Give me your 500 words or less. Entry for 4/30/15

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I got a phone call today of a woman speaking Creole asking to speak to her niece; the only reason I knew that is because I told her to speak in English cause you have the wrong number. I think she would have kept talking if I didn’t interrupt her. 500 Words in a foreign language.

Cruzing thru wordpress I entertained the same pattern; I have patients to read a whole entry – some of you guys write some good stuff! It’s just today is the 4th day that I’m functioning with very little sleep. The whole new house in the works and how I cry for my bank account with the realization that furnishing a house is very fun and very expensive. I told ‘Mabible’ we might be eating ketchup and mustard sandwiches while sitting on plain metal folding chairs – Ther’ll be no table because he has such a hole in his mouth when he eats, and the ‘dining room’ is carpeted. He got somewhat quiet after that since he knew it was a joke but a serious one.

I entertain myself vastly on eBay, Joss & main, Macy’s and other random sites; there are just so many – I am thankful for the internet. ‘Mabibble’ thinks we will have cable and that i’ll let him put his 60″ in the living room. I told him to keep dreaming, and he is, with a lazy boy recliner. When you have company over – what is the first thing they do? Admire your possessions? And when the talk has become stale or subject too strained where do they turn? While I like to think I’m humble, I know I am greedy in most aspects and for attention (positive only please) is what I seek – I don’t want you driving a distance only to turn on ‘How its made’ on the science channel; not that I can afford cable TV. I also find it irritating when they play with their cell phones but I can’t confiscate them at the door.

It will be a long time anyway before I have guests over, unless ‘Mabibble’ gives into my scheming to have a party without furniture. Just imagine how uncomfortable they will be! How they wont spend hour upon mind numbing hour talking about THEIR kids, THEIR pets, THEIR jobs or THEIR life. Maybe I will even get lucky enough and they’ll bring a house warming gift! I can dream, I know it’ll not be something expensive so the list of things I’ve been compiling ranges from plant seeds (pretty cheap if you harvest it from something you ate) to …Honestly quite a bit of things I picked out are actually plush toys that could be used as pillows. I don’t trust people to buy something on my lists because they might search for something similar but of cheaper quality – like towels.

Blab. Anyway here are links to thinks I read during the day that were somewhat interesting.

https://www.quantamagazine.org/20150206-crispr-dna-editor-bacteria/

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fibrodysplasia_ossificans_progressiva

http://widerimage.reuters.com/story/legacy-of-agent-orange

http://widerimage.reuters.com/story/a-lonely-death

http://www.inspirationgreen.com/moss-art.html

http://www.livingwallart.com/

http://grist.org/science/the-latest-in-gmo-panic-human-engineering/

http://biblioklept.org/2015/04/30/the-hedgehog-the-fox-and-his-seventy-seven-brains/

– Bad touch Bear

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Toenail, Bear with the Bee and fine china. Entry for April 27, 2015

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I just had a double Ugh.

I’m irate, have to pee and feel visually overloaded. There are other symptoms I could list as well but they generally fall under irate. On the upside I am also ‘elated’ but its constantly being dragged down by ‘taxes’ and ‘measurements’ – I’ll get to that later.

The other day Gma asked me to borrow a nail clipper. If you’ve seen in comics gnarly toe nails, i’ll let that be your example. So that nail clipper sat on the tv tray for a couple days before Gma then finally asked me to ‘clip’ the nail. Yellow and thick and curled, I had to cut it in sections and to remind you I had mentioned this in the past – She doesn’t care for her self as in lotion so that ideal applies to cleaning her feet appropriately. I clipped the nail in four sections but noticed how the nail wiggled so easily. She had banged her toe into her dresser and the nail had been loose for a while.

So today as she sat down for the 4pm news, barraging me with questions unrelated, I didn’t feel like looking her in the eye; it was then I found the offending toenail missing.

The whole nail which I was afraid to touch and cut two days ago? She tells me when I ask it came off this morning. It got caught in her blanket so she just ‘plucked’ it off…Those nails she sports on her feet are long! I’m honestly amazed they didn’t break in her socks or even poke holes. I applied hydrocortizone, A&D and Neosporin. It looks swollen but the skin looks slightly better than I expected.

Then I realized Bear had been a little too frisky as I entered Gma’s bedroom to put my neosporin in a very visible place for her to use later. He greeted me with ‘lets play’ body language and chittering meow; then ran happily to the window. Earlier today I spotted a teeny tiny female yellow finch I believe – it was slightly green so more green than yellow. I got a couple pictures of the small titter before it flew off; I wasn’t even watching the window at that point – so finding the bumble bee on the floor was a piece of cake compared to a tiny green bird in a big green tree.

