• Cities: Skylines – Dolan

    A sad day has come.  I have to retire/abandon the first city I’ve built in Cities: Skylines.  I actually hit the in-game limitation on the number of buildings. (I was also rapidly approaching the limits for roads and intersections as well.  The city was just TOO big.  I had made it very dense, and just kept making it bigger. I had plans to keep going, but I’ve had to scrap it all now.  I can’t place any type of building anymore. I’d need to go back and remove/redo half the city to be able to continue, and I don’t want to go there. I’ve grown attached to the poor city as it is.

    The worst part was that I spent over an hour yesterday updating the “Old City”, adding some kewl towers and castle walls.  Then I went to build my next suburb, and ran into the building limit issue.

    Here are some pictures of the city to commemorate its retirement.

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  • Cities: Skylines – The Overdue Post

    So I’ve been meaning to post about Cities: Skylines for over a month now.  I had intended to document the growth of my city, but that ship has long sailed.

    My city currently has a population just above 700,000.  It is enormous!  I really don’t feel like recapping its construction to this point, it could take FAR too long.  Here are some pictures from a few days ago.

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  • Blizzard 2018

    Happy New Years Everyone!!

    The New Year is only 5 days old, and we’ve already had a blizzard here in Maine.  I’ve been outside shoveling for the last 45 minutes as naturally my snowblower is dead/non-functioning.  I got to my first milestone – I made it to the front end of the truck.  It looked bad enough out there to start with, then I discovered the snow drift on the other side of the truck is a foot taller.  And to top that off, the snowbank at the end of my driveway is taller than the back of my truck. It has to be at least 4 feet tall.

    I’m not going anywhere today.  I’m going to be shoveling.  In shifts.

    If anyone wants to come help or supply a snowplow, it would be GREATLY appreciated!!

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  • Sleeping Madness

    Its been a weird few days.  For those of you who don’t know, I had a sleep study done a few weeks ago and it turns out I have severe sleep apnea.  I got my sleep apnea equipment on Friday.  When I went to pick it up, it was a bit of a shock when they expected a $555 copay that nobody had told me about up to that point, as well as the shock it was going to cost me $158 a month to rent the equipment. Getting past that, I got home that night and used the equipment for the first time.

    It turns out when they did the sleep study, they started me out on a CPAP device, but then switched me in the middle of the night to a more advanced BiPAP machine (without ever telling me).  I had a hard time falling asleep with the BiPAP, as it switches between two pressures.  I tried to fall asleep for an hour, but it wasn’t happening.  I got back up all stressed and smoked a cigarette.  I eventually went back to bed and managed to sleep for 4 hours.  I had some pretty odd and vivid dreams, so I know it hit REM sleep, which is great!  I woke up freezing and got up to turn up the heat a notch, and then promptly fell back asleep before I remembered to put the sleep mask back on.

    So that was my first night. I woke up mid-morning, feeling pretty rested actually.  Went about my Saturday as normal. That evening, I was cleaning up around the house. I took a short break to sit down in my recliner and pet the cat about 7pm.  The next thing I know, I wake up and its 3 in the damn morning.  I literally slept in the recliner for 7 hours, undisturbed – no getting up to pee or anything.  Now I’m feeling fully rested, and I’m wide awake.  I doubt I’m going to go back to bed, or that I’ll use the equipment again until tonight.

    Sigh.  What a way to start my Christmas Eve.

  • I can game again!

    My shiny new graphics card came in yesterday.  Lo and behold, I can play games again!!  Minecraft looks amazing, and has no lag unlike my laptop.  I can actually play Diablo III on high settings now!  It looks soooo much better!  And holy crap is it more responsive. It always felt sluggish on my laptop.  I installed Civilization V but I haven’t tried it out yet.  I’m kind of afraid I’ll get sucked back into it…..  Not ready for a binge of that yet.  *slowly moves mouse away from the Play button*

    But the best thing is that I can finally play Cities: Skylines!  I’ve been drooling over this for months, ever since I bought it on sale and had no computer to play it on.  I’m an old-school SimCity addict.  I didn’t care for the last SimCity, but this game is what I needed.

    I haven’t actually done very much yet, still getting the feel of things. Its been YEARS since I played a SimCity style game, and this one is pretty complex.  I love it!  I’m sure I’ll be posting more about it once I really get building 🙂