Browsed by
Author: The ImagiNERDtive Girl

Epic Cross Stitch Plans

Epic Cross Stitch Plans

Sometimes you need to plan an adventure into an epic project.

Currently, above our TV is a tapestry rendition of Picassos’ Guernica.  My husband’s Great Aunt worked it.  It is an amazing piece.  I don’t, however, love it as much as I used to.  It’s also starting to freak The Boy out a little.  He asked what the picture was a little while ago, trying to explain it to him, without going into too much detail has been hard.

PicassoGuernica

As we’re starting to think about redecorating the house, I decided that it could probably be replaced.  None of the other tapestries that we have would really work in our loungeroom.  They’re beautiful, but just not what is right for us.

I’ve managed to convince my Husband that this might be an option.  It is the “Exploding Tardis by Van Gogh” from the Doctor Who episode “The Pandorica Opens” (New Season 5, Episode 12).  There are posters available, as well as an oil on canvas from the ABC Shop, but I wanted to make this.

doctor-who-van-goghs-exploding-tardis-poster

My plan is to cross stitch it, then stretch it over a canvas (or I may need to build a frame).  Husband has jumped on board with the idea, so I went on the hunt for a chart and found one on Sprite Stitch.  I’ve decided on 14ct Aida as my base, and it will finish up about 85cm x 54cm.  It’s a bit smaller than what is up there now, but I still think it will be striking.  I’ve been collecting the cottons, as there are 78 colours in all, and almost 140 skeins needed.  Once the main picture is done, I will need to add a border on the four sides, so the sides of the canvas (or frame) will have some coverage.

My husband is going to adapt a tapestry frame for me so it can sit in my loom stand, it’ll make the whole process THAT much easier.  I really can’t wait to start, but there are things I have to finish first.

I can’t imagine it will be a fast project, but I am looking forward to working on it, all the same.

Am I insane?

Maybe, just a little.

 

 

Getting My Game On with Electronic Arts!

Getting My Game On with Electronic Arts!

EAE3AUsign
Last night I was fortunate enough to attend the Electronic Arts Australia E3 event in Sydney, thanks to Husband winning tickets to attend.  It was held at an interesting venue, the Standard Bowl at Taylor Square.  It’s above Kinselas which, back in the day, used to be a bit of a “raging” nightspot.  While none of the live E3 events are happening here, a few of the gaming companies are holding screenings of their respective events.  I’ve long been a fan of EA games, with the Sims, Spore, Mass Effect, and Plants v Zombies, and I was excited to see what was coming over the next couple of years.

CrowdPeople were encouraged to cosplay Star Wars, but I think a few people were put off due to the inclement weather.  But we did see a Twi’lek, Storm Trooper, Leia, a rather good Tuskan Raider, and a very tall Darth Vader.  Husband and I went so far as to wear Star Wars themed shirts.

HusbandandIIt was a standard basic drinks with not a lot of food schmooze event.  The theme of the night was definitely “Play”. There was FIFA15 to be played, pool, pinball, and some ten pin bowling later in the evening.

Now, to the screening of the EA announcements, which is the reason we were there. (Watch the whole thing here, nb: there is lots on this video that we did not see on the night.)

MEAndromedaThe opening screen was the next chapter in the epic series of Mass Effect.  Mass Effect Andromeda looks amazing.  It teased exploration and more amazing graphic art.  There was no real information on gameplay or content, but there was the appearance of Johnny Cash’s “Ghost Riders” song. Release information was that it would be out “Holiday 2016”.  I’m guessing that means in time for Christmas.  Merry Christmas to me!

The next installment of Need For Speed was shown next.  Bringing together all of the best features from previous NFS games, including detailed customisation.  The graphics were incredible, the gameplay looked amazing, and while “car games” are not my thing, Need For Speed fans will not be disappointed.  Due for release November 3rd, 2015.

Star Wars: The Old Republic is getting a new expansion.  Knights of the Fallen Empire is a move towards player driven story.  From the sounds of it, the gameplay is going to take a “Bioware” approach, similar to Mass Effect, where your choices will affect your character and the story.  It sounds awesome, and it makes me want to sign up for SWTOR now, because they also announced that Knights of the Fallen Empire would be free for current subscribers.  Due for release October 27, 2015.

