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Free Printable: Ink-Painting Themed Day Planner

Hi all!

I wanted to give you a gift at the start of the holidays, in thanks for reading my blog.

At my job, when I got into leadership, I found I needed a dayplanner.  However, the ones I saw in stores are either ridiculously expensive, don’t really meet my needs, or both.  Also I wanted something unique.  I opted for a bamboo and ink painting theme, something that looks good when printed in black and white.

So I created one in Publisher, using royalty-free art.  If you print it double sided, you can then use a three-hole-punch and put the pages in a binder of your choice.  I made it weekly so you can fill in your own dates.  There are three different images in this planner, so you can either choose a theme or have a variety.

I’ve found this to be a nice and simple layout and I hope you like it!

More pictures of the actual planner, in binder, will be forthcoming.

Roh Shaw Bamboo Planner

Horse Isle 3: Guide to Tack Imbuement

So… you may be wondering, what in the heck is tack imbuement?

Well, it’s the way you can add special crystals to your tack so it now gives bonuses!

The bonuses are added in levels.  Level 1 takes 1 crystal and 1500 gold dust.  Level 2 takes 3 crystals, level 3 takes 6 crystals, level 4 takes 16 crystals, and you can have up to 7 levels.

So, each time you raise a stat a level, it takes more crystals, but each time it also costs more gold dust.  You can choose to raise one stat several levels, or spread it around in multiple stats.  The main limitation is how much money you want to spend and how many crystals you have.

Each stat has its own color, and you can Imbue not only the saddle but also the bridle and saddle pad, and the bonuses stack!

Your saddle pad, if Imbued, will get a nice little crystal symbol on it, and there is also a subtle edge glow on the saddle that corresponds to the color of your crystals.

Blue is Agility,

Green is Endurance,

Purple is Intelligence,

Yellow is Speed,

Red is Strength.

Where’s that Imbuer place again?

It’s a building that appears in clubs that have built one.  TigerTon has one but I know quite a few other clubs do too.  It looks like this:

Imbuer.PNG

Great!  Now, how do I get crystals?

Right now there are basically three ways to get them.  Well, four, but the fourth way is to buy them from other players.

They are sold for 1,000 gold dust each at an Import Store, if it has been set up to sell them.  (TigerTon has all five varieties of crystals, of course.)  An Import Store looks like this:

import store

You can also get them by using a Wishing Coin at a Fountain, if you are very lucky.  I wouldn’t count on that though, it’s only happened to me once.  When it DID happen, though, it gave me six crystals!

Fountain

The third way to get crystals, which is also my favorite, is to go out into a swamp and find Pitcher Plants.  They give all kinds of crazy random items, including crystals.  The ones with the “lids” open are ready to be gathered.  If you are lucky enough to get a crystal, you can get one to three at a shot.

Pitcher Plants

Now, here’s what a saddle and saddle pad look like with some Imbuement done to them.  The effect is somewhat subtle.  This saddle is one of the new Monotone Saddles, dyed my favorite color.

Imbued Saddle

Imbuement does give bonuses to a horse’s stats, but those effects are somewhat subtle.  Unless you put a fair amount of money and time into Imbuement, you aren’t going to create any Monster Horses, which is kind of a good thing.  As with the rest of Horse Isle 3, the creators set things up so you need to earn the bonuses you get, but at the same time, once you make something great, you can be proud of it!

I hope this guide was useful and if there are questions, please ask in the comments or drop me a line in-game.  I’m SandTiger.

Interested in joining? 

Click HERE or go to the HI3 site and put in my user ID, 1023.   You’ll be rewarded with 10 Esroh Essence (good for more energy) and 1000 gold dust to help you get started!

Horse Isle 3 Updates

We’ve had a number of updates lately and here are a few of the neatest things!

We have a wider variety of clothes for our players, as well as new hair and also wider color choices.

Some of you may yet be unaware of the almighty sailboat – which is great because you actually can go pretty fast in it!  Let me know if you want a Sailing Guide, or perhaps a Modes of Tranpsort Guide.

We have some new saddles, including an Ornate version and a monotone version, so we don’t have to deal with two tone saddles anymore.

