Server Update & Pre-approval

Happy Hump Day Everyone!

August has come and gone. We will soon be in the midst of the fall season. I can’t wait for hoodie weather. My server is what I would like to talk about for a moment. I had a break though in one of the two areas that have been holding me back. I was looking closely over the server properties configuration file, and noticed that there was inherently a spawn protection setting. I did a quick google search and found that it indeed would protect an area around spawn to the number that you set. It was, by default, at 16 but I changed it to 100. This means from the top to the bottom 100×100 blocks are now protected stemming from my set spawn point. I will happily check that off of my list of things to do. The last thing I have to work on is getting the domain routing correctly. I thought I also had that nailed down last night only to find that when I got to work this morning that I could not connect to it. šŸ˜¦ I am not really sure why this is such a hard thing to do. I feel like people have done this a million times over again, but there is no clear documentation online about it. (At least not that I have seen) Anyway one step at a time and I will get it done. Soon. Soon. Soon. haha.

As far as the second half of my title, today is the real deal. Today my wife and I applied for a joint pre-approval for a house loan. I had applied myself two other times with just myself, to get a baseline. Well my wife is starting her career and was able to obtain a letter from the Human Resources department of her new employer. This letter states that she is a full time employee, her salary, and her start date. With this information we can proceed in the process of buying a home. We have lived with my parents for the last two years while she finished school and I got my feet under me. For this we are both grateful, but it is time to get out. We want/need a place of our own. We will be able to continue on to the next steps in life. We should be able to get approved for what we want and, with that amount we will be able to buy a house that we can live in for many years. Today is a good day, knowing we can get the ball rolling.

I hope you all have a great day and a great rest of the week. šŸ˜€ šŸ˜€

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GoDaddy, Minecraft, & Moving Forward

Hey Everyone!

I hope you are having a great Tuesday. I have been on multiple chats with GoDaddy.com reps about how to get my domain name for Minecraft to work properly. I have also been searching on my own. It still seems like something isn’t quit right. I have heard and seen mixed views on how to go about doing this. I simply want to have my domain to my ddns, and then go to my internal IP of the server. It sounds easy and should be, but it isn’t working lol. It works if I take out the ddns info, but the whole point is that I use ddns so I don’t have to keep changing my domains A record every three days. I at least know it does route and that it will work but I just have to find that perfect combination.

Leading right into the Minecraft update I still need to see if IĀ  have anyway of installing Worldguard to protect my dedicated spawn point. If I can’t figure that out in the time it takes me to get the domain issues figured out I will just tear down my spawn point and make people start in the wild. I have it now set up like you have seen in pictures. It is nice and safe. I have starter gear for everyone and a lit up area where no mobs will spawn. Without Worldguard there is no guarantee that people will leave that all alone, and most likely someone will grief it. I would tear it all down and let people fend for themselves. I can tell you however that I have places 4 very small 3x3x3 tiny houses down near spawn in all directions. These will be available to everyone as a place of shelter for a night as they move on and survive. So soon enough I’ll get it all going.

Moving forward in life, my wife accepted a job offer with a local agency. She has just finished with her Masters degree and will be perusing her career. This is exciting for multiple reasons. We will be able to grab a loan for a house hopefully sooner than later. She can finally say she is done with schooling and get that adult feeling. With dual incomes we can save for the future and maybe, just maybe start a family of our own. This opens the flood gates of opportunity. We have been waiting and waiting for over 25 years, and now we can finally take charge and do what we want when we want to. Of course we have bills, debt, and other payments but with those managed correctly we can still get things done. It will be nice to be able to use all the gifts we got for our wedding once we have a place for them. Here is a picture from our wedding day last year, enjoy:

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Other than those quick updates, I have been working on a few file shares at work and oddly we had one of our Domain Controllers stop all services! Yikes. Thankfully it just seems like it just needed a restart. It is old and we will be replacing it this year I hope. We are thinking about going virtual.

Have a great day, and I’ll talk to you tomorrow!! šŸ˜€ šŸ˜€

Back From A Busy Weekend

Hello Peoples!!

I just sat down in my office for the first time today and it is currently 2:57pm. I have been running around all day helping people get ready for a trip they are going on. Their laptop had to be set up in a way that would allow them to access another PC to help a new employee if need be.

This weekend my wife and I went to Buffalo, NY as photographers for a wedding. It was a fun, fast, and busy weekend. We arrived in Buffalo at 10am and checked into our motel. From there we proceeded to check out the spots that we would be at during the day. This gave us a decent idea of what we would be doing that day.

