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About =VG= SemlerPDX

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  • Birthday 06/05/1979

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    Portland, OR
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    Camping, hiking, shooting, and fast gaming computers
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    Scruffy looking Nerf Herder

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  1. 2 Weeks in Mt. Hood National Forest + Pics

    Just got home from two weeks in the Mt. Hood National Forest. Went up for the duration of the Perseid Meteor Showers and stayed through the 20th. It was great to get unplugged for awhile. Dug a pit and sunk a chopping block for my axe, and went through piles of wood. A white pine was downed just up the road, so I had a huge supply of 15" rounds to buck up and split. My shoe busted less than halfway through the trip and I used some camo colored duct tape to keep them together for the rest of my vacation, and looking halfway decent, too. I spent a bit of time floating in the eddies created by these two rivers joining at the Fan, the split one actually being one river, and you don't continue down river unless you really try to get into the flow. It's a nice spot to swim, but due to it's cold temperature (50-55 deg. F), most people bring something to float on. I took quite a few pictures with my old Nikon COOLPIX L30 on a tripod: I was very simplified and didn't bother cooking at all, just things that need boiling water, cheese & crackers, or hotdogs over the fire, granola bars, and such. And lots of coffee... I went shooting almost daily with my replica 1870's Henry Repeating Rifle. It's a carbine in .45 Long Colt, 10 rounds tube fed. The Henry was the first rifle that combined the bullet, gunpowder, and primer into a single shell, and while it was not standard issue in the Army, many soldiers saved their pay to buy one because they felt it could save their life. I shoot at 80 feet, which about as far as I can generally find a flat and open area to shoot in the valley where I camp. That's around 26 yards, or 24 meters, the distance over my shoulder in the pic to the target. I shoot with iron sights and at that range the front sight is larger than the 10-point ring in the center of the target. After one volley of 10 rounds, I circle my shots so I can count later. Ran out of my NRA 100 yard rifle targets and had to buy these "sighting-in" sheets when I went to the nearest small town for ice and resupply mid-trip. These camp robbers are extremely bold birds, and will literally land on your chair, arm, shoulder, hat... We toss snacks around to bring them in like fruit and nuts. Rather than follow the whole "don't feed the animals" idea, we just give in and see how close we can get them for pictures and such. The bats under the bridge are rather small, around 3 inches (or 8cm) long and they concentrate there at night to feed. I brought a handheld torch bright enough to dwarf the flash on the camera, and put the camera on a tripod so I could get it up into the high spaces of the bridge. I caught one in mid-flight trying to investigate my camera on a pole and even felt his wings smack the side of the pole when he came in close. Another one was completely oblivious or didn't care about my camera and I kept getting closer until I was in macro mode just a few inches from his face - it was hard to hold still enough to get a good shot, these are the two out of literally 20 pictures that turned out decent: (click photos for full size images)
  2. Server Down (POST HERE IF DOWN!)

    Ciro was away, then I was away, now afaik, we are both around and will be resolving the issues with the server and TCAdmin in the very near future. Problems that have persisted through July and August should soon be a thing of the past, as well as these server hang issues that have popped up. If it were something simple, we would have fixed it already, but this will require server downtime and some heavy work based on our earlier estimates. We'll keep you all informed and will make separate public announcements once we get rolling. Just wanted to respond here as there seems to be questions about why this is happening, and I thought we made that clear to everyone when TCAdmin went belly-up after an attempted update in July, and subsequent failures to get together and resolve it due to real life issues and prior engagements we could not control or ignore, that the servers would be running less efficiently until fixed. Thank you all for your patience!
  3. Coming soon to Elite Dangerous:Details have been released regarding the Fleet Carrier as well as the Frontier Points that can be earned in-game to buy cosmetic items that were previously only available for purchase (with real money) from the Frontier Store. *I have several billion in-game credits and will be purchasing a Fleet Carrier for the VETERANS-GAMING Squadron in Elite: Dangerous as soon as they release in December, and will place it based on current group activities to support whatever we are doing, and will outfit it to most benefit our current in-game operations. Will be happy to re-tool and re-fit it, as well as re-locate it when needed, based on group decision. And standing open invitation to anyone who wants to learn some killer in-game money making strategies that will help you afford your own Fleet Carrier in no time, just let me know! Videos and guides help, but nothing is faster than flying around with someone and learning while making half a billion credits in one gaming session!
  4. PRLauncher VS Windows10 (lost icone)

    Suuuure. Because in Win7, the PR icon has the exact same problem.... See what I mean? You make very fair points, but if it was working well in XP, and in Win7, why would anyone at PR need to do anything to improve or change the way the .exe works? I get that perhaps they did not follow a "standards and practices" method for the creation of those .exe's, and I'm not Microsoft Certified - certainly can't speak for the "how" things are supposed to be done... but the issue remains: Worked fine in XP & Win7 -- Yet again, Win10 must have changed something that did not need to be changed for seemingly no other reason than to do something different regardless of positive/negative operation of the existing system. Speculation, I know, but my point stands. Win10 is a pain.
  5. Blender 2.8 has landed!!

