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Hello, all! Today's a quick post I can refer people to in the future because this is a daily question I get from many people... "how do I extract occupied lots to the lot bin, safely?"

For years, it was presumed that you just... lost it. You'd never be able to get it back - unless you used a hacked shrub, some game-breaking deletion of characters, other crap that was just not efficient. But, I've known this method for a number of years. I credit it to Mootilda who posted it years ago before her passing, I don't remember quite where, but someone managed to link me to it about eight years ago.

These directions were written for Windows Vista or Windows 7 but have been confirmed to work on Windows 8.1 and Windows 10. You don't even need to close the game to do this, just close and reopen your lot bin and they should be there after a tiny loading time.

This will not include the families living in the lot, but it will most likely include their uni-camera and BV-camera photographs as well as any paintings. Beds will remain in the state they were during play, swingsets, anything at all. The time of day and weather/season will also "stick" to the lot.

Go to Documents/EA GAMES/The Sims 2/Neighborhoods or wherever your folder may be installed

Locate your 'hood - if you don't know which one it is, it's likely N004 or a higher number. Click through to find the Snapshots folder on each if you're not sure.

Navigate to your Lots folder.

Sort by "Date Modified" - if that does not appear, right click a blank part of the folder, "Sort by" and click more. Check Date Modified and then hit OK, and sort by it.

If it's the most recent lot, CTRL+C to copy only that file.

If you're not sure, CTRL+C all of them. *shrugs*

Then, you want to go to Documents/EA GAMES/The Sims 2/LotCatalog and dump all the files into there.

You will see files like cx_0000080.package - sort by "Name" and then make sure you find the LAST one in that sequence.

With your N004_Lot489.package or whatever it's called - take that and change that to match. So, if you have cx_0000080, rename that file to cx_0000081 and so on and so forth until you're all done.

Don't rename character files if there's any in there, though.

And then, you're done! Open up your Lot bin ingame, and they should all be there.

I hoped this help somebody.

Everyone remembers these bad boys! Pop it in, it makes terrifying sounds, and your data is safe from everything but a fridge magnet and a grubby toddler. I worked so, so hard on this. You guys have no idea. I had to sit on Ebay and Google Images for hours just to collect the exact images, in high enough resolution and good enough quality, for weeks. It wasn't as easy as just looking some of these titles up, either. I'm just super proud of this, because it's almost one of the hardest texture jobs I've ever done on an object. It looks normal, but unlike the VHS tapes, nobody really cares about taking high-quality images of floppies. A lot of these had to be retouched by me in GIMP and that was not easy. Some things had to be hidden under stickers, scribbles, or tears in the label paper.

I really hope that y'all appreciate this project because it's from a deep part inside of my childhood. Nothing beat standing in the elementary school library at lunch recess and flipping through the floppy holders until I found the game I wanted, or the librarian signing it out so I could take it home to my crapfest of a Compaq and make a copy for myself.

I remember handing in an important, lengthy written report on one of these bad boys as a challenge to a dickish teacher who said we could hand it in on "anything except a stone slab." The teacher in question stared me down, opened a desk drawer, and grabbed a USB floppy drive before sticking my floppy disk in, completely without saying a word. That dude was relentlessly prepared for any situation. What I'm saying is that, you can probably find one of these suckers still able to run its software perfectly in 50 years and some random person will have a drive to prove it. It will probably be that man.

Well, I made you a bunch of recolours using Graverobber's floppy diskettes! Years ago, this was my main form of data saving. (Actually, it was up until about ten or eleven years ago... hm.) CD was great and all, but floppies? Floppies were dirt cheap, and easy to use. Great, right?

You get a bunch of dull titles for many different systems. Macintosh Premiere, Yamaha Keyboard Sound Software, Risk for Amiga, some blank disks, and Windows font stuff. Just kidding - you also get games. LOTS OF GAMES. IBM Falcon 3.0 was a favourite. SimAnt, SimLife, SimCity, Disney Coaster, TIE Fighter, UFO... the list goes on!

Download here! Meshes included.

Please consider chucking some spare change my way on PayPal to help with my medication costs.

(Play this for full effect.)

Windows 98 is upon us! I mean, *cough* my Obsolete Tech project continues, A FREAKING YEAR later! I started off with these computer monitors, and intended to follow up with this quickly, and then simply just... forgot to actually take good screenshots of it. :I But, yeah! These are intended to fit together for that true obsolete tech experience.

Get ready for Y2k! Guaranteed to not explode, maim, or harm you! Browse the World Wide Web for such things as Web-Blogs and Net-Chats! Bond over topics such as Beanie Babies, the Backstreet Boys, or Bill Clinton! Whatever your fancy, our standard in-built 56 kbit/s Dial-Up modulator–demodulator system will have you there within the hour.* AltaVista is installed, along with AOL. AIM instant messenger feature is not pictured.