My wife dropped me off at the bride and groom’s apartment, to take pictures of the guys getting ready. Meanwhile my wife met the girls at their hotel to do the same. This was the first time that I had ever taken pictures like this. I like more of the nature and landscape photos. I have never really captured people before. I welcomed the chance to do so and help my wife in the process. The groomsmen were a bit difficult and the lighting in a small apartment isn’t great but I had to work with what I had. I had them gather on a small balcony and had much better lighting out there. In the end I got many good and not so good shots. The groom was great to work with all day.

Now was the time that we would all meet at a local park. The bride and groom were going to do a first look. The groom was standing at the top of a stone stairwell facing away from the stairs. The bride slowly walked to him and stopped a few steps away. He turned around and saw his bride for the first time, in her beautiful wedding dress. The typical hugs and kisses followed. Soon after the rest of the bridal party showed up in a party bus. We took individual head shots of each one of them as well as a few group photos.

From there we went to the venue. The ceremony was on a rooftop overlooking the water. It was a great day, weather wise, for a wedding. The ceremony was short but sweet, and we went downstairs for the reception. We gathered the bride and groom’s families and took photos of them outside, before anything officially started. Once in the hall where the reception was being held. They cut the cake in the middle of the room and proceeded with the first dance. From there it was your typical wedding reception. They danced, ate, threw the garter/bouquet, drank, and danced some more. My wife and I were there until 9pm. By the end of our time there we were exhausted. We packed up and headed back to the motel. It took us a while to get back since her GPS was acting up and we didn’t know our way around Buffalo. We did it! It was done for now. We took the pictures, all that was needed now was to have my wife edit them and get them out.

She found out we had close to 3000 pictures of the whole day. She is going to narrow it down to a good 300 that she will edit and send out. This is by far her biggest project, but she does what she loves and loves what she does. So far from what I’ve seen they are great. Of course there is the occasional blurry, or unusable photo, but that’s why you take 3000 haha. We got home the next day around 1pm and just relaxed the weekend away.

I can say that I did start playing CS:GO again and I kinda suck after not playing for a few months. I quickly got the hang of it again, but still can’t get over the new sound changes to the guns. Gah I hate them. I asked my buddy what he thought was the issue with the domain routing of my Minecraft server and he didn’t really have an answer. He also has never run one this way. He told me that he would just run a web server. Since I am not familiar with that I’m not sure what to do. This is all that I can think of for now. I’ll have a sneak peek photo from the wedding at the bottom. Please feel free to like and follow my wife’s photography Instagram @jordyntrisketphotography .

Have a great Monday and I’ll see you tomorrow! šŸ˜€ šŸ˜€

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Clothing Store?

Helloooooo People!

Happy Thursday. As many of you know this weekend I’ll be helping my wife take picture at her first ever booked wedding. If she is nervous you can bet I am! I am not versed in the ways of photography like she is. I understand the most simple things about it. But that being said she needed a second shooter and can trust me to get the job done. I will make sure to let you all know how that goes on Monday lol. We will be leaving tomorrow so I won’t have a post until Monday. The wedding is 2 hours away on the water and up on a rooftop. It should be amazing and I can’t wait. good thing I don’t have to much longer.

As for the title of today’s post, I have created a clothing website with zazzle.com. I have dabbled in digital art in the past and I figured this would be a good foot in the door. So on top of having a Bushcraft, PC Repair, Gamer, and Blogger hobby I’ll be adding Store Owner as well haha. I’m not sure if it will even take off but the process in setting it up was fun. It is a fresh site so it may not be up with all the products yet. You may want to check it out tomorrow. It is at http://www.zazzle.com/creative_closet . You can find it on Instagram at: http://www.instagram.com/cr34t1v3cl0s3t , at Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/creativecloset88 , and Twitter at http://www.twiter.com/cr34t1v3cl0s3t .

If you want to check it out great, if you would share it amazing! I don’t want you too if you don’t want to, but if you like the content and would like more let me know. I do it for fun like I say about everythig, I have a job I’m not dying to make a buck.

At work right now we are going though an energy day where we as a big company shutoff everything we don’t need to save the city electricity. So I’m sitting here in the dark and wishing it was 4 pm so I could go home. I won’t really get anything donw sitting here in the dark.

That is all I have for you today I hope ou have a great weekend and I’ll see you Monday. šŸ˜€ šŸ˜€

 

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Here is what the store page looks like.

