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  1. Welcome to the VG Army! :drinks: 

  2. Wot I been up to:

    Crafting the new VG Wiki using our database forms system, to allow any old joe with little to no editing experience to create or edit great looking Wiki pages in a very VG themed style.  All entries feature an automated Contents menu linking to any section with content, little 'edit' buttons next to any section that open the editor and jump to the part of the form containing that content, a Summary Box panel that sizes automatically with content (up to a certain min/max width), and up to 64 sections with optional inset image panel (with subtitle) which uses simple logic to stagger left/right on odd/even numbered sections.

    Once the form/system is set, I'll be able to create additional categories, and even category-specific fields such as a standardized format for the Summary Box on a per subject/topic basis.  Permissions can be set separately for who can create new pages/entries, or who can edit, so we can create a roadmap of 'stub' entries that can be filled in by users of specific group(s) that we dictate (such as Jr. Officers and higher only, etc.).

    This is also being used to learn about custom CSS and HTML, and IPS logic, as it pertains to in-page links that jump around the same page (such as the proposed 'Back to Top' button for this website, globally).  Like, I thought I knew a little about HTML and certain tags/properties like <a> and <div>, but this project has had me diving in much deeper requiring me to create my own custom <div> classes.  The little white square brackets around the in-page links like [edit] are custom CSS added before and after the parent class, and ended up looking a lot more concise than three <span>'s in a row all with their own style dictated any time they were used.

    the difference being:

    <div class="vg-wiki-edit-link"><a href="./?do=edit&#subsection-{$vg_wiki_section}"><span>edit</span></a></div>

    instead of this ugly mess:

    <a target="_self" href="./?do=edit&#subsection-{$vg_wiki_section}"><span style="color:#bababa;font-size:12px;">[</span> <span style="color:#dba901;margin:2px;font-size:10px;font-weight:bold;">edit</span> <span style="color:#bababa;font-size:12px;margin-right:15px;">]</span></a>


    Got some pics - first is day 1 proof of concept, then day 2, then day 3... coming right along, a lot of the work now is in the system/editor as opposed to the front end "look" of the Wiki pages:
    (*images and text, and subsection titles etc. are placeholders for visualization purposes, of course)

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    2. =VG= SemlerPDX

      =VG= SemlerPDX

      @=VG= Fastjack The text content size and exact picture placement is skewed for the example images, since it's very hard to take a screenshot of a tall webpage without zooming out a bit.  The inset images stagger left and right for odd/even numbered sections, so if something had 5 sections, and each one used the image inset option, the first would be on left, next on the right, and so on... A user could skip a section and that would appear to have it's image also on the left or right (same as the section above) if they wanted, too.  The number of the content item and the section is actually irrelevant. If you added content to sub-section 1 and also sub-section 42, they would appear in the end as #1 and #2 in the Table of Contents (just not in the editor view).

      Blogs are a different system, so, no there is no way to directly apply these customized HTML/CSS form elements that I made for the VG Wiki to the current Blogs system.  Those are essentially blank pages, and you can use your own creativity to achieve nearly the same results using bbcode and editor tools.  There will be a few more buttons for the Editor (seen in all posting, the bar of tools when you write posts or replies like this) as well, so that may help to make things look more personalized when desired.

      You already can put pictures or banners in the same style (probably not with a box and subtitle, unless bbcode supports that), with text flowing around an inline image instead of being bumped down to the next paragraph line.

      Also, the pictures #1, #2, and #3 are not different options, they are the evolution of my progress crafting this system (from my first day, through the third day, and look better in that order as I added/fixed elements). ;)


    3. =VG= SemlerPDX

      =VG= SemlerPDX

      FTR, this is what that #3 style sample looks like on my 24" 1080p monitor:


    4. =VG= SemlerPDX

      =VG= SemlerPDX

      blurbs all day ... now it's bedtime... these are pretty cool - I built in lots of options... shape, size, position, slant, color, border color...

      And that body of text is a div below the top three blurbs, very cool custom container magic :wizard:




  3. Love the garden pic on your profile!  I've been growing for around 15 years, indoors and 'drain-to-waste' hydroponics.  Last spring my crop went to hell when aphids invaded and evaded entire battalions of ladybugs I released to eat them.  One plant was completely ignored by the ladybugs, it was very frustrating.  Haven't fired up the grow room for a crop since, but I better get started soon cuz it's $150 an oz. at the shops, and lower quality that my grows.

    Last best grow was Spring 2019 - pics if you're interested:  https://imgur.com/gallery/K6UIMSP


  4. Happy Birthday to you!! :birthday-dancer:

  5. Happy Birthday!! :happy-birthday:

    (chat box seems screwed up)

  6. fucking steam... seriously...

    1. =VG= I3RY4N

      =VG= I3RY4N

      Just a little FYI. If you didnt know it already, some games have to "unzip" their files to patch and then "re-zip" it just to keep a low footprint on your hard drive. And that process can take a while. Steam doesnt really have a way to accurately predict how long that will take.

      If you have a look at your drives while it patches like that you'll notice that the drive with the game on it will have bloated quite a bit.

    2. =VG= Inch

      =VG= Inch

      The fact that it says 'more than 1 year', really amuses me.


      - Says the guy who had potato PC :P

  7. Welcome back! Hope life is treating you a little better!  I know it's a shit time for everyone, but you know what I mean. :hi: 

    1. Jersans


      Aye I do. Thanks for being a friend. 

