Shizu.Yue

Gamer . Bookworm . Otaku

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FFXIV: ARR Heavensward Astrologian Wallpaper -modified-

With the Heavensward expansion coming soon, I’ve been switching to use the officially released wallpapers. When the ones with the concept art of the three new jobs “Dark Knight”, “Astrologian” and “Machinist” were released, I was disappointed to find that they had a nice plain almost white background because I can’t stand bright backgrounds. ๐Ÿ™

So I made my own modification to the Astrologian wallpaper, since it’s the one job I want to try the most.

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I could have gone with a simple one color background to just make it darker, but I remember downloading a nice background that I found some time ago. So I combined the two.

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The stars in the background are pretty fitting, aren’t they? And here’s the result!

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While it is not the most balanced of pieces, I don’t think I did too badly for my purpose. Oh, the super dark bottom edge is deliberate, because my Windows Taskbar has transparency and any words showing through the tabs always disorientates me.

If you like any of the above, click on the images to get the original 1920×1080 wallpapers. ๐Ÿ™‚

Neko Atsume’s official twitter sneaks about 1.3.0 update

Just discovered Neko Atsume’s twitter page and found a piece of good news!

“Summer goods incoming! Neko Atsume Ver1.3.0 scheduled for mid-June!”

Yay!!! More cats and toys incoming!!

yuyoyuyo-san’s fan-made Neko Atsume dolls

Spotted a Chinese article “่ฒ“ๅ’ชๆ”ถ้›†App่Œ็ˆ†็พŠๆฏ›ๆฐˆๅ…ฌไป”็™ปๅ ด๏ผ” featuring hand-made dolls of the cats from Neko Atsume! So I did a little digging and found the source of these adorable little wool felt dolls:

https://www.instagram.com/yuyoyuyo/

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Now my hands itch to make my own little cats…. *must resist*

Travel to Ul’dah FREE via Gold Saucer

Did you know? If you take the Airship from Gridania or Limsa Lominsa to Gold Saucer, then take the Airship from Gold Saucer to Ul’dah, not a single gil will be spent?

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I was so happy when I discovered it, since I’m the sort who prefers to spend as little money as possible on traveling. And I visit the Gold Saucer everyday anyway to buy the Mini Cactpot Ticket, or play a few rounds of Triple Triad on weeks when the Tournament is ongoing, so it’s like a free airship ride with a quick transit stop at the fancy casino. ๐Ÿ˜€

To get Tiny Rat minion

Written as a reminder to self, to get the Tiny Rat minion, I have to complete the FATE named “Attack on Highbridge: Act III”, then purchase from the NPC “Chachamun” at Eastern Thanalan x22 y21.

PS. I added the bit of code needed to make certain FFXIV links show tooltip from The Lodestone! Yay for mouseover magic!

*Update 1* I got the minion! But not without trying to pull my hair off. Apparently, the FATE “Attack on Highbridge: Act III” is the fourth part of a chain of FATEs, starting with “Attack on Highbridge: Prelude”. Some kind fellow has written in detail about this, so send some love his way.

*Update 2* I checked back at the NPC to try buy another of the minion and Chachamun doesn’t want to sell it to me anymore! Boo! It seems there is a reset of some kind.

One of my sisters reported the same thing then proceeded to do the whole FATE chain again. The result is that Chachamun is now selling the Tiny Rats to her again, and she sent 5 rats to my mail so we won’t have to go through the FATEs again… *eyes our FC house’s mailbox suspiciously for squeaking sounds*

Yda visiting the Gold Saucer?!

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Ran into this player who has the whole Yda getup twice, and both times, she was in Gold Saucer!

If only there’s a Papalymo with her…

Reminder to self, don’t update the Sparkling theme to latest version (again) yet because somewhere between 1.7.7 to 1.8.1, a change in the backend caused the child theme’s previous Theme Option settings to not be used. Instead, the parent theme’s settings is being used.

The only way to fix is to downgrade the theme back to a version where the child theme settings are still used, note down what those settings are, then upgrade the parent theme, then implement those settings again. Urgh, so troublesome.

Source, although it’s for a different theme by the same theme developer, it describes the exact same problem so I’m guessing the mentioned framework is being used for Sparkling as well.

Neko Atsume 1.2.0 update, alternate backyards!

Some time ago, just when I was starting to run out of toys to buy in this game, I spotted posts in a Facebook group showing new stuff in Neko Atsume (ใญใ“ใ‚ใคใ‚), and yep, there’s a new update! *pops confetti*

The new feature in this update is called “Makeover” but I like to call it alternate backyards. It can be accessed using the new icon at the bottom left corner, and you can buy new backyard designs with golden fishes. There’s a 50% discount coupon for the first backyard purchase!

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Thoughts on Bleach and Fairy Tail manga latest happenings

After Naruto manga ended, I haven’t been checking the major manga titles for a while. So when I got caught in a reading mood these few days, I read some summaries to find out where Bleach and Fairy Tail has gotten to.

I am totally not surprised to find that Bleach is still nowhere near the end of its current (final?) arc, and that the Soul King has finally finally appeared. Pleased to learn that Fairy Tail’s Tartaros Arc had ended but a little mixed that there’s another arc to wait through. But that bombshell dropped at the end of Tartaros Arc… holy mother of Gaia, it changes so many things. And Gray’s new look is kinda cool, haha.

All in all, looking forward to more Fairy Tail growth, not so much for yet another new batch of enemies and ambiguous alignments. And Bleach… just end please, really.

I’m not sure if it’s because I changed the permalink structure or because of the way I swap the live site with the test site, but I seemed to have lost the data on how much Facebook shares or likes that my posts have. @_@

Oh well… they were nice to look at but what’s gone is gone.

Dancing Queens by Martini

Saw this video when I went to watch a movie at one of the Cathay Theatre recently, and something about it really touched me deeply. I’m not even sure what exactly about it keeps making me tear up, but I don’t think I’ll be able to forget this video for a long time.

The departure of three great men

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First, the man who became the face of Star Trek’s Spock for decades, Leonard Nimoy. Then, Sir Terry Pratchett who created a whole fantasy Discworld for fans of all ages. And last, the founding father of a tiny nation that bloomed impossibly in just 50 years, Lee Kuan Yew, who passed away today.

These past 30 days have not been good to us. We lost three brilliant men who each made history in their different areas of influence. And two of such influence featured greatly in my own life.

I came into contact with Sir Terry Pratchett’s books at a low point of my life. His sharp wit and unique brand of humor pulled me out of the darkness I let myself fell into then, and continued to cheer me up immensely since. So much so that I indulged in a bit of retail therapy and bought as much of the Discworld series that I can find, and sank my mind into the whimsical fantasy world that Sir Terry Pratchett constructed. In a sense, he saved my sanity for a while there. May his writing live on forever in his place, and bring cheer to generations more.

Mr Lee Kuan Yew is the first Prime Minister of Singapore, and together with his ministers then, were responsible for transforming what was just a small island colony into a 1st world country. And that miracle of a nation, Singapore, is my home. It is Mr Lee’s vision and more than 50 years of his life that made us into the safe and secure country that is beautiful and prosperous today. And today, we lost this giant of a man.

It is a small consolation that all three of them have lived full long lives, and they have more than earned their rest. May they be in a better place, reunited with the loved ones who have gone on ahead of them. Rest in peace.

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