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2015-07-07 16:24:02 (9 comments, 0 reshares, 9 +1s)Open 

Look, I know I like my coffee strong, but this is a bit ridiculous...
It broke my stirrer... I had to dig out the rest from the bottom of the cup.

Most reshares: 5

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2015-07-20 00:12:16 (0 comments, 5 reshares, 15 +1s)Open 

1. Using Food for Comfort.
“People with depression often use food to self-medicate,” says Jean Fain, LICSW, MSW, a licensed psychotherapist in Concord, Mass., and author of The Self-Compassion Diet: A Step-by-Step Program to Lose Weight with Loving-Kindness. “They may eat to improve or avoid negative or uncomfortable feelings, like sadness, shame, and self-loathing.”

Many people crave carbohydrates or soothing comfort foods, such as ice cream and cake, when they’re depressed. One reason for this is that foods high in carbs and sugar increase levels of serotonin, a brain chemical that elevates mood.

“In the short term, eating foods high in sugar and fat may make you feel calmer and cared for,” Fain says. “But in the long term, a steady diet of comfort foods can lead to weight gain and increase your risk of heart disease, diabetes, and other serious healthproblems.”
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Most plusones: 28

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2015-06-23 06:57:28 (1 comments, 4 reshares, 28 +1s)Open 

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2015-07-22 11:22:41 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

Because of +Bliss Morgan's wifi issues, this is now in my head...

Because of +Bliss Morgan's wifi issues, this is now in my head...___

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2015-07-22 02:14:21 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

I'm less than $200 away from having the tower built
Any help that you can offer to reach that goal so that I can actually get everything assembled and set up, that would be amazing.

I'm less than $200 away from having the tower built
Any help that you can offer to reach that goal so that I can actually get everything assembled and set up, that would be amazing.___

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2015-07-20 00:55:59 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 20 +1s)Open 

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2015-07-20 00:12:16 (0 comments, 5 reshares, 15 +1s)Open 

1. Using Food for Comfort.
“People with depression often use food to self-medicate,” says Jean Fain, LICSW, MSW, a licensed psychotherapist in Concord, Mass., and author of The Self-Compassion Diet: A Step-by-Step Program to Lose Weight with Loving-Kindness. “They may eat to improve or avoid negative or uncomfortable feelings, like sadness, shame, and self-loathing.”

Many people crave carbohydrates or soothing comfort foods, such as ice cream and cake, when they’re depressed. One reason for this is that foods high in carbs and sugar increase levels of serotonin, a brain chemical that elevates mood.

“In the short term, eating foods high in sugar and fat may make you feel calmer and cared for,” Fain says. “But in the long term, a steady diet of comfort foods can lead to weight gain and increase your risk of heart disease, diabetes, and other serious healthproblems.”
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1. Using Food for Comfort.
“People with depression often use food to self-medicate,” says Jean Fain, LICSW, MSW, a licensed psychotherapist in Concord, Mass., and author of The Self-Compassion Diet: A Step-by-Step Program to Lose Weight with Loving-Kindness. “They may eat to improve or avoid negative or uncomfortable feelings, like sadness, shame, and self-loathing.”

Many people crave carbohydrates or soothing comfort foods, such as ice cream and cake, when they’re depressed. One reason for this is that foods high in carbs and sugar increase levels of serotonin, a brain chemical that elevates mood.

“In the short term, eating foods high in sugar and fat may make you feel calmer and cared for,” Fain says. “But in the long term, a steady diet of comfort foods can lead to weight gain and increase your risk of heart disease, diabetes, and other serious health problems.”

2. Eating Too Little
Many people find their appetite decreases when they’re feeling low. In some cases, they end up unintentionally losing weight. “They have less desire for food and they start skipping meals – often, they’re sleeping through meals,” says Marjorie Nolan, MS, RD, a registered dietitian in New York and a national spokeswoman for the American Dietetic Association.

Albers says that you may feel like you don’t have the motivation or energy to eat when you’re depressed. Also, stress can play a role in reducing your appetite. “Food isn’t as appealing when you’re anxious, worried, or feel hopeless,” she says.

But not eating enough can make you more irritable and sensitive, which can worsen your depression.

3. Eating Whatever Is Easily Available
Shopping for and preparing healthy meals can seem daunting when you’re depressed and lacking energy. As a result, you may reach for foods that are convenient but that aren’t particularly nutritious and you may not get enough variety in your diet.

“Depressed people often wind up eating fast food or whatever they have on hand in their kitchen – such as their last box of cookies,” says Sudeepta Varma, MD, a psychiatrist in private practice in New York City and clinical assistant professor of psychiatry at the NYU Langone Medical Center.

It’s also easy for people with depression to get into a rut of eating the same foods all the time. “It’s so hard for them to function that they’re looking for routine and structure. They may stop and get a bagel and cream cheese every morning and never try anything different,” Nolan says.

Another factor, Varma says, is that depressed people often have difficulties with concentration, memory, and making decisions. “This can make simple tasks seem overwhelming, so they might eat a bowl of the same type of cereal for three meals a day,” she says.___

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2015-07-19 21:59:02 (1 comments, 2 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

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2015-07-19 21:53:09 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

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2015-07-19 21:45:07 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

Mostly saving this to read later (to read the full medical publication, there's buttons at the top of the righthand sidebar). I want to look further into what this says about how patients treated with CBT fair in comparison to IPT.

