The Vive

May 21st, 2016

If you’ve been following my blog for a while, you might remember that back in 2014, I wrote about my husband and I buying the Oculus Rift DevKit 2. Back then, it was the major virtual reality (VR) system that people knew about, and now there are two: the Oculus Rift and the HTC Vive.

For those who aren’t familiar with these, they run off of your computer, but the screen is on a headset that you wear. The goal is to make you feel like you’re in the game since the headset is tracked, and as you move, your view moves too. Thus… it’s a virtual reality!

It was a tough decision between the Rift and the Vive, and as the blog title suggests, we went with the HTC Vive. It came in earlier this week!

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You’ll notice a few things in the photo: two weird looking controllers, two boxes (base stations), and the Vive headset. The controllers and the base stations are the main reason we went with the Vive over the Rift. The base stations are mounted on a wall or ceiling, and they help the controllers and headset track where they are. This means… you can actually walk around and use your arms! This is something the Rift cannot do at the moment (but plans to later this year). Right now, the Rift only tracks your head movement, and any traveling is done with the joystick on a controller.

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Recent shoes haul

May 15th, 2016

Growing up, I’ve always had a “hate” relationship with shoe shopping because of my small feet. In US sizes, I’m a 5 or a 5.5, which many stores (and even some brands) don’t stock. When it comes to sneakers and flip flops, I’ll often settle for a 6 since it’s more common and having extra room isn’t a big deal with those type of shoes. Sometimes that doesn’t work out, especially with flats.

I’ve finally given up and have turned to shopping online, which is sooo much better for finding my shoe size. I used to avoid it because well, it’s shoes. How will I know if it fits well or feels good unless I’ve tried it on?? (By the way, this is not a sponsored post. After my eternal struggle with shoes, I just have to rave about getting ones that actually fit.)

Lately I’ve been turning to Zappos and DSW. Zappos has an amazing return policy with free shipping both ways. With DSW, I take a look at the shoes in store and ask the cashier to order my size for me (free shipping to my house and free return in store). So with that, I’ve thrown away some very, very worn shoes of mine and opted for some newer ones.

First up are two new flip flops! The orange ones are by B.O.C., and the black ones are by Clarks.

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I have to admit that I don’t treat my feet well when it comes to flip flops. I love wearing flip flops and often buy ones with little support. When I wore these, I was shocked at how comfortable they were. The bottom of both feel so cushioned! Plus, I think the flower design of both are really cute.

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Cosplay lessons learned

May 9th, 2016

You know the cosplay that I’ve been busy with for the past couple months? Well, it’s finished now!

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Putting on a finished cosplay for the first time is one of the best feelings! I had a lot of fun with this one, partially because I love One Piece and partially because I learned so many new things on it.

In the past, I avoided prop work, so I have very little experience with it. Though I didn’t make the sword from scratch, I did so many alterations on it. I learned how to sand it smooth with Gesso, work with Worbla, and use sword wrap. All of the pink dots on the shirt were also painted by me, and this is the first time I’ve used fabric paint to make my own patterned fabric. (Full details on my cosplay blog.)

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