Quick Review: Run 8 Train Simulator

What is Run 8 and is it for you?

Run 8 is a realistic prototypical computer simulation of train operations found in the United States (featuring railroads primarily in the Southwest, Florida and the Northeast) The major railroads found in Run 8 are BNSF, UP, SP, NS and CSX. (For complete details of the routes and trainsets available see Run 8 studios)

What’s so great about Run 8

Firstly, this review will be from the standpoint of someone brand new to rail simulators including Run 8 but not necessarily new to computer gaming. As of this post, there is a major train simulator on the market that you may be familiar with called Train Sim World by Dovetail games. I have not played that game but have watched extensive videos and streams of it being played. Now it’s true that my experience within Run 8 has been for only a few hours but as far as I can tell, Run 8 is in a category all it’s own in terms of realistic railroad operations. While Train Sim World boasts pretty photorealistic graphics and controlled scenarios, Run 8 shines in a different yet entirely important way. With its true to life scale routes (hundreds of miles in the base version of the sim alone), magnificent sounds and horns and its giant sandbox, Run 8 train simulator has a unique way of giving the player the true feeling they are and could be a real train engineer or yard master. And if you ever wanted to simulate the air-brake operation of a 100 plus car consist, Run 8 lets you do it. The simulator won’t hold your hand in the process but isn’t learning how to do it all part of the fun?

Multiplayer and Single-player

Run 8, in addition to its realistic sounds, routes and signal operation also features the option to work in a multiplayer setting (on a server) and perform prototypical yard operations with other people who are also running a copy of the simulator. (Note: I would highly recommend learning the basics of the sim and train operations before venturing onto a server.) Of course, yard operations, AI train and player train movement can be performed in single-player mode.

AI trains part of the rail sandbox

Computer controlled trains better known as AI trains can also be enabled in Run 8. This gives the player(s) the option to have AI trains run along side (within the same game world) as you “play” in this grand rail sandbox. If you ever wanted a railroading sandbox than Run 8 is the simulation that gives you the player much freedom in how you run a railroad and a train in Run 8.

Run 8 also includes an in-game switchboard, complete with signals and switches giving you the player the opportunity to manage multiple trains or just one if you so choose. Of course whether you choose to run multiple AI trains, run alone or with others is entirely up to you!

partial screenshot of in-game switchboard

What I like least in Run 8

The overall graphical quality of the scenery found in the sim world look like something out of a game from the 90’s or early 2000’s. The anti-aliasing (or lack thereof) isn’t much better as a moving train can appear in certain light downright distracting with shimmering edges of the distance boxcars, especially in the noon day sun.

GRAPHICS: However, up close those BNSF engines (among the others included) and rail cars look pretty nice. While Run 8 comes with many options for running a train as prototypical as possible, within the constraints of a computer, some components of the simulator simply will not work with a mouse or simply do not function at all. The best example of this I found is within a locomotive’s cab. The horn, braking lever, throttle, reverser and independent brake levers are only controllable via a keyboard or RailDriver. It’s important to note however that not having this complete control with a mouse does not necessarily ruin the overall experience of running a train just something to be aware of. Likewise the sim comes of multiple menu options to either auto start (through a menu) or manually start the train engines.

Conclusion – Is Run 8 worth it?

Because Run 8 features many realistic aspects of real-life rail work, there is a learning curve. Aside from learning how to get a train or even simply an engine moving (if you’ve never done it in a simulator before), this simulator features many keyboard bindings to memorize and learn. Depending on your experience with games and simulators this will prove to be either a non issue or possibly a major challenge in and of itself. And let’s not forget about learning how the industries, tags and symbols work. Thankfully, the current version of Run 8 features some helpful PDF files for getting yourself acquainted with basic sim operations and a handy keybinding cheat sheet. And there are also YouTube videos available for additional help to getting started in Run 8. In addition, all of the sim’s keybindings can be found (and even changed) within the simulator itself for quick reference.

So is Run 8 worth $50? Well, the answer to that is of course a subjective one but to clarify, the $50 is for the base portion of the simulator as found on the Run 8 Studios website (as of this writing). For additional trainsets and routes the sim will cost you more (between $10-$40 for each one). However, if you find that you really enjoy trains (particularly from the U.S.) and are seeking a realistic operational open world train simulation and can overlook some not-so-good graphical renditions, than starting with the Run 8 base sim might just wet your whistle! Just be prepared to have loads of fun and want to buy those addons!


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DISCLAIMER: This review if from personal experience with the simulator and not affiliated with Run 8 Studios

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Ben Shapiro interviews Dr. John MacArthur


Recently, Dr. John MacArthur was the guest on the Ben Shapiro show. Enjoy.


