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Happy Birthday! (June 2nd)

  • Goro Akechi (Persona 5) 
  • Masato Hiyami (Corpse Party)
  • Miraitchi (Tamagotchi)
  • Takaya Mizutani (My Little Monster)
  • Gowther (Nanatsu no Taizai)
  • Coco Miyashita (Love Live School Idol Festival)
  • Chimney (One Piece) 
  • Ronse (One Piece)
  • Rob Lucci (One Piece)
  • Ginrei Kuchiki (Bleach)
  • Sarutobi Ayame (Gintama)
  • Ada Vessalius (Pandora Hearts)
New patch Today!

From EA.com:

Update: 09/12/2017 – PC Version 1.34.18.1020 / Mac Version 1.34.18.1220

Aroooo Simmers,

Ok, it’s a little early to jump into the pet puns… sure it’s been ruff, but if we all keep trying to hold on to that feline, I’m sure we can mutt’le through. Just a little bite longer, before you too can fetch your very own pets. O - kay? Nine… eight… ah, a countdown just breeds melan-collie… So instead, let’s all raise a hound of appawse, and heel in for a few issues we retrieved, and try to think pawsitively until pets is pup and running!

THE NEW

New Create a Sim assets:

  • For adults – a hair, necklace, jacket, and pants, full body outfit, and top.
  • For children – a top, and bottom

New objects:

  • Some architectural pieces – fence, chimney, 2 windows, and an awning.
  • And some objects - a mirror, bed, chair, living chair, sofa, potted plant, and a duck.
  • Yes… a duck, it’s wooden.

We have also made some small Gallery changes. When you are viewing the catalog details page for a catalog item in the Gallery:

  • The comments section will always be visible on the right side.
  • The catalog information will always be visible on the left.
  • And Information about what packs are used by the catalog item will now be found along the top of the information and comments section.

THE ISSUES

General

  • We addressed an issue…
    • We addressed an issue? Really… how many times have you used the phrase we addressed an issue? Stop addressing them and fix…
      • Woah, woah… we can’t use that word.
        • You can’t use the word “fix”?
          • Not when pets are just around the corner.
  • *sigh* As I was saying, WE ADDRESSED AN ISSUE that would cause an incorrect save to appear in the load menu, if you cancelled a Save As action or used Save As to overwrite an existing save.
    • We’re done here.
  • We fixed an issue that was preventing Sims from autonomously using the television if they did not own Movie Hangout Stuff.
    • I have decided not to add anything more to this issue in order to make the reading of these notes quick and easy, without padding any extra space by just randomly talking about nothing in parti…
      • Oh shh…
        • Yaaaaaaaaaaaaawn.

Toddler Stuff

  • We have improved the visuals around the ball pit. 
  • The ball pit itself looks exactly like it did, we just made the area around the ball pit look better?
    • No!
      • We made the area around the ball pit look worse?
        • No, we improved the visuals of the ball pit.
          • Why did you say around?
            • It’s a common phrase… like killing time
              • How could you?!
  • Toddlers will now be able to autonomously cancel their use of the ball pit if they chose to play within it autonomously.

Get to Work

  • The Be Prepared Security Gate can now be placed on tall, small, and in all between fence sizes.

City Living

  • The Tree in a Box now has category tags properly associated with it.
  • Sims with the isWeirdo and isCityRepair hidden traits will now properly age if they have been added to your family…
    •  …via marriage, adoption, squatting, cheating, osmosis, merging, incorporation, bonding, bunching together, teaming up, tagging in, or any other means of joining, going in league with, wedding, binding, banding, plugging in, hooking up, fusing, coupling, associating, blending, joining the same bracket, or just tacking things together.

Thanks again for your time and mastiff amounts of feedback,

-SimGuru “the pet puns are only going to get worse” Gnome

Savage. Let us explain this word. When these bristling men, who in the early days of the revolutionary chaos, tattered, howling, wild, with uplifted bludgeon, pike on high, hurled themselves upon ancient Paris in uproar, what did they want? They wanted an end to oppression, an end to tyranny, an end to the sword, work for men, instruction for the child, social sweetness for the woman, liberty, equality, fraternity, bread for all, the idea for all, the Edenising of the world. Progress; and that holy, sweet, and good thing, progress, they claimed in terrible wise, driven to extremities as they were, half naked, club in fist, a roar in their mouths. They were savages, yes; but the savages of civilisation. They proclaimed right furiously; they were desirous, if only with fear and trembling, to force the human race to paradise. They seemed barbarians, and they were saviours. They demanded light with the mask of night. Facing these men, who were ferocious, we admit, and terrifying, but ferocious and terrifying for good ends, there are other men, smiling, embroidered, gilded, beribboned, starred, in silk stockings, in white plumes, in yellow gloves, in varnished shoes, who, with their elbows on a velvet table, beside a marble chimney-piece, insist gently on demeanour and the preservation of the past, of the Middle Ages, of divine right, of fanaticism, of innocence, of slavery, of the death penalty, of war, glorifying in low tones and with politeness the sword, the stake, and the scaffold. For our part, if we were forced to make a choice between the barbarians of civilisation and the civilised men of barbarism, we should choose the barbarians.
—  Les Miserables, Victor Hugo