UnravelThe next game was a bit of a surprise, and quite frankly, looks completely amazing.  Unravel is a puzzle platformer (one of my favourite types) with a cute hero character.  Yarny is a little yarn wrapped character who uses the yarn available to him to go on his journey.  Not much was given away about the story, but the game itself looks like a lot of fun.  It looks like a game that will appeal to the younger gamers too.  There is no official release date, which leads me to think it will be 2016.

pvzgw2Last year Plants vs Zombies jumped out of the garden and went into full blown Warfare.  It brought some of our favourite plants and zombies into a PvP world.  The big downside of this game was you didn’t have offline solo, or split screen co-op play.  This is something they’ve introduced in Plants vs Zombies: Garden Warfare 2.  This is really exciting, as it means that my son and I can play it together.  There will also be free content updates after release.  Due for release Autumn 2016.

FIFA16I’m not a sports game person.  I think the last time I played one, it was an NBA game in 32bit graphics.  It was terrible, or more to the point, I was terrible at it.  In fact, I think it put me off gaming for quite a while.  Nevertheless, sports games have come such a long way.  Not only in the graphics department but game control and playability.  FIFA16 will not disappoint the sports game enthusiasts.  They’ve introduced even more game control and balanced play.  I think, though, more importantly, there are now women’s teams available to play, including the Australian Matildas.  In fact, so much so that one of the Matilda’s current team is going to appear on the cover of the game!  It’s very exciting.  Release is due September 25, 2015.

MirrorsEdgeThe next title got a bit lost in the presentation, in between FIFA16 and the giant announcement for the night, it wasn’t as punchy.  Mirror’s Edge: Catalyst is a free roaming, parkour style, martial arts fighting, story game.  It is the origin story for the original game which was released back in 2008/2009.  Due for release February 23, 2016.SWBFTITLE

Let’s face it, the entire night was based around Star Wars Battlefront.  At least, so said all the t-shirts that the staff were wearing, the drink coasters, and the decor.  Star Wars Battlefront is an action game played with first or third person view (which is good as I prefer third).  You get to travel within the Star Wars universe and complete cooperative missions on or offline, with bots or as a split screen co-op, but does not have an offline campaign mode.  SWBFXWingBattles are planet based, so you won’t be able to zoom around in space, nor will there be a Battle over Coruscant type scenario. The game’s online multiplayer mode supports up to 40 players in one match and 12 multiplayer maps will be available at launch. These maps will feature four locations from the Star Wars universe – Hoth, Tatooine, Endor, and Sullust. You can choose Rebels or Empire, and there are customisable options for your character. SWBFLuke There will be a few playable hero characters too, such as Luke Skywalkeror Darth Vader.  It was hard to watch the trailer and not feel super excited about the release of this game.  I’m sure that Husband and I will be co-opping this game for hours on release day!  Due for release November 19, 2015.

It’s been a while since I went to any type of release event, and I had forgotten how much I enjoy them.  This one wasn’t “official” for me, so I got to relax a bit more, which was nice.  I’m very excited about some of the games coming out from EA over the next 18 months.  Is there anything on this list that you can’t wait to play?

 

SWBFLukeDarth

 

There’s no clever way to use Arduino in a title.

There’s no clever way to use Arduino in a title.

Sparkfun Inventors Arduino UnoAt the end of May I attended a course on Arduino basics, run by Little Bird Electronics.  I’ve dabbled with Arduino before, but I wanted a clearer understanding on electric circuits, programming them, and what I can do with them.  I have plans, you see.

It was almost 7 hours of an information barrage!  We started with basic on/off functions, switches.  Moved into colour changes and the and/or scenario.  Resistors, switches, piezo, LEDs, screens, and so much more.  I had a little fun with some of it. The image on the right is a response to the Husband being a bit of a smartass.

arduinoscreen1 arduinobmb

I think I retained about half, which is fine.  I have the Sparkfun Inventors Kit for Arduino Uno, and the learning guide. While I’m certainly not yet confident with the programming, I’m more confident in my thinking about planning the electric circuits and the programming that I want to do.

Learning new things is always fun, and a little exciting when they push your comfort boundaries. Electronics is just one of the things on my list, what’s on yours?