Mostly saving this to read later (to read the full medical publication, there's buttons at the top of the righthand sidebar). I want to look further into what this says about how patients treated with CBT fair in comparison to IPT.___

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2015-07-18 15:27:11 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

Cities: Skylines On Sale for $19.99 USD
The Humble Store currently has Cities: Skylines on sale for $19.99 (33% off from its regular $29.99 price); plus buying it from Humble means part of the proceeds go to charity as well. 

From what I've actually got to play of it, it's a fantastic game. It is, however, resource heavy, so if you're considering buying it, be sure to check the system requirements compared to your system stats. 

The game will run (very poorly) on an IBM integrated graphics card for the early stages of city building, but as with any unsupported hardware, issues are bound to arise, which mostly is freezing and crashing as your city grows larger and during saving. So it's best if you have a proper graphics card in your system if you want to play this game.

System requirements
Minimum:

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Cities: Skylines On Sale for $19.99 USD
The Humble Store currently has Cities: Skylines on sale for $19.99 (33% off from its regular $29.99 price); plus buying it from Humble means part of the proceeds go to charity as well. 

From what I've actually got to play of it, it's a fantastic game. It is, however, resource heavy, so if you're considering buying it, be sure to check the system requirements compared to your system stats. 

The game will run (very poorly) on an IBM integrated graphics card for the early stages of city building, but as with any unsupported hardware, issues are bound to arise, which mostly is freezing and crashing as your city grows larger and during saving. So it's best if you have a proper graphics card in your system if you want to play this game.

System requirements
Minimum:

Windows
OS: Microsoft Windows XP/Vista/7/8/8.1 (64-bit) 
Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo, 3.0GHz / AMD Athlon 64 X2 6400+, 3.2GHz 
Memory: 4 GB RAM 
Graphics: nVIDIA GeForce GTX 260, 512 MB / ATI Radeon HD 5670, 512 MB 
DirectX: Version 11 
Network: Broadband Internet connection 
Hard Drive: 4 GB available space

Mac
OS: OS X 10.10 OS X 10.9 OS X 10.9 (64-bit) 
Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo, 3.0GHz / AMD Athlon 64 X2 6400+, 3.2GHz 
Memory: 4 GB RAM 
Graphics: nVIDIA GeForce GTX 260, 512 MB / ATI Radeon HD 5670, 512 MB 
Network: Broadband Internet connection 
Hard Drive: 4 GB available space

Linux
OS: Ubuntu 14.04 64-bit Ubuntu 14.10 64-bit Ubuntu 12.04 64-bit Ubuntu 14.04 (64-bit) 
Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo, 3.0GHz / AMD Athlon 64 X2 6400+, 3.2GHz 
Memory: 4 GB RAM 
Graphics: nVIDIA GeForce 8800, 512 MB RAM or ATI Radeon HD 3850, 512 MB RAMnVIDIA GeForce GTX 260, 512 MB / ATI Radeon HD 5670, 512 MB 
Network: Broadband Internet connection 
Hard Drive: 4 GB available space

Recommended:

Windows
OS: Microsoft Windows 7/8 (64-bit) 
Processor: Intel Core i5-3470, 3.20GHz / AMD FX-6300, 3.5Ghz 
Memory: 5 GB RAM 
Graphics: nVIDIA GeForce GTX 660, 2 GB / AMD Radeon HD 7870, 2 GB 
DirectX: Version 11 
Network: Broadband Internet connection 
Hard Drive: 4 GB available space

Mac
OS: OS X 10.10 OS X 10.9 OS X 10.9 (64-bit) 
Processor: Intel Core i5-3470, 3.20GHz / AMD FX-6300, 3.5Ghz 
Memory: 5 GB RAM 
Graphics: nVIDIA GeForce GTX 660, 2 GB / AMD Radeon HD 7870, 2 GB 
Network: Broadband Internet connection 
Hard Drive: 4 GB available space

Linux
OS: Ubuntu 14.04 64-bit Ubuntu 14.10 64-bit Ubuntu 12.04 64-bit Ubuntu 14.04 (64-bit) 
Processor: Intel Core i5-3470, 3.20GHz / AMD FX-6300, 3.5Ghz 
Memory: 5 GB RAM 
Graphics: nVIDIA GeForce 8800, 512 MB RAM or ATI Radeon HD 3850, 512 MB RAM 
Network: Broadband Internet connection 
Hard Drive: 4 GB available space___

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2015-07-18 11:44:22 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

Closer To Being Built
While I had hoped to be able to get both the graphics card and the CPU in at the same time, finances didn't quite balance out at the same time to allow it, and with one offer quickly ending on one part, I had to chose which one I was going to obtain first. Needless to say, I went with the deal on the graphics card, which, looking at the parts tracking that I've been updating weekly now, may have been a blessing in disguise, as I found a workable CPU for nearly half the price of what I had been looking at previously. I'll hopefully be ordering it either tonight or tomorrow.

