Cactus521

When you do not sim?

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Do you get withdrawal symptoms?  I do, especially since I have three air sims (Xplane11, P3DV4, Wings of Prey).  I get myself stuck deciding which to fly, which can be tough, because I love all three for what each does well.  Sleep is the worst time because I crave waking up.  Only problem I have is computing in general tires my eyes, which is what caused me to get reading glasses, when I was working for my old company Cyntergy and taking training classed for my Unix and Holiday Inn property management system certifications back in '93.  I went into the class seeing well then had to buy emergency reading classes to take the final cert exams, which were both written and verbal, everything became a blur to me close up. 

So I only sim for an hour or two every other day or every few days, sadly because I want to more.  The signs of growing old.  That's why I found flying in real life easier, not only do you have a wider and more realistic field of view, you are far enough back from the instruments to see them clearly, even in chop.  I did not like LCD gauges though because they would get washed out in the sun in the bubble canopy light sport aircraft.  Always preferred steam gauges since my CFI remarked I had simmed so much I knew them at a split second glance and had all the info I need.  The hardest part was flying the high revving Rotax 912 which cruised above 5000 rpm.  It was unnerving to me to see an engine rev that high, thinking of the wear and tear it must go thru, same with the high revving two strokes on some fixed wing I flew and trikes.

John

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Due to my advancing years I have to wear glasses all the time, but one of the things I did was to get a pair of VDU glasses from my optician best thing I ever did, have been using them now for over 15 years when on my PC and my Eyesite has note detreated.   

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Back between the years of ‘05 to ‘13 almost a day didn’t go by where I wasn’t flying the sim. In the last few years I’ve take on more hobbies or gotten more serious about them which has taken more of my free time away.

For example, I’ve always been a golfer and played every weekend but that didn’t take much sim time away, but a few years ago I took up running and then got into competition with it. Now, most nights I’m running usually between 8-10pm getting ready for upcoming races. Prior to the run is relax time after work and dinner with the wife. After the run is another meal, foam rolling and ice which occupies another hour or so. By then there’s not much time or energy left to fly since I need to go to bed.

The other thing is, I moved a few years ago into a two story loft with the sim rig being in the upstairs loft. Sometimes I just don’t feel like going up there since I feel more isolated and can’t see the tv while flying. I know I could add a tv in that space also but haven’t yet.

In a way I feel ok about not simming as much since I felt it was like I was wasting too much time that wasn’t really accomplishing anything or bettering my life like my other hobbies do. My wife is pretty supportive of anything I do, but even she thought I was wasting too much time simming years ago. She’s happier now that I’m out running or training rather than sitting at a computer. You know the saying “happy wife, happy life”.

There are times when the urge grabs me for a few days and I’ll fly all over the place before I hang it up for a few weeks. Or, if I’m going out of the country or just got back, I like to replicate the flights, as a lot of us do.

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I've been simming for 20 years this year.  I have found myself generally taking breaks about every six months for up to a month (although the longest was one year about 6 years ago).  During those break periods I often find myself trying other sims/games etc, but nothing ever sticks.  I always find myself coming back to flightsim.

I manage to balance the sedentary nature geeking out on flightsimming with running and mountain biking (until i broke my shoulder).  Then, when I had every excuse to flightsim all the time, I couldn't lift my right arm to move the throttles.  Every take-off was a painful event.😯

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I always have ups and downs when it comes to flight simming. If I have a new plane to master I might fly everyday (and sometimes a few times a day) but if I am just flying around using addons I know by heart already I might fly once a week. You might say that I fly whenever I feel like it. As it is now I fly once or twice a week: if I fly more often I'll get bored because there is nothing new to learn right now. But after a week at most I just HAVE to do another flight or I'll start missing it too much. In the far away past, let's say before 2006 or so, I could stop flying for months, up to a year, but I can't imagine that happening ever again. Flight simming has become a part of me by now.

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Because of my job, I can easily go five weeks without running the simulator. Then I wind up having to figure out where I want to fly when I do get home since I also stream my flights.

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I am retired.  I live, therefore I sim. Once each day 7 days a week in 2-4 hour chunks, except if I'm not in the house. Then I scour the internet on my laptop for simming stuff to buy.

