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Looking at the new layout on Pet Society, I am simultaneously interested and afraid. Why? I am a creature of habit like many gamers. While I may harp on and on about wanting change, the truth is, I would rather stay with the tried, true, familiar method than have Playfish, or any other designer, change and possibly remove features I have become comfortable with. It is all well and good for you to change the things that do not work, but do not dare change something that does. So I opened up my game to look at what this new Pet Society layout had to offer. The designers definitely moved some things around, but for the most part, everything is still there. Read on for a quick run through in navigating the new Pet Society layout.
Right-side of the Screen
The first thing I noticed, the three bars on the right-hand side of the screen were gone. In the previous layout, Health (heart), Cleanliness (showerhead), and Happiness (smiley face) were all on the right-hand side of the screen. Now your health bar has moved to the top of the screen, but where did cleanliness and happiness go? They are just gone.
Then how do I tell if my pet needs a wash, you ask. The flies animation is still there. So you will still be able to tell when it is time to run the soap over your pet. Once your pet is all clean, a message will appear on your screen that says: All Clean!
Happiness, it appears, still affects your pet but does not have the same significance attached to it. Your pet will happily wave its arms about when it is completely happy, there is no message for it.
What is now on the right hand side of the screen is your save button, a bright red disk. Below that is a blue square with a cog on it. This is your settings button. This is where you turn your background music, sound, and full screen on or off. You can also control the visual quality of the game from here. I have no idea why anyone would want to make it any lower, but they give you the option. I am sure someone uses it. Finally, you have your language option under settings. There are a number of different languages available. As an English speaker, I stick with English, but it might actually make a decent language learning tool for those who are interested. The old layout was easy enough to find, but in Pet Society’s new layout, the colors are better, the buttons are bigger, and that makes for a better experience.
Your House navigation, to go from room to room, has gone from the top of the right hand of the screen to the bottom in this new layout. It takes a little bit of getting used to. I still automatically gravitate toward the top of the screen when I am trying to get from my garden to another room in my house. You just have to get used to it, I suppose.
Money and Playfish dollars are still across the top of the screen, though now the buttons to add more are bigger. The Experience bar is also still on the top of the screen, though now it shares its space with the Health bar.
Left-side of the Screen
Looking to the left of the screen, you will realize that the Tutorial/Trophy book is gone along with the postage stamp ‘Invite Friends’. Each of these has been moved to the bottom of the screen but in different places.
Bottom of the Screen
At the bottom of the screen, your friends bar is still there with all the pretty pictures of your friends’ pets and their personal avatars. All the way to the right of your friends bar is your ‘Invite Friends’ button. Even more fun, in the new layout, the button suggests a friend to add. The suggestion changes every few minutes. Clicking on the button takes you to the normal ‘Invite’ page.
Now if you look directly above your friends bar, you will notice you have a new tab that looks like a stack of books. Click on that tab to see your Sticker album, Cookbook, and Tutorial/Trophy book. I think Playfish did a good job of consolidating those for us.
The Primary Toolbar
Finally, what did they do to our primary toolbar at the bottom left of the screen? Playfish did us a favor and made the icons both bigger and more colorful. Granted, the old layout had functional icons, but the new Pet Society layout offers funkier icons and that makes for a whole lot more fun. Isn’t that the whole point of game, fun?
As a National Merit Scholarship finalist, paying college tuition and fees never posed a problem, despite not being selected for one of the $2500 National Merit Scholarships. Benefits of the program extend far beyond the scholarships offered by the Program itself, and cover more than college tuition. National Merit Scholarships – both the one-time scholarships from the program and college- and corporate- sponsored awards, benefit about 8,200 out of 15,000 finalists. I strongly urge all high school students to take the National Merit Scholarship Program – and its qualifying test, the PSAT, seriously. Even if not selected for one of the $2500 scholarships, it can pay your college tuition. Literally.
