Front Page Archive - March to August 2017
8/20/2017 - We're back!

Hello, everybody! I'm not dead!

I apologize for the downtime with no notice whatsoever. Many things have happened since I last updated the site. The downtime was due to the fact that I let the hosting lapse; I have not been able to afford many "extra" things lately. I am now hosting it for free, so it should hopefully not go down again in the forseeable future. :)

My finances have been tight because I recently moved into an apartment of my own with my girlfriend. :3 My income was also somewhat lower than usual for some complicated reasons, but the situation is looking up! We are now back to normal on the financial front.

I'm not really sure how often I will be updating the site from now onwards, but it will live on. The forums are probably going to be taken down indefinitely; they did not receive much traffic anyway. I hope that everyone is doing well. I know that I am! :)

Have a great remainder of the weekend!

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6/4/2017 - Hmmmm...

I can't stop listening to this song. I'm pretty sure it tells my life story.

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6/2/2017 - happy summer


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5/29/2017 - Respect and appreciation

I have a problem with self-confidence and self-esteem. I know that everyone is thinking, "Duh." However, I feel it is important to start this little blurb by pointing out that I have virtually no confidence or esteem in myself.

Because of this, I often feel that I do not deserve to be appreciated or treated with respect. I also often have found myself in places where I do not receive respect or appreciation, but in the past, I have always tolerated it because I did not feel that I deserved any better. However, I finally hit my breaking point a couple of months ago with my job. I was tired of not feeling respected and appreciated, so I decided to leave and go somewhere else.

I have been working at my new job for over a month now, and I really feel that I have finally found an environment where I can be successful. My co-workers appreciate me and make me feel respected, which is completely new to me. I am so thankful that I have found this place, and I am having a much better life now.

However, I realize that I have the same problem in the online world. I always stick around places where I don't get any respect or appreciation because I don't fully believe that I deserve those things. There is one particular forum to which I keep returning even though I feel belittled and disrespected every time that I go there. Why do I keep returning? I think that it is because there are a few people in that community that I truly consider friends. However, I don't think that it's worth it anymore, and I think that I'm finally at the point where I can't go back there anymore.

I guess that the overarching problem is that I do not want to be a person who disappoints anybody or casts anybody aside, but at the same time, I am tired of allowing people or entire communities to treat me poorly time and time again. There's a balance somewhere, and I'm trying to find it.

Have a great Memorial Day and a wonderful week ahead, everybody. :)

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4/23/2017 - Why are people so toxic in video games?

Hello, friends. I hope everyone has had a wonderful weekend. I know that I have!

One thing that has always puzzled me about games is how people are so toxic, particularly in competitive games. I have played some games with notoriously rough communities, those being Ultima Online and APB Reloaded. Both of these games have communities that were disproportionately toxic, especially considering how small their communities are.

While I understand that people will always be rude on the Internet because it is relatively anonymous and there are usually not many consequences, multiplayer games seem to bring the toxicity of the Internet to a whole new level. Sometimes, the level of toxicity in games reaches a level where the community actually begins to destroy the game entirely. In the case of Ultima Online, for example, the extremely anti-social behavior seen in such a large percentage of players in the game led to changes (namely Trammel) to curb player killing that actually ended up turning the game into something that few people wanted to play. In APB Reloaded, the fact that an extremely large percentage of players focus on taking every bit of fun out of the game for other people (particularly new players) often leads new players to quit the game before they even really start to figure it out.

I guess I am writing about this because the amount of toxicity in gaming is one of the reasons that I do not really enjoy playing games as much as I did in the past. I am not sure if the toxicity in games has become worse over the years or I have just become more sensitive to it. However, I honestly do not remember dealing with so much ridiculous behavior when I first started playing multiplayer games.

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4/19/2017 - Some updates

Hey, guys!

I'm sorry that updates to the site have been on hold for a while. I started a new job, and I'm really having a great time. Since my hours are a little longer than they used to be, I haven't had as much time to think about this site.

However, this site is not going anywhere. It will remain up indefinitely, and I will update it as I have time. I hope to write a new article or two this weekend. I have also been thinking more about additional types of content for the site. For those of you who are interested, I am also adding a link to my Twitch page. I stream gameplay quite often there.

