I am back. Sorry for the slight break, I got consumed by this game and I wanted to bank up a few days worth of posts. Now we are full steam ahead. SPOILER WARNINGS: If you do not want to know the location of one Zelda's most iconic items DO NOT READ THIS POST. I'll see you tomorrow.
THIS IS YOUR LAST SPOILER WARNING IF YOU DON'T WANT A MAIN ARTIFACT'S LOCATION RUINED, STOP READING NOW.
See ya all tomorrow when we go back and visit my boyfriend I mean Prince Sidon.
Day two has kind of a central theme, dying at the hands of things way bigger then me. It started out however a little more simple. I needed to get my Sheikah Slate bombs updated.
That's it. I'm checking into the nearest inn, and I may even spring for the soft bed,
So, Zelda Breath Of The Wild is out. Unlike Zelda games of the past I find talking about the game with friends hard. The game’s open world is full of strange people and unpredictable acts of gods. So instead of spamming my Social Media with the screenshots I’ve taken I’m gonna collect them here in sorta a daily travel diary. Every Morning you can read all about my exciting adventure in the land of Hyrule. The Opening Photo will be as Spoiler Free as possible, think shrines and pretty skies and generic landscapes, after that it will be full of spoilers.
Spending some time running around the ruins of The Temple of Time. The light and the way it plays with it’s decaying structure is awesome. I found a cool pair of pants shortly there after.
After getting the parasail I did a tower, cleared a camp or two and stalked a few horses. This guy is named Abalard. He’s calm and sweet and really nervous about bridges.
So after finding Impa and unlocking a few towers… I got my ass lit up by a LIGHTNING STRIKE trying to clear a bokoblin camp with my giant Metal Hammer. It blew my freaking mind. Lighting killed me cause I was swinging around a giant piece of metal. This was the moment when I fell in love with this game.
So after an hour or so of doing side quest and clearing camps I decided to head towards that orange tower in distance only to come across this beautiful Dragon. needless to say I FLIPPED THE FUCK OUT.
The beautiful creature just flying thru the sky.
Cooling its self off in the water. This was one of the most awesome experiences I’ve had in video games. It was just so beautiful and peaceful.
The sky of Hyrule at sunset rival the ones I miss in LA.
So I flew My paraglider off a mountain top and landed on this ledge. Overlooking the beautiful Valley of NOPE. (for non-players, that enemy is a Guardian and is one shot death at this point for me.)
Standing outside the hard as ball twin memories shrine, checking out that evil blood moon.
Offerings to the goddess Hyila near the Twin Memories Shrines.
The beautiful Cotera, she’s the Great Faery of the fountain at Kakariko Village. The Fairy Fountain theme is one of my favorite zelda tunes.
She blowing me kisses full of fairy magic.
After FINALLY getting that Shiekah Slate repaired I am flying high over the the charming Hateno Village.
Running thru Hyrule Field looking for the ruins to help jog my memory. Right after I took this, I promptly get lit up by a guardian. (For non players that dark building in the background is Hyrule Castle and it is being consumed by the Calamity Ganon, the games big bad.)
See You Tommorrow for day 2!
I'm not the first and certainly not the last but 2016 has been an abysmal year. For many women of my age we watched one childhood hero suffer a stunning defeat and another leave the world for the sublime party David Bowie started in the stars at the beginning of the year. How ever 2016 has been pretty great in terms of Video Games. Here is the list of games that made 2016 feel less like a sentient being hellbent on destroying our hopes and dreams.
This creepy and dark puzzle game is the strongest case for shorter games I’ve seen in a long while. The story and the game play never get tired or repetitive and the puzzles at times can be challenging. This game’s ending is well crafted and sticks the landing in a world where games tend to fall off towards the end.
This farming simulator scratched the itch of wanting a 16bit Harvest Moon game. I love the town and the characters. However I hate the fishing. My other disappointment in this game is that I tend to reset it so often I haven’t had a chance to make a lasting impression with my townfolk or get married to that dreamboat Sebastian.
Dark Souls 3
I love to hate Dark Souls. Much like my run with bloodborne in 2015 I played dark souls 3 for about 30 hours. No where near enough time for my scrub skills to finish the game but I did get farther in this than I had in any previous souls game. Maybe one year when actual life is so freaking great I’ll subject myself to finishing this and Bloodborne.
