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Date: Wednesday, 24 Sep 2014 21:44

Duolingo Streak from The Gadgets PageI downloaded Duolingo quite a while ago. It was a game. It acts like a game. It looks like a game. I set it up for only five minutes a day. I thought, I’ll play this for a while. See if I learn anything.

I set it for French.

I wanted to learn French so I could read the advertising posts on Facebook from Safari Alto, a camper manufacturer from Montreal, Canada. It was a humble goal, especially since they usually provide an English translation.

To be fair, I speak Spanish pretty well and took a semester of Latin in college, so this is the third time I’ve tackled a language. Some of the words are very similar to either the Spanish or Latin words I know, so I have a little bit of a head start. Still, I’m shocked.

After only a few months of practicing five minutes every day, I was able to read my first Safari Alto Facebook post:

The First French Thing I Understood from The Gadgets Page

I covered the English and was able to understand most of the French. It was such a feeling of liberation! I had only been playing with Duolingo for a couple months at that point and I could understand something!!

Then, yesterday, a friend linked to this video:

I was watching it on my phone, so I couldn’t read the English translations, but I UNDERSTOOD IT! I didn’t get the nuances of the fact that the cat didn’t live there, but I understood the punchline. He wanted the human to open the door because it was closed, not because he necessarily wanted to come in. “Porquoi?” “Se ferme!” Even now, it makes me laugh again.

All because of a silly little video game. I have spent a mere five minutes a day playing my game and now I can UNDERSTAND things. I’m not fluent. I’m not even able to understand the answer to a simple question like, “Where is the bathroom?” But I can understand the gist of things.

Thanks, Duolingo!

Author: "Laura Moncur" Tags: "Software"
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Date: Wednesday, 10 Sep 2014 17:26

Long, long ago, I vented my frustrations with the watches available to me, right here, on The Gadgets Page. It was EXACTLY NINE years ago and you can read it here:

I had a few requirements for the watch of my dreams:

  • A beautiful watch
  • Women’s watch
  • Digital
  • Metal case and band
  • Time and Date on the display at the same time
  • Stopwatch
  • Countdown Timer
  • Light
  • I would also like Dual Time, but I’m willing to give that up

EVERY SINGLE ONE of these is something that the new Apple Watch has. Here in an introductory video about it.

A Beautiful Watch

This was the first thing on my list because I was SO sick of the plastic ugliness that passed for digital watches. It’s NINE years later and I’m still disgusted by them. Despite the differing views on beauty, it’s hilariously simple to see that one of these is supremely more beautiful than the other.

Apple Watch Vs. Casio - A Beautiful Watch

Both watches are displaying the same data: Time, Date and Day of the Week. The Apple Watch looks so much better doing it, though.

A Ladies Watch

This wasn’t as important for me, but somehow, Apple even got that feature right. They are offering the Apple Watch in two sizes, 38mm and 42mm. I can choose the smaller watch, get the same functionality and feel like a girl.

Apple Watch comes in two sizes - The Gadgets Page

Now, the 38mm size could hardly be considered petite, but at least I have a CHOICE.

Apple Watch comes in two sizes - The Gadgets Page

Digital

Apple Watch Is Digital AND Analog - The Gadgets PageYES! It’s a digital watch! I can choose to just have the time shown to me as some numbers! Yet, if I’m feeling fancy, I can switch the face to an analog face. It’s the best of both worlds.

The reason I wanted digital is because of the ease of reading the time, but the Apple Watch has so much more. It can tell me who is calling on my phone. It can send quick texts with dictation via my phone. It can give me directions to the nearest restaurant. It can tell me that my appointment is in five minutes. All the things that I love about my phone, this watch has an easily accessible link to.

Metal Case and Band

The Apple Watch is metal - The Gadgets PageMetal case and band? Apple one-upped me on that one. I have the choice between stainless steel, space black stainless steel, brushed aluminum, space black aluminum, 18K yellow gold, and 18K rose gold.

And the band choices! I can choose between metal, leather, and brightly colored plastic bands! Anything I want, I can choose. I even hope that I’ll be able to buy multiple bands so that I can change them with my clothing. If I’m feeling sporty, I can revert to the plastic. If I am going out, I can wear the stainless steel.

Casio Metal Band from The Gadgets PageOnly after Apple offered me all these choices did I realize that I had set my sights so low. And despite such low expectations, the best the watch designers of the world could offer me was this Casio. Why was this the best that they could do? Even I could have designed something prettier, just by removing that static clutter on the screen of that watch. Why were we stuck with this for so long?

Time and Date on the display at the same time

Apple Watch Modular Face with the Weather - The Gadgets PageIf I choose the Modular watch face, I can CHOOSE what I put on my screen! Imagine that! You want the weather? Ok! You want the time? Ok! You want the date AND the day of the week with a pretty flower? Yep! Got that one too. What about color? Do you want to change the font so it can be yellow or blue or red? Yeah, they got that, too.

