creative valley


Now that the kids in Summer Valley are growing up, I figured it was high time to get the jump on getting their college ready. The very creatively-named Summer Valley Tech has its first dorm, University Point. I actually work in student housing, so I tried my best to balance 1) the limitations of the game with regards to lot size and number of students, 2) what you would realistically find in a residence hall (even a high end one), and 3) what looked okay and what seemed fun to play.


My soul aches for you
My heart bleeds for you
My thoughts are all about you
I am longing for you
I am searching for you


You are the loveliest lily of the valley
You are the sunsets of my dreams

You are
the only one
for me


So, where are you
my love?
Where are you?

I am still waiting

Still waiting for you

© 2012 @celtic-poetry

Goyt valley to the Cat

And can you empty your mind
in the exhalations of the lungs
can the hurricane expelled
carry the dross clinging in the loft

The final climb out of the Goyt
levels for a scant few seconds
then steepening again in a final
guard upon the tops final yards

And in glorious focus sharp and keen
all other concerns fade to dream
all effort is focussed on manic breath
and beating heart and legs of lead

The road climbs in a convex curve
pulling the eye the top ever receding
but as you crest the wind gains its breath
waiting till gravity lessens to begin its lessons

And in euphoric emptiness mind only bothered
about replacing the oxygen the muscles have borrowed
calming the lungs and cooling the blood
ecstatic emptiness in the sweat running flood

I can’t be the only one noticing that so frequently the most satisfying and even fulfilling games I have played recently so frequently are some combination of free, or developed by very few people, or are released cheaply after a long labor of love.
Looking at you dwarf fortress, stardew valley, and cataclysm: dark days ahead. Hell maybe even night in the woods. There are of course others, but these really stand out to me.

We all need space and reflection. Like ocean waves, we must retreat first before we can build more strength in what we’re doing. This reveals itself in almost all areas of life: work, love, friendship, fitness, flexibility, connection, creativity. Trust these natural cycles.
—  Victoria Erickson
Don Quetzalcoatl

I was assassinated once

It happened shortly after I declared liberation

The me inside myself that I never speak to

Nor acknowledge

Declared a state of emergency

I was an old ignored creative property, a silicon valley unicorn,

a more efficient way to juice your small artisinally crafted packets of juice

mailed in daily boxes with loot and grift and sometimes I was somegody

most of the time I’m not most of the time I’m a potted

planet on the Spanish Riviera

because I read about that in a Graham

Greene novel


I am a collaborator against myself

I break my knees

I take my wealth

I see the seeds

Of ill-gotten gains

And it is happiness

In any way

Creative Control is a stylish look into the augmented reality nightmare we’re all about to live in

Screens are everywhere — table stakes for a movie about how technology is invading our lives — but it’s the movie’s portrayal of the Augmenta system that seems so shockingly, wondrously believable. Augmenta looks like nothing more than a pair of Warby Parker glasses, but when David slips it on he’s treated to an immersive interface and display that’s not far off from the flat UI aesthetics that have taken over in the past few years. It’s also impossible to watch and not be reminded of something like Google Glass (and what an abject failure it was), because the system in Creative Control is actually useful. It’s an always-on, always watching, semi-sentient companion, able to log the reactions of Sophie’s face when David talks to her, process them, and use the data to generate a realistic automaton all on its own. It’s the kind of only-in-the-movies technology that you immediately point to and say, That’s incredible! — but what’s really shocking here is that it’s probably not that far off into our own future at all.



Real Morning Report - Organic Valley

This is good. This is really, really good. Big fan of ads that illustrate reality in a kickass way. 

By Humanaut


I wish I was this creative, as my valley looks so plain compared to this! :O These are from fan Freelance Wolf, who has been working overtime on terraforming her Lost Valley into an amazing piece of art.  

Been watching a variety of users posts their Valley pictures on fan forums, GameFAQs, and Miiverse!  See one you spot that’s extra special?  Feel free to send me a message to make sure I’ve seen it too :D