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SSL or no SSL

See this as some sort up part 2 to the post from yesterday, although it’s a struggle I had today *sigh*

I decided to try and get an SSL certificate, as it’s already included in my hosting plan. Turning it on was easy and of course it worked like a charm, but… And there’s always a BUT(T)! It broke my theme, causing some images to not load. Even in my control panel, I had images not loading, and it pissed me off to say the least. Turning to good old Mr. Google for help, I found a lot of solutions to my problem, of which none of them helped. Not a single one of the many tips and tricks on the net helped me get rid of my issue. I installed SSL plugins, and they did nothing at all. I looked through all my .php files to find wrong paths, but there were none at all. I tried changing the URL in the settings, and… it didn’t even save.

So after a few hours of tumbling through help topics on this issue, while nothing helped at all, I decided to turn off the certificate, delete the plugins, and uploaded some files from my backup just in case. This has now resulted in my site not working in Chrome, at least for me, though I deleted all related cookies. Ugh! So I’ll be using Edge until it settles, and if it doesn’t, I’ll explode like a rocket and go to the moon. I bet the moon has no issues like these.

Anyway, it did make me realize one thing, and it’s that my theme is indeed very heavy on images. I’ve always liked that, especially because it’s so girly. But I do know, that it’s also a major turn-off for some people, so maybe it really is about time I change it? Looking through some themes for WP, I’ve found a few that I like, and don’t require images to work. Simple and pretty themes, that load faster than this one, and wouldn’t cause the SSL issues (though I’d still have to work with the images in the control panel). Now my main problem is my header though…

It’s not hard to see, that I’ve made my header suit the Chocolat theme, and that I make a new one for every post. While this of course looks good with this specific theme, it doesn’t work nearly as well with other themes. Sooo, if I am to change the theme, I need to change the header. All of them! As stated in my previous post, I’m not really up for that… But looking a bit further than to the tip of my own nose, I can see a future in doing so, as it would work well with other themes, should I decide to change again for some reason. Now, this wouldn’t be that big of a problem, if I still had all the images I used to make the headers. Which I don’t… Pffft, I’ve always deleted the images right after making the header, as I didn’t want unneeded stuff flying around.

Okay, so if I am to change them all, I either need to crop away the frame, and see if that works (but they’d be too small, I just KNOW it!), or I’ll have to look for the same images again, or similar ones at least. I’d not mind changing some of them into something better, but it’s still a LOT of work.

Well anyway, I’m not in my best mood right now anymore, so I’ll just be letting out some steam in daily dungeon, and then think about what to do with a hopefully clear mind. Oh, and there’s a Mushishi review scheduled for Sunday. Just a heads-up 🙂

EDIT: I’m already looking for images to replace the headers. I don’t have my own Photos anymore it seems, and some of the other images are too hard to find again. I’m doing my best though, and as soon as I’m done, I’ll start uploading the new and simple image headers.

This and that from along the Christmas road

I hope everyone had a nice Christmas! I had hoped to sit at the computer during the holidays, but nope, too much to do. Mainly because my family sucks, and I hate them. Or maybe hate is a too strong word, but I sure as heck am sick and tired of their shit! On my birthday, December 17th, I asked all my guests if they’d be home on the 23rd, as we’d like to stop by everyone and wish them happy holidays, as well as give them the annual marzipan that I make. They all said they’d be home that day, which was super fine. So I made tons of chocolate covered marzipan on the 22nd… and then the shit started…

The plan was to first visit my mom, as we had to go to the city, and she was closest by. Then visit my parents in law, and then my boyfriend’s aunt and uncle. But short after I had made the marzipan, my mom texted (yes, texted, she didn’t even call me), that she had made new plans with some friends, and that we could stop by late in the evening. So uhm, she wanted us to drive to the city, then back to our area, then to her, then back to the area. I thought she had lost it, and just told her off; as we’re not gonna do that. Skipping my mom, we went to my parents in law way earlier than expected, but when we called them to tell we were on our way, we got a “You better hurry, as we’re leaving in 20 mins!”. So they knew we would come, but they also made new plans, and didn’t even tell us. Imagine if we hadn’t called them first…

