The Patched Pirate!

First off, many thanks for Sarah of Simply Sunshine for blogging about this. It is too cool not to share. I love Super Heroes (who doesn’t?), and I lover pirates (again, who doesn’t?), so this was the perfect answer for me:

The Incredible Patched Pirate

Want to create your own Super Hero? Check out The Hero Factory, a great little site that lets you customize yourself as the world’s greatest Super Hero. It’s pretty nifty and a lot of fun. I couldn’t decide between the staff and the awesome crossbow, but this seemed more me.

Yeah, you know I look awesome.

Respect for Mother Earth.

Earth Hour is almost upon us here in the US. For those of you who don’t know what I’m talking about, read my previous post. There are quite a few people out there who aren’t going to acknowledge this event and will instead be celebrating what they call “Human Achievement Hour.” To them, I say this:

I would think that’s awesome and all because we should celebrate the good that’s in the world and all that we’ve managed to do, but our carbon footprint is much bigger than our foot. This isn’t just about global climate change, whether you believe in it or not. It’s about conservation and preservation. It’s about taking one night out of how many nights and saving Mother Earth a little energy. It’s about shutting down our preconceived notions that we own the planet and looking up at a sky with little light pollution to stop us from seeing the stars. It is about celebration – celebration of what people can do if we all just get together. Already, millions of people around the world have banned together to do something amazing. Whether you think it doesn’t serve enough of a cause or whether you think it’s all just a bunch of lies doesn’t matter. It’s the fact that people are trying to do good for the world.

Ultimately, it’s about paying our respects for Mother Earth. And that’s what I’m celebrating and acknowledging when I turn my lights off in three hours. That’s what I believe.

It looks like it’s going to storm here. I’m going to turn off the lights and enjoy the rain and the wind and the night. Yes. Vote Earth.

New Snailbird Design!

And we’re live! The brand-spanking new, took-way-too-long-to-code, Snailbird design is finally up and running!

I don’t think I have ever spent so long in one sitting (or series of sittings as it where) working on one design before. I have been staring at this thing for days on end. I’m not even kidding, all I ate today was a couple of shortbread cookies because I didn’t want to stop until I finally had this kicked in the butt. I think I successfully pummeled it into submission (and fixed up some of my pages while I was at it).

Do I need a reason for the change? Well one, I wanted this site to show off my creative design talents as much as possible. I want the design to show what I’m capable of, both in coding and in creating original and unique designs. And two, I wanted a design to reflect my own personality, and while the last one retained some of my identity, I thought it was boring. I am a colorful person, I love to draw, and I love nature and all things related. This is me.

Plus, I just think it’s cute. Isn’t that what’s important in the long run? Cuteness? Okay, maybe not, but I’m happy with it. Got comments, critiques, praise, complaints? Let me know. I’d love to get some feedback on this design. Does it work for you? Too much? Tell me!

My eyes and fingers need a rest. I’m taking the rest of the night off. Have a good weekend all!

Earth Hour – Vote Earth!

Tomorrow is the big day, ladies and gentlemen. Earth Hour is almost upon us. If you’ve had your head stuck in the ground the last few days/weeks/months and missed all the talk about it on TV/Radio/Twitter/Web-Advertisements/Giant-Billboards-on-the-side-of-Freeways, then check out the website: Earth Hour.org. Tomorrow, March 28th, at 8:30pm (where ever in the world you are at), people all over the globe are going to turn off their lights and vote Earth.

What does this mean and why should we do it?

In December 2009 world leaders meet in Copenhagen to agree on a post-Kyoto policy for tackling climate change. One billion people voting with their light switch during Earth Hour will create a powerful mandate for our leaders to take strong and decisive action on climate change in Copenhagen. Vote Earth is a global call to action for every individual, every business and every community. A call to stand up and take control over the future of our planet.

VOTE EARTH

Other places you can find Earth Hour:
Official Website
YouTube Videos
MySpace
Twitter
Facebook Group
Facebook Fan Page
Bebo
FlickR Fan Page

If you twitter it, the hashtags are #earthhour and #voteearth. Spread the word and don’t forget to constantly remind people about this. Not only will this give people a wake-up call that we need to do something for the planet, but millions of people around the world turning off their lights is a huge step in conserving our energy. Just imagine what this could do if enough people flipped the switches on their lights and enjoyed the darkness. Okay, so maybe at 8:30 it won’t be that dark, but enjoy a sky without light pollution for once. Look at the stars coming out or the sun going down and just think about what it was like when all we had were candles and the natural light of the sky to live by.

