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  1. Replies: Abrams124: I appreciate your dedication! matias93: Thank you very much for this fix! hammerb32: Cheers! feyss: BugeyedDragon: Those roads are actually part of a lot. Silur: Cool stuff, glad you liked it. tariely: The river banks are a bit flakey in places, while I think the size of the rapids is not proportionate to the flow of the river. So you've definitely got a point there- God rivers are so hard to do right! Thanks for your comment. kingofsimcity: Thank you very much! mike_oxlong: You've seen the best rural stuff. Now see the best urban stuff! As for korver... He is my polar opposite, he goes out of his way to tweak the game and mod it for aesthetics and beauty. With me I push to the limit functional cities which look very nice. In each one of my city tiles everything you see can be plopped in, nor have I used the Lot Editor for anything. MissVanleider: Thanks for your comment and thanks for providing the link! Akallan: Thanks for that! {---} Highlights from Entries 121 to 130 The bulk of these pictures are from the city tile of Garforth. Garforth was an experiment but because the city tile was medium-sized it allowed me to focus on details and try out different strategies, but without having to worry about filling in a large tile. I reckon my urban design peaked with Garforth. Now, taken as a whole Garforth looks like a slice of city, but its real beauty lies in the close-ups. So without further adieu... {---} 1. There are a few more highlights from Faverdale. 2. Where possible I tried to snake paths through the C.P. trees (of the Arden tree controller). 3. A small village in the countryside. Sometimes English villages can be split in two but be in close proximity, they may be called by different names. 4. It was the semi-detached houses of gascooker's (from the BSC LEX) that got some cogs whirring in my brain. 5. I started thinking about creating a British-styled city but combining it with the other influences in my urban designs: American, European and heavily industrial. 6. 7. It was in Garforth that I discovered FrankU's Dutch Parks (see in the centre). 8. A miniature graveyard. 9. A larger graveyard. I mixed in Paeng's cemetery set with FrankU's parks. 10. 11. For the first time ever I used SFBT's soundwalls to really separate areas from the railway. 12. Always go full-on NYBT W2W. 13. 14. 15. moonlight's canals in action. A VERY cool canal filler set! You can find them on moonlight's webpage- http://blog.livedoor.jp/moonlinght/archives/cat_59226.html. 16. I also began utilising bixel's skyscrapers. Some of them have such a generic design that they can fit into any skyline. My favourite two are SF 680 Folsom Revisited and TG SF 425 Market St. A great pair of office blocks! The two buildings can be seen in the middle of the picture. 17. I combined Reddonquixote's Melbourne Arts Precinct Part Two: Arts Centre with FrankU's Dutch parks. 18. The two diagonally-facing skyscrapers are from Bixel. 19. 20. And here is the British theme kicking in hard: terraced rows. Most of the low-rise terraces you see are gascooker creations, which can be found on this SC4D list- http://sc4devotion.com/forums/index.php?topic=6234.0. 21. The power of diagonals! 22. 23. I like to call this part of Garforth the British Quarter. 24. 25. On the centre right are a selection of buildings from JBSimio's Smalltown USA set (http://sc4devotion.com/csxlex/lex_filedesc.php?lotGET=642), very good for W2W 2-storey and 3-storey fillers. The back parts of these lots can be completed by adding fenced car park fillers from T Wrecks IRM I-HT filler set. 26. 27. 28. Terraced mode: engaged. 29. And here are gascooker's semi-detached homes. The complete collection of these homes can be found here: http://sc4devotion.com/csxlex/lex_filedesc.php?lotGET=354 and http://sc4devotion.com/csxlex/lex_filedesc.php?lotGET=356. 30. 31. The grid-busting roundabout of dreams... 32. 33. I squeezed the hell out of SFBT's diagonal fillers. And the reason for this? Diagonal texture consistency. 34. Once more utilising the grungy road pieces found in Bipin's industrial essentials. 35. FrankU's parks can be fitted into even grungy areas and still look good (see the thin strip in the middle right). They are probably one of the best filler sets of 2015. 36. My most grungy industrial estate yet- so many concrete textures! 37. 38. 39. By combining SFBT's diagonal fillers (the orthogonal tree filler piece), FrankU's parks (the tree filler pieces) and PEGPROD's tree fillers, I was able to create a very diverse and varied set of suburban tree lines. 40. 41. The small urban stream is another one of moonlight's creations. It fits in well with -- you guessed it -- FrankU's parks. 42. 43. And now we say goodbye to Garforth. 44. At last we come to the highlights from Erinsberg. This FA factory is one of them. 45. In a nutshell the Erinsberg urban area (in the city tile) is Garforth but three times bigger, while the north is incredibly rural and MMP dense. 46. Commie blocks for the grunge win! 47. 48. Sometimes canal pieces can make for interesting park fillers... 49. A rather cutting diagonal line of houses. {---} Next week there are highlights from Erinsberg- the last city tile I completed. Erinsberg has a bit of everything and I pushed to the limit visual beauty in a functional SC4 city. Finally I would like to say that the finale for this CJ is going to be happening in about two or three weeks time. I do have something very special planned so stay tuned...
