Sucked into The Sims 4

My addictive personality gets the best of me again.. I avoided purchasing The Sims 4 on its release date because pas experiences with The Sims 1, 2, 3 (not to mention the rest of the franchise) has had me glued for 20+ hour stretches.

Compared to previous versions The Sims 4 may seem a bit lacking at first glance.  Lots and neighborhoods are smaller, fewer occupations and household furnishing choices are a bit sparse, but all for good reason. The AI of the game is vastly improved.  It is now reasonably safe to leave your Sims unattended and trust the autonomy mechanics to take care of things,  actually I sometimes think it runs better than if I manually controlled them!

Building has been simplified, you can now save complete rooms or lots with ease as well as import them from the online gallery.  There is no shortage of user created designs and with time, we’ll quickly see user generated clothes and objects flowing as well.

As typical with this series I’m sure a number of add-ons will be introduced expanding the capabilities and continuing to keep us addicted.

So Vlogging Isn’t Dead?

youtubeI previously posted that I’ve re-discovered Let’s Vlog and was thrilled to find a venue filled with good old fashioned face in camera vlogging.  So I was curious to see if maybe this form of video is making a comeback and I did a YouTube search for vlog with a tight date range.  To my surprise I found a number of active vloggers ranging from random camera rants to borderline “i wanna be Internet famous” types.

Inspired, I decided to resurrect my original YouTube Channel and start vlogging again.  It’s been about a year since I’ve p;osted, no guarantees that it won’t be another year till the next one but for now the potential is there.

A Bit More Motivation

Black Sneakers IsolatedRan into a diabetic friend the other day sporting a cane.  Came to found out he had an open would on his foot for months and had no idea due to diabetic neuropathy. He went on to tell me it was a bit of a medical challenge to avoid losing part of the foot.

This really shook me up a bit as he is a bit farther along with living as a diabetic than I.  Seems like every new symptom he tells me about I follow suite a year or so later.

Perhaps I needed to be stirred up a little, just to keep me focused and on track.  Especially after peeking at some data put out by the Amputee Coalition and Lower Extremity Magazine.

Getting a Grip on Glucose

FreeStyle LiteIt’s about that time.  I’ve been diagnosed with Type-2 diabetes for a few years now.  At first it seemed very easy to manage but as time went on it sort of spiraled out of control.

It was easy to ignore as I’ve never had any real symptoms but I can feel them creeping in.   My extremities feel cold, numbness, digestive problems and other random sensations that may or may not be directly related.

With the mid-century point creeping up quickly I’ve had a bit of an awakening and decided to put my all into it again.  My first step is to actively monitor myself.  This is something I’ve gotten away from for a while.  At first it was the expense.  The cost of test strips is ridiculous. About 50-cents per test.. multiply that by 5+ times a day and you can see it quickly adds up.  But I bit the bullet, shopped Amazon for a good deal and I’m back on track.

I have to admit, I do find that just by testing regularly I make myself more aware of just how much diet and activity effects my levels.  At this stage I’m just gathering data on how my body responds and as I gather this data I will begin making adjustments.

Originally my doctor gave me specific insulin dosages to use, but now he’s given me liberty to adjust it as long as I keep close tabs on my levels.  I feel I’ve already made some improvements and keep you posted.  Not because I think any of you really care but just to give myself some accountability.

Let’s Vlog

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Well this really made my day.  I just found out that Let’s Vlog is alive an well!

I was a member of this awesome video blogging site a while back which had closed shortly after I joined.  I really enjoyed it but wasn’t on long enough to fully immerse myself.

I ran into the sites founder on Facebook where I heard the great news that it’s back and immediately re-joined.

If you remember the old school days of YouTube back when people actually did Vlog and it wasn’t full of trolls then that’s exactly what you get at Let’s Vlog.  The community is very tight nit and treats each other with great respect.  Content is mostly “face in camera” vlogging with a few surprises sprinkled throughout.

If this type of venue appeals to you I strongly urge you give it a try.  Hope to see you there!

 

Back Again?

Round and round it goes…. well you know the rest.  Social media seems to have jumped the shark (again) so time to dust off my old fashioned www’s and park on my little corner of the Interwebs.

Some of you may already have stumbled into Evocatory.com, the home of my web design work which is fairly baron as  a steady flow of clients come to be by simply doing good honest work and letting the word of mouth spread.  I will eventually get that site polished, after all it is what I “do” LOL.

Also kicking about it PaulMonaco.org where I am consolidating my home DIY, experimental, hobby, project, maker sort of stuff. My latest project ideas revolve around a newly acquired 3D printer which I haven’t been able to fully sink my teeth into yet…  life has randomly been buys past few weeks but I’ll be back at it soon enough.

Oh yea.. what’s this site for?  How about a good old fashioned personal blog touching upon whatever draws my attention that wouldn’t be better posted elsewhere?  Thought you’d like that.