Diablo 3 or “The quest for all the LOOTS!”

Let’s face it, I like loot as much as the next person, but the Diablo games have always taken it to the next level.  In Diablo 3, if you want to play their “end game” stuff, you pretty much have to have the perfect gear. T6 rift?  No problem… as long as you have the right stuff.  And here is where my QQ comes in.

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In most games, especially online ones that are multi-player in some aspect like this, there is going to be some kind of a grind.  Grinding for levels, grinding on bosses to get that one piece of gear, and so on.  In Diablo 3, you don’t grind on a select boss.  You just kill a bunch of things and HOPE that you get the piece of gear you want.  And it’s all completely random.

There are some things you can do to increase your chances for legendary finds… Such as playing at a higher difficulty (which can bring us back to the initial problem – not having the right gear to survive), play with friends for a little bonus, up your magic find, and so on. However, there is one thing fundamentally wrong with grinding in Diablo 3 —

You keep getting the same stuff.

Over and over again, my husband and our friends have gotten the same crap legendaries.  Saffron Wrap, anyone?  You get all excited for that belt to drop, because you’ve been farming for a Goldwrap (or insert your choice belt here), and then you pick that thing up… And you don’t even have to identify it.  You know it’s a damned Saffron Wrap just from the picture.

All of those rifts you’ve been running?  You spend all of those shards at Kadala, only to get crap.  From my experience (or perhaps my poor luck) her drop rate is extremely poor for legendaries.  I have so many level 70 materials now, just from gambling with her, I don’t even bother to pick up blue or yellow items anymore.  Seriously.  She just eats all of my shards and gives me junk in return, which I just break down.

We’ve been playing Seasons, and pretty hardcore.  Several hours most days.  We hit 70 on our third day of playing.  Since then, it’s been pretty much nothing but loot grinding.  At the start, it’s fun, because you don’t have anything… but as you get pieces, and then need only a select few… It’s nothing but a big ball of frustration.

But you might find Kulle-Aid

But you might find Kulle-Aid

There are a couple of things that I feel Blizzard could do to help alleviate some of this frustration.  For example, you could pick a slot when entering rifts, and get a slight increased drop chance for that slot.  Since I’m wanting belts, I could pick waist, and get like a 20% greater chance for waist slot items.  You know, instead of getting two-handers, staffs, crossbows, and other crap I wont use on my Witch Doctor.

It’s nice to dream, right?  Needless to say, I’m going to take a break from the grind for a couple of days and go putter around in ArcheAge….if I can ever get through the queue.

Nunoco Unbirthday Smorg: Unboxing

Today I received my Unbirthday Smog from Nunoco!  This particular box featured about 450g of fiber, in several mini batts, tops, etc.  Expect a review sometime later, after I’ve   actually had a chance to play with the fibers.  This is my first purchase from Nunoco, and it’s looking good so far!

Anywho… On to the goods!

 

20140618_173157I loved the packaging!  Very Wonderland, indeed!

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20140618_173626My Bug jumped into the box and thought it was for her!

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Just the cutest little batts ever!

The only downside that I see so far, is that the photos posted by the vendor show much more vivid colors than what the items actually are.  Don’t get me wrong — they’re all still very pretty, but no where near as ZOMG BRIGHT as what the stock photos show them to be.  For my actual review post, I’ll get them outside in the daylight to get some good photos that show the color… and use a real camera instead of my cellphone. 😉

Fiber Train Festival 2014

For the past 3 years I have gone to our little local fiber festival — Fiber Train.  Apparently, it has only been going on for that long, which I had no idea about.  I thought it started the year before I went!  Anywho, I digress.

Fiber Train, every year I have gone, has been on the small side.  The first year I went, I didn’t spin, and only walked away with stitch markers.  The second year, I walked away with a fleece… which I still haven’t done anything with (oops?).  This year, however, I spent around $200, and could have easily spent more!

The festival still wasn’t very big, but it was bigger than last year.  I am hopeful as the years go on, it will continue to grow, and that we will draw more vendors.  Though, I spent the bulk of my money at Greenwood Fiberworks.  Carolyn is just a treat to talk to, she is very sweet, and a very happy person.  I wish I would have been able to sit with her longer!  You can see her in the photo below spinning on her Hansen miniSpinner!  Love her two-tone!

