Narfi's Life after EU: The Prequel

Discussion in 'Life, the Universe and Everything' started by narfi, Aug 9, 2017.

  1. narfi

    narfi Lost

    Over the last two years I have not played much Entropia. I still log in every month or so, and still try to keep in touch with some of the people I know (though I am terrible at such things)

    After having dedicated so much of my time for so many years the transition for me has been somewhat difficult but I feel that I am on a surge again with direction and enjoying new challenges and accomplishments.

    Since Entropia was my first big obsession and I grew close with the community here, I thought I would share some of what I have been doing in a similar manner to how Jamiria has been doing with his 3d printing projects. I find it interesting to see what people around the world are doing as hobbies and projects so figured I would share as well. Worst case scenario is no one reads, best case is someone somewhere has something interesting to read while on the toilet.....

    Goals and plans:
    1. Get the basement finished as a stand alone apartment with separate entrance to be rented out for more income.
    2. Build a boat with my son.
    3. Build an airplane with my son before he is old enough to start learning to fly.

    I have kept my skills, and gear in Entropia and a handful of CLDs, but have sold most of my property type 'assets' and withdrawn those funds to help fund these new projects. (in part.... I don't want anyone thinking I was able to withdraw enough to accomplish all of this :P )

    The CLDs should be able to fund any casual playing I want to do up to an hour or two of hunting a week at the same level I had grown accustomed to grinding in the past. (tier 7 Stingury amped and full of dmg enhancers, roughly 1k cycled per hour if on the right mobs and density usually closer to 700ish casually grinding)

    Not sure the best way to organize all of this, but I would like it somewhat organized. To start out I will be going back in time a few months pulling pictures from my phone as well as the boat building forum I am a member of to recreate what I have done so far. Then going forward will try to keep updating in a log/blog/diary type format. Probably with each 'chapter' of it becoming its own thread and using my signature block as the index.

    Will see how that turns out..... Id welcome feedback on an cleaner way to present it though I will probably take the feedback and just do what I want anyways :P
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  2. For my own blogs I've started using wordpress since it's a very easy to use blog, and is excellent at tagging and categorizing things. I've also started using the free web host over at Epizy. What I like about that place is it's free web space of unlimited size with no forced ads, etc. If you just use the free blogs over at there's a limit on how much actual space you can use for pics, videos, etc. Setting up your own freebie website and then throwing wordpress inside of that space gives you a lot more elbow room to play with.

    (I used to use crosswinds, but they started charging and went down hill because of that, Epizy is still going strong as free, at least for now)
  3. GeorgeSkywalker

    GeorgeSkywalker Explorer

    Good idea about blogging projects. I'm not familiar with blogging so pardon me if some of this is not possible in blog format. However, personally I would prefer different projects in different threads (I'm not sure what the equivalent of a thread in blogging is). Also I suppose a thread on how you get on with blogging would be interesting as I was considering doing something like that in future.

    With all these blogs/threads I think you could put it in a step by step format and especially what problems occurred and how they were overcome. This way with detailed instructions it's more than just a blog but instructions on how someone would go about completing a project e.g. building a boat. That way it can then be easily monetized i.e. via google adds. Your providing a service, instructions on how to complete a specific project and it's only fair you get some income from it.

    Looking forward to the projects. Good initiative.

    I was once considering building an arcade cabinet and had some detailed plans drawn up but never actually went ahead with it. I think i may have grown out of games now :) so opportunity missed.
  4. Jamira

    Jamira Samurai Girl

    Well, to rent your basement apartment I would have to use some airplains and Google maps estimats 24 hours of travel time (flight). That's really far away. Not to speak about the costs. Nevertheless I would like to do it if I could. Because of 2. and 3. of your goals. Just to hang out with you and your son and to talk about that boat.

    After nine years PE/EU and a hard cut in 2014 with complete sellout (except skills) I know a bit about your situation. My suggestion is: Sell all your worthy equipment, withdraw the money and pay for other games like projects with your son. The money is better invested in this area. But it's ofc just my point of view.