Request from anon: Hi. Can I plse ask for a prompt? You and Jack are staying in a log cabin in the Scottish countryside where you and Jack take walks holding hands and you’re cuddling into him when he wears fleeces. As fluffy and/or smutty as you like. Thanks 💛


As you pulled up to the little log cabin in the highlands of Glencoe, you couldn’t help the awed gasp that escaped your mouth. The whole drive from Jack’s hometown of Oxton to the West-coast village had been stunning, passing through historic towns and magnificent landscapes, but the little wooden cabin situated on the top of a hill, surrounded by a grove of trees, simply took your breath away.

“Oh Jack, it’s gorgeous,” you marvelled.

A satisfied grin spread across his face as he agreed, “Aye, it’s quite the view”. The monticule looked out over the valley, paved in tress of emerald, orange and gold. It was the height of autumn, and the natural word was in the process of metamorphosis, and your little spot of paradise was situated right at the centre, in the eye of the storm, and he whirlwind of autumn blazed around you. The river raced over stones and pebbles, foaming in its haste, and laced the grey-blue water with white eyelashes. It was spectacular.

“No’ a bad way to spend yer anniversary, eh?”

“No,” you smiled, leaning onto your tiptoes to kiss his cheek, “Not bad at all.”

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absolute-cookie  asked:

Just found your blog through your P&P post and I really enjoyed it! I wanted to ask you about another P&P issue that has been bothering me lately: some people interpret Lizzy's opinion change towards Darcy happening due to her seeing Pemberley and liking it, i.e. she marries him because she realised what she would be missing if she didn't accept him. I feel it is quite a cynical interpretation and also incongruous with her character. What do you think? Would love to read your thoughts on it :)

“My dearest sister, now be serious. I want to talk very seriously. Let me know every thing that I am to know, without delay. Will you tell me how long you have loved him?”

“It has been coming on so gradually, that I hardly know when it began. But I believe I must date it from my first seeing his beautiful grounds at Pemberley.”

Another entreaty that she would be serious, however, produced the desired effect; and she soon satisfied Jane by her solemn assurances of attachment. When convinced on that article, Miss Bennet had nothing further to wish.

Pride and Prejudice, Chapter 59

 It is a truth universally acknowledged, that those who read a book about the perils of superficial judgment of character, all too often find themselves behaving in a similar manner. There is more than one such person who gamely alleges that Elizabeth Bennet married Darcy because of his grand estate. Like Jane, I would entreat those critics to be serious, for a true reading of the text would put the mercenary motive to rest, even if there is a kernel of truth in Elizabeth’s facetious reply to her sister.

Elizabeth’s feelings for Darcy did indeed first develop upon her visit to Pemberley, and all of them have to do with Pemberley as a representation of Darcy’s character, rather than a representation of his wealth.

It was a large, handsome stone building, standing well on rising ground, and backed by a ridge of high woody hills; and in front, a stream of some natural importance was swelled into greater, but without any artificial appearance. Its banks were neither formal nor falsely adorned. Elizabeth was delighted. She had never seen a place for which nature had done more, or where natural beauty had been so little counteracted by an awkward taste. They were all of them warm in their admiration; and at that moment she felt that to be mistress of Pemberley might be something!

Elizabeth has witnessed firsthand Darcy liking to have his own way, even when his inclinations run roughshod over good manners and the feelings of his friend Bingley. It is telling that he is able to cede control to nature where it is merited. Darcy is not the tyrant Elizabeth once thought him to be on his own grounds, where he has the most liberty to be one.

Elizabeth also has cause for concern about Darcy’s fixation on social standing. In fact, this prevents her from going further along the path of regret at refusing him, when she thinks he will come between her and the tradesman branch of her family:

“And of this place,” thought she, “I might have been mistress! With these rooms I might now have been familiarly acquainted! Instead of viewing them as a stranger, I might have rejoiced in them as my own, and welcomed to them as visitors my uncle and aunt. But no,”—recollecting herself—“that could never be; my uncle and aunt would have been lost to me; I should not have been allowed to invite them.”