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I purchased a total of four braids from her.  I got two Peacock, one in the camel silk (I can’t wait to spin this!) and one in 100% silk.  I’ve never spun silk before, so it should be interesting!  I also purchased two Sherwood Forest in the 50/50 merino/silk base.

That camel/silk, let me tell you… I want to make a bed of it, it is so soft and luxurious!  It’s like a cloud!  If I wasn’t trying to not spend all of the money in the world, I’d of bought many more braids of it.  It is just divine.  Let’s hope it spins up easily for me!

Also, from Carolyn’s booth, I purchased the cutest little drop spindle.  It’s by Greensleeves, and it’s called a teacup!  It’s spotted tamarind and walnut, and spins a treat.  I think this is my favorite spindle now.  I also grabbed a couple of pigtails (half-ounceish sample braids) to play around with.

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I also purchased an adorable little alpaca at the festival, that’s made from real alpaca.  It’s super soft, and good for petting on.  And cute!

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I attended the festival on Sunday morning, so not everything was quite going yet.  Peter the rainbow sheep was not present, even though I was told he would be there starting when the festival opened.  I was a big disappointed about that.  The blacksmith that always attends wasn’t quite going yet, but it was still interesting to watch him set up!  And one of the booths hadn’t been set up at all by the time I left (about 11:30), so I’m not sure what the deal was there.

All-in-all, it’s a pretty good little fest.  Especially considering that you have to drive like 6+ hours to get to any of the others in the area.  It was lovely just to loiter and talk to some of the vendors, and other folks.  Fiber people are always so nice, sweet, and helpful!

HansenCrafts miniSpinner Review – Part 2: The Wheel

I’ve had my miniSpinner (mS for short!) for several months now, and I’ve gotten to use it some in that time (I’ll fully admit that I don’t spin anywhere near as much as I should), and I have to say, it is a completely wonderful little device!

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I definitely spin better with it — I’m getting a bit thinner in my singles, which is what I want, and I am much more consistent. It’s also a complete treat to use — I don’t have to treadle, and with the Woolee Winder, I don’t have to fuss with hooks or sliders or anything like that.  I can just lean back, and draft away!


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I use my mS in “deadman mode”, where the pedal functions as an on/off switch.  This takes some time to get used to, but I think I prefer it this way.  It is an adjustment to get used to not having a variable speed, or having direct control over speed — you just have a knob to adjust it.  You turn it on, and it whirs up, and spins away.

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The mS has allowed me to get more spinning done that what I would have, otherwise.  I can set it up on a hard book or a lap desk in bed and use it, since it’s such a small little thing, and I don’t have to sit it on the floor, or even sit mostly upright to use it.  And since I don’t have to pay attention to hooks/sliders, I can watch TV and spin much easier, which also allows me to get more done.

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I also love the huge bobbins that came with the Woolee Winder.  They could easily fit 8oz.  The Woolee Winder was a little expensive, and the bobbins are a little expensive, but totally worth it!

All-in-all, it’s a FANTASTIC little wheel.  If anyone out there is considering one, and you don’t think you will have aversions to using electric, or not being able to treadle, get it!  You wont regret it!  Had I known these existed before I purchased my Ladybug, I would not have purchased it and bought the mS instead!

And for any folks looking for a lazy kate to pair with their Woolee Winder, I purchased an Ogle Kate.  It’s small, compact, and will fit easily into any bag that will hold the miniSpinner.

As far as batteries go… If you plan to do any travel, or take it to guilds or spin ins, they are totally worth it too!  I even use mine at home instead of using the power cable, since it allows me to easily move things around, and keeps me from tripping over the cable, or the dogs/cats from getting caught it in it, etc.  You know how critters can be!  I have an Ankler Astro Pro 2.

If anyone has any questions, feel free to leave a comment and ask.  I’ll be happy to answer them as best I can.

Part 1 of this review can be found here.


All views expressed here are solely my own opinion.  I was not compensated in any way for this review, and have not received any benefit from writing this review.

Buzzfeed used my map!

So this is pretty cool. Buzzfeed did an article on unusual pets, and used my Legal/Illegal States map for sugar gliders!  You can see the article here.  It’s unfortunate, though, that the picture they’re using of a sugar glider isn’t actually a sugar glider.  Pretty sure it’s a squirrel glider, due to the size. 😉

 

It would of been nice if Buzzfeed had gone in more depth about these animals, and noted that they aren’t for everybody, or at least made it a point to say that people should RESEARCH these animals before they decide to go out and buy them.  Impulse buys are bad juju when it comes to animals, especially exotics.

