Well yes folks we are out on the briny again with The Skipper; this time a day sail to Motuihe Island. It was a bit blowy choppy over and back but still a great day with new friends – spotify tunes, yacht rock, and classic road trip play lists kept us humming along.

Spent a pleasant evening back on the mooring with chicken wraps for dinner. Woke up to a calm morning and a lazy start to the day… coffee and up and go (liquid box breakfast) – still deciding what to do at 10 am… no rush its Father’s day!

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This weekend I sailed with a friend to Rangitoto Island in the Waitemata Harbour, Auckland.   It is one of Auckland’s many extinct volcanoes, and it’s youngest, just 600 years.

The island is home to the former site of a WWII controlled mine base, basically they stored mines there, that were used to protect the entrances to the Waitemata Harbour and approaches to Auckland from the threat of invasion during WWII.

The site is heavily contaminated with asbestos left over from the roofing and building materials that they used at that time.    Efforts have been made to for a number of years to try and get the site cleaned up. A tender was raised by the Department of Conservation in March 2018 for asbestos removal works, so hopefully in the future we can look forward to the site being cleared of the hazardous material.

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Ah yes, there we are!   The Screwpile still standing strong, on its screwed into the rock foundations since… um… I think 2012.

I know I have made more than one vauge promise over the last – few – years – to well update the broken links in the SPEX   (may the prop pox of a thousand camels be upon you Dropbox for messing with the public download folder, which was working perfectly fine until you faffed with it.)  Well, anyway I am pleased to announce that finally…  finally I have now updated all the links so that they actually point somewhere useful, like…

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The SPEX on the STEX!

Oh… well to be completely honest that will basically bring up the complete content list for all of my lots over at Simtropolis – but good old ST has been going for a pretty long time now and last time I looked it is still going pretty solidly strong.

It could be reasoned that this site isn’t really needed anymore, – yes it did serve a very useful service in the intrim period after the EA Simcity.com site was closed and before all those important Maxis files were uploaded in one place on Simtropolis.

But… hey I am kinda fond of this little site and I have also just paid the mapping, domain name fee again which will keep us good for another two years at least.

As well as updating the broken links, I have been in and had a good tidy up of the pages, created a couple of new ones – in particular there is a new Download Simcity 4 page.   No, its not free, but the price is pretty reasonable and it comes all patched and ready to go.

I am also fixing up some of the images that I had hosted at Photobucket – again a while back they decided that you can only now upload 250 images for free – um well I have over 5000 images on my Photobucket so unless I want to pay for one of their reasonably pricey plans, all my PB images now have their lovely (not) watermark all over them.

Also updated are the New Carpathia tabs, which now includes the current Carpathia IV and Tales stories.   Mr. Fox still uses Simcity 4 images in his stories for terrestrial and city scenes, so entirely worthy of a menu tab here on the ‘pile.

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Hi folks!   Long time no update .. yes I’m still alive, just not active in the Simcity community these days.

However I am still committed to keeping this little site alive so that the good folks in the Simcity community can still find those Maxis files that are getting harder to find.

Dropbox have recently changed how the public sharing folder works, and unfortunately this has caused all my download links to break.   Rest assured I will try to get them all fixed however it will take some time to update them all.

I have also been in contact with Dirk the Webmaster at Simtropolis, and he is looking to also put these files on the STEX.

Cheers and as always…   have fun.

*If you need me give me a shout from contacts.

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Mt Tongariro – long considered a peaceful neighbour to the rowdy Ruapehu – is much more fiery than we ever realised, says a scientist sharing new findings today.

GNS Science volcanologist Brad Scott, among scientists giving presentations in a workshop at Whakapapa Village, has found evidence of eruptions at Mt Tongariro that weren’t previously on the records.

Tongariro’s dramatic eruptions in August and November of 2012 transformed our understanding of what had been considered a comparatively docile mountain, Mr Scott said.

When ash shot from the Te Maari Crater 7km into the sky shortly before midnight on August 6, it was thought at the time to have been the first blow there since 1896.

But Mr Scott has since found records indicating an eruption at the crater in 1928, with other events at Red Crater – a feature of the Tongariro Alpine Crossing – in 1909, 1926, 1927 and 1934. Further, there was volcanic unrest at the mountain right up until the 1970s, he said.

“We all knew Ruapehu and Ngauruhoe were pretty busy but, until now, nobody really perceived Tongariro as being as active as it has been.”

The new information, with the 2012 eruptions, had led to a range of new protocols and emergency policies at the peak, including warning systems and more public information. “[And] we’ve upgraded monitoring equipment in the area and have put in place more seismographs.”

Other research being presented would discuss findings around the ballistics of rocks that were ejected from the mountain in 2012, as well as the volcanic avalanches and debris flows that came with the eruption.

Mr Scott saw the event as a success story because authorities had been able to warn residents after monitoring picked up elevated activity.

Today’s workshop will kick off a weekend reflecting on the 20th anniversary of the 1995-96 eruptions of Mt Ruapehu. This year also marks the 40th anniversary of the 1975 Ngauruhoe eruption and the 70th anniversary of the 1945 Ruapehu eruption.

Mt Ruapehu eruptions: 20 years on

• The 1995-96 eruptions ejected a total of 60 million cubic metres of acidic ash – blanketing districts up to 300km from the mountain, irritating eyes and throats in the central North Island, damaging car paintwork and machinery, contaminating rivers and water supplies, ruining crops, closing state highways, forcing airports to shut and killing livestock which ate ash-covered pastures.

