During some recent wanders in our shared virtual world, I snapped this and that. Let's start with my Vertical Slum project, a medieval village thing that goes up rather than down. I'm rather pleased with how this turned out. This is the superstructure. The buildings are all working but I want to put in better walkways and staircases higher up on the inside. I'll also start working on the interiors of all those buildings. Much to do and lots and lots of resources to collect for it.
The main structure of the Vertical slum is complete and now I'm starting on interior decorating and some tweaking. What is obvious is that I need a lot of green, which comes from cacti, which has to grow. No big problem, just need to be patient. While "being patient", I took a look at the in-game cartography and noticed that our maps are really old. They're also old maps that don't "align" with modern 1.8 maps. So a made a new one zoomed all the way in. Then I had an idea:
I, along with probably half the known world, got the "Reserve your Windows 10 upgrade" task bar icon last night.
In your personal opinion (bollocks to objectivity for a minute), what do you feel made Chom Isis fun?
I love a good city builder. I've been enjoying a lot of Tropico 4 for the joy of stuffing buildings down and then keeping people happy/unhappy. I've been voted out and even had riots. All good fun. I like to tinker.
I found the latest SimCity thrilling to watch up to release but since have been disappointed by all the videos I've watched. I'm not bothered about always online but I don't like being forced to have my city integrated into some sort of network to do well. They're also not that big. I also don't like giving money to companies who treat their users like slaves.
I'm flying out to Boston tomorrow to go to PAX East. I normally go to PAX Prime which is closer to me (in Seattle) but this year I'm meeting Byrnie and Jen in Boston for PAX east. Boston being nicely equidistant from here and the UK with a relatively less arduous 6hr flight makes it more palatable.
I've been ill over the past week and when my eyes haven't been streaming and my head not pounding, I've found some solace in Elite:Dangerous. White screens (and daylight FFS) give me a headache prettily readily at the moment and E:D is mostly dark. Which is nice. Here are some thoughts and pics from my travels. Not really a guide but some tips en route.
1. Don't make any resolutions for 2015
Bugger! oh well maybe next year
I'm cutting back on things to resolve to do and instead go for a balance. Family takes priority and after that I find that I have a little more time the older Felix gets. Overall, I want to balance creative stuff (Icar, playing bass) with brain stuff (going through algorithm books, coding neural networks) with gaming (Minecraft and with friends) with body stuff (running). Here are things I want to do this year. I found that things like "blog regularly" were difficult to achieve but they weren't specific enough.