kutsuwamushi: (*raises eyebrows*)
Someone in my apartment complex has been practicing playing the bagpipes for the last half hour.

I'm not kidding.

I'm also not sure where exactly it's coming from, because if I was, I would be over there right now congratulating them on their bravery.
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This one is based on this building, which is this really weird combination of modern, boring concrete block and HELLO ROOF. This is basically just a shell in which I've placed a rabbithole rug.

Lot Type: Academy
Lot Size: 42x42
Playtested: Why?



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This one is built with Ani's shop from inventory mod in mind. If you don't have that mod you won't be able to buy the pastries. The chest for keeping buyable pastries is hidden in the foundation and is stocked with at least five of each kind displayed in the case.

Lot type: No Visitors Allowed
Lot size: 10x10
Playtested: Yes



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I like to watch Korean dramas, but I don't like to watch soap operas.

YOU CAN SEE THE CONFLICT, RIGHT

Sometimes, I will find the drama that is the exact right length - long enough to tell the story, but not so long that the writers have to resort to needlessly convoluted plot twists to keep the story's resolution at bay. Usually, I find I start to get exasperated around episode 10-15.

(I'm told that sometimes the dramas that really take off are contracted for more episodes than were originally planned. That would explain a lot.)

So, imagine my glee when I found "Rooftop Prince" on Hulu -- a drama that uses one of my favorite tropes (out of place time-travelers), and is also only 12 episodes long. I put it in my queue and watched all the way up to episode 11.

During episode 11 I was very near my exasperation point. The truth desperately needed to come out, and the villains desperately needed to get their comeuppance. There had already been a few unlikely coincidences to prevent this from happening, and I was getting tired of it. But it's the second-to-last episode, right? I can hold out for just a little longer!

WRONG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

There are actually twenty episodes. I just happened to add it to my queue when there was a pause in the subtitling (so it sat at 12 for a bit), and when I added it, I forgot to check the setting that would put new episodes into my queue as they were added.

Goddammit.

I haven't watched any more episodes yet. I don't know if I can take NINE MORE HOURS of a show that should have already ended.
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I just heard of This Is My Jam, a site where you post one song that you're currently really into. It remains up for a week - less if you upload a new song sooner.

The idea is that you follow people whose taste in music you like, and then their homepage becomes a playlist of all the current "jams" of the people you're following.

Upside:

The format is new to me, and I think I really like the idea. Despite the horrible name. It's a change of pace from sites like last.fm, etc, that auto-generate suggestions.

Downside:

You can only post music that it can find on other sites. This includes YouTube, though. For example, the first two artists I tried, Akasawa Maki and Siriporn Ampaipong - they had no audio results, but as pretty popular arists (though obscure in the US) there were several YouTube results to pick from.

Anyway, the link goes to my account if anyone wants to follow me!
kutsuwamushi: (*raises eyebrows*)
Got this response from the guy who posted the original question:
Thanks a lot man, I really appreciate it. I normally do my book reports on my own, but I have other work to worry about, mainly in the class I'm failing (I didn't turn in half of the assignments, so I'm doing them now). Thanks to you, I can get this out of the way and work on said assignments.
Can't tell if serious.

But in case he's serious - DO I TELL HIM THAT I MADE ALL THAT UP?

Or do I keep silent, because anyone who would turn in someone else's work instead of reading the damn book themselves deserves what they get?

(Someone might make this choice for me by giving away the game, but...)

Grawr.

May. 9th, 2012 03:54 am
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I sometimes hang out on r/homeworkhelp, because sometimes people have genuine questions that I can answer. But the number of people who just want you to do their work for them is out of control.

Like this question:
Book Report due tomorrow...
...that I haven't started for the same reason everyone else last-minutes homework. Anyway, I don't want this done for me, I just need some information on the book (Mine Eyes Have Seen by Ann Rinaldi) so that I can write a decent sized summary. Thanks, for any and all help.
Here's what I wrote in response:
Mine Eyes Have Seen by Ann Rinaldi has a story about a girl who was alive in 1859 during the battle of Harper's Ferry and wrote down her experiences in her diary. A hundred years later, the book is discovered by a young boy living during the Cold War, who reflects on her story and its relevance to his own life.

Rinaldi uses both historical and fantastical elements to weave her story about family love, religion, patriotism, and guilt. The heroine, Annie Brown, was a real person, but Rinaldi embellishes on her life in order to make the story more like a historical fable. While her father is a deeply religious man, Annie has special abilities that she fears would cause her father to see her as a witch. The book's title is named for one of those abilities: She can remove her eyes and leave them, unnoticed, in small hiding spaces, giving her the ability to spy on the political activities that are going on around her. It is while she is spying on a meeting that she discovers her father is involved in guerilla actions against the Union, and Annie is torn between her loyalty to her country, and her love of her father. The battle of Harper's Ferry itself almost destroys both, and she regrets until her death that she did nothing.