Animal Crossing New Leaf Hello Amiibo.
While this isn’t a “new” game. The massive update to 2013’s Animal Crossing New leaf gave me a reason to pick up one of my favorite games of all time. ACNL has been just the kind of game I want to escape into when I have hit my limited on news about President Elect Clownshoes.
Unlike most people I know I have slowly but surely consuming doom. Sweeping each level for all of it’s secrets and treasures. I have been enjoying reading the codex and items descriptions. so my Journey on mars will extend into next year but I want to get everything i can from this awesome game.
This beautiful romp thru 80’s national park is heartfelt and sad. It has some of the best most fully fleshed out characters of the year. it’s hard for me to get into this too much for fear of spoiling this adventure for those that haven’t watched.
Style Savvy: Fashion Forward
This is the third game in the Style Savvy serious. As an avid fan of Trendsetter I was super excited when Nintendo FINALLY brought this third game over. The story in this game is bazaar and strange but fun. I also enjoy the added ability to model on top of doing fashion shows and owning the boutique. The dollhouse with in a dollhouse is strange but also enjoyable I love being able to save up to buy the perfect little things for my room. The addition of using the 3ds clock is the only kinda bummer for me.
Pokemon Sun and Moon
As someone who missed the Pokemon boat as a teen. (my mother thought they were creepy) I have been loving Pokemon X for quite a while. And this summers smash hit Pokemon Go captured me in ways it didn’t seem to stick with my friends. So the perfect cosmic storm of needing distraction from the outside world and my growing love for catching and collecting pocket monsters has turned into a 45 hour and going love affair with Pokemon Moon. I dig moon and I love the reversed day night cycle. BUT i do wish i could get the Alolan Volpix. I guess I’ll have to venture into the wild world of pokémon trading in 2017
This is the game I have spent the most time with this year. Normally with shooters I will bounce off the Multiplayer soon after the release. But Overwatch keeps me coming back. The events have been fun and the skins have been for the most part amazing. The community surrounding overwatch has been creative and lively and fun. I often find myself when having a bad day sitting down and clearing my head with a few matches of quick play. at almost 200 hours of time sunk into this game I am still not tired and still excited to see what they have in store for us in year 2.
Fire Emblem Fates.
Ok so i was a late to the fire emblem awakening party. and while Chrom is still my husbando I love really do love the sad war torn characters of Fire Emblem Fates. Awakening I only really wanted to marry Chrom. In Fates I have had two husbands so far (Silas and Xander) and I can think of two other boys I want to romance as well. I also enjoy the differences in game play that birthright and conquest have. There are draw backs to the some of the modes the lack of grinding and therefore relationship building in conquest is kind of a bummer. But overall i have spend over 100 hours between birthright and conquest and the final chapter is my first game to play in 2017. I cannot wait to see how fire emblem does on the nintendo switch.
- Ok so i was a late to the fire emblem awakening party. and while Chrom is still my husbando I love really do love the sad war torn characters of Fire Emblem Fates. Awakening I only really wanted to marry Chrom. In Fates I have had two husbands so far (Silas and Xander) and I can think of two other boys I want to romance as well. I also enjoy the differences in game play that birthright and conquest have. There are draw backs to the some of the modes the lack of grinding and therefore relationship building in conquest is kind of a bummer. But overall i have spend over 100 hours between birthright and conquest and the final chapter is my first game to play in 2017. I cannot wait to see how fire emblem does on the nintendo switch.
When Dark Souls 3 was released a few months ago I instantly had a favorite NPC. Upon entering the Firekeep Shrine I was instantly fascinated by the beautiful Fire Keeper. The girl who trades your souls for character leveling. I lamented on Twitter that I had no reason to make this. Well, that not true. There are plenty of comic and pop culture conventions here in Portland. I just have to make it and go. So, yesterday afternoon I sat down and wrote down every little thing that needs to be made for my Fire Keeper Cosplay. I am planning to debut her at Rose City Comic Con. So that gives me about 80ish days to get it all done. I figured my best course of action would be to make a little diary of inspiration. I am going to use a pattern for the dress, but everything else Cape, crown, overskirt gauntlets is all me. (I'd also like to fashion pockets and a little purse so that I can keep all my stuff with me.) I'm nevous because her dress is so fancy that it requires a lot of slippery expensive fabrics. But we are gonna forge a head fighting! Today we are gonna go over the basic battle plan.