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20 minutes ago, vp49p3 said:

I am retired.  I live, therefore I sim. Once each day 7 days a week in 2-4 hour chunks, except if I'm not in the house. Then I scour the internet on my laptop for simming stuff to buy.

I am always on the lookout for some new aircraft to add to either Xplane or P3D, I usually buy one every pay day, but not all the time, depends on whether new aircraft are released.  For instance I am eagerly awaiting the Carenado Falcon or Embraer and will buy whichever comes first.  I especially look for Microlights and Ultralights but they are hard to find, thank goodness Xplane has had several good ones, including its default Aerolight 103, freeware powered parachute, and payware trikes.  They are fun to fly over autogen and do "treetop trimming", lol.  Especially fun is flying the paraglider and dragging my virtual feeCt thru the tree tops at 20 knots.

Since I have a sleep disability I sim every other day, I have CFS (Chronic Fatigue Syndrome), came out of being a road warrior and traveling in foreign countries.   Annoying at such an early age, there are some days I just cannot get out of bed and thus I can no longer work.  On days when I can stay awake I am at the computer all day long, simming, web and forum browsing, twittering the President on domestic and foreign issues, and staying connected with former IT colleagues.  I just reconnected with a former colleague today, a man I mentored who went on to develop China's international hotel industry from the mid 90's onward, then he returned to the US.  He was astonished I found him on LinkedIn, we have been looking for each other, he knew my parents and my ex wife and I knew his wife, and escorted him and a friend on a Napa Valley Tour in 1993 when he flew in from the East Coast to see me.  Since we were road warriors on our few days off we would station ourselves either with family or in various parts of the country, since our company would fly us to our clients from wherever we might be at a moment's notice.

John

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I don't sim when I'm...

  • Learning  new I.T. skills
  • Wargaming (Napoleonic/WW2/Ancient/ACW/Pike & Shot/Sengoku)
  • Playing chess
  • Learning to play the drums
  • Fighting the good fight in the Fallout universe
  • Wondering why I have far too many hobbies...
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When I don't sim, I:

  • Rebuild classic mid-60's Ford/Mercury cars
  • Work on my 1991 F-150
  • Ride motorcycles, currently a 2018 Triumph Bonneville 
  • Ride mountain bikes (hoping to never break anything like Erich did)
  • Frustrate myself at the driving range. Not all balls go straight and true for 250 yards...
  • Plan meals, shop, and cook. More of a gourmand versus a gourmet. 
  • Make sure the sinks and toilets, floors and furniture are shipshape

Unfortunately, flight simming is on hiatus: my 7 year-old system cooling system failed two months ago. But, I am putting together a new systems with rudder pedals and yoke and should be ready to go this winter.

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55 minutes ago, Holdit said:

I don't sim when I'm...

  • Learning  new I.T. skills
  • Wargaming (Napoleonic/WW2/Ancient/ACW/Pike & Shot/Sengoku)
  • Playing chess
  • Learning to play the drums
  • Fighting the good fight in the Fallout universe
  • Wondering why I have far too many hobbies...

Lol, I stop simming when I play the synth, or simply want to take a hike in the desert.  But especially when I play music, I get entranced in my music and do nothing else.  I write smooth jazz ballads or better said, ambient music.  Makes me wonder how many pilots are also musicians.  I used to sing in a semi pro choir, we cut three record albums in the 70's which funded our church and our choir tours, even funded a tour from California to Chicago one year, then a flight home on United, although I stayed on for two weeks to visit with my Grandma and did not fly home with my choirmates. 

Music ran in my family, my ex wife was a singer, and my daughter is a singer and stage performer at age nineteen in college.  My brother David sang in my choir and played the guitar, and my brother Mickey sang in my choir, all three of us were on the first record album the choir released, and I have it on mp3 thanks to our choir's guitarist, Jeff Smith, who I reconnected with on Facebook last year.  My choir is what made me so addicted to flying, since we toured every summer for six years, and I wanted to fly back to the places we had seen and beyond.  Two years after I left them I took my first trip to Europe.  I do not know what I liked more, the tour or the flights to and from Europe. 