The parallels to the boy, whose name is Frank, are obvious. Frank is living during the Cold War, and suspects that his parents are secret communists. Although Frank is not able to remove his own eyes from the sockets and put them onto bookshelves in order to spy on others, he does have the uncanny ability to talk to fruit flies--mutated during the series of nuclear tests taking place in his state--who tell him that his mother and father speak Russian and read books that have pictures of Russian leaders on them. Frank is not sure, however, if he is being told the truth; after all, fruit flies cannot speak and so they have no way to know whether it's really Russian or is in fact just normal English spoken after slightly one two many vodkas. They also are not very good at facial recognition.

Frank realizes the lesson of Annie's life and takes action, however. Instead of being paralyzed by his inability to choose between his parents and his country, which he knows will lead to the eventual loss of both, he decides to pick his country. He turns in his parents to the authorities, and they are arrested for being spies. It's then that he finds out his legal name is is in fact Fedor. However, he is now comfortable in his loyalty to his country and is able to deal with this revelation.

The moral of the book is that when our loyalties are divided we must choose according to what we think is right, and that standing by and doing nothing is never going to have good results. However, if we act with conviction we will have some control over our fate and become stronger as people.

(I hope that helps. I don't mind if you just copy and paste it.)
I decided to post it here because I have no idea if the mods will delete it, and I just spent a good twenty minutes of my life working on it.
kutsuwamushi: (music 2)
I feel like posting, but I have nothing to post about in particular, so I am going to post about the artist who is my most played during the past week.



Asakawa Maki (浅川マキ) was a Japanese jazz and blues singer who was active from 1967 until she died in 2010. She has the perfect voice for dimly-lit, smoky bars--deep and husky. It's hard to say what her style is, because it varies from groovy, to more straight-up jazz, to blues so steeped in old fashioned sleaze that you expect a jaded private detective to step out of the shadows at any moment.

Here she is covering "House of the Rising Sun":



I prefer her earlier recordings for the most part. Here are a few of my favorites, including the above song.

夜が明けたら / Yo ga Aketara / When Dawn Breaks
ちっちゃな時から / Chicchana Toki Kara / Since I was Little
朝日のあたる家 / Asahi no Ataru Ie / House of the Rising Sun
ゴビンダ / Govinda
セント・ジェームス病院 / Saint James Infirmary
ちょっと長い関係のブルース / Chotto Nagai Kankei no Blues / Kinda Long Relationship Blues
あの男(ひと)が死んだら / Ano Hito ga Shindara / If He Dies
眠るのがこわい / Nemuruno ga Kowai / Scared to Sleep

Thank [personal profile] sudaki for translating the song titles so you don't have to deal with my terrible terrible attempts.
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So this one is based on the real Tai Fu Tai mansion in Hong Kong, with some modifications.

The story of my version is that it was a private mansion at one time, then fell into disrepair and became an infamous brothel, and now is being restored partly with funds from hosting events on the bottom floor. My game has two caretakers (who live upstairs) and a ghost in it, not included in the DL.

I can make a list of custom content if anyone wants it.

Lot type: Residential
Lot Size: 20x30
Bedrooms: 3
Bathrooms: 2 bathtubs, 1 toilet room



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If the slideshow doesn't work here's the image folder.
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... I've been drinking Nescafe.

Because I don't want to get dressed and go to the grocery store to buy real coffee. For the past three days.

I do actually have some real coffee beans, but I'm saving them for tomorrow, when I feel I will need some real coffee as an incentive to get out of bed and go to work. Also, I don't particularly feel like the whole COFFEE PROCESS right now. Grind, steep, press - SO MUCH WORK OHMIGOD.

What have I come to.
kutsuwamushi: (music 2)
Zhou Xuan (周璇), nicknamed "The Golden Voice," was one of the most popular Chinese singers of 1930s and 1940s. Her style is usually classified as Shidaiqu, a blend of Chinese and Western styles that began in the 1920s in Shanghai.

She had a turbulent life, but an extremely sweet voice. This is a clip from the movie 1937 movie "Street Angel," which launched her into stardom.


So the quality isn't great, but you can still hear the emotion in her voice that captivated Chinese audiences.

I haven't seen the movie. Apparently, she performed another song in it, "Four Seasons of Heartache." This may or may not be the same version:

四季相思(一) [.m4a]
四季相思(二) [.m4a]

And here is a version of the song from the above clip:

天涯个女 [.mp3]

She died in 1957, at the age of 39, in a mental institution, after a series of breakdowns and suicide attempts.
kutsuwamushi: (they see me rollin')
Lot Type: No Visitors Allowed (Subway)
Lot Size: 14x6
Playtested: No



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Historical value? Pfff. Add some lights to it, the tourists love that kind of thing.

Lot Size: 10x10
Lot Type: No Visitors Allowed
Playtested: No



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Chinese Palace Fences at M&Tsims
Chinese Decoration by iamcoming
The Golden Buddha by Lisen
Grunge plaster patterns by Quatla
Basic column 4 from the DIY build set by Armiel

Sims3packs

Golden spire by tee sang boy
Cottage fakewall 1 from the half-landing stairs by Gosik and Inge
Chinese Straight Couplets couplets by satrc
Asian Hanging Lantern by dgandy
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Your friendly neighborhood police station....