Update: 2014 Action Plan

So, earlier this year I posted my goals for 2014, you can see them in depth here.

The list:

Goals for 2014, in no specific order:

  • Learn C#
  • Spend more time doing hobbies
  • Keep the house cleaner
  • Get mostly out of the glider community
  • Play more games
  • Lose some weight
  • Furnish downstairs

So far I’ve only managed to complete one of these — I’m down to 3 glider groups, that I help admin.  Sugar Gliders, Gliderslist, and Safe Sewing for Suggies.  I’ve also been playing more games lately, but I don’t feel it is worthy enough to mark off at this point.  We’ve been playing a fair bit of MineCraft, and are currently enjoying the Skyblock mod.  We’ve also been tinking around in ESO.

 

I’ve been trying to do more hobbies more, and have been plucking away at my craft room, but haven’t been very successful there.  The other stuff I haven’t even attempted yet! LOL.

HansenCrafts miniSpinner Review – Part 1: Customer Service

After some deliberation on my part, and some convincing of the hubby, he decided to buy me a HansenCrafts miniSpinner <3!  For those who don’t know, a miniSpinner is a small, electric spinning wheel.  My hope is that spinning with this will be much easier on my back, and allow me to actually spin for periods of time, rather than just small bits here and there, which only discourages me.  Makes me feel like I don’t get anything done.

Anywho, I placed my order on Sunday, December 29th, and still have yet to receive it.  Part of that is due to the post office sending it to Denver for some stupid reason, and it getting lost in limbo, and turning up in Salt Lake today instead of being delivered as it was supposed to be, but part of that is due to issues with my order.

I ordered the miniSpinner in cherry, partly because it was noted at the time on the website that the maple Woolee Winder was out of stock, and partly because I’m not fond of that light of a wood.  The next woods up from the cherry were quite a price increase, and I’d rather of gotten some accessories as well.

I also ordered 3 extra bobbins, the orifice reducers, and the lubrication that they sell and recommend for the miniSpinner.  I wasn’t quite sure what it was, or where I could find it here, so I figured I would go ahead and grab it since it was only a couple of bucks, and it is better to be safe than sorry.

A couple days pass, and I still haven’t received a shipping notice.  On the website, they have the following statement:

We always ship as soon as we possibly can, and most orders ship within a few days.  We try to carry a reasonable inventory, though some premium wood models may be unavailable from time to time.

Given that cherry is not one of their premium woods, and there was no notice about it being out of stock, I figured I was good!  However, I find on Ravelry after asking how long orders typically take to ship out, that the cherry is also out of stock.  The following was posted by HansenCrafts in their group, on the following Tuesday.

If it’s a weekday, most orders go out the same day. We’re currently awaiting a shipment of WooLee Winders so are a few days behind on maple and cherry, but those should ship later this week.

At that time, I replied and noted that I ordered on Sunday, thanked them for the response, but received no further reply, so I went ahead and emailed on Wednesday to get a shipping ETA.  Through correspondence I was told that they had ran out of the cherry Woolee Winders on Friday, and that they were expecting them either Thursday or Friday, and that my order would be going out then.

Now, I must pause here to say that this was a pretty disappointing reply.  Customer service, especially when dealing with expensive orders (It was around $1200 total, here), is pretty key, and I feel that when you’re dealing with amounts like that, customers deserve to be notified if there is a delay in their order, especially when you know in advance of the order that an item is out of stock and thus will delay the order.  That’s reasonable, isn’t it?

After waiting a couple of more days, and not hearing anything else, I decided to email again on Saturday, January 4th, and ask if my order made it out.  I received a reply from Kevin that said he had been out, and would forward it on to the girl who does the packaging to check on for me.

I waited another couple of days, and heard nothing. I sent a follow up email on January 6th, Monday, to let them know that I was still waiting to hear about it, and received a response later that day stating that she was sorry, and that they had run out of bodies for the miniSpinner, and that mine was the first in line to get done and go out.  She also noted that it seemed they weren’t as prepared as what they thought for the holidays, and that they would “try to do better next time.”  Not being sure how to respond to that, I didn’t, and waited for the next day and replied, saying as much, and asking again when my order would go out.  No sooner did I reply, that we got a shipping confirmation.