That leaves only the RAM and hard drive before my desktop is complete. Which means I'm just under $150 away from having the tower built enough to be functional to get things set up and installed to be able to start using it for work and projects, including getting back into... more »

Closer To Being Built
While I had hoped to be able to get both the graphics card and the CPU in at the same time, finances didn't quite balance out at the same time to allow it, and with one offer quickly ending on one part, I had to chose which one I was going to obtain first. Needless to say, I went with the deal on the graphics card, which, looking at the parts tracking that I've been updating weekly now, may have been a blessing in disguise, as I found a workable CPU for nearly half the price of what I had been looking at previously. I'll hopefully be ordering it either tonight or tomorrow.

That leaves only the RAM and hard drive before my desktop is complete. Which means I'm just under $150 away from having the tower built enough to be functional to get things set up and installed to be able to start using it for work and projects, including getting back into animations and the like.

There will still be additional things to purchase beyond this, but they're not as desperately vital as the parts I've been slowly acquiring over the last 2 months. I'll still need suitable monitors, disc drive and software, sound card, webcam, microphone, and other things. But those are things that, once I'm able to work within the full scope of my abilities, not being forced to limit myself due to hardware limitations, it will be easier to get those things for myself.

So, if you're able and willing to donate, you can do so here: http://www.gofundme.com/newpcforlexi

Or you can leave a tip for me here: http://coffeetip.lexigable.com

Or you can buy something from my redbubble shop here: http://www.redbubble.com/people/keeperlefae/shop (I also do take requests for designs for the shop)

Or you could even send me money directly through Google Wallet if you'd like.

Right now, regardless of how it comes in, pretty much all of my money is going towards this computer (with the exception of what I've had to put towards things like my Adobe subscription and my pain medication).

Which kinda bites, considering I had hoped to have better plans made for next month, when my birthday rolls around. Instead of being able to save up for doing anything fun for that for a change, I'm getting to drop almost every penny towards the computer right now. So, y'know, a little help would be nice, if you can.___

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2015-07-16 05:56:36 (5 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

I've read 59 out of the 100 books listed.
Given my Read list and my To Read list, though, these would be an extremely small sampling of books... I generally read between 150 to 500 books a year, depending on how my health and schedules allow for reading time. Speaking of which, I have a few new ones on my list that I need to read for research purposes soon.

I've read 59 out of the 100 books listed.
Given my Read list and my To Read list, though, these would be an extremely small sampling of books... I generally read between 150 to 500 books a year, depending on how my health and schedules allow for reading time. Speaking of which, I have a few new ones on my list that I need to read for research purposes soon.___

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2015-07-13 13:37:49 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 18 +1s)Open 

Because I shalt not be the only one subjected to near spit takes this morning!

___Because I shalt not be the only one subjected to near spit takes this morning!

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2015-07-13 13:35:49 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

Tower ALMOST Complete
The only hardware that's remaining to be funded for the tower to be minimally functional is the RAM and a hard drive, which means I'm less than $200 away from having a working tower to be able to actually do my work on to where something as simple as doing digital painting won't freeze up my entire computer... (which is part of why there's not much detail to my artwork, and why I tend to favor flat cell painting lately) . 

I'm waiting on an offline donation check to come in so that I can purchase the CPU and GPU, but then, all that's left is the 16GB of RAM and a 1TB hard drive. Which is amazing. I'll be sure to do something awesome to share with you all once I've got the tower set up so that we can all enjoy the accumulative effort in making this happen.

So, if you're able to help push towards that last bit to get... more »

Tower ALMOST Complete
The only hardware that's remaining to be funded for the tower to be minimally functional is the RAM and a hard drive, which means I'm less than $200 away from having a working tower to be able to actually do my work on to where something as simple as doing digital painting won't freeze up my entire computer... (which is part of why there's not much detail to my artwork, and why I tend to favor flat cell painting lately) . 

I'm waiting on an offline donation check to come in so that I can purchase the CPU and GPU, but then, all that's left is the 16GB of RAM and a 1TB hard drive. Which is amazing. I'll be sure to do something awesome to share with you all once I've got the tower set up so that we can all enjoy the accumulative effort in making this happen.

So, if you're able to help push towards that last bit to get the tower functional, that would be totally awesome of you. Then, after that, it's monitors and other bits to make workflow easier and to help get setup for further projects (like the much requested livestreaming of things and a youtube channel or two). But those are much lower priority than getting the tower together so that I can actually do any of those things. Because without the tower, I can't get my work done so that I can actually afford to get those things myself, much less take care of other expenses.

And thank you to everyone who has helped so far, whether through donations, spreading the word, and/or moral support. I love you guys. <3___

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2015-07-08 22:09:28 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

This is important. Seriously. Even if you don't watch the edits, just look at the length of them and... yeah...

This is important. Seriously. Even if you don't watch the edits, just look at the length of them and... yeah...___

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2015-07-08 22:05:19 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

+Jeff Ford - Don't worry, I wasn't gonna leave you hangin'. ^.~
::fistbumplenseflair::

+Jeff Ford - Don't worry, I wasn't gonna leave you hangin'. ^.~
::fistbumplenseflair::___

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2015-07-08 18:37:01 (3 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

Game Development & You
Okay, so to answer +Shell McShellister and +Melissa Walsh's questions regarding which program I was using when I was having coding issues, that would be App Game Kit 2, which I got yesterday through the Humble Game Making Bundle. From what I understand of it for the few minutes that I've played with it, it uses a form of BASIC as well as C++ for its coding language.

