Welcome! My name is Melissa,
a happy and healthy gamer geek living here in California.

Here you'll find a great source of geekery and video game knowledge combined with the skills for
happy and healthy everyday living.

SW:145 | GW:130 | CW:145


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The Simpsons: Tapped Out

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I’m pretty proud of my little Springfield.

The Simpsons: Tapped Out is one of the best freemium video games for iOS and Android. Based on the animated series The Simpsons, the creators really put a lot of effort into establishing new content to keep players involved and interested.

Homer, neglecting his workstation to play his myPad, incidentally causes a meltdown at the nuclear power plant and complete destruction of Springfield. The player then guides Homer in rebuilding Springfield, starting with the Simpson House. With the help of Lisa, other characters are gradually discovered after reconstruction of certain buildings.

Freemium is a pricing strategy by which a product or service is provided free of charge, but money is charged for proprietary features, functionality, or virtual goods. The premium currency of the game are donuts, which can be purchased by the player or earned for free under rare circumstances. Players can earn cash and XP by sending characters on quests and tasks. Higher levels unlock more characters and buildings. Playing during special events (currently Clash of Clones) can unlock characters and buildings only available to earn during said event.

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Supported by EA’s Origin, players can log into their Origin accounts and visit friends’ towns to collect cash, friend points (equating to more rewards) and occasionally other tasks during special events, once every 24 hours. If you’d like to “Choo-Choo Choose Me” (or add me as a friend) my Origin ID is iMelissa.

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I’ve just resubscribed to World of Warcraft, although I’m not sure for how long.
I just took a break for over a year and I found myself missing the content. I originally started playing WoW back in “Vanilla” and I’ve never been disappointed. I take breaks every now and then to avoid the monthly fees when I find myself playing less due to life or being fed up with our horrible internet.
I created a Night Elf druid on Aerie Peak for a fresh start.

I’ve just resubscribed to World of Warcraft, although I’m not sure for how long.

I just took a break for over a year and I found myself missing the content. I originally started playing WoW back in “Vanilla” and I’ve never been disappointed. I take breaks every now and then to avoid the monthly fees when I find myself playing less due to life or being fed up with our horrible internet.

I created a Night Elf druid on Aerie Peak for a fresh start.

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Baki likes Guitar. He truly is Cameron’s cat.

Baki likes Guitar. He truly is Cameron’s cat.

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If it doesn’t nourish your soul, get rid of it.

If it doesn’t nourish your soul, get rid of it.

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Zero Tolerance for Rudeness

I have zero tolerance for bullying and rudeness, in real life and on the internet.

The anonymity of the internet has bred many an asshole and/or sociopath. People who sit behind their computer screens and say horrible things about and to others, and for what? What is their motivation?Their drive? Beyond the brief empowerment they must feel from putting another human being down, there’s absolutely no benefit in it for them. It doesn’t support them financially, it doesn’t provide sustenance or shelter and it definitely does not enlighten them. Bottom line is, It doesn’t need to be done and if that person was actually face to face with the human they just told to go fuck themselves, instead of behind a computer screen, they probably wouldn’t have the balls to say it to their face. Because if they did, there would be consequences. They would feel the ramifications of their words.

I understand there is freedom of speech, and I understand there is constructive criticism, but there is a level of social etiquette and decency one would hope to expect from their peers. I favor people saying what they want to say as long as it doesn’t attack the psyche or physical form of another human being. I favor criticism (otherwise how would anything ever get any better), but I feel as if it should be delivered in a polite and respectful way.

If you come to my pages and you feel the need to contribute your thoughts, and they are negative, keep it to polite constructive criticism or I will remove your content and block you. I take no nonsense when it comes to these matters and neither should anyone else.

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Started The Fires of Heaven by Robert Jordan (Book 19 of 20 for one of my New Year’s Resolutions to read 20 books).

Started The Fires of Heaven by Robert Jordan (Book 19 of 20 for one of my New Year’s Resolutions to read 20 books).

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Be yourself

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School season has begun.

These words have been known to create anxiety in the hearts of our youth. Anxiety about classes and making the grades, but more alarmingly, anxiety about other people. Am I smart? Am I attractive? Do they like me? Do I fit in?