There was just something about crossing a major part of the globe at age fifteen, first I proved to myself that the world was round, and second it made me feel like an astronaut to be in the air so long.  So music is what led me to travel and flying in the first place, and it still does, on last year's visit to Europe I had my fav tunes with me on my cell so I could enjoy my non stop British Airways long haul from Phoenix to London without watching too many movies.  However I did enjoy Star Wars Rogue One on that flight, since you could pick from a number of movies to watch.  But I digress as usual, having gone from simming to real flight, lol

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1 hour ago, Christopher Low said:

I sim, therefore I am.

Simito, ergo sum.

 

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I find myself testing platforms/products more than actually doing any simulated flight, and Real World flying is rare with my perpetual "instruction" mode I seem to be in ... maybe when I retire I'll have time, right now I can barely make time to sleep (and we don't even have any kids).

When I do actually have time for simulated flight, I find myself in research mode ... if it's a new aircraft I'll read as much as I can about it, then plan a location where these aircraft are known to fly in/out, then search for bad weather days, then get everything setup (GSX, parking spots, flight plan, fuel calcs etc.) ... run thru all my software updates ... 2 days later I either do the flight or find myself testing again and forget all about the flight I spent 2 days planning.

EDIT: I buy just about every software add-on/scenery/aircraft that comes out for these platforms, they sit on my NAS, many never used and/or some not even installed.

Cheers, Rob.

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Since I retired I work out at the gymn in the AM and usually sim about 2-3 hours in the afternoon. I have noticed a degree of irritability maybe even a mild what I call non specific depression if for some reason I go a couple or three days without simming.   Don't know if that's healthy or not but I guess it is what it is.

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Haven't flown since a year ago due to a computer failure and waiting for the great Intel 9xxx/Nvidia 2xxx releases.

Wasn't worth the wait after seen Rob experiments on the 9900K/Nvidia 2800ti stuff. Anyways building one now from Cyber Monday sales.  Crazy deals right now!!!

Well years before that happen, just working with Manfred on the Douglas C-47 project. Most of that time was learning to use Photoshop 6 and Quixel programs.  Can't wait to get back to that and AH F3F-2 project.

 

 

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45 minutes ago, TuFun said:

Wasn't worth the wait after seen Rob experiments on the 9900K/Nvidia 2800ti stuff.

9900K isn't a "bad" CPU, it's just not the CPU I hoped it would be.  I think the 2080Ti has good potential but as other's have pointed out, by the time developers start using DLSS and/or ray tracing accelerated features, it's likely a new variant of GPU will be out from nVidia ... NVLink is a better SLI but still reliant on good drivers and application support.

On the sim side, I do tend to fly more simulated GA aircraft/routes these days, primarily because of limited time.  I've lost interest in 3D shooters beyond just seeing what can be done on the technical side ... strategy games (CIV VI) can consume more of my free time.

Cheers, Rob.

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I went ahead and ordered an i5-9600k with EVGA CLC 280 water cooler all on Cyber sale.  For gaming, it's Tomb Raider and Uncharted series on the PS3. Holding out to see what PS5 will bring.

I'm holding out for P3Dv5 when I get back into simming again.

I'm more a GA flyer myself when I did sim with all the Orbx scenery.  Looking forward to Deadstick!

 

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3 hours ago, TuFun said:

Well years before that happen, just working with Manfred on the Douglas C-47 project.

+1👍

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10 hours ago, Howellerman said:

When I don't sim, I:

  • Rebuild classic mid-60's Ford/Mercury cars
  • Work on my 1991 F-150
  • Ride motorcycles, currently a 2018 Triumph Bonneville 
  • Ride mountain bikes (hoping to never break anything like Erich did)
  • Frustrate myself at the driving range. Not all balls go straight and true for 250 yards...
  • Plan meals, shop, and cook. More of a gourmand versus a gourmet. 
  • Make sure the sinks and toilets, floors and furniture are shipshape

Unfortunately, flight simming is on hiatus: my 7 year-old system cooling system failed two months ago. But, I am putting together a new systems with rudder pedals and yoke and should be ready to go this winter.