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When will someone update City Skylines?

READER WARNING: this post will not be easy especially if you really love Cities Skylines or have some other vested interest in the game.

Disclaimer: The perspective I share here is as an American who lives in and has visited (Truck driver) and seen many towns and cities across the United States.

I like Cities Skylines and I play Cities Skylines (over 300 hours on steam)….but I only play it with mods and that brings up one of my biggest problems or frustrations with the game. (By the way, Simcity 5 was good without mods. The maps where just too small.)

Mods not always enough

In City Skylines, sometimes the mods are still not enough to “fix” the game’s “look” or there isn’t one that will do what you really want. For example, I believe most default buildings in Cities Skylines are ugly or just plain unrealistic. Generally the color palette in my opinion is extreme with many being drab and depressing or unnatural pink, bright green, orange, blue or some similar variation. Oftentimes the colors simply don’t even work well together such as white with a dark moss colored green roof. And you won’t find many bright pink houses with a blue or black roof where I live. In fact, I don’t know of any.

Anti Aliasing and atmospheric irritations

Secondly, the vanilla anti aliasing is bad in Cities Skylines. The game has been out for many years now but the anti aliasing and edges of bridges and buildings still haven’t been smoothed out. Thirdly, the general color tone of the atmosphere and maps in Cities Skylines always look mostly wrong to me no matter what LUT or mod (including daylight classic) I use. Simcity 5 in general looked welcoming and more aesthetically pleasing to the eye..at least my eyes. Transport Fever and Transport Fever 2 also has the “look” of beauty in it’s map color and atmosphere that Cities Skylines lacks.

What’s up with the unrealistic and brightly colored vehicles?

Finally, let’s talk about the vehicles in Cities Skylines. Why are many of vehicles not real or outdated vehicles and the colors so obnoxiously bright and unnatural? I don’t know about you but I have never seen a bright neon pink, orange or green car. If you live in America, you will find that City Skylines doesn’t look American much at all which is probably why I have some much frustration with CS. Heading off to the mod workshop for Cities Skylines can help with this but American housing options are severely limited as well. I would love to have access to all the building styles from Simcity 5 (2013) and Simcity 4 and I would be much happier with Cities Skylines. Sure I’m probably in the minority about how I feel about Cities Skylines but at least I feel better telling you. If you have had similar feelings or frustrations with Cities Skylines, let me know in the comments.


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The Legend of the Lone Ranger board game needs a remake

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1. Remake – this game deserves to be brought back and remade for kids and adults to enjoy once again

2. Video game – this game would be fun as an action-packed video game

3. Nostalgia – this game brings back memories; it was a great piece of the past for many kids like me

4. Family Fun – pure and simple this game is fun

5.  You play as a Hero – Playing as the Lone Ranger and Tanto you are the Hero and this world needs more heroes

22 Restaurants and Fast Food Joints Humboldt County, CA Needs (but doesn’t have yet)

Support the growth and well-being of Humboldt County, CA residents.   

1. In-N-Out Burger (coming soon! or will Coronavirus keep it from opening?)

2. Red Robin

3. Red Lobster

4. Chick-fil-A

5. KFC

6.  Panera Bread

7.  Del Taco

8.  Chipotle Mexican Grill (coming soon)

9.  Dairy Queen

10. Arby’s

11. Qdoba Mexican Eats

12. Olive Garden

13.  Boston Market

14.  Outback Steakhouse

15.  Chevys Fresh Mex

16.  Chilis

17.  Wienerschnitzel

18.   Pizza Hut

19.   Sonic Drive-In

20.   Five Guys

21.  Cattlemens

22. Trader Joes

Support and encourage healthy business and commerce in Humboldt County.

If you want to see any or all of these food places in Humboldt County let the company know.   We need more companies like these moving to our community and to make Humboldt more accessible to the outside world.


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Red Dead Redemption 2 on PC Review Discrepancy and Crashes – Is Rockstar getting a pass?

Red Dead Redemption 2 on PC is the latest game released by Rockstar which apparently has some mixed ratings. Of course the game was released earlier on console and the game received mostly overwhelming positive feedback.

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User score 3.7 (out of 10)

Now in 2019, RDR 2 is ready for the computer but not without some apparent trouble. Metacritic reviews shows a general critic score of 92 (as of this post) but among users the game gets general unfavorable score—a 3.7 (out of 10). Players have apparently experienced launch crashes, freezing and generally overall poor optimization. And all this from a developer that isn’t new at making games.