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Bumble Bee by EdibleShoes

Unlike ‘Mabibble’ who is deathly afraid of bugs, I didn’t resort to sending the poor bug to a vacuum cleaner death. Trapping it easily under a glass and using a paper under. Simple remedy to setting the poor bee free…It would be simple if Bear or whatever other forces in this home didn’t damage the bug. Sluggish and with a gimpy leg I released it on the windowsill; this was after battling with the screen since I installed it backwards previously because..just because. In the end perhaps I should have fed it some of my precious honey before letting it waddle off to a 4 story drop. I HAVE been eating honey all day today, but that’s because I’m too lazy to cook.

I really WONDER HOW it got in Gma’s bedroom; there are no real entry ways. My nail chipped from that effort; I only have 4 hours of sleep under my belt.

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Oh wait…It was the other hand that had the more noticeable chip.

I was up ALL NIGHT looking at cups to match my most recent purchase.

Pier 1 Imports 2015 Easter Bunny Salad Luncheon Plates. Set of four (4) 8in Brand new & unused in Box.

I probably over paid and I don’t what I was searching, but bunny plates wasn’t on the list last night. I think I spent with shipping on eBay 67.90; I’m trying to coordinate 4-6 place setting since I’m in the process of buying my first house.

BAM.

Said it.

The price was right although it has NO BASEMENT, NO EAT IN KITCHEN, the back yard is TINY, there is a protected ‘forest’ on the back part of the property that I CANT BUILD ON, the living room and dining room are TINY, Did I mention its not a eat in kitchen? The staircase isn’t smack in front of the door but it doesn’t look natural…The master bedroom is TINY and there is a suspicious lack of space on one side…And then property taxes. They are 85##.## a year. OH and I don’t really like the neighborhood – Cross the train tracks and it looks run down and I have no real opinion on the schools in the neighborhood. BUT the house has charm I guess…I think I was fooled into this. The realtor was in the back seat, I overheard a conversation that someone was trying to buy the house before us but had bad credit and couldn’t get a mortgage. 325k cash I’m spending…I didn’t really sign any paper work but if I back out ‘Mabibble’ will be EXTREMELY angry since we’ve been looking for a year and then some…But HE ISN’T PAYING FOR THE HOUSE! HE ISN’T BUYING THE FURNITURE OR PAINT OR WOOD OR EVEN PAYING FOR THE LAWYER/INSPECTOR. HE CAN BARELY PAY FOR ANYTHING AND I’M HERE- UNEMPLOYED WHILE HE MAKES UNDER 25K A YEAR.

I really wasted my good years on a dying cause; but atleast I have hipster bunny fine china.

Regretting EVERYTHING now,

Bad touch Bear

Sims 4 not working, black screen then zooming away – Entry for 4/22

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I’m pretty fed up with the Sims 4 and my computer. While you wont see me looking over a mother board and upgrading with better components I do KINDA know my computer and that it meets the minimum requirements to play the game.

Recently upon start up when loading the first plumb bob screen, it’ll turn black and then do a continuous zoom away; once I get to the screen to press the ‘play’ button – It does that black screen then zooming and I am unable to play the game. It DOES load I should mention but it does the continual zooming away so I can’t click anything. The only way to exit the game is a Alt+Ctrl+Del

I thought it was something with my graphics card but this issue started yesterday and persisted all day today until after I did a sfc scan, but started back up after a reboot. Since then its been a on again off again deal.

I made a forum entry @ answers.ea.com finding someone else has the similar problem and no one replied there so I was forced to load a chat client to deal with customer support.

GOD. The first guy who had a cute name was like, ‘Exit the game and reboot’….Similar to asking ‘Is your computer even on?’ I had done many things before contacting him – repairing the game in Origin, deleting Cache files and making sure all my software ends of updating were updated. I spent a hour and a half with him where after running a msconfig and unclicking some stuff from start up I needed to reboot. The computer now runs MUCH slower on start up. He wasn’t helpful I felt and slow; he also wanted me to DL a 3rd party CCleaner but I already have one.

The next guy had a more American name so perhaps I treated him better – definitely better than the 3rd guy. We went thru many steps where I was forced to do a dxdiag and include it in my case and then that sfc/scannow BS which at the end the game started to work but after rebooting…It was back to not working again.

Then the 3rd guy I’ve talked to who did not help fix the problem at all – I ended up DLing a program I didn’t want to check if my computer met the requirements to run the game. Then they suggested I make a new admin user on my computer and the issue should go away. Begrudgingly I did so and the issue did NOT go away. By this point I have spent SIX hours trying to trouble shoot this problem which is why I’m making this entry. If you have this problem with your Sims 4 contact Customer service!

So far – Not including the BS I had to deal with uninstalling and re-installing Origin and the Sims 4 and then deleting Cache, cleaning my own PC and DLing 3rd party software, here are some other steps that might be helpful for other people who have the same issue.

