Just Jim

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About Just Jim

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    I'm not out to conquer the galaxy.... I swear...

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  • Location Central Florida
  • Interests I remember when I was a kid I watched the first moon landing on my grandparents big TV, along with my grandpa, who was equally fascinated.
    And I've watched each and every satellite, probe, and rover to go into the solar system since.
    That's why I'm so hooked on this game.... it's like I get to do it all over again, and this time I'm in command... cool!
    I read a lot... probably too much, if that is possible. My favorite authors are Frank Herbert and H.P. Lovecraft.
    I also love studying history... and obviously I'm a huge science fact and fiction fanatic.

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  1. Ask the Mods questions about the Forums!

    Most of the time I get just 1 or 2 as well. But you have to bear in mind, I have over 90 chapters posted, so if someone is reading and liking, it's probably a good thing they get cut off at 25 likes per day. But those don't happen that often, usually it's a new forum member finding the story for the first time.
  2. Ask the Mods questions about the Forums!

    Agreed. If it's just a question of numbers, I've had days I log on and have 20-30 notifications, or even more, especially if I have a new or binge Emiko reader. I know if someone is binge reading because I'll get a bunch of likes, maybe 15-20 minutes apart, from the same person, and when I check what they were, it will often turn out they're reading one chapter after another, and liking them as they go along. And if they max out at 25 likes... well, they can add up fast. I can't remember off hand the most I've had at one time, but I'm pretty sure it was close to 50, and the forum didn't glitch up or anything. Oh, FYI, mine have been working all day as well.
  3. Who's Your Favorite Doctor?

    Oh wow... I'm a big fan from way, way back... long before Eccleston, who I did like. I'll have to get back to you on this...
  4. What funny/interesting thing happened in your life today?

    It was on one of the local news websites... I'm not sure which off hand... But you're closer than me, so hopefully you'll get lucky. One thing, you'll hear them long before you see them, they have a really unique scream, especially when they pass overhead and do the Doppler thing... You'll know it the instant you hear it, and never, ever forget after. I used to get to watch them at a training ground named Grafenwoehr, in Germany, when I was in the Army. If you were on one of the good firing ranges, with a decent hill or slope behind it, you could look out over the impact area and see them in action just a couple miles away... It was insane!!! Here's a great video, especially the sound. I hope you get to see them... and a few wander up this way!!!
  5. Best Sci-Fi books

    Agreed. I applaud Herbert's son for trying to match Frank's style, but IMO, it's not quite the same. Frank had an amazing vision... he didn't look a century or even a millennium down the road... why bother??? Waste of time... Now, 10,000 years in the future??? For Frank Herbert that was a good start! However, having said that, What I like about the Butlarian prequel, and books 7 & 8, is they were based on Franks long-lost notes, so they're fairly true to his original plot, and answer a lot of questions he left hanging when he passed, even if they weren't actually written by him.
  6. Best Sci-Fi books

    I hear ya! I've talked to a lot of people, and there seems to be a love/hate thing about the later Dune books much like the later Star Wars movies. Some I know have no problem with them, while others absolutely hate them, and want nothing but the originals... and either opinion is fine.
  7. An addition to the names

    I hate to say, but they most likely won't. Getting your name added to the game is a rare privilege, and the only time I remember them doing it was about a year ago, with something called the Kerbal Chronicles challenge. The winners had their names added. But I don't know if @SQUAD is planning on doing another one.
  8. The Saga of Emiko Station - Chapter 91 - Kokomo

    Ahhhh... gotcha! But my Kerbs are mostly non-violent, with a couple crackpot exceptions (Saffron). So a list of "Serial-Poofers" may not be very long either.
  9. The Saga of Emiko Station - Chapter 91 - Kokomo

