘quick grab it while you can!!’ lol. The game is pretty cool actually, as I said I chose to have the original Japanese voice actors rather than the English ones and I loved the characters immediately. Its a turn-base RPG and although it doesn’t have all these fancy graphical features like the Final Fantasy games do, its fun to play and that’s really all it set out to be. You travel the world as the character Klein Kiesling – an alchemist, searching for various mana objects and learning about the original city of Avenberry, that was destroyed many many years ago. There are apparently very few alchemists around and the art of alchemy itself seems to have almost vanished but for the few who still use it. Klein meets up with a girl named Lita Blanchimont who, like in most RPG type stores, has a strange and sad history that she tends to hide from everybody until eventually the truth comes out. You also meet up with a number of other characters who join your party – the ‘boozer’ Delsus, whose expertise is with archery; Norn, a little cat-girl with various magical abilities and Arlin, a strong swordsman. You also have the use of mana, which is usually a little creature based on one of the elements. Klein grew up with one particular mana, the Mana of Wood – Popo. He’s a cheeky little bugger though, but fairly easy to get on with. Along the way you eventually start finding other mana and they join your party. Of course there’s the bad guys too, including the ‘ultra’ bad guy whom makes a fleeting appearance and then vanishes in a puff of smoke leaving destruction and despair behind him, but it wouldn’t be a proper RPG without one of those characters! Anyway so far its a pretty cute, fun game. I’ve got a shot of the back of he box here which shows a bit of the game itself and you can see the world and the graphics. I love this chibi-style of graphics its so cute! Both of the box-shot images are from the US version, however the European release is exactly the same, just it has Koei as the releaser instead of NIS.