Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Whew, finally completed some projects, yay me ^^

Well, I managed to get a few things done recently that have been on my plate for some time, so I thought I'd reflect on them.

Clean shed: When I first moved into my current house, back in 2000, I realized the garage would be a bit cramped for two cars and storage, so I purchased a little 10x15 metal shed for the backyard. I promptly filled it with stuff and basically forgot about it all. Occasionally, over the next few years, I would duck in for a shovel or something, and notice a few wasps nests had moved in. Of course, this made me a little wary about entering in there again, and until 2007, I basically didn't. I finally filled up the garage to the point where I really wanted to be using the space again, and when I opened it and avoided the wasps, I discovered that quite a bit of the stuff in there was water damaged and would have to be thrown out... Oy... Well, I decided after Rosa's visit, I'd finally tackle the thing, and I did, over the last two weekends! Threw out most everything in there, and swept it out, and bought a good tarp to throw over it to keep out the rain. It's in pretty good shape now, and I just have a bunch of paint to get rid of at the hazardous waste facility tomorrow on the way in to work.

Group photo of Hawthouse crew: As some of you know, I'm part of a fairly large community in SL at the Lingmell sim called the Hawthouse. It's been in existance for roughly two years, and is a nice conglomeration of builds by a group of about 10-13 of us. Well, late last year, Rosa suggested that it would be pretty cool to have a group photo taken for posterity. Originally, we thought to get everyone together at once, and find enough interesting pose balls to take a picture. Trying to schedule that was sort of a nightmare, and trying to find a selection of poses everyone liked was proving to be similar, so I suggested taking individual shots of each person, to be cut-and-pasted together later over a nice background image. I got a nice whitescreen, and his-and-her poses, and started scheduling photo ops to collect the shots. Scheduling this, however, was also not so easy, but about three months later I managed to get approximately half the photos taken. Well, then my laptop motherboard decided to give up the ghost, and I felt I had lost what I had originally taken. Ugh... Fortunately, I discovered I could still use the hard drives from the old laptop, and removed them and salvaged the photos. Anyway, I did finally manage to complete the rest of the photos earlier this week, and yesterday I used Photoshop to cut and paste the whole thing together! Below, you see the "casual" and "formal" pictures. Woo hoo!

SL tier reduction: Ever since I bought the land for Amphibicatt Gardens, I have been up at a full tier land fee of $195/month. Now that Hunter is here, I just don't find myself in SL as much, and wanted to try and use some of that money for other things. Lowering yourself to a smaller tier is not easy, as it turns out. :) A full sim tier allows you around 64K of square meters of land. The next step down is half that. I had almost completely filled my 64K allotment, so I started selling off land as best I could, without impacting too much of the surroundings at the Hawthouse and Amphibicatt stage. Today I finally got it down to an amount that allows me to choose the lower tier, which puts me at $125/month instead. Woo hoo! And two days before I would have had to pay for the next month, good timing! :)

That's all I have for now, take care everyone!


At 8/15/2008 8:27 AM, Blogger Rosa Rambles said...

Jay you rock!! and far far far more than just musically! Thank you SOO much for all you did to make the group photos possible! They turned out FANTASTIC! and congratulations to you on accomplishing the several other goals on your list! Kitty your just AWESOME!


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