So it's been over a year since I last blogged about anything going on in my life.
I think I'll start with the most important event thus far. I'm almost half way through the two year Forestry & Arboriculture college course I said I was interested in in one of my previous blog posts.
I would say I enjoy the course. The college lifestyle consists of travelling to college, attending lessons and travelling back home. I spend a lot of time in my education and tend to waste what spare time I have playing games and browsing Reddit. I can't say for sure if I have made the right decision as it's the only one I will get to experience.
I'm also an adult now, It amazes me to be here, at Sal's Realm since I was eleven. I'd like to have spent more time with the friends I made here, those who are still here and the ones that aren't.
It's been some time since I last worked on a Photoshop action that made cropping RS images easier.
Today I've made a action designed to crop chatboxes. If you're like me and hate seeing badly cropped chatboxes, you may want to download the action for your own use. It's very quick and only needs to do six different tasks.
There are some limitations as to what it can and cannot do:
Works with player and NPC chat in fixed-screen mode. Also works with chatboxes that have see through backgrounds and level up messages in the chat box.
It must be of a good quality (PNG)
First crop the image as small as you can first but do not over crop.
The image must be cropped to include only the bottom-left portion of the game, chat toggle boxes are OK.
The action was intended for Sal's Realm members and personal use. My making this action public, I'm allowing competing fansites access to this action.
Download Quest Scroll + Chat Box Action
Once downloaded, move the file to C:\Program Files\Adobe PhotoShop\Presets\Actions. Open Photoshop, open your selected image, go to Window -> Actions and look for the folder titled 'Ambo's Trimming Tools'. Select the trimmer you would like to use and press play.
If you're still having problems make sure you're layer is titled 'Layer 0' and that your layer is unlocked.
The Quest Scroll trimmer will not work unless you download this image! Before you run the action, look for the task 'Place' double click this and select the image border.png. You only need to do this once provided you never move or delete the image.
I worked out how the status's of Sal's members by looking at the Members List.
Total: 21,963 (16th Nov 2011)
Excluding retired and inactive players, 53% of players are members and 47% are free-players. It seems we have a fairly balanced selection of players.
It's unlikely that only 8% of players don't play Runescape. Two polls titled 'Who Still Plays Runescape?' posted in June 2011 and October 2010 asked active members of Sal's if they still play.
This is my last year of education and I need to decide what I ought to be doing after I leave. So, I could get a job or pursue further education in a college/university. There is the one course I'm interesting in, at a college an hours drive away from where I live. It's a course on Forestry & Arboriculture and it lasts four days a week, for a year. The only problem is that none of the careers associated with the course interest me.
I'm particularly interested in identification and the preservation of trees. The two year extended course is more practical and involves practical use of chainsaws and climbing equipment.
You know how you're stumbling across the net, looking at things you want but can't afford and you find a site that sells Renaissance Egyptian cotton embroidered towels? And you're going through the form picking what colours and name you want embroidered and you're asked what font you'd like...
All of a sudden BAM, Comic Sans.
It's been too long since I last blogged and so much has happened. It's all just a jumble of events I can't remember specific dates but I suppose I ought to start with the fact that I've cancelled my Runescape membership since I don't play enough for it to be worthwhile.
Over the summer holiday's I've completed a weeks worth of work experience at the local university library. Since then I've done over three weeks work experience at a bookshop in the high street which has been a hundred times more enjoyable then working in a library. :D I actually enjoy going to work and visit most days. Amazingly, Samsara who was visiting England was staying less then a mile away from where I was working.
I've also overcome my fear of roller coasters, visited a new continent, watched the complete series of Arrested Development and started a new year of online education.
I've finally pioneered a new way to make quest scrolls transparent, with one of those eureka momemnts. I didn't think it was possible before, but with many failures I've developed an action in Photoshop that will automate transparencies for me.
Best of all this can now be fully automated! You could process 100's of scrolls in a minute. Although why would you want to? :glasses:
Hopefully in the future I can do the same kind of thing with npc chatheads and bodies...
Tomorrow I'll be taking a plane to Orlando, Florida. I'll be there for a week and I plan to visit the nearby theme parks and space centres. I've never travelled outside of Europe before so I'm certainly apprehensive, I'm certainly going to miss England :)
It makes sense now, every one of Easl's more recent avatars finally make sense. I've got round to play Portal 2 for the first time; against the advice of getting the original Portal first. The voice acting, physics, characters and humour made this game unique but I found the campaign was disappointingly short and I have nobody interested in doing co-op with me. :(
I've been slacking with Runescape lately. I need everyone's help to list as many items as you can for the Item Database's unentered item list. The backlog of items go back just over a month to 13th May, when the capes of distinction came out. Since I 'own' the topic I'm responsible for keeping it updated but that doesn't mean I must source all the information myself.
I need help to keep the sticky updated so if you (still) actively play Runescape you can help out. There are almost always new items to contend with at the release of a game update so please keep an eye out for those items in-game and in the knowledge base. You don't even have to write an entry for them if you wish (but it would be great if you could)
We haven't had any activity in any of those database boards this month so far, in new entries AND corrections! The little things you can do make a big difference :)
If I were to tell you my redecorated bedroom would be in Lego brick colours; you would probably imagine a room with bright primary colours. If that's what you were thinking, guess what?. You're wrong.