• Electricity suppliers were hit with multimillion-dollar losses as ash shorted out power pylons and severely damaged turbines in the Rangipo power station. At times the ash plume reached as high at 10km, which represented a significant aviation hazard.

• The eruptions were similar in size to those in 1945, but their social and economic impacts were much greater. In 1945 there was just one ski area and no ski lifts on Ruapehu. By 1995, there were three ski areas and 36 ski lifts. By the mid-90s there were up to 10,000 people on the mountain on some days during winter.

– NZ Herald

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SPAMMAr – SPAM Municipal Airport

This airport is the second largest, designed to compliment SPAM and MTP communities and will replace the Maxis Municipal Airport.
The parking lots are transit enabled for vehicles.
All costs, stats and lot size remain the same as the Maxis original.

**Note: Additional dependency files are required for this lot.   Please see the readme for details.

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SPAM – Small Landing Strip

Way back in June 2010 the MTP abcvs Small Landing Strip one of my first ever lots was released.  It was also pre-spam so did not include any of the better props and textures from that pack.

The landing strip has now been given a mini make-over with a few of the newer SPAM props and textures.  The movie set trailer check in facilities have been given a small upgrade to an A-Frame chalet. The rollo-gate prop has now also been fixed, and the main gate will now open and close properly.  The parking lot is now transit enabled for vehicles and pedestrians.

This lot will replace the Maxis Small Landing Strip in-game however all costs and stats remain the same as the Maxis original.

To install unzip and place the lot file in:
Documents/Simcity 4/Plugins

**If you are using the original MTP abcvs Small Landing strip please delete that file from your plugins and replace it with this one.

**Note: Additional dependency files are required for this lot.   Please see the readme for details.

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SPAM – Rural Passenger Station 

This rural passenger station is designed to compliment SPAM and MTP themed communities.   The lot will plop one of five different station buildings, and features various timed props that will appear during the day.

The station is transit enabled for both passenger and freight trains.  The parking lot is also transit enabled for vehicles.

**Note: Additional dependency files are required for this lot.   Please see the readme for details.

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SPAM – Rural Rail Halt

This small rural rail halt is designed to compliment SPAM and MTP themed communities, that has a quarter the capacity of a regular train station.

The parking lot is transit enabled for vehicles.

Variations:
SPAM Rural Rail Halt – Dirt
SPAM Rural Rail Halt – Gravel

**Note: Additional dependency files are required for this lot.   Please see the readme for details.

M.U.L.E. (Mountain UtiLity Extension)

The M.U.P.P.E.T.’s (Mountain Utility Personnel Providers of Extended Technology) have been busy creating a new utility pack for our mountain and rural areas.They have come up with the following five utility lots:*Waste to Energy Burn Pile
*Donkey Engine Power Generator
*Longdrop Composting Power Generator (toxic vapour)
*Longdrop Composting Power Generator (non-toxic)
*Moonshine Still Water PumpThe lots have varying smoke and ‘vapour’ effects depending on what the utility is actually producing. Naturally the most noxious of the four is the longdrop, and yes it does cause just a small amount of air pollution (10). The good news however is that while it produces the same power output as the donkey generator (500), its running costs are considerably less, after all… as long as the TP costs are covered… the rest is pretty much free.These utility lots have reduced stats and outputs, as they are not intended to power or water a whole tile… rather just a small isolated part of it. Of course if you want to stick one of these babies, in your ultra modern megatropolis, and call it an ‘art installation’ then of course you can!All lots have transparent base textures to blend with whichever terrain mod is being used, and are slope tolerant.

The boys have fired up the old donkey engine, and connected the flywheel to a generator.  I am not entirely sure if the set up is completely safety approved, but it does seem to work!    The boys seem to alternate between chopping wood and standing around yakking.

Longdrop Composting Power Plant (with toxic fumes)

Longdrop Composting Power Plant (without toxic fumes)…

Moonshine Still Water Pump

Waste to Energy Burn Pile

Download Link – Click Here

Dependencies:
MTP Super Pack
SPAM Resource
The Terrain Kit (7n1)
NBVC Logging Set

New Zealand tech company Rakon’s special frequency-control technology is crucial to the space probe’s historic mission.
The Rosetta spacecraft and the Philae robotic landing craft above comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko.
The Rosetta spacecraft and the Philae robotic landing craft above comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko.

New Zealand engineers will be watching closely as a space probe attempts to hitch a ride on a comet streaking by at 66,000km/h early tomorrow morning.

Scientists have waited more than a decade for one of the most audacious space adventures ever – the European Space Agency’s attempt to land a scientific probe on the giant ball of ice and dust known as 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko.

They’ll find out about 5am tomorrow (NZT) whether their plan will work when the agency’s mission control centre in Darmstadt, Germany, gives its unmanned Rosetta space probe the final go-ahead to drop a lander on the comet.

[Read More]

– AP, with additional reporting by  NZ Herald

[Read Even More] – Space probe ‘bounced’ in historic comet landing

 

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Carparthia III, is a fantasy sci-fi story written by Ian Fox (aka Zelgadis on Simtropolis).

The story follows the adventures of six friends as they are transported away from their home planet to the despotic moon Yseri.   Each in their own very different ways must then find the will to not only survive, but face the many and varied challenges that transpire along their journey.

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The background scenery, and cites in the story take their inspiration from Simcity 4.

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www.newcarpathia.com