After our short visit, where my marzipan was just lovelessly placed on a table without even unpacking because they were in a hurry, my boyfriend was near the point of exploding. Even though we were now really, really early, his aunt and uncle surely had time for us, and we ended up spending most of the day at their house, eating cookies and drinking coffee and hot chocolate. When I told them how the day had been, his aunt was almost in shock over her own sister’s behavior. She told us how they spend Christmas alone with the kids, and only had to invite the uncle’s parents every other year. This made us decide, that we’re gonna do the same from now on. No more marzipan for those ungrateful fuckers, and we’re not gonna invite anyone, nor let us invite by anyone. And there is a reason for that decision too.

You see, we invited my stepdad pretty early in November, because my mom left him within a week, and we asked what plans he had made for the big day. As he had no plans, we just invited him. This made my mom freak out though, to the point where she spam-texted my boyfriend, telling him that we’re not concerned about the family at all, that we don’t care about her, and so on. He’s good at telling people off though, so he shut her up, and that was it for a while, or at least until marzipan day, like mentioned above. But then she invited herself over on Christmas day, which I wasn’t happy with at all, but accepted because of the lil’ one. Okay, jumping forward to yesterday. She was supposed to come visit for the lil’ one’s birthday, which is actually today, but because my boyfriend has work, we celebrated it with the family yesterday, or at least those who said they had the time. And who calls to cancel it, because she made new plans? My mom!

I was SO angry! I called her to tell her how I feel, but she played dumb (or maybe she didn’t even play it), and told me off. So yeah, I exploded and told her she could call the lil’ one herself, instead of letting me be the Boogieman. I hung up on her, as she kept rambling like an idiot, so yeah… Fun thing is though, that she had made plans to stop by today, which I told her I didn’t want, as the lil’ one had a mate coming over, and I told him they could play all day with no limits. And I really don’t want to entertain my mom alone for like 3 hours. Okay, so when my stepdad came over yesterday, it turned out my mom had made plans to come with him today again, and bring the present. She forgot to tell him though, that I didn’t want her here today. It’s so typical of her! She makes plans for others, cancels, then doesn’t cancel, and whatever the shit she wants! I told my stepdad what I told my mom, and he just sighed. He’s just as tired of her shit as I am…

To top it all off, because there was also one more issue around Christmas that made me want to choke some family members, we were also invited by my parents in law. They wanted us to come to their place, and celebrate Christmas with them and some random friend we don’t know. We said we’d think about it, but we already knew it was a no, because I don’t want to celebrate anywhere else than our own home, as it’s just too much stress. My mother in law saw our maybe as a yes though, and without our knowledge started making plans for the day. When we found out, we were like “Uhm, we never said yes, and we invited someone else over to us.” And then my mother in law looked at us all insulted, telling us how we DID accept her invitation, and yadda yadda. Ugh…

So yeah, next year, we’ll barricade ourselves inside our own 4 walls, and there will be no marzipan the day before. Some years ago, we had to cancel trading gifts, because it was the same shit with our parents. We put a lot of time and effort into gifting them, and we got 0 efforts back. It’s like they could have just wrapped up a box of pure stress for us, and told us they don’t give a shit. They’ve taken away the joy of gifting. They’ve taken away the joy of giving marzipan. They’ve taken away the joy of inviting. They’ve taken away the joy of Christmas… This was the last year with any kind of family traditions from our part. Next year, we send them time and date for our birthdays, and if they can’t make it, then SHAME. Christmas will be celebrated alone, and if anyone asks us to come, it’s an immediate NO. If anyone invites themselves on a day not already invited, it’s an immediate NO. It’s over!