Sure Rockstar will most likely sort out the problems with the game but I can’t help but wonder why the game wasn’t beta tested before official release on PC? It was first beta tested first, right? I don’t know officially for sure but I’m can’t imagine a big bad game developer like Rockstar or any for that matter not testing their game before final release. And yet I do find it odd that a startup crash would occur on so many high end gaming PC’s from the get-go without a mention of it from Rockstar. Frontier had a similar experience in September with Elite Dangerous and it went so poorly they decided to scrap their December update until later in 2020 and even revamp how they test the game.

Red Dead Redemption 2, according to the many critics who have played it (PC or Console), say the game is both beautiful and breathtaking and so it would appear they are willing to excuse Rockstar for fumbling out of the gate. For whatever reason, players weren’t as kind to Frontier for their fumble. Now players want change. Like Frontier, I doubt that if any indie developer had had the trouble RDR 2 has had on launch, the critics wouldn’t be so kind.

What do you think of the Red Dead Redemption 2 launch problems? Do you think Rockstar is getting a pass? Let me know in the comments.


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Who is Jesus?

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Who is Jesus?

Let us consider the following accounts during the time Jesus walked on the earth.
 
Jesus talking to the Jews said.. “I have come to you representing my Father, and you refuse to welcome me, even though you readily accept others who represent only themselves. You gladly honor each other, but you don’t care about the honor that comes from God alone. “ (John 5:43- 44)
 
”The Father and I are one” (John 10:30)
 
The high priest said to him, “I demand in the name of the living God that you tell us whether you are the Messiah, the Son of God.” Jesus replied, “Yes, it is as you say. And in the future you will see me, the Son of Man, sitting at God’s right hand in the place of power and coming back on the clouds of heaven.”
 
Then the high priest tore his clothing to show his horror, shouting, “Blasphemy! Why do we need other witnesses? You have all heard his blasphemy. (Matthew 26:63-65)
 
Jesus said to the man, “Son, your sins are forgiven.” “Who does this man think he is?” the Pharisees and teachers of religious law said to each other. “This is blasphemy! Who but God can forgive sins?” The Jewish leaders tried all the more to kill him. In addition to disobeying the Sabbath rules, he had spoken of God as his Father, thereby making himself equal with God.
 
 
The Jewish leaders replied“…you, a mere man, have made yourself God.” (John 10:33)
 
After reading the above passages, you may have realized many trends. I would like to draw your attention to a simple yet common theme. This particular theme stirred up many who listened to Jesus talk. The Jewish leadership and others sought to even kill Jesus because of it and eventually we know they did. But why such hatred for an apparently good man who healed, and even performed countless miracles? Why would simple statements and acts of kindness and love by Jesus cause the leaders to cry out “blasphemy!” from a simple statement by Jesus? We know the answer from the verses above.
 
Jesus claimed one thing that was clear to all who heard Him speak. Jesus made the claim to be God and this was obvious blasphemy to the Jewish leadership. Likewise, even today this remains true. This claim continues to be considered blasphemy by Jesus and/or anyone who claims to be God unless of course it is true and Jesus truly is who He says He is. Like the Jewish leaders, I am aware that many today choose to believe Jesus is not who He claims and yet are willing to accept the account of the life of Jesus. In fact, many might even consider Jesus to be a good teacher and one who would offer good advice.
 
For us this remains true. If we do not believe Jesus is God than no one can be able to trust anything Jesus says to be the truth. If you do not believe Jesus is who He claims to be, than how can one trust Him to have been even remotely a good teacher? The choice remains. Either Jesus is God and the Savior of the world with power to forgive sin or He is not. Your life depends on who you put your trust in. Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.” (John 14:6)

The Trump Bullies

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First, I voted for Ted Cruz in the 2016 Presidential election and I don’t hate Donald Trump.  Having got that out-of-the-way we can begin.

The definition of a bully as posted by Google is:

use superior strength or influence to intimidate (someone), typically to force him or her to do what one wants.
“a local man was bullied into helping them”
synonyms: persecute, oppress, tyrannize, browbeat, harass, torment, intimidate, strong-arm, dominate;

The following story is directly from CNN’s own website.

CNN: Bullying is a ‘serious public health problem,’ experts say

Fake News and Worldviews

Now let’s cut to the chase.  Perhaps CNN and the media should take some of their own advice.  CNN fits the definition of a bully in their use of tactics against specific worldviews and groups of people. They have power and control and they know it. This is why organizations like CNN are so dangerous to the rest of us.

