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  2. Stans

    Monday

    The wind blew and it poured rain just before 3PM. Now expecting thunderstorms, possibly severe, around 9PM.
  3. cobraj

    Monday

    Cold rain Monday blah! But 3:16 and I am home!
  4. Donster

    Monday

    Morning all. 42F under cloudy skies. Received 1 3/4 inches of rain yesterday. Some light showers this morning, ending by noon. Windy this morning, wind will wind down early afternoon. High of 51F. Tonight, clear sky and light wind with a low of 32F.
  5. RCA Victor Ad - October 1943 1939: U-boats sink four more British ships. *Diana Lewis 1942: Germans capture two more streets in Stalingrad with severe losses. The last German offensive in the Caucasus begins. 1942: Montgomery switches the attack to the North. Rommel breaks off his sick leave to take charge of the critical situation in which the axis forces now find themselves. Diana Lewis - YANK Pin-up Girl - 4 Aug 1944 "Down Under Edition" 1943: The Japanese open the infamous Burma to Siam railway, which was built with forced British and commonwealth POW labor. Diana Lewis 1944: Russians troops take the German base of Kirkenes in Norway. Diana Lewis 1944: The Red Army completes its capture of Transylvania in northwestern Romania. 1944: The Japanese are defeated in the Battle of Leyte Gulf, the world's largest sea engagement. From this point on, the depleted Japanese Navy increasingly resorts to the suicidal attacks of Kamikaze fighters. By the end of the war, Japan will have sent an estimated 2,257 aircraft. "The only weapon I feared in the war," Adm. Halsey will say later. Diana Lewis *Diana Lewis was born on September 18, 1919 in Asbury Park, New Jersey. Lewis began her film career in "All the King's Horses" (1934) and worked steadily over the next few years, usually in minor roles. Her more notable films include "It's a Gift" (1934), "Gold Diggers in Paris" (1938), "Go West" (1940) and "Johnny Eager" (1942). She was the love interest of Andy Hardy as Daphne Fowler in "Andy Hardy Meets Debutante" (1940). She met the actor William Powell in 1940, married after a courtship of three weeks and retired from acting in 1943. The couple remained together until Powell's death in 1984. Lewis was an active supporter of women's golf and the LPGA. The LPGA's William and Mousie Powell Award is named in honor of the Powells. Lewis died from pancreatic cancer on January 18, 1997 in Rancho Mirage, California, aged 77, and was interred at Cathedral City's Desert Memorial Park in Riverside County, California, alongside Powell, and her stepson, William David Powell. TRIVIA: Height: 5' 1/2" (1.56 m) Nickname: Mousie Sister of actress Maxine Lewis and composer J.C. Lewis. William Powell and Diana knew each other for only a few weeks when they eloped. He had previously been married to Carole Lombard and engaged to Jean Harlow at the time of her sudden death. Diana's best friend was Carole Landis. Diana gave Carole a gold cross in 1938 that she wore for the rest of her life, and was buried wearing. RCA Victor Ad - October 1944
  6. Stans

    Monday

    Morning y'all, partly cloudy skies, 60F, and 86% humidity. Today's forecast calls for cloudy skies, a high of 77F, and a 50% chance of late afternoon rain showers. Tonight, a 90% chance of showers and thunderstorms through 2AM tomorrow, then partly cloudy skies and a low of 55F.
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  8. Donster

