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Lovely walk in May part 1

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I am so privileged to live as close to Rock Creek Park as I do. It is a privilege I have been able to enjoy for most of my life and one that I am able to make full use of.  In fact i was just there yesterday.  While I was there I was able to enjoy the nice spring weather at last as this year old man winter just refused to go back home.

It was during this nice long walk that I noticed several springs that have survived only because of there being a part of Rock Creek Park. This is noteworthy because the Washington, DC area was once blessed with many of them.

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It was on the banks of one of these springs one day that I lifted up a rock and found a crayfish while on a hill.  I was rather surprised to find it where I did as it was as i would expect crayfish to be closer to the creek on lower terrain.   I talked to my  sister about it for a while then put him back and we continued our walk.  It was also next to the skeleton of a deer but if your wondering who killed the deer I’ll tell you one thing….

It wasn’t me. 

Interesting thing about that day was in fact that it was more likely to be summertime but thats OK because while I didn’t know it at the time I was at a spring.

Oh, well. part 2 is coming up soon.

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Update to how I got started in Linux

 

It’s amazing how much things change, even in a very short period of time. For instance, I go from only using Windows, to being exposed to Linux, and then to Mac. To be more specific, Windows XP, Ubuntu 9.10, and Snow Leopard.

Looking at 2010 while I wasn’t exactly seventeen it was nonetheless a “very good year”, for it was nnnnwhen I got started with Linux. I had no idea what I was getting myself into when I first put in that live CD. Who knew the fantastic voyage that awaited me.

I most certainly did not!

Some time the following summer perhaps on a Sunday or maybe not, I wrote this post. In fact, it was one of the first I would put on WordPress. I decided to revisit it nearly three years later simply because I hadn’t gotten around to doing so before.

I just so happen to read that post above after all this time and some things jumped out to me.

At the outset I stated that things change, sometimes quite a bit and that applies in this case as the Barnes and Noble in Georgetown, that I went to that wonderful evening is no more. In fact, it’s been a while since it was open. One of several in the DC area. Now, I look at the huge building that housed that wonderful bookstore and it now contains a Nike store instead. Frankly, it makes me feel very sad. Especially since I have such wonderful memories of hanging out there with my mom and sis, where we would spend countless hours reading books.

Oh, the places I can’t go!!!

Thankfully there are other options and I used one of them when I purchased Linux Format Magazine June 2013 edition. If features a review of fifty distros of Linux and has been quite interesting thus far. It even comes with a bonus DVD featuring one hundred games. I absolutely love it, for it means I can pop in the live DVD into my Mac or Windows box and play all the Linux games I want.

Now to take things back a bit, I recall a time when I would dedicate a single day to use of Linux. Now, I use it over 90% of the time, despite having several other PC platforms to choose from.

Yes, that includes Mac OS X Which coincidentally I am running LibreOffice on and making use of my 30” cinema display so here’s lookin’ at you…kid.

Its funny that when I got started with Linux, I only knew about Ubuntu. Now I am aware of the hundreds of flavors that are available. In fact, if I wanted to I could create my own.

Hmm….Venubuntu, Anthony OS, or perhaps Venable OS…..the list goes on and on and on.

Speaking of flavors, since 2010 I have tasted a bunch of them. OpenSuse, Puppy Linux, Linux Mint, Ubuntu up until 10.10 Maverick Meerkat, and Pinguy OS, to name a few. I do like the fact that I now have more powerful computers that allow me to compare them simultaneously in Virtualbox.

That’s a real plus!

Oh, and anybody that tells you that you have to be an expert or some kind of computer geek to use Linux. I’m gonna have to kick some flavor in ya ear, because nothing could be farther from the truth, especially with Ubuntu and others making some moves so that people from Mac or Windows are more comfortable. One of those moves being the Unity desktop, which is not my cup of tea. At the same time others like it and thats fine.