Let's start with the thing I have for sure narrowed down. The Gauntlets I am planning to just knit them. I think they are leather in the costume but that a no go for me. So I am gonna knit them with Tosh Merino Light in Dachshund.
I think the brown and the little flects of gray purple will give a weathered look and match well with the gray of the dress. I'm also knitting them on size 1 needles to give a fine gauge. I cast on last night and I have pushed these to the front of my knitting. I have limited my knitting to just these. I don't want to push myself to have two many long knitting projects on the needles and then be disappointed.
For The dress I am thinking of is Butterick B4827. I would make the top dress shorter and shorten the sleeves. I think that will just make wearing the costume comfortable. Since I plan on staying at the convention most of the day, making costumes comfortable is key. I plan on making the dress out of bridal Satin. I think that it weight and drape will be perfect for her dress. I also plan on adding pockets to the dress part, so that I can keep my wallet and my keys and phone on me. Her cowl will be out of dark gray chiffon and lace.
After these pieces things become 100 % DIY no pattern just my sewing and crafting skills. Let's look at the crown. this is the piece that will make or break this costume, it also the piece that fills me with the most dread. I haven't made a whole lot with Craft foam, thankfully it is cheap enough that I think it will be ok to try try again until it is right. I am also planing on using hot glue for some of the details. I feel it will be a lot of trial and error, I'm sure there will be lots of video me swearing and burning/cutting my fingers on our Friday crafting streams but that the fun of it right?
Next we move on to the cape. Here again I will be making some changes for the comfort of the costume. I would love to have a three tire velvet cape I however would not like to walk around in one. So I plan to make the train length cape out of a double layer of organza. The top two layers out of a lightweight velvet. I am working on finding two big silver buttons and. I plan to also make the cape attach to the shoulders so that I don't have to mess with it all the time.
Welcome Back. it's been a long 10 months. I know I kinda left you all on a downer post. But life has kinda been a downer. I've been sad and a little lost since Macintosh died. That's not really the stuff you want to blog about. So I have been putting off blog. It hasn't been all bad. So lets focus on the adorable little little ray of sunshine, my puppy Link.
It blows my mind that he wasn't even born the last time I posted. He would come into this world on the 12th of September, and into our hearts a few days later when in my grief over Macintosh and worry over Abalard (who chewed off all the long hair on his tail in grief) started looking at dachshund puppies on the Internet.
I thought a few weeks ago, I should start blogging and making videos again. So I've been working on how best to present that all to you. I've divided up the content so you can get/find what your looking forward to. I look forward to brushing off all the cobwebs show you what I've all been up to and finding out what you have been up to.
So what have you been doing? Read anything interesting? What TV shows are you dying to see what next?
4 summers ago, when Abalard was small 8 month old puppy, we moved into a townhouse in north portland. The I spent what felt like more time at the hospital then out of it. The Collin quit his 9-5 job and became a consultant to spend more time at home with me and the puppy. Summer faded into fall, we found a small chocolate and cream puppy who upon meeting our gregarious young pup licked him on the nose. We waited for almost 2 hours while a women decided if she wanted to take that small affectionate pup. When the breeder could no longer wait she let us take our sweet 2nd puppy home. We named the shy and affectionate dachshund Macintosh.
My health got worse before it got better. Thru thick and thin this small puppy comforted me. When I shattered my arm macintosh protected her it from his from Abalard’s roughhousing. Every night he fall asleep with his head on my knee or shoulder. He would snore sweet puppy snores as I drifted off to sleep. For 4 short years this tiny 9 pound dachshund followed us about the house, showered us with puppy kisses and loved them more then anything else.