    Very interesting: Right today I started another game. A real life game of my own. I have not much money - no money tbh. But I want a river boat wich would cost ~500.000 Euro. That's a crazy idea, isn't it? May be, but for me it's the new game I want to play. I will be a retiree starting at September. What shall I do? Play Skyrim again and again? Print 3d figures? Why not try to reach really bigger goals. Without risks. Just for fun. Doesn't matter if I fail or will be a big win if it works. The new idea is to run a business undertaking as a game. My wife refused it during a three hours debate at our loggia this evening. She is a pragmatic. She don't want to play games. Okay, I will be alone playing this game. Well, it's my game. At least real life.
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  5. Jamira

    Jamira Samurai Girl

    Very interesting is that mastermesh and GeorgeSkywalker missed the main point. Hints how to create a blog instead. Blogs and advertising via internet are still secondary jobs. Important, yes, but not the main goal. I would advocate you to focus on your son/house. And blog about it if you can/have time for it.
  6. Well, blogs have
    gotta agree. Also, start using google photos... I've started using that a lot lately now that it is getting better at backing everything up than it used to be... very nice on breaks at work to glimpse at family photos, or heck, even ancient screen prints from entropia, etc. for a minute or two before clocking in from lunch break.
  7. narfi

    narfi Lost

    Good points Jamira and aligned with my thoughts.
    A few years ago I would have loved exploring new blogging software and pursuing a few cents worth of google adds and trying to get as many 'followers' as I could for some simi/half done website/blog. Now I have little interest in such things as they would just distract my from my current goals....
    I should have been more clear on my intent. The intent is to make a 'builders log' for each project. Just a record with pictures and a few words describing each step towards a goal in the current project whatever it may be. This is common on both homebuilt aircraft and boat forums, and all I need is a forum account and the ability to post a thread. I have already been doing this on the boating forum, and until I catch up to current time, I will be pulling my images and comments from there (and editing to address the audience I would expect here vs. there)
    Next post will have more on the basement apartment.
  8. Jamira

    Jamira Samurai Girl

    Yep. I have a complete different story with PE/EU than you (bipolar disorder for more than 12 years until last year). One thing I've learned from leaving this black hole (the illness, not the game) is a total different way to evaluate the so called "real life". I use professional soft- and hardware for engineering and measurment and work occasionally for a few Euro as freelancer. I am not an old man with no clue what hapens around me. I am an old man with a concrete imagination of what will happen during the next years. I use a SAMSUNG Galaxy Tab S3 - wich is kinda state of the art atm and was shitty expensive. I use it not because I need it but because I love it. And that's the point! It's a real life phenomenon. I use this tablet, SolidWorks, Rhino3D, the 3d-printer for my real life. Nice helpers to keep feet on the ground and make things with real value. My children are old people meanwhile (37/40). No further need to care for them anymore. So I am free to play other games. IN REAL! I'm curious about what will be possible in real life games.
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  9. narfi

    narfi Lost

    I purchased my house about 15 years ago. At the time I couldn't afford a house, but with the rarity of land here I couldn't afford not to buy it when it became available.
    It is a 'bush' built house with a main floor a full basement and a 2nd floor upstairs with the walls about 4' tall where the roof meets them on the edges.
    The second floor consists of 2 bedrooms, and office, and an open living area.
    The main floor is open with living area, dining area, kitchen and a huge bathroom with laundry.
    The basement was unfinished.

    When I bought it I got several room mates and split the mortgage with everyone. We your young, and single and it wasn't any problem, each guy got a room and I slept in the unfinished basement. Then I got married and moved the roomates out. It was a huge house for just my wife and I, and even with our son, the top two floors are plenty for us. (the only issue is that there is zero storage built in the place, no closets or anything which makes it harder to keep clean)

    Anyways fast forward another 10-11 years to current times, and housing is even more scarce in our village, and so we decided it was a good opportunity to make some extra monthly income if we could finish the basement as a stand alone apartment with separate entrance.

    I have no construction experience at all but being 'cheap' I let my wife pressure me into starting with a bathroom in the basement. I got started on it but never finished it as lack of experience and confidence (and time and energy) kept me from going much further than the raised floor (needs to be raised so that the poop (and shower) can flow down hill....) and the studs for the walls.

    Last summer my wife sat down and really thought it and talked it out and decided to seriously commit to finishing it. We hired a guy here with good experience, it ended up not costing me much more than what I make overtime so it was certainly worth it to have someone with the knowledge and experience doing it all. He was able to higher local young guys for cheap to help reduce the cost even more for the manual labor parts. My wife and I really enjoyed working with him and he made it easy for us to make decisions and didn't make us feel 'stupid' for not knowing how stuff was done. He was also really good at knowing how to manage the problems of doing everything in a remote location like where we live. (there are no lumberyards or hardware stores, any stores at all where we live, everything has to be flown out to us in small aircraft roughly 150 miles through glacier passes)

    The layout was to be a two bedroom apartment with a bathroom with shower and laundry, a full kitchen and an arctic entryway. I wanted lots of storage, and lots of LED lighting, just because of how much I've hated living without storage or good lighting upstairs.