It is indeed their perogative after all.

the wonderful thing is that if you do not like the desktop or basically the way your screen looks like before you load up whatever programs you are about to use then you can change it quite easily unlike on Windows 8, or Mac OS with them you get what they choose to give you, don’t like it tough.

For me, I prefer the good, old-fashioned Gnome 2 interface, but alas……it’s days are over I’m afraid. True, we do have the Mate and Cinnamon projects and I like them both, but the truth is…I can’t go a day without my sunshine.  My sunshine just happens to be Mate.

How ironic!

Oh, and I still dual-boot, which means to run more than one operating system on the same hard drive. It can also mean to have one operating system on one hard drive and then another on different hard drive in the same computer. This is what I intend to do with my Mac Pro. Currently on one of my laptops I have Windows 7 that I barely use, and then Linux Mint 13, which I use pretty much all the time. On my Lenovo x201 that I recently purchased, I decided to just put Linux Mint 13 on it and that will remain until Linux Mint 17 is released.

Whew!! This has been a lot of fun but I must stop now. At least I kept my promise to update you guys. Thanks for your support and please by all means tell your friends and family about this blog.

 

 

Changes to Jurassic Park Part One

 

Pteranodon's happy now!

Pteranodon’s happy now!

 

 

I was thinking of making some major changes to where my dinosaurs, sea animals, and ice age critters would be positioned. All for maximum effect. Jurassic Park Builder is divided into several sections:

1. Jurassic

2. Aquatic

3. Ice Age

I decided this time to focus specifically on the Jurassic zone. To be even more specific the plant-eaters. It was indeed a difficult decision to move them but I decided to do so anyway as I came to a certain conclusion seen below:

“Sonetimes one has to change the way they live, the way they eat, and the way they treat each other, you see the old way wasn’t working so its on us to do what we got to do to survive.”

I digress lol!!

Look at these pictures, they are such a far cry from how things were before? It did take quite some time to get things this way. It meant changing ideas and making adjustments on the fly. But it will certainly pay off quite literally. At least in the game that is.  wan

One of my strokes of genius was to remove the road I had that separated the carnivores from the plant eaters.

After all, its not like they were going to escape like in the actual movie.

Since I removed that troublesome road, I was now able to share the decorations and enhance the value of all as a result. That is when I came up with the idea for creating a cluster of dinosaurs. With added emphasis on those that are worth the most. Would help me to enhance my Jurassic Park Allstars even more.

I purchased several more “sleeping volcanoes” as they would boost things quite a bit. Also, I got more “Bridge over ponds”. Not exactly the “Bridges of Madison county but I think you get the drift, although I promise it won’t be in San Andreas”

Oh, how I quip!!!

Triceratops was upset with me because I moved him from his place that he had for so long, so did Gallimimus but they are in better places now so I will be forgiven sooner rather than later. Camarasaurus was moved too but he didn’t seem to really care all that much.

Ouranosaurus, Dryosaurus, and Pachyrhinosaurus were three I had no idea what to do with, so I stuck them on the other side of the park.

Whew what a lot of work, and it only cost me 3.5 million coins!

Spoiled brat

Spoiled brat

One thing that hasn’t changed though….

I still don’t have more levels!!!!

 

Jurassic Park Allstars Part One

Who made him angry?

Who made him angry?

 

Surely you know what its like when you play a game for a while and strategies start to come to your mind. I must say that that has happened to me with regards to Jurassic Park Builder. My brother teases me for still playing this game roughly a year after I got it. But you know what?

I really don’t care what people say. I’m gonna play it anyway!

I feel so much better for having said that by the way. It’s just how can you criticise me for playing this game when you play Lame Wing or whatever the name of that stupid game is anyway.

I digress

Another idea is that of putting valuable decorations around the most profitable dinosaurs, sea animals and animals of the Ice Age. These receive special emphasis and I will place them in different parts of there respective section whether Jurassic, Aquatic, or Ice Age.