You may be wondering how. Well, the National Merit Scholarship Program is highly respected; some colleges even market the percentage of National Merit Scholarship finalists enrolled as a measure of quality. To attract National Merit Scholarship finalists, scholarship boards set aside a funds as enticements for these students. In short, by placing well on the PSAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test and subsequently advancing to Finalist status, prospective students become eligible for special college tuition assistance from prospective colleges. However, colleges only consider National Merit Scholarship finalists who listed that college as “first choice” on the exam.
In my opinion, the college-sponsored awards shine as the true stars of the National Merit Scholarship Program. Think about it: they range from $500 to $2000 for college tuition assistance. While the National Merit Scholarship amount of $2500 exceeds them, the college-sponsored awards pull ahead when you realize that those awards are renewable for four years. So, while a $2500 towards college tuition is always just $2500, a college-sponsored scholarship for $1000 becomes $4000 if you keep your GPA up to snuff; $2000 becomes $8000. And that’s not including the additional awards a college may offer.
In my case, not only did National Merit Scholarship finalist status secure funds to pay college tuition, the college also cobbled together a variety of scholarships which eventually paid for my books and some of my meals and housing, substantially reducing my costs. Most of the special treatment, I believe, should be laid at the feet of being a National Merit Scholarship finalist. My extracurricular activities from high school were sparse, my volunteer work practically nonexistent; the only thing going for me was that position as Finalist. And did it ever pull through.
So do your best on the PSAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test. Study beforehand. Choose your “first choice” college carefully. Never forgo preparing with a ‘luck of the draw’ attitude; remember, preparation for the PSAT/NMSQT should carryover and help your scores on subsequent standardized tests, such as the ACT or SAT, even if you don’t become a National Merit Scholarship finalist. Above all, never let the numbers daunt you. Sure, only 8200 prospective college students nationwide receive National Merit Scholarship assistance. That doesn’t mean one of them can’t be you.
Another day and another ex-football player is in trouble with the law. According to ESPN.com Pac-Man Jones decided to enter a plea for the shooting at a Las Vegas strip club back in February that left a manager in wheelchair. What happened to the “I’m innocent” card? This is the same guy who said on ESPN’s First Take that he went to a strip club the night before meeting with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell to get something to eat. Did the waitresses at all of the upscale New York restaurants not dress skanky enough for you? Were they not wearing skank tight booty shorts and tassells? I don’t think most people go to strip clubs to get something to eat. That’s like saying you go to the strip clubs to get the high score on video golf. Everybody knows that @ a.m. and strip clubs usually equal trouble. Allegedly Pac-Man is going to testify against a member of his crew for probation in return. This might be the smartest move that Pac has made in a long time. Micheal Vick should have taken this advice when it was given to him. I’m sure that your probation is not going to ruin your uprising career as a pro wrestler. I think that maybe a good fit. You can fight and you’ll have your pick of all of the ex-strippers who are now wrestlers. That’s a match made in heaven. Good luck with that.
Place your bets now Vegas. Will Orenthal stiff arm the justice system once again. This is the same guy that used the argument “I thought what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas”. Ask Pac-Man if that saying holds true, I’m sure you’re not going to get the answer you wanted. If O.J. wanted to get back in the national spotlight, he should have just auditioned for dancing with the stars or The Surreal Life. He didn’t have to go and crash a hotel room just to get some of his jack. Will the justice system finally tackle the juice or will he find another way to juke his way to freedom?
The New York Knicks did not file a missing person’s report when Stephon Marbury left the team in Phoenix after an argument with Knicks coach Isiah Thomas. This guy has been a disaster since his arrival in The Big Apple. Way to go star, bail on your teammates in the middle of a road trip and then come back to lose to the Clippers. Good show! He may have been the reason that Larry Brown was run out of Madison Square Garden. Starbury is obviously unhappy. However, when the hell is he ever happy? The Phoenix Suns did themselves a favor by shipping this guy off and New York will do themselves a favor by doing the same. Look at the Phoenix Suns now and then look at the New York Knicks. A once proud franchise of the NBA is now the worst team you can buy for $100 million. Dan Snyder and George Steinbrener are laughing at the Knicks.