We can also upgrade our tack using crystals!  A guide for that is also in the works.

And we have a hot air balloon!

We have some new horse animations, with cool reactions to things.  Wild horses also will now react to your presence and occasionally wander away.

And, along with some cool old ruins scattered around the center of the world, we also have some neat journey quests!  It’s a great way to make money, Essence, and quest points, all while getting to see more of the area.  Here’s the endpoint of the quest that leads you to the top of a Candy Mountain:

 

ruins.PNG

 

So if you haven’t played Horse Isle 3 in a while, there’s a good reason to come back.  Let me know in the comments if there’s a guide you’d like me to make.

Happy gaming!

 

Interested in joining? 

Click HERE or go to the HI3 site and put in my user ID, 1023.   You’ll be rewarded with 10 Esroh Essence (good for more energy) and 1000 gold dust to help you get started!

Customer…serviced.

I’ve had it with customer service, and people not doing the jobs they were hired to do.

Like reading.

Having worked in customer service for quite a few years, I am prepared to cut CSRs quite a bit of slack.  I know they have a difficult, boring job in which they are expected to tolerate high levels of stress while sounding cheerful throughout.

However, could they at least listen, or read, depending on whether they are on the phone or using a chat interface?

I am a bit unusual in that I don’t expect the CSRs to fix everything, I know their limitations, but I do expect them to understand a problem when I have taken the time to lay it out for them.

For example:

I need to get into an old email account through Cox.  I’m aware it’s over the 180 day deactivation period.  However, the OTHER customer service people, with Star Wars: The Old Republic, insist that they need to use that address, and only that address, to help me with an issue I have, and they refuse to change it because I’ve already changed it once.  I could write pages about THAT interaction but won’t.  This one is about Cox.

Anyway, I let the chat rep know, fairly succinctly, that I just want to know if the account can be reactivated or recreated so I can use that old address.  I answer all his questions, I use complete sentences, and even proper punctuation.  I think he’s US-based, or at least has a good command of the English Language.

So he acknowledges my problem and sends me a knowledgebase article that purports to fix it.  I click on it, hopefully.

Nope!  My issue isn’t solved.  I explain it again, using even shorter sentences.  He says he’ll go research.

He sends me the same damn KB article.

After more discussion I finally pry it out of him that nobody can do what I”m asking so I’m pretty much SOL, since I can’t spoof a Cox.net account and they aren’t allowing any new user-created ones at this time.  And, of course, the old email address would still be considered “taken” even though no one else can use it now.

At this point I’m pretty disgusted and I tell him thanks for nothing, and express my wish that he’d just read my original question and told me the truth from the beginning.

So, this brings me to my futile plea.  Considering that as a chat tech support rep, it is literally his job to read, why couldn’t he at least do that?  It would have improved his score and my opinion of the company, greatly. 

I shouldn’t feel like a freaking rock star just because I can comprehend the printed word.

 

PRO TIP:

If you are still unfortunate enough to be toiling in the galleys of customer service or tech support, I promise you that if you take the time to truly understand the customer’s problem you will be a DEITY among CSRs and will actually improve your metrics considerably.  You will also have to deal with far less trouble from customers, most of whom just want someone to give a crap, whether they can help or not.

 

By the way, If you’re wondering what I mean by “customer serviced,” think about cattle breeding.

The bargain questionnaire — Chronicles from Concordia

Dr. Nadja Albertsen is the ESA-sponsored medical doctor spending 12 months at Concordia research station in Antarctica. She facilitates a number of experiments on the effects of isolation, light deprivation, and extreme temperatures on the human body and mind. This blog entry is translated from her original in Danish. ”We all wore the same socks. And, disconcertingly,…

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Goodbye obvious truth… Hello Concordia! — Chronicles from Concordia

Introducing Stijn Thoolen, the next ESA-sponsored medical research doctor to go to Concordia in his first blog post: Milan, 5 September 2019 Concordia location. Credits: ESA 75 ° 05’59 “S; 123 ° 19’56” E. I will spend 13 months of my life at these coordinates from November onwards. Far away from my girlfriend, my family…

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