A few months ago he rapidly lost weight and had blood in his stool. I took him to the vet and we began the long and tedious treatment for food allergies or acid reflux. He gained a little of the weight back but suddenly dropped it again. Then 3 weeks ago I rushed him to the hospital in the middle of the night after he collapsed while eating his dinner. He stopped breathing and I thought I was going to lose him. I gave him CPR and got him breathing again. The Pup spent 4 days in the ICU. On a warm summer saturday we brought him home. He laid in our laps gave us kisses and even barked at the mailman. he ate his food and was so sweet about being held up so it could make it to his stomach. It was just 2 short days before he would be at the vets yet again. The Internist suggested a feeding tube to help with his dilated esophagus. The surgery was set and that sweet tough boy pulled thru. We brought him home on thursday after his lung had collapsed from favoring laying on the side opposite his feeding tube. Hoping that being at home would perk him up and stop him from favoring that side.
That was not the case. A few hours later that sunny summer evening, after seeing his brother Abalard and being carried up and down our block he gave me a soft puppy kiss on my cheek and left this world in the arms of the people who loved him. We would find out a rare digestive condition and cancer would take him from us. Collin, Abalard and I miss him so much. Every morning I am sad to wake when my alarm goes off instead of being attacked with puppy kisses at dawn. Abalard wanders the house sniffing and looking. He's even given up sitting in my lap. We are lucky we got a lot more time with Macintosh then most dogs with his health problems. I was lucky enough to spend all but 11 days of the 4 years together. As fall rolls around this year I can’t help but want to go back in time, re-live the summer, the last year, anything to spend more time with him. I’ll remember this sweetest dog forever and I’ll carry his paw print on my ankle at some point so he can be close to me for the rest of my days. I miss you sweet Macintosh so much.
Spring is in full swing here in Portland. I am in the middle of my seasonal WIP purge. So what better time to look forward to new projects! Here are the 5 patterns that have been catching my eye lately!
I adore this blanket! I love the construction of it I would love to see it doubled for a big squishy couch blanket! I'm thinking maybe in some lovely Malabrigo!
This lovely sweater from Quince & Co's Hannah Fettig is stunning. I love the shape and the collar. I can picture wearing this while getting tea ready in the morning or on a summer evening after the sun has gone down. I hope i can get this cast on before the summer slump.
I am a sucker for gradient knits. I love this one for it's simplicity I think it would so cute paired with simple button front skirt and V-neck Tee. I am at a loss for what yarn I would use. seriously love this pattern.
This Shawlette screams late summer to me. It would be gorgeous in a burnt orange to transition into fall. Maybe the perfect piece to get me back into the swing of things.
I am obsessed with this shrug. It popped into my timeline a few weeks back and I keep checking it constantly to find out when the pattern's exclusivity is over and I can buy it. I have so many lovely shades of fingering weight yarn that would look amazing in this pattern. I also think it would look good with many of the sundresses that I live in during the spring and summer.
SO that is it for this volume of Craveable Cast On. Be sure to subscribe to the blog for a few changes coming in the upcoming weeks. I am gonna be moving some content to my You Tube channel so be sure to subscribe there so you don't miss anything! Any patterns you are wanting to cast on lately?
As someone who once tried to launch a blog called a Fashionista’s Guide To Technology the last 6 months have been hell in my blog reading and podcast listening life. Listening to tech dudes of all stripes ramble on about the fashion industry and it’s clientele has to be how developers feel when they listen to non-developers talk about software and technology. I’ve listened and read the as they wring their hands about the impact of a 10,000 dollar watch on apple retail and how will apple step up it’s retail services in the future to accommodate such fashion items. I hate to spoil the magic of the illusive luxury brand shopping experience but you’ve already had it.
It’s a saturday morning. You’ve had breakfast with your family. You hit up the mall where you want to do some shopping. You know what you want. You walk into the crowded store, past the security guard and make your way to the display of what you want. Once you gotten their attention, you let them know what you would like. They check the stock and return from the back with it for you. You pay, they bag, and you leave.
So did you buy an iPad or a fancy LV handbag? The answer is I don’t know. Unless I knew if you left with a white bag or a brown bag I couldn’t tell you. This is the everyday reality of modern luxury shopping. It’s not store clerks trying on clothing for you while feeding you cheese, fruit and wine . It’s not the shopping scene from Pretty Women. This is not the everyday occurrence of luxury shopping. Personal shopping happens but it is not the norm and to think other wise is fantasy.