Stopwatch

That is one of the things I could add to the front screen on the Modular watch face, but even if I go with a pretty analog watch face, I can go to the clock app and use the stopwatch.

Countdown Timer

This is another thing that is available in the clock app.

Light

Light? Light? The Apple Watch is back lit, so that means it needs to be charged every night. I’m okay with that, considering all the functionality. The watch will turn on when I move my arm up to look at it. How about that for INSTANT light. I don’t even need to push a stupid button to see my time in the dark.

I would also like Dual Time, but I’m willing to give that up

Dual time? How about freakin’ WORLD time?! Is that good enough for ya?! Oh, and if you want, you can display that other time right on the front screen. BOOYA!

Such A Long Wait

I have been waiting for something like this watch for a LONG time. I’ve been saving my money and willing to drop a ton of it on whomever does it best. Here I am, finally able to to get EVERYTHING I wanted. I’ve heard some complaints about the price (starting at $350) online, but honestly, I’ve been holding on to about seven hundred dollars, just waiting for a watch that was good enough to spend that much money on. In fact, the prettiest, most functional watch I had before the Apple Watch was my Luar from Swatch and it cost $450 and I had to order it from Europe. And setting it is SO difficult that I LITERALLY wrote a Gadgets Page entry about it so I could remember it all.

Finally! A watch that was made for ME! I only had to wait NINE years for it to arrive!

Author: "Laura Moncur" Tags: "Misc. Gadgets"
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Date: Sunday, 30 Mar 2014 20:03

Magic Eraser Works Like Magic from The Gadgets PageMy boy put Angry Bird stickers all over his computer when we first gave it to him. He is no longer obsessed with Angry Birds. Angry Birds are for little kids now, and he took off all the stickers. Even though we gave him some Goo Gone, there was still some horrible, sticky residue.

The residue stayed there and we pretty much resigned ourselves to a disgusting computer until my husband tried a Magic Eraser on it. The result was… magical, to say the least.

Magic Eraser Works Like Magic from The Gadgets Page

We couldn’t believe how well it worked to remove the dirt AND the sticky residue. If you are dealing with sticker goo on your electronics, try a Mr. Clean Magic Eraser. It worked like magic for us!

Author: "Laura Moncur" Tags: "Misc. Gadgets"
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Date: Sunday, 12 Jan 2014 18:36

This postcard from PostSecret made me laugh, because I feel the same way.

PostSecret Men Who Know Their Keyboard Shortcuts

It reads:

Men who know their keyboard shortcuts turn me on.

I have to admit that I feel the same way. It’s like Napoleon Dynamite said,

Girls only want boyfriends who have great skills.

It’s true, so if you’re thinking that all this time you spend learning how to code is wasted on us girls, it’s NOT. We notice when you use a quick keyboard shortcut instead of the menu. We notice when you can type 70 wpm. We notice and to be honest, it makes us feel a little flushed.


PostSecret‘s beneficiary is the National Hopeline Network. It is a 24-hour hotline (1 (800) SUICIDE) for anyone who is thinking about suicide or knows someone who is considering it.

Author: "Laura Moncur" Tags: "Computers and Peripherals"
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Date: Tuesday, 17 Dec 2013 15:02

I adore this commercial.

All those people who say that technology is ruining our society are WRONG.

Via: Apple airs new holiday ad “Misunderstood” featuring iPhone 5s and more | TUAW – The Unofficial Apple Weblog

Author: "Laura Moncur" Tags: "PDAs and Phones"
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Date: Thursday, 12 Dec 2013 03:08

The snow hit my town today and I immediately hated the path in my town. I looked for some new paths to replace them with, but I didn’t like any of them either, so I made my own.

First, I made this Gravel Path.

Animal Crossing Gravel Path QR Code

It was alright, but it looked a little like it was floating on top of things instead of an actual path.

This Earthy Paver is a little better.

Animal Crossing Earthy Pavers QR Code

It just didn’t work with my new Winter Wonderland, so I created this Snowy Paver and I like it MUCH better.

Animal Crossing Snowy Pavers QR Code

Now, I have new paths in my town and I can share them with the world so everyone can enjoy them.

If you would like to visit my town, my Dream Address is 4000-2185-7855.

Author: "Laura Moncur" Tags: "Animal Crossing, Toys and Games"
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Date: Wednesday, 04 Dec 2013 20:54

There are some days when you can do everything right and still have bad luck. It’s true in Animal Crossing just as much as it is in real life, but in Animal Crossing, the fortune teller can actually warn you about your impending bad luck.

A visit to Katrina, will start out ominous, so you know right away that it’s a bad luck day.

Animal Crossing Bad Luck Days with a visit to Katrina

The Lovely Phone, is more ambiguous, however. It may just say something vaguely unfavorable.