Most of what I've played with in terms of game dev so far has been drag-and-drop WYSIWYG type development software with the coding elements a second layer behind the visuals (which is more of what I'm used to, given that I use a lot of Adobe creative software to do much of anything in terms of designing things). 

Of course, the biggest problem with a lot of the drag-and-drop suites is that they're resource heavy and often require this thing called a graphics card,w... more »

Game Development & You
Okay, so to answer +Shell McShellister and +Melissa Walsh's questions regarding which program I was using when I was having coding issues, that would be App Game Kit 2, which I got yesterday through the Humble Game Making Bundle. From what I understand of it for the few minutes that I've played with it, it uses a form of BASIC as well as C++ for its coding language.

Most of what I've played with in terms of game dev so far has been drag-and-drop WYSIWYG type development software with the coding elements a second layer behind the visuals (which is more of what I'm used to, given that I use a lot of Adobe creative software to do much of anything in terms of designing things). 

Of course, the biggest problem with a lot of the drag-and-drop suites is that they're resource heavy and often require this thing called a graphics card, which, as we all know, I don't have right now (I'm coming much closer to getting one, though, once another check that I'm expecting comes in so that I can deposit it and make the next parts order for my desktop build). The best my laptop can handle most of the time is RPG Maker, and even then, it complains about it sometimes. (Seriously, I'm lucky I can get it to open Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign, seeing as they're my primary apps for producing income at the moment, but even then, there are aspects of them that I can't utilize because it crashes the entire system if I try.)

Anyway, I seriously recommend picking up this bundle for $12 USD if you're at all interested in game development, because it gives you nearly $2000 worth of software and games (ones built with the very software that you get in the bundle).

Also, you might want to look into Unity3D and the Unreal Engine, both of which are free development kits (and neither of which I can actually run on my laptop - believe me, I've tried... I can open them, and look at the GUI, but that's about it).

Unity3D: http://unity3d.com/ Unreal: https://www.unrealengine.com/

There's also a selection of free and/or free-to-try apps available through Steam in the software section. You're on your own for hunting those down, though, because I really need to get to work on an open commission right now. ^.~___

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2015-07-08 05:43:03 (3 comments, 2 reshares, 20 +1s)Open 

So, one of my new game dev apps is heavily coding based right off the bat. I was working on altering and cleaning up some Pong code... This pretty much sums up what I was going through with that.

Especially when the Player 2 paddle started doing weird things. Which is extra fun when that's the computer player. XD

It's been awhile since I've worked with raw code outside of HTML and CSS, so I'm probably going to take a quick refresher course before trying to get into that particular program too much. I do want to play with it, though. Especially given that it seems like it would be a nice one to build Android apps with.

So, one of my new game dev apps is heavily coding based right off the bat. I was working on altering and cleaning up some Pong code... This pretty much sums up what I was going through with that.

Especially when the Player 2 paddle started doing weird things. Which is extra fun when that's the computer player. XD

It's been awhile since I've worked with raw code outside of HTML and CSS, so I'm probably going to take a quick refresher course before trying to get into that particular program too much. I do want to play with it, though. Especially given that it seems like it would be a nice one to build Android apps with.___

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2015-07-07 23:47:07 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

Interested in Game Development?
There's a Humble Bundle for that. Seriously, go check it out.

Interested in Game Development?
There's a Humble Bundle for that. Seriously, go check it out.___

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2015-07-07 22:49:50 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 8 +1s)Open 

*SQUEEEEEEEEE!!!*
::insert massive fangirl flailing here::
I am SOOOOOO looking forward to this!!

*SQUEEEEEEEEE!!!*
::insert massive fangirl flailing here::
I am SOOOOOO looking forward to this!!___

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2015-07-07 21:19:38 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

Free Game Alert
Zuma's Revenge is available for free through Origin right now. So if you're into puzzle games, and want to save $5, you can should go claim a copy.

Free Game Alert
Zuma's Revenge is available for free through Origin right now. So if you're into puzzle games, and want to save $5, you can should go claim a copy.___

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2015-07-07 18:46:50 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 7 +1s)Open 

Dude! DUDES!!! Lookit! Bask in its awesomeness! Purchase its awesomess!!!!! DOOOOOO EEEEEEEEETTTTT~

(And support the awesomeness that is +Deven Rue, because seriously, awesomeness.)

Capra Helianthus is one of my favorite pyrography & watercolor pieces and the original is still for sale in my shop for only $25 plus shipping. 
www.RueInk.com

#pyrography   #watercolor-painting   #watercolors   #sunflowers   #artforsale   #art  ___Dude! DUDES!!! Lookit! Bask in its awesomeness! Purchase its awesomess!!!!! DOOOOOO EEEEEEEEETTTTT~

(And support the awesomeness that is +Deven Rue, because seriously, awesomeness.)

