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Oh my God, you have no idea how excited I am to get to the more recent updates because the twins that are born in this one are seriously unbelievably freaking amazing, guys. I thought Bianca was my chosen one after she grew up into a child and though she is adorable, she kind of looks a lot like Amelia with red hair at times and the twins have a more balanced combination of Amelia and Alessa's features and FUCK THEY'RE JUST SO AWESOME. Okay. Anyway. I'm getting ahead of myself here. Let's take a step a bit further back first.


I've still been exploring the Sims 3 a bit and though there are things about it that amuse/entertain me, I think it's kind of deathly boring. First of all, one of my favorite things to do in Sims 2 is spy on townies at community lots and see what antics they get up to so I thought it would be even more awesome with the whole open neighborhood thing. Wrong. Basically, all they do is stand around like idiots or complain about how they're starving to death without doing anything to remedy it and so because of these two things, they never actually socialize at all. Which brings me to my second annoyance. IT TAKES SO FREAKING LONG FOR THEM TO DO ANYTHING! Seriously, it takes hours to have a conversation that should take minutes because the Sims stand around for ages before actually starting to talk. It's like this with any kind of action and it is so aggravating. Thirdly, it's just tedious. I feel like all of my Sim's time is spent working or sleeping and she has hardly any time to do anything extra. Okay, so obviously judging from these pictures, she does have time for some other things. But still. Everything takes so incredibly long and they day seems so short. So I don't think I'm going to be switching permanently anytime soon. Maybe I'll still play a bit when I get bored with the legacy but I can't see myself getting really invested in it or anything. Anyway, the following mostly consists of Felicity's quest to hook a man. Enjoy.

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I need to catch up to where I'm at in the game right now because I feel like this all happened centuries ago. For that very reason, this update isn't very humorous or even entertaining at all. Sorry about that. Hopefully they will get better as I get closer to my current place. (Also, holy crap, I feel like it's taking me forever to get through generations. I feel like generation three has been never-ending, arrrgh. Not that I don't like this generation. I'm just ready for some new faces.)


P.S. So I installed the Sims 3. For no other reason than I just figured I should and some of the features actually sounded kind of cool and a couple of the expansion packs sound neat. I haven't got any of those yet. So far I've just played a bit with the basegame and I'm not too terribly impressed. Of course I haven't been able to do much yet either. I like the idea of the seamless neighborhood with no loading times to get to community lots but the way it's implemented... eh, I don't know. It's not all that exciting so far. And I'm still not in love with the way the Sims look though I'm hoping to fix that a bit with default replacements and the like. Really, I'd just like to keep the look and feel of the Sims 2 and smush it together with a few of the features of the Sims 3, mainly the traits system and the ability to repattern and recolor everything to your freaking heart's content (seriously, I spent so long in CAS perfecting my Sim's outfits/hair it was ridiculous) and the way it seems to be less focused on obsessive-compulsively keeping your Sims' needs filled. Another thing I dislike about it though is that the days seem unbelievably short which I think is because it takes a ridiculous amount of time for a Sim to complete a task. Seriously, half of my Sim's days are just spent standing around thinking about doing something but not actually doing it until she's good and ready. Argh. This might be because she's insane and neurotic (and a vegetarian! I do really love the whole traits thing) but I think it's a broader issue too. Anyway. It'll probably grow on me. One thing that most certainly entertained me was watching my insane Sim talk to herself. The faces are hilarious. So hilarious I took way too many pictures of them.

Because this post needs more picspam, right? )

P.P.S. Ugh. I am so burnt out on writing right now. There are six days left in the month and I've got less than 3000 words to write to get to 50k but I'm feeling so uninspired at the moment. I probably will be able to crank a few thousand more out to reach the goal but the story will still be far from finished and I think I need to take a break from it for awhile because I'm starting to have trouble figuring out my characters completely. I know I shouldn't be disappointed but I am just because I look at what I have done and I look at where I plan to finish eventually and it still seems impossibly far off. Bleh.

STUFF.