    Hmmm... While I already have plans for Sanny/Saffron, this is an interesting question. I'm not sure who could do an exorcism, if needed... Maybe the Rocklady? That was nothing compared to the stuff I can't show... hehehe Yup, this save started with the 0.94 update, and is still going. I've had a couple Krakens I had to work around... the space station overheating bug, and an asteroid bug I had to wait for a fix. As for 1.3.1... yeah, this is going to be a small problem. I've read the new game code doesn't like 8-digit numbers, which can effect an asteroid "Seed" number... and change it's appearance. So when I update... probably after this next chapter is done... I'm going to have to look and see what's happened to both Emiko asteroid, and the Magic Boulders, and see if and how badly they've changed. If they're more or less the same, I'll roll with it, and hope y'all understand. If they've been changed too much, especially Magic Boulder colors, then I'll have to set up a sandbox and find suitable replacements, and then do a little persistomancy and HyperEdit magic. Yeah... about that... STOP READING MY MIND!!! hehehe Truth is, I'll be getting into this very subject in the next couple chapters... maybe the next one, depending on how long it gets... Probably the next.
  10. Oh, I have a late entry... more writer than scientist, though I suspect he was a bit of both. Wouldn't it be interesting to let Jules Verne know how close he came with the Nautilus?
  11. Best Sci-Fi books

    Chapterhouse is good... but terribly incomplete. Thankfully Herbert's son managed to finish the original Saga in fairly decent fashion, or else the ending of Chapterhouse is really frustrating.
  12. Guess Who Will Reply Next?

    No, I must not... Oh... wait... crap... hehehe OK, is @adsii1970 around this evening?
  13. The Saga of Emiko Station - Chapter 91 - Kokomo

    Actually it's the other way around. I'm gonna bring in @LordOfMinecraft99 as well, because he asked something similar a few days ago. OK, this next chapter I'm doing, without giving too terribly much of it away, is a beautiful example, because I'm bringing in something new, which includes two new mods... Before anything I had to download them and make sure everything is going to work. Now, I sort of know ahead where I'm going with a chapter, and my career game, but nothing is set in stone.... too many variables can happen to change stuff, both playing, and sometimes on this forum, which also has just happened. This is one of those times when another author, and good friend, is letting me steal borrow do my own take on something he wrote not long ago. I may have already given it away... so be it. Part of this chapter has been a lot of pm's back and forth between us, and his advice has been invaluable! Anyway... mods installed and running OK, I'll pick up where I left off at the last chapter, and play the game for a few days, or longer, depending on where I want to stop and start writing. Sometimes this can go fairly quick, but if there's any new ships or whatever involved, then it can take some time building and testing whatever I need done. And, quite obviously, in the case of the Platypus road-trip, I'll need a day or two of driving time, depending again on how far I want to go in that chapter. yes, I could just plot the trip and use HyperEdit, but I'm gonna do this the fun way, even if it takes a few days longer. Plus you never know when you'll run across a floating boulder, or other fun thing to take advantage of. And while I'm doing all this, I'm gathering up lots and lots of screenshots, and starting to finalize the chapter in my head as well. I could do the story part first, but I prefer to wait, again because sometimes the game changes things... which also happened! hehehe I didn't plan on it, but one screenshot... Oh, what the heck... spoiler! So this is an example of an unplanned addition to the story that the game gave me... free of charge... lol. OK... once I have all the screenshots I need, I'll start sorting them, and really pin down the chapter in my head as well, ironing out details like the actual dialog. And again, a lot of this is based on the screenshots, and not the other way around. In many ways I use the final sorted batch as a storyboard, and this is what I use to write it all up... and keep everything straight in my head. Last chapter I ended up with about 250 screenshots I think... more or less. Writing itself I'll have two websites open, the forum and Imgur, plus MS-word to back everything up to. I prefer writing on the forum itself, because that's how it will look, and I'll paste the links from Imgur into it as I go along, and every few paragraphs, or at the end of a particular good part, I'll copy and paste it all into Word, and save the backup. In the end it takes usually about 6-8 hours to get it all written up and proofread before I'll post it... and then one or two readings after it's posted to find and correct all the stuff I missed the first time, and fix any incorrectly ordered or duplicate pics, which can happen on occasion. And that's how I do it.
  14. The Saga of Emiko Station - Chapter 91 - Kokomo

    Oh, nice floaters!!! And it's rare finding two that close! Very cool!!! One question, where is Niven?