I think my 10 year old rudder pedals are on the way out...sometimes they get power, sometimes not.

So, 1991 F-150 eh.  Does it have the straight 6, 302, or 351W?   Not even sure if the straight 6 was offered in '91 anymore -- I'm more of an Explorer / Ranger person and only partially into F-150's.  Is it a Lightning by chance?

I have a 1994 Explorer that I have just about done everything to over the years.  Now it is running great and has a new suspension installed by yours truly.  Yes, that is one of the things I do when I'm not messing with flight sim.

 

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13 hours ago, Mace said:

I think my 10 year old rudder pedals are on the way out...sometimes they get power, sometimes not.

So, 1991 F-150 eh.  Does it have the straight 6, 302, or 351W?   Not even sure if the straight 6 was offered in '91 anymore -- I'm more of an Explorer / Ranger person and only partially into F-150's.  Is it a Lightning by chance?

I have a 1994 Explorer that I have just about done everything to over the years.  Now it is running great and has a new suspension installed by yours truly.  Yes, that is one of the things I do when I'm not messing with flight sim.

 

Heya Rhett, 

It does indeed have the inline six. Durable as an anvil, although the early fuel injection presents it host of problems. It is low mileage for its age, only 120K total. She is a Custom and was an old farm truck - had dust upon dust upon grime, and the farmer installed both front and rear LED lights for "field use". While the rear U-joints were completely gone there are few other areas of concern outside of purging the fuel system of "farm gas" residue. Quarts of Sea Foam are helping clear the tubes. In what has to be the find of the century I found an original, correct color, low-mileage bench seat at a local wrecking yard. The full 8-foot bed has already paid for itself. Just a basic, solid, pickem-up truck.

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When I'm not simming I'm usually to be found in political groups on Facebook, arguing with right wingers. I need to get a life.

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12 minutes ago, nealmac said:

When I'm not simming I'm usually to be found in political groups on Facebook, arguing with right wingers. I need to get a life.

When I get into political arguments I tend to end up arguing with right-wingers and left-wingers. It gets old very quickly...

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23 minutes ago, Holdit said:

When I get into political arguments I tend to end up arguing with right-wingers and left-wingers. It gets old very quickly...

I learned to avoid such arguments altogether when I saw a friend post a political opinion, then someone attacked him.  When I called the someone on the carpet I learned they were working together, posting point and counterpoint, just to stir up the pot and manipulate facebook.  I unfriended my "friend" because of the game he was playing with his buddy.  I've learned many political debates are from others manipulating Facebook and trying to start flame wars, usually to put down centrists or political independents like myself.  When I was a mod here I witnessed the same thing in our forums, newbies would set up two accounts and post point and counterpoint not realizing we could trace their ip address.  Again, they were stirring up the pot, annoying Tom and I and the other mods, and annoying other members here.  Then when we banned them they would threaten us, as if we were being paid for what we were doing.  That is what made me give up being a mod after I discussed it with Tom for a while, although he asked me not to quit.  It was just not worth the headache even though the majority of the members supported me.  I hated deleting and locking threads, preferring to delete individual posts when things got out of hand, but it was grueling work and I modded the forums after I came home from my IT job.  I was a mod so often that I was not simming enough and enjoying the hobby as I should have.  There was just no balance and a shortage of mods at that time.

John

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At the advanced age of 85 I find myself losing interest in a lot of things.  Flight simming is one of them.  I don't want to drop it so I fly a couple hours a week.  But I know the day is coming when I will abandon it.

I've gone back to other things that fell by the wayside when computers and technology started ruling our lives and found a re-awakening in things like reading and writing.  Mostly long novels like Michener and Clavell that I can look forward to reading a bit of every day.  Also taken to writing stories and anecdotes about my Marine Corps days.  I have six of them now.

Perhaps it's an attempt to find my way back to less complicated lifestyles and simpler political  times with less technology.  I miss my rotary dial phone with a receiver that fit comfortably between my shoulder and my ear.  I hate buds and earphones and my iPhone that want's to run my life.

I recall that line of Curly's in City Slickers, "One thing!"  Well, maybe two or three.

Noel

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