1- If you have Windows 8 click on Apps and scroll to ‘Command prompt’ and right click, opening it in Adminstrator. Type in sfc/scannow . Doing this will make the computer look over the flies and repair any that are corrupted; In my case there were a couple that were unable to fix but this game was working before this issue.

2- Press the windows button and R type in dxdiag click on ‘Display’ and then Save all information

3- Press again the windows button and R. Type in msinfo32 and then go to file and export.

Doing these three steps BEFORE talking to a rep should save you time. You will probably need to zip the CBC file saved from your sfc scan; supplying these three things will help expedite your query..Unless you get two…PEOPLE…who I feel didn’t read a damned thing in my chat log’s history.

Below are more things you can do if your game is not working. As of 11:32 (EST) 4/22 my game is still not working right and I have NO MODS OR CUSTOM CONTENT installed.

Dear EA Customer,

Thank you for contacting EA Customer Experience.

I hope that I was able to provide you the assistance you need a while ago.

In case you encounter similar issues with the game, please try these steps:

1. Create a new windows admin user

-On the Start screen, hover your mouse in the upper-right corner (or press the Windows key and C) to bring up the Charms bar.
-At the bottom of the Start Settings pane, tap or click the Change PC Settings link and then select Accounts on the left.
-Under Other Accounts, choose Add a User.
-Select Sign In Without a Microsoft Account
-At the bottom, click or tap the Local Account box.
-Enter name for the new profile and select Administrator.

2. Perform a cold boot
– Shut down the PC
– Remove the plug and wait for 10-20 seconds
– Plug the PC back in and power it on

3. Select the new admin you created to sign in to the PC

4. Update graphics card driver
– Go to this link http://www.geforce.com/drivers
– On the Automatic Driver Updates, click on the green download button
– let the program run and update the GPU driver

5. Update Visual C++ Redistributable Packages for Visual Studio
– go to this link https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=40784
– click on the orange download button
– put a check on all 3 boxes and select next
– proceed with the download

6. Restart the PC, use the new admin again to sign in.

7. Log in to origin and repair the game

8. Launch the game after

If you have other concerns, please feel free to contact us back. We are open 24/7 to cater all your queries and concern, just go to https://help.ea.com/article/welcome-to-the-new-and-improved-ea-help-center.

Keep your accounts safe, information for account security are on the links below:
http://help.ea.com/uk/article/how-to-stay-safe-online/

We have closed this case for now . You can reach us at help.ea.com for further assistance

Regards,
Dann Henry A. ( EA Customer Experience

Figures on Earth Day- A day you’d probably spend OUTDOORS, I spend INDOORS with a computer & game and then have to deal with this garbage.

I’ve contacted EA support again because at this point I just wanted a reason. The 4th guy Mridul? Reminded me to update my Graphic cards while the 5th person now…This one was very empathetic.

Gyandeep: So, we can escalate now. Waiting for the approval.
Gyandeep: Ah! I can see you have wasted your whole day to fix the game.
you: I haven’t had this problem so the only thing I have to question is the Go to Work expansion pack or a patch. I get the feeling this will not be resolved today
you: YES
Gyandeep: Its really frustrating for you.
you: I have wasted my WHOLE day
Gyandeep: As I can understand as you need to sleep after sometime. Its late night now and have to go for your Job too in morning.
you: I was going to type that…There is one hour left till its the 23rd but if I end this chat now- the problem wont get resolved and I bet when the next patch comes out it wont be adressed.
Gyandeep: Okay, I am going to escalate now.
you: So i’ll have spent money on a game that cost more than 90 dollars accumulated and cannot play it. I should have just bought some books- Books don’t involve overheating, failure to load or graphics causing seizure.
Gyandeep: Apparently, we have tried all the possible fixes that should have fixed the issue. As it turns out none of the steps have resolved the issue so far and it seems that this case would need the intervention of our Expert Team. To get you an effective solution without any delay, I’m forwarding your case to the Expert Team.
Gyandeep: I apologize for not being able to give you an immediate solution.
Gyandeep: Additionally, you can contact us any time should you want to know the status of the escalated case. Here is the case ID :- 18387310. When you will contact to get the status, please make sure to open a new case, instead of opening the same escalated case. This will prevent removing your escalated case from the queue to the specialist team.
Gyandeep: I know going through the rigmarole of technical troubleshooting is not easy and I can’t help but admit that you’ve been wonderful all this while. Respect!
you: Thank you for expediting it. I dont think I will contact anyone after tonight; I’ve had enough. Spending 6 hours on a game is gross, spending 6 hours with tech support is beyond needing mental help.

What a great way to waste a day; if anything I was again reminded of how tenacious I can be for the WRONG cause. The game doesn’t load properly its a 80% chance of not loading.

I’m just DONE.

There are loads of other things I SHOULD be doing like editing a 3 year old’s b-day photos or even being adventerous and going OUTSIDE…But I’m not getting paid for it and Ew. Outside world.