How do you say thanks for all of the memories in your last game at the Orange Bowl? Get blanked 48-0 by the Virginia Cavaliers. The same place that witnessed Hail Flutie, Wide Right, and the South Beach Brawl with Florida international closes the curtain by getting bounced 48-0. According to the Sporting News, This was their worst loss since 1944 when they were drummed by Texas A M.; I know the luster has deteriorated from “The U”, but you can’t get embarrassed like this in your last game in a historical landmark of college football. Now they move to Dolphin Stadium where maybe they can win some games unlike their pro counterparts.
T.O. is making news again. However, this time, he’s making news on the field. No more crunches in the driveway and no more Tour de Dallas on the excercise bike. This guy is now showing that besides being a side show like he was most of his career, he is a good football player. With Chad Johnson putting his celebration show on hold until the Bengals start winning again, T.O. is finally playing the game on the field rather than off of it. This guy and Tony Romo are like Starksy and Hutch on the field. As long as Romo keeps giving this guy the ball, the Cowboys are going to be a force in the NFC.
Do you need more money to pay for your family vacation, buy a new car, or to help your kids with college expenses? You might want to consider direct sales as a way to increase your income and perhaps to even live debt free.
I started selling Tastefully Simple Gourmet Foods just before my son started college at Michigan State University in East Lansing, Michigan. Tastefully Simple Gourmet Foods are sold through home parties, business expos, person to person and through my website. Tastefullysimple.com/web/dmayers
Tastefully Simple Gourmet Foods is based in Alexandria, Minnesota and the company is almost 14 years old. The products are delicious and are very simple to prepare (They make even ME a good cook).
During the time I have been selling Tastefully Simple, I have also worked full time as a Human Resources Administrator. Tastefully Simple allows me to work nights and weekends (on my own schedule) in order to earn the extra cash that my family needed.
My son Adam will graduate debt-free from Michigan State University in May of 2009. The extra money that I have earned has helped pay for tuition, books, rent, groceries and car insurance. Not having any debt when he graduates will make Adam’s life easier and not having to make loan payment for his education, will allow me to retire earlier (if I choose).
Are you thinking that gourmet food sales not for you? There a dozens, maybe even hundreds of direct sales businesses to consider. You can elect to sell a variety of products ranging from kitchenware, fashion, skincare, and jewelry, to tools, craft supplies, and cosmetics.
With (Tastefully Simple) direct sales, there are several ways to earn cash.
Most direct sales businesses offer additional incentives as well – things like trips and other gifts to keep consultants working hard for the company.
Besides my income, I have gotten several gifts from the company over the years – a clock, some pretty glassware, a serving tray, jewelry and other items.
With Tastefully Simple, we also earn points (based on our sales) to turn in for additional prizes of our choosing (almost like green stamps from the old days). I have earned a 6-foot fiberglass ladder and a Sawzall with those points. I am not sure what my next goal will be, but I suspect it will be something else from the tool section of the catalog.
There are dozens of ways to make extra cash in order to reach your goals, pick something about which you are passionate and have fun while earning cash!
Part three of the review of Majesty 2 can be found here. Part three of the review includes information on the differences between Majesty and Majesty 2. It also includes information on if the game is worth buying and where players can buy the game from.
Paradox Interactive has also shared their experience of the development and publishing process. That interview can be found here. As players will be able to see, Paradox Interactive truly cares about the world of Majesty 2.
Temples In Majesty 2
The way that temples work in Majesty 2 has also changed from the original Majesty. In the original game, players could build temples wherever they desired. Now temples can only be built on “locations of power.” This is a welcome addition from the original Majesty, as temples often times made missions too easy and made multiplayer unbalanced, because the heroes the temples produced were so powerful. (The temple of Helia was especially unbalanced for multiplayer.)
The temples available in Majesty 2 are:
As players from the original Majesty will immediately notice, the Temple to Lunord no longer exists. This is because, during the 500 years between games, Lunord decided to try and revolt against the other gods. Lunord is currently trapped beneath a volcano in Ardania. (Note that this does give Paradox the ability to bring him back at any time.)
