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2013: Half-Way.

 

Well, now that it is a little over the half-way point in this year, I thought it was a good idea to maybe do a little life update and ‘review’ of the year so far, haha.
At the beginning of the year, I had a few resolutions. One of them was to be healthier. This has both worked and… not. 😛 I have been eating pretty well, but I’ve been slacking exercise wise. However, in September I plan on buying an exercise bike for the spare room. The reason for this is because it works out cheaper than going to the gym and paying a membership fee. Plus, I can work out anytime I want, three times a day if I wish. I will have the motivation necessary knowing I don’t have to put any effort in to get to my exercise location, haha.

Another resolution was to have a night a week where I had a technology free night, with no phone, no laptop and no TV. This has not worked in the slightest. I haven’t had even one of these nights. 😛
However, the aim of this night a week was to force me into doing something creative more often, like spending time just me and my camera, or a notepad for poetry or crafts, or even just reading; and I’ve done these things.
Even without the aid of an evening a week, I’ve managed to do all these things anyway. Since out of university for summer I’ve written a bunch of poems in my spare time (something I never do unless it’s for my course), and I’ve been doing my weekly photo project, which has had me working on my photography regularly too. I’ve also been reading a lot more. I absolutely love reading; it’s one of my favourite things to do, but I found that in the last year or two at university, I’ve just not been making time for it. Any spare time I had, I wasn’t spending it reading. I’ve really changed that. Since the beginning of the year I’ve read seven or eight books in total. Which, considering in the whole of last year I read maybe half of three separate books, and none the whole way through, I thought was pretty good going.
I’ve also been doing crafty things, and really enjoying them! I finally finished customising a denim jacket I started on last year and then forgot about, and now it looks awesome! I also went to Art in Action this month, which is an art festival with workshops down south. There I made a clay Green Man mask and it looks amazing. I’m really proud of it as I’ve never really done any clay molding before then!

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My final resolution was to DO things more. Last summer, I spent most of it doing… nothing. We had so many plans and so many things we wanted to do, but we found that money limitations and weather really restricted what we could do. This summer, I wanted to do ALL of the things I had planned. And I’ve definitely been busy!
We kicked off the summer by redecorating our house. Its just a student house, but it’s also somewhere we have to live in for two years, and I wanted it to be somewhere I enjoyed being. So we completely revamped everything, and now it looks awesome!
After that, we went to Download Festival! And boy, can I tell you… it was INCREDIBLE. I finally got to see Slipknot play live after wanting to for over ten years, so that was a dream come true. Plus all the other bands I saw were amazing. It was such an incredible experience, despite the torrential rain and the very unreliable tent. I met awesome people and generally had an awesome time!

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These last two weeks I’ve spent with my family down south for my 21st, which was really awesome. We went to see Cirque du Soliel: Allergria in London, something else I’ve been wanting to do for over a decade and I finally did! I also got to spend some time with my nieces who are adorable and I don’t get to see often now that I’m living so far away.
It was lovely to spend time with everyone and I had such a blast the whole time.

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Next week we are going to Venice for a few days courtesy of Dom’s parents for his 21st, which is incredible and I am so excited for! This will be the first time I’ve been out of the country in seven years, so I am really really looking forward to it! Plus I’ve ALWAYS wanted to go to Venice. We’re going for three days which will be really awesome! I may even manage to get a tan for once!

We are also planning a trip to Wales at some point in August for a long weekend to see Dom’s old hometown and his friends and stuff- something else we wanted to do last summer but couldn’t in the end. So that should be awesome if we can sort that out! I also plan on going to see my friends and family in Yorkshire in August and have a belated celebration for my little brother’s 16th birthday which is tomorrow!
To finish off the summer, we are planning a big house party right before we start back at uni for our final year, which should be amazing if we can pull it all together in time!

Overall, I think I’ve done really well in my maintaining of resolutions! And I’ve had the best summer so far! I passed my second year with a 2:1 and I’m looking forward to my final year as a student! I think it may be the best yet!

Overall, this year has been great so far! I feel like a lot of stresses and toxic negativity has been lifted from our lives from last year, and that this year has overall just been better! Here’s hoping the second half is just as good! <3

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Extended Downtime on Thursday, 1 August

We will have an extended downtime on Thursday, 1 August for database maintenance. The server will be unavailable from 1100 to 1600 GMT.

Horizon II

Horizon Code Branch Patch Notes

Fixes

  • An issue with HazelStandings not correctly being applied has been fixed.
  • Links on Account Management not correctly direct you to the login page.
  • An issue where news wasn’t being synced to the COLOSSUS homepage has been fixed.
  • Squidwolf Minecraft Map not correctly updates.
  • An issue where Squidwolf WiFi would unexpectedly drop connections has been fixed.
  • Some issues regarding the unable to establish connection to database have been fixed.
  • Fixed a bug in Squidwolf BitTorrent server which would show the incorrect status for some peers.
  • Fixed a crash in Squidwolf BitTorrent server which occurred when a torrent was removed after it had reached its seed limit.
  • Fixed a crash in Squidwolf BitTorrent server which occurred when a torrent was paused.

Changes

  • Squidwolf Hosting Private BETA package is now available.
  • Gravity Machine has been added to Squidwolf Minecraft.
  • Cave Ore Veins is now on Squidwolf Minecraft.
  • SquidWiki is now online.
  • Squidwolf Tower is now online.
  • Squidwolf BitTorrent Server now handles announce errors from trackers better.
  • MacPorts base version upgraded to version 2.2
  • gettext 0.18.3 installed.
  • autoconf 2.69_1 installed.
  • libpng 1.5.17 installed.
  • ImageMagick 6.8.6-6_0+x11 installed.

Unscheduled downtime today at 1830 UTC for standings changes on Squidwolf WiFi

Squidwolf WiFi will be undergoing unscheduled downtime at 1830 UTC due to immediate standings changes on Squidwolf Syndicate. Downtime will begin at 1830 UTC and expected to last no longer than 15 minutes.

Normal service should resume at 2000 UTC.

Some users may be unable to connect after this change. If you believe this to be in error, please file a Petition.

We’re back!

Hello everyone.

The problem has now been identified and squashed by our trusty server team and Edge is back online. The issue was found to be a lack of entity IDs. This came as some surprise to the Devs, who had previously theorized that the problem was likely a conflict between doo-dads and thingummeys, resulting in a severe lack of whathaveyous. Learn something every day, eh?

Technological jargon aside, the Dev team is now on mop up duty and we will try to resolve any problems players encountered because of this as fast as possible. Bear in mind, that as this was a very widespread issue, there are likely to be hundreds, if not thousands of petitions to sift through. We will answer everyone as soon as possible, but players can expect some delays.

Please note that filing multiple petitions will not in any way speed up the answer to your petition, as new petitions go to the back of the queue. On the contrary, it will slow down the process for everyone. We therefore ask that anyone having problems because of this only file one petition. Your help and your patience are much appreciated.

Please accept our sincere apologies for the disruption to your gaming experience.

HARR Megawatt Donut

My Life in Letters: U.

University.

If I had never gone to university, I would never have had the courage to move to Manchester and find my true home.
If I had never gone to university, I would never have discovered an interest, and hopefully a talent in poetry.
If I had never gone to university, I would never have become informed and involved in various aspects of activism.
If I had never gone to university, I would never have learned how to use a 5×4 format camera, or how to use studio lighting.
If I had never gone to university, I would never have started, and stuck to, my 52 week project.
If I had never gone to university, I would never have met some amazing new friends.
If I had never gone to university, I would never have met my boyfriend.
If I had never gone to university, I would never have learned how to be self-sufficient.

If I had never gone to university, I would never have gotten a degree in the fields I love.

For these reasons, and many others, University is my topic for the letter U in my life in letters.

 

Edge problems, server down

Dear players.

Shortly after 14:00 today, we started getting reports of various ingame problems. Symptoms included trades not being completed, items not appearing in inventory, destroyed mobs not disappearing from the game, Devs crying hysterically… Erm, that last bit was not visible ingame, actually.

We initially thought this was due to a botched start up and therefore went for a server reboot. That did not fix the problem, so we had to take the server back down and the issue is now being investigated further by our server team. The server will be started up as soon as possible. No further information is available at this time.

We sincerely apologize for the inconvenience this has caused. We would like to ask everyone to refrain from sending us emails and petitions about the problem for the time being. Players in need of reimbursement are asked to file only one petition, after the server comes back up and the nature and scope of the problem becomes clear.

HARR Megawatt Donut

SquidMag #9 and all about it, and stuff

Those of you eager to take out a new subscription to SM will be pleased to know that the sales page will be up soon. You can subscribe from (or buy single issues of) mags #6, #7, #8 or #9 – bearing in mind that #9 won’t be ready for shipping until 6th August.

Rather earlier than usual, we have already marked-in much of what will fill the pages of SM #5. Fiction was a bit light last time, and whilst it meant we could fill-up with other things, we’re hoping to ramp up the stories this time around. In fact, I’m hoping to put Natori’s newest epic on the cover. Trouble is, I haven’t told Polaris of my plans. They may have other ideas…. “But we haven’t done a pink issue yet!”

Which leads me less than elegantly onto your contributions in the form of adverts and other bits. Ads are being welcomed for #9, as ever, and the rules are the same, pretty much…. Save for the fact that we have to hike up the price. Advertising revenue from #7 and #8 left us unable to cover wage expenses, leading us to take out a ‘loan’, so rather than be in the position where we have to go, cap in hand, begging money to keep the inkwells filled, it made financial sense simply to rise the advertising rates. So, rather than $30 per page, that rate is now $35 CAD. A big rise, but still peanuts in the grand scheme of things.

I think that’s it. Apologies for the creeping in of flippancy.

– T

(I don’t know about other Dev Blog authors, but I seem to spend more time trying to come up with the heading than on the blog itself. Does it show?) 

Polaris and RAGE at DestinCon

It’s been a couple months since my last Dev Blog, and I don’t really have anything cool like Izzy’s cool stories but I thought I’d just let you guys know that we will be at DestinCon again this year.

For those that have missed it, Polaris is in the final stages of releasing a major expansion that will be their last for Squidwolf Syndicate but will ensure the future of the network.

I will try to talk the Devs into another Diary-style Dev Blog during the event, as we had during HackCon. More information will be posted to the discussion thread and added to this blog as it comes available.

Server down!

We have taken the server down for a while because of an exploitable bug that needs to be fixed. Devs are on this now and the server will be up as soon as the problem has been sorted out. We sincerely apologize for the inconvenience. Squidwolf Syndicate Customer Support

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