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Stalactite supervisor John Sato examines new formations with disappointment.
"A proper stalactite grows downward," said Sato, "But these younger stalactites are rebellious and have little respect for tradition. We’ve caught them growing sideways, diagonally, I saw one just yesterday that grew down at first but then went straight back up again into the rock ceiling."
Numerous theories abound as to why the stalactites are growing more bold. Some blame global warming for chemical shifts in the dripping minerals. Others feel television is to blame. But Sato has another theory:
"Many stalactites today come from modern rock. Classic rock held superior morals and produced straight stalactites. But modern rock, such as hard rock or acidic rock aren’t so solid. To keep stalactites on course, we must examine both the rocks and the role played by the minerals, the substance they communicate downward. Only with a comprehensive study of rock and role will we come to an understanding of the problem, and begin to move toward a solution. Such as an opaline silica solution, or a 50% fluorite solution."
Others feel that blaming rock is a cop-out, and that the problem lies with society’s standard of binary geological roles. Said Peter Saenz of GLAAD (Geological Land Appraisal And Diagnostics), “Who are we to say a stalactite has to be straight and hook up with a stalagmite? Maybe some stalactites are meant to meet other stalactites, maybe some stalactites want to find their own way through the caves. It’s not for us to dictate.”
This viewpoint has proven controversial, with high ranking clergy at the Vatican stating, “The Bible clearly states that speleothems are between one stalactite and one stalagmite, and that it is the stalactite’s role to descend upon the other.”
Peter Saenz retorts that the Vatican needs to mind its own business about what others go down on.

facts-i-just-made-up:

Stalactite supervisor John Sato examines new formations with disappointment.

"A proper stalactite grows downward," said Sato, "But these younger stalactites are rebellious and have little respect for tradition. We’ve caught them growing sideways, diagonally, I saw one just yesterday that grew down at first but then went straight back up again into the rock ceiling."

Numerous theories abound as to why the stalactites are growing more bold. Some blame global warming for chemical shifts in the dripping minerals. Others feel television is to blame. But Sato has another theory:

"Many stalactites today come from modern rock. Classic rock held superior morals and produced straight stalactites. But modern rock, such as hard rock or acidic rock aren’t so solid. To keep stalactites on course, we must examine both the rocks and the role played by the minerals, the substance they communicate downward. Only with a comprehensive study of rock and role will we come to an understanding of the problem, and begin to move toward a solution. Such as an opaline silica solution, or a 50% fluorite solution."

Others feel that blaming rock is a cop-out, and that the problem lies with society’s standard of binary geological roles. Said Peter Saenz of GLAAD (Geological Land Appraisal And Diagnostics), “Who are we to say a stalactite has to be straight and hook up with a stalagmite? Maybe some stalactites are meant to meet other stalactites, maybe some stalactites want to find their own way through the caves. It’s not for us to dictate.”

This viewpoint has proven controversial, with high ranking clergy at the Vatican stating, “The Bible clearly states that speleothems are between one stalactite and one stalagmite, and that it is the stalactite’s role to descend upon the other.”

Peter Saenz retorts that the Vatican needs to mind its own business about what others go down on.

wynjathings:

Sims Safety
I have a major god complex as I am sure most simmers do. The Sims 2 was perfect for letting my micro managing tendencies run amuck. When the Sims 3 came out is challenged my preferred game style. I did not like this.
However, this doesn’t make the Sims 3 a bad game, just different. So, I have decided, with the Sims 4 announcement, that I should dust off my Sims 3 game and give it another chance. At the very least it will distract me while I wait for patch 5.4 to drop in Wow. For the Horde! xD

I have a major god complex as I am sure most simmers do. The Sims 2 was perfect for letting my micro managing tendencies run amuck. When the Sims 3 came out is challenged my preferred game style. I did not like this.

However, this doesn’t make the Sims 3 a bad game, just different. So, I have decided, with the Sims 4 announcement, that I should dust off my Sims 3 game and give it another chance. At the very least it will distract me while I wait for patch 5.4 to drop in Wow. For the Horde! xD

I believe I am finished with my grungy/ older part of town. I may add a few trees here and there, but I think I’m done with it.