    The bedroom walls went up quick.
    20170106_121409 (Medium).jpg I didnt get any good before pictures, but there were a few ugly walls roughly up around in the basement, so they were torn down.
    20170106_121415 (Medium).jpg 20170106_121420 (Medium).jpg 20170106_121432 (Medium).jpg The bathroom floor platform I had built a couple years ago with the water heater in the corner. It was an ok height for me at 5'10, but the guy doing the work for us is 6'2" and with him standing in there my wife realized it wasnt enough room, so he tore it all out and lowered it so that he could stand in the shower.
    20170106_121439 (Medium).jpg We had toyed with the idea of putting the laundry under the stairs, but ended up using it as a huge closet/storage area.
    20170106_184903 (Medium).jpg A false wall was put up to the left there to hide all the plumbing against that wall coming from upstairs.
    20170314_164711 (Medium).jpg Closet or pantry right as you enter the apartment, we decided it will be best as pantry to encourage people to use the arctic entry as the mud room and coat room.
    20170314_164717 (Medium).jpg Landon loved asking questions and getting involved in any way possible. We had to work to keep him out of Jordan's hair while he was working.
    20170314_164742 (Medium).jpg Steps up to the bathroom. While the bathroom and kitchen are separated only by a wall, the entrance to the bathroom is down the hall at the opposite end. I really don't like bathroom entrances being close to the kitchen.
    The stairs upstairs are on the left there, and has doors top and bottom to separate anyone living there, but is still available in the future if say Landon wants to move down there as a teen or something.
    20170314_164854 (Medium).jpg You can see the false wall there allowed to build some shelves into the wall where there weren't any pipes. (the speakers are sitting on one of them)
    20170314_164859 (Medium).jpg The back corner of the bathroom has a built in closet for the water heater and pressure tank, its now boxed in and trimmed so looks pretty clean.
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    Looking down the hall from the bathroom. Two bedrooms on the left, living room at the end. The heater about where the camera is blowing into the entire living area. 20170314_165046 (Medium).jpg Kitchen on the left, hall and bedrooms on the right, closet under stairs in the middle. My wife and I argued about how to finish this small wall here. I thought it would make a great accent wall with slate tiles, but she wanted it just mudded and texture painted like the rest. (of course she gets her way in all design choices :P )
    20170314_165240 (Medium).jpg We brought in a guy that mudded and textured and painted everything.
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    even with paper down, it was a huge mess everywhere. 20170421_165824 (Medium).jpg
    The windows are about 1/2 under ground, but needed for safety in case of fire. (more pictures on that later) 20170421_165829 (Medium).jpg 20170421_165834 (Medium).jpg
    Each bedroom has a closet with its own LED light. 20170421_165851 (Medium).jpg Jordan boxed in the combustion air and exhaust pipes from the heater and it ended up looking much cleaner that way.
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    On to the next post.... Looks like only 20 pictures allowed per post.....
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  10. narfi