Included is a free Word Processor for all of your documents. Ready to hook up to any PS/2 capable printer, fax machine, or Xerox to get your message out there as quickly as you can speak it!*

With quick* and easy* E-Mail and Job Search software, you can easily apply for the job you want* and browse dozens of web-sites catering to your job-hunting needs. E-Mail is the new fad. No more licking stamps or rushing out to find the right envelope size! E-Mail is truly digital and instant!* All you need is your own E-Mail address, and those of your friends! Write them down on a piece of paper, as well as their pager number, so they can receive your messages on the fly!

With Job Listings, it integrates seamlessly* with our Job Search software to find you the job that you need at the click of a mouse! Browse such fascinating sites as BBC, GeoCities, Slate, Yahoo!, Live Journal, MSN, AOL, Ask Jeeves, and AngelFire pages!

Download here!

*Absolutely not guaranteed, and the help line for this has been redirected to the sound of an intern sobbing. Please see the SE upgrade for details.

This is a default replacement and will affect every computer in your game, so make sure to remember where you put it!

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Summer is upon us, and so are tacos! Taco Bell is something I've had like... twice in my life, because we have exactly one in my area, and it's at the dead centre of my city and impossible to get to without fighting off hordes of bad drivers trying to use the intersection of death (trademark pending).

But, I still love tacos, so I made some Taco Bell stuff! This wouldn't have been possible without meshes by Tinkle, 3Jino, and skya. I only tweaked them, remapped at least two of them, and went all-in on texturing them! :D I can't find working links for the other two creators. Sorry D:

You get the Taco 12 Pack (which didn't take me two and a half hours to line the texture up... no siree), a Cruncwrap Slider, some soft and hard tacos, a bag of Cinnabon sticks, and a burrito. :D Everything is deco only and your sims cannot actually unwrap and eat it. Sorry.

Download here! Find them in Appliances/Misc.

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31 May 2018 @ 01:55 am
This is an entry for the GoS theme, Hoe-Down!

Bees are buzzing, the sun is shining... it's time for your sims to do some gardening! \(ouo)/

But sadly, garden gloves haven't been in stock ANYWHERE... until now! Your sims get multiple styles of accessory gloves plus two "dirty hands" and three muddy face paints!

Everything is for Adults and Teens of all genders. Styles include cacti, chevrons, reflective (mens), plain, pink scallops (women's), and much more!

Download here or on GoS! Meshes included!

Please consider chucking some spare change my way on PayPal to help with my medication costs.
28 May 2018 @ 09:00 am

Hello! Here are Simplicaz' Winter Booties, that were converted 3t2 by eir, as deco objects! I love deco shoes and I hope you love these too!

Download here!

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Ever wanted some decor but had no more room on your walls? Can't be arsed to hang something up? Ran out of tacks/nails/putty/MC Hammer wall hooks? Have some signs! 20 of them, in various themes and groups. Or, you can mix it up! Who cares.

Download here! Mesh included.

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In addition to my previous post, I would like to offer up some CC to help your sims represent fibromyalgia awareness and acceptance. It would mean a lot to me to see a sim wearing these, and it would mean a lot to many other simmers I know with this condition.

You get three necklaces: One with a boxer's glove that says "Fight Back" on a circle behind it, a purple medical awareness ribbon, and two circles that say "Warrior" and "Struggles Bring Strength" on them. You also get a scarf with purple butterflies and ribbons on them.

You also get a "Fibro Warrior" bracelet with a spoon and "sick club" on it in honour of the inventor of the term "cripple punk" who lost their battle with fibromyalgia.

Finally, you get a pair of earrings that have purple butterflies fading into metallic silver branches that represent the nervous system of a fibro patient.

(Ignore the fact that my computer's graphics card wanted to bite the dust during the heatwave I screenshotted this in.)

Please be respectful when using these and remember to be gentle the next time someone you know is experiencing chronic pain. We need as much help as we can get.

Download here! Meshes included.
21 May 2018 @ 08:05 pm
Now. Imagine if you had developed an illness. A doctor sat you down and told you that all they had was theory, a few dozen large studies, and two pills that have half a chance of not working. You'd be pretty loud about wanting a cure, wouldn't you?

May is Fibromyalgia Awareness Month. Fibromyalgia is a disabling condition that affects muscles, soft tissue, and the nervous system. In layman's terms, it's a pain disorder that never goes away. Your brain is said to send signals that you are in intense pain, constantly, to places where you are not in pain. Even a light brush against the skin can trigger this reaction. You constantly feel pain/tenderness throughout your body no matter what time of day or how you're feeling otherwise. It is incurable and treatments are often ineffective at best - in my country there are two approved medications and one is highly addictive - the other just stops working after a tolerance is built. Many patients turn to medical cannabis treatments and herbal therapies, with mixed results. We simply cannot judge each other for our forms of pain relief, because all of us are butterflies. We are all unique, one-of-a-kind, and often have differing symptoms. One person may have migraines, whereas another may experience anemia. One may gain weight, another may lose muscle mass. Fibromyalgia is truly a mystery, just like a butterfly.