  2. Yeah it may be American politics, but Trump has really changed the political scene and I feel it requires its own separate post to chart and discuss the events and changes during a Trump Presidency. Also the US Presidential Election thread is going in all kinds of wild tangents, I've been posting quite a few of them but Trump winning has opened up a real can of worms and it is a really massive change. That thread needs a continuation once Trump has been inaugurated. This thread is not only about President Trump and his administration, it is also about Obama's legacy, and of course the myriad issues which come with Trump and his election promises. There needs to be a thread on its own to comment about: US foreign policy, Obama's legacy, what will happen to the Clintons, the Mexico/US border, how Trump will "drain the swamp", the future for Liberals and SJWs, the social changes taking place in the US and much, much more. So for the first post, Trump has a message about his day-one executive actions. Militant Radical, Fantozzi, APSMS, Larks2242, Sabretooth78, OcramsRzr, LexusInfernus and all the other usual suspects- feel free to pop in and post! Cheers!
  3. NO! These are highlights from cities I built last year. All I have done is added some photoshop sparkle to them. Now I've got three highlight entries to finish. After that there is the finale for my CJ. Then that's it. No more- thank God!
  4. British repetition- terraced style!
  5. Faverdale and the Bassenthwaite Reservoir.
  6. Who wants to roam around the forest? Woodland by the lake shore. A looooonnnnggggggg mosaic!
  7. Woodland by the lake. Rock faces and lake. Thirlmere Lake.
  8. A park in the centre of Garforth.
  9. Up close and personal with NYBT W2W. moonlight's canals... A grungy city block.
  10. CT14, massive props for your trail-blazing diagonal W2W and FA W2W buildings! You may just yet give the impression that SC4 is more than a grid. I believe the systemic way you have gone about this project is a first for the SC4 community. Keep it up! /// Grid-busting roundabout. The lone diagonal...
  11. Careful what you wish for. Turkey will let loose 2 or 3 million refugees into Europe, quite possibly unvetted too. Worse Turkey supports Jihadist groups in Syria.
  12. You nailed Phang Nga Bay, Angkor Wat and Bagan. Nice one! But I have a challenge for you: English countryside. If anything this is a request. In particular these locations: the Howgills, Pennines and the Lake District. So in the spoilers here are some pictures to get you started for the inspiration. Pretty please?
  13. Replies: Tyberius06: Thank you! JP Schriefer: Thanks! Krasner: That's good to hear. raynev1: These highlights would happened with or without the existence of the Trixies. I guess it is just good timing. will62russ: Ha ha! TekindusT: Thank you! rathefalcon: For a while SC4 was my playpark. mike_oxlong: But there is more, the real highlights (entries 111 to 154) are from 2016 and that's where most of the really good stuff is. kschmidt: Thanks for your comment! Moses Zal: It isn't a mod. There are diagonal and FAR buildings available on the STEX. Akallan: Thank you! The next set of highlights contains many more pictures from that river- the River Faver. Roman_Samudra: Takingyouthere: I think what worked well was that I cranked the NYBT W2W up to 11. _Michael: The end of this CJ is going to happen sometime in the Easter Holidays. Ernestmaxis: My CJ finale will have a very large montage video to wrap everything up. sejr99999: My plugins folder used to be pushing 8.5GB, I also became so familiar with where everything was that I could remember dozens of different patterns and configurations for fillers and lots. Abrams124: Cheers! The trick is that I keep things rather uniform- especially for the fields. I managed to find about a few dozen aesthetically-pleasing MMP field configurations. {---} Highlights from Entries 111 to 120 This is a monster entry with 85 pictures in total, but it does contain some of the best rural scenery I ever created with SC4. If you want to find links and captions then I suggest you start with the actual 112th entry which is Threlkeld and go through the entries until you get to the 119th one. There are links to all sorts in those entries. Anyway, I'm sorry this entry is a bit late. This is because I had two consecutive lesson observations: one last Friday in the afternoon and one today (Monday) in the morning. Also I am keeping the captioning to a minimum- 85 pictures is a lot to caption. Enjoy! NOTE: Fixed the image embedding issue- thank you matias93 for providing the solution. {---} 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. 17. 18. 19. 20. 21. 22. 23. 24. 25. 26. 27. 28. 29. 30. 31. 32. 33. 34. 35. 36. 37. 38. 39. 40. 41. 42. 43. 44. 45. Crop circle. 46. 47. 48. 49. 50. 51. Bassenthwaite Reservoir. 52. 53. 54. 55. 56. 57. 58. 59. 60. 61. 62. 63. 64. 65. Thirlmere Lake. 66. 67. 68. 69. 70. 71. My favourite stretch of rural road. 72. I don't know why but I feel this is the best SC4 rural picture I ever produced. Maybe because it reminds me of the Lake District a bit with the lakes and forests there... 73. 74. 75. 76. 77. 78. And back to Annuq. 79. 80. 81. 82. 83. 84. 85. And the final highlighted picture from Annuq. {---} The next set of highlights are the diametric opposite of this entry- urban scenes from the city tile of Garforth.
