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  1. My jaw dropped at this amazing amateur cosmic photography by Thunderf00t - @11:35 Alien Mothership confirmed! (j/k) ;)

     

  2. Hey! You mentioned changing HUD color in Elite Dangerous, and wanted to share the method I use in case you want to use it, too.

    It's the Elite: Dangerous Profiler by DrKaii http://www.drkaii.com/tools/edprofiler/

    And it gives access to a lot of menu options outside the game, and a bunch of other helpful tools.  Here's a screenshot of my own setup, I use it to go between 3 different settings profiles quickly.  I don't change my HUD color anymore only because dangerous things that are normally Red on the radar (to draw our eyes) will also change colors to something innocuous, and can then be hard to notice on the radar as a "dangerous thing".

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  3. Hmmm.... This hits home for me for some reason...

     "and the home of the brave."

  4. Was playing GTA:V online awhile ago, been saving up trying to get to $1 million for a long time just as a goal.  I don't spend much on cars, already got them, and guns galore...  I walked into AmmuNation to fill up on mags and sticky bombs, and accidentally the cursor moved from the Sticky Bombs to some half a million dollar alien gun on the wall.

    Since I was just jamming the button to rebuy as many sticky bombs as I could hold, I instantly purchased this lame ass gun I didn't want when the cursor moved up.  I've since tried it out, it's pretty meh.  I'd rather have  the mini-gun if I wanted a heavy machine gun style weapon, for sure.

    Luckily for my dumb ass, a new Casino is opening in GTA:V Online and they're having a promotion to launch it, including perks for linking Twitch Prime with your Rockstar Social Club.  I happen to have Amazon Prime, and Twitch, so I jumped through their hoops and BOOM!  EASY MONEY!  Also comes with a penthouse suite (free of charge/rent) at the new Casino when it opens on July 23rd.
    :beach:

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    1. =VG= Vanillapop

      =VG= Vanillapop

      I really like how rockstar has incorporated their in game money to the real world

  5. 28 miles of fireworks for 4th of July - at Long Beach, Washington  :beach: It was a fun vacation, but it's good to be home.

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  6. Elite: Dangerous -- Deep Core Mining for Void Opals is the new "Gold Rush"!  I've made hundreds of millions doing passenger runs in the Wu Guinagi Loop, but now that it's nerfed, I figured I'd get into mining.

    It takes a bit of learning and reddits and YouTube, and then some more, and maybe more, but then when you get the hang of it, and find yourself a little hotspot far away from the overplayed and overpopulated depreciated areas like I did, you can make 60 million from cracking open just a couple asteroids in no time at all.

    Took less than an hour to get this from three motherload asteroids... and they're EVERYWHERE! (if you know how/where to look)
    (link to coriolis - the ship I used for this mining: https://s.orbis.zone/3mpt )
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    1. STRONTIUM_DOG

      STRONTIUM_DOG

      i loved elite cassette tape loading on spectrum 48 k , got tribbies and had to use the escape pod to lose them lol big game, you can play for life and not finish : )  Elite: Dangerous 

      looks like a good upgrade, has anyone ever blown up a space station, the ones you dock on, we tried it all,  could never get one to pop :)

  7. Last fall, I bought a few more PC monitor arms to free up desk space...  I have a transforming setup now, lol.

    Made this GIF to show the different ways I can set this thing up so I can, for example, play VR without punching a hole in my main monitor or knocking over my drink. :D

    The laptop is connected to the smallest monitor on the right, the other two are connected to my PC.  I have to hide a lot of spaghetti behind the desk, but  all the cables are well managed.

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    1. WCCBadploy

      WCCBadploy

      Impressive. Well done!!

    2. =VG= 22..12

      =VG= 22..12

      are u gonna launch a nuclear missile with such equipment... lol:21:

    3. =VG= SemlerPDX
  8. Update on my DIY TrackIR project -
    Wireless TrackClip Pro has now been on for a several hours and the voltage on the battery has dropped by 0.40 Volts. If I do some very rough estimates, I am assuming this thing might last between 18-24 hours between charges. I'm leaving it on overnight to find out. The other connector for the magnetic micro USB charger tip is shown in this pic. They sell cords, or these tips that plug onto the end of a normal micro USB charging cable. They have a tiny green indicator light when powered. At $4 a piece (for a male and female pair of magnetic plugs) they are so worth it for the bi-directional connection option alone!