I hope that everyone has a great Thursday and Friday! I'm sure that I will. Thanks for continuing to visit this little corner of the Internet. :)

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4/8/2017 - Five Things That Ruin My Life

I have a new article up! Check it out! The humor is a little darker than some of my previous articles, but try to view it as commentary on the prevailing attitude in "first-world" countries. ;)

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4/6/2017 - hApPy Go LuCkY

It has come to my attention that I have not been making enough of an effort to go full-on 1997 on this site lately. To compensate for this problem, here's a picture of the most '90s thing in existence:

Catch you guys later. ;)

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4/5/2017 - My site sucks (I love it)

I apologize for the complete lack of updates over the past several days. It is a very rough time for me right now. The post from March 30th explains some of it, but I am now officially quitting my job. That being said, I have been spending quite a bit of time applying for jobs, arranging interviews, et cetera. That being said, I have been busy most of the time, and the time that I haven't been busy has been too stressful to write anything.

I know that a few people check my site routinely, and that is honestly more than I expected when I started this site. This is the most fun I've had working on a project in quite some time, and I will not be giving up on it anytime soon. It is nice that, unlike running a forum, running this site is something that I can do at my own pace. I guess my point here is that I greatly appreciate those of you who have taken an interest in my site. :)

I actually have an idea for an article that I will probably write this weekend. I've even thought about starting a UO web-comic similar to those that were popular back in the day, as crazy as that may sound. However, if you have any ideas for content or anything that you would like to see from this site, please feel free to e-mail. I have added a link to the menu on the left where you can e-mail me.

In a few months, it will be summer again. Being an educator, I have a lot more free time in the summer, and I'm very excited about that. You may be wondering, however, what I plan to do with that time. Truthfully, I have no idea. The only idea that Corey and I had for the summer is for me to become an Uber driver so that Corey can sit in the passenger seat of my 2004 Buick Rendezvous and troll everyone we pick up. As for non-fictional ideas, I may actually end up playing Ultima Online seriously again. I have wanted to start playing UO again for years, but I just never have.

All in all, it's been a crazy couple of weeks, and I'm ready for everything to settle down again. Thank you guys for humoring me for this long and barely coherent post. Again, please e-mail me if you have any ideas or content that you'd like to see here.

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4/1/2017 - How to Make a Twenty-First Century Video Game

I have a new article that exposes all the secrets of video game manufacturers. This is the article they do not want you to read! Check it out!

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4/1/2017 - Updates!

I have decided to change the font on the site to something more suitable. I am sure that all my loyal viewers will welcome these changes! :)

UPDATE: For those who missed it, all the text on the site was in Comic Sans for April Fool's Day. Thankfully, it is over now. ;)

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3/30/2017 - :(

I took a sick day from work today because there was a Roseanne marathon on CMT.

Just kidding. I did take a sick day today, but that's not why. I apologize for the lack of meaningful updates to the site this week, but it has been a week from hell, and it's only Thursday morning!

I have been having some problems at work. I work in early childhood education, which is a very stressful and challenging job. I had very little experience and education in the field when I took this job, and while I have had my successes, I have also had many failures. This has exacerbated some mental health issues, creating a very unpleasant situation. Without getting too personal, I have a medical appointment this afternoon to discuss it.

Now that I have bored you with the details of my personal life, I did want to mention a couple of other things in this post. First of all, I will try to make some more meaningful updates to the site this weekend. I have ideas for some new articles, but I haven't had the chance to write them out yet. I would also like to make more tutorials, including one involving Ultima Online. While I am not sure that I will get to that this weekend, it is definitely on the priority list.

I also wanted to give the forum a little plug here on the homepage. While the homepage itself has been getting a decent amount of traffic even without any sigificant attempts to advertise, the forums have been overlooked somewhat. If you have been visiting the site, feel free to check out the forums. We'd love to see you there. :)

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3/28/2017 - Look!

I stayed inside the lines!

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3/27/2017 - Supreme Court

My brother and I were talking the other day, and we came to the conclusion that Trump should nominate none other than Fletcher Reed to fill the Supreme Court vacancy!

