From Alien Mindbenders to Yarn Recycling

26 07 2009


My first-ever knitted project is coming along well. Unlike my first crocheted item, I can look at my little washcloth and smile despite the errors. It was originally intended to be a washcloth for my niece, but I think I would like to keep it for myself. She can have the next one.

Retro Gaming

The last week or two, I’ve been playing a lot of old school “point and click adventure games,” mostly games by LucasArts. I grew up with these games, but it had been years since I’d been able to play them. Thanks to Larry, I now have most of the games I so dearly loved and missed.

The first game I played was The Secret of Monkey Island. My favorite version of this game was found on the old Commodore Amiga, and while my version isn’t exactly the one found on the Amiga, it was close enough to make me one very happy gamer girl. I remembered almost every puzzle, every step to take, and every single witty response in swordplay. I only peeked at the walkthrough once because I couldn’t find the last banana on Monkey Island.

Needless to say, I beat the game in a single day. I was proud.

Next, of course, came Monkey Island 2: LeChuck’s Revenge. Unfortunately, I didn’t get to beat this game as a kid. In fact, I hardly got to play it at all (it’s a long story). I think this one was the one I was most eager to play after all these years.

I’m sad to say that the game didn’t live up to my memory’s expectations. I found the story to be rather lacking and the graphics a bit strange with a mix of 8-bit graphic and cartoon-like parts. Guybrush was still the 8-bit character we all know and love, but others like Govoner Phatt and Captain Dredd were just… silly. I also thought the ending was rather lame. It was funny, but it seemed more like an attempt to kill the series than anything.

Last night, I began playing Zak McKraken and the Alien Mindbenders, which was first released in 1988. That’s right, this game is 21 years old now, and I still love it. It’s a challenging puzzle game that is challenging to the point of wanting to pull your own hair out. It is also from the era of games where it was possible for your characters to die and finishing the game would be impossible. Later on, LucasArts would add in a “no die” policy, but for fans of the old-school games, we’re just out of luck.

That’s okay, though. I love a challenge.

Sadly, I’m having a very serious challenge with my game. For those of you who have played Zak, you know that there is a ladder in the Mars Hostel. Well, for some reason, my game does NOT have the ladder! I am not joking in the slightest. I know it’s supposed to be in the hostel against the far right wall. I’ve been playing this game since I was a little kid and I know this just as well as I know aliens work for the telephone company! Yet there is no ladder.

I’ll keep trying later tonight. Maybe I was far more tired than I thought last night.

Soap Making

I’m still doing heavy research into soap making. However, I’ve been having serious problems with my Firefox since the last update. Every time I try to save my bookmarks, the moment I close my browser, all my bookmarks vanish! I have since downloaded and installed Xmarks, so hopefully that will help.

While pouting over many lost hours due to bookmark loss, I started reading the first book in the Foxfire series. Because I am Appalachian, it is very important to me to keep parts of my culture alive. The older I get, the more I want to learn. In this book, I learned about the old ways of making soap. It was very interesting to compare and contrast the old ways with the more modern ways of making soap at home.

Finances allowing, I would like to try making some of my own soap next weekend. I’ll keep you updated on how that’s going.

Yarn Recycling

Currently, I’m up to 1162 yards of recycled white acrylic yarn.  I might work some more on taking the afghan apart. I’m really curious what the final total will be. I’m also thinking of projects to use this yarn with. I think a friend of mine might like a blanket made out of it… we shall see, though. There are a lot of things that can be done with so much soft white yarn.


Renovation Status: Complete

22 07 2009

In the last 24 hours, I have:

  1. Found a new layout
  2. Made a new header (one of many to come)
  3. Deleted irrelevant entries
  4. Re-tagged all entries
  5. Re-categorized all entries
  6. Uploaded a new “gravatar” (whatever that is)

While this may not be the most impressive  blog (aesthetically or in content), I finally feel as though it’s my blog again. I hope that one day it will help aide me in future business pursuits, specifically if/when I get my soap making idea off the ground. Maybe it will be a blog for my yarn dying or for my quilting. Who knows? Wherever the future takes me, my blog has been cleaned up and will be ready for me.

Now, if you will excuse me, I must check on my goats, empty the dishwasher, then start Monkey Island 2. I plowed through Monkey Island 1 in a day… I doubt its sequal will be as easy.

Blog Ponderings

21 07 2009

I’m still unsure as to what my blog should be about. I’m leaning heavily towards “hobby blogging.”

Now, those who know me know that I am not just a single-hobbiest. I’m not a bi-hobiest. I am what I like to call an ADD hobiest, which is to say I can’t stay focused on just one activity for any extended period of time. I can knit a week before I dive into retro gaming for a while, then I jump into art or photography before I’m off to something else entirely.

So what kind of things do I do in my abundance of free time?

  1. Yarn crafting (knitting/crochet)
  2. Gaming (from Commodore to Wii)
  3. Drawing
  4. Creative writing
  5. Photography
  6. Comic-making (a hobby that may require its own website)
  7. Blogging

Some hobbies I would like to get into as funds allow:

  1. Soap making
  2. Quilting
  3. Gardening

What does this mean for the future of my blog? I will most likely go back through this blog, remove (and save) all non-hobby entries, and continue posting only about hobby related things. Right now, this idea sounds good in my head. We’ll see if it actually works out.

Stay tuned… but don’t hold  your breath. In fact, if there’s a good Sci-Fi marathon on, go ahead and check it out.  I’ll tweet when I’m read.

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