Animal Crossing Bad Luck Days warnings from the Lovely Phone

There is little you can do to turn your luck around. If you have the lucky item, you can make yourself about as lucky as a normal day.

Animal Crossing Lovely Phone Lucky Item

If you have your lucky item AND can also wear your Tingle Hood, then you can have a lucky day despite the “misfortune that is attempting to come down on you.”

Animal Crossing Tingle Hood

Arranging the furniture in your house helps, but it really can’t overcome a bad luck day. In Animal Crossing, as in real life, it might be best to just hide in bed on your bad luck days.

Author: "Laura Moncur" Tags: "Animal Crossing, Toys and Games"
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Date: Tuesday, 03 Dec 2013 15:00

I don’t like the mini-game tours on the island. I ONLY do them to earn medals so I can buy the cool stuff from the island shop. The quickest way for me to earn medals is with the Elite Scavenger Tour.

Animal Crossing How to Earn 16 Medals on Elite Scavenger Tour

In about two minutes, I can earn 16 medals EVERY time. Here’s how I do it.

Tips and Tricks

  • The locations and exteriors of the houses are completely random, as is the design of the town.
  • There is only one item you need in each house. If you’ve found one of your items, you don’t even need to waste time looking at the other items to see if they are there. Just move on.
  • There are two houses with nothing you need in them. If you hit them first, then you KNOW that your items will be in the last three houses.
  • Don’t forget to run back to Tortimer to verify your items before the clock runs out.
  • If you finish with 2:00 minutes or more on the clock, you’ll earn a Gold Tortimer and 16 medals. If you finish with less than that, you’ll earn a Silver Tortimer and 12 medals.

The beauty of this game is that you don’t need to memorize what EVERY piece of furniture looks like. You just need to memorize these eight house setups. While the exteriors of the houses are random, the interiors will look like one of these eight.

Animal Crossing How To Earn 16 Medals on the Elite Scavenger Tour

Animal Crossing How To Earn 16 Medals on the Elite Scavenger Tour

Animal Crossing How To Earn 16 Medals on the Elite Scavenger Tour

Animal Crossing How To Earn 16 Medals on the Elite Scavenger Tour

Animal Crossing How To Earn 16 Medals on the Elite Scavenger Tour

Animal Crossing How To Earn 16 Medals on the Elite Scavenger Tour

Animal Crossing How To Earn 16 Medals on the Elite Scavenger Tour

Animal Crossing How To Earn 16 Medals on the Elite Scavenger Tour

This mini-game was doable, but kind of hard until I realized that the furniture placement stays the same every time. For the life of me, I can’t tell the difference between the folk guitar and the country guitar, but now I know that the folk guitar is in the middle of the floor and the country guitar is on the right side, so it’s easier. I still have trouble with all of the totem poles, though. There are too many of them and they all look the same to me.

Now that I have learned where everything is and what it looks like, I can earn 16 medals in about two minutes, with a best time of 4:27 minutes remaining. I check the tours every day to see if the scavenger tours are available and stock up on medals so I don’t have to hit any rolling Cornimer machines with a toy hammer.

If you learn these eight floor plans, you also will be able to get 16 medals EVERY time.

Animal Crossing How To Earn 16 Medals on the Elite Scavenger Tour

Author: "Laura Moncur" Tags: "Animal Crossing, Toys and Games"
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Date: Tuesday, 26 Nov 2013 23:24

My lucky item for the day was the Mint Gingham Skirt and I didn’t have a good shirt to wear with it, so I revamped one of my sweaters to match it and added a sling bag. Here’s the QR Code:

Animal Crossing Chocomint Sweater QR Code

I absolutely LOVE that I can just make a new outfit and share it with the world immediately. I hope you all like it.

If you would like to visit my town, my Dream Address is 4000-2185-7855.

Author: "Laura Moncur" Tags: "Toys and Games"
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Date: Monday, 25 Nov 2013 18:44

This video is NOT SAFE FOR WORK and is laced with profanity, but it is SO true! Jenna Marbles talks about what video games taught her.

If you feel that video game designers don’t care about what they are teaching kids, you’re right. Granted, some of those games weren’t meant for kids, like Grand Theft Auto, but honestly, the last thirty years of video game design has been dedicated to the lowest common denominator, violence. I really loved what she said,

“Super Mario Bros. taught me that if you see something that you don’t know, that’s not you, you should… kill it. DIE! I don’t wanna befriend you. I don’t wanna get to know you. You’re gettin’ in my path… you’re dead. It’s basically more hardcore than Scarface.”

The lack of friendly fire in gameplay seems like a HUGE problem in games. I was watching Sean play Sklyanders and I was worried, “Watch out, you’re going to kill your other guy.” He just casually replied, “Oh, I can’t hurt him.” He didn’t even worry about hurting his co-player or the innocent wooden bystanders on that level.