Huge disappointment.  I’m very confused as to why I was not contacted by them, and had to ask again, when my miniSpinner would be going out, especially after being told previously that it was already supposed to have gone out.  I am not confident at all that they would have bothered to contact me, had I not contacted them.

It might be just me, but I don’t find it unreasonable to expect a certain level of service when you’re spending a large amount of money.  Especially from a small company.  To recap, order placed on December 29th, order shipped January 7th. Six business days.  Total wait time will be one day shy of two weeks, assuming that it is delivered tomorrow.

Part 2 of this review will follow once I actually receive my miniSpinner, and have had some time to play with it!


All views expressed here are solely my own opinion.  I was not compensated in any way for this review, and have not received any benefit from writing this review.

The 2014 Action Plan

So, since the 2013 Action Plan was a HUGE FLOP.  Let’s go about this in a different direction for this year.

Goals for 2014, in no specific order:

  1. Learn C#
  2. Spend more time doing hobbies
  3. Keep the house cleaner
  4. Get mostly out of the glider community
  5. Play more games
  6. Lose some weight
  7. Furnish downstairs

And that’s all I can think of for the moment…. LOL


Learn C#

This is something that I’ve been wanting to do for a while now.  My husband, Peter, programs most of his stuff in C#, and it would be nice to be able to help him at least a little bit.  Not to mention, since having lived with him, and having seen the types of programs and websites he’s made, I have to admit, it is pretty appealing!

I have a book I need to work through, I believe it is Head First C#.  I fiddled with it for about an hour, put it up, and never got it out again. 🙁  I spent some time last night looking for classes, but didn’t find much other than some 5-day thing for almost $3000?  Not sure how  you can learn C# in 5 days… and how that would be worth $3000…. but whatever.

 


Spend more time doing hobbies

I have all of these hobbies, and never get anything done with them!  I need to at least spin more, and knit more, and actually FINISH things.  I’m going to try, at least, to spin most of my stash.  Which will hopefully be easier done than said with my new toy I haven’t yet revealed because I haven’t received it yet. 😉

 


Keep the house cleaner

I’ll be the first one to admit that I’m lazy and don’t like to clean, so I don’t.  That and coupled with the back pain and anxiety, my house is usually pretty cluttered.  Going to try to keep up with it better this year.

 


Get mostly out of the glider community

Since I am getting out of gliders (at this point, I just have two left to find homes for), there’s really no point in staying in the community.  I do want to continue to make and sell scarves, at least, so chances are I will just stay in the ad groups, leave my FB page up, and market mostly through there, and Etsy.  All other groups I want to leave (sorry folks!).  This also includes doing a massive friends list clean off.

As those in the community know, it’s just a big ball of drama, with no end in sight.  Ain’t nobody got time for that.  I’m also of the belief that it is amplifying my anxiety to deal with the crap on a regular basis.

 


Play more games

Pete and I have several board games… some we’ve had for a year+ and haven’t even opened or played them yet…. I also have a ton of games on Steam and what not that I haven’t even touched yet… I need to play these things!  Pete also has many of the same games I do, and we enjoy playing them together, and with our other friends!

 


Lose some weight

Not too much to say about this one… I’m getting fat, need to nip it in the bud. LOL  Not going to attach a number to this goal, because some is better that none at this point!

 


Furnish downstairs

Our downstairs, where our living room, game room, kitchen, and dining room is is pretty sparse when it comes to furniture, especially storage furniture!  I want to get some cabinets, book cases, a new table for the game room, etc, to put down there.  Oh, and also get some things up on the walls!  You know, make it look like we’ve lived here for 3+ years together, rather than just moved in!

Oi….

This isn’t anything new, but oh em gee are people STUPID sometimes.  Why on earth, would you have an expensive exotic pet… something is very, very clearly wrong with it, total emergency situation, several people telling you to go to the vet, and then you still don’t go?  I mean, with any animal when it is acting way, way, out of sorts, wouldn’t you take it to the vet?

Sugar gliders, in particular, go downhill very fast once they start showing signs.  They hide illnesses very well, so once they start showing it is often already a very critical point, if not too late. 🙁

Please, please people…. take your critters to the vet when something is wrong with them.  Don’t go post on Facebook or forums and hope someone will tell  you that everything will be okay, because it won’t be, and you’re wasting valuable time!

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