I think this is going to be an extremely positive experience. So don’t forget:

Earth Hour! Vote Earth!

Women in Tech: R. Williams.

Hey, something to blog about (thanks Amanda). It’s March 24th, Ada Lovelace Day! What does this mean? It means that today is a day to celebrate all women in technology!

Who was Ada?
Born Augusta Ada Byron, but now known simply as Ada Lovelace, she wrote the world’s first computer programmes for the Analytical Engine, a general-purpose machine that Charles Babbage had invented. she translated Luigi Menabrea’s memoir on Babbage’s Analytical Engine, appending notes that included a method for calculating Bernoulli numbers with the machine – the first computer programme. She also wrote the very first description of a computer and of software.

Roberta Williams: Graphic Adventure Queen

Some people, over the years, thought that I only achieved what I had achieved because of my husband, but, I always countered those people that the company was started because of a game that I wrote…not something my husband wrote. Therefore, it could be argued that he was there because of ME, not vice versa.

My Tech Heroine: Roberta Williams (quoted above)

Roberta WilliamsTo those of you who know Roberta Williams, it should be of no surprise to you that I chose her as my tech heroine. I am a gamer. I have loved playing computer games, and Roberta Williams was the only woman to be included in PC Gamer’s Game God Exclusive. She is the genius behind one of the first huge computer adventures games: King’s Quest. She also created the much lesser known Dark Crystal computer game (a game I always wanted). She and her husband were the original masterminds behind Sierra On-line, one of the first computer game companies, and her company was the first to include a female as a main character in a game (which not only did NOT ruin the game, but brought in even more gamers – girls!).

Known as “Queen of the Graphic Adventure,” Williams made a significant impact in the world of computer gaming. She laid down the foundations of generations of adventure games. In a world dominated by men, Williams became the first successful female game designer, paving the way for the many females who have followed her footsteps. Adventure Classic Gaming even called her “the single most successful adventure game designer ever lived.” Between 1984 and 1998, eight different games came out in the series King’s Quest.

If you’ve ever had the chance to play these games, you’ll understand right away why I say that Roberta Williams is a worldbuilder. I guess that’s one of the reasons why I love adventure games. Not only does the games have their own histories and worlds, but I also just love games that challenge my mind – I love having to think about things and figure out how to do something to get to the next step. I prefer it over the brute-strength and waging battles of other games (even though I love WoW). King’s Quest is a great game because you have to take things you find earlier in the game and use them to solve something later on. One of the reasons I’m such a hoarder in Warcraft is because in King’s Quest, every single item might have meaning later on in the game (even a rotten apple core!) and you shouldn’t throw away anything. You never know what might be useful.

Roberta Williams created a new way to play adventure games. You could say that she’s the reason we have such deep layers of history in even the most heavily played MMORPGs. When it comes to computers, gaming, and technology, Roberta Williams has cemented her place in history. She is the number one female gamer ever.

Who’s your female tech heroine?

To do! To do!

So here is a list of stuff I want to get done today (or this week):

– Move Kendi’s tub into the bedroom. Ideally on my desk somewhere. I really wish I could afford to get her a real tank.
– Get all the critter cages clean (ferrets, girl rats, fish, Chunky, Kendi, cat room).
– Hear back from clients and hopefully get paid.
– Finish the new Snailbird design (so far it’s nothing but a sketch in my book.
– Finish up two more premades for the Design Coyote shop.
– Clean the room so the ferrets can run around in here.
– Cut ferrets’ nails.

(v yyyyyyyyyyyyyyy3eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeer) – Morgan, who jumped from the shelf to my laptop when I wasn’t looking.

Morgan and Meetu

I had more but now I can’t remember it. I have two rats (Morgan is in the background and Meetu is the dumbo) and a cat currently on my desk wreaking havoc on everything and my brain has turned to mush. I need to blog more.

Well, I’m back.

