• Vengeance
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  • Asteroid - Blue
  • Asteroid - Green/Yellow
  • Plasma Planet
  • Asteroid - Purple
  • Intaki VI and Asteroids
  • Intaki Prime
  • SakBat
  • Warp Tunnel Distortion
  • Peyote Lake
  • Bighorns
  • Grizzly
  • White Anemone
  • Bleeding Heart
  • Purple Anemone
  • Waterton
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  • Berwen

Hob

Runic Games

Runic Games

Gaming! Yes, I’m still finding time for it. Actually, I’d like to think I might have found more time to game recently than in the last few years. The pull of single-player games has become fairly strong lately and I expect I’ll continue to look at those kinds of titles going forward rather than continuing to play MMOs and other so-called “social” games. MMOs have their place, and I do like spending time with my gaming buddies out there in cyberspace…but there’s something about immersing one’s self in a game that tells a specific story, and journeying with the characters through that story, that MMOs just can’t replicate. It’s a very specific itch, like wanting to get lost inside a good book, or a favorite movie…except you, as the player, get to be the hero, with no other players to interrupt your adventure. (And often, after a hard day’s work, I just want to be a hero!)

One game I recently spent time in to scratch this itch is Hob. Hob is a single-player action-adventure game developed by Runic Games that was released for PS4 and PC just this past fall. I’d had my eye on this game via Steam for a while and when my friend Mat gifted me a copy for Christmas, I was excited to give it a go. I’m glad I did, and if you’ve been thinking about picking it up, you should!

Note: This article is reasonably spoiler-free.


Crochet Disappointments

Disappointments. They happen. Some are minor, like a recipe that didn’t turn out the way you expected, while others seem to drag on forever, like that time you excitedly bought brand new kitchen appliances for the first time in your life only to end up going a month without a fridge because Best Buy couldn’t get its shit together. (Ahem.) Other disappointments are even farther reaching.

In crochet, disappointment is thankfully low-impact and stems from things like seeing a photo of what appears to be a fantastic finished object only to discover the pattern is insanely complex or poorly written (or even worse, it’s knitted), or maybe the yarn you thought was suitable really isn’t, or when you finally have the finished object in your hands (after working hard on it for ages) it doesn’t live up to the photo you originally saw.

I’ve had three such crochet experiences myself so far.


It’s 2018: Temperature Blanket is a Go!

2018 has arrived and I’m excited to “officially” begin my temperature blanket. :) In Calgary we’ve been having a deep freeze, so curling up on the sofa to work on this crochet project sounds just perfect.

My goal was to finish all sixty of the blank filler squares that the pattern requires by December 31, 2017 and I did! Truth be told I fell off the “one square a day” wagon after reaching square forty-four due to some other commitments and shenanigans that monopolized my time…and also because making that many black squares over and over and over got really boring (Color! My hook cries out for color!). After Christmas I powered through and got the last sixteen squares made, just under the wire!

Piles of black filler squares.

Piles of black filler squares.


Culinary Adventures: Quick and Easy Alfredo Sauce

Quick and Easy Alfredo Sauce

I’m not much of a red sauce person. If I’m at a restaurant and in the mood for pasta, and if there’s Alfredo on the menu, chances are I’m going to order that dish. If I buy frozen pasta meals to eat at home or take to work as a lunch, I’ll buy something that has Alfredo in it. Alfredo, Alfredo, Alfredo. In my book, it’s the king of cream sauces.

On occasion I’ve tried buying Alfredo sauce in a jar, or as a powder packet (just add milk!), as a slightly more economical choice as compared to premade frozen dinners. The problem I’ve had with the premade stuff is that while I like the sauce, the premade sauce doesn’t like me back. I end up being punished with food-induced issues for days after enjoying my one night of pasta bliss, which of course wrecks the whole thing. For whatever reason, I don’t tend to have those same issues when eating out or buying certain brands of frozen dinners—I’m not sure why (maybe the preservatives?). It’s always been disappointing though, because the frozen dinners never have quite enough pasta in them to satisfy me, and having all that extra waxy cardboard left over afterward doesn’t feel terribly environmentally friendly. Eating out all the time isn’t good either.

But I also hate cooking. The idea of making my own Alfredo sauce has always been intimidating, and as a matter of course I tend not to like to keep fresh milk or cream in the house because it will usually spoil before I can use it all. Additionally, I’ve sort of had it in my head that Alfredo sauce must surely be this magical, super complicated substance that only the most masterful of cooks can make. Master cook? Definitely not me!

Recently I had a craving for Alfredo, a strong one, so decided to bite the bullet and try making it myself, from scratch.


The Agency

I poked around with the new Agency window tonight. I like it! It’s like an “uber agent finder plus” and feels useful right out of the box. I see the old agent finder is still available too but there was always something about it that I never quite liked. Maybe it was just too fiddly. Either way I never used it much.

The Agency window.

The Agency window. Click to enlarge.

This new feature? Pretty slick. I think for new and old players alike the Agency will greatly improve finding any and all PVE content in a given area—even content that players might not have previously known was there. I like how visual it is and that the different kinds of PVE content are differentiated by color and with unique icons that show up on the minimap.