    $4.00 NetDot Magnetic USB Charging Connectors
    $2.92 3.7V 10440 AAA Lithium Ion Rechargeable Battery (sold in 4-pack for around $12)
    $1.00 TP4056 (03962A) Charging Board with Protection
    $1.00 MT3608 DC to DC Step Up Boost Converter
    __________________
    $8.92 Total Cost


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  9. A tiny little Arduino project wot I did late last night... Road America lap timer & avg. speed calculator
    (charging circuits for the wireless TrackClip should arrive Wednesday)
     

     

    1. WCCBadploy

      WCCBadploy

      Well done!!

    2. Sausag3

      Sausag3

      Really nice job you did there with the Arduino's man!

      I got an Arduino kit myself, them botch standard buttons always do my head in, really uncomfortable to press xD

      The wiring on the arduino's is always a mess but yours looks shit hot, well done mate!

       

  10. DIY Wireless TrackClip Pro
    Haven't had time to spend on this project for awhile....  Been trying to find batteries that will power these 3 LED's, and previous tests required at least 4x 1.5V AAA Batteries which is way too large for a battery pack that will sit velcro'd to my headphones.

    I just found some rechargeable Lithium Ion batteries with 3.7 Volts each in a "AAA" form-factor.  These things are great!  I tried running a single battery, but the LED's didn't illuminate in any noticeable way so I had to wire a second battery in serial, and they light up just fine.  They are 350mAh each, which is less than half the capacity of a standard rechargeable Li-ion AAA battery, but the trade-off for a higher voltage in such a small size is exactly what I need for this project.

    I left this thing plugged in overnight and it was off in the morning, I guess I'll time it to see how long it lasts.  Next step will be to rig a recharging circuit with a micro-A USB female plug-in for easy re-charging, and then cram it all in a small black box with a velcro strap to easily attach to my headset.  To start, I'm not going to cut the TrackClip Pro wire, and I'll leave the female USB connector shown below on the battery pack.  I may shorten the TrackClip wire near the end of this project, at least to remove the heavy USB pass-through dongle hanging off it.

    We'll see where this goes, I've never done anything like this before so it's a small challenge.

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    2. WCCBadploy

      WCCBadploy

      Well done and Congratulations!!

    3. =VG= kiwirambob

      =VG= kiwirambob

      OMG looks like a bomb ...

    4. =VG= SemlerPDX

      =VG= SemlerPDX

      lol @=VG= kiwirambob

      Yea, I'm sure the stuff I've ordered online has put me on some list somewhere.  Then again, a cursory search would reveal I'm just another gaming dork with no radical beliefs of a social, political or religious nature.

  11. AHH!! I keep throwing money at my screen but nothing's happening!!

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    https://store.steampowered.com/app/1051200?snr=1_41_4__42

    1. =VG= Kavelenko
    2. =VG= kiwirambob
    3. =VG= SemlerPDX

      =VG= SemlerPDX

      ooh... this is awkward... sorry, I do not believe Justin Roiland or his humor would be popular "in the land down under".... not mainstream, anyway.  He's famous for his show Rick & Morty here in the US.  I forget how diverse this crowd is sometimes ;)

       

  12. Crab People are REAL!

    1. WCCBadploy

      WCCBadploy

      Genetically modified sea food.... I worry about you Yanks... Sure there is no micro plastic in that item? LOL!!

    2. STRONTIUM_DOG

      STRONTIUM_DOG

      Yer thats wild meat : ) i know, 100 year old teeth on the claw, owwww hahah..... they sneak up on you, underwater if you have been eating them.  

      Im sooo hungry now, and i have a hard on as well ,, blush ...

       

    3. =VG= kiwirambob

      =VG= kiwirambob

      OMG .. the craw

       

  13. GOG has a decent sale going on right now; picked up a pair of classics for less than a fiver -- Sid Meier's Pirates (the 2004 remake) and Railroad Tycoon 3
    Always nice to put a few more cheap titles in the rainy-day games bin :dirol:

  14. Terrible storm is shaping up to be rather.... shapely
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    2. =VG= Vanillapop

      =VG= Vanillapop

      Already snowing up here in Edmonton, cake walk for us tho lol.

    3. =VG= SemlerPDX

      =VG= SemlerPDX

      hehe... byoubes

    4. =VG= Jaki

      =VG= Jaki

      its so cold, even storms nipples got hard :boast:

       

  15. Working on a DIY project right now between other things; "wireless TrackIR TrackClip Pro"

    I have an old TrackClip Pro with several broken plastic pieces, so I'm using it for all sorts of testing and feasibility checks before cutting up my new working TrackClip Pro.  I want to use a small modern Lithium Ion battery and have the ability to charge it through USB micro-A connection, with a charging circuit, and a power on/off switch, but a few of the batteries I've tested so far have me scratching my head.

