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Saturday, August 02, 2003

July of year 98.

I've got well over $400,000 in my park's bank, and Roller Coaster tycoon is still humming away.

So, have I learned anything about this game? Yes, as I went to hire my 87th staff member I was told no can do. You have hired the maximum number of staff members.

I have half a mind, next time I start a park, to hire 80 Romans to go around stabbing at guests as they seem to enjoy doing, and gradually convert them to maintenance men and mechanics! Could be fun... if there is a park that starts out with Romans. Most seem to give you the pandas and tigers and I don't think that would really have the same effect.

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I'll confess the idea is a little crazy... but fun.

(And given it is 1 am, how much can you really expect in the way of sane thoughts about a computer game?)

I got to wondering, just how long could I leave a game of Rollercoaster Tycoon playing?

So I've had a park I set up in the Funtopia park running for a little while now.

There have been times when I've had as little as 12,000 dollars in the bank, and right now I've over $300,000. 2,500 and change seems to be the most people my park can fit, and I've got rides on top of paths on top of rides on top of paths on top of rides! As long as you go up two notches you seem to be fine. So, for instance, miniature golf is at 6, the path from the exit curls up to 8, WOWZERS, a roller coaster of sorts, goes by at 10, another path at 12, another rollercoaster at 14, 18 and 20, and a few more paths as well!

All in all it has been a great deal of fun to build, and after 87 years people continue coming to my park! Yes, 8 then 7 as in I've let the game run for DAYS. As long as I help the maintenance guys pick up litter and they like periodically, things are fine. Oh for a while my unhappy park goers were trashing benches, but I started turning those into the fountain things, the ones that shoot water to one another, and hired an ARMY of guards, and more cleaning guys than I thought the park could ever need, and now I check on it twice a day and all seems to be fine.

Some of the mechanics can't figure out how to get to the rides up at the 20 height level -- but that's okay, they get their eventually!

What on earth could my goal be?? I was just wondering -- could I out do Mr. Disney? Then I got to thinking, I wonder if I could keep my little sims happy, or at least happy enough to keep paying me for a hundred years. So as year 87 nears an end, I figure that's just 13 more to go! Who knows, by Sunday I may have just achieved another crazy, and somewhat pointless goal. And had a hell of a lot of fun doing it!

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Wednesday, July 30, 2003



Hanover Street -- featuring Harrison Ford and Christopher Plummer, starts out slow as we get to know the characters, but eventually we find war to be the test of manhood, for each in a different way. Each comes to appreciate what he has in life -- the love of a wonderful woman, and sets out to do what he thinks must be done to keep it. Unfortunately, as tends to happen in such movies -- they are in love with the same woman!

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Monday, July 28, 2003


Take a moment to download the Daredevil AIM Buddy Icon. :)

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Sunday, July 27, 2003


Someone Like You (Widescreen)

Totally different from the last movie I commented on, The Young Lions, Someone Like You is a WONDERFUL way to spend some time!

Ashley Judd and Hugh Jackman are remarkable in this romantic comedy, that flows wonderfully through the wonder of falling in love, the upset of finding a relationship has fallen apart -- and the miracle of opening your eyes and realizing someone wonderful has been near at hand all along.

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This is not a short movie -- but it is a wonderful portrayal of both Americans and Germans during World War II.

Marlon Brando is BRILLIANT as a conflicted German, pulled into the Nazi party by a belief it will deliver to him a better life.

His feeling that money generated by tourism is a sad thing is now an out-of-date opinion, with large portions of the world thriving thanks to tourism dollars during the past two decades, but in 1930s Europe, to live by tips from foreigners was apparently a great frustration -- at least for Marlon Brando's character who wants to live in a self-sufficient country.

Once you aceept that he comes from a different time, and a different way of thinking, it is easy to understand why he joins the Nazi party. He believes their sole goal is to strengthen Germany. He has no idea what is to come -- for no one knew then just how great the coming horrors would be -- and over the course of 167 minutes his world changes greatly.

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