I hate to break it to you but all the reasons that you love apple are a lot of the reasons that someone else loves a luxury house. Luxury Houses use proprietary and premium materials. So does apple. They all understand the concept of keeping as much as possible in house. LV, Chanel and Hermes all own their own tanneries. LV has it’s own proprietary coated canvas. Think of it as the handbag equivalent of designing the hardware and the software. Luxury fashion house and Apple push design boundaries that become iconic and trickle down thru their respective industries. Swap out a few details from the fictional Miranda Priestly's Cerulean blue sweater speech and you have the story of the iPhone and the way it changed smartphones forever.
The biggest reason that apple is right at home with most luxury houses is they know who their customers are, but more importantly who their customers aren’t. Louis Vuitton never has sales. Never. Not even when a bag is being discontinued. The bag is sold at full price until all stock is gone. Any long lingering bags are destroyed. Here is the price of the bag. Here are the sizes and shapes and colors it is sold in. Take it or leave it. Apple is the same way. While apple does have sales. They are unapologetic about how they wield and disregard current technological advances. Here is this years iPhone. We included what we thought were the best choices for our users experience. Buy it, or there is the door.
Cars Vs Fashion
Slap the word luxury on something and people tend to think it’s market must work in the same way. I am sure that in marketing and other factors that can be true. I think that the luxury end of any market mirrors that market more than each other. So when Cars are Compared to handbags and trench coats it makes me laugh. The biggest difference is modern cars are a semi disposable commodity. The Car industry as a whole has bought into the idea that people will drive cars for X amount of time and then get a new one. You don’t find that mentality at the heart of luxury fashion houses. Rolex knows that it will have far less interactions with it’s clientele than say BMW. I think that if people want to compare an Apple Watch Edition to another luxury market it would be more akin to luxury cars then say luxury accessories. Both apple and the car company have to keep making it compelling for you to want to drop 5 figures on basically same product multiple times in your life. Rolex, LV and Hermes would like you to do the same, but they operate in a market where that isn’t a given. Once you buy a Speedy from LV they hope that they can tempt you back in for a wallet or a Speedy in different canvas or size. You are less likely to find that in smartphones, cars, and computers. People tend to buy the newer model of what ever was working for them. The newer model of a handbag, is still that same handbag so why buy it again?
Women don’t wear big watches, these watches are huge.
I’ve seen more than my fare share of this comment being flung around. The fact is it’s bullshit. Don’t believe me? Search for #ArmParty on Instagram. Say hello to the 42mm and 45mm Michael Kors Chrongraphers watch. This watch is the darling of fast fashion watches of the past few years. You wanna get on the same level as the new Apple Watch Edition? Search for Chanel J12. People have have been going bonkers for this Unisex watch since it’s release in 1999. Most popular size? the 38mm. The same as the smaller apple watch.
So how will apple go about selling this 10,000 dollar gold apple watch. Well there are two schools they could follow. The Louis Vuitton Sac Louis route where they have an small well appoint space that is secured by appointment. You get to touch and preen with the Sac Louis. They fawn over you as you make your choice of color. Then you place your order and the bag will be shipped to the store where you will finish paying for it as described before in our little role playing scene. My money is they take the Hermes route where spending 10,000-80,000 dollars on a Berkin bag is not treated like a grand extravagance. You walk in buy the watch and walk out.
I am excited to see Apple coming full circle into being a luxury brand because they do it the right way. They ofter something that is attainable and extravigant. For those that want to be utilitarian and those who want to be fashion minded. I think that tech has always placed utilitarian ideals over the “frivolities” of fashion. Apple is trying to balance both. I think the inclusion of gold in their laptops is another step in that direction. The sheer number of female fashion/lifestyle bloggers I’ve seen swooning and lusting over that macbook way out numbers the cries for ridicule and hate from the male enthusiast press. I think however it will take some time for the tech press and fanboys to get over the idea that apple isn’t just their playground anymore. As someone who loves fashion and technology, I couldn’t be more excited.
To be fair my iPhone is usually playing 1989 all day every day but I've really gotten into the Kpop group orange Caramel lately. And Fleetwood Mac is my favorite sewing music.