What did video games teach me? Adventure taught me how to memorize mazes and directions without being able to see them. Even now, I can navigate the real world better because of it. Animal Crossing taught me how to be a pretty good friend by sending them nice letters and doing favors for them. In my forty years on this planet, no one ever told me that if I send a pleasant note, text or email to my friends every few days that it would make them like me. I also learned the names of several fish and insects because of that game. Tetris taught me how to pack a suitcase really well. Plants Vs. Zombies taught me to multi-task. Dungeon Raid taught me to run AWAY when I see a big bad guy. It’s really the ONLY video game I’ve played that has ever given me that option and taught me that lesson.

On the whole, the video games I’ve loved the most have taught me positive lessons, or perhaps I was willing to overlook the negative lessons and just focus on the positive.

Author: "Laura Moncur" Tags: "Toys and Games"
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Date: Saturday, 23 Nov 2013 13:00

I love to sell my fruit, gems and fossils on the Flea Market pallets at Retail, because I can sell them to the villagers for almost four times what Reese will pay me for them. Unfortunately, I ran into problems. It was hard to get the villagers to LEAVE once they bought something and getting them to come to Retail was just as hard.

Animal Crossing Sell your stuff at Retail

With a ton of trial and error, however, I’ve found a pretty good way to efficiently sell all of my high ticket items at Retail for four times the usual price. Here’s how I do it…

Update 12-04-13: I added information about bad luck days.

Lucky Items

The first thing you will need is to know what your lucky item of the day is. You can do this by visiting Katrina. If she is in your town or if she has finally built her fortune telling shop, you can pay the 500 Bells and visit her.

Animal Crossing Visit Katrina

Another way to find out your lucky item is with the Lovely Phone.

Animal Crossing Lovely Phone

I received my Lovely Phone at the fireworks display from Redd when he was selling fireworks. Each morning, I can call the fortune telling service on this phone and it will give me some good advice and then tell me what my lucky item is.

Animal Crossing Lovely Phone Lucky Item

Additionally, Katrina sold me a Tingle Hood, which serves as a magical lucky item when I don’t happen to own whatever came up in the lucky item lottery for the day. Unfortunately, I look like a fool when I wear it. It really ruins my ensemble.

Animal Crossing Tingle Hood

If you don’t have your lucky item, this process won’t work, so it’s essential.

Additionally, lucky items help you in many of other ways. They make rare bugs and fish respawn more often. They make the villagers fall in love with you and give you more presents. EVERYTHING is easier if you have your lucky item for the day.

Bad Luck Days

Some days, Katrina or the Lovely Phone will forecast a bad luck day for you. To recognize those days, read this entry: The Gadgets Page – Animal Crossing: Bad Luck Days

Pricing Items

When you place something for sale on the flea market in Retail, it will suggest Reese’s price. I price my items four times that price minus one Bell and the villagers will buy it every time, with one exception. The price cannot be over 9,999 Bells.

Animal Crossing Price your items less than 10000 Bells

Even if four times the price is well over 9,999, the villagers will NOT buy it. They’ll say something like, “That’s an awesome deal, but I just can’t afford it.” Keep your prices under 10,000 Bells and one Bell under four times the Reese price and they will buy it EVERY time.

Fruit is a little more difficult. You need to basket it up before you can sell it for any good money. The local fruit isn’t worth the trouble of selling at the flea market, but the exotic fruits are worth enough to account for the work. Apples, Oranges, Peaches, Pears and Cherries (exempting your local fruit) should be put in baskets of five fruits and sold for 9,999 Bells. Coconuts, Bananas, Mangoes, Durians, Lemons, Lychees, and Persimmons should be in baskets of nine fruits and sold for 8,999 Bells. Bamboo Shoots should be in baskets of three and be sold for 8,999 Bells as well. I’ve actually planted the trees in my town to accommodate these numbers. For example, I have three Durian trees to create nine fruits (one basket of nine) each harvest and five Apple trees to create fifteen fruits (three baskets of five).

How To Get The Villagers To LEAVE Retail

It’s pretty easy to get the first villager into Retail. They usually show up pretty quickly and a little push in the direction of one of my items will get them excited.

Animal Crossing Hugh buying my stuff at Retail

Getting them to leave, however, is a different story. The first thing you need to do is catch something in town: a bug, a fish, pick up a seashell or a flower, etc. I keep a rotten pear by Retail for this purpose. I wait for the ants to come.

Animal Crossing Ants Love Rotten Fruit

Once I catch an ant, I run to Timmy and Tommy to sell it to them.

Animal Crossing Sell your ant to Tommy

You’ll take a hit on the ant (64 Bells Vs. 80 Bells), but it’s worth it, believe me. Run back to town and catch yourself another ant (or fish, pick a flower, seashell, etc.).

Animal Crossing Catch Yourself another ant

When you return to Retail, your previous villager should be gone. Just wait for the next one to arrive. If they take longer than five minutes to show up, then you need to sell another ant to Tommy.