Why is this not a petition?!

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3/27/2017 - Withdrawal

Due to some unfortunate occurrences, I have withdrawn from the Site Battle Madness contest on Forum Promotion. I greatly appreciate everyone who took the time to vote in the battles, but it's just not worth it. If anyone cares to know why I withdrew, I can post a longer message about it later. Thanks so much, and visit WWE Forums if you are interested in WWE! :)

UPDATE: My awesome brother Corey wrote an article about the whole WWE Forums situation from his perspective. Click here to check it out. Keep in mind that this article is on his site, so it is all his opinion. I do, however, think that it's one hell of an article.

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3/26/2017 - The truth about this site

Click here to find out the truth about Princess MeowsePad's Precious Musings! Also, I include the link to a decent forum for WWE fans. :)

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3/26/2017 - Gangster Gage's Song

My cousin Zawazuki, better known by his rapper name Gangster Gage, dropped a new single inspired by Precious MeowsePad's Precious Musings. It's so fire that it nearly burned my house down. Check it out!

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3/25/2017 - Corey's Corner

I am proud to announce that my brother will now be writing some humorous content that will be hosted right here at Princess MeowsePad's Precious Musings! Note that his content is his own, and I probably won't agree with everything he writes--just most of it. ;) Check him out! He's pretty funny. You can find the link under the menu on the left-hand side of the page as always.

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3/24/2017 - Site Battle Madness (Round 2)

Princess MeowsePad's Precious Musings is currently competing in the Site Battle Madness contest on Forum Promotion! If you happen to have a Forum Promotion account with at least ten votes, you can click here to find the poll. I would greatly appreciate your vote. :) Show everyone that the '90s rule!

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3/24/2017 - A Cautionary Minecraft Tale by a Concerned Christian Mom

There is a new text file that contains an important message that everyone must read. A concerned Christian mom has shared it with me. Click here to read the message from this concerned Christian mom.

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3/24/2017 - A little advertisement

A friend of mine was competing in the Site Battle Madness on Forum Promotion, but he was eliminated in the first round. I feel pretty bad about it because he was put up against a forum that has been open for much longer. His forum is called Lazy Forums. It has a lot of potential and already has a pretty solid community. Check it out if you want a new place to hang out by clicking here!

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3/23/2017 - Images!

I have added an area of the site for images, mostly images of a humorous nature (hopefully). You can access it via the menu on the left-hand side as always. :)

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3/22/2017 - Forum Promotion Loves Us!

Wow, a two post day! That must mean that I'm having an exceptionally good day or an exceptionally moody day. I'll let you decide which one. XD As I stated below, Princess MeowsePad's Precious Musings is currently entered in the Site Battle Madness contest on Forum Promotion, and there has been some question as to the legitimacy of our votes and potential victory. I am not really sure where I stand on all of this, so I'm opening it up to you guys. Check it out!

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3/22/2017 - Princess MeowsePad's First Car on Craigslist

Click here to see my ad for my first car on Craigslist!

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3/21/2017 - A word on kindness

Something I was thinking about today is how important it is to be kind. I feel that the world today is very short on kindness. When you turn on the news or look at Facebook, you mostly see people being unkind to each other, yelling at each other, and accusing each other of having unfavorable or nefarious characteristics. People who make fun of others or try to hurt their feelings are viewed quite favorably as being "savage" and "edgy." I think that's a problem.

Looking back on my life, I have fallen short of being kind many times. I feel very bad about those instances, and I wish that I had done things differently. Something really interesting is that when I look back at the times in the past that I have yelled at people or called them names, I cannot think of a single instance where it was productive in any way. Even when I have been met with unkindness from others, it has never served me well to be unkind to them in return. Since being unkind to others will never accomplish anything, it stands to reason that your best option is to be as kind as you can to others at all times.

Some may say that if you are kind to others all the time, you will not be able to stand up for yourself or criticize anything when necessary, but I disagree. Everything that needs to be said can be said in a kind way. For example, if you have a problem with what somebody is doing, stating the problem in a calm but assertive voice is not only a nicer approach but also a more productive one in my opinion. There is quite a difference between being assertive and being aggressive.