I gave up making resolutions a few years ago and instead I check in once a month or so to set simple goals for myself. So since I don't do resolutions I thought why not put down the little things I'm working on this month.
It's March that means that in edition to my regular posting you can see my 30 days of lists as well! Today's prompt: Why I Make Lists. Well as someone who has a lot of trouble focusing making lists is almost like meditation. It gives me a clear view of goals, and situations. It doesn't matter digital or physical, a day that I spend a bit of my morning making a list is much better than one without that time. Also who doesn't love a stash of pretty note paper.
So Friday I spent the early morning in the 37 degree portland weather freezing waiting to get a zelda limited edition 3DS! Here's the video! Review/comparison later this afternoon!
This week marked the end of the Greg Miller and Colin Moriarti era of the Beyond Podcast on IGN. It's the first big shake up at a mainstream gaming podcast in the wake of gamergate. What could have been a big leap forward in the balance of IGN on air talent (IGN had a podcast for all three consoles none of them have a women voice) has predictably been another incident of kick the can down the road. How many more "next times" are left before it becomes women's turn?
It wasn't so many years ago that sports journalism found it's self in the same place. . While sport's journalism still has a long way to got (female NFL announcers and halftime talent would be awesome) At least the networks try. When the Ray Rice scandal erupted in August the some of the men of sports journalism stood up. Even while the league failed to grasp the hurt it was causing. Keith Obermann has spent weeks devoting his opening monologue to the cause. Giving a boost to the voices to several female journalists on his show. ESPN even suspended one of it's own megastar journalist for victim blaming. It may have taken a vocal Twitter campaign to make that happen but ESPN listened. ESPN W will be 5 years old this year. Born out of ESPN managements concous effort to market and invest in women writers and covering women athletes. So my question is when does this happen for women in games?
When do major sites like IGN and Giant Bomb stop kicking the can down the road. When does the industry look at the numbers it's provided and see that an 8% increase in women players can't be ignored. When platforms like You Tube and Twitch reach out to women to form by women for women gaming content in the same way they have done for Kinda Funny? When are the numbers enough. When do we see Sillcon Valley's VC/AAA sponsorship pored into a gaming website for women like it did for ESPN W?
As someone who tried for years to be on-air talent for games media I want to know what it takes? It's not credentials. I have several corporate voice over credits, loads of acting and public speaking experences and I even attended a prestigious photo and film school. "But Spencer," you say "you don't have the journalism cred you need" Look at this article by Mattie Myers who is far more qualified from a journalistic standpoint and also can't get hired for on air jobs. Most of the men on podcasts and videocasts and streams freely and openly admit to having no training for on camera presence. Yet have been graciously allowed to fail and learn these skills on the company's dime. When does a major games outlet give a women that same opportunity? When do we get more articles about actual harassment and sexism then articles about what a fictional TV show has to say about it. When does IGN allow a women to give her opinion not just read the top 5 news stories?
As someone who is closer to the end of her "on camera years" then the beginning. I resigned to the fact years ago that it will most likely never happen for me. I just hope that I can kick and scream loud enough to change things for the 20 year old girl who wants to make videos about video games. If any VC/Platform/AAA studio wants to prove me wrong, I'll be here with technical know how and a list of women a mile long who deserve a shot in front of and behind the camera.
So a few weeks go I knit up this hat out of some leftover Malibrigo and Maxima that I had laying around. After wearing it around and getting lots of complements on it I thought I would write up the pattern and post it in time for you to make one of your own for valentines day. If you make one I'd love to see it make sure you tag your project on Ravelry or Instagram #you&mehat
See The Project Page on Ravelry Here
Soooo I just looked up at my clock and realized that it was 11:31pm on Monday... and that I hadn't posted my Simple Goals for the week... or Last week cause I was feeling under the weather. SO for the month of February I am planning on doing a 30 days of yoga challenge. I feel at my best and most creative when I am running and doing yoga. Running is a challenge the days cause my knees have seen better days. But I've got a little mini elliptical and yoga. So here is a quick list of the best 30 days of yoga challenges on You Tube. I am planning to do Yoga With Adriene this month. I hope to try them all out thru the year! So what's your goal for February? (Can you believe it is February all ready!!!)