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2015-07-07 18:34:25 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

Useful Techy Things
Because it came up in conversation with someone recently, and because I'm currently updating my own USB drive containing it on it, allow me to introduce you to PortableApps. It's quite handy, especially should you find yourself needing to borrow someone else's computer for a bit and want access to your own settings in Chrome and/or Firefox.

There's a nice long list of portable apps, ranging from things needed for pc diagnostics and repair to graphic design and web development. I personally run it on one of my flash drives that I keep in my purse (another contains a live version of Ubuntu, and the other is simply file storage for transfers and the like, and is usually kept empty. If you're interested, more info on the Ubuntu Live USB can be found here: http://www.pendrivelinux.com/universal-usb-installer-easy-as-1-2-3/ ).

Useful Techy Things
Because it came up in conversation with someone recently, and because I'm currently updating my own USB drive containing it on it, allow me to introduce you to PortableApps. It's quite handy, especially should you find yourself needing to borrow someone else's computer for a bit and want access to your own settings in Chrome and/or Firefox.

There's a nice long list of portable apps, ranging from things needed for pc diagnostics and repair to graphic design and web development. I personally run it on one of my flash drives that I keep in my purse (another contains a live version of Ubuntu, and the other is simply file storage for transfers and the like, and is usually kept empty. If you're interested, more info on the Ubuntu Live USB can be found here: http://www.pendrivelinux.com/universal-usb-installer-easy-as-1-2-3/ ).___

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2015-07-07 16:24:02 (9 comments, 0 reshares, 9 +1s)Open 

Look, I know I like my coffee strong, but this is a bit ridiculous...
It broke my stirrer... I had to dig out the rest from the bottom of the cup.

Look, I know I like my coffee strong, but this is a bit ridiculous...
It broke my stirrer... I had to dig out the rest from the bottom of the cup.___

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2015-07-06 12:27:18 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 6 +1s)Open 

It's Monday. There is coffee. There are Things that need Doing after coffee.

For now, however, coffee, music, and morning chats with friends.

Hi.

It's Monday. There is coffee. There are Things that need Doing after coffee.

For now, however, coffee, music, and morning chats with friends.

Hi.___

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2015-07-06 04:00:19 (4 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

Danger! Danger, Will Robinson!
So, as you know, I've been working on learning what I need to know to start making my own video games. A lot of this has mostly been learning my way around the software programs more than anything else, as a lot of it is similar to other stuff I've done in the past. Even when stepping into unfamiliar territory with a few things, it usually takes me only a few quick minutes of playing with it to wrangle a project into submission to bend to my will. Just one of the perks of being made of awesome, I suppose.

However, as is true with many things, there are some who would like to scam you out of any potential of things working out well for you. Prior to my forcing an unfollow by this person, a quick scroll through their posts revealed some rather... questionable content, particularly for someone who, in another comment thread, specifically states that... more »

Danger! Danger, Will Robinson!
So, as you know, I've been working on learning what I need to know to start making my own video games. A lot of this has mostly been learning my way around the software programs more than anything else, as a lot of it is similar to other stuff I've done in the past. Even when stepping into unfamiliar territory with a few things, it usually takes me only a few quick minutes of playing with it to wrangle a project into submission to bend to my will. Just one of the perks of being made of awesome, I suppose.

However, as is true with many things, there are some who would like to scam you out of any potential of things working out well for you. Prior to my forcing an unfollow by this person, a quick scroll through their posts revealed some rather... questionable content, particularly for someone who, in another comment thread, specifically states that this is their "scouting account."

But the intention in the post is pretty damn clear, particularly when it's copypasta towards multiple people, whether in private posts like I received, or in comments directed towards other people (though dude, seriously, how stupid do you think I am to not notice that the wording is exact between your comment in a thread I was in prior to yourself that you then pinned me as another target in and what you sent me?).

Not to mention, a quick google search reveals that this person seems to have only even created this identity very recently, and there's no showreel or portfolio to be had for this self-proclaimed "Pro 2D game programmer" who has "all the skills required to make video games" and "[his] hands will fall off if [he] type[s] them all". 

Like, dude, I know my portfolio is a bit bare right now while I work on getting things converted for the web and whatnot, but for one, I have my work attached to my name with an established identity, and two, I'm actually willing to state exactly how much I do or don't know about something.

But the real kicker, y'know, is that I actually am best at teaching myself and learning from observation and hands-on experience. Hell, you can even ask people who have had to "train" me for work in the past that this is the way that I learn best. Basically, leave me to my own devices, and I'll wow the underpants off of you (because, let's be honest, in this heat, I doubt many of you are wearing pants ^.~).

So, long story short, be safe out there on the internet. Not everyone who offers to help you with something has good intentions. And if you need resources for where to learn anything regarding game design and development, or graphic or web design and development, I have a ton of bookmarks I'm working on organizing so that I can share them soon - and all of it's free material that isn't looking to ever turn a profit from it, y'know?___

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2015-07-05 06:25:11 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

Whelp... Here's something I would love to get involved in, but since it has to do with 3D modelling that my laptop isn't capable of, and I doubt I'll have my desktop all purchased and assembled with enough time to actually participate in this as well, even though it would be awesome to have a chance to win an upgraded graphics card or even just the keyboard and mouse set. 