 

You may be wondering why this post is called Jurassic Park Allstars. Well, its quite elementary Watson. You see, When I spoke above about strategies several came to my mind recently. For one, I am now obtaining dinosaurs that are only available from monetary purchase.

Another idea is that of putting valuable decorations around the most profitable dinosaurs, sea animals and animals of the Ice Age. These receive special emphasis and I will place them in different parts of there respective section whether Jurassic, Aquatic, or Glacier. These animals are Allstars because of how many coins they are worth each hour. I’ll show them to you in order 1,2,3.

1. Pteranodon. 21,545/hr 166% bonus maximum evolution.

 

Notice the T-Rex Fossils immediately around it and in turn the number of “sleeping volcanoes that around the fossils. The T-rex fossils give a bonus of 2% each. The sleeping volcanoes 10%. Parasaurolophus fossils are also 10% bonus but take up less space than the sleeping volcanoes but they are also quite a bit more expensive to obtain. “Bridge over ponds are 6% and are relatively cheap.

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When I started making the major changes to the park the Pteranodon was at 14,580/1 hr and 80% bonuses from decorations. You might also notice below the name of the animal the word max with all four stars. So it wont be evolving any more (in this case evolving is more like growing not gradually turning into something else. )

Baby what a big surprise!

2. Dilophosauris 9,584 per hour 77% bonushe just so happens to be near the Pteranodon.

3. Pachycephalosaurus 7,192 132% bonus. It helped to put a Active Volcano nearby.

I decided to give Triceratops an honorable mention since it gives 1,025 coins in 5 mins (the thing is, I am not normally able to collect the coins every five mins. It would give 12,300 coins in an hour in case your curious lol!!

Triceratops at 1,025/5 mins 105% bonus

Doing the math, this one while not exactly an Allstar in the Jurassic realm is nonetheless worth an honorable mention. The true Allstar of Jurrasic zone is:

Pteranodon

14,580/1 hr and 80% bonuses from decorations. You might also notice below the name of the animal the word max with all four stars. So it wont be evolving any more (in this case evolving is more like growing not gradually turning into something else. ) So the only way for it to become more valuable would be to add more decorations around it.

So Darwin stay back!

 

Utter Insanity

There are times when I read stories that truly anger me, and this is certainly one of them.  I realize that all humans suffer from imperfection and all but there are things we do that truly are on the planet of ridiculousness.   Case in point this story of a woman that thought it was a good idea to leave a baby alone with raccoons.

Isn’t that crazy!

Oh, it gets worse, some relative of her when visited by reported was rather hostile and rather than showing appropriate concern for the child that was injured, chose instead to deflect to talk about some dogs that were left unattended and apparently killed a child.  While that is an awful situation, there is a time and a place for everything. In this context, we’re not talking about irresponsible dog owners, we are talking about an irresponsible mother.   Who should not have left a child so young alone for any reason and especially not with wild animals.

Thankfully the child will be alright and the animals were found to be free of rabies, but it could have been a lot worse.

 

 

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I just so happen to notice in my travels the train pass by while I was at the subway station.  There was quite a bit of graffiti that I intended to capture. But it proved to be rather elusive

As you can see there was a wall blocking the lower part of the train where the graffiti occurred.

Oh wait! You can see a litle bit of it!

I hope you make out what it says because I can’t.

Meet my Raptors

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So here I am at level 75 of Jurassic Park Builder and unfortunately there appear to be no more levels.   The way I found that out was when I accomplished various goals and never went up to another level the way I was used to.

What a bummer!!

Not that its the time to cry me a river, as I know that pretty soon there will be an update to the game that will have more levels.  As I search for answers online, I see that I am not the only one that is looking for more.

Come on Ludia,, don’t you forget about me/us.  We have hung in there through random screen freezes and server not being available.  Surely you can find it in your heart to give  us more content.

Otherwise, you will feel the wrath of my raptors, and like they were in the original Jurassic Park movie they are nothing to mess with.