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      Please help us for July   06/30/2017

      This month we're hoping for a little bit of a boost this month or next, in addition to covering the regular bills, we could benefit from some hardware upgrades. STEX Collector's Set gifts can now be sent to you via digital download as well as regular mail if you wish! Every donation dollar goes toward keeping Simtropolis online and humming along. Your contribution counts! Hardware Upgrades As our website community software improves with more and more features, and as we bolt on additional features such as chat, the increased load to handle all these new toys is taking the server a bit to task. You may have noticed that we'd been forced to temporarily disable the chat as we worked out allocating resources for more optimal performance. Following this, we've applied a number of 'soft' changes such as caching options and experimented with server configurations (nginx as proxy, for example), so the hardware aspect is also an area we'd like to focus on. The last time we upgraded hardware was back in 2012, prior to the release of SC13. Your contribution means a lot! Your donation will go toward helping us to 1.) migrate to a newer server or 2.) at least get some ram/cpu/storage updates and any other infrastructure hardware or services. Donate and Get a Gift or Donate Any Amount Thanks so much! - Dirktator & The Admins
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    Interview with Purpledaddy


    When did you join Simtropolis?

    I joined Simtropolis and other fan sites about two years ago when I bought and started playing The Sims II for the first time. It coincided when I wrote to Maxis about an idea for a Sim City sequel that had nothing to do with Sim City. I had no idea they would take me seriously! 6.gif

    Why did you join Simtropolis?

    I thought this would be a cool place to try a Sim Diary. There were only a couple of them out there compared to the millions of City Journals, and I'm really not talented enough yet to BAT. I hung around when my SD finished b/c it's a fun place to be online.

    Did you ever expect to win the MOTM?

    Never. I didn't even really set out to be a online persona of any sorts outside of my Sim Diary work, much less an MOTM-worthy one. But I appreciated that if I wanted others to notice my work then I needed to patronize other's efforts. I like all of these computer games but I'm not exceptionally great at them. So when I comment on other's efforts I want to be nice and entertaining w/out coming across as "me too". I try to be clever, unique, short, funny, good-natured, appreciative, and otherwise hide the fact that I otherwise no idea what I writing about, at least terms of the technical stuff. Fortunately people at the site are cool enough that I can get away with all of it! 9.gif

    Why did you think you were nominated for the MOTM?

    I suspect it's b/c I'm in line for a moderatorship - that tends to be a site trend. And if I'm asked, I won't do it, I've got too much RL commitments!!! (How do you like that reverse psychology?) j/k!!! 3.gif

    Actually, I suspect it was b/c of my snazzy pinstripe business suit. 9.gif

    Will winning the MOTM inspire you to do more for the community?

    I'm afraid to jinx myself. I set out to create a complex Sim Diary based on the Jonas Family a couple of years ago w/ my daughter and I did some Sim City work this past year, only to have my hard drive crash each time. Fortunately my daughter did teach me a new word in her second grade spelling class: B-A-C-K-U-P! She's so literate.

    What do you do outside of Sim City 4 and Simtropolis in your free time?

    I still have to ask my parole officer about what is legal! 18.gif

    What are your favorite Simtropolis moments?

    I like the Trixies and MOTM/EOTM's and seeing people I nominate win, especially myself. 9.gif

    Do you have a job?

    I'm a mid-level bureaucrat with the Real Life Bureau of Bureaucracy. I envision myself as my avatar, an empty suit. 19.gif

    If you were stuck on a deserted island with one Simtropolis member, who would it be?

    Whoever most likes pina coladas and getting caught in the rain! 10.gif

    What has been your main contributions to the site?

    Getting people to argue if saying "happy holidays" during Christmas is too politically correct. 3.gif (We can say Happy Fourth of July or anything else on that and any day for all I care! )... 49.gif

    ... j/k

    Style perhaps? Getting people to appreciate hidden nooks and crannies of Simtropolis, including The Sims, maybe?

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