Unfortunately, school isn’t the only aggressor that can give rise to these anxious feelings and the youth aren’t the only afflicted. Plenty of adults feel anxiety about things like school, work and social gatherings too.

Light bulb time. Did you ever stop to think that your anxiety sprouts from low self esteem and self doubt? Don’t get defensive, just breathe and think about it. If you loved yourself and were confident in your abilities and choices, the world would be your playground, not a proving ground.

I am going to borrow some more wise words from Dr. Seuss; a truly brilliant man.

“Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don’t matter, and those who matter don’t mind.”

Love yourself. It is possible to practice self love and still stay humble and kind, despite the stigma that self confidence will twist you into arrogance and malevolence. My heart goes out to those who fear being themselves in front of others.

As long as you are friendly towards myself and others you I am here if you need me. I am a geek, more particularly a gamer geek, but I’m flexible. I take a lot of pride in who I am and I have no problem sharing with others. Share with me and geek out about whatever you want to, it’s your passion and part of what makes you, you.

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Meet the Brownies

I want you to meet the twin chocolate brown cats I’ve raised.

Baki and Loki were only a week old when someone carried them into the pet store, I worked for in Burbank, California. I was elected to bottle feed them until they were old enough to be adopted, but by that time I couldn’t give them up, I loved them too much.

Loki (named for being a tricky little troublemaker) is my 16 lb. mamma’s boy. He follows me around and finds ways to get my attention; i.e. catching his toys and meowing with pride before dropping them at my feet among other disgustingly cute habits. He demands to sleep by my side close to my heart or face. Unfortunately he has developed asthma and I have to medicate him or he has worrisome, wheezing asthma attacks.

Baki is my 20 lb. teddy bear. He’s a little chubster, but he carries his weight like a panther. He has a small voice, but a thunderous purr and loves to cuddle; which has been the best remedy for hard days. He’s won my husband’s heart and they both take “evening naps” together on the couch (which is actually just code for passing out while watching TV).

I love them both and they are very spoiled little beasts, within reason of course. I highly recommend bottle-feeding a kitten or kittens if you are looking for an unshakeable bond with your pet.

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Introduction to my Photography

Quercus douglasii - ColorThese days students go off to college, they graduate, and then 9 times out of 10 they get a job doing something completely different than what they majored in.

I attended Brooks Institute of Photography and received my Bachelor’s Degree in Visual Journalism. However, after graduating, I toiled away a year in a pet shop doing absolutely nothing I had gone to college to learn. I just felt….uninspired. There’s only so much you can teach an artist about technique and form, then you need to let their unique sense of creativity bring something new to the table. Brooks was very good at teaching technique and form, however when a student tried to bring something new to the table, often times the own personal taste of a professor would give them a less than admirable grade. I saw many students, frustrated in their own loss of unique style, quit Brooks without that sought after degree. I adapted and graduated but I didn’t feel passionate about art anymore for years.

Now I work for a Author/Professor/Nursery Owner who is a self taught photographer himself and I feel extremely lucky to have a job relating to my degree. I photograph plants for the nursery and clients’ purposes. My work consists mostly of close ups of the flora I work around and landscapes, but I branch out into other fields as they present themselves. I’m beginning to build my stock library and my work has appeared in three books and the Sunset magazine within the last year.

                 

I’ll share some of my photography on this blog, but be sure to check out My Flickr to see some of my photography. As stated above, most all of it is related to plants and nature, but I do dabbling in other areas. I love the peace and tranquility of being outside with subjects who don’t need a model release to feature in your photograph.

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F.E.A.R. August Giveaway

geekatheartily:

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Alright my dear hearts. As I am inundated with extra games from my penchant for Humble Bundles, I have decided to give one (or more) away each month for the rest of the year, and perhaps beyond.

For the month of August, I am giving away a Steam code for the F.E.A.R.

What to do, between August 1st and August 31st. ♥

  • Reblog this!
  • Must be following me (geekatheartily).
  • Must have a Steam account.

On September 1st, 2014 I will announce and message the winner of F.E.A.R.

To redeem your prize, you must be willing to supply your name and email to the Humble Bundle website (They will only send you emails if you want them).

Good luck, and may the odds be ever in your favor!

Only two weeks left to try your luck for F.E.A.R.