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13Jun/140

Why Flight Simulators will Fail

This is pretty straight forward, so I'll leave this post short and sweet. In browsing one of my favorite "Flight Simulator" web sites, I actually read this from a poster who was lamenting about which company was going to "take up the mantle" that FSX (groan) left behind.

I'd say it's more then moderate. Things like cloud shadows, dynamic shadows on everything, lighting affecting terrain, HDR, the autogen no longer popping up (big one for me), better terrain paging, better VAS usage, tessellation, 3D water, etc. are more then just lipstick. Not to mention the major underlying code changes, DX11, and their new way of allowing third parties to interface with the software.

They pretty much took everything FSX was lacking and put it in there as far as visual effects go.

Anyone want to tell me where in that paragraph "simulation of flight" exists? No?
Yup. That's why Flight Simulators will fail.

15May/14Off

Random Sample Hold The One You Need

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I got around to completing another Rush cover, "Vital Signs" from their Moving Pictures album.

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27Mar/13Off

CASA Rock and Rowl for Kids 2013

I'm participating in this year's Rock and Rowl for kids, put on by Wenatchee CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates).

I'd like to ask you, my friends and, if you're up to it, your friends in donating any amount you'd like to support this great organization.





3Mar/132

The Evolution of Math in the United States

I'm republishing this from a post I read elsewhere. Original author unknown.

Last week I purchased a burger at a fast food restaurant for $1.58. The counter girl took my $ 2 and I was digging for my change when I pulled 8 cents from my pocket and gave it to her. She stood there, holding the nickel and 3 pennies, while looking at the screen on her register.

I sensed her discomfort and tried to tell her to just give me two quarters, but she hailed the manager for help. While he tried to explain the transaction to her, she stood there and cried.

3Dec/120

Who’s Gonna Drive You Home?

I was asked to do this song a long time ago, and I worked on the music then but then dropped it. Then not too long ago, I was asked to follow through and finish the song. Well, I thought to myself, this is easy, I can do this. It turns out the songs that seem the easieset to pull off generally turn out to be the hardest to produce.

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4Nov/1213

You Make It Easy

Had some time today to re-master and re-record Easy. I'm counting down the days to the 4th row tickets at Key Arena to see Rush. I can't wait.

On an aside, I have my voter's pamphlet in my car and must remember to drop it off at the library on or before election day. That should be Easy enough?

1Nov/126

Richard Head is My New Fan

I love this guy. He takes the time to visit the site and share his comments. It's some of the best feedback I've had on the site in months. Well, weeks. Well, okay, he's just kind of a dick head (it's his name!).

I didn't want you to miss his comments. I've invited Dick to be a permanent commentary on music posted here at Tolwyn.com. I'm sure he's willing to participate. At least... I hope he is.

Anyway, Dick... in case people miss your reply, here's my reply to your recent post:

Not at all, Dick. I really enjoyed your comment. Not many people take the time to puruse my site as much as you have. This is some of the most action I’ve received. So, I’m actually trying to keep you here!

I’m not mid 40s. Not yet. But hey, let’s recap your vocabulary again because I love how you’re bringing back all the homophobic jargon, which I find hilarious. We have fag and now twink. I had to look up twink, to be honest.

I want to leave you with some selections you can listen to. Actually, get back to me on this because I’d like for you to contribute to Tolwyn.com—not just in the comment section, but in a review section. I’d love it!

Here’s Cindy

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Here’s Coming Around

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Here’s The Seeker

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Write back or contact me. I appreiciate you coming back again and again as a budding critic.

 

4Oct/127

Parsons Photography of Wenatchee Sucks

Dear Parsons Photography of Wenatchee:

In a world where I can (almost literally) get an 8GB SD card out of a box of Fruit Loops (which would more than handle over 400 RAW format Nikon images at 10 megapixels), I find it appalling that your short-sighted business model would prevent you from taking individual pictures of any and all students regardless if the precious envelope was turned in or not.

ON THE DAY that pictures were taken, I turned in the envelope to your studio—on Mission street. My daughter is in a split family, and sometimes signals get crossed, kids forget envelopes, and believe it or not, parents aren't able to leave work and grab the envelope off the counter and get it to school on picture day.

I realize that your business is in a HUGE disadvantage in today's day and age of digital photography. That somehow you still hold iron reigns around school districts, sports teams, etc. I'm not sure how this happens aside from the fact that I'm sure you strong-arm and offer half-ass Photoshop "re-touching" as some sort of benefit into the finished product (by the way, I can color-correct, zit-correct, whiten teeth, tan, and otherwise post-process the SHIT out of photographs, too). For some reason, schools think you are the only shop in town when I can find fourteen-year-old kids that can take the same-quality (if not better) pictures than any member of your antiquated team.

In the future, take the damn picture of all the kids. Keep it around in case the families either forgot to turn in the envelope, found it between couch cushions too late, or simply weren't aware that pictures were coming (in the event the split family has some sort of communication problem). It costs you literally NOTHING to do this. Instead, you're giving me a refund of the ENTIRE package after you've actually spent REAL money printing it up for me.

I'm not paying for a half-ass job. It was fine when, in 1988, real film was the only way to make it happen; but today, anyone... and I really mean ANYONE has the wherewithal to take a BETTER picture than the "staff" you have working for you today.

23Sep/121

Glitter for Alexis

My daughter really likes Pink. And since I have a recording studio, she has expressed an interest in singing a particular song. The problem is, when dad plays piano, she doesn't think it's "cool."

So, I'm going to do it anyways and just not tell her. Here's a snippet of what I'm working on.

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26Aug/120

One Small Step

The first man to step on an other-worldly body has died. Neil Armstrong, the first man to set foot on the moon is gone.

I am and always will be a space-nut. I watch Nasa-related television shows all the time; including those long boring ones whose picture quality is terrible.

"Honor his example of service, accomplishment and modesty, and the next time you walk outside on a clear night and see the moon smiling down at you, think of Neil Armstrong and give him a wink."

Read more about Neil Armstrong's passing at Fox News.