The majority of the lots are from Plasticbox. They fit really well with the style I was going for. One thing that did get on my nerves, though, was most of the starter lots have the same freakishly long name. It made it a pain putting them into the hood.

I was also able to recreate Siren’s Landing aka my coastal area. I didn’t take any new pictures because nothing changed. 

I am itching to make some sims and get to playing. I think it will be a nice break from the decorating. =D 

Yay for Backup files!!!
So, I wasn’t able to determine what was causing the crashes. I took out the entire download folder and still *CRASH*
Luckily, I am a smart cookie and made a backup of the entire neighborhood. However, I took out all of the lots in said backup. I wanted to make it as easy as possible to move the neighborhood to my desktop. 
Oh well, at least I didn’t loose all of my hood decorations. Now, to just remember where everything was….

Yay for Backup files!!!

So, I wasn’t able to determine what was causing the crashes. I took out the entire download folder and still *CRASH*

Luckily, I am a smart cookie and made a backup of the entire neighborhood. However, I took out all of the lots in said backup. I wanted to make it as easy as possible to move the neighborhood to my desktop. 

Oh well, at least I didn’t loose all of my hood decorations. Now, to just remember where everything was….

So, I seem to have developed a crashing problem…
I can get into the neighborhood, but can’t click on any lots or *CRASH!*
Hmmm… I really don’t want to spend my day off hunting down what is causing the crashes. Though, that is most likely what will happen. Grrr!!!
Well! Here is a pic of my farm area. With luck I can fix this issue and continue the building. =D

So, I seem to have developed a crashing problem…

I can get into the neighborhood, but can’t click on any lots or *CRASH!*

Hmmm… I really don’t want to spend my day off hunting down what is causing the crashes. Though, that is most likely what will happen. Grrr!!!

Well! Here is a pic of my farm area. With luck I can fix this issue and continue the building. =D

Spent the entire day on my coast line. All I can say is lot adjuster is your friend. *nods*

I’m pretty satisfied on how it turned out. I have even decided on a name for the area. Siren’s Landing. 

I like to imagine the area is newer compared to the rest of the city. That it was solely built for recreation  Hence, the towns folk naming it something whimsical. 

That’s all I really have for today. When I say I spent the ENTIRE day on this one section, I really did. Beach lots are very fickle. >;(

Wow, that neighborhood is huge! It’s awesome, but I’d get overwhelmed. :D
Yeah, it did end up being way bigger than I planned and I am overwhelmed. But, in a good way. If that makes and sense. >.>
I haven’t had so much fun decorating a hood in a long time. It’s good to be overwhelmed. xD

Everything is greener!! xD 

I have always disliked the default “Lush” terrain for the neighborhoods, which to me isn’t “lush” at all. More like a yard during a severe drought. Not pretty. So, I when a-hunting and found Mzcynnamon’s Greener Grass default. I am so happy! It looks great! xD

Things are coming along well, I think. I am crap at making lots so, I went on a downloading binge. So many Pretties!! @-@

The Sims Community Project on Tumbler is an awesome resource for small community lots and they will all fit nicely in my hood. Many thanks to their creators. :)

As you can see from the pics above. I started on my downtown area. Lovely skyscrapers. This is the area I’ll have the majority of my “big” businesses, hospital, police station, fire station, ect.

I also got a chance to play around with my farm area. I have decided to have two farming families on each side of the street. I am thinking Hatfield and McCoy. >;D 

I have the next two days off from work, which I plan to do a lot of simming. xD

I didn’t get the chance to sim at all this weekend. But I made up for it today. 

No dramatic chances, just trees, trees everywhere! 

I plopped down more row houses I picked up from MTS. Nigel_Halfwit has a small selection of pretty awesome ones. ;)

My point of pride today is the lighthouse section. S655’s Practical Magic Lot fits in nicely. It will be the light keep’s home. 

I worked a little on the farmhouse. I saw somewhere long ago some hood deco with the “farming” theme. I will go a-hunting for it after dinner. xD

That’s it for now. My hope is to get further along this week. *fingers crossed* 

Another update from my unnamed neighborhood. :)

I still can’t think of anything that I’m satisfied with. I am sure the name will pop into my head after all is in place or I’ll end up naming it something silly. Who knows. :D

I didn’t have too much time last night to do a lot of decorating, but I did get to plop down all of the awesome row houses I got a while back from S655 tumbler. 

