I'm still alive, long may it last. My newish computer on the other hand, was corrupted to the core. I'd blame Morgoth, Dark Foe of the World, but actually I later read that it was because of a Windows 10 update. With most other computer stuff, you update to make things safer. Not so with Microsoft: They push out updates without testing them against even mainstrema machines like my HP Pavilion. As a result, I had to reset the machine to out-of-factory condition. Luckily I have a large hard disk attached to my router and a piece of software on each computer that backs up the computer in the background. Only not this computer, or at least there was no trace of it on the backup disk. This one I definitely blame on Morgoth.
I even had an unfinished update on Amanda growing up and her robot Boyfriend 2.0 getting a new more humanoid shape. But none of that matters now. They will live on in our memories, at least for a while.
After that, I did not play The Sims much for a while. Eventually I took up again Sims 3, but I have mostly just been playing my self-sim trying to improve the life of the villagers by means of magic, teaching work-related skills, giving kids tablet computers, and writing books.
I tried Sims 4 Eco Living. It is not bad. It doesn't fix the base game though, which is bad.
Curretnly trying a Sorcery mod recommended by Carl (the guy with the best Sims guides.) It is fun for a while at least, so I should write about it maybe.
University: Doing homework or reading textbooks in the university library gives a boost to the speed of finishing them. But! If you get an invitation that would require you to leave immediately, the book you were using will be lost. (Public locations are reset for each visit, so going back you will not find it again.) You can get new homework books for §1 at the automatic kiosk in Britechester / Foxbury (looks like a column a little taller than a sim, kind of futuristic, should be visible from outside the cheap student apartments.) Actual textbooks however are hideously expensive, so don't accept invitations when reading those unless you are rolling in money. (Which admittedly isn't that hard.)
Magic: The Delicioso spell can conjure a single plate of somewhat random food (the selection is fairly limited) but it can also be used to refresh food that has gone bad, including food that should not have gone bad like cookies.
Get famous: Selling paintings from the inventory does not give fame points, selling them from a wall or from the easel does. Using the Digital Sketchpad instead of an easel means the paintings go straight in the inventory, so if you want fame, drag them to a wall first. (My experience so far is that fame is not worth it because of the quirks.) If you do want fame, Digital Sketchpad is still the way to go, since you can make more paintings in a shorter time and also can queue them up before you start.
Sickness: Even if you cure a sim with medicine, they may already have passed it on to other family members, who will then infect the first patient once the medicine moodlet wears off. But if you give medicine to sims who are not sick, they will get a dazed moodlet instead of the energized. If only there was a way to find out who was sick even if they did not show symptoms at the moment... Try to let the whole family drink orange juice. Those who have the cold will get a cross moodlet "combating a cold with home remedies". You can now cure them with medicine.