• Cat Update

    I’ve missed having a cat!  I’ve settled on naming him Buddy.  He is extremely playful, and has taken to following me from to room, if just to curl up and sleep.  He loves people food, and has some serious issues with personal space when you are trying to eat.  He’s tried to steal an entire piece of pizza off my plate, and today I had to share a bowl of Beefaroni with him.


  • Klaatu is coming along nicely

    Spent some time this weekend working in Klaatu. I think I’m finally on a roll here.  I built the downtown area, the ravenry, and the halls of wisdom.  I had some issues when I was building the tavern/inn.  I wanted to build this nice fireplace in the main room, but I inadvertently burned down half the building.  Twice.  I gave up and put in a more simple wood stove.


  • I has cat!

    So my brother and his wife got me everything I needed for a cat for Christmas – litter box, food, toys, dishes, etc.  And yesterday they showed up with a cat 😁

    I still haven’t settled on a name yet. Right now I’m leaning toward Mister or Fuzzy.


  • More Progress in Klaatu

    Work continues to roll along in Klaatu.  I finished the temple, created a new religion, and placed a handful of buildings in the city.  The Marketplace around the main Square is complete, as well as the Harbor.


  • Canals & Progress in Klaatu

    I finished my canal building project and managed to achieve some progress in Klaatu!  I finished up the two canals I was building for the last few weeks.  In Klaatu I designed a decent looking building, and built up most of the harbor.


  • Adventures in Simulation -OR- SimDisappointment 4.0

    I hate to admit, that the last few months I’ve been thinking about SimCity again.  I was a huge addict in the past, even had an entire nation of interconnected cities.  I started long, long ago with SimCity on the SNES. The hey-day of my SimCity years was on SimCity 2000, when I played alot with my buddy Tom.  We invented competing nations of cities that went on for years.  I eventually upgraded to SimCity 3000 and then to SimCity 4, the last one I played.  I never attempted the newest version, as I read a ton of horrible reviews, and it seemed to limit your city size compared to 4.  See, I enjoy the game, but I enjoy designing massive cities more.  In 4 I had an entire region that was a massive metropolis.

    Yesterday, I came across an ad for Cities: Skylines.  After doing a bit of research I realized this is what the next SimCity should have been.  It looks amazing!  I even read 2 reviews that say it has dethroned SimCity as the top city simulator (which SimCity has ALWAYS been).

    Then I realized that it was on sale for $7.50 for the next day, price is normally $30.  So I bought it!  Thats a hell of a deal to stumble across.  So I downloaded it, got it installed, and naturally it runs like shit on my aging MacBook Pro.  I kinda expected that to be honest.  But hey, for $7.50 its worth it.  And someday once I get a good gaming PC, oh look I already have it!

    At this point I decided I needed some nostalgia, so I went to install SimCity 4 and look through my old cities.  This is where the frustration and disappointment set in.  You see, SimCity 4 was an old PowerPC application. It stopped working on Mac a few systems ago.  But there WAS a patch to fix it and make it work.  I went through the install process only to find out the patch no longer works, and nobody has updated it.

    Began researching what flaming hoops I needed to jump through to get this working, when lo and behold they re-released SimCity 4 on the Mac App Store, guaranteed to work with MacOS Sierra.  For $20 goddamn dollars. I know, thats not so horrible, but I already own it!!!  Not to mention I don’t have a spare $20.

    So here we are.  I have a craving to play something SimCity-esque, and I’m thwarted at every turn.  Back to Minecraft it is… Maaaaybe Diablo 3 if I’m feeling adventurous.