    Sunday

    Morning all. 40F with light rain. Rain and storms with some heavy totals possible with gusty winds. High of 47F.
  9. Studebaker Ad - October 1943 1938: In a move that increases tensions between the United States and Japan, the USS President Coolidge is forced to unload nearly $3 million worth of gold and silver before it is allowed to leave the Japanese controlled port of Shanghai. *Elyse Knox 1940: British Summer Time to be continued throughout winter.1940: Hitler meets Petain at Montoire, which leads 'to agreement in principle of collaboration', but Petain rejects the idea of a Franco-German military alliance. Elyse Knox - YANK Pin Up Girl October 20th, 1944 Issue 1941: Army Group South takes Kharkov and Belgorod. 1942: U-boat control in France creates wolfpack 'Battleaxe'. This will operate in the North Atlantic until it is disbanded on the 1st November 1942 and will include at one time or another U-134, U-203, U-409, U-509, U-510, U-572, U-604 and U-659.1942: The land battle begins in earnest around Henderson Field, with the elite Japanese 2nd Division being wiped out. Studebaker Ad - October 1944 1943: An E-boat attack on a convoy off the Norfolk coast result in four E-boats being sunk and one British trawler.1943: The Red Army achieves a breakthrough on the Dnieper river and captures Melitopol. Elyse Knox 1944: The aircraft carrier USS Princeton is sunk by a single Japanese plane during the Battle of Leyte Gulf. Elyse Knox 1945: Vidkun Quisling, Norway's wartime minister president, is executed by firing squad for collaboration with the Nazis.1945: The United Nations formally comes into being with twenty-nine ratifications having been received. Elyse Knox *Born Elsie Lillian Kornbrath to Frederick and Elizabeth Kornbrath on December 14, 1917 in Hartford, Connecticut, she is not the daughter of U.S. Secretary of the Navy Frank Knox, despite many modern sources suggesting she is. She studied at the Traphagen School of Fashion in Manhattan then embarked on a career in fashion design. Her good looks enabled her to model some of her own creations for Vogue magazine that led to a contract offer from Twentieth Century Fox film studio in 1937. Knox performed mainly in minor or secondary roles until 1942 when she had a leading role with Lon Chaney, Jr. in "The Mummy's Tomb", one of the series of Mummy horror films made by Universal Studios. Knox appeared as herself in the Universal Studios 1944 production "Follow the Boys," one of the World War II morale-booster films made for both the soldiers serving overseas as well as civilians at home. Knox also was a pin up girl during the War, appearing in such magazines as YANK, a weekly put out by the United States Military. Elyse Knox In late 1945, she was signed by Monogram Pictures to portray Anne Howe, the love interest of fictional boxer Joe Palooka in "Joe Palooka, Champ". Based on the very popular comic strip, the instant success of the May 1946 film led to Elyse Knox appearing in another five Joe Palooka productions. After acting in thirty-nine films, Elyse Knox retired in 1949 following her performance in the musical film "There's a Girl in My Heart". Knox continued to do modeling work for print ads and while appearing on the Bing Crosby radio show she met football star Tom Harmon. They became engaged, but broke up when Harmon entered the U.S. Army Air Corps in 1942. That year, Knox married fashion photographer Paul Hesse, who had shot many of her print ads and magazine covers. The marriage was brief. Following her divorce and Tom Harmon's return from World War II (during which he survived two plane crashes and being lost in the jungle), she and Harmon married in 1944. Knox's wedding dress was made from silk from the parachute Harmon used when bailing out of his crippled plane. The couple remained together until his death in 1990. They had three children, Kristin (b.1945), an actress and painter who at seventeen married recording artist Ricky Nelson and had Tracy, twins Gunnar and Matthew, and son Sam; Kelly (b. 1948), who modeled and also acted in film and television (TJ Hooker) and was once married to automaker John DeLorean; and Mark (b.1951), film and television actor who starred in films such as "The Presidio" and the current TV show "NCIS". Elyse Knox died on February 16, 2012 at her home in Los Angeles at age 94. TRIVIA: Measurements: 34D-24-35 Brown - light eyes and Blonde hair. She it the Mother-in-law of actress Pam Dawber. Besides being married to a football star, Tom Harmon, her brother, Ron Knox, played quarterback for the Chicago Bears, and her son, Mark Harmon, was a star quarterback at UCLA. Studebaker Ad - October 1945
  10. Stans

    Saturday

    Photogrammetry based scenery is the big selling point of MSFS. Unfortunately, the algorithm for generic 3D structures to go along with areas that are not highly detailed is not always accurate or even close, much like FSX's autogen. High rise office building smack in the middle of a single family residential area... ehhhhh... wrong. Can't expect flight sims to be perfect and I don't expect them to be perfect, but there seem to be a lot of MSFS users who are disappointed in the shortcomings of this sim. I've invested much money and a whole lot of time into FSX, I'll be in FSX for a while longer, flying to and from various add-on scenery airports, especially those in the Bahamas. There are people and cargo to be transported.
  11. Stans