On a side note, once I get the deposits made, the next parts order is going to consist of a CPU and graphics card, leaving only the RAM and hard drive left to be purchased before I can get a friend to assemble everything for me. Which means I'm only about $200 away from my goal for getting the tower functional.

Once that's done, and I've gone through the Windows installation and software setup (that will likely take a day or two to complete, because omfg at all the creative software - most of... more »

Whelp... Here's something I would love to get involved in, but since it has to do with 3D modelling that my laptop isn't capable of, and I doubt I'll have my desktop all purchased and assembled with enough time to actually participate in this as well, even though it would be awesome to have a chance to win an upgraded graphics card or even just the keyboard and mouse set. 

On a side note, once I get the deposits made, the next parts order is going to consist of a CPU and graphics card, leaving only the RAM and hard drive left to be purchased before I can get a friend to assemble everything for me. Which means I'm only about $200 away from my goal for getting the tower functional.

Once that's done, and I've gone through the Windows installation and software setup (that will likely take a day or two to complete, because omfg at all the creative software - most of which I have to wait to actually download each time I need to install it (wee, Creative Cloud)), I'm going to start working on getting back into 3D modeling, as well as 2D and 3D animation, as well as game modding, designing, and development.___

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2015-07-04 01:19:24 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 7 +1s)Open 

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2015-07-01 23:50:59 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 5 +1s)Open 

Happy Canada Day!
Hopefully next year I'll finally be able to be in Canada for it. I have intentions of visiting Winnipeg, Toronto, and Ottawa to hang out with some friends (obviously not at the same time, because omg, travel distance). Though, y'know, if certain ones of them that only live a few hours away now that I'm in New England wanted to come down here to see me in the mean time... ::hinthint::

Happy Canada Day!
Hopefully next year I'll finally be able to be in Canada for it. I have intentions of visiting Winnipeg, Toronto, and Ottawa to hang out with some friends (obviously not at the same time, because omg, travel distance). Though, y'know, if certain ones of them that only live a few hours away now that I'm in New England wanted to come down here to see me in the mean time... ::hinthint::___

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2015-06-29 11:58:42 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 13 +1s)Open 

Monday Morning Confusions Provided By Lexi
Hey, look! I have a new avatar!

It would figure, after spending quite some time figuring out how to get this coloured to a certain point, that Ps would decide to say NOPE and switch layers on me (thanks for that, y'jerk), thus resulting in some shading errors that I also accidently saved over. So... yeah. I'm going to end up recoloring it all over again, because I didn't catch this until after it was flattened and had long since lost the layer jumps from the history, so there was no going back. But hey, at least I have something for the meantime...

Monday Morning Confusions Provided By Lexi
Hey, look! I have a new avatar!

It would figure, after spending quite some time figuring out how to get this coloured to a certain point, that Ps would decide to say NOPE and switch layers on me (thanks for that, y'jerk), thus resulting in some shading errors that I also accidently saved over. So... yeah. I'm going to end up recoloring it all over again, because I didn't catch this until after it was flattened and had long since lost the layer jumps from the history, so there was no going back. But hey, at least I have something for the meantime...___

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2015-06-28 19:07:41 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 6 +1s)Open 

WTF, Weather?!
It is nearly July. And it is only 13*C (56*F) today. Urgh...

WTF, Weather?!
It is nearly July. And it is only 13*C (56*F) today. Urgh...___

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2015-06-26 17:12:12 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 9 +1s)Open 

morning
Slightly belated coffee time is belated due to pain, dizziness, and checking on messages. Most of which have included the fact that marriage is now legal for everyone here in the States regardless of their sexual orientation. It's about fucking time, yo.

There's plenty of other stuff that I could go on to say about everything, but in the end, it boils down to I'm in need of coffee. Talk stuff can come later.

A couple new projects are going to get started soon, once I finish getting the last of the installs taken care of. I still need to install brushes and presets and things into Adobe stuff.

But for now, coffee... and maybe foods... if I can stop being dizzy long enough to safely walk to go see what there is for noms.

Hi.

morning
Slightly belated coffee time is belated due to pain, dizziness, and checking on messages. Most of which have included the fact that marriage is now legal for everyone here in the States regardless of their sexual orientation. It's about fucking time, yo.

There's plenty of other stuff that I could go on to say about everything, but in the end, it boils down to I'm in need of coffee. Talk stuff can come later.

A couple new projects are going to get started soon, once I finish getting the last of the installs taken care of. I still need to install brushes and presets and things into Adobe stuff.

But for now, coffee... and maybe foods... if I can stop being dizzy long enough to safely walk to go see what there is for noms.

Hi.___

2015-06-25 21:51:33 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

I won't be at GenCon myself this year, but I know some who will be, and thought this might be of interest to them.

Would anyone be interested in trying your hand at GMing Numenera or The Strange at +Gen Con Indy this year? You get goodies like t-shirts and playmats (and, of course, our undying gratitude!).  

