The Long Dark – Photography

I’m obsessed with The Long Dark. It’s a really beautiful game. I take a lot of pictures in real life and quite a few in TLD. Here are a few of my best shots and the rest can be seen here. I usually need to drop gear to lose the HUD. A lot of these are from Coastal Highway. It’s my favorite region as it has favorable weather, great hunting, and great bases from which to pack out and return.

Farmhouse at Daybreak – Pleasant Valley
Farmhouse at Daybreak

The Golden Hour – Coastal Highway
The Golden Hour

Cabin in the Woods – Coastal Highway
Cabin in the Woods

Timberwolf Mountain at Twilight from Echo Peak West – Timberwolf Mtn
Timberwolf Mtn at Twilight

Quonset in Light Snow – Coastal Highway
Quonset in Light Snow

Mystery Lake – Mystery Lake
Mystery Lake

Yellow Haze – Coastal Highway
Yellow Haze

Milieu

mi·lieu
/mil-yoo/
noun
noun: milieu; plural noun: milieux; plural noun: milieus

1. the physical or social setting in which people live or in which something happens or develops

“She might stay home, might marry and live as a housewife. And if her milieu does not sanction such a solution, there are, she knows, milieux which do. —David Mamet, Jafsie and John Henry: Essays, 1999″

Synonyms: background, setting, environment, mise-en-scène

2015’s End

It was a busy year.

I spent the year doing this stuff:

Life:
Changing diapers and making baby food.
Budget, data storage, encrypted backup

Travel:
Florida Keys, enjoyed Islamorada and Bahia Honda beach, not so much Key West; however, I did have a Sloppy Joe at Sloppy Joe’s.
Port Orleans – French Quarter (Very impressed)
Animal Kingdom Lodge (Unimpressed)

Tech, Software & Gaming:
The Long Dark (253 hrs on record)
Cities:Skylines
Slack
TAILS
Configured dedicated HTPC running Plex, Sonarr, and CouchPotato.
GoPro Hero 4 Silver
New Gaming Rig (i7, 12GB, 1TB, GeForce GTX 750), upgraded to SSDs, would like to upgrade video card in 2016.

TV, Music, and Books:
Active Child
Fargo
The Weeknd
Back to Back
Kindle Voyage & Calibre

Cities:Skylines Copper Creek

I’m working on a new city. I tried to go with a more rural plan, but the intrigue of skyscrapers creeps in every time.

From the rural riverside:
Copper_Creek-Rural

Skyline shot with bonus bridge:
Copper_Creek-City

The hustle and bustle of downtown Copper Creek:
Copper_Creek-Hustle

Map: Copper Creek by Scotland Tom.

I’m going to still build up the downtown area and keep up my satellite rural areas.

My next adventure is starting St. Louis, MO on a 1:1 scale, using this map, like this guy did.

Hours logged at this point: 110.

Michael Jackson’s Neverland for a Cool $100 Million

The 2,700-acre California estate no longer has amusement park rides or many exotic animals, though the train station is still in place.

Neverland

The property spans about 2,700 acres and has about 22 structures on it, Ms. Perkins said. The Normandy-style main house, which sits between the property’s two lakes, measures about 12,000 square feet, with six bedrooms plus an attached staff quarters. There’s a four-bedroom guesthouse near the main home and a two-bedroom guesthouse a little farther away. There’s also a swimming pool with a cabana, a barbecue area, basketball court and a tennis court. A 50-seat movie theater has a private viewing balcony, and a stage includes trap doors for magic shows.

Cities: Skylines

I’ve logged over 30 hours on Cities: Skylines in the past week. I think I’m addicted. Below is one of the main open air skywalks I built for my current city. It’s greatly reduced pedestrian traffic on the road, thus improving the flow of vehicular traffic. Never underestimate the power of an amazing skywalk system. Time Magazine says, “You Need to Check out Cities: Skylines,” and I agree. It’s not the old Sim City that we all loved growing up. It’s so much better.

Click to see in all its glory
Click to see in all its glory