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The aliens made me do it (!) - by FlyingSinger Sept 19th, 2020

The aliens made me do it (!) - by FlyingSinger Sept 19th, 2020

FlyingSinger reported:

Made me do what?

Order a new Alienware Aurora R11 PC from Dell.

The aliens made me do it (!) - by FlyingSinger Sept 19th, 2020 - Alienware Aurora R11 PC from Dell.
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The attached image is from one of our flights in 2009, with some fade correction applied to reduce the haze effect. I have a lot of pics from that day which are a nice reference now that I’m starting to fly around my neighborhood in MSFS.

I got it bad and that ain’t good!

Highlights…

It was a bit pricey but I found a 17% coupon that helped bring it down to USD 1650. All sorts of rationalizations around that. At first I thought I could pull 16 GB out of my current PC but that’s DDR3 and this is faster DDR4 so I went for 32 GB directly. I haven’t told the Mrs. yet. She will understand.

I hope.

MiGMan: Don't tell her! A computer is a computer, surely? Tell her you put some nice lights on it for... Xmas!

The good/bad news is that it won’t arrive until Oct. 13 (maybe sooner, that’s worst case). Why that’s good is that I have several music projects I need to finish.

Knowing that I will have High to Ultra graphics in a few weeks, I think I can convince myself to fire up Studio One instead of MSFS2020 most mornings.

This morning a did some practice flights out of Sterling in a C152, working on the rust. I can sort of land now though when it gets to 30ish FPS it’s hard to stay lined up and flare smoothly.

I also installed the new 15 GB patch which seems to help load times even on my PC. I don’t know if they fixed the Harbour Bridge yet.

MiGMan: Not yet, I flew past it this morning. Someone will run it through Blender and import it, no doubt! Also Fort Denison needs to be there - with the anti-Russian cannons. It's about where those two ships often appear in the harbour near the Opera House.

The aliens made me do it (!) - by FlyingSinger Sept 19th, 2020 - My house 2009
The attached image is from one of our flights in 2009, with some fade correction applied to reduce the haze effect. I have a lot of pics from that day which are a nice reference now that I’m starting to fly around my neighborhood in MSFS.

I will also probably watch some more training videos. I really like Squirrel as my YouTube CFI (791K subscribers seem to agree he’s pretty good at this gig).

I want to also bone up on the Garmin G1000 system in the C172S and the Diamond DA30. It’s maybe in others too. I love that geeky avionics stuff.

I don’t know why but that last comment just reminded me that I met a retired USAF electronic warfare officer some years ago at a Solar System Ambassador gig. He flew in a windowless compartment in the B-1B and he said he puked on every flight, but it was STILL awesome.

He also told me they have a toilet on the “Bone” and since the retirement of the Concorde, it’s the world’s only “supersonic shitter.” He said the crew tries hard NOT to use if for that since the ventilation system is not that great.

That same day I met retired astronaut William Oefelein who played the male role in the infamous “astronaut diaper love triangle” story you may recall from 2007 (astronaut Lisa Nowak drove 900 miles in a diaper to attack Oefelein’s new girlfriend – not exactly the Right Stuff). Both were kicked out of NASA.

BTW spreadsheets will probably run great on this but I only do those on my work laptop anyway!