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Woopsies

Hey Everyone!

I ran straight out of time yesterday to get a post out. This saddens me lol. I try to keep up the best I can with a full time job, but sometimes I just get super busy. I honestly didn’t remember until today that I forgot to post.

You didn’t really miss out on anything. My wife got home from visiting her mom who had hip surgery. She then quickly remembered she had a photo shoot to go to for someones senior pictures. She was gone most of the night, so I was just ho humming around the house. I played a few games but nothing hardcore.

I have been trying to figure out why my Minecraft server won’t redirect correctly with the domain I bought. It works at my house but not anywhere else. I’m not sure why that is. I have the server set to a static address, and the DDNS set up to work correctly. I then bought the domain and had the domain point to the DDNS info and set the A record to look for my static address of the server. I had it working with a cheapo domain and I switched it to the real one and now it won’t work :/

On top of that not working correctly, this morning I dropped connection to it here at work and thought maybe the power went out of the dog tripped the surge protector. I call my wife and she verified that everything was up and running. She wasn’t able to use it at the house either so I think I just have to reset the connection in general and restart the server. I hope that does the trick. I still haven’t figured out how to get Worldguard working wither. That and the domain are the last two things I need to have done before I open it up to the public.

I have been working on tiny house spots somewhat close to the spawn point. This would be for new comers to find and stay in for a night or two so that they don’t die in game. They have everything you would need except the food. you have the chests furnaces bed and other items. But they are small and hard to find so if you are lucky enough to find one treat it well. So I have some work to do to get it all running.

This weekend my wife and I are taking pictures at a roof top wedding venue. This will be the first time she has ever done a wedding. I am just going to help her get pictures of the guys getting ready. I am not by any means a photographer but I know the basics. I can get a good shot and have it in the right lighting. She will then work her magic on the pictures and they will be amazing. I just have to get the initial shots. I just bought her a new camera in August of last year and she had an old one. So there are plenty of cameras to go around. She did however rent a nice camera body for the wedding. It will be another jam packed weekend for us.

I hope you all have a great Hump Day, and I’ll see you tomorrow! šŸ˜€ šŸ˜€

Monday Drag

Hey Everyone!

As you know I had a softball tournament this last weekend. It didn’t really go as planned, which is a little disappointing. Overall it was still a good weekend with good friends and family.

We had our first game at 6pm on Friday night. This was by far our worst game. We got ten runned in the 5th inning. I only got to hit twice and they may have been the worst two hits of the entire season. I was initially very mad at myself. It carried on until the next morning. I just had a sour taste in my mouth. I had let my team down by not doing my part and I didn’t live up to my own individual standards.

The next day I woke up hopeful. At this point I took the stress off myself and had a “what happens happens” attitude. Once I did that I no longer felt like I was trying too hard, which was probably my issue the day before. We played a local back team, on one of the local baseball fields. So that meant that there wasn’t going to be any ball his out of the park. I got up four times that game and did really great. I hit a deep ball over the center fielders head and got an in the park home run. The next time I was up I hit a hard grounder through shortstop and third. The third time I hit a one hopper to the fence in left field, for another in the parker. As a wise decision by the other team, my fourth time up they walked me intentionally. This was the only game we won, and was by far the best game we could have played.

The last game was later Saturday evening. It was against a team that shouldn’t have even been in out division. They were a group of kids that had a regular Sunday team and they just added a sponsor. None of the guys worked at the place, which in an industrial tournament is a must. Either way we played and lost by a couple runs. Our fielding fell apart a bit, but we also weren’t hitting very well. I got up three times and didn’t do anything significant. That game ended out tournament.

We had catered meals all weekend thanks to our company. Good food and cold drinks are things you can’t beat during a hot softball weekend. My family came back down to the fields the next morning at 8am because my little brother’s team was still in the tournament. They did lose their game against the city cops but they did fairly well.

Now I just feel sore and older than I am lol. I will take it easy the next day or two. My wife was gone all weekend at a bachelorette party and bridal shower. She will be home tonight and I can’t wait to see her. It is weird being home alone for a couple nights.

I hope you all have a great week, and I’ll talk to you tomorrow! šŸ˜€ šŸ˜€

The Weekend Is Here

Well, not exactly. I am still at work for three more hours. Also, happy Friday! You made it. I made it.

Tonight is the night. We have our first game of the tournament at 6pm tonight. It is against a team from the company that my mom works at. So there will be a lot of people that we all know. The first night is fun because everyone comes out and supports their company.