Living in a world that glorifies unkindness is becoming increasingly challenging for me. Without getting too political, it speaks volumes that a man who has openly mocked people with disabilities and women was recently elected President of the United States. Is this really the behavior that we want to be encouraging and glorifying? You can call me sensitive and say that I have thin skin, and you are definitely right, but I really think that this is a legitimate problem in our society.

I challenge all of you who are reading this to think about what I have said above. Challenge yourself to be as kind and caring as you can to others even when you are faced with unkindness. Speak only to be helpful and not to be hurtful. Forgive yourself when you fall short of being kind, but make a conscious effort to improve in the future. I know that I will be doing just that. Maybe we can make this world a better place by touching one heart at a time.

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3/19/2017 - Site Battle Madness

Princess MeowsePad's Precious Musings is currently competing in the Site Battle Madness contest on Forum Promotion! If you happen to have a Forum Promotion account with at least ten votes, you can click here to find the poll. I would greatly appreciate your vote. :) Show everyone that the '90s rule!

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3/19/2017 - #BringBackBlink

I am very proud to say that this site will be the main headquarters for a cause in which I believe strongly, the #BringBackBlink campaign! We are planning to start a petition to reinstitute the most beloved HTML tag of all. Check it out! :)

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3/18/2017 - Updates!

As you can see, the font no longer destroys your eyesight quite so badly. As much as I love purple, I must admit that it is hard to read purple font on a black background for a long period of time. That being said, I have changed all the purple text on the site to gray.

In addition to the change to the appearance of the site, I have added the Text and Tutorial sections. They can be accessed via the menu on the left-hand side of the page. My first two text files are some silly writings that I created for a forum that I frequent, and my first tutorial describes how to get Arcanum working on Windows 10. Thank you for visiting, and I hope to add some more inane content soon!

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3/17/2017 - A video to share

My brother and cousin recently made a video. It's pretty funny. Check it out!

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3/16/2017 - Princess MeowsePad's Precious Forum

I have added a forum to the site. There is a link on the menu on the left-hand side of the page. Like the site itself, it will mainly focus on '90s/early 2000s nostalgia and gaming. I hope to see you there!

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3/14/2017 - Where are all the good games?

It's no secret that in the past several years, I have become very disillusioned with the direction of games. It seems like games today are all about "breathtaking" graphics and flashy technical mechanics (e.g. bullet travel time, gravity, physics, et cetera). In fairness, it seems like that is the experience that most people who play games in this day and age want.

However, I remember a time that games were much more simple. Did anybody play Ultima Online because of the complexity of the graphics or flashy technical feats? The simple answer is that we did not. We played because it was such an open-ended and player-driven experience. Even multiplayer games today tend to be extremely linear. Go to this town. Do a bunch of quests. Go to this dungeon. Get this item. It almost seems like those kinds of games would be more rewarding to play because there is always something to do next, and the sense of accomplishment should be enough to stop players from losing interest. For me, though, that's just not the case.

In Ultima Online, there was not one "right" way to play the game. If you enjoyed the social aspect of the game, you could become a blacksmith or a tailor and sell things to other players and have a fairly safe experience playing the game. People who thrive on adventure could go crawl dungeons, hunt for treasure throughout the continent, et cetera. Those who found themselves with a thirst for blood could prey on other players in dungeons or in the wilderness. In other words, it was not linear; there was not any "right" way to play the game. Players were free to make the game into what they wanted it to be rather than having the developers of the game choose how players should play the game.

I could go on all day about why I think we lost that freedom, but that is best saved for another time and place. I am feeling nostalgic this evening and just had to speak my peace on this topic. Games are just not what they used to be anymore, and I do not see any signs of that changing anytime soon.

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3/7/2017 - About me

Although most people will probably not want to read about such an inconsequential person, I have added an "about me" page to the site. Thanks for visiting!

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3/5/2017 - Welcome to Princess MeowsePad's Precious Musings!

This is where I will share my thoughts on various inconsequential subjects. Be sure to visit often so that you can go full-on 1997 with me!

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