One thing I found myself wishing for immediately is a way to exclude certain results. For example, I’m not in Faction Warfare so suggesting FW combat sites to me is pointless strictly from a PVE perspective. Not that the Agency should be so clever as to automatically exclude them by default when a character is not in FW, because you never know how someone might discover new content they want to try…and PVPers will likely use the Agency to find spots to fight in whether or not they’re in Faction Warfare. But having some way to “do not suggest this to me” so players can customize the Suggestion tab on the fly in a future iteration would be great.

Have you used the new Agency window? What do you think about it? Let me know in the comments!


Fall 2017 Pod Pal Auction!

The next Pod Pal auction is here! Bid your in-game ISK for a chance to get your very own Pod Pal, customized to look like your EVE Online character! Don’t know what a Pod Pal is? Check here for details!

Auction Start: 22Oct2017 17:00 Mountain

Auction End: 29Oct2017 17:00 Mountain

Sniper Rule: 15 minutes

Bids must be made as a comment on this post to be eligible. Bids sent via in-game mail, Twitter, Reddit, email, or by any other means will not be accepted.

Starting bid is 2 billion ISK. Minimum bid increment is 100 million ISK. Highest bid by auction close wins!

Winner must transfer 50% of their winning bid to Sakaane Eionell in-game within 7 calendar days of the auction close date. Failure to make payment means forfeiture of the commission slot to the next highest bidder. Winner must also cover trackable shipping from Canada via PayPal, in Canadian funds.

Click here for full details and terms.


Coveted Crochet, aka My Work Was Stolen

My elephant.

My elephant.

Anybody remember this guy? My very adorable crochet elephant, my first proper amigurumi project that wasn’t for practice, that had no mistakes… I made him in the spring of 2016, not long after I started learning to crochet. I adore that elephant and have been very proud of it. It’s small! It’s cute! It’s huggable!

The company I work for uses an elephant as its mascot. I was so happy with how my elephant turned out that I took it to work to put on my desk. My coworkers love it. Everybody loves it.

Occasionally, the sales guys go on the road to do trade shows and other industry-specific events where we set up a table and hope to build new and expand existing business relationships. After I brought my elephant in, one of the guys asked if he could take it with him to put on the table as a decoration. Sure, I said. That was a huge compliment in and of itself. The professional dudes at work want to use my stuff to help them sell our actual products? Heck yes! Turned out the elephant was a big hit. It attracted people with its adorable cuteness! Yay me! My elephant has since travelled around Canada numerous times with the sales guys. It’s been to places I’ve never been!


One Square A Day

I decided to get a head start on the temperature blanket! The pattern calls for sixty “blank” squares that don’t correspond to any calendar days so there’s no reason not to do them ahead of time. :) Sixty is a lot of squares though, so just like with the rest of the blanket, I plan to do just one per day for the next two months so I don’t become overwhelmed or burnt out.

My first two blanket squares, made with Bernat Blanket yarn in Coal.

My first two blanket squares, made with Bernat Blanket yarn in Coal.

This is my first time making granny squares as well as an actual blanket so it’s going to be quite an adventure! Overall, Bernat Blanket yarn is easy to work with, although so far I’ve found pulling the magic circle closed can be a bit tough—but that may be because I crochet pretty tightly and this is bulky yarn. I’m sure as I get more practice with more squares I’ll get the hang of it! I also have to get some mats so I can block the squares as I make them.


New Pod Pal Auction Soon™ – But First, A Test!

The end of summer has been pretty busy! In August I drove down to Wyoming to watch the eclipse and got some very good shots (for an amateur), one of which is featured above. :) Seeing totality with the naked eye was something else—one of those “once in a lifetime” astronomical events that, if you’re lucky, you might actually have more than one chance in your lifetime to see depending on where in the world you live and how cooperative Mother Nature is with the weather. This was my first chance to see totality and I’m glad I made the trip. In September I had a business trip to Victoria… Now here we are, already October!

Despite all the travelling, I finished the EDU 2017 Pod Pal for Gold Rat on September 30, 2017. Since Gold Rat is wearing a jacket with a high collar I experimented to see if I could duplicate that particular feature. I think it came out great!

EVE Online Pod Pals: Gold Rat

EVE Online Pod Pals: Gold Rat

Now that he’s done, I’m thinking about my next Pod Pal auction. People have been waiting very patiently since the first auction that took place in the spring and I’d like to get a second one in to close out 2017. To do that, I need help from my fellow capsuleers to make sure it’s a success.


Temperature Blanket: Final Charts!

I wrote last time about how it’s been a hot summer in Calgary so Mom and I decided to tweak our temperature blanket charts in case next summer is just as hot. I made some changes to my chart and then ordered the Bernat yarn I needed. When the (very big) box arrived I excitedly laid out the balls…and immediately decided that a few of the colors weren’t going to work for me. Sigh! I guess I am a yarn snob (and I want my blanket to be really awesome)…

So, more changes! In the end I adjusted the temperature brackets for my blanket too, while Mom is keeping to the original set but with the +30° and -30° brackets added on. (We also discovered that the original set of charts were both missing a bracket for -1°C to -4°C. Oops! So, don’t use the charts from the previous post!) Here is where we’ve ended up: