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Trying to get EQ Live to work on a MBP

28 Jun

So… Some great older news is that EverQuest went free to play!
But how do you get it to run if you arent on Windowz?

One option is cross over. The package costs USD 40-60 though. They have a 14 day trial and the program requires you to have a windows intaller. Im not so well versed on how to use it and I would rather not mess with having windows installed. I dont have the space, I dont want to run a partition, and a few friends running boot camp have had to reformat. The same errors may not apply to cross over, but I would rather use wine.

The wine HQ page gave me a clue. The last update they had (april 2012) said that EQ live runs fine using wine as long as you install the dx9 via wine tricks when setting up the preferences for the prefix. Note however that the users had ubuntu, unix, and fedora. No Mac OS listed in test files. Not great since i dont know for sure if it works, but not bad since it hasn’t been rated as garbage.

After installing direct x 9 I still got a “Error: Generic Error Occured” mesage when i would load it up. So i caved in and decided to look at cross over. I looked up if it could run EQ and voila, instructions on how to get the launcher running on unix via wine bottler or wine tricks.

So you need :

  • install it into Programfiles/Sony Online Entertainment/Installed Games/EverQuest
  • DX9 (Direct x 9)
  • ActiveX
  • MSIE 7+ (MicroSoft Internet Explorer)
  • Flash

After loading up a new preference set with this, the DX updater ran and updated dx11. It installed into my wine app support folder in library though.

http://www.codeweavers.com/compatibility/browse/name/?app_id=24;tips=1

However, i am still having difficulty with getting the launcher to run via flash. RL is getting a bit busy so i will have to set this aside for a while. It has been done, so i know it can be. Unfortunately I have not found a tutorial on it.

I hope this helps anyone trying to get it to run, and if you get farther than i did please let me know!

Happy 30 Days of creativity

2 Jun

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I have pledged to do thirty days of creativity this year. It started a couple days ago and lasts throughout June. I wanted to try it last year but didnt catch it until the tail end of the month. Made a couple of posts so far. So this, along with work is keeping me busy.

This post here is a bit of a formality since this content is more appropriate for my hobby/diy/food blog. If you want to learn more about the 30 days of Creativity initiative click through the link.

It would be great if you could join me too! Just pledge @createstuff on twitter and tag your posts (it seems like its chiefly organizing through twitter but im sure the group has accounts elsewhere) #30DoC.

The 2012 30 Days of Creativity Inspiration… | 30 Days of Creativity.

I knit to listen

9 Jul

I posted it on my crafting blog, but I might as well place it here. Another excuse for lack of blog activity. I have been busy with school work recently and now that some reports are done I can get some down time. So now… I am going to knit to the “Dead Reckoning” audiobook I got by Chalaine Harris, its another Sookie Stackhouse Southern Vampire Mysteries novel. It’s also known as True Blood on HBO. =)

I say pretty much the same thing on my crafting blog, but if you want to have a peek at the what 9 craft/d-i-y ish posts go on ahead to : done it from scratch. Or cut paste http://doneitfromscratch.wordpress.com.

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DIY soap mold, plus a note on BPA

24 Jun

Since im on a budget right now I did a quick search on making soap molds. I found the linked blogs very informative DIYtutorials.

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This bad photo i just took breaks the monotony of text.

I got a couple of PVC plastic sheets. If you have seen the round PVC pipe molds, in theory it should work the same. The plastic sheets are available at my local book & school supply store. They were a little over a dolar each. So I spent about php 101.30 (2.31 usd) at National. So il be getting out my glue gun and will writing a tutorial on how I made it since I havent seen one around. That will happen when I get around to it. It follows the concept of making it from wood except without the power tools and screws. I will be making some liners from heavy duty wax paperI have laying around here from ages ago.

  1. Back to Basic Living shows us how to make a wooden soap mold here.
  2. The Soap Bar shows how to make a silicon mold liner here. Imo once you get the silicon you can use it for a great number of things. Mold something out of clay, powder it, then presto! IF its food safe you have a silpat mat or a chocolate mold, or a jello mold, an ice cube tray, or at the least if its not food safe a candle mold, clay mold, or another kind of non food mold.
  3. Lovin Soap Blog talk about how to make reusable plastic (poly carbonate) mold liners here. What I will be doing is more like this, except with PVC.
    PVC SPI code, for recycling (Society of the Pl...

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Safety note though, Polycarbonate is *not* BPA free, so you might get some of it in your soap as leeching occurs during heating. Try to let your soap cool down a bit first, or if you’re paranoid like me avoid BPA as much as you can. Its already in a lot of stuff you dont know about (pipe lining, canned food lining, dental fillings, plastic containers with the recycle sign #4 and up, thermal printed receipts, and a lot more. In high exposure cases t has been linked to reproductive disfunction, sterility and even genital mutation. According to this article the seeping occurs at 240 deg Farenheit. For more on Bisphenol A do a google search or click the link to see what wikipedia says. My 2 cents, BPA is nasty. PVC might leech phlatelets but I havent read much on that yet nor found sources on it. That and the mold im making is just until I can make one out of wood or buy one.

Its refreshing to be looking around and using what I already have. In my walk, I’m working on letting tomorrow worry about itself. Its turning out as a learning experience, its more fulfilling, and a refreshing spin on the commercialized world we live in.

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Today I made soap. Kinda fail

22 Jun

Happy father’s day soap!

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The soap turned out nicely, but the molding and un-molding process didnt turn out so well. The soap is a bit soft, and has a lot of air bubbles. My leading theories are:

  1. First time making soap = lack of experience in pushing soap into molds.
  2. Too much water in lye solution (softness + air bubbles)
  3. Too much super fatting oil (softness).
  4. Stirring to quickly. (air bubbles) It’s Castile mind you! 50% EVOO, so I used my stick blender for what its worth.
  5. Overheating (SWAG air bubbles). Hot process soap isnt supposed to be temperature sensitive, but i kept it in the crock pot after the gelling stage. I dont smell the essential oil so much so I think it overheated or at least went past my essential oils flash point.

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Some of the itsy bitsy ones are fine. And they dont look so bad, but are definately not sale worthy. It has a little lather, washes me squeaky clean, but not drying. I like how it doesnt leave that dryness hand soaps usually do. This formula isn’t “to die for” so i will keep trying until I get just the way I like it.

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Full bar

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Half bar

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Mini heart

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Image by cyferREDrose via Flickr

*My soap came out a bit crumbly, direct pressure on the thinner bars makes it loose a bit of shape and the edges are crumbly so I’m putting this here to get feedback.

Base oils

Lye mixture

Additives

    • 1 Tbsp White kaolin clay (cleansing)
    • 4 oz Jojoba oil (super fatting)
    • 20 drops Grapefruit extract (antibacterial)
    • 17 drops Sandalwood essential oil
    • 10 drops tea tree essential oil
    • 5 drops bergamot essential oil
    • 5 drops peppermint essential oil

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Soapmakers, did I do something wrong?
  • Update I read a trouble shooting guide. I double checked the formula I made and the proportions were fine. Apparently something went wrong with the saponification process. I didn’t heat it long enough. I was worried about burning it and  ended up undercooking it ha!
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Talcum powder toxicity and substitutes

20 Jun
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Lavender as a talc substitute

Talcum powder has been found to be similar to asbestos and has been linked to an increase in incidents of ovarian cancer. It is particularly associated with erm genital powder. For more information on this have a look at here and here.

On that note here is a short list of talc powder substitutes I found floating in three different sites on the net. I’m not sure who the actual author is, if you do please inform me.

Non-toxic and natural talcum powder substitutes. :

    • 1. arrowroot powder
    • 2. chickpea powder
    • 3. baking soda
    • 4. corn flour
    • 5. cornstarch
    • 6. rice flour
    • 7. oat flour
    • 8. French green clay, finely ground
    • 9. white clay, finely ground
    • 10. powdered calendula blossoms
    • 11. powdered lavender buds
    • 12. powdered rose petals
    • 13. powdered chamomile flowers
    • 14. powdered neem herbs
You will still have to balance out your recipes since the substitutes themselves have innate fragrance, pigmentation, and properties.
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Garden Holiday

7 Jun

I made a batch of perfume yesterday. A truly lovely floral blend that lasted more than four hours on my skin. With Tangerine as a top note it’s an uplifting and cheerful scent. The soft and water floral middle notes make it a light and sweet. I didn’t get a nose full of it at its base note phase but the other notes make it very light. I took a photo with my smartphone, but it was prety bad. so no photo for now.

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  • Top Notes: Tangerine, Sap, Reseda Plant
  • Middle Notes: Wild Rose, Red Cyclamen, Peach Blossom, Blue Hyacinth, Iris, Nectar
  • Base Notes: Cedarwood, Sandalwood, Musk

It’s a version of Burberry weekend, I didn’t hand blend the fine fragrance but im happy with the essence of perfume I made with it. I sold one, gave a little away as a gift, and kept about a little to reflect on in the future.

I used the formula here.

Be sure to use a glass bottle to prevent the scent from evaporating. Plastic is more porous and will allow air in and evaporate the fragrance. In a month this will result in an icky alcohol smelling spritz.