Animal Crossing Wait for the next villager to arrive

Repeat the process until all the villagers who aren’t hiding out in their houses have bought something. Save and Quit to start the process all over again.

Trouble Shooting

Hugh is STILL in Retail! Why didn’t he leave?!

Some animals are browsers and like to stick around even after they’ve bought something. You can do the whole process correctly and they will still stay in Retail. I go back out, catch another ant and sell it to Tommy and that is usually enough to get them to leave.

I have been waiting for the next animal for over five minutes and no one came!

Try catching another ant and selling it to Tommy. If that doesn’t work, Save and Quit to reboot. It might be that you’ve sold as much as you can for now.

How do you get the fruit in those baskets?

When fruit is in your pockets, you can pick one up and put it on another fruit of the same style. For example, pick up an apple and place it on another apple and a basket will appear with the number “2″ on it. You can make baskets of up to nine fruits, but for the more expensive ones, you should only sell them in groups of five or three so you can get the most money.

I don’t have a Lovely Phone, a Tingle Hood and Katrina’s not in my town. How can I find out my lucky item?

If you have a friend with a Lovely Phone, you can visit their town and use it. The same is true if you have a friend with Katrina visiting or if she has opened her fortune telling shop. If you have no access to finding out your lucky item, then this process will still work for you, but you’ll have to sell ants to Tommy three or four times for each item. At that point, the game isn’t fun anymore, so you might as well just visit the island and catch some high ticket bugs.

If you would like to visit my town, my Dream Address is 4000-2185-7855.

If you like the denim jacket that my character is wearing, you can get the QR code here: The Gadgets Page – Animal Crossing QR Codes: Denim Jacket and Slingbag

Author: "Laura Moncur" Tags: "Animal Crossing, Toys and Games"
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Date: Friday, 22 Nov 2013 15:00

There is a simple denim jacket in the video game, but it is buttoned up to the throat and makes me feel like a nerd when I wear it.

Animal Crossing In-Game Denim Jacket

So I made my own. A simple denim jacket with a white shirt underneath.

Animal Crossing QR Code Simple Denim Jacket

Of course, I love designs that have a bag, so I immediately created one with a brown slingbag.

Animal Crossing QR Code White Shirt Denim Jacket Brown Slingbag

I have loved this so much that I made a black one to match my gray tartan skirt.

Animal Crossing QR Code Black Shirt Denim Jacket Brown Slingbag

I also made a red one to match my kilt.

Animal Crossing QR Code Red Shirt Denim Jacket Brown Slingbag

I also made one with a black slingbag, but I didn’t care for the look. Perhaps you’ll like it better than I did.

Animal Crossing QR Code Black Shirt Denim Jacket Black Slingbag

If you would like me to create one of these with a different colored shirt, just leave a comment and I’ll do my best to comply.

If you would like to visit my town, my Dream Address is 4000-2185-7855.

Author: "Laura Moncur" Tags: "Animal Crossing, Toys and Games"
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Date: Thursday, 21 Nov 2013 21:59

I wanted a cool black leather jacket, but there wasn’t anything in the game. I did find a couple of QR codes from other people, like this cute frilly dress: ANIMAL CROSSING QR CODE BLOG

Cute Frilly Dress Black Leather Jacket Animal Crossing QR Codes

I just wanted a jacket, though. There was a punk rock jacket here that I liked, but it wasn’t exactly what I was looking for: Punk Rock Leather Jacket – Pinterest

Animal Crossing QR Code Punk Leather Jacket

So I made my own and I really like how it turned out.

Animal Crossing QR Code Black Leather Jacket

A couple of days ago, Gyroid’s lucky clothing item was “women’s bottoms.” So, I had him wear the red kilt that comes in the game and he looked pretty badass.

Black Leather Jacket with Kilt

He reminded me of this photo of Ewan MacGregor in a kilt:

Ewan MacGregor Kilt

Or maybe this photo of Wil Wheaton in a kilt:

Wil Wheaton Kilt Axis of Anarchy

All this spawned a flurry of QR Code-Making. Here is the red kilt I made:

Animal Crossing QR Code Black Leather Jacket and Red Kilt

The blue kilt with a black leather jacket:

Animal Crossing QR Code Black Leather Jacket and Blue Kilt

And the green kilt with the black leather jacket:

Animal Crossing QR Code Black Leather Jacket and Green Kilt

If you notice, the dress designs flare out a bit more at the waist than the kilt design that came in the game, so they don’t look perfect, but I had a bunch of fun making these, so I thought I’d share them with you.

If you would like to visit my town, my Dream Address is 4000-2185-7855.

Author: "Laura Moncur" Tags: "Toys and Games"
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Date: Thursday, 31 Oct 2013 01:31

I made a cute little dress with a denim jacket and a purse. I liked it so much that I made it in EVERY color I could think of.