    Sunday

    And now it's raining. Good forecasting.
  12. mikew

    Saturday

    In the areas that M$ has mapped in great detail, MSFS is absolutely stunning. It's not much use for people like me that just want to do frivolous things like fly under bridges though. In FS2000, I used to take off from London Heathrow in the 737, follow the twists and turns of the river Thames and fly though Tower Bridge. After that, land at London City Airport that isn't designed for 737s. That takes a fair bit of airmanship, but FS2020 treats bridges as solid objects, so can't even fly through Tower Bridge in a Cessna172. I could never fly though the bridge in the 777 although according to Wikipedia, the 777's wingspan is an inch less than the gap between the towers, although I realize now that I might have ignored the height of the tail. Unfortunately, no footage exists of the incident in 1968 when an RAF pilot flew a Hawker Hunter through it... Anyway, here's the tune.
  13. Stans

    Sunday

    Morning y'all, mostly cloudy skies, 54F, and 84% humidity. Today's forecast calls for thinning clouds this morning, then sunshine this afternoon and a high of 75F. Tonight, increasing cloudiness starting before midnight, overcast skies early tomorrow morning, and a low of 57F.
  14. Stans

    Saturday

    You got that right! I'm holding off on MSFS for now. I read about it on a couple of flight sim forums. After one year it is still full of bugs and is not as technical as FSX. I like having fairly realistic AI flights around me, real-time weather, and a functioning ATC that can provide me with VFR, flight following, or IFR flight direction. All of this was promised by ASOBO, but I get the feeling that M$ is steering it into the X-box market, which is not where the more hardcore flight simmers will go. That saddens me.
  15. mikew

    Saturday

    I have MSFS2020, but haven't started it up since just after it came out. Apparently it supports VR now, so I should give it another go I suppose. It takes ages to start up though. That was also the problem with XPlane10 that I loaded up with hi-res terrain, then took like 5 minutes to get going. Software is utter crap these days and has completely negated the hardware advances over the last 20 years or so. Far too much waiting...
  16. Stans

    Saturday

    Wow! Your terrain is torn worse than the first release version of FSX. Speaking of, flying is why I bought this craptacular computer. My old Windows XP machine just was not capable of keeping up with a flight sim loaded with custom scenery, AI traffic, live weather, and detailed aircraft. So I bought this so I could continue with
  17. mikew

    Saturday

    I don't do anything requiring huge CPU performance these days, so haven't bought a 'big box' PC for 5 years or so. I get a lot of terrain tearing in things like this though..
  18. cobraj

    Saturday

    Afternoon all, nice fall day. Yard sales yardwork. Cleaned up my from porch getting ready for winter. So far been pretty nice out!
  19. Stans

    Saturday

    I used to be a die hard air cooler guy, thinking now that air coolers, although slightly less effective at CPU cooling, are a whole lot less troublesome. AIO's do have the potential for better cooling and less noise... until they leak and rain coolant on the video card.
  20. mikew

    Saturday

    AIO=Water cooling? I've never been down that road...
  21. Stans

    Saturday

    Not going to change the AIO, I'll either live with the noise or try the fan headers on the motherboard.
  22. One of my grandfathers served in the Pacific, he did mention being strafed by Japanese aircraft. He really did not talk much about his combat experiences.
  23. mikew

    Saturday

    That blows... 36°F and sunny Not much of this right now...
  24. My uncle Gene was in the Battle of Leyte Gulf, on board the USS Suwannee escort carrier. They were struck twice by Japanese aircraft, the first hit was during the first deliberate kamikaze attack of the war. The second attack came a day later.
  25. Donster

    Saturday

    Looks like the other option, which is an expense, is to replace the EVGA AIO with a different brand. Damn frustrating. I have a Corsair AIO, but the software just shows the temps, fan speeds and memory settings. Just monitoring software, can't control fan speeds. Now my AIO is 6 years old, so the newest software may be better and allow fan manipulation.
  26. Stans

    Saturday

    Asus ROG motherboard, it does have a CPU fan header and the BIOS does feature a somewhat limited fan speed curve. From what I am reading, using the motherboard header is the best bet unless I want to listen to a case that is every bit as loud as my old Antec 900 with an air CPU cooler.
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