Everyone’s probably seen this coming for a while but I don’t think I’ll be coming on here any more. That’s not to rule it out exclusively - I may post occasionally or I may come back. But for now, I can’t say.
Why? The first reason is that I’m scared my laptop’s going to die on me sometime soon, and I really can’t afford another one. Then there’s the drama that always seems to be in this community (I’ve got enough of it in my life already!) and just the fact that I don’t feel 100% immersed in it. Don’t get me wrong, there are some people on here who I’ve really enjoyed meeting and are absolutely wonderful and you know who you are. Things just feel really clique-y and I feel more like a download bank than a part of a community sometimes. It’s petty and stupid but I guess that’s sort of pushing me to leave.
Computer and online stuff is only really the icing on the cake though. Real life is being crazy, I’m working six days a week in a really boring job that is constantly busy because they’re too stingy to pay more staff (and I’m getting pretty pissed at it!). Then there’s the boyfriend moving away for four bloody years in September and that’s really messing with me and I have no idea whatsoever what to do with that so as you can see I don’t really have much headspace for computer games.
Look, all I really needed to post was ‘guys, taking a hiatus!’. I think I just needed the rant. So I’m sorry. This blog will always remain up for all the resources/downloads and I might be back from time to time to creep on your stuff (cos I still like seeing it!).
Happy simming, maybe I’ll see you guys soon.
Meanwhile, Paige and Ricca went off to do girly things, like shop at Sentate and do some yoga. Of course they decided to be derpy sims the whole time. The third photo…whaaaaa? Was your purchase that good? And the sales person looks sort of uncomfortable!
Love the yoga mats (I think they’re from mod the sims). The clipping is a teeny bit annoying but hey. Yoga!
Playing with the Grant family, who were made for me by pdxsim. Today Travis and Tucker went to go play a game of soccer down at the school oval (it’s Sunday). Tucker’s a professional sportsman so of course poor Business student Travis doesn’t stand a chance! But they still have fun.
A modified and expanded version of James and Liam’s original music store I made on this lot (Martine’s White Lion Pub & Shops). Saw the record store set and could not resist, seriously.
Downstairs is a music shop, made functional with the Savvy Seller Collection, and a cool record store. Upstairs is a loft which functions as a bar and hosts bands - underground rock, cool jazz cats, anything a bit left-of-centre or alternative to the point where it’s almost pretentious. But hey. You gotta have one of those venues :)
The Lavender Cafe
This lot is by Martine (as always!!) and is super gorgeous, I just redecorated a tiny bit and replaced the bakery with an ice-cream parlour. It functions as an upmarket chocolatier and also as a sort of milk-bar dessert cafe.
In the light of the Simblr Awards and also a lot of ‘follow Friday’ or ‘favourite simblrs’ lists, I just wanted to say that you are all amazing talented people and every single one of you deserves an award - that goes not just for my followers or people I follow.
Just know you are appreciated
Oh - thanks for all the world feedback everyone! I’m going to throw LN into the mix, but I’ll leave UNI out. Most people have at least LN, anyway. Then hopefully more people will be able to play and I’ll be able to build better bars etc. :)
Tried to make it sort of Starbucks-esque. Anyway, I imagine this is where all the cool art school cats hang out on their lunch breaks, with all the science and technology students huddled in a corner with calculators. :)
Sim State University - Kensington Harbour Campus
I don’t really know what happened with this building. The part on the right is the Southbridge Public Library by Awesims, which is an awesome lot that I, because of some strange streak of inspiration, decided to smack on a larger lot and build on. Anyway, now it’s a university. With modern window arrangement. Or something like that.
(Sorry this is going to be a long post, i would put it on read more however it is becoming risky to go to other peoples blogs so I have just left it)
I have collected as many blogs as possible that I/other people have proven to be blogs linked to the FBI/moneypak virus. UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES SHOULD YOU FOLLOW OR ATTEMPT TO VISIT THEIR BLOG. I recommend noting down these names and blocking them all.
If you click on one of these blogs you are at a high risk of being redirected to a page claiming to be the FBI (or other police agencies specific to your country) explaining to you that your computer has been detained for one of the following reasons:
- viewing/downloading prohibited pornographic material
- pirating copyrighted material
- spreading viruses and being part of online scams
The ransom ware website explains that the only way to escape these charges is by paying a specific sum of money (from 100-500 dollars) through moneypak.
Obviously this website is fake, however it can be scary, especially when it doesn’t let you leave the webpage. UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES SHOULD YOU PAY THE WEBPAGE. Paying them will not free your browser.
Depending on your laptop, this ransom ware can range from being annoying to being pretty dangerous!
If you are a mac user you shouldn’t worry to much. Avoid these pages as much as you can, but if you do find yourself facing this nuisance just force quit and reset your browser. This should rid you of the problem (however I recommend using a virus protector to do a scan of your computer just in case)
On Windows and other computers it is more dangerous as the ransom ware can effect your computer outside of just the browser. It has even been known to turn on webcams!
If you find that your windows computer has been infected visit these webpages on a different device (or check the page now and write down the instructions just in case)
Now a few ways that you can identify wether a blog that has followed/reblogged you is a virus.
- Blogs with these icons are viruses (or are blogs pretending to be viruses to scare you, i recommend not following them either, they sound like meanies).
- If the url looks like a keysmash (randm collection of letters and numbers) chances are it is a virus blog
- If you hover over the blogs name and recent post are these or similar it is probably a virus blog.
Note that not all virus blogs have these characteristics. Some do not have an icon or appear to be completely safe. You can ever catch this virus of of friends blogs thats html has been infected. It is a good idea to check you blogs html for suspicious activity and coding.
If any of these blogs follow you block them immediately and contact Tumblr.
How to stay safe:
- update/aquire some virus protection software
- DO NOT CLICK ON ANY OF THE BLOGS STATED ABOVE OMG JUST DON’T DO IT
- Avoid visiting other users blogs, even ones that have been safe in the past until this virus dies down.
- Avoid clicking on blogs that have reblogged/liked your posts until this virus dies down.
- Avoid following back until this virus dies down.
It is also a good idea that while this is going on, even if you don’t think your computer has been infected, to avoid online shopping or websites where personal information such as your credit card details/address/important passwords is needed if possible, or use another device to complete these tasks, just in case the virus is using key logging (the virus has done so in the past)
Don’t worry too much about this virus/malware/ransom ware/whatever you want to call it. As long as you exercise reasonable caution you should be safe :) If you have any questions do not hesitate to ask me!
Long post over
You guys should really consider reading this and checking your followers. I read this and already in my first 3 pages of followers I have had around 6 of these blogs following me. SERIOUSLY CONSIDER LOOKING AT IT.
Ive been seeing a lot of this. Be careful you guys.
i know this is probably all over everyones dashboard, but i’ve had 4 follow me overnight, if they follow you, block them and report them for spam and harassment !!!