  14. It's not good, I would not want any President to inherit the mess- even if that president had been Hillary Clinton. I would not want any factors to speed up the coming of another financial crisis because it means jobs lost, pensions slashed and lives ruined. It means a whole wave of suffering which I would not wish for anyone; it is NOT something to hope for or get excited about. Those that do get excited about such things are doom-mongers and addicted to calamity- just as long as it doesn't happen to them. It's that whole: it's fun to watch parts of the world burn in the comfort of ones own room. This attitude plagues too many young people. I will admit a few years ago I was one of them. But I wouldn't get your hopes up about a terminal financial crisis. Just because central banks have gone all in doesn't mean there aren't temporary solutions to buy some time. For starters the Federal Reserve could cut interest rates deeply into the negative if there was another financial crisis. Another method to stabilise financial markets is to literally force feed major investors with cash to encourage them to hold onto their assets for longer- this was done in March 2009 when the Financial Crisis reached its climax. What I think is going to happen is that there could be a flair-up, a severe global financial crisis that will last six months maybe a year. It will cost tens of trillions of dollars to fix- remember now the US government must bail out all the derivative markets banks are heavily invested in: forex, mortages, government bonds, etc... https://www.theguardian.com/business/2014/dec/10/congressional-budget-big-bank-bailouts Which means the US government debt probably goes up by 5 to 10 trillion in a year or two and will continue exploding upwards. The financial world will be saved again but this time the cost is even worse: government liabilities that will threaten the welfare state due to yet another pension blackhole, negative interest rates which will force everyone with money to invest and from there I can only imagine the situation becoming so strange and weird that what happens next is impossible to tell. What I can see is extremists on both sides of the left-right political spectrum doubling down. The right will blame globalism for the mess and powerful nationalist forces will be unleashed. While at the same time the left will blame capitalism and go full-on Communist/Marxist. Both sides will be wrong since the problem is crony capitalism, amorality, greed and the power of money creation taken away from the government. It will probably be akin to the political fallout which happened after the Wall Street Crash of 1929. Mark my words, brutes and tyrants will arise from this.
  15. Great pictures.
  16. Replies: Takingyouthere: I believe that after about 110 entries I fully switched the CJ over into the dedicated CJ section. Annuq had many highlights and it holds up very well. But the thing is I went even further with both the quality and the layout, now Annuq had both rural and urban scenes and I really thought I could not go any further at the time. Well I developed my rural skills even more in Faverdale, and I reckon the best-looking urban work was in Garforth; that was my peak. Finally I combined the rural and the urban together in Erinsberg as one complete package. Furthermore Annuq was created in mid 2015, Erinsberg was made in early to mid 2016. Not only was I using filler sets that I once thought would never work (FrankU's parks and plazas for instance or SPAM), but there were new toys available which gave me further options. So Annuq is very good but it's not my best. It was a template for the progression I made last year. JP Schriefer: Thank you! The 2016 highlights simply double down on all that you said. mike_oxlong: It does take time and I had to do it on an industrial scale as I sought to complete a large city tile. {---} Highlights from Entries 101 to 110 From this point on we get to the VERY good stuff: starting from late 2015 in the CJ's history and moving forwards all the way to the present. And it only gets better moving towards the present. Now, most of the entries are from Annuq with a few towards the end from the rural city tile of Faverdale. So enjoy! {---} 1. The heart of Annuq's downtown. Always go full W2W. 2. 3. 4. 5. It was getting to the point where even that small area with the church required about thirty minutes or so to get right. 6. Another overview of Annuq. 7. 8. 9. Annuq's city centre east. 10. 11. rsc204's TGN mod in action. 12. 13. Being from Britain, roundabouts often feature as centrepieces to entrances to industrial and/or retail estates. 14. 15. Annuq's city centre west. 16. This is probably the largest, compact, urban interchange I have ever built. 17. 18. The coolest thing about newer versions of the NAM is the interconnectivity of avenues and the altered MHW. 19. 20. The roundabout of grid-busting. 21. And now moving on to northern areas of Annuq. 22. As much as I love to build cities and create urban environments, I love to create rural areas and agriculture even more. 23. 24. It is in agriculture and rural areas where one can truly grid-bust. 25. 26. 27. 28. 29. 