The Little Wheel Goes in Back

Musings on simulated things, now being of the large and extremely heavy variety.

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    Mother, What a Day!

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    Whew! What a weekend! Not only was it Mother’s Day on Sunday but the Internet was alive with buzz about FSX thanks to the crew’s great work at E3. This year marked a mini-milestone in maternal celebration. Out daughter is now old enough that she...
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    Well, doctor, I see a...

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    UPDATE : Thanks to Tom Gibson for finding the "lost" trailer video on the MS download site . Enjoy! With E3 in full swing news about the upcoming Flight Simulator X release is starting to filter out of L.A. And by "filter" I do mean it. Like patients...
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    Now for a Real Post

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    I find myself with a few spare moments in between dinner pre-prep and serving while my daughter runs down her batteries a bit more. She got a corn dog, peas and strawberries for dinner. For Jackie and I it's grilled salmon with pine nut and lemon relish...
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    This post is for Arlei

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    The title says it all...
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    Do You Believe It?!

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    Phew! Two-plus weeks without a post. I must have been busy! I suppose I was, since I can't remember much about what's happened recently. I know it has something to do with Flight Simulator, a code editor, a compiler, and a debugger. Oh, yeah! That's right...
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    Champagne, Raspberries and Bacon

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    That's what was on the appetizer menu Friday night after work. I had bought the champagne for my wife ( the interior designer ) to celebrate the completion of a massive design plan for one of her clients. The plan was for 7 rooms in their home and she...
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    Dont Jump!

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    Just wait for the plastic elevator thingy. Check out the video here: http://www.escaperescue.com/work/ .
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    The Infection Spreads

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    You must already know that our lead game designer is now blogging, but if not... http://blogs.technet.com/p-12c_pilot/default.aspx
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    Try This: "Glance" View in Flight Sim

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    A recent thread on the AvSim FSX forum generated this idea from Todd_Barker (a.k.a. "Todd Barker"): How about adding a "head turning" effect that doesnt "snap" the view but rapidly turns the view and then back, similar to how most of the racing...
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    Don't Assume

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    I spent the good portion of today back in Seattle at the global sales and marketing meeting . Today I helped out by demoing a Flight Sim mission but the day did not start out very smoothly. Yesterday, in order to be on stage for the FSX demo (the demo...
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    Life's Simple Pleasures

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    I've always been a big fan of simple elegance, perhaps more so now that I'm hitting middle-age. I was sitting in the ballroom of the Seattle Westin this morning, waiting for my cue for the FSX demo when I noticed the mass of cables from the A/V setup...
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    A DICE-y Speach

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    The D.I.C.E. conference was held last week in Las Vegas. Aimed primarily at game designers, this is where folks in the game industry gather to talk shop and hear the latest buzz. Peter Moore, Microsoft's Corporate VP of Interactive Entertainment (I think...
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    START Me Up

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    So, once again I find myself waiting around to prepare for a demo. This time it's the global sales and marketing meeting for Microsoft's consumer division, of with games is a part. It's called START, for what reason I do not know. The origin of the name...
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    The Myth of "It Should Be Simple"

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    I've spent a lot of time over the past few years reading forum posts and submissions to tell_fs@microsoft.com . One thing that consistently catches my attention is the assertion that whatever is being requested "should be simple" to do. I considered providing...
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    Quote of the Day

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    Killing time this morning I came across and article in Joystiq on continued rumors of Sony's plans for a competitor to the Xbox Live on-line service. Browsing the comments at the end of the article, this one from "Derbeste" made me laugh: This statement...
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    Your Daily Dose of Inspiration

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    A blurb in today's AvWeb newsletter pointed me to the blog of Carlana Stone , reportedly "the first female paraplegic in the United States" to solo a single-engine aircraft. Have a look if your faith in the human spirit needs a boost.
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    It's Here! It's Here!

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    And, no, it's not the new phonebook . It's my Kraft Foods gamepad and it arrived in the mail today. I only had time to plug it in to see if Windows recognized it. Sure enough, it shows up in Control Panel as "USB Joystick" (how original). The Properties...
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    Dr. Who? Exactly.

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    I noticed today on Engadget that BT is using Tom Baker's voice (of Dr. Who fame) for their text-to-speech system. Based on the few stats mentioned it sounds like they use a method similar to what we do for ATC in Flight Sim. I wonder if he's interested...
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    Where Am I?

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    A thread on FlightSim.com’s FSX forum caught my attention recently. In short the person was frustrated that when you drift off the runway while using ATC in FS2004 you get told to “contact ground”. In this user’s case he was doing pattern work and likely...
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    Think You Can Do Better?

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    When cruising the on-line boards (see the left nav pane) looking for feedback on Flight Sim some of the most interersting posts are those by people who consider themselves an authority on the game, game development in general, DirectX, hardware, etc....
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    Talk About the Weather

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    Yeah, lets! I wore my sunglasses this afternoon for the first time in a long time . That's a good thing since my car has a cracked, leaky windshield. When I got back from CES I had an inch of water under the dash. Blah. A lot of other folks, like those...
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    How to Write a Feature Request

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    Phew! I had planned to write this when I got home but saw there was a crisis brewing over the DirectX 9/10 paradox. Now that that's out of the way ... The announcement of Flight Simulator X has spurred a flood of forum posts (like those at FlightSim...
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    DirectX Take...er...Whatever...

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    It seems that the DX9/DX10/Vista issue is still causing much angst and confusion among the FlightSim devotees . I (and others) have attempted to explain the issues but with somewhat limited success. Well, I'll add one last word to all this (for now),...
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    See You in Detroit!

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    'nuf said...
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    Game Time

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    Well, unless Denver gets their butts in gear it looks like whoever wins the late game will be playing Pittsburgh in the Super Bowl. Of course, we're ready to root for the 'hawks. I've got my chunky beef chili on the stove and will whip up an order of...
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