We had batting practice again last night and there were already a ton of tents up and RVs. People stay here all weekend and eat, sleep, and breathe softball. Our Industrial Men’s bracket we have 12 teams in total, so two more than the other day. If we win two games we are guaranteed to play on Sunday. I looked at the bracket and we only have two games Saturday, regardless of how we do tonight. But again if we lose twice we are out. I would like to get at least 4 games in to feel good about it all.

I put more pressure on myself than I should. It is still fun but I have a feeling of obligation. People look to me to hit home runs and crush the ball. Most times I can deliver, but there is always that chance that I won’t. I don’t like letting teammates, or anyone, down. I know they won’t care too much, but I seem to care more than I should. All I can do is go out there like any other tournament and play my best.

This year I think I am going to be pitching. I hope that I don’t get hurt, from someone hitting a line shot right back at me. With the ball coming in sooo slow people can generally put the ball where they want. Most people don’t every try to hit it right up the gut, out of respect to the pitcher. But to win the game all bets are off. Anything can happen. It is just a short distance from the mound to the plate. My reaction time is great but I will have to stay vigilant. It can take some time to pitch the ball and get back in a defensive position.

That will be my weekend, I hope you all have a great weekend as well. šŸ˜€ šŸ˜€

Quick Post

I forgot that I had to come in early today, which means that I leave early.

I should have let you know I wouldn’t really be able to post much today, if at all. Softball practice is happening after work today and tomorrow is the big tournament. I think I hear that there are ten teams in our bracket so we will do what we can. It would be huge to get top 3.

I am actively searching for a house to buy with my wife as she is picking a job that she wants. Everything seems to be coming together. It is super slow but still moving forward.

I’ll talk to you all tomorrow. šŸ˜€ šŸ˜€

Minecraft Update

Happy Hump Day Everyone!

I am kinda swamped with work today, which is welcomed. That being said I’ll just post some pictures of my continued work on the Minecraft Server spawn point.

First I made a big compass right outside spawn. It is made of black wool and Glow Stone.

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Next here I have a roof over the top of the spawn point. It is made of Stone Brick, Glow Stone, and Nether Brick. mine34

 

Here is the inside so far. I have added 8 dispensers with starter gear for the people who will eventually join when I open the server. mine35

 

Lastly for now I have the word “Survive” on the two walls since it is a survival server.

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Before I can open the server to anyone I have to get worldguard working and also figure out how to attach my domain name to the ddns address.

That is all I have for today. I’ll Talk to you all tomorrow. šŸ˜€ šŸ˜€

Softball & Minecraft

Good Tuesday afternoon everyone!

Tonight after work I have softball practice for the upcoming Industrial Tournament. The next day I will be working out with my brother. The day after that I have another softball practice. On Friday, you guessed it the day after that, I have the first day of the tournament. We have our first game against another local company at 6:00pm on the main field. This will kick off our tournament career. We will play as long as we can in this double elimination tourny.

We will, by default, make it to play on Saturday as we will only have one game Friday. Last year we played 5 games if I’m not mistaken. We lost two and won three, games of course. It is a little nerve wracking to be playing the team we are first, because they are generally pretty good. I don’t want to have our team get their hopes down and have to play to stay alive all day Saturday. It is imperative that we win this first game. That way we can come in the next day refreshed and with a positive attitude. I know for a fact we have better players than we did last year so I hope we go even farther in the tournament. Anything less would still be fun but unacceptable.

As far as the Minecraft Server update, I did work last night. I install the forge mod server for starters. I then added the worldedit and worldgaurd mods. I also installed the forge client on my work and home PC so that I can use the worldedit mods. These mods will allow me to have full control over the in game world. I am currently making a default spawn location and later I will lock it down with worldgaurd so that no one can destroy it. I won’t have a ton of rules but I just wanted a starting point. I am debating on handing out some starter gear since it is a survival server and all. I don’t want people to just leave spawn and die night one. Here is what I have so far:

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Above I have a front view of the spawn area along with the ground I cleared for spawn.

 

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And here I have the inside of spawn. Everyone will spawn on that middle piece of Glow Stone and be able to leave through the doorway. I still have to add the corner towers, and finish it all up. I still have to finish the floor as well. I went with the gold, diamond, and emerald circle look. the inside is white wool. I will protect this area with worldgaurd when I am done with it.

That is all I have for you today. I’ll see you all tomorrow! šŸ˜€ šŸ˜€