30. The greenhouses are from FrankU's farm fields set. 31. Since ionionion's OMCO filling gravel (MMP) has a wide range then it can cover streets and roads with dirt and grit. 32. The factory and large car park surrounded by fields and green areas was an industrial concept I should have explored more. 33. I also started experimenting with MMPs to expand the lots of buildings and ploppable structures. The car park is fully MMP. Inspiration for this came from Fasan's Krokanien MD work. 34. MMPs can also connect lots which are "incomplete" and not "self-contained". 35. 36. 37. A picture taken from Faverdale. The field dominating the picture is my favourite field, I used three MMP layers to create a thick, vibrant flowery look. 38. And back to Annuq. 39. This is in north-western Annuq. 40. Mixing W2W with semi-detached properties and apartments can yield some impressive results. It emulates what is seen in British cities with clumps of semi-detached housing, apartments, terraces and other W2W residential. 41. But while I build in a British way I mix up European, USA and British buildings together. 42. That offset house in the centre is the Stax house. 43. Eastern European Commie blocks are the best. 44. 45. Welcome to Faverdale. 46. Faverdale was the first of three completed city tiles which I made in 2016. 47. 2016 was the year where I worked out to create something reasonably realistic and then ran with it. 48. Faverdale's theme was that of rural settlements and the countryside. I did most of my best and varied MMP work in Faverdale: fields, forests, grassland, rocks, rivers, marshes and agricultural scenes. 49. It was in Faverdale that I heavily used SPAM: fences, buildings and MMPs. I'm glad I used it as it provides much needed agricultural variation. 50. Using one of Bipin's petrol stations. They work well: both in grungy urban environments and in rural ones too. {---} This Friday stayed tuned for more rural delights from Faverdale- which includes some of my most favourite countryside pictures ever.
  17. Brilliant job with Costco's retail store and the warehouse!
  18. You are out of your mind. Secession and/or civil war in the USA? In a nuclear-armed superpower? California is the only state where the idea of secession could be the most popular, but even then it would never happen due to the consequences. The drug cartels would take over and without the US military or Federal funds California is suddenly the sick state (read poorly) of the North American continent. So the very things keeping the liberal dream alive are what the liberals spit on... But I digress... So relax, Trump is not the pariah the media made out to be and the US system of checks and balances has already kicked in. Also consider that in terms of both domestic and foreign outcomes both Bush and Obama and their respective administrations were rather similar: War on Terror, To Big To Fail, more welfare state, more wars, poor relations with Russia, more government debt... Economically the Obama administration left things unchecked and allowed the biggest economic and financial bubble of all time to grow: student loans, banking derivatives, Federal Reserve intervention, government bonds, US government debt, personal debt, the tech bubble 2.0... In 2009 there was an opportunity to step away from the insanity and restructure banks and change the means of monetary creation. It was utterly squandered and now this bubble is coming close to bursting with the Federal Reserve's interest rate rises- each rise brings us all closer to the end of the most spectacular economic/financial/tech/government/debt bubble mankind has ever witnessed. And guess what? In the US Trump and his administration are the fall-guy; the scapegoats. Mark my words- this raising of interest rates from the Federal Reserve will ensure Trump only has one term. This is the real danger and this is what will cause suffering to tens of millions of people who will lose jobs, pensions and their money. It will bankrupt the welfare state if radical measures aren't taken to change the nature of monetary creation. So the rug has already been pulled out from under Trump's feet. That's what happens when ZIRP lasts for eight years: it helps to blow the mother of all bubbles. After the Dot-com bubble had finished bursting in 2003, the Fed decided to rise interest rates from mid 2004. Three years later and the subprime bubble burst. Four years later and the Financial Crisis of 2008/2009 happened. I kid you not, the first rate hike was in 2016 and I think the time which elapses before this bubble bursts is even less because the bubble is not just subprime, it's in so many other areas too: government debt, tech stocks, student debt, China's excessive building, the EU and the PIIGS, Japan, central bank assets... Globally central banks have gone all in whereas before the financial crisis they had far more options, ammunition and flexibility. The current financial order is coming to an end... Who knows what will replace it...
  19. Tarkus- NAM Champion. This interview also explains that long spell between NAM 32 and NAM 33, it must have been 2014/2015. Tarkus is the guy who will show off every single new flex intersection and road piece on SC4D and still everyone slobbers for more. Good interview!
  20. In Russia Korver builds you.
  21. Special props for sorting out the transit-enabled CTD. It's been the stuff of nightmares trying to cram in TE pieces and- oops it's gone over and ten/fifteen minutes of work have been lost.