Lot Size: 40x20
Lot Type: No Visitors Allowed (Police Station)
Playtested: Yes (it's just a shell with a rabbithole in it)



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From Demonic's Sci-Fi Set:
  • Cornice C
  • Cornice F
  • Big Holographic Screen
  • Deco Facade F
Grungy plaster patterns by quatla
Roof satellite dish and antenna by Simmami

Store Content
Linear Lunette
Lunar Lakes Police Station Rabbithole

Special Notes: I decided to use the rabbithole portal from Lunar Lakes because I like imagining that in the future, you can't get into a police station without getting scanned. But you could easily replace this with a door and one of the appropriate rabbithole rug.

Huh.

Mar. 14th, 2012 07:39 pm
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Apparently, Paypal decided to forbid people from using its services to buy or sell dirty books.

Apparently, Paypal has now reversed that decision, for the most part - but will still forbid "obscene" images.

I missed this entirely. That's what I get for not reading my friends list, I suppose.

This wouldn't have affected me much; I don't use Paypal to start with. But in a broader sense, when one company has the ability to basically shut down small internet publishers with a change of policy, that does affect me. Our reliance on private companies for the technology and services that drive the internet means that free speech online is in a weird place.

This is just a couple days after I ran across yet another story of PayPal arbitrarily shutting someone down on Regretsy. Regretsy itself has an interest in this kind of story because of PayPal's shutting their charitable drive down.
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[Edit Mar 17 2012] I made a few changes and re-uploaded the lot and the package files.]

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There's probably only one person reading my journal who might be interested in this, but what the hell.

The reason that I've not yet written the next Great American Novel is that I've found a much more productive use of my time: Playing the Sims. Well, more building stuff in the Sims.

Right now I'm working on a town that's supposed to be a slightly futuristic, dystopian version of Macau, if Macau were more like Hong Kong. There are limitations, but sometimes that's half the fun. I figure I might as well start posting the lots as I complete them.

Regarding custom content, store content:

I tend to use a lot of custom content, and some store content - because hey, this isn't supposed to be Sunset Valley. But I do tend to use a lot of the same stuff in my lots. All of the custom content is available somewhere for free*, and the store content is replaceable.

Stuff in .sims3pack files should be included with the lot. Stuff in .package files needs to be put in your game in the usual way.

My lots usually aren't always playtested, because Sims are boring. If you notice a problem with them, let me know. I avoid things I know should be issues, but sometimes things do pop up.

First up, a luxurious apartment by the sea...

Lot Price: 14,652
Lot Size: 19x20
Lot Type: Residential
Playtested: Yes



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The Caravan double bed is supposed to make it possible for two sims to use it even though it's against the wall, but the animations will be off.

The bathrooms are set to be public, but I haven't set any of the other doors as NPC doors because I hate puddingface.

* Arrrr.

Update

Mar. 11th, 2012 06:52 pm
kutsuwamushi: from a Married to the Sea Comic (edumacation)
Wow, the last time I updated was August. It's strange. I guess I feel that I don't have much to say.

But things have happened. I completed my degree, applied - and was accepted to - some PhD programs, and am now considering moving to what would be my third state of residence. [Details left intentionally blank.] I've been to New York for a conference, been moving back and forth between my home town and my current place to do some work for my family's business, dropped in and out of a sort-of relationship, and -

...

You know, it's weird. I'm content to let these things happen and not really talk about them much. What do people talk about with each other? I relate best to people I can argue with.

Anyway, this is just a heads up that I'm still alive, and still around, even though I can be pretty negligent with checking my friends list. A couple people have asked if I'm okay - yeah, I'm okay. Maybe I'll start posting more, or maybe I'll just lurk, only to appear when SOMEONE IS WRONG.
kutsuwamushi: (music 2)
It's Saturday and I was up at 5AM! Yesterday was my probability final, and after I got home I was just bushed. I am not so hot at this math stuff, y'all. What the hell am I doing?

I really should just hire a dominatrix to beat me. It'd be cheaper.

ANYWAY

San Chuan is a trio of Chinese zheng players who make beautiful contemporary Chinese classical music. Here is a particularly energetic piece.



Their website has more videos and some downloadable MP3s.
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I always feel a small sense of accomplishment when one of my pens runs out of ink.

I should start buying really crappy pens.

Huh.

Aug. 7th, 2011 08:01 pm
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I am strangely fascinated by Billy the Exterminator.

Mostly, it's the accents - but also, it's how everyone FLIPS THE FUCK OUT when they find out there is NATURE in their NATURE.

OMG THERE'S A SNAKE IN THE BUUUUUUUSH

I know people have phobias and all, but I can't remember a single person on this show, including the titular Billy, who has not overreacted to the presence of a creepy crawly. It's great. My favorite scene is when a python wraps around Billy's forearm and he starts screaming about how much it hurts and how much danger he's in, while the snake guy is obviously trying not to tell him to calm the fuck down and ruin the shot.

I think everyone who doesn't freak out gets edited out.

(On a more serious note - I wonder how much portrayals of people flipping the fuck out at any sign of a snake or bug encourages people to flip out in real life. People are really susceptible to suggestion like this. See: If you fool people into thinking that they're drinking booze many will actually act intoxicated.)

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