I haven't heard actively from the mouse in a while. Little fucker has left me oversensitive to sound, so I'm still not sleeping very well, but I caught up pretty well over the weekend. Other than that, after a day's work, I managed to get an old game working again, which took up a lot of my remaining, conscious weekend. This game is Final Fantasy 7. The operating system is Windows 7. The final solution... not even that hard, surprisingly. All one really has to do to run Final Fantasy VII in Windows 7 is:
1. Install the game
2. Patch to 1.02
3. Install the latest Aali's Custom Driver (Which is also included in Remix, but this works better, apparently... For most people skipping steps 2 and 3 would've worked... Not me, of course!)
4. Install Final Fantasy 7 Remix
And that, as they say, is that. The Remix Mod contains a hell of a lot of awesome game upgrades which make the game even more awesome to play. I'm not sure if the damage breaker applies to everything in game (it does to limits, at least, and since I only made it to Nibelheim in the three limited days I got right now, I can't tell.
Anyway, this is what has kept me from enthusiastically flaunting my new-built apartment, in its glory. It's not finished yet, but I'm really thrilled about it now (apparently, not as thrilled as getting FF7 to work, which says more about the game than the apartment XD) - anyway, I took some pictures, which I'd gladly show, but the moment I get home, I pretty much have three things in mind - Clean the place (to prevent rodents from returning), do administrative stuff for the apartment, and game the rest of the day away.
A horrible revelation: I have packed up all my modeling and celling equipment, so I can take those with me ASAP. That means that even if I wanted to, I couldn't work on either my fancel (which STILL isn't finished!) or my statue (it's been over a year now!). I really need a drawing/hobby table in my apartment. It doesn't have to be an expensive one, just needs the basics, i.e. being able to tilt and having a level holder for my painting equipment.
The biggest challenge in terms of furniture will be my computer desk. I want to face my living room (which could be augmented by a beamer at one point) whilst sitting behind my desk, but I've only got 129 cm to work with. This means that I'm going to have to make some sort of quarter-circle style desk, which will need to be able to house my PC, two monitors (one should be able to face two different ways, because of the Wii), and myriads of CD's and DVD's. I'm definitely going to need a new desk chair (a fixed one without wheels) as this one is about ready to fall apart, much like its predecessor. I think I should go with a more sturdy one this time around, which will be more expensive, I fear.
Above this place there will be two shelves - one for my plush mice (irony~), and one for my books (it's not like I have a million of those), although I'm not sure if I want my books in the living room, mostly because they'll be exposed to sunlight there, which will damage the coloring. Instead I might move them to a book case in the sleeping room, but that'll be a last-minute decision. The glass desk I have right now will henceforth become a dining table - what it was originally made for - and I'm going to need an extra couch (or two) and a proper coffee table. I intend to also last-minute these pieces of equipment at Ikea (since the first couch is from there as well).
One corner will be dedicated to housing my brother, in case of emergencies. It's partially shielded from the rest of the room by supports, so it might work. The one downside is that the place is noisier than expected: I can hear the trains passing by much better than I thought, and there is an inbuilt air flow regulator (which I hope will be much quieter in night-time mode).
Amusingly, the bedroom is smaller than I imagined, which might get me into trouble, but that is something I'll find out about later, as well. For now, all I need to fit in there is a closet, my dumbbells, a bed and a night stand (and optionally a bookcase), which will work perfectly. As I purchase more gym equipment, however, this may prove to be a challenge.
So yeah, I got everything pretty much worked out, I think. I just hope I can make about 75% of it. Striving for 110%, of course. Like I said, the biggest challenge will be the computer desk. ^_~