Is it not true that CNN and most media outlets have been using their medium in the attempt at persuading people to think like them?  Since the election of 2016 when their candidate lost (Hillary Clinton) we have seen nothing but an onslaught of slanderous attacks against the current President of the United States and his supporters. (Conversely we saw not much but praise, glee and swooning when Barrack Obama and Bill Clinton were president.) The last eight months have been nothing but the liberal media among others trying to take Trump and Republicans out–even if it means murder.

For example, we have all seen the manufactured Russia stories and fake impeachment proceedings that they had hoped (and still hope) would paint Mr. Trump in a negative light.  When that didn’t pan out they didn’t stop and they won’t.  They didn’t speak out against the attempted murder of a Republican in the Senate.  They didn’t speak against the Kathy Griffin-Trump escapade, did they?  We have not seen many stories, if any about Hillary, Obama and their pre-election ties to Russia. The media would hope you don’t find out or care about Biden’s billion dollar dealings with Ukraine.  Where are the CNN news stories about Barrack Obama trying to influence the election in Israel against Benjamin Netanyahu?  Where is CNN’s outrage about Hillary Clinton and the murder in Benghazi? Is it okay to shred thousands of emails for a cover up? Apparently when it furthers a lie for advantage.  Loretta Lynch? The Chicago murder rate increase under Obama? Where are the media’s stack of stories against the tolerance of killing police officers regardless of their skin color? Does CNN and the media ever show disgust for breaking God’s law?

Ignorance is Bliss (when it’s morally inconvenient)

What we do see from CNN and in the general media is the silence of or the blatant denial of truth.  We have seen their attacks against Conservatives (just ask Sean Hannity) and people who actually care what God thinks.

Where are the articles from CNN and Yahoo and others about why stopping illegal immigration is the right thing to do?  Perhaps these media front groups actually support illegal immigration and breaking the law?  Maybe CNN and the rest on the left actually support illegal immigration because it gets votes.  American presidential candidates such as Hillary Clinton, Bill Clinton, Barack Obama and Bernie Sanders come to mind. Wait.  Why does CNN and media outlets even have a candidate?  People can’t hide, they all support someone.  Our worldview dictates it.  It’s whether or not we support the right people or not that matters.

So as we’ve seen, intimidation is the go-to weapon of choice for large left leaning media front groups like CNN.  But these tactics of bullying and persuading through intimidation go far beyond Donald Trump and his supporters.  These tactics are used against all true conservatives, supporters of Donald Trump and in general any promoters of true righteousness.

Hatred for God-fearing people

We see hatred for God-fearing people everyday.  Now how one reacts is a great indicator of ones worldview or belief system.  How they react and respond to people like Sean Hannity, Rush Limbaugh, Ted Cruz, Mark Levin, Newt Gingrich, Jesus Christ, Ray Comfort, Kelly Ann Conway, Herman Cain, Michelle Malkin, Ann Coulter and of course Donald Trump says all we need to know this media face.

Why does CNN dislike us?  Why does Hollywood hate us? Is it because we mistreat women?  Is it because Trump hates women?  If that were true than we should see CNN on the cutting edge in it’s telling of the truth about the treatment of women within the religion of peace.  How about in Hollywood?  Does CNN defend Hollywood’s vulgarities against women, Christians and God commonly found in movies and on TV?  Or does CNN and other media outlets look the other way and ignore it along with the lawlessness of the past administration?  If CNN truly cared about women and their well-being why would CNN support and defend Bill Clinton?  If CNN and others truly supported women, they would always promote women who believe in a strong family bond.  They would not support any idea or group that tears apart lives or brings immorality to its viewers.

If CNN and groups like it were in the business of reporting truth we should see story after story about the real Muhammad.  I dare CNN report about the real Islam as followed by Muhammad himself.  How about the persecution of Christians and others around the world?  Christians are the number one persecuted group in the world.  Will the media ever report about who Jesus really is? About why He was murdered?  Will anybody with a mainstream voice do it?

Finally, due to the worldview of those involved,  I believe CNN and the general media population are the real bullies with the sole intention of persuading people against the one true God.  They will continue to use their influence in an attempt to persuade people against God.  Jesus said some people will hate His followers because they hated Him first. (see John 15:18, Matt. 10:22)

So in general do the people who make big decisions at CNN and in media love God or do they love their god?  What about you?


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Democrats Playbook Revealed (but don’t tell anyone we’re on to them)

In this fun video, provided curiosity of Studio C, we get a first hand look at what can only be described as a parallel “glimpse” into the Democrats general playbook in court and in power. Try not to laugh when you realize they aren’t joking.


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