Volunteer for 1 event (4 hours) and receive:
-A new, unpublished adventure (the adventure will be published after Gen Con, so you must sign an NDA to participate)
-Pre-generated characters
-MCG badge holder
-MCG t-shirt

Volunteer for 2+ events (8 hours) and receive:
-A new, unpublished adventure (the adventure will be published after Gen Con, so you must sign an NDA to participate)
-Pre-generated characters
-MCG badge holder
-MCG t-shirt
-Numenera XP Deck for those running Numenera events
-The Strange XP Deck for those running The Strange events
-Numenera playmat
-Cypher System tote

Volunteer for 4+ events (12 hours) and receive
-A new, unpublished adventure (the adventure will be published after Gen Con, so you must sign an NDA to participate)
-Pre-generated characters
-MCG badge holder
-MCG t-shirt
-Numenera XP Deck for those running Numenera events
-The Strange XP Deck for those running The Strange events
-Numenera playmat
-Cypher System tote
-Your Gen Con badge!*


*Folks who’ve already purchased their Gen Con badges and sign-up to volunteer for us will be able to exchange the badges they’ve purchased for GM badges at Gen Con GM HQ (and get a refund).

To volunteer, please email MCG’s Fan Relations Coordinator, David Wilson Brown, at david@montecookgames.com___I won't be at GenCon myself this year, but I know some who will be, and thought this might be of interest to them.

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2015-06-25 17:17:39 (1 comments, 3 reshares, 6 +1s)Open 

The PC Longs for Its Parts
It sits there, waiting for the rest of its pieces to come together so that I can have it assembled and get the installation of its operating system installed so it can be functional. 

Right now, it is helpless. It feels useless, sitting there, gathering dust. It wants to be able to be useful, to bring delight to both its user and those who get to enjoy the products of the user's work and creativity. 

For now, it waits. It waits for people to donate funds for bringing the rest of its parts home, so that it may at last be complete...

It even suggests if you're hesitant to donate, to consider maybe contacting its user regarding a creative project. She's got commission slots open right now. You can find more info on how to reach her at www.lexigable.com

Or maybe you'd be interested in buying something with oneo... more »

The PC Longs for Its Parts
It sits there, waiting for the rest of its pieces to come together so that I can have it assembled and get the installation of its operating system installed so it can be functional. 

Right now, it is helpless. It feels useless, sitting there, gathering dust. It wants to be able to be useful, to bring delight to both its user and those who get to enjoy the products of the user's work and creativity. 

For now, it waits. It waits for people to donate funds for bringing the rest of its parts home, so that it may at last be complete...

It even suggests if you're hesitant to donate, to consider maybe contacting its user regarding a creative project. She's got commission slots open right now. You can find more info on how to reach her at www.lexigable.com

Or maybe you'd be interested in buying something with one of her designs on it instead. In that case, you should check out the redbubble shop at redbubble.com/people/keeperlefae/shop 

Maybe you can't do any of these things. Maybe you don't have the money yourself, but you'd still like to help. The PC understands. It's been there. In fact, it's there right now. That's why it's unfinished... waiting... and spreading the word when it can, trying to draw attention to its plight, in hopes that someone will be able to help, and it will at long last not the a potential of a computer, but a working computer instead.___

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2015-06-25 01:33:39 (3 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

Okay, +Google. I know your Hangouts team just updated this today, but umm... do you NOT see a problem here? My secondary screen to the right is a 15.6" laptop at 1366x768 resolution. Hangouts, even with the transparent UI, now takes up a non-resizable 1/3 of my screen.

I can literally hold my Moto X cellphone up to the screen, both vertically and horizontally, and Hangouts is now twice the size of my phone. I can't resize it. I normally have other windows that are stacked open across near every bit of my screen so that I can always see Hangouts when someone sends me a message. I know I'm not the only one, either.

Not to mention, I thought this was kinda made with laptop users in mind in the first place. Seems a bit odd, knowing that most users screens are going to be 15.6" to 17", to make your app where it looks unnecessarily large even on the 22" 1920x1080... more »

Okay, +Google. I know your Hangouts team just updated this today, but umm... do you NOT see a problem here? My secondary screen to the right is a 15.6" laptop at 1366x768 resolution. Hangouts, even with the transparent UI, now takes up a non-resizable 1/3 of my screen.

I can literally hold my Moto X cellphone up to the screen, both vertically and horizontally, and Hangouts is now twice the size of my phone. I can't resize it. I normally have other windows that are stacked open across near every bit of my screen so that I can always see Hangouts when someone sends me a message. I know I'm not the only one, either.

Not to mention, I thought this was kinda made with laptop users in mind in the first place. Seems a bit odd, knowing that most users screens are going to be 15.6" to 17", to make your app where it looks unnecessarily large even on the 22" 1920x1080 screen .

What gives? There's no real new feature to this update save for the ability to launch as a non-transparent all-in-one window thing that has some really crappy coding behind it, by the way, because I can see where you tried to make it somewhat responsive, but failed.

This isn't elegant. This isn't functional. I don't blame anyone who is on a single monitor setup to not use the desktop app. Heck, I'm on a dual monitor setup, and I'm quickly finding I don't want to use it either, and I've been a daily user of it up until today.

Please get your code together, Google. This is just sloppy work and should never have been made public.___

2015-06-24 20:17:42 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

Today in WHERE THE HELL IS LEXI?!
I decided to see if I could stretch what limping power my laptop still has in it while still being forced to maintain Windows OS on it by performing a factory reset.

