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Castrum Meridianum

No, that’s not some Harry Potter spell, it’s a dungeon in FFXIV that should be as easy as wiping your own butt. But sadly, both this one and Praetorium seem to be the hardest fucking dungeons in the entire game. I don’t know what the fuck is wrong with people, but even veteran tanks seem to think they can skip the search lights… Yes, you read that right; they try to skip the motherfucking search lights!

And I’ve had it! I’ve simply had it with those dumbfuck tanks! I even asked those retards if they were dense, straight up. And I got no answer, nor did they even come back to pull the mobs in front of the search light, which I told them could not be skipped, before calling them dense. My best guess is that they were French players, because quite frankly, I’ve never met worse players in this game. Not even the bloody Italian shitbags doing PvP in old WoW can be compared to the French idiots I’ve met in FFXIV.

So I left the dungeon. Not only because of the above mentioned incident, but also because the tanks pulled without healers before the first boss and caused a near wipe. One of the healers was new, and they couldn’t just pull half of it to be nice. Probably because they were asshats. In my defense though, it’s only the second time since I started back in 2013 that I’ve left with a penalty. My first time was as a healer in The Vault, where the tank ran away from both me and the DPS right from the get-go, which caused us to wipe 30 seconds in, and it made me snap.

Now I’m thinking, if they are just literal assholes, or if they checked the wrong languages. It’s possible to choose any of the 4 languages in the game; Japanese, French, English and German, and I know many people just check all of them to get into dungeons faster. But how does that help, when you fuck the whole team by doing so? Especially if you don’t know shit about tactics, and can’t understand shit what the others are saying. I only have English and German checked, and when I meet only those 2 languages in my group, I never have a problem.

I was in Castrum earlier this week, and the main tank was also one of those dense Frenchmen, who didn’t know what he was doing, and didn’t take any advice from other players, one of which was a very patient little healer named Ellie (a nice mentor for once). She really did her best trying to explain to him what to do, and then at the final boss, this dense motherfucker writes in the translator “French language”… … … That’s all you have to say you idiot? And at the final boss even? When we were done, I thanked Ellie and 2 DPS who were also patient and helpful for the run, and then I left.

Castrum is a lvl 50 main scenario dungeon. It’s from the very first instalment of the game. If no new players are in the party, everyone should know what to do. If a new player is in the party, everyone should support him/her, and not act like monkeys. Search lights can’t be skipped!!! That’s basically all you have to know in this dungeon. If you try to skip them anyway, you’re a dense shit with no shred of a brain left between your ears.

It had to be said.

And to be political correct, because that’s totally in these days; by mentioning dense French and Italian people in FFXIV and WoW, I don’t mean that every darn player from France and Italy is like that. It’s just a thing that I’ve noticed, and I’m by far not the only one. So calm your tits and move on. Or get better at the games and learn some English. Either is fine with me.

On a lighter note, I noticed that I don’t need my third retainer anymore. I’ve sold most of my materials, and am almost done sorting out what I don’t need anymore. This is because I hit lvl 60 with all crafting classes, and made all normal recipes up until the 1 star ones (I hate star recipes, okay?). But instead of unsubbing him, I started doing something I’ve wanted to for some years now; craft furniture. This means going back to old low lvl materials of course, and since I’m a cheap Scrooge when it comes to in-game currencies (any game really), I gather most of it myself. I only buy stuff if it’s really cheap at a vendor or on the market, or if I can’t get it myself quickly enough, like with those bloody Ahriman Tears, ugh.

My boyfriend has been sick this week, so I’ve been playing quite a lot, even on his day off, because he was just sleeping all day. I can’t concentrate when he’s home, and don’t get any of the usual stuff done, so yeah… I’ve been making furniture, and filled my retainer with stuff like that. Most of it is barely worth the materials I used on the craft itself, but I do get to put some goodies on the market, and am doing really great.

I hope next week will be back to normal though, because I have some stuff that I really want to get done, but I need peace and quiet for it.

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!