And while I’m in the angry corner, let me continue with another topic; Instagram. I’ve noticed how it’s becoming more and more… useless? First off, it’s not loading stories properly anymore, especially the stories posted by Instagram themselves. Well, I don’t really care about their updates anymore, so whatever. But then there are all those fake followers and spam comments. Okay, I’m not really active there, since I’m busy with other stuff, but when I decide to post something, I really don’t want to sit around and delete random spam comments, block spam accounts (those free follower shitheads and porn accounts), and overall just having to take crap from idiots on there. I’ve now decided to turn off comments from future posts, and just not pay attention to those who follow for follow, because fuck them. But there is another follow problem I’ve noticed recently, which annoys me even more, and it’s when I want to follow someone myself. I straight up get a notice saying, that I can’t follow anyone because of restrictions due to community protection. WTF? I’ve followed 1 account during the last few months, so it’s not like I’m a fake follower or spammer… It makes my piss boil, because I rarely find anything worth following, and when I do, I fucking want to follow the shit out of the account I’ve found. Isn’t that what Instagram is for anyway? Follow the content that you like?

Of course I’ve tried looking up the problem, as it seems to affect all my accounts, but all I could find was, that I need to either use my browser on the computer (no-go), or link my account to Facebook (even bigger no-go). I fucking HATE Facebook with every nerve in my body, and the fact that Instagram is owned by that fucked up company makes me believe, that they are doing this on purpose, to get ownership over Instagram accounts. Because yeah, when you link your IG to FB, it’s FB’s rules that take over your IG account, a.k.a them being able to sell my content and personal information for their own gain. I’m not up for that. Of course my next step was to find a service similar to Instagram, but asking friends resulted in Twitter. I don’t like Twitter. Might use it again at some point, but not for personal posts. Looking around on the net, it came up with Deviant Art, Flickr, 500px and Snapchat. M’kay, I really don’t want Snapchat, and the others are more photo and art related, so not what I’m looking for.

Then I thought, why not Tumblr? I used it many years ago, but only for giggles, so it didn’t really come to my mind when I first started thinking about alternatives to Instagram. But Tumblr is basically the same. You post a photo (or whatever you want really), write a text (or not), write hashtags (lots of funny ones on there), and then you’re done. I like that it has no URL limitations, and that it’s so easy to explore new content to like and share. So I sat down with my phone, installed Tumblr, and made a new account for Colorpieces only. It has become so much easier and faster since I last used it, and it felt good to make a post there! So I’ll be posting on Instagram with comments turned off from now on, and then Tumblr. Maybe I’ll also go back to Twitter, dunno. Twitter is very noisy though, so I’ll have to think about it some more.

That’s it. Those were my holidays. Full of stress from family and Instagram, but solutions are being worked on. Now I just want to relax for the remaining few hours of the day 🙂

Oh, by the way… Next time I’m at the PC, and am not exhausted after a kid’s birthday, I’ll make some minor changes to the site. Nothing really noticeable. Next year, I might change the theme a bit though. Not that I want to change away from Chocolat, because I love that theme, but maybe change the colors and some designs. We’ll see!

Diary of an (almost) deadbeat tank

Or maybe it’s not a diary, but I need to write a few words about this and other FFXIV stuff as well. I’m still leveling my Paladin, because I don’t want to do dungeons with random people as a tank, so I do those as Summoner instead. I do, however, do guildhests as tank, but I’m everything but thrilled about the experience. Quite frankly, I just want the weekly challenge log bonus, and then I do the daily guildhest as Summoner, else I’d lose what’s left of my mind.

Anyway, I now understand why so many tanks are cranky old farts, because they sure as heck have every right to be. Not saying it is okay to let out steam against innocent players, just saying that I understand why some tanks are assholes. Yesterday, after the challenge log reset, I decided to get my 10 guildhests over with, but I only ended up doing half of them, and then decided it’s time to do something else, before I’d explode. My main reason being those bitches that decide it’s okay for them to pull mobs on their own. I hate people who do that, whether I’m the tank or not.