Animal Crossing QR Code Lacy Dress Denim Jacket and Purse

You can find the QR Codes after the break.

Lacy Dress Denim Jacket and Purse Black – Click for full sized

Animal Crossing QR Code Lacy Dress Denim Jacket and Purse Black

Lacy Dress Denim Jacket and Purse Blue – Click for full sized

Animal Crossing QR Code Lacy Dress Denim Jacket and Purse Blue

Lacy Dress Denim Jacket and Purse Brown – Click for full sized

Animal Crossing QR Code Lacy Dress Denim Jacket and Purse Brown

Lacy Dress Denim Jacket and Purse Dark Brown – Click for full sized

Animal Crossing QR Code Lacy Dress Denim Jacket and Purse Dark Brown

Lacy Dress Denim Jacket and Purse Dark Green – Click for full sized

Animal Crossing QR Code Lacy Dress Denim Jacket and Purse Dark Green

Lacy Dress Denim Jacket and Purse Gray – Click for full sized

Animal Crossing QR Code Lacy Dress Denim Jacket and Purse Gray

Lacy Dress Denim Jacket and Purse Green – Click for full sized

Animal Crossing QR Code Lacy Dress Denim Jacket and Purse Green

Lacy Dress Denim Jacket and Purse Magenta – Click for full sized

Animal Crossing QR Code Lacy Dress Denim Jacket and Purse Magenta

Lacy Dress Denim Jacket and Purse Orange – Click for full sized

Animal Crossing QR Code Lacy Dress Denim Jacket and Purse Orange

Lacy Dress Denim Jacket and Purse Pink – Click for full sized

Animal Crossing QR Code Lacy Dress Denim Jacket and Purse Pink

Lacy Dress Denim Jacket and Purse Purple – Click for full sized

Animal Crossing QR Code Lacy Dress Denim Jacket and Purse Purple

Lacy Dress Denim Jacket and Purse Red – Click for full sized

Animal Crossing QR Code Lacy Dress Denim Jacket and Purse Red

Lacy Dress Denim Jacket and Purse Teal – Click for full sized

Animal Crossing QR Code Lacy Dress Denim Jacket and Purse Teal

Lacy Dress Denim Jacket and Purse White – Click for full sized

Animal Crossing QR Code Lacy Dress Denim Jacket and Purse White

Lacy Dress Denim Jacket and Purse Yellow – Click for full sized

Animal Crossing QR Code Lacy Dress Denim Jacket and Purse Yellow

Author: "Laura Moncur" Tags: "Toys and Games"
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Date: Wednesday, 23 Oct 2013 20:55

I have completed an insanely easy hack to create solar light candlesticks. They look great!

Solar Light Ikea Hack from The Gadgets Page

I’ve done this before with an old candlestick from the thrift store:

Solar Light Candelabra from The Gadgets Page

I wanted something cleaner and easier to store in our trailer, so I chose the Ikea Stockholm candlestick holders.

This was even easier than my solar light hack before because all we had to do was cut the post with a hack saw and put the solar light into the candlesticks.

Solar Light Ikea Hack from The Gadgets Page

They give off a lot more light than one would expect from one dollar store solar light.

I made a couple of really pretty solar lights for when we go camping for only $22. I’m so excited to take them out. I just wish the weather would cooperate!

Author: "Laura Moncur" Tags: "Misc. Gadgets"
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Date: Saturday, 12 Oct 2013 15:00

With a title like 30 Life Hacks Debunked, I thought that all of them would fail, but surprisingly a number of them pass.

I love this video because it started with one of the hacks that I tried out myself before posting here: the toilet paper tube iPhone amplifier. I tried it out on my own and it DEFINITELY failed. Since I only write about awesome things here, I didn’t mention it, but it’s nice to see I’m not the only one who cried, “Wrong!”

Author: "Laura Moncur" Tags: "Misc. Gadgets"
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Date: Friday, 11 Oct 2013 15:00

Animal Crossing New Leaf game guide at Amazon.com When I pre-ordered Animal Crossing New Leaf, I also ordered the Animal Crossing New Leaf game guide. The one for Wild World was really helpful, so I thought this one would help me as well and it has been invaluable. It’s great for keeping track of what I’ve previously purchased for the goal for a complete catalog, but most importantly, it helps me when I’m working part time at Brewster’s Cafe.

Animal Crossing Brewster's Cafe

Each of the animals walks in and wants me to fix them their “usual” without even telling me what they like. This would be a horrible nightmare of failure instead of a fun mini-game without the guide. Of course, you can also reference this online guide:

Unfortunately, my guide doesn’t have the favorite coffee for the special visitors who come to town, like Phineas and Gracie. Over the last four months, I’ve been saving the data on them and I finally have it all.