    If this simple 3x LED device normally operates on a USB 5V 1A connection, I really only need to replicate that.  But I've already had little success with the batteries I have around my house.  I may have to purchase a battery specifically for the project, as well as the charging circuit.  It all needs to be very small and lightweight.

    I've read several DIY forums where people already did this exact thing, so I have plenty of ideas for products and procedures.  I'm very patient and I'd rather spend a few extra dollars if it can be a little more sturdy or look a little better, so time will tell how this turns out.  Will take pictures once there's something worth taking a picture of.
    :hi: 

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    2. WCCBadploy

      WCCBadploy

      Well done. Great to see folks making the future just that little bit better.

    3. =VG= SemlerPDX

      =VG= SemlerPDX

      Yea, Kav - I have seen that.  I'm hoping to avoid anything that looks that janky.  In that image they're using a battery pack that is zip-tied to the headset, with the wire going across to the other side for weight balance.  Those are a few of the things I want to improve upon with my build, as I've seen many of these DIY projects and have a few goals of my own to improve them:

      Goal 1:  That battery has enough power and the LED's draw so little that this pictured setup would be able to stay on for a few weeks continuously (I assume).  This means the battery could be smaller, lighter, able to be placed elsewhere. (edit:  the CR123A 3V Lithium battery that my NVG's use seems small enough and powerful enough that it could sit inside or alongside the body of the unit, and is the next thing I'll be testing)

      Goal 2:  The TrackClip Pro does not weigh so much that offset weight would be needed, so the appropriate placement for anything heavy would be top center.  But I wish to avoid wires to a battery pack if possible, and have gutted out a fair bit of foam in the base that could house a charging circuit, a on/off switch, and a very small battery.  Thinner, more firm foam would take it's place.

      Goal 3:  A lot of this is affixed with zip ties, and I do not intend to keep my TrackClip Pro attached to my headset at all times.  This is how the last one broke -- and I'd like to minimize the time it is on my head and therefore vulnerable to getting whacked.  Mine will be easily removable for storage when not in use.

    4. =VG= Kavelenko

      =VG= Kavelenko

      Yeah that implementation does look a bit dodgy I agree but I was thinking along the lines of not having to do too much damage to the TrackIR or its wiring, I would not have cut mine. Also that clip of the TrackIR is as crappy as hell, you'd think they would have done a better job for the price they charge.

      Anyway keep it up buddy, looking forward to seeing what you come up with.

  16. I'll be back... just not yet.... (server maintenance *burp* postponed) 
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    1. =VG= Rotblut

      =VG= Rotblut

      Good Job, now 364 days off. Time to relax.

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  17. Screenshot by ChrisBV:
    "Goofing around with some editing..."
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  18. Oooh - time to grab soda and popcorn! It's a history of Punch-Out episode!

    https://youtu.be/XAwM-lCI4YU

     

    1. .Blizzard.

      .Blizzard.

      Loved it, the wii version even more ! :P

  19. If anyone is looking to buy the Oculus Rift before January 31st 2019, or if you know anyone who is, I have 2x 10% off Coupons available from their holiday referral program: 


    When you buy an Oculus Rift with coupon code (contact me for code) , you'll receive 10% off your purchase.*

    *Valid only at Oculus.com. Expires January 31, 2019. One time use only. Cannot be combined with any other discount code or coupon. May not be redeemed for cash. Discount not valid on prior purchases and cannot be applied towards taxes or shipping charges.

  20. That's not how you mount an SSD.... :tatice_03: (j/k, cool art - very "Tron")

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  21. Today I learned that in Falcon BMS, there is a volume knob in the cockpit for AI Comms only, will be helpful when you want IVC Comms to be louder than AI comms traffic.  Dash-1 BMS Manual, page 24
    check it out:
    bms-dash-1-page-24-AI-comms-volume-TIL.jpg

  22. POLL Falcon BMS - Do you extract MFD's?

    Falcon BMS Poll - Do you use external MFD's? (or any extraction of MFD's) vote here:
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    https://www.benchmarksims.org/forum/showthread.php?34635-IMPORTANT-MFD-extract

  23. The Different between Soccer and American Football :tatice_03:

    1. .Blizzard.

      .Blizzard.

      Damn it that s exactly why i don t watch football (soccer) TOOO MUCH DRAMA FOR NOTHING :huh:

    2. Sausag3

      Sausag3

      And that's why I love American Football...

      Man up and take a hit... Love it unlike them clapped soccer twats :D

    3. WCCBadploy

      WCCBadploy

      Takes a lot of mental acuity to fake those dives. Probably the concusussive head trauma slows down thinking in a similar fashion.

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