Shutting down soon :(

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Firstly, I would like to say that I am so extremely sorry both to my readers and other members of the blog pack for not posting for all this time. As some of you may or may not know, over a month ago my girlfriend (whom I am stupidly still in love with) broke up with me. As I’m sure a lot of you are older and more experienced than me, considering that while I’m 20, I’m still in the lower age range of EVE players, you’ll know what I mean when I say that when that happens, you just don’t want to do anything at all.
Since then I’ve been gaming a hell of a lot less, have barely played EVE, been designing a lot less and haven’t even thought about this blog.

Also, to make matters worse, I have next to no money. Which (along with meaning I have no EVE time) means that come the 12th of December when I have to renew this domain, I won’t have the money to do it. Meaning that for the foreseeable future, Articulatedsky.com won’t be around unless I somehow magically come into some money for the domain renewal fee and every other thing I need money for.

Just thought I should let you guys know before this site disappears from the Internet for a while.

General, Life November 5th 2009

Back in the Pack!

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We’re back!

Man, it feels good to be back in the blog pack again. Those of you that weren’t around during the time EVE blogging was just taking off (i.e. when people started noticing that EVE blogs existed*) might not know, but I was one of the original EVE Blog Pack members. Of course a few months later, I started to get behind on EVE and my graphics so I had nothing to blog about. Then that eventually led to me being removed from the pack. Have no fear though! I’m going to do my absolute best to stop that happening again.

* AKA – A couple years ago.

I can’t wait to see whether my addition to the blog pack brings any new readers to the blog. By the way, if you’re a new reader, leave me a comment and let me know that you’re here!

I almost forgot, if you’re sitting there and wondering WTF the EVE blog pack is, click on this linky and wonder no more.

Or…

In other news. Still no updates on the ISP front. Still being disconnected every few minutes so I’ve had to resort borrowing a T-Mobile USB Web and Walk thingymajig, and even that seems to randomly disconnect due to spotty mobile signal in my area. I seem to get blazingly fast HSDPA speeds sometimes but an agonisingly slow GPRS connection most of the time.

On the graphics front, I’ve got two paid (as in real moneys!) jobs lined up. One is going to be a web site design for a game time re-seller, and the other is for a site that I am under orders to keep secret until launch so my money problems should solve themselves sooner rather than later. Well, providing that the communication problems that we’ve been having clear up.

On a more personal note, I am now (not through my own choice) single.  Well, to be more specific, I’m in the “will we get back together, won’t we” area. As can be expected with things like this, it’s insanely complicated and probably won’t work itself out for a while.

By the way, I also have copies of the graphics above with black text if any blog pack members wish to use them. That is all.
Good luck fellow new Blog Pack members!

Blog Pack, EVE Online, Gaming, General, Life, MMORPG, PC September 8th 2009

Update on things & new poll!

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A short post to give you an update on recent events and the things floating around my head.

More time for EVE!

As I mentioned a couple posts ago, I had almost no time for EVE as the deadline for my Graphic Design course at college was coming closer and closer. Now here we are, a couple weeks later. The deadline has passed and all my work has been handed in and graded.
My initial happiness was quickly shot down as my internet speed was capped (or so I thought) to dial up speeds and I started imagining having to stay up all night over and over to get some EVE time in. Luckily though, this morning I regained my normal internet speed so I think it was just problems with the line or something.

Professional graphics?

Over the summer, I want to properly set up my own personal graphics website to help bring in some money and over the last couple days I’ve been trying to put together a name and logo with little success initially. It didn’t take long though until I got in my stride and cranked out a name and a few prototype logos. Once I’ve bought the domain names in preparation and cranked out a few more logo prototypes, I’ll let you all know and you can give me your opinions on them.

In the mean time, you can still request custom EVE graphics via my email or EVE Mail (Godlesswanderer). You can find my current prices at my Custom EVE Graphics page.

New poll: Should I continue?

I assume you’ve all read my latest attempt at some EVE fan fiction and since there hasn’t been any comments, I’d like to gauge the general feeling of it and whether my fan fiction is good enough for it to be worth me continuing with them (I’ll still be writing them, just not posting them). So, with that said, point those eyes downwards and click away.

New plugin, poll results & more!

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Earlier today, Tony over at EVE’s Weekend Warrior posted an article containing a great selection of must have WordPress plugins. If you haven’t read it yet and you have a self-hosted WordPress blog, you should definitely go and check it out!