Visitor – Beans – Milk – Sugar

  • D.J. K.K. – Blend – None- None
  • Phineas – Kilamanjaro – Lots – Three
  • Pete – Blend – Regular – Two
  • Isabelle – Mocha – Lots – Three
  • Digby – Blue Mountain – None – None
  • Phyllis – Kilamanjaro – None – None
  • Dr. Shrunk – Mocha – Little – Two
  • Tortimer – Kilamanjaro – Regular – Two
  • Kap’n – Blue Mountain – Regular – None
  • Gracie – Blend – None – None
  • Pelly – Blend – Little – One
  • Mr. Resetti – Blue Mountain – None – None
  • Kicks – Mocha – None – One
  • Tom Nook – Kilamanjaro – Lots – One
  • Don Resetti – Blend – None – Three

It took me a LONG time to gather all this info and then I looked on that website and found it in a second. I should have thought of using the Internet BEFORE I did all that work!

If you would like to visit my town, my Dream Address is 4000-2185-7855.

Author: "Laura Moncur" Tags: "Toys and Games"
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Date: Thursday, 10 Oct 2013 17:00

I’ve been playing Animal Crossing New Leaf constantly for four months now. One of the additions to the game is you can customize furniture with custom images. You can also have your own rooms at the museum, so I wanted an Egyptian exhibit. It still needs a pyramid and a sphinx, but it’s coming along nicely.

Animal Crossing Egyptian Exhibit

Using QR MyDesign Assistant for Animal Crossing on my iPhone, I was able to create these Egyptian QR Codes.

Here is King Tut:

King Tut QR Code for Animal Crossing

Queen Nefertiti:

Queen Neferiti QR Code for Animal Crossing

An Egyptian Wall:

Egyptian Wall QR Code for Animal Crossing

Another Egyptian image:

Egyptian QR Code for Animal Crossing

I used these images in the big display cases and on some LED signs. They’ve made my museum exhibit feel much more authentic.

I also made a King Tut faceboard standee.

Animal Crossing QR Code Egyptian King Tut Faceboard Standee

Animal Crossing QR Code Egyptian King Tut Faceboard Standee 1

Animal Crossing QR Code Egyptian King Tut Faceboard Standee 2

Animal Crossing QR Code Egyptian King Tut Faceboard Standee 3

Animal Crossing QR Code Egyptian King Tut Faceboard Standee 4

If you would like to visit my town, my Dream Address is 4000-2185-7855.

Author: "Laura Moncur" Tags: "Toys and Games"
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Date: Wednesday, 09 Oct 2013 14:00

Boring Sweater QR Codes for Animal CrossingI’ve been playing Animal Crossing New Leaf constantly for four months now. As diverse and varied as the clothing selections are in the game, there aren’t any boring sweaters or cardigans. When I have a brightly colored skirt, I kind of want to tone it down with a simple sweater, so I worked for HOURS on these sweaters so I would have adorable options when I want to wear a cute skirt. You can see all the sweaters after the break.

Update 10-12-11

I realized that I didn’t make pink or blue sweaters and cardigans, so I rectified that problem. Additionally, I’ve added a gray fisherman’s sweater with a blue scarf.

Update 10-18-13

I added a black fisherman’s sweater with a purple scarf and a brown fisherman’s sweater with a teal scarf. I will take requests if you want something different.