Imagine her surprise when Darcy not only greets her aunt and uncle genially, but socializes with them and invites them all to dinner. It is a sharp contrast to the man who thought himself above his company when they first met:

That he was surprised by the connection was evident; he sustained it, however, with fortitude, and so far from going away, turned back with them, and entered into conversation with Mr. Gardiner. Elizabeth could not but be pleased, could not but triumph. It was consoling that he should know she had some relations for whom there was no need to blush. She listened most attentively to all that passed between them, and gloried in every expression, every sentence of her uncle, which marked his intelligence, his taste, or his good manners.

The conversation soon turned upon fishing; and she heard Mr. Darcy invite him, with the greatest civility, to fish there as often as he chose while he continued in the neighbourhood, offering at the same time to supply him with fishing tackle, and pointing out those parts of the stream where there was usually most sport. Mrs. Gardiner, who was walking arm-in-arm with Elizabeth, gave her a look expressive of wonder. Elizabeth said nothing, but it gratified her exceedingly; the compliment must be all for herself. Her astonishment, however, was extreme, and continually was she repeating, “Why is he so altered? From what can it proceed? It cannot be for me—it cannot be for my sake that his manners are thus softened. My reproofs at Hunsford could not work such a change as this. It is impossible that he should still love me.”

 Lastly, even though Elizabeth has come to realize that Wickham gave her a false report  of Darcy denying him a livelihood, the suspicion is still in the air that Darcy might not treat those beneath him well. After all, this was his reply to Elizabeth’s rejection of him:

“Could you expect me to rejoice in the inferiority of your connections?—to congratulate myself on the hope of relations, whose condition in life is so decidedly beneath my own?”

Yet far from being an overbearing master, Darcy is uncommonly civil to his servants. Mrs. Reynolds, the housekeeper, goes above and beyond the call of duty to mention his virtues to Mrs. Gardiner:

“I say no more than the truth, and everybody will say that knows him,” replied the other. Elizabeth thought this was going pretty far; and she listened with increasing astonishment as the housekeeper added, “I have never known a cross word from him in my life, and I have known him ever since he was four years old.”

This was praise, of all others most extraordinary, most opposite to her ideas. That he was not a good-tempered man had been her firmest opinion.

“If I were to go through the world, I could not meet with a better. But I have always observed, that they who are good-natured when children, are good-natured when they grow up; and he was always the sweetest-tempered, most generous-hearted boy in the world.”

Elizabeth listened, wondered, doubted, and was impatient for more.

“He is the best landlord, and the best master,” said she, “that ever lived; not like the wild young men nowadays, who think of nothing but themselves. There is not one of his tenants or servants but will give him a good name. Some people call him proud; but I am sure I never saw anything of it. To my fancy, it is only because he does not rattle away like other young men.”

 The sentences in bold are direct contrasts to Darcy’s insulting and unexpected proposal at Hunsford, where she saw the very worst of his pride and temper:

Elizabeth’s astonishment was beyond expression. She stared, coloured, doubted, and was silent. This he considered sufficient encouragement; and the avowal of all that he felt, and had long felt for her, immediately followed. He spoke well; but there were feelings besides those of the heart to be detailed; and he was not more eloquent on the subject of tenderness than of pride. His sense of her inferiority—of its being a degradation—of the family obstacles which had always opposed to inclination, were dwelt on with a warmth which seemed due to the consequence he was wounding, but was very unlikely to recommend his suit.

Elizabeth then learns that Darcy not only has altered his manner, but that in his own house and in familiar company, his cold exterior dissolves away. He is also an attentive brother:

On reaching the spacious lobby above they were shown into a very pretty sitting-room, lately fitted up with greater elegance and lightness than the apartments below; and were informed that it was but just done to give pleasure to Miss Darcy, who had taken a liking to the room when last at Pemberley.

“He is certainly a good brother,” said Elizabeth, as she walked towards one of the windows.

Mrs. Reynolds anticipated Miss Darcy’s delight, when she should enter the room. “And this is always the way with him,” she added. “Whatever can give his sister any pleasure is sure to be done in a moment. There is nothing he would not do for her.”

 To someone with a close relationship to her sister Jane, this means a lot.

 And finally, the willingness Darcy demonstrates to change his ways and make amends clinches Elizabeth’s growing regard for him.