I looked at my city street and noticed the calm green tone of the Green Grocer, the rich red of the Fire Brigade and the warm beige of the Grand Emporium. It immediately became clear to me that these three colours would make a great combination for my bedroom. It made sense to start decorating as soon as I could. I could finally paint that horrible stained 'white' wall's that I had that had been undecorated since the house was built.
So anyway, It took a bit longer and caused a bit more disruption then I thought but it was well worth doing.
Green Grocer - The wall was painted in Dulux Woodland Pearl 2
Fire Brigade - Bed + Pillow covers.
Grand Emporium - Wooden desk and laminate flooring
Is it safe to eat smoked bacon without grilling? I love the commitment some of these posters provide to giving great answers to questions at Stack Exchange.
It all started when my dad used smoked bacon to make a sandwich as a substitute for parma ham. I was skeptical at first but proceeded to try it myself and it's not as bad as I imagined. It certainly doesn't taste quite as greasy as grilled bacon.
I'm redecorating and cleaning my room, it's going to take a while until I can use my main PC again but it will be worth it
Paint colour magically changes here :s
I can't believe I missed out this behemoth of a topic. It makes a great read :o
I've taken a visit to the makeover mage to get raise awareness of International Womens Day. It's sad that several people are trying to DDOS the site. For those who can't view the official website, the campaigns about celebrating womens fight for gender equality.
I grew up playing Runescape with my friends, I'd never imagined how much time I would spend training skills, playing quests or write guides for the game. Nowadays I login everyone once in a while, greet the friendly folks in Canting and loiter around the GE waiting for something to happen before log out again.
Since the return of free trade I've been noticeably less active in-game. I occasionaly check out the most recent updates and grab some info on the local NPC's and Monsters for the database but that's about it.
I've split the contents of this blog entry from the topic I planned to write in Runescape Generall 'What Will You Do When Runescape Dies?'
Here's another round of Lego creations in my unpopular blog series. (It might be something to do with this being a Runescape forum) Hopeful the MOCs I post may interest non-Lego enthusiasts.
Three Story Victorian with Tree by !snap!, on Flickr
TwoStory with Basement by !snap!, on Flickr
5 inch twin DP mount1 by Lego Monster, on Flickr
USS Intrepid bow sculpting 1 by Lego Monster, on Flickr
Deck Tractor Tug 5 by Lego Monster, on Flickr
Wax Museum main photo by shutinc, on Flickr
Medieval Cafe and Market Street by Kris_Kelvin, on Flickr
Cleanup Stopped When... by Blue | Star, on Flickr
T class diesel-electric locomotive (flat top) by scruffulous, on Flickr
Railway Gantry 1 of 4 by Lego Tom, on Flickr
Liebherr LG 1750 by M_longer, on Flickr
Steam Road Roller by bricktrix, on Flickr
Rice field by Matija Grguric, on Flickr
T-rex skeleton by legomocs., on Flickr
Last train of the night - 18 by studhead, on Flickr
Since my first blog entry on this subject, I've gathered a few more examples of Lego creations by adults and teenagers. Themes from the previous blog entry include Apocalypse, Engineering and Architecture.
If you don't know already I'm a huge fan of Lego Bricks. Yes Lego bricks, not 'Legos'. :(
Decontamination Site Delta-22 by Legohaulic, on Flickr
Garden01 by Legohaulic, on Flickr
Engineering and Architecture
Steam Through the Piney Woods by SavaTheAggie, on Flickr
Stirring The Giants by SavaTheAggie, on Flickr
Isambard Kingdom Brunel by 2 Much Caffeine, on Flickr
5 by Kris_Kelvin, on Flickr
The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly by Profound Whatever, on Flickr
Pop Culture (Including Star Wars & Halo)
Jump Start by powerpig, on Flickr
Caught Speeding by henrik_zwomp, on Flickr
Scorpion Tank by Benny Brickster, on Flickr
The IDSH (Item DB Submission Helper) has been improved! Submission helpers for the Monster and NPC database are now available!
Designed for Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox.
Update (11/02/2011): Double click the textboxes title to insert Please Submit!
In other news:
The most disappointing usergroup has been created. It should be purple! ^_^
The Item DB submission helper that I've been working on for a while now is complete! I can't be bothered to explain how to use it, It should be fairly strait forward. My goal when making this application was to make submitting to the database quicker. If you have any problems or suggestions let me know.
Things To Do
Increase the size of the 'Specific Details' from a field element to a textfield.
[iMPORTANT] Stop the page from refreshing everytime you update the code. Change the form tag to a div.
The tutorials I've been working on for content submissions have been revised and split into three separate tutorials.
Content Submissions: Tip & Tricks
Tips and Tricks that are too small for there own tutorial.
Content Submissions: Tip & Tricks (Cropping Images)
Remember to crop neatly!
Content Submissions: Tip & Tricks (Quest Scrolls)
Learn how to cut out quest and clue scrolls cleanly and quickly in Photoshop
Marking as a favourite, rating, sharing and commenting on any of the above tutorials will be greatly appreciated. :D
Better late then never!
I'd like to get 90 Construction this year, but I'll need 66 Morphic Hammers :D
18/1/2011 Update: I've got the hammers and I've started building. 80 -> 82 Construction today
99 Woodcutting, It shouldn't be too hard. I'll just cut Ivy or Magic logs when I'm bored.
The ultimate database tool! Well not quite. I'm just over halfway through my tool for the Item Database to increase my productivity. I suppose I could have submitted hundreds of items if I hadn't been working on this. ^_^
P.S Why is the unsuccessful secret forum still here? ^_^