    narfi Lost

    Entrance just out of site to the left, kitchen straight ahead.
    20170421_165908 (Medium).jpg Dining on the left, entrance ahead, pantry right of center, and kitchen on the right. 20170421_165911 (Medium).jpg Kitchen with pantry on the left.
    20170421_165936 (Medium).jpg Started digging out the window wells, but the ground was still frozen, thats as far as I could go at that time.
    20170511_185744 (Medium).jpg I bought some extra dirt and had it placed where the 'Boat Factory' would be located. My thinking was that if I had to move the dirt before putting up the factory, it would motivate me to do the hard work first. I filled in an old well house, and lots of tree stump holes around the yard as well as wanted to slope dirt up against the house to encourage rain water to drain away from the basement instead of toward it.
    20170524_184223 (Medium).jpg
    The idea was to get Landon to get all the rocks out of the dirt...... I think you can guess how far that idea made it :P
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    More digging out of the window wells as the frost thawed. 20170611_143735 (Medium).jpg
    Starting to trim the closets..... Also look at the floor.....
    The basement concrete looked like it had been poured in small ~5'x5' sections and not finished smooth, each section a slightly different height than those adjacent to it. Jordan Ground them down pretty well with a diamond grinder and while not perfect made a pretty decent surface that at least you wouldn't trip on. He repaired all the cracks and seams as well. My wife really wanted 'Acid Stained' floors since she had seen so many very nice and artisticly done ones online. We did some samples and found a color she liked and it turned out to be a huge failure :/
    The way acid staining works is a chemical reaction with the lime in the concrete. Everywhere that had been ground had a large surface area of rocks showing (finished concrete has smooth concrete floated to the surface and very little rock showing) and the patched areas were obviously high concentrations of lime. The end result was a super patchy and ugly floor that was nothing like what my wife had envisioned. (more on the solution later)
    20170613_183021 (Medium).jpg Bathroom starting to get finished, you can see the water heater and pressure tank is boxed in to the right, but not trimmed yet.
    20170613_183146 (Medium).jpg First time the basement has seen daylight since I bought the place some 15 years ago! its amazing how bright it got inside just from one window! (the living/dining room got 2 windows and each bedroom got 1)
    20170613_183301 (Medium).jpg 20170613_183736 (Medium).jpg
    Here you can see where the old rickaty porch and cellar entrance to the basement was, and is nearly torn off. This is where the two story insulated arctic entry will be.
    20170613_183756 (Medium).jpg While working with the dirt I came across many rocks like this, was a lot of work moving them.
    20170614_232512 (Medium).jpg More dug out where the window wells will go.
    20170611_143212 (Medium).jpg
  11. Jamira

    Jamira Samurai Girl

    Just post a drawing of that location.
  12. narfi

    narfi Lost

    Remember the issues with the floor? Well I did some research and decided on a solution. Rustolium brand RockSolid epoxy garage floor kits.
    The clear epoxy comes in 'burst pouches' that you roll up and burst the center seam which allows the two parts to mix in the pouch. You shake it for a while then pour it into two separate buckets where you then mix in two separate colors.

    Using a split paint tray, and a special roller that is split in the middle, you first brush the edges, then roll the floor in alternating Ms, Z,s and Ws to get a chaotic mix of the two colors while covering the entire floor.

    The finished look is an intentional mix of the colors that is glossy, durable, easy to clean, no worries about damage if there is flooding, and hides the multitude of imperfections in the floor making them look like an intentional part of the 'look'. Once trimmed and the more we see it, the happier we are with it, I would highly recommend it to anyone looking for such a product. The only down side is you have to use a minimum of 150% as much as they claim, so make sure to order extra of the already expensive product.

    20170623_060230 (Medium).jpg 20170623_060246 (Medium).jpg 20170623_060256 (Medium).jpg 20170623_060309 (Medium).jpg 20170623_060325 (Medium).jpg 20170623_060344 (Medium).jpg 20170623_060437 (Medium).jpg 20170623_060450 (Medium).jpg 20170623_060508 (Medium).jpg 20170623_060513 (Medium).jpg 20170623_060542 (Medium).jpg 20170623_061312 (Medium).jpg The shower ended up being a roomy rain shower with slate tiles and a built in shelf which will have a tempered glass shelf in the middle.
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  13. narfi

    narfi Lost

    Samsung 43" smart TV mounted on the wall to the closet under the stairs.
    20170627_220158 (Medium).jpg Bits and peices to finish everywhere, but mostly finished......
    The Bathroom sink. 20170628_210705 (Medium).jpg Toilet and storage cabinet, towel rack on the left and shower off camera far left. I am very happy with the bathroom, lots of small apartments have bathrooms that feel very cramped, this has plenty of room even with the laundry and boxed in water heater/water tank in it.
    20170628_210731 (Medium).jpg Trimmed closet, queen size bed. You can see how much light comes in through the window.
    20170628_210801 (Medium).jpg We rented it out for 1/2 of July to someone my wife works with, they knew it wasnt finished and were ok with us finishing it while they were there. Worked out well for both of us.
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    Bedroom window. You can see the built in USB chargers in the outlets, each bedroom, and the kitchen got one of those and two in the livingroom/dining area. 20170628_210818 (Medium).jpg Lots of light in the kitchen. Everywhere really... The kitchen, Living/Dining area, the hallway, and both bedrooms have smart, dimmable LED lights that can be controlled with the wall mounted dimmer switches or through your favorite smart home apps.
    20170628_210846 (Medium).jpg Not a huge kitchen, but certainly functional and cozy for an apartment this size.
    20170628_220625 (Medium).jpg Stuffed Arm Chair and sofa in the living area facing the TV in the center.
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    All within a 5 minute walk of this view :P
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  14. narfi

    narfi Lost

    There was a posting for the need of a turnkey apartment aug-december and we won the bid on it. So did all the little extra stuff getting it ready.

