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  1. I'm so old that ...

    That really wasn't all that long ago, well, at least not for me.
  2. I'm so old that ...

    I'm so old that I remember milk being delivered by the milk man.
  3. Maps, maps, maps

    The reason I never used bmp's was because of the file sizes. They make pngs look like lightweights, like pngs make jpgs look lightweight. Of course this was back in the day when harddrives were tiny compared to today's. Back when I first started making maps in late '05 early '06, my HD was only 30gb. When I had the current pc I use now to play the game and made accurately scaled maps from DEM data built, I upgraded to a 250gb HD and added a 2tb external HD, giving me 2.25tb of space. The home built pc is now approaching the ripe old age of 11 next month and was disconnected from the internet late last year. My son gave me this chromebook I using now for the internet.
  4. Maps, maps, maps

    I'm glad you understood what wrote above. Sometimes when I re-read what I post when trying to explain things, it looks like gibberish to me and wonder how anyone can understand what I write. I guess it's true what they say, you are your own worst critic.
  5. The Leaving / Returning Thread

    It helps and it sounds like your father was a strong man. Cancer is a nasty disease, I've lost a grandmother in 1980 and my own father in '99. My grandmother's death affected me deeply because even though she was a drunk, she was always sweet to me. My Father's death didn't bother me to much because I felt he got what he deserved, he drank 48 of the 59 years he lived and should never have had children, me included. He nearly destroyed any relationship I had with aunts and uncles and all of my cousins, but thanks to his death, the doors opened and those aunts and uncles and cousins all accepted me for who I was, not my father's son, meaning I didn't follow in his footsteps. I waned to be nothing like him. I've dealt with emotional pain all my life, this is nothing new, just much closer to home. Thankfully I had the resolve to not follow in their footsteps and went out and made a family of my own without the booze. I don't think I've touched alcohol in more than 30 years and don't drink at all, even socially. Of course people nowadays, friends, some family don't understand that, but then again, they don't and can't understand what I went through growing up. So, I'll get past this emotional turmoil like I have all the others, this one will just take longer than most. After all, I've been with this beautiful woman for nearly 2/3's of my life. Oh, I did manage to get some sleep last night, about 9.5 hours worth and my mind is clear today, unlike yesterday. Amazing what a little sleep will do.
  6. The Leaving / Returning Thread

    Thanks to both of you. She's home now, but has been sleeping since, so I haven't been able to talk to her yet. It doesn't look good right now and I don't think she'll make it through the month. It's very hard watching her waste away so fast after 32 years together and 31 of those married to her. Never thought I'd be alone without her at 54. Have no idea where I'm going to go or what I'm going to do. I'm just lost without her. I also haven't slept for 2.5 days now, just can't shut my mind down to fall asleep. To say I'm devastated and shell-shocked would be an understatement. My emotions are all over the place and don't know whether to cry or break something as I've never had a death in the family affect me this way. I don't think I'll get over this one as easily as the others.
  7. Maps, maps, maps

    The reason I never did grayscale maps for simple in-game rendering is because taking a 16-bit .png (sc4m) and converting it to an 8-bit bmp or jpg (for simple in-game rendering) the elevation suddenly becomes terraced with clear definitions. It just looks really bad and smoothing those converted grayscales basically destroys the look/elevation details of the map. If wouanagaine's laptop hadn't been stolen all those years ago, he may have made a version of SC4Terraformer for Mac users, but unfortunately, all the program coding for the SC4Terraformer and Mapper where on that laptop. It took quite awhile to make those programs and he had other things going on that gave him no time to re-do them both from scratch. I do have around 53 maps I uploaded to the STEX that are 8-bit grayscale made with ms paint that were 'mouse' drawn around 2005/2006 before I switched to more realistic real world maps using DEM data. The very early ones are crappy and rather pathetic though as my skills were not there yet, but grew better with each map I 'mouse drew.' Check some of those out if you like. I cannot convert the SC4Terraformer maps to 8-bit bmps/jpgs because I no longer have the original pngs I used to to load into SC4Terraformer.
  8. The Leaving / Returning Thread

    I will not be very active here for the foreseeable future as I got some rather stunning news yesterday. Last Saturday night (July 2) my wife got what we thought was the flu and spent the next three days vomiting until we suspected this was more than just a simple bout of the flu and had her taken to the hospital. Turns out that she had a growth in her private area and the sharp pop of pain she felt on Saturday was in fact from it rupturing due to the growth. Then came the crushing diagnosis from her doctors. Turns out she has cervical cancer and it's terminal. She has 2 weeks to 6 months to live and the cancer has spread to other parts of her body, making chemo and/or gene therapy useless. The only thing we can do is make her as comfortable as we can while she receives hospice care once she returns home from the hospital tomorrow (Saturday July 14). The real kicker about all of this is that Thursday (7-12) was her 59th birthday with my 54th Friday (7-13). Not exactly the birthday presents we were expecting this year. I'll be back as soon as I can and re-start my cj and have an interest to play SC4 again.
  9. Can't find it?... Ask here!

    I'm looking for the red/white gothic building 11 seconds into this video. I used to have it but must have lost it somewhere a while back and don't remember the name of it. Can anyone help me find it? Thanks.
  10. Transamerica Pyramid

    I still have the original version, but this remake is nice.
  11. Show Us What You're Working On

    Oh WOW!!! That's the best Mansion/Estate I've seen in the 15+ years of this game. Absolutely stunning work. Really love the gardens and pool with the open clam shell, adds a lot of pizzazz to the lot, looks like something straight out of Europe and would enhance anyone's cities. You have some major talent alejolopez13.
  12. Yes you were and was going to mention that, but got distracted while posting my response, like I am now because my wife keeps chatting away at me every time I try to type something up. I think the function both you and I mentioned is labeled in the game as 'Destroy City' to be accurate.
  13. If I understand your original post correctly, this is what I do. If I don't like the way a city tile panned out after working on it for a while and want to start over, I open that particular city tile and just use the in-game 'blow up city' to get it back to being an empty tile with it's terrain still intact.
  14. Show us Your Oddities!

    At least your sims can't complain there's nowhere to park.