The reason I’m telling you this is that I recently installed a plugin called Lightbox 2. This plugin allows images to be shown in a separate box, but still on the original page. I seem to be butchering the plugin by trying to describe its job when I can just show it to you. Click the image below and providing that your browser supports javascript (as all modern browsers should), you should see it appear on top of the page in its own little box.

Lightbox Test

The only problem with it seems to be that as it is among the last things to load with the page, if someone clicks an image before the page fully loads (as I tend to do) it will open on a page of its own as it normally would. But unfortunately it’s very unlikely that I can change that as as far as I know, that’s the way javascript works in being the last object to load.

And our audience says…

So, the results are in on the newest poll. This time around we had a total of 17 votes (at the time of this posting) spread across three possible answers.

  1. Actively look for a corporation – 8 votes – 47%
  2. Go solo – 6 votes – 35%
  3. Join a corporation but let them come to me – 3 votes – 18%

To be honest, despite the results of this poll being pretty clear, I’m still not entirely sure what to do. While I got some good corp offers from Wensley and Jeneral Jane, I’m still feeling the pull of a solo life. I have a feeling it may take me while to regain my confidence in whether a corp can stay active or not.

Exploring the space lanes

Earlier a reader (and fellow EVE blogger), Kirith Kodachi, contacted me to have a new blog header and forum signature made. Unfortunately the plans for the signature fell through because of unforseen circumstances but the plans for the header were still on. You can see the header below along with a screenshot of the header in action on Kirith Kodachi’s blog.



I’ll post a full post on this set of graphics once the signature plans come back up.

Poll results & Possible site changes

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So, the poll results are in!

We had a total of 12 votes for this poll and a strangely uniform set of results. This time around, I asked you which ship I should pilot as my new pirate ship and as I expected, people seem to be pretty split about it.
And so, the results are…

  • Thorax – 3 votes – 25%
  • Brutix – 2 votes – 17%
  • Drake – 2 votes – 17%
  • Myrmidon – 2 votes – 17%
  • Other – 3 votes – 25%
    • Deimos – 1 vote
    • Nightmare – 1 vote
    • Ibis – 1 vote

To tell you the truth, I bought a Thorax not long after I started this poll as I missed flying in what some people call the flying dildo of EVE.

I’ve already got a fit in mind for it but unfortunately, I’m about a week or two from actually being able to fit the majority of it so I’ll post it up once I’ve managed to fit it and test it out in actual combat. In the mean time though, don’t worry, I’ll still be my usual active self.

Anyway, in other news. Those of you who are following me on Twitter will have been able to get sneak peeks at a little change to the site I’d been thinking about doing. Although, that said, only EVE Warrior of EVE’s Weekend Warrior replied when I asked for input so I assume that most of you lot didn’t see it.
For those of you that haven’t seen it, or did see it but may have been confused, here’s a little explanation.

In the near future, I’m looking at creating an online portfolio for a place to show off my best photography, graphics and general design work. By this time, the portfolio site and this blog will have a front page giving the reader a choice of whether they want to go to the portfolio or this blog. Now, on the portfolio site, this will be an easy job. All I would need to do is have the choices page be the index page and the main be www.sitename.com/home or something like that. The blog on the other hand is a little bit more difficult.

This blog already exists and as such, there are pages and posts on the web that are linking to posts here. I cannot move the blog to www.articulatedsky.com/blog as that will break every link that points here and kill a lot of my referral traffic*. The work around that I have devised for this is to have all traffic going to www.articulatedsky.com, automatically diverted (via the Page Links To plugin) to the location of the page to create a fake front page. The blog link on this page will seem like it’s taking you to the normal blog front page but if you looked at the address bar, it will actually have taken you to page 1 of the post list which in fact looks near enough identical to the default front page (the only difference being the title saying “Articulated Sky | Part 1″.

*However, if you know of a way to do this without breaking every link, you’d save me a lot of trouble. Contact me if you can help.

Update:
I forgot to mention, while I will definitely be having this front page on my portfolio site, the front page for the blog is only possibly happening (depending on your feedback).

Anyway, those are my plans. As on Twitter, I’m looking for your opinions on this and if any of you are suitably web savvy, your opinions on any other ways to solve my problem.