Fisherman’s Sweater in Black

Animal Crossing QR Code Black Fisherman's Sweater

Fisherman’s Sweater in Black with a Purple Scarf

Animal Crossing QR Code Black Sweater with Purple Scarf

Fisherman’s Sweater in Brown

Animal Crossing QR Code Brown Fisherman's Sweater

Fisherman’s Sweater in Brown with a Teal Scarf

Animal Crossing QR Code Brown Sweater with Teal Scarf

Fisherman’s Sweater in Gray

Animal Crossing QR Code Gray Fisherman's Sweater

Fisherman’s Sweater in Gray with a Blue Scarf

Animal Crossing QR Code Gray Sweater with Blue Scarf

Fisherman’s Sweater in Pink

Animal Crossing QR Code Pink Fisherman's Sweater

Fisherman’s Sweater in Red

Animal Crossing QR Code Red Fisherman's Sweater

Fisherman’s Sweater in Orange

Animal Crossing QR Code Orange Fisherman's Sweater

Fisherman’s Sweater in Yellow

Animal Crossing QR Code Yellow Fisherman's Sweater

Fisherman’s Sweater in Green

Animal Crossing QR Code Green Fisherman's Sweater

Fisherman’s Sweater in Teal

Animal Crossing QR Code Teal Fisherman's Sweater

Fisherman’s Sweater in Blue

Animal Crossing QR Code Blue Fisherman's Sweater

Fisherman’s Sweater in Purple

Animal Crossing QR Code Purple Fisherman's Sweater

Cardigan Sweater in Black

Animal Crossing QR Code Black Cardigan Sweater

Cardigan Sweater in Brown

Animal Crossing QR Code Brown Cardigan Sweater

Cardigan Sweater in Gray

Animal Crossing QR Code Gray Cardigan Sweater

Cardigan Sweater in Pink

Animal Crossing QR Code Pink Cardigan Sweater

Cardigan Sweater in Red

Animal Crossing QR Code Red Cardigan Sweater

Cardigan Sweater in Orange

Animal Crossing QR Code Orange Cardigan Sweater

Cardigan Sweater in Yellow

Animal Crossing QR Code Yellow Cardigan Sweater

Cardigan Sweater in Green

Animal Crossing QR Code Green Cardigan Sweater

Cardigan Sweater in Teal

Animal Crossing QR Code Teal Cardigan Sweater

Cardigan Sweater in Blue

Animal Crossing QR Code Blue Cardigan Sweater

Cardigan Sweater in Purple

Animal Crossing QR Code Purple Cardigan Sweater

When I used to create clothing and designs in Wild World, the closest I could come to sharing them is when I visited other people’s towns and put my designs in their clothing store. Now, I can share them with the whole world. It makes the time consuming clicking of each pixel completely worth it when I know that everyone will be able to wear boring sweaters as well.

Update 10-11-13

If you don’t like the white t-shirt underneath, here are some sweaters from Gaia Crossing:

Gaia Crossing Simple Sweaters for Animal Crossing QR Codes

Had I found these earlier, I probably wouldn’t have spent so much time slaving over my own, except I prefer the style with a t-shirt underneath.

If you would like to visit my town, my Dream Address is 4000-2185-7855.

Author: "Laura Moncur" Tags: "Toys and Games"
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Date: Tuesday, 08 Oct 2013 17:00

Animal Crossing New Leaf at Amazon.comI played Animal Crossing Wild World A LOT and I thought that Nintendo wouldn’t be able to improve on it, but Animal Crossing New Leaf is the best of the old games and has even better new features. I’ve been playing for over four months now, and every day is still a joy. In addition to the fishing, bug catching and furniture collecting there are a myriad of new activities.

The first difference is the fact that you are now the mayor of your town. With this added responsibility, you get to do Public Works Projects and Set Town Ordinances. The town tree shows your town’s progress.

Animal Crossing The History of Merriton

The Public Works Projects are suggested by the citizens of the town. I love how appreciative they are once you build them.

Animal Crossing Public Works Projects

One of the Public Works Projects that you can start as a mayor, is Brewster’s Cafe. He lets you work there after you become a regular. You wouldn’t think working at a coffee shop, trying to guess everyone’s favorite coffee would be fun, but I absolutely love it!

Animal Crossing Brewster's Cafe

Another Public Works Project (one requiring signatures) is Club LOL. I love to go there every night to dance and the fact that DJ K.K. plays my town tune between tracks makes me love him even more!

Animal Crossing Club LOL with DJ K.K.

You can see a couple more Public Works Projects here, a bonfire and the camp site. I didn’t think this would be fun, but I love having visitors to the town every few days.

Animal Crossing Camping

The town ordinances let you have the shops open early or stay open late. There are also ones that help you earn more money or keep the town garbage and weed-free.

Animal Crossing Night Owl Ordinance

Don’t worry about old Tortimer, the former mayor, he is retired at the island and you can visit it for only 1000 Bells. Go in the evening, and you’ll easily earn the money back catching beetles on the trees.

Animal Crossing Island

Another MAJOR difference in this game is that you can swim in the water and catch seafood. If you catch a scallop, you’ll meet up with Pascal.

Animal Crossing Swimming

There is a new character, Phineas, who gives you badges when you accomplish things.

Animal Crossing Badges

There is also an alpaca named Cyrus who will make changes to furniture for you. For example, if your green chair is too green, he’ll repaint it.

Animal Crossing Cyrus

As fun as all these big changes are, there are some tiny changes that have made me so happy every time I encounter them. Sometimes when you visit an animal friend, you’ll catch them snoozing in their homes. That used to happen in the original game, but it wasn’t something that happened in Wild World.

Animal Crossing Snoozing Friends

If you build a bench, they will actually sit on it and invite you to join them!

Animal Crossing Saved You a Seat

One time, I even found Sparro asleep on the bench!

Animal Crossing New Leaf Asleep on the Bench

Animal Crossing New Leaf Asleep on the Bench

Animal Crossing New Leaf Asleep on the Bench

Sometimes after it rains, there is a rainbow. I know Wild World had this, but it’s a nice touch that they kept.

Animal Crossing Rainbow

Little things like playing Hide and Seek with the animals make each day a happy moment.

Animal Crossing Hide and Seek

I have been playing this game EVERY day for over four months now and it is still enjoyable and fresh every time. I’m surprised by something almost every day and I love it! Definitely worth the thirty bucks!

If you would like to visit my town, my Dream Address is 4000-2185-7855.

Author: "Laura Moncur" Tags: "Toys and Games"
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