    2. =VG= SemlerPDX

      =VG= SemlerPDX

      FYI -- as I stated in your post, once  you've been around for awhile again, and management here is sure you are ready for a PR Admin role again, you will be restored to that group here on the website and in game, so again, don't feel bad about this little detail.  Thank you for understanding!!


  8. **NOT Banned -- Simply restricted from actions on this website until we can talk in TeamSpeak about what happened to the website.  Thanks for understanding, brother!  We're all pretty concerned!  Hope everything is okay!

  9. Almost done with my voice control profile framework for VoiceAttack, and the next version of AVCS4 BMS Immersive Voice Control Radios -- finishing up work on the semi-automated debugging and bug reporting system - a bit behind schedule, but pushing hard to get this into a public beta test soon:
    imgur linky

    1. =VG= BLuDKLoT
    2. =VG= Kavelenko

      =VG= Kavelenko

      Freakin awesome news Sem.

    3. Ereen


      Congrats sem.
      You must feel awesome, you've been working on this for a long time, hope there is no bugs or dumb things happen. anyway Good luck with the launch! :)

  10. History of Falcon Modifications - link for a friend:

    Falcon 4 history.svg

  11. Been doing some extreme overclocking today with my new nVidia ASUS ROG STRIX RTX 2070 Super - for the last 14 hours or so.... :Alvarin_33: 

    I set a number of 1st place Overclocking records in 3DMark in my class:  i5-4690K / RTX 2070 Super -- including a 3rd place ranking in FireStrike against i5-4690K's OC's to the super extreme of 4.4-4.7GHZ!!  I can only get mine at 4.3GHz even without overclocking my RAM, so I run 4.3GHz on my CPU and OC RAM @ 2133MHz (4x4GB)

    I was able to get stable at a GPU OC @ 2130MHz and VRAM OC @ 2000MHz (16GHz total across all 8x1GB GDDR6!)

    It seems I won't hold all those first places for long, though, guys like Raymanauto77 could knock me out with CPU alone... lol. Cheers, Ray! Love your CPU!

    I was super proud to place 43rd IN THE WORLD and 12th place in USA for Time Spy Extreme in the same class (i5-4690K) against ALL GRAPHICS CARDS and was also cool to place just inside the top 100 in the USA for a Port Royal and Time Spy (v1.1) each at 94th place.  Super fun to be able to swing around this card in it's extreme levels, took a ton of testing and work, will have to post up some pics in a blog post or something later.  The Turing GPU has some quirks and an overclocking guide with my experiences using this Super version card might be cool to have around.

    For now, after a full day of this, it's time to call it a day.  Pics to come.  Fun fun!

    WOO HOO! :wizard:

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    3. =VG= SemlerPDX

      =VG= SemlerPDX

      @STRONTIUM_DOG Yea, my computer boots through two SSD's in RAID-0, and I have another 500GB SSD for programs and games.  Can't fit everything, though - the new Red Dead Redemption 2 is about 115GB installed.  Yea.  Fuck that.  It went on my 4TB HDD.  Load times suffer, but that is all.



      Booting up with 2 SSD's in RAID-0 no parity needed : ) nice,,, so i guess the SSDs are now stable after 100000s of complaints and toothache ahaha 

      I took a brake form the SSD world after blanking out  once a week, you have inspired me for my next build.

      i'm staying with the good old 500gb HDDs for the closet  storage, as there 10$ and spin up is faster TBs are like playing  Frisbee with a kid lol  

      As soon as i get back to civilization i will be onto you for a list of shit that don't burn  : )



  12. Rewatched this one for Halloween - funny as hell

  13. YAAARRRRRRRR!!!!! :biggrin:


    ...yar. :Alvarin_07:

  14. In Portland, Oregon, where Darth Vader rides a unicycle while wearing a kilt and playing bag pipes that shoot fire around the Skidmore district, we have a saying, "Keep Portland Weird"

    .... So this just happened, an official local brew from Portland Brewing:

    1. =VG= Fastjack

      =VG= Fastjack

      About 2nd pic …… few seconds later forklift came around the corner and SMMAAATTCCHHHEEEDDDD mr. unipiper!!!!

    2. =VG= SemlerPDX

      =VG= SemlerPDX

       :tatice_03:  ....and then a few seconds later, "Portland Brewing announces it's newest beer:  Smashed Unipiper with Bits of Forklift IPA"

    3. =VG= Fastjack

      =VG= Fastjack

       You know i came from the logistic buisness  warehouses etc.

      When i see your fucking american type pallets … pure hate.

      With the standard warehouse equipment like forklift, reachtruck or slipsheet it's to shitty to handle.


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


    1. =VG= 22..12

      =VG= 22..12

      man rlly I can't watch stuff like this my brain will shutdown because now I dont have space need a new hard drive for my brain :)

    2. =VG= SemlerPDX
    3. =VG= Inch

      =VG= Inch

      P R A I S E    T H E     S U N     ! ! ! ! ! ! :D


  16. 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".


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

     "and the home of the brave."

  18. 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.


    1. =VG= Vanillapop

      =VG= Vanillapop

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

  19. 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.


  20. 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 )



      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 :)

  21. 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.


    1. 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
  22. 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



  23. 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
    2. =VG= Sausag3

      =VG= 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!


  24. 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


      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.

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