“But above all, above respect and esteem, there was a motive within her of goodwill which could not be overlooked. It was gratitude; gratitude, not merely for having once loved her, but for loving her still well enough to forgive all the petulance and acrimony of her manner in rejecting him, and all the unjust accusations accompanying her rejection. He who, she had been persuaded, would avoid her as his greatest enemy, seemed, on this accidental meeting, most eager to preserve the acquaintance, and without any indelicate display of regard, or any peculiarity of manner, where their two selves only were concerned, was soliciting the good opinion of her friends, and bent on making her known to his sister. Such a change in a man of so much pride exciting not only astonishment but gratitude—for to love, ardent love, it must be attributed; and as such its impression on her was of a sort to be encouraged, as by no means unpleasing, though it could not be exactly defined.”

Pemberley is not merely an estate in Pride and Prejudice; it is a personification of Darcy himself. By visiting Pemberley and the nearby town of Lambton and speaking with their residents, Elizabeth and her family begin to understand Darcy in a way that was impossible before. No one is measuring the drapes and counting the cost of Darcy’s chimney pieces; they are taking the measure of the man through the environment he is responsible for and the people who happily live there.

The Sims 4: New Game Patch (September 12th, 2017)

❗ Remove all MODS and Custom Content before updating your game ❗

Update: 09/12/2017 – PC Version 1.34.18.1020 / Mac Version 1.34.18.1220

Aroooo Simmers,

Ok, it’s a little early to jump into the pet puns… sure it’s been ruff, but if we all keep trying to hold on to that feline, I’m sure we can mutt’le through. Just a little bite longer, before you too can fetch your very own pets. O – kay? Nine… eight… ah, a countdown just breeds melan-collie… So instead, let’s all raise a hound of appawse, and heel in for a few issues we retrieved, and try to think pawsitively until pets is pup and running!

THE NEW

New Create a Sim assets:

  • For adults – a hair, necklace, jacket, and pants, full body outfit, and top.
  • For children – a top, and bottom

New objects:

  • Some architectural pieces – fence, chimney, 2 windows, and an awning.
  • And some objects – a mirror, bed, chair, living chair, sofa, potted plant, and a duck.
  • Yes… a duck, it’s wooden.

We have also made some small Gallery changes. When you are viewing the catalog details page for a catalog item in the Gallery:

  • The comments section will always be visible on the right side.
  • The catalog information will always be visible on the left.
  • And Information about what packs are used by the catalog item will now be found along the top of the information and comments section.

THE ISSUES

General

  • We addressed an issue…
  • We fixed an issue that was preventing Sims from autonomously using the television if they did not own Movie Hangout Stuff.
  • We addressed an issue? Really… how many times have you used the phrase we addressed an issue? Stop addressing them and fix…
  • You can’t use the word “fix”?
  • *sigh* As I was saying, WE ADDRESSED AN ISSUE that would cause an incorrect save to appear in the load menu, if you cancelled a Save As action or used Save As to overwrite an existing save.
  • We’re done here
  • Woah, woah… we can’t use that word.
  • Not when pets are just around the corner.
  • Yaaaaaaaaaaaaawn.
  • I have decided not to add anything more to this issue in order to make the reading of these notes quick and easy, without padding any extra space by just randomly talking about nothing in parti…
  • Oh shh…

Toddler Stuff

  • We have improved the visuals around the ball pit.
  • The ball pit itself looks exactly like it did, we just made the area around the ball pit look better?
  • We made the area around the ball pit look worse?
  • Why did you say around?
  • How could you?!
  • No!
  • No, we improved the visuals of the ball pit.
  • It’s a common phrase… like killing time.
  • Toddlers will now be able to autonomously cancel their use of the ball pit if they chose to play within it autonomously.

Get to Work

  • The Be Prepared Security Gate can now be placed on tall, small, and in all between fence sizes.

City Living

  • The Tree in a Box now has category tags properly associated with it.
  • Sims with the isWeirdo and is CityRepair hidden traits will now properly age if they have been added to your family…
  • …via marriage, adoption, squatting, cheating, osmosis, merging, incorporation, bonding, bunching together, teaming up, tagging in, or any other means of joining, going in league with, wedding, binding, banding, plugging in, hooking up, fusing, coupling, associating, blending, joining the same bracket, or just tacking things together.

Thanks again for your time and mastiff amounts of feedback,
-SimGuru “the pet puns are only going to get worse” Gnome
Posted on behalf of SimGuruGnome who was put in a corner in the ballpit for all the terrible puns.