Well, I’m back from vacation! What was supposed to be a weekend trip to see my sister’s play turned into a week and a half slow meandering vacation to see a ton of different people. We did get to Wisconsin in time to see my sister’s play, which was good, and we also saw the epic last GBS concert in the US of their recent tour, and then we spent almost a whole week with my friend Shelly. When we left Wisconsin, we went to Chicago and celebrated St. Patrick’s Day with the large population of Irish immigrants and the green Chicago river. We spent Sunday at the Brookfield Zoo and on Monday headed to Indiana to see a couple more friends. We spent the night there and finally got to Tennessee on Tuesday. It’s good to be home and it’s good to see all the kids.

While we were in Wisconsin, my sister’s both had the flu. I went this long without getting it so I was hoping that I had managed to not catch it, but no. That was, of course, not the case. After spending the morning outside pampering the pups (brushing them, cleaning their teeth, etc), I got sick and was hit really hard with the bug. I was just tired and achy and fell asleep in bed with tons of blankets because I was so cold. I’m feeling slightly better but still sick. And icky feeling.

Now I’m eating pizza bagels that my Ash made me and watching some really bad sci-fi movie. I can’t wait to go back to bed.

End of Vacation.

Well it’s been fun hanging out with my family and Shelly, but Ash and I are packing up in the morning and heading to Chicago to spend the weekend with her dad and then back to Tennessee on Sunday. It’ll be nice to get back to my desk and regular schedule and I’ll have my desktop again so I can start fiddling around with the rest of my Adobe CS3 programs.

Sisters

Here’s a picture of my sister Emi and I at opening night of the play she was in. People say we look alike. Yeah, I think we do. She also looks older than me even though she’s only fifteen and I’m two months shy of twenty-three.

Have a good weekend!

New Phone!

I got a crappy phone last summer after accidentally leaving my much cooler phone out in the rain overnight. It was a cheap Samsung phone with buttons that stuck and a very flimsy design. I was telling my friend Shelly about it as Ash and I hung out at her house today with her and her month old baby Noah. Without a second thought she gave me her old orange Verizon LG enV. After fiddling with online stuff, we managed to get everything changed over so I now have a brand new working high(er)-tech phone!

Phone!

I absolutely love it. I spent the rest of the evening while we ate pizza and watched TV playing with all the new functions and transferring over my address book. It’s got a lot more ringtones than mine, games, a camera and video recorder, a song IDer, and a keyboard. I’m happy.

Tomorrow, we’re coming back over here to poke at the cats (and the baby) and play some fun Wii games. Ash and I have broken down and decided we eventually want to buy a Wii because you actually feel productive after playing those games. Yeah, we’re hooked.

I think now we’re gonna head out home though before the roads get too bad. TTFN!

Back in Wisconsin.

Ash and I are currently in Wisconsin. We got here Thursday night at about 9:30pm. I didn’t make any mention that we were going to be here because the whole point was to surprise my fifteen year old sister who was in a musical this weekend for her school. She had really wanted us to come and see her but we told her we couldn’t. She was certainly surprised when Spunky came racing into the house and scared her! Her musical was on Friday night and the whole family went and she was great! I’m so proud of her.

Even though I surprised Emi, I’m pretty sure I got the biggest surprise. My dad bought Ash and I and him tickets to see Great Big Sea at the House of Blues in Chicago yesterday! It was unbelievable. We were only a few feet from the b’ys as they played their hearts out and I actually got teary when they came out on stage. I have been trying to see them in concert for the past seven years and I’ve had tickets twice and something always came up and I couldn’t see them. I kept thinking on the drive to Chicago that something horrible would happen and we wouldn’t see them. There would be an accident or the band was sick or our tickets were bad or something. I’m so glad I didn’t jinx myself.

We were planning on going back today, but the weather was pretty bad, so when we were discussing what we should do, Ash suggested we just stay till Friday and then go down and spend the weekend with Ted, her step-dad. Everyone loved that idea so here we are, still in Wisconsin. We’ve already got the week planned and Ash and I are going go see Shelly and the baby tomorrow (we saw them yesterday but only for a short time). We’ll see what else we end up doing.

The dial-up here at the house sucks and goes in an out, but when we head to Shelly’s I’ll bring my laptop and take advantage of her wireless so I can get classes started and possibly get some of my designs that I made up in the shop (and get some stuff down for clients – I haven’t forgotten). It’ll be good.

Today, we’re taking it easy. Yesterday’s concert wore us all out and my legs are killing me from jumping and my voice hurts from screaming and my hearing hasn’t completely come back. Still. It was amazing. Totally worth it.