    Two bedrooms, 3 beds with bedding.
    Dining table set.
    Dishes and cookware (pots, pans, spatulas, pizza pan etc...)
    Kitchen and bathroom linens.
    Dedicated Internet package and wifi router.
    Top 200 TV channels.
    Heat, Stove and Dryer propane, water, garbage disposal, etc... all included
    Cleaning supplies, broom, mop, vacuum, cleaners, brushes, etc....
    They just move in with their food and clothes.

    The Arctic Entry is framed in and the roof has tin on it, but it wont get finished till this fall. It is 'just' an entry though, so is quite usable 'as is'
  15. narfi

    narfi Lost

    A location of the property? Or a floor plan?
    I am not sure what you are looking for :)
  16. narfi

    narfi Lost

    Internet is not great here and all my pictures were taken on my phone at an unnecessarily large size.
    I found a program for easily resizing batches of pictures or one at a time if needed to more reasonable sizes.
    It seems to work well for windows 10, and integrates with the normal file browser, just right click on a file or group of selected files and 'resize pictures' is now part of the menu.
    That made it a lot easier to upload so many pictures here quickly.
    Once I am caught up and only posting a couple pictures a day it wont be as big a deal, and I will probably do that directly from my phone.
  17. GeorgeSkywalker

    GeorgeSkywalker Explorer

    Is this Alaska?

    Lovely view
  18. narfi

    narfi Lost

    Yes Alaska :)
  19. narfi

    narfi Lost

    I have it setup like I originaly intended when I started this 'blogish' project.... You can see in my signature the links to each chapter which in turn are each their own thread, quite simple here for something as simple as I am doing.

    I have used wordpress before, and it is as simple or complex as you need it to be, and has lots of various plugins to do whatever you may want to do with it. It has been several years, but I would recommend that as a starting point if you are wanting to get into blogging.

    I forget exactly how it works, but they have two options, their first option is they host and run it for you which is very simple and how they make their money, the second is their blogging software is free and you can use it to host your blog on your own servers with much more control over it, if that is what you wish.

    They have been around a while, have a good track record as far as I know, and lots of people use their software.... so Like I said, that would be a good starting point, and if you don't like it, then you will know what part you didn't like to expand your search more specifically.

    Part of it depends on what your goals are..... a blog can server many purposes
    1. An actual personal log or diary - you can go back later and see a timeline of events and pictures and thoughts on a specific project. Some projects you will need this as a legal requirement for proof of something. (for example to register an amature built aircraft in the US, you have to have proof that you actually built x% of it yourself, and didn't just take a bunch of pre-existing airplane parts and bolt them together)

    2. An educational aid, to show others how you did something so they can copy you or learn from your mistakes.
    3. Social arrogance.... all online social media is about promoting ones self, blogs are a great way of doing this.
    4. Social 'community' - to an extent social interaction through online media can be a good thing, and promote communities of like minded people working together and sharing ideas and thoughts.
    5. Profit - I think this would be difficult for 99% of people actually trying to do this, you would need to build a huge following and be dedicated to the grind of self promotion (a game in and of itself)

    You could claim that my intent here has some % of each of those in it, though some defiantly play a larger piece of the pie than others :P

    Anyways, I have caught up all my back logs, and am now caught up, posted, and current with what I have accomplished so far.
    It will proceed at a slower (one day at a time) and hopefully more interactive pace from here on out.

    George: I and probably others, would be interested in whatever "Game of Life" you may be playing, so feel free to share your ideas so we can interact and offer feedback as well.
  20. As for blogs, one thing I like about WordPress is that if u don't like it as is u can download full blog as a file and upload a better clone elsewhere... As for life.. Not exactly after e.u. more before e.u. and starting it up again here in middle of e.u. and later after too...

    @ Narfi - as for your adventures... no need to start a blog, I'll start one for you! :)
    Last edited: Aug 17, 2017
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