I’m going to make a few of my own to fill in spots. I want that whole square to be nothing but row houses. xD

I do have two 1 x 1 community lots to share. 

Simon’s Square; A very simple park with benches.

Virginia’s Square; A local coffee park.

I needed something to fill the small 1 x 1 lot spaces. So, I’m taking a page from Savannah, Ga and making a ton of park squares. Savannah is a beautiful city by the way. I highly recommend vacationing there.

That’s all I have for today. These posts are really helping me focus on this project. And I really need something other then work to think about. 

I spent the majority of last night planting trees around my waterfall. xD

The decorations are coming along nicely. I put in two parks. One in the old town area and one in the business area. I used a lot of Criquette’s Hood Deco items. They really are wonderful.

While I was browsing MTS, I discovered a treasure trove of Victorian style homes. Can’t wait to see what they look like in game. 

I still haven’t thought of a name for my town yet. Right now it’s labeled ‘test town’. Not very charming, I know, but it will do. ;)

Next order of business will be more trees and placing my new lots! 

Progress! Well, more like baby steps. I thought I was done with the road building stage, but I was so wrong. 

Tip! If you want to have beach lots, be sure the road is close enough to the water. >.< I spent way too much time tweaking that one road. Oh well, lesson learned. :)

I added a few roads here and there, but no big chances. I have one road heading toward my totally awesome waterfall!

I am very proud on how it turned out. I used the river effect instead of the maxis waterfall. 1.) it looks better. 2.) I couldn’t get the maxis waterfall to work. *shakes fist*

Since, the hood was looking plain, I added a coast line and cute little boats. I switched out bridges to. The newer one looks much nicer. Next will be some colorful trees in the mountains. I’m thinking the maxis pink one will be used a lot. xD

This ends my new neighborhood update. Hmm, I should think up a good name for it. Maybe by next update. :D

Word of warning. I have decided to document my progress here on tumbler. There will be a lot of chatting about my thoughts and opinions, which will most likely be boring. However, I believe these posts will help me keep my motivation/inspiration up. Here we go!

I’m still in the beginning stages, but I think I have settled on my road layout. I took a lot of Jessa’s advice from the video series and have separated the map into 4 area.

1. Old Town/ Main Residential

2. Business District

3. New Apartments/ Upscale Shopping

4. Farm Land/ Riverside Property

The Old Town area is going to end up with a few sub-neighborhoods. I’m going to use the big square sections as the dividing lines. As for the style, I want something homey. I live in the more historic area of Atlanta, Ga. where the architecture is early Victorian with really big front porches. Here are some examples; 

Grant Park Home

Inman Park Home

Luckily for me the style is pretty popular in the sims community so, finding lots or build mode objects to download will be easy. I also want to make a section of row houses. They have become very popular where I am and they mix well with the Victorian architecture.

My Business area will be more modern high raises. I can literally see skyscrapers from where I live so, I want to emulate that. 

I wasn’t going to make a separate shopping/apartment area at first. But, then I thought about what type of lots I would make/need for normal game play and those lots just didn’t fit with my Old Town vision. Hence, a little area was created. It will be a little oasis of urban luxury for my fortune/pop sims.

The Riverside/ Farm Land area was a last minute add. I didn’t really want any beach lots (cause I can’t get them to work half the time) but, I felt the area needed something. It was far too empty.

So, that is where I am at. I think the next thing will be layout tweaking and neighborhood deco hunting. Wish me luck. ;)

So, putting roads down was a bit harder than I thought it would be…. Luckily, I found an awesome web series by Jessa on Youtube. Link below. 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fv1jS9T2VUc

Episodes 3 - 7 are about creating your own custom hood. There is some excellent advice as well as tips and tricks. The hood she created is wonderful! My goal is to try and make something just as beautiful, but more woodsy, I think…. 

Anyhoo, the pictures above is what I have so far. I’m going to play with it tonight and see what I can add.