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Archive for January 2009

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US Democracy Server: Patch Day

Version 44.0

President

* Leadership: Will now scale properly to national crises. Intelligence
  was not being properly applied.
* A bug has been fixed that allowed the President to ignore the effects
  of debuffs applied by the Legislative classes.
* Drain Treasury: There appears to be a bug that allowed loot to be
  transferred from the treasury to anyone on the President’s friends
  list,or in the President’s party. We are investigating.
* Messages to and from the President will now be correctly saved to
  the chat log.
* Messages originating from the President were being misclassified as
  originating from The American People.
* A rendering error that frequently caused the President to appear
  wrapped in the American Flag texture has been addressed.

Vice President

* The Vice President has been correctly reclassified as a pet.
* No longer immune to damage from the Legislative and Judicial classes.
* The Vice President will no longer aggro on friendly targets. This bug
  was identified with Ranged Attacks and the Head Shot ability.
* Reveal Identity: this debuff will no longer be able to target Covert
  Operatives.
* Messages to and from the Vice President will now be correctly saved
  to the chat log.
* A rendering bug was affecting the Vice President’s visibility, making
  him virtually invisible to the rest of the server. This has been
  addressed.

Cabinet

* There was a bug in the last release that prevented the Cabinet from
  disagreeing with the President, which was the cause of a number of
  serious balance issues. This bug has been addressed, and we will
  continue to monitor the situation.

Judiciary

* Many concerns have been raised regarding balance issues in the
  Supreme Court.
  This system is maintained on a different patch schedule, and will
  require longer to address.
* A large number of NPCs in the Judiciary were incorrectly flagged
 "ideological." We are trying to identify these cases and rectify
  this situation.

Homeland Security

* Homeland Security Advisory System: We have identified a bug in
  this system that prevents the threat level from dropping below
  Elevated (Yellow). The code for Guarded (Blue) and Low (Green)
  has been commented out. We are testing the fix and hope to have
  it in by the next patch.
* Torture: This debuff is being removed after a record number of
  complaints.
* Item: Large Bottle of Water is incorrectly generating threat
  with TSA Agents when held in inventory. We are looking into the
  issue.
* Asking questions about Homeland Security was incorrectly
  triggering the Chain-Jingoism debuff.

Economy

* Serious on-going issues with server economy are still being
  addressed. We expect further roll-backs, and appreciate your
  help identifying and fixing bugs. We can’t make these fixes
  without your help.

PVP

* Reputation with various factions are being rebalanced. The
  gradated reputation scale was erroneously being overwritten
  by the binary For Us/ Against Us flag.

Quests

* The‚ÄĚ Desert Storm‚ÄĚ quest chain was displaying an erroneous
  "Mission Accomplished" message near the beginning of the chain.
* The quest chain that begins with “There’s no cake  like
 ¬†Yellow Cake‚ÄĚ and terminates  with ‚ÄúW-M-Denied‚ÄĚ has been
  identified as uncompletable, and has been removed.

Reagents

* Many recipes that currently call for Crude Oil can now be
  made with Wind, Solar, Geothermal and Ethanol reagents. 
  We hope to roll out even more sweeping changes in the next
  patch.

Events

* The ‚ÄúAxis of Evil‚ÄĚ event is drawing to a close. Look forward
 ¬†to the ‚ÄúRebuilding Bridges‚ÄĚ event starting in January.

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Here is the recipe for the fudge. It’s very simple and makes up easily in no time.

3c. Chocolate chips (I usually do half dark and half milk)
1 (14oz) can sweetened condensed milk
dash salt
1.5 tsp vanilla

In heavy sauce pan, on low heat, melt chocolate chips with sweetened condensed milk and salt. Remove from heat;stir in vanilla. Spread evenly into waxed paper lined baking dish. Chill 2 hours or until firm. Turn fudge onto cutting board, peel off paper and cut into squares. Store leftovers in fridge.

Enjoy!

So things have been pretty busy over the last few weeks.¬† We went to Craig’s parents for Christmas and the kids had a ton of fun being spoiled by their family. They made quiet a haul. I made some homemade fudge that was amazing if I do say so myself.¬† I forgot to take any pictures though so I have none for the blog on Christmas. I managed to finish a cloche and a matching scarf before we left.

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Alex jumped in and demanded to take picture with me and not being one to squelch his modeling career I let him model the hat for me as well and got some really cute pictures. Unfortunately Craig is unable to master focusing and some of the photos were fuzzyish, but hey that is not something we kick you out of the family for so I am posting them anyway.

playing

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We came back and spent New Year’s Eve at Erica’s party. Where we had a blast hanging out and enjoying friends. I finsihed my sweater which I had started at Christmas and was happy with how pretty it turned out. It has become my favorite sweater!

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Oh yeah this was the scarf I finished…

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Today I got my knitpicks magazine in the mail and after I finished thumbing through it I handed it off to Kayden to look at.¬† He had fun looking through it asking questions and then he got to the needles section and with that gleaming of fanastism in his eyes he turned to me and said…”I can order needles from this magazine?!” I said yes and Craig went to hide his credit cards.