Thus, I got to enjoy the SIX BLOODY FUCKING HOURS it took to do Windows Updates... in segments... of ten to fifteen at a time... and a couple one at a time at the end... because I was having to run all of the Windows 8 updates, as this laptop was pre-installed with Win8, and was later updated to Win8.1 with the free update.

So after all of that, I got to do the whole Windows 8.1 install, and then its bloody updates (that was thankfully much shorter), install Chrome and other necessary programs basic usage, and am taking more time in getting the rest installed, because really, I still haven't had any sleep (I started this project at 6am after I couldn't get any sleep... more »

Today in WHERE THE HELL IS LEXI?!
I decided to see if I could stretch what limping power my laptop still has in it while still being forced to maintain Windows OS on it by performing a factory reset.

Thus, I got to enjoy the SIX BLOODY FUCKING HOURS it took to do Windows Updates... in segments... of ten to fifteen at a time... and a couple one at a time at the end... because I was having to run all of the Windows 8 updates, as this laptop was pre-installed with Win8, and was later updated to Win8.1 with the free update.

So after all of that, I got to do the whole Windows 8.1 install, and then its bloody updates (that was thankfully much shorter), install Chrome and other necessary programs basic usage, and am taking more time in getting the rest installed, because really, I still haven't had any sleep (I started this project at 6am after I couldn't get any sleep last night), and so now, I'm basically just back to where I can use Chrome and be online and such.

Ooh, and did I mention my antivirus was a bitch and gave me hell trying to get it logged in to acknowledge I have a license for it, which meant having to install, uninstall, reinstall, find out that install corrupted itself, uninstall again, reinstall yet again, and finally managed to get it to work. Yeah, that was fun... (not)

I've got the Creative Cloud desktop installed and signed in, however, I haven't started installing any of the CC apps yet, simply because that is a major bandwidth hog and is better left to overnight download after everyone's got offline. Then there's the reinstalling my fonts, and the software for my Wacom tablet, and all that other fun stuff to be able to actually see if all of this effort will actually have been worth it.

Though now I also have to go through and redo all of my tweaking and adjustments on Windows settings themselves, clean up the registry and startup apps, and all that other stuff. I've at least got rid of most if not all of the metro apps, because yeah, no. I avoid those at all cost unless it's something to do with the Windows settings themselves. I seriously love Classic Shell... I don't have to deal with the Start Tiles. Bleh.___

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2015-06-23 22:03:12 (0 comments, 3 reshares, 7 +1s)Open 

For Those Not Used To Tornado Watches & Warnings
Don't panic. And seriously, carry a towel. As well as some blankets and pillows. They'll make things more comfortable for you, as well as help offer some protection in the event of falling debris.

Be sure to have your basic disaster supplies kit ready. Not sure what that entails? Find a useful list of the priority things here: http://www.ready.gov/kit

Don't forget about your medications! Pack them in a purse and/or backpack, and keep them with you at all times. In case disaster does strike, this will help make sure you have them after the fact.

Here's some useful info to read over, especially if this is the first time experiencing this kind of severe weather:

http://www.ready.gov/tornadoes
http://www.srh.noaa.gov/oun/?n=safety-severe-homesafety... more »

For Those Not Used To Tornado Watches & Warnings
Don't panic. And seriously, carry a towel. As well as some blankets and pillows. They'll make things more comfortable for you, as well as help offer some protection in the event of falling debris.

Be sure to have your basic disaster supplies kit ready. Not sure what that entails? Find a useful list of the priority things here: http://www.ready.gov/kit

Don't forget about your medications! Pack them in a purse and/or backpack, and keep them with you at all times. In case disaster does strike, this will help make sure you have them after the fact.

Here's some useful info to read over, especially if this is the first time experiencing this kind of severe weather:

http://www.ready.gov/tornadoes
http://www.srh.noaa.gov/oun/?n=safety-severe-homesafety
http://www.spc.noaa.gov/faq/tornado/safety.html
http://emergency.cdc.gov/disasters/tornadoes/during.asp
http://www.redcross.org/prepare/disaster/tornado
http://www.scrippsmedia.com/newschannel5/news/256856861.html

I've survived more tornadoes than I care to even think about. I've even seen two with my own eyes that were less than a mile away from me while I was running for shelter. Trust me, these things are dangerous, and you need to take them seriously. Stay safe.

(Posted for the benefit of those in New England who are currently under Tornado Watches. I've had a lifetime of going through this, so I'm quite used to these situations. But I know many others aren't, so I'm trying to provide what I can to keep everyone calm and safe.)___

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2015-06-23 06:57:28 (1 comments, 4 reshares, 28 +1s)Open 

::gigglesnrk::

::gigglesnrk::___

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2015-06-23 04:45:08 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 8 +1s)Open 

When the new pc gets built and I can (finally) start working on 3D game assets, these are going to be some of the inspiration for some of the NPC mannequins for a horror game I have flitting about in my mind.

When the new pc gets built and I can (finally) start working on 3D game assets, these are going to be some of the inspiration for some of the NPC mannequins for a horror game I have flitting about in my mind.___

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2015-06-22 21:52:09 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 6 +1s)Open 

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