Unique to Majesty 2, players can now upgrade their heroes to one of the temple classes (each character can upgrade to a choice of two classes. Rogues, Elves, Dwarfs, and wizards cannot upgrade their classes at all.) This method allows players to effectively take their high level characters and make them even more powerful, for a cost.
The Story and Missions of Majesty 2
The campaign of Majesty 2 tells the story of a king who summoned a demon to try and prove his worth as a king (as in his time, evil was gone from the lands of Ardania.) The demon defeated the king and now rules over the lands of Ardania. The player takes on the role of the heir to the throne. It will be up to the player to reunite the races in the land of Ardania, recollect the magical artifacts of the throne, and slay the demon.
After each mission, players will be able to promote one of their heroes to the Lord status. This allows the hero to be used in any campaign mission. To use the Lord in another mission, players must first build the Hall of Heroes. Then, after the Hall is built, players must higher the hero. Because the hero is a high level, it will cost a large sum of gold. (For instance, a level 12 cleric costs around 2200 gold to hire.) A player can have three Lords active on the field at any time.
Besides the campaign missions, players can also take part in single missions. These are missions that are unrelated to the storyline, but still prevent a variety of challenges to the player.
The Multiplayer Aspects of Majesty 2
The multiplayer aspects of Majesty 2 provide players with a completely different playing experience. To join a multiplayer game, players will first need to click on the “Multiplayer” tab in Majesty 2. Once there, they will see the option to pick between a “LAN” game and an “Online” game. A LAN game is where you are playing someone on your network. The online game, on the other hand, will allow players to play each other around the world. To play in an online game, players will need to minimize or alt – tab from Majesty 2 and go to an internet browser, and then register a Gamespy Arcade account. (Players can skip this step if they already have one.) Then, once they have their login information, all players need to do is enter it in the game, and they will be taken to the multiplayer games lobby. Multiplayer games in Majesty 2 allow players to select from a variety of courses. On these courses, players may be presented with a variety of quests as they are trying to defeat the other player. For instance, on one of the 1 vs 1 maps, the first player who holds 20,000 gold in their treasury will be given three of the artifacts to the throne to be used against their opponent. The game is quite balance, unit wise, in the way of multiplayer. When playing a multiplayer game, it is recommended for players to try and secure the trading posts, as it is often money that determines who can overwhelm the other kingdom.
With it being a few weeks since Majesty 2 has been released, some players are having issues with the multiplayer. When these players try to play in an online multiplayer game, they will almost immediately be kicked out of the game, and then they will be told that there was a “Desyncing” issue. Paradox Interactive has released a patch that should address the problem.
As a temporary solution, some players have started using Himachi. Himachi is a third-party program that allows players to create a virtual network. This allows players to play on LAN with no desyncing issues. (Himachi can be downloaded here: http://hamachi.en.softonic.com/free-download)
To access one of these servers that is being used, players will need to first install Himachi. Then, once the program is installed, install the Network Server: Majesty2-USA . The password to this server is gamespysucks . Once this information is typed in, players should be able to play against others that are logged into this server. This provides an effective temporary fix to the situation.
Part three of the review of Majesty 2 can be found here (edit in after publishing) Part three of the review includes information on the differences between Majesty and Majesty 2. It also includes information on if the game is worth buying and where players can buy the game from.
Paradox Interactive has also shared their experience of the development and publishing process. That interview can be found here: (edit in after publishing) As players will be able to see, Paradox Interactive truly cares about the world of Majesty 2
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One of the most basic coverage an insurance company can offer to their clients is the personal possessions insurance. In today’s economy, it is only important to get an insurance that will cover not only the person, but his or her possessions as well. This is worth taking because not only does to cover your belongings while inside your home, but also when you are outside when something happened to an insured personal property. Personal possessions insurance often covers personal belongings that are accidentally damaged, lost, or stolen. Especially those possessing expensive and state of the art mobile phones, laptops or computer notebooks, credit cards, passports, ID’s and other important documents, digital cameras and video cams, portable gaming consoles, and other important personal belongings, personal possession insurance is their security whenever unforeseen events happen to them.
