Taking A Walk With Math

I’ve been working on a special Minecraft project for the past few months. In this project, I am recreating something. What am I recreating? My neighborhood. I started out with the house I grew up in and have expanded it from there. The house was the focal point for me. Since I lived there for 14 years, I knew it quite well. Scale was very important to get the feeling just right. It took several attempts, but I finally got the scale right where it needed to be. Using the house’s scale as a reference, I started creating some of the other features and buildings around it. However, I had reached a point where the scale of the house was becoming irrelevant since I was getting farther and farther away from the house. So how do I solve this issue? I took a walk.

How can a walk help me determine scale? Let me explain that to you. First, I went into Minecraft and found out that the front of the house was 21 blocks across. This was my starting point. I grabbed a small pocket notebook and headed down to the house. I paced out the front of the house and discovered it was 15 paces across. A little math told me that every step was worth 1.4 blocks. Now that I had a very simple formula, I took the next hour and walked the entire cemetery (did I forget to mention I grew up in a cemetery?) mapping everything in my notebook with locations and paces. I even decided to map the entire walk home since I have decided to recreate as much of the neighborhood as possible. I must have looked like a madman walking around with a notebook in hand, counting to myself, and then making little notes as I randomly stopped.

Once home, I printed out some satellite pictures of the cemetery and the road from there to my house from Google Maps. I then sat down, drew my distances from all of my notes onto the maps in steps. Then I printed out another copy of the same map, make the same exact distance markings, and then calculated the steps in to blocks. Yes, this might be a little extreme but it does feed my OCD. Now I had a map of the cemetery telling me how many blocks I needed to go to major features of cemetery. There will be a need for a few more walks once I get closer to completion to nail down some specifics, but I have the majority of the numbers I need to do what I need to do for now. The only thing that is a real bitch is that I don’t have a proper way to do elevations. Even if I could accurately measure the elevations in the hills, I cannot accurately reproduce them since I am dealing with a set block size inside of Minecraft. Oh well.

I know this project will literally take me years to complete but it’s a passion project that I get to do every once and a while to relieve some stress and just chill with some music playing.

So how is it coming so far? Well, if you’ve never seen the cemetery then you have no clue what it’s really supposed to look like. But, for those of you have spend a lot of time there with me growing up, or living there with me (family), here are a free screenshots to show my progress so far. Most of the interiors are about 78% done, but I didn’t take screen shots of those. That’s another show.

Not Happy

After a few weeks, (probably months) I have realized that I am not happy with the layout of this site. Even though I was going for a simple site I have realized that it is in fact too simple. It need more flare!! Then again, I am drunk, so this may not make much sense. But regardless, I am not happy with this layout. A new one MUST be found!!

And I Stay Home

So after seeing me and taking my blood pressure several times, my therapist begged me to stay home tonight and take care of myself. Even though the thought of texting my boss to tell him I can’t make it in exacerbated the panic in me, I heeded her advice and took the night off. In fact I just ate 2 bowls of cereal so I could take 2 Klonopin. My plan for tonight is to relax. That’s going to include fixing a few things around the house and then working on my drone. Even though relaxing is key, I need to keep my mind focused on something else I’ll end up in that downward spiral that I’m trying to avoid.

A Whirlwind

It’s been 17 days since my last post — something I never intended. I have had lots of things I have wanted to post about but never enough time to post them. My days and nights are filled with family and work. Then after the kids are finally in bed, I am either right behind them or I’m finally spending some time with my wife after not seeing her much over the past few months. Lately we’ve been getting together and watching 1 movie or TV show a night. So far this week we’ve watched ’10 Cloverfield Lane”, ‘The Big Short’, and started season 1 of ‘Mr. Robot’ last night. It’s nice to spend some quite time with her just enjoying a movie together. Since we very rarely get to go to the movies together anymore, this is our little version of it.

Even though we’ve had a very hectic schedule, we have managed to plan out a fairly fun (hopefully) family vacation for next month. I’m not saying when we are going for obvious reasons, but plans were pretty much finalized tonight so now it’s just a countdown until we leave!

So with all of that said, what has been the highlight of the summer so far? While it’s been fun watching Addy learn how to talk and spending time with the whole family when I can, the highlight so far has to be the Rob Zombie/Disturbed concert we went to last month in Hershey, Pa! I’ve been fans of both artists since they pretty much started and have wanted to see them both for a long, long time. Getting to see both of them in one night was amazing. Not only were their performances excellent but they both pretty much played a greatest hits set all night. I can honestly say that they both played all of my favorite songs by them. I heard the 2 songs I’ve always wanted to hear Disturbed play live (‘Stupifiy’ and ‘The Game’ (plus ‘The Sound of Silence’ for some newer music)), and the same with Rob Zombie (‘Dragula’ and ‘Moire Human Than Human’). Most excellent!!

But for me, I’m off to finally play some video games. Jess is working on a sewing project and the kids are in bed so we’re both going to do our own thing for a few hours before we get together for another episode of ‘Mr. Robot’. Later…