Jun. 3rd, 2009 12:45 am
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  • New layout. Just 'cause. It annoys me that the sidebar is not the same color as the rest of the page but apparently that can't be changed easily. And I am far too lazy to actually put any effort into how this thing looks.
  • I didn't really care for most of the Dark Was the Night compilation (mostly because I don't really care for most of the artists on it) but My Brightest Diamond's cover of "Feeling Good" and Feist and Ben Gibbard's rendition of "Train Song" are my jams right now. When I listen to "Feeling Good", I can't help lip-syncing along while making dramatic faces and arm motions. It's that intense. It makes me want to be Shara Worden. I also do this to her two songs on The Hazards of Love. She's just so badass.
  • I'm also kind of obsessed with the new Mew song, "Introducing Palace Players" - it's a very interesting combination of weird and dance-y. Like, it's shifting time signatures all over the place and you've got this guy singing in a crazy high voice about God knows what but then it's so catchy. It makes me want to shake my booty excessively. In other words, totally hot. I didn't really like this band until I heard this song. But now I'm getting all into their other stuff too. Another new album to look forward to! Yay!
  • Aleks is leaving Los Campesinos! This makes me a sad girl. At least she is doing it not because of band tensions but because she wants to do the respectable thing and finish school. But still. Being in a rock band is so much cooler! In my opinion. Anyway, they are doing one more tour with her this summer but they are not coming here which makes me even sadder. But they have also apparently finished (or are finishing?) their next record which will still have her on it so I imagine they'll be releasing it soon-ish because it'd be a bit weird to put it out after a replacement has already taken over. They are so prolific. Three albums in less than two years? Craziness. I hope it's good.
  • One last bit of music-related blabber. Thank God I was bored and, since I have fallen back in love with her lately, just looked up Mandy Moore on Wikipedia. 'Cause it informed me that there is a special Target edition of her newest album with bonus tracks just like there was for Wild Hope. They are only demos of album tracks but still, any kind of extras make my day. And we are going shopping on Thursday. I can't wait. Mandy is my homegirl and the album is really growing on me. The end of "Fern Dell" is insane. Every time I listen to it, I just can't help thinking how happy I am she's broken out of the pop princess mold and become a legit artist. I feel like she's my baby and I've watched her grow up or something... probably because I used to own her teenybopper albums and I thought "Candy" was totally amazing back when it was first released. I was, like, ten then. Oh my God. That song is not appropriate for a ten-year-old to enjoy! It seems really sweet and innocent on the surface but it's kind of racy. So, anyway, yeah, I feel like I've kind of grown up with her. She's the only singer I listened to back in my horrible taste days that I don't feel embarrassed at all about still liking now. Oh wait, No Doubt too but they were always good; they just happened to be popular hence my listening to them back then.
  • Also about Mandy Moore, my sister and I watched Saved! a few days ago when we were bored and I forgot how much I love that movie. It's so fucking hilarious. And one of the only decent movies Mandy's been in, haha. I enjoy her music but I can't say that I enjoy most of her films. Anyway, yes, this movie is great. "I'm the father. I'm the boyfriend. I'm his boyfriend." Heh. That part always makes me crack up. And also, "I just ran my van into Jesus!"
  • Ugh. I really want to work on my story because I am so close to finishing it but I have not been in the writing zone at all lately. I feel like everything I attempt to write sucks complete ass. Even stuff I'm almost copying word-for-word from my notebook that I wrote ages ago. I'm just in a rut. And it's really annoying. I feel like the longer it takes, the less connection I'll have to these characters and the less enthusiastic I'll feel about finishing it. But I just can't do it! And it frustrates me so much.
  • I've also barely been reading anything lately. I'm in a rut there too. If I read too many books in a short period of time, I start to feel overwhelmed and worn out and just want to take a break for awhile. I did finish reading Eliot's collected poetry though so I think I'm going to start on something new soon. Once I get started, I'm usually fine and it's hard to pull myself away but it's the actual getting started that seems like so much work for me. I think I just look at my huge collection of unread books and get freaked out and don't know where to start and also I'm afraid I won't like something that I want to like, etc. Basically, these are all super lame reasons and I should just suck it up and start something.
