06Oct '14
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Extra Life: Playing games to help kids

Hello again folks! Sorry it’s been so quiet after so many posts in a row. My vacation was over so I had to go from being my natural night owl self back to “normal” people hours and so the lack of sleep has left me feeling drained and blah.

However, I have something new and exciting to look forward to! I’m going to be participating in this year’s Extra Life event. If you haven’t heard of it yet, it’s an global game day to raise money for children’s hospitals, starting at 8am central time on October 25 and going to 8am on October 26. Combining 24 hours of gaming with a good cause, what’s not to like?

I’m going to be ambitious and shoot for a goal of $200, with 100% of the donations going to The Children’s Hospital Foundation of Manitoba. If you can spare even a couple dollars towards the cause, I’ll give you all the virtual hugs you want. You can donate online through this link or through the widget on the sidebar to the right. It’s all For The Kids!

12Sep '14
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Tune Den: Baba Yetu

Following the “lair” theme of my Cave Clutter posts, I’d like to introduce a new type of post: the Tune Den. Get it? Tuned In? Anyways…

“What are these posts all about?” Well I’m glad you asked, reader who only exists in my head. They are about video game soundtracks and fan-created music.

I am one of those people who almost never turns off in-game music. To me, it lends greatly to the atmosphere of the game and where you currently are in it. Not only do I listen to the music in-game, but also outside of it. I’ll buy the deluxe edition of a game just to get the soundtrack, or I’ll find and buy the album somewhere online.

Seriously, this is what my list of playlists looks like.

Seriously, this is what my list of playlists looks like.

And my collection only continues to grow, especially in the past year. I had to buy a phone with more memory just to hold them all, because I like to listen to this kind of music when I’m working in the office. So it was only a matter of time before my enthusiasm for game music carried over to my blog. Read more →

10Sep '14

Compact archives in WordPress without a plugin

If you’ve been blogging for any length of time, you might have an archive index page that lists your posts by month or year for easy viewing. And if you’ve been blogging for a long time, that list might be rather long like mine was.

And there are whole months that I skipped

And there are whole months that I skipped

Instead of such a lengthy list, what if you had something more compact? Where each year was a single line and all of the months, whether you posted in them or not, were listed horizontally. Read more →

08Sep '14
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Cave Clutter: Playing on the edge

It’s that time of the year again, when I take my two week late summer/early fall vacation and do my best to do absolutely nothing but relax and play games. Although a week has already passed and I’ve spent a good chunk of it working on this blog and writing posts at a rate that’s unheard of for me. I’m actually ahead of the game, scheduling posts to be published in the future. I honestly have no idea what’s gotten into me but at least I can count this as being productive?

Luckily I have enough games to keep this vacation overall unproductive, just as it should be. Games such as… Read more →

06Sep '14
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Caer Blaidd: The foundation has been laid

It’s been a couple months since we deeded Caer Blaidd on Xanadu and some progress has been made on. If you’ll remember from my first video, I had terraformed about a quarter of the deed, put up a temporary horse pen, and dumped all of our stuff in a messy pile in the middle. Since then, I’ve worked on the deed in spurts, spending a day here and there just terraforming and building. And then there are other days where all I do is log in for an half an hour to farm. So it’s progress, just slow progress.

In this video, you’ll see that the guard tower, stables, workshop, and smithy have all been built, the tunnel connecting the deed to the boat cave and the water has been started, and that I’ve begun to breed animals and farm. There’s still a pile of bulk bins that need to be cleaned up but hey, it’s  a start. Anyways, I should let the video speak for itself. (And I have a different mic now so hopefully my voice sounds better.)

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