– Bad touch Bear

Update for 4/27 possible solutions:

HELP CENTER
Dear EA Customer,

Hey there,

My name is Shane and I’m specialist here at EA. I came across your case and just wanted to touch base with you regarding an issue you contacted in about. I apologize for the delay in response, as we usually have a small backlog during this time of the year.

I understand you have a bit of a headache going on with The Sims 4? I definitely apologize for the issues you’ve been experiencing. As a gamer myself, it can be pretty frustrating when all you want to do is wind down, relax, only to find an issue with your game.

Taking a look at your crash report, I do see the following:

Faulting application name: TS4.exe
Faulting module name: TS4.exe

Typically, that means that something is conflicting with the game, either a permissions issue or some other software confliction.

Try the following for me:

Disabled Windows Error Reporting
– control panel> action center> change action center settings> problem reporting settings> disable

Disable the Origin overlay
– Origin client> application settings> In-game> uncheck Origin overlay

Disable UAC
– Windows+R key> type “msconfig”> tools> Change UAC settings> launch> drag scroll bar to bottom

Run game as admin
– Right click on both Origin icon and Game icon> go to the properties> compatibility> Run both of those programs in compatibility for Windows 7 and check the box for “Run as Admin”

Regards,
Shane M.
EA Customer Experience

I have found disabling Origin helped. I find it amazing how this game in previous generations didn’t require a second host streaming site and now that it uses it, the thing runs in the background taking up resources. Even when I shut the computer down its still running while the game has long been closed out!

I also found playing in fullscreen works too but doing that means I cannot multitask OR keep track of what time it is – so that answer is inconvenient.

Hopefully the solutions listed here help any people in the future who waste their time with this game.

-Bad touch Bear

Here – Here for Brain rot! Entry for 4/20

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I think I come up with some pretty decent journal names, sadly I don’t think my content lives up to the emotion I put out with those titles. Right now I feel so..dumb? Slightly dumb and a little dazed. I think that’s a side effect of watching any TV my grandmother picks.

We watched ‘Family feud’ with host Steve Harvey and Dancing with the Stars along with an accumulative 3 hours of news from varying channels. What can I drink right now to shake off this brain dead feeling besides sugar and caffeine? Maybe the dreaded…EXERCISE might help?

Ouch my chest just hurt thinking about it – really it did!

This upcomming Thursday I have a RMR test @ my heart doctors office to take. The technician I recall from earlier in the month was amazed by how low my heart rate was while resting and during exercise…Which is why I’m taking the RMR.

I wonder what its like to get ‘high’. I grew up with a father who smoked pot like breathing air, so I naturally have a despondency towards people who do drugs or the concept of taking them. I’m very sure that pot even as medical use is actually good for some like myself who have anxiety but I cant buy into it OR prescribed mood dampeners.

So YAY for today being reefer day – I hope your munchies make you eat something extremely sweet and fatty so you end up with acne or a toothache the next day!

No one said I had to be nice, its my journal after all. While I don’t care for pot smokers, I can say the culture created from it along with music isn’t that bad. I DO actually like the smell of skunky pot that the neighbor below me smokes; I think that’s mostly because it reminds me of my father.

He was an ass tho so why would that make me smile? Mneh.

Last thought for this journal is: ‘While Washington State legalized cannabis as a recreational OK – I wonder how many Republican politicians secretly light one up.’

The answer? I bet none; They’re too busy with escorts or guns for their recreational escape.

Blurgh. Don’t ask who I’d vote for in 2016 – While I don’t like the Democrats,I have no love for the Republican ticket either.

Win me over you over paid bastards – Whatever you talk about in your campaign will go over my head so just blast some AD on TV with you huggin a small & fuzzy.

– Bad touch Bear

Time eater, Entry for April 16th 2015

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Ah diversions, you surely know how to eat up my time till I’m left mulling over a cold cup of tea or left with emptied dishes to wash. The diversion doesn’t always need to be fancy either, simply having a bright sky and voices to hear might lead towards drifting.

Did you do your taxes?

How was Easter/Passover for you?

Stocked up on allergy medicine yet?

What are your thoughts on spring cleaning?

It’s a shame there are no doctors who specify in the elimination of ‘Time eaters’; I think I am infested with more than one. Not that I would trust any doctor now days, I truly feel those I have met only care about the billing that will follow. I’ve gone to Heart doctor, GI doctor, Eye doctor, Regular and Dentist. None have cured me of my ailments but have given me vague names to what might be plaguing me or carried about their job with minimal effort and extended sub par services.

I don’t feel like writing the rest of this entry, the time eater sleeping near my shoulder is commanding me to lazily stare at the sky and dissect the complexity of sparrow bird song.

Hope Spring is finding you well,

Bad touch Bear