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“The Secret of the Sacred Scarab” The Chronicles of the Stone Book One
by Fiona Ingram is now on Lulu.com
A 5000-year-old mystery comes to life when a scruffy peddler gives Adam and Justin an old Egyptian scarab on their first day in Egypt. The boys embark upon the adventure of a lifetime in their search for the legendary tomb of the Scarab King.
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Alright, so computer gaming is technically a waste of time. Look, no matter how you slice it, no matter how amazing the game is, it all comes back to a time sink. Do I care? Absolutely not! Fallout 4 is the newest game in the Fallout Universe. A quick and dirty history: In the year 2077, the world was nuked back to the stone age. Seriously, two hundred years after the war people are still dependent on the ancient technologies if the prewar era. There are prototypes put to use, and (spoiler) there is one group of people who have actually surpassed the prewar tech and continue progressing forward, but aside from that one group even the most technologically advanced groups are using and maintaining the prewar tech. If this sounds interesting to you, I definitely suggest checking out the Fallout games.
So Fallout 4 sucked me in. I’ve spent days in this immersive world, crafting, modding, building. Frankly, it is one of the better games I’ve played. Oh there’s problems. A lot of the dialogue is canned, the game engine needs an overhaul, and in spite of how great the game itself looks the bodies/faces of the people in this game are a little underwhelming. I look forward to the mods, and it’s one reason I prefer the PC over any other system for games like this. I’d love to see either an official or player made expansion, letting you revisit the locations of the earlier games. Seriously, the in game weapon and armor mods are very well done, and if I could not only do this with Fallout 4 but also see the effects of what my character did in Fallout 3/New Vegas/2/1? Oh my god, that would be awesome!
I’m still rambling, but I’ll try to get to the point. If you are interested in shooter games, you’ll enjoy this one. If you are interested in RPG games, you’ll probably enjoy this one. If you like to build stuff, micromanaging your little communities like a freaking boss, this is a great game for you! I’ve been building my own personal mansion, but I’m not at all pleased with the building options I have. Even with the five Picket Fences magazines, I just don’t like the looks. With the player/mod community, however, I know it’s only a matter of time before I can do such things as remove and/or repair the prewar housing and then custom build my own, no doubt awesome, mansion. What? Oh, time to load back into Fallout 4. I’ll see you in Boston, my friends. As Moonie always says, stay golden!
Alright, so quite a few people know that any Windows 7 or newer user can upgrade to Windows 10 for free. This has been true since mid-July of 2015 and it will remain true until mid July of next year. This isn’t just true for computers and laptops either. This is also the case, right now, for tablets. Microsoft has also announced that some smart phones will also be able to upgrade to Win 10 as well. If you have not yet upgraded, I personally recommend waiting a few more months. Many of the bugs have been worked out, but I’ve personally come across a few that have been inconvenient.
So what does any of this have to do with Windows 10 hating on new motherboards? Not too much, but it is kinda cool to know. I understand that most people out there aren’t the kind of people who do their own upgrades. This isn’t a bad thing, and it really isn’t even a matter of whether or not most people can do their own upgrades. For the most part it is as straight-forward as following the instructions and being extra careful. Most people don’t have time to mess with it themselves, however, and elect to go with pre-built systems. There’s nothing wrong with going to a website, telling a computer company what you want in a system, having that company build your system and ship it to you. If you are the kind of person who either prefers to build it themselves to keep costs down, or even so you can buy it one awesome piece at a time and assemble it as you can, then you need to know that Windows 10 can give you trouble.
As it stands, once you have installed it on your hard drive and started it for the first time, Win 10 is more or less set on that motherboard and CPU. I recently updated my motherboard (and processor, in for a penny and all that) you see and I got a bit of a shock when I turned my system back on. You see, 10 deactivated itself as soon as it detected the motherboard. I wasn’t the only person to find this little problem and it isn’t fun to fix. In fact, fixing the problem required (essentially) replacing the entire OS! Since it is still within the first year, I downgraded back to Windows 7 and called the number to reactivate my copy. When I did that, however, I lost every single thing I’d done since I installed 10, with the exception of the work which I backed up. I subscribe to the 3, 2, 1 method, it’s worth looking up. Since it has been less than a year since release, I’m able to upgrade back to 10 at any time, and yet I’d just been burned a little. I wanted to make sure this new motherboard and processor were going to work out before I re-upgraded.
So, it’s been a little bit since all of this happened, why bring it up now? Well, the truth is that the research I did hadn’t turned up anything specific until I specifically looked for problems. Maybe someone else out there with the same problem will read this and find a better way than I did. This week I reinstalled 10 and I’ve only had a few glitches. I’m cautiously optimistic, but I stand by what I said earlier. If you use Win 7 and are thinking about upgrading, I’d hold off for a bit. If, alas, you are one of those poor souls like my Erin was, stuck using Win 8.1 for what felt like all eternity, I recommend upgrading as fast as humanly possible. You don’t deserve what Microsoft has done to you my friends, 10 will be a good thing! As an old friend is known to say, stay golden my friends.
So, as none of you are aware me and my Erin have been thinking about, I kid you not, “Tiny House” living. Before I’m willing to commit to that, however, we have to work on ways to make that work within a set space. So, we’ve got a section of our house cordoned off. The idea is that if we can consolidate our living space, we can learn whether or not we’d survive well enough in a “tiny house.” Notice I keep using quotes for that? When I was a kid we called them CAMPERS! Well, some were RV’s and some were converted buses, but even a fifth wheel was really just a big camper.
What does any of this have to do with movie night? Well, the video card in my computer is pretty sexy and just happens to have an HDMI output slot. What a coincidence, my high def TV happens to have an HDMI input slot! So I installed some software so I can play DVDs on my computer, which is currently connected to my TV via HDMI cable. Add in a wireless mouse and keyboard (not to mention a fairly mobile sensor for both of them) and I can either play on my computer, work on it, or watch movies all on the big screen TV.
I know I said movie night, but we decided to actually do movie day… We got up fairly early this morning and decided to essentially marathon Harry Potter 1-8. The first time we tried this was an epic FAIL, considering I didn’t actually have a DVD reader that could read blue ray movies… so we used my sister’s PS3 for Middle Earth day… You know, Hobbit 1-3 then the Lord of the Rings 1-3. I’ve finally got a blue ray reader in my computer now, that or the software just wasn’t up to snuff… Whatever the case, it worked! Harry Potter day worked! I might start doing this every Halloween. Magic and witches and wizards are a great idea for that holiday. It’s better than naughty neighbors pretending to be ghosts and knocking over the outhouse, hey? Happy Holiday, everyone, whether to you it be Halloween, All Hallows Eve, or even Samhain, I hope yours is a decent one.