The Dude

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The Dude last won the day on March 12 2016

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  1. Nothing more frustrating than a flaky internet connection. Well, there are a few other flaky conditions that might be rather frustrating, but you know what I mean.
  2. Went to upgrade the forum software tonight, and well ... let's just say it didn't go well. Normally, it goes without a hitch, but it crashed hard mid-way through the upgrade. I put a ticket into the folks at Invision Power---the folks who host our forum software---and got ready to turn in for the night. Before I turned in, I sent an email to Donster about the problem and told him I'd update him on the situation when I got up in the morning. As I was about to turn off my PC, I thought I'd check the forum one last time ... but lo and behold, it was back online. From crash to fix was about 10 minutes. We hear a lot of support horror stories on social media these days, so I thought I'd go against the trend and post a thank you to Rhett at Invision who got things back online for us so quickly.
  3. Morning. Happy Friday. High probability of beers later in the afternoon, followed by one or more thin crust bacon and cheese pizzas.
  4. Flew IL-2 Pacific Fighters regularly from its pre-release beta up until the latest Cliffs of Dover came out, as well have been playing ArmA steadily since its initial release. Lately, haven't been flying IL-2 at all, just running and gunning in ArmA3. Mind you, I do fly helicopters in that, so I haven't hung up my HOTAS just yet. The only genre slutting around I've been doing lately was play the Myst series followup called Obduction. I enjoyed it
  5. Well I'll be a sumbitch. I too live in Calgary. All my life, in fact. My dog was rescued from the Stony Reserve on the way to Banff. I work at Mount Royal University, so if you ever want to drop by for a coffee and jaw about classic combat sims, let me know
  6. Hey Force10, Welcome back, even if it's just to say "Hi". Things are pretty quiet around here, but the few who are here are mostly long timers from back in the day. Donster does the news on the main CSIM site and posts regularly here in the forum. Stan's replies to every post, mostly, which is nice. Old Guy, CobraJ, Rommel, and a few of the other old guard make appearances now and then. What have you been up to all these years? Still simming, or have you moved onto other genres of games?
  7. Very sorry for your loss of your Shepherd / Husky. As a dog owner (with no kids) I know how hard that is. First Nation reserve, you say? Your accent is definitely British-y, but do you live in Canada by chance? My dog is a "rescue" from a First Nation's reserve here in Alberta.
  8. CobraJ, I don't have Facebook, but I'll PM him just to let him know that we were talking about him. With luck, we can convince him to share some of those photos here
  9. I'll never forget his voice of "Proteus IV" in the amazing sci-fi movie Demon Seed. RIP, Mr. Vaughn.
  10. As is my custom on Remembrance Day, I'd like to share with you Lt. Col. John McCrae's timeless poem In Flanders Fields. In Flanders fields the poppies grow Between the crosses, row on row, That mark our place; and in the sky The larks, still bravely singing, fly Scarce heard amid the guns below. We are the Dead. Short days ago We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow, Loved and were loved, and now we lie In Flanders fields. Take up our quarrel with the foe: To you from failing hands we throw The torch; be yours to hold it high. If ye break faith with us who die We shall not sleep, though poppies grow In Flanders fields. --- Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae Flanders Region, Belgium May 3, 1915 As well, I would also like to share what is called the Ode of Remembrance ... They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old: Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn. At the going down of the sun and in the morning, We will remember them. --- (from "For the Fallen" by Laurence Binyon) Lest we forget.
  11. Ikrananka, Well done, sir! I only skimmed through two of your videos, but was thoroughly impressed. Extremely comprehensive and detailed. I chuckled when you overlayed your taxi and take-off video with the note that viewers should always use a checklist since you had forgotten to extend your flaps before take-off. If I'm not mistaken, the B-17's complexity was the genesis of the very first aircraft checklist for this very problem ... now, that's simulation at its best! LOL. BTW, is that your German Shepherd dog in the first video? Quite a beautiful dog, if it is. Keep up the good work
  12. I absolutely love this video of Frank Stippler racing his MASERATI 250F "PICCOLO" at Monaco's Historic Grand Prix of 2014. The sound of the engine through the gear changes is bloody marvellous, and the way Stippler has to fight the oversteer in every corner is something to behold. Today's Formula 1, with their computerized everything in the cars, has lost the plot, I fear. If only we could go back to this "form factor" but with added safety for the drivers, eh? Take this basic design, but with a carbon fiber monocoque survival cell and impact-resistant fuel bladders and let them race! Yes, you can now punch my old fart's "Let's go back to the good ol' days" card. HAHA!
  13. Hi, there, Doug!

    Just a heads-up to give my new phone number and address for the record.

    4500 Tippwood Way......Sacramento.....California.......95842