marydell: My hand holding a medusa head sculpture (by me) that's missing its snakes (Default)

This font is based on 19th-century handwriting from an archival looks awesome! All of their script fonts look awesome, in fact, but this is my favorite.  Now if I can only think of something I would use it for, so I have an excuse to buy it...
marydell: My hand holding a medusa head sculpture (by me) that's missing its snakes (raygun)
So, once you've beaten Peggle and Peggle Nights, there are challenges and so forth that you can try for, or you can just play them again.  After a couple of challenges--which are HARD, y'all! --I figured I'd stick with playing it again.

I just cleared an entire level--I got 100% of the pegs.  This is BAD.  Now I'm trying to do it again on other levels.

Peggle is like crack.
marydell: My hand holding a medusa head sculpture (by me) that's missing its snakes (bluehair)
1. installed DAZ Studio Advanced version 3.  DAZ Studio is a 3d posing & rendering app, a competitor to Poser, for the hobbiest market, more or less.  The base app is free, with a "tell ware" license, which means you agree to tell two people about it.  This is me, telling you about the app. You can pick it up at if you're interested. 

2. Loaded a file, "Ariane 6.pz3" that I'd previously been working on very slooowly in Poser 6

3. Told DS how to find all the associated content files

4. Put cooler hair on the figure in the scene

5. Put a better skin texture on the figure in the scene

6. Added some lights to the scene

7. Test-rendered the scene

I've opened DS about twice, ever.  Tonight is my first time using this version, and I did all of that in about an hour, without having to refer to help text or the product tutorial.  In Poser, which I have been using for 10 years,  I would have spent my entire evening doing that stuff...even with the memory upgrade I put in a couple of weeks ago.  

This is very cool. Images are for a semi-sekrit project, so I can't share them yet, but I now have hopes of them looking the way I imagine them in my head.  YAY.

marydell: My hand holding a medusa head sculpture (by me) that's missing its snakes (theylive wrong no)
So apparently my DVD player, or the software that's talking to it, is the reason the Sims wouldn't install.   EA is still faily though, and I don't even mean for encouraging people to harass their booth employees.  Although that is deeply faily and infuriating.

Anyway, to get support for their stupid game with its stupid DVD full of stupid CRC errors, I created an account on their support site.  To do that I have to give it the reg code from the game.  So this creates my account and registers the game, apparently.  Although it doesn't show up in my profile as a registered game....but my profile doesn't have much clarity anyway; the site sucks.   I'm not sure you can actually view a list of your registered games, for serious.

Ok so the support forum says to do stuff to fix the DVD - dust it, defrag the C: drive, whatever. Did. It also says you can use the reg code from the game to just download the digital install package from their downloading app.  Coolness!  I install it, go to activate my game, and it says I can't because that number has been used.  I'm logged in to my account  Can't download the game with that code.

Turns out that if you've already registered the game on the support site, you can't download it through their app. Or at all. Basically, if you registered on the support site, fuck you.  And if your game wouldn't install in the first place, the likelihood that you registered on the support site?  PRETTY HIGH I THINK.

Ultimately I tried putting the DVD in Mike's PC, which is running Windows 7 (I'm on XP), and lo and behold it was able to copy files from the DVD without errors.  So either my drive is borked, or I have some software that EA doesn't like.  I shared out the folder from his system to mine and installed it without a hitch, but I'm too irritated to launch the thing, because I HATE EA SO MUCH.  They make a very small number of games that are considered essential in the Dell household but they SUCCCCKKKKKKK.

So I am playing Plants Vs. Zombies instead, because the silver trophy isn't good enough for me, and if I can get to 10 flags on that damn roof I'll get the gold trophy!!!!  Everybody needs to play this game, seriously.  10 bucks through the Steam service, or a 1-hour free demo from PopCap.

Yep, the balloon zombie drew a zombie face on his balloon.

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