    Patience is a virtue. I would never recommend to anyone to download a non-game from Steam. I could list the reasons, but it's pretty obvious that one program being dependent upon another that force updates it is NOT acceptable. This is the case for a number of utility programs that can be downloaded for free, and also from Steam. NEVER use Steam if you can avoid it, if you simply want proper control over your programs. Here's a negative review from a Blender user on Steam who was very happy with the old version 2.79 user interface and was very upset that Steam force-updated him to a version he did not want. Like anyone, if you are used to a program, it's best to research the next version first and evaluate if it's time to change over so you can wait for any plugins you use to update, or in case there will be an added learning curve that would derail any existing projects or workflow:
  6. PRLauncher VS Windows10 (lost icone)

    Same color as the Start Menu background? Have you not seen my Win10 article? (shameless plug) ---scroll to middle "Look and Appearance" section Nice workaround! I had not noticed that the Start In field was blank, but in my defense, I spent a total of 2 minutes 4 years ago realizing that Win10 doesn't want to play nice with the PR launcher pinned to Start Menu, so I didn't bother. And, while you're workaround method works 90%, it's not complete and that is not your fault. This is a Windows 10 issue, and/or the way PR runs in Win10, and I'm not going to keep jumping through hoops for Windows 10 and chase my tail over some icon that doesn't want to pin correctly like every other program on my computer. Besides, I've had this all on voice control for so long, I wouldn't bother taking up space on my Start Menu anyway. But for the record, the 10% of this workaround that doesn't work is the icon bit. I bet I could copy the icon to some location on C: drive and jerry-rig it up to look right, but case in point, Win10 sucks and here's why I don't use the Start Menu icon to launch PR:
  7. =VG= PR Event

    Just look at home page. It is on Calendar now, that will show in your local time zone.
  8. PRLauncher VS Windows10 (lost icone)

    OS is running on C: drive (Windows 10) -- PR is installed on another drive, say drive P: Figured it was a Win10 issue otherwise I'd report it -- your checklist of things to try were run through systematically, trust me when I say we're on the same page there - trying to pin shortcuts instead of the item, and getting pushy with parameters or even batch scripts... Win10 is annoying as hell.
  9. PRLauncher VS Windows10 (lost icone)

    Roger that. Tested desktop icon shortcut and it works. Still, I have all desktop icons hidden, I don't use them - I use Start Menu and Taskbar shortcuts, and for the non-default /C: drive program it will not load when I pin it to Start Menu or Taskbar and that is what I had wanted to express. When Win10 figures that out, I'll hate it just a little bit less. (This is specific to PR, I have many program icons on Start menu that are not installed on C: drive)
  10. PRLauncher VS Windows10 (lost icone)

    In my experience over the past few years in Windows 10, I am unable to launch PR from a hard drive that is not the C: drive with the OS -- any shortcuts fail. Maybe they know this now and ditch the shortcut so it isn't attempted? I have no idea. But I've given up and now open file explorer to the bin folder with the PRLauncher.exe and I use that, then close the explorer before it launches. Very annoying that it cannot be a shortcut on my desktop, Start Menu, or Taskbar, but I stopped trying to give myself an aneurysm over why Win10 is so terrible.
  11. Image Editing with Transparency - How is this possible?

    Now that it's done ...speaking of fixing pics... Just opened Steam, and an advert for Battalion 1944 comes up. They need some Photoshop tips and suggestions, too, I think That soldier in the middle has the most copy and pasted looking head I've ever seen! I didn't do that for a joke, that's literally the poster for the game..
  12. Image Editing with Transparency - How is this possible?

    Thank you Kav! I actually have a bit of things to do, so I've used your helpful example and made up something so I can set it and move on. Cheers! I ended up grabbing a sample of the background at the inara website under the avatar, and used that for the square section around the circle. Looks good now, thanks for the help and suggestions! Avatar: After Inara put it in their auto-sig image:
  13. Project Reality COOP Event #3

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    So after a long absence I've decided to make an event. This will include some of the old event missions that I ran as well as new ones. Each week on the day of the event you guys will have 4 missions and a seed game to complete. There's no story involved but these missions are designed to encourage teamwork and failure will most likely happen without Standard =VG= rules will apply, don't stir shit and don't ruin the game for everyone else. There's no signups, just join and have a good time. Squad leader spawn point will be removed for the events. Everything is subject to change. Full details here:
  14. Project Reality COOP Event #2

    until
    So after a long absence I've decided to make an event. This will include some of the old event missions that I ran as well as new ones. Each week on the day of the event you guys will have 4 missions and a seed game to complete. There's no story involved but these missions are designed to encourage teamwork and failure will most likely happen without Standard =VG= rules will apply, don't stir shit and don't ruin the game for everyone else. There's no signups, just join and have a good time. Squad leader spawn point will be removed for the events. Everything is subject to change. Full details here:
  15. Project Reality COOP Event #1

    until
    So after a long absence I've decided to make an event. This will include some of the old event missions that I ran as well as new ones. Each week on the day of the event you guys will have 4 missions and a seed game to complete. There's no story involved but these missions are designed to encourage teamwork and failure will most likely happen without Standard =VG= rules will apply, don't stir shit and don't ruin the game for everyone else. There's no signups, just join and have a good time. Squad leader spawn point will be removed for the event. Weekend one; 10/8/2019 Everything is subject to change. Full details here:
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