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Aside from the things stated above, insurance provides for it to be considered as a one stop shop, you must have excellent and affordable travel insurance coverage ideal for individuals planning a trip abroad either for business or leisure. When you are overseas, there are a lot of unforeseen things that can happen to you, and finding an insurance provider that can offer a policy with the best travel insurance coverage is one thing you must never take lightly or take for granted. Most of the time, travelers often overlook the importance of a travel insurance without knowing that it can cover them from any liabilities and unnecessary expenses incurred while traveling abroad. Important coverage, like emergency repatriation or evacuation, medical expenses, accident coverage, travel cancellation and/or restriction, accidental loss of personal possessions due to theft or any other factors, coverage for loss travel documents or missed connections for individuals with connecting flights.
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My Jornada 720 is my constant companion, and for good reason. You can do nearly anything that you can with a full-sized PC at the fraction of the size of a notebook.
By today’s standards, handheld PCs like the Jornada 720 are dead. With a 206 MHz StrongARM processor and 32MB of RAM split between program memory and storage, it’s not for people looking to swell their egos. The Jornada 720 does have a PCMCIA slot and CompactFlash slot, so it can be upgraded to reasonable power and function, but they were big from 1999 to 2001; nobody makes them, nobody supports them, and only the rogue developers are writing programs for them. So why do I use one, and for that matter, why should you?
Have you ever tried writing a long sentence, never mind a paragraph or full article, on a smartphone or Pocket PC? It’s a nightmare — your typing skills are moot. If you carry around a notebook PC for writing, you’re probably the best candidate for a handheld PC; the Jornada 720 has a suite of office applications, including Word, that can be started with the press of a keyboard button.
Not everyone will find the Jornada 720’s keyboard touch-typeable, but it’s the perfect fit under my medium-sized fingers, and with a little practice it’s not hard to reach a quick typing speed.
Other advantages of the keyboard will become apparent with a little use. If you like killing programs and windows with Alt-F4 or Ctrl-Alt-Del, utilities can be installed to let these key combinations function as they do on a regular PC. Arrow keys and home/end keys let you hop around a document or webpage quickly.
That’s right, the Jornada 720 can be used to browse the Web too. A built-in 56k modem allows access from any phone line. Its 640×240 resolution is perfect for reading text, though viewing large images becomes tedious. Network interface cards and wireless adapters can be purchased, letting you work on your home or business LAN as a full PC. Getting these up and running takes a little work, and Web surfing many sites requires modifying the Registry, but it can be done.
By now, you’re probably thinking that this little machine takes a lot of work. And it’s true that getting the most out of it requires a geeky devotion to pushing the Jornada 720’s limits. But out of the box it’s a great productivity tool, and it can be an excellent game machine as well.
Dozens of games written specifically for the Jornada 720’s operating system, a version of Windows CE called HPC 2000. Warfare Incorporated, for example, is a complex and popular commercial title, but the real gems are in the freeware arena. Chess, card games, puzzle games and even a few action games are on the Internet for download. You can even run Doom and Quake on this little handheld!
I think the Nintendo emulators provide the most fun — they fit nicely on the Jornada 720’s screen, run fast and smoothly, and offer a huge number of games, especially when you factor in the Japanese games translated by fans. I’ve found a great number of strategy and RPG titles this way.
Now for the bad parts, which mostly involve the display. Jornada 720s often have problems with the stylus becoming uncalibrated, very badly in some cases, and if it will not resolve through recalibration the best way around this issue is the program FakeMouse, which lets you hold the Windows key and move a cursor around the screen.
A real show-stopper that comes up infrequently is a dead screen. The data cable comes loose, so you’ll see the glow of the backlight but nothing appears on-screen. It’s difficult if not impossible for most users to fix; mine has done this and, after letting it sit in a drafty area for a week it worked fine. It’s a sort of voodoo repair trick, but many users say it works for them.
Jornadas are cheap, at around $150 on eBay, giving them a wealth of financial advantages over notebook PCs.
Unless you really need the power of a laptop, there’s no reason to lug one around. Get a Jornada 720 — with a keyboard, Pocket Office, and dozens of games available, it can give you countless hours of fun and productivity.