We are disabled, and many of us require mobility aids such as wheelchairs. Some of us go blind or have vision problems from nerve issues, some of us have hearing problems, and some of us end up unable to walk or move. The condition does not get worse so much as changes, and it has hundreds of recognised symptoms and comorbidities due to how unique each case is. But the commonality we share is pain, exhaustion, and having every other related illness ruled out over years of invasive, repetitive testing.

In all likelihood, you know someone in your life, or know of someone in another's, that has fibromyalgia. I do - so there, you know of someone, now! We are fairly common and it's likely that any number of people you pass in traffic or in a shop may have it. It affects cis women the most, however, trans men (hi!) are the second highest group to have fibromyalgia. The cause is unknown. There's so little knowledge about fibromyalgia, especially because of the discrimination factor.

Fibromyalgia often results in criticism, judgement, bullying, ostracising, and abuse from the people around us and online. I can't count the number of times people have gone in on me for even bringing it up. For some reason, this disorder is perceived as "fake" by many people as you cannot physically see it. People promote "cures" to us all the time, peddling things like "have you tried yoga" or "this random seed/berry/legume will cure you" all the time knowing that we are desperate. But the sad truth is that there's little we can do. Learning to live alongside our symptoms is a key. As I'm writing this, my shoulders feel like they're being stabbed by flaying knives and my neck seized. I haven't done anything to them or hurt them, and I'm ignoring what would put someone else on the ground. This is why we call ourselves fibro warriors. We fight a war of pain with a straight face every single day.

Of course, some of us lose the fight. Fibromyalgia has been said to be one of the most common disorders that cause contemplation or completion of suicide, and many of our biggest community members have chosen to end their pain. We cannot judge them for this, only remember them as the beautiful people they were, who lost a hard-fought battle with something so horrible that if you could see it, according to one of my specialists, "it would look like we were being struck by electricity and bathing in battery acid and still smiling at you." Another poster I saw described it as if you pictured a tree as your body and lit it on fire. These aren't over-dramatic. The first symptoms I experienced genuinely felt like someone had spilled acid on my legs.

So many of us lose our jobs, homes, relationships, doctors, and families to prejudice. To them, we're lazy, we're making excuses, we're playing games of good days and awful ones. We can't show up to work every day, so we get fired. We can't be there for our partners, we lose them. I'm so lucky to have a partner whose mother also has this condition so they understand my needs completely. Finding people who love and understand us is key. Acceptance is key.

I can't stress enough now much we fibro warriors need your help. If you can, take a few dollars and give them to your country or city's fibromyalgia foundation, or a reputable pain-management centre, hospital or research centre. Even donate it to a local fibromyalgia or "people in pain" group. We all need your help.

Here are a few recommended places to donate:

Fibromyalgia Well Spring Foundation (My immediate local area - donations go directly into groups and services in my city that help me directly! I'd be thrilled if you donated here. This is a Canadian website but accepts many currencies.)

National Fibromyalgia & Chronic Pain Association (Multiple countries can be selected from the dropdown, accepts many currencies)

National Fibromyalgia Association (Americans only)

Fibromyalgia Care Society of America (Americans only)
16 May 2018 @ 03:31 pm

I love MLC's Photo Ladder so much! But sometimes, I just want to use ONE picture, not all of them. So, I made a wall version of the frames hanging in the ladder, that's easily recolourable! It's not repositoried because each time I tried the mapping somehow went all funny on me, but MLC gave me permission to upload this so I shall :D

It's the exact size of a regular photo print that you'd get from developing it at a store and then framing it, making it useful for people who don't want HUGE family photos but still wanna clutter up their walls! You get a bunch of recolours and three frame colours (grey, black, and white), as well as English or Simlish versions (clearly labelled) of some of the art.

[Image Descriptions: Three drawn figures with hearts in their hands, a dog against a red background, a wolf in a triangle surrounded by woods, a rainbow amidst splatter art, and the Union Flag under a grungy filter]

[Image Descriptions: Simlish and English "More Coffee Please" against a white background, and Simlish and English "Lettuce Turnip The Beet" vector graphics]

[Image Descriptions: Multicoloured cogwheels on a dark blue background, multicoloured pineapples on a light wood background, light wood panel broken by a white strip of paint, "Hustle Hella Hard" in Simlish and English against a pastel background]

[Image Descriptions: Plumbobs laying on their side patterned, blue photo of the night sky, a blue cartoon sloth smiling while hanging from a branch, a child's painting of a mosque against a sunset sky, a child's drawing of a crab in the middle of the ocean surrounded by marine life]

Download here!

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