  • SIMS 3 SUCKS MAJOR ASS AND I'M NEVER BUYING IT!
  • I think our computer needs a new video card. Sometimes, the screen will randomly go black for no reason and today when I had to restart it after it did that, the error report said it had something to do with the video card. I don't know where to start with that really technical stuff though. Basic computer problems I can handle. Installing new hardware and deciding what to buy and all that shit is much scarier.
  • I really need to watch This Film Is Not Yet Rated. I moved it to the top of my Netflix queue after randomly reading the Wikipedia entry on the MPAA (Can you tell I get bored often and therefore end up looking up the most random shit ever? In this particular instance, I somehow went from J.D. Salinger to film ratings; not sure how that happened.) and now it's been sitting around for weeks because I'm not really interested in the topic anymore. But I would just feel wrong if I sent it back without watching it. I need to do it soon though so I can get the last disc of the first season of Dead Like Me since, for some retarded reason, the last few episodes aren't available on Netflix Instant.
  • Let's end things on another music note. I am so fucking pissed off about my Yeah Yeah Yeahs pre-order! This album came out more than two months ago and I still haven't gotten it. I emailed the company a couple weeks after the release date and they told me I had to wait until it had been four weeks for delivery even though I knew that if it hadn't gotten to me by then, it wasn't going to. Of course I was right so I contact them again last week or so and they claim they're sending a new copy. And if I don't get that one, I'm just going to give up and be out $20+ for no reason because I can't deal with it anymore. What sucks even more is that the only reason I purchased it from their website was because I thought the deluxe edition was exclusive to it but then I found out it's on Amazon for way cheaper and if I'd have ordered it from there I never would've had to deal with all this crap. Argh! It's so frustrating. I mean, it's not like I don't have the album downloaded but still, I want my physical copy, damn it!
  • I think that's all. Actually, I was out of things I specifically wanted to mention about five bullets ago but I kept thinking up more random stuff to waste my time talking about. But now I'm all dried up. So. Goodnight.
  • Edited to add: You know Zoeey Deschanel is awesome when she can turn an advert for cotton into a freakin' amazing song. Check it out. (The actual commercial is pretty damn cute too. I've been seeing it on TV every once in awhile. She's so adorable. <3) I've decided I would seriously be okay with it if she decided to quit acting and just do music. I mean, I like watching her act because she's so cute but it's not like she's a revelation of an actress or anything. I just want more pretty songs!
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So I've been reading up on Sims 3 a lot lately and... it seems kind of crappy. I mean, some of the new features seem cool but nothing has made me think, "Ooh, I want that right now!" like I did when Sims 2 came out and I subsequently forgot all about the first Sims. And it also seems to have way too many bugs and "features" that range from mildly annoying to downright infuriating to even justify the good. Plus, I can't stand the way the Sims look. They're all identical, pudgy blobs of clay with faces - seriously. I'd take the fugly of Sims 2 default townies over a bunch of bland clones any day. Not that I was going to be buying the game anytime soon in the first place, since I doubt my computer could even handle it without some major upgrades, but now I'm even less likely to. I am very content with what I have now, thank you very much.

That being said, Newbury update! I've had most of these pictures lying around for awhile but I haven't played much the past couple of weeks and I just finally got some more to round out this installment. It's even larger than the last few have been but this (hopefully) is a one-time occurrence; I just wanted to wrap everything up at once so that I could start the next update with the triplets at uni.

Last time: The triplets became teenagers. Avery is a boring nerd who skills 24/7. Charlotte is a self-obsessed drama queen. And Blake is the greatest emo to ever emo. There were plenty of other birthdays too: Miranda became an elder as her youngest child, Ophelia, finally escaped the terrible twos and her poor neglected son Nico hit teendom and was immediately shipped off to the college bin. Meanwhile, Colin remains a huge asshole who spends most of his days at Academie Le Tour getting into fights. Unfortunately, his most abused punching bag, John (aka Smelly Boy), who has been around since nearly the beginning of the legacy, abruptly perished. Whoever will he take his anger out on now?!?

5.4: Cheer up emo kid! )

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