I would also advise you to use verbac, or denatured (sometimes called deodorized) ethyl alcohol. This skips the one week curing stage and your fragrance becomes ready to use.

  • Update
  • I gave my mom some, and she used wayyyyyyyy too much. For some reason my allergies acted up when i went into the room she was using. The fine fragrance i used is definitely not phlatelet free.  If you are sensitive too, i suggest you hand blend a fine fragrance blend using the note information above using Essential oils or E.O.s.
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Perfume making

9 May

I recently attended a perfume making vocational course last month. It was interesting, more of a hands on experience than anything else. The lecturer was well informed and knew a lot about soapmaking and perfumery. There was a bit of confusion with the formulas we were given though since grams and mL were used interchangeably during the discussions. For home makers its not such a big issue since we dont need to meet regulatory standards.

Turkish natural soaps in Hatay Province

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Another disappointment was that when i asked about organic options she couldn’t give me any. There is no organic body care line in the philippines, other than soap.  This is because there are no local suppliers for several of the compounds necessary.The photo isn’t from the Philippines but i hope it gives you an idea of the kind of soap i mean. And i question whether the soaps are actually 100% organic like they claim since well… they are basic melt and pour soaps, and lye is not organic. Though in a really old book I came across (Handy Helps, 1904) mentioned that you can make it out of soda and quicklime. The USDA doesn’t regulate ‘organic’ body care products. Their definition in so far as the industry goes is “derived from agricultural products”. Which may or may not be a GMO. The point is that synthetics are far easier to come by and far more cost effective. Though at what price?

The making of lily perfume. Limestone, fragmen...

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Im taking this as an opportunity to do some research in something i can see myself actually doing as a long haul thing. Right now I’m looking into aromatherapy, and natural perfumery. A research project – which i love to do. And a new hobby to look into – which i collect. So im quite delighted.

As promised:

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Concentrated perfume or Essence of perfume:

  • 20mL fine fragrance
  • 80mL ethyl alcohol (or verbac)
  • 0.2 grams fixative
  • 1-2 drops of water based colorant (optional)
  • 100mL or 5x20mL glass perfume bottle/s
  1. Sterilize your equipment (glass mixing rod, beaker or glass, syringes or graduated cylinder, a spoon for the muscol).
  2. Mix fragrance and fixative in one direction.
  3. Gradually add ethyl alcohol while mixing in one direction.
  4. Add colorant if any. In the photo above the bottle with a purple cap has no added colorant, and the one with a pink cap has a drop of red in it. As you can see, a little goes a long way and you dont want to stain your clothes! Natural color will vary on the fragrance you use.
  5. If using ethyl alcohol, let cure for 24 hours in an amber bottle at a cool temperature. If you are using verbac or deodorized ethyl alcohol you do not need to cure your perfume and can skip this step.
  6. Filter and pour into perfume spray bottle. If you use a plastic bottle for this the fragrance will evaporate so your perfume will end up smelling like alcohol.
Eau de toilette, and Eau de cologne are diluted variants with the latter having the most water. Perfume creme is kind of the same thing except done on a cream base with more chemicals. There are certain proportions for the chemical additives and components, so dont try it at home unless you have a stable formula like whats above. After looking into aromatherapy I believe in using diluted essential oils more.
Either ways achievement unlocked: Chemical fragrances demystified =D
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Knitting Project 1: Nerds Scarf

14 Dec

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I enjoy giving gifts that take consideration, time and effort into it. Aside from thinking about what people can use or appreciate, i also give handmade items. This christmas, i decided to give Mr. Catfish and his immediate family sacarves, or something knitted.

This first scarf, is made from one of the skiens my grandma left me. I looked at it and showed my friends, “So i guess this one is never going to be used”. i thought the colors were too bright and might be tacky but Mr. Catfish said “actually it reminds of Nerds” and 20 rows later another friend, Mike wants to eat it. So i guess its going places. Have a look at mike and the epic journey of his bench at : chroniclesofthebench.tumblr.com

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Its a heavy weaight but i wanted it extra warm so i cast on 25, you only really need half of that. The scarf is about as wide as my hand. Feel free to change the size based on your needs and yarn, best way is to do a 1″ swatch so you know how the needles and yearn work together. Take note of how many stitches it was and just adapt that to the size you want you finished product to be. Just change the 25 to the number of how many you cast on.

Im doing a very simple pattern since the yarn itself is already very out there. Pardon the bad photo, i just couldn’t sleep and could have dragged out a back drop, but i didn’t.

This is a basic rib stitch:
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Knit 25
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The pattern got boring and monotonous at this point so i decided to mix it up a bit. If you decide to do this, the key is to make sure its symmetrical on the other side of the scarf.

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Repeat until you reach the length you want or finish the skein.

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