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.

Death Is Nothing At All

I’m in love with this poem read at my daughter’s father’s funeral and I want it read at mine.

Death is nothing at all.
I have only slipped away to the next room.
I am I and you are you.
Whatever we were to each other,
That, we still are.

Call me by my old familiar name.
Speak to me in the easy way
which you always used.
Put no difference into your tone.
Wear no forced air of solemnity or sorrow.

Laugh as we always laughed
at the little jokes we enjoyed together.
Play, smile, think of me. Pray for me.
Let my name be ever the household word
that it always was.
Let it be spoken without effect.
Without the trace of a shadow on it.

Life means all that it ever meant.
It is the same that it ever was.
There is absolute unbroken continuity.
Why should I be out of mind
because I am out of sight?

I am but waiting for you.
For an interval.
Somewhere. Very near.
Just around the corner.

All is well.

Henry Scott Holland

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