Accidents happen, yeah, I sometimes pull mobs without wanting to, because I’m too close for my own good. But what I mean are people who think it’s a brilliant idea to pull a group on purpose as DPS or healer, and then think that the tank will come running to their rescue, or they come running to the tank with the mobs they pulled, thinking the tank will pick them up. This is not only an asshole move towards the tank, but also the healer, if the one who pulls is a DPS. Getting on top of the enmity list after such a stunt requires abilities and time that would otherwise not be needed, if everyone could just concentrate on the mobs pulled by the tank. So if you’re in a hurry, just play along instead of being a dick. Pulling small or moderate groups of mobs can often be faster than having to deal with a large number of enemies all at once.

Now let me tell you why I need to let out steam due to this issue. Some days ago there was a ninja in the guildhest I tanked, well geared and high level, so one would think he knew what he was doing. So that moron decided to pull the group the other 3 of us were not paying attention to, and he just stood there fighting like a mad man, while his HP rapidly declined. The healer didn’t even bother with him, which I found funny, because I didn’t either. I picked up his mobs when we were done with the other group, and not a second before that. Well anyway, yesterday there was this bitch of a black mage in the guildhest, actually exactly the same one as some days before, and she also decided to pull the group no one was fighting, which she then pulled to me in order for me to pick them up. I didn’t, but instead asked her if she wanted to tank, because quite frankly, I was batshit tired of people like her. It was a legit question really, but she started whining like a little brat, with horrible grammar and everything that goes with the menu.

Although I brushed off her bad behavior, my overall mood was pretty depraved after that, and I noticed how I expected every DPS to be a dick in the next few guildhests, which made me feel bad about myself, and I decided to skip the rest of them, and do them today instead. Which I did, but what a pain… It’s the same old shit. People pull, and then I’m the one who is a bad tank for not wanting to help them out of their self-constructed misery. But you know what? Although I don’t really like to tank, and might not be perfectly good at it, I stay on top of the enmity list all the time when people behave like humans instead of monkeys. I’m never in a hurry, I wait for the healer, and I generate enough enmity to keep the enemies around me from attacking others. That’s my job, and that’s what I do. Nothing more and nothing less.

So if that’s what every tank has to go through in various instances, I really do understand their bad mood. Some are just dicks, like so many other players are, but I think that many are assholes because of other players, and not because they are tanks. Heck, I’m sure people who do not agree with my kind of tanking think I’m an asshole too, and so the circle closes.

Another thing I need to vent about is mentors. You know, those players who like to sport a Burger King crown next to their name. When I first got back after my long break, I didn’t know what that icon was supposed to be, so I asked my good old friend Mr. Google, and I got tons of answers, mostly negative. Many people complain about bad behavior from those mentors, and claim that they don’t deserve their title, and just want the icon. I thought that it couldn’t be so bad, and they were just picking out a few corrupt people from the bunch. But oh boy, was I wrong! Right now, after playing again for like half a year or something, I can only agree with everything I read back then. 99% of all the mentors I have met are elitist jerks! They usually have no idea whatsoever what they are doing, and are often the assholes mentioned above, who think they are entitled to do whatever they want in a group, because they went to Burger King and got a paper crown. Great!

So when seeing someone with a crown next to their name, I automatically assume that they are brainless fucktards. Which is not nice either, because some of them become mentors for good reasons, actually knows a lot about the game, and wants to help other people. Kudos to you 1% of the gang! I still wish SE would remove that feature though, and just let people who want to help others do their thing. I still have leaves next to my name because I’m behind on the story, but I help others as good as I can, and don’t need a designated icon to do so. Of course it’s possible to report mentors for bad behavior, but let’s be honest… Who cares enough about them to spend that extra time doing so?

Okay, the post is getting long, but I don’t care, so here goes. My third retainer is full, and since I only put stuff in his inventory that I want to sell, it means that my sales are going too slow. So I decided to read up on the market, and see if anyone on the net had any good tips. They sure did, but mainly about stuff that I already knew, like to switch out items often if they don’t sell, and to look at the sale history of every item. I do that, so whatever. What I found interesting though, was that people have very different opinions on the market system. Some believe that it is flat out broken, and SE should think of something else. That’s not true though, as the market is run by the players, so how can it be broken? Sure, RMT play a part in this, but every MMO has those.

A very heated discussion was about whether to undercut or not though, and by how much. I often see people undercut by 1 gil, because they want max profit of course. I undercut by whatever I want though, even if it’s 100k gil. This method is frowned upon by those who undercut by 1 gil, because they think people like me are the ones ruining the entire economy of a server, but uhm, how exactly do I ruin it? Often times, I put up my items for the price I can see it has been sold for in the past, so if someone tries to sell something for 100k, but it’s only worth 20k, I put it up for maybe 25k. I see no reason to put my item up for more than I can see it will sell for, and I want to sell it fast, so why try 99k for maybe 4 weeks, where I get undercut by people who put up their items for a price that makes sense?

I do understand the fact, that some crafted items are worth less than the materials they were crafted with, and that the seller wants to get as much gil back as possible, thus keeps the price high. But if I get a crafted item from a retainer venture or levequest, then I will lose nothing if I sell it for far less than the crafters do, because I paid nothing to get it, and also didn’t have to grind materials for a set amount of time. It’s my item, and I make a profit even if I vendor it. What do I care if someone paid for their mats, and want their gil back for the craft? It’s not my issue, and I just want to sell, like every other person who puts their stuff up on the market. It’s called competition, and it’s not a broken system or SE’s fault if the prices go down, or an item doesn’t sell. Supply and demand people! Also, it’s not true that people will pay whatever the lowest price is, so driving the prices up will fetch you more money. If the price is too high, I am one of those who put stuff on my wish list, and keep an eye on them until the price drops. So if 5000 gil is the lowest price for something that usually goes for 100 gil, I won’t buy it. Period.

I needed to vent about that too, because although it’s not an issue in-game, I do get a bit annoyed by the discussions on the net about it. I’ve been crafting a lot lately, hence why my retainer is full of stuff I need to sell, so I’ve seen every kind of behavior on the market. But whatever, I just undercut until I sell. It’s especially fun when a battle starts, where 2 or 3 people undercut each other for several days. I sometimes buy orchestrion rolls with various tokens in the game, and since others do the same, and we all want to sell our rolls, an undercut war starts. Again, this is 100% profit without a loss, so I’ll go as low as it takes to sell mine first. Yeah, I might go 100k under the usual buying price, but I get my shit sold, and I’m sure it makes the buyer very happy, because money saved is money gained.

Also, if this bothers people so much, they are more than welcome to buy my items and put them up for their own price. Or just let my stuff sell first, and then you can be the lowest price after me. Hahahaha! XD

Okay, I’m done for now. So uhm, this wasn’t at all what I wanted to post, but things are going so slow right now, that I barely have anything else to write about. My plan with the return address mentioned in an earlier post didn’t work out, so still no shop. It’s not like they didn’t want to help me, because they did, but it could spell trouble for them tax wise, and of course no one wants that. I’m still creating jewelry though, and will post some photos once I have taken some nice (or at least presentable) ones. December is so busy though, with birthdays, Christmas, New Year’s and everything in between. I’m always burned out in November already, because I like to buy gifts and get ready before people realize what time of the year it is. Seriously, to many people, it’s Armageddon every darn year, and they never learn, so they run out to shop gifts, food and decorations during the last few days before Christmas, and I do not want to get caught in that fight.

I’ll stop the post here, before it turns into a novel. I will write at least one more time before Christmas, but I don’t know if I’ve got the energy for more than that. So yeah, see you in 1 – 2 weeks, and remember to not only stay warm outside right now, but also to stay cool on the inside during these stressful times 😊