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As most my friends know, I joined an archery league. Tonight get I missed only 2 points from a perfect 300! That makes me happy. But I also got 37 X's of a possible 60! I am quite happy about that! (pic shows more off than really were because I warm up rounds were on this target) 
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This is just one of the first simple tutorials in Elite Dangerous.

I just wanted to show my friends in the game and graphics industry what this looks like.

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This is just one of the first simple tutorials in Elite Dangerous.

I just wanted to show my friends in the game and graphics industry what this looks like.

See the notes in the description.
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Elite Dangerous

So for those who are just starting out, never played a space sim before but wanted to, here's a tiny little jump start.  Right or wrong it's what I've done, so far seems very right. 

First this isn't about if Star Citizen, Elite Dangerous, or No Man's Sky is better or worse than another.  Let's face it, if we like the genre, we'll get them all.  

STEP 1: Get your sim.  For now, I started with Elite cause I didn't want to spend weeks reading the lore of SC and wonder how badly the in game purchases would violate my bank nor did I want to spend any more time trying to research which package to start with.  Plus the fact it's still very beta, I thought I'd wait til I got better with something less complicated like Elite, so there it is.

Step 2:  You'll need a controller.  I got the X55 Rhino.  I can't give you a real good review, cause I've not played a sim for a few years.  So I have nothing to really base this one against, but I will say this...

I love it.

That's my review of the stick.  


STEP 3:  Get your X55 Configs.  You'll need to get a good config for it, unless you want to make your own.  I decided to start here and will modify it as needed...
https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B4ku70Km1WFzYV9yMmdtQS1KUkk/edit?usp=sharing

And here's a dandy reference card to that profile...
http://i.imgur.com/cfjApWM.jpg  
(Thanks SandCracka for the profile and image)

And this site makes images that you can print any profile you make.  I printed this one cause the one above was too hard to read when I've lost my ass and found it on a silver platter in space of all places...

http://www.mcdee.net/elite/  
(I don't know who to thank for this)
This is nice cause later as you modify your config to your taste, you can make a new print if you need to.


STEP 4:  Get Elite Dangerous and install it if you haven't already...
http://www.elitedangerous.com/


STEP 5: Put your config in...
C:\Users\YOURNAME\AppData\Local\Frontier Developments\Elite Dangerous\Options\Bindings


STEP 6: When you install your X55 note to INSTALL YOUR DRIVERS FIRST!!!  Fortunately I ready the instructions and bypassed the headaches of many people in forums who had problems because they didn't.  Also note:  When you install the drivers, there's an arrow that shows you DO NOT PLUG IN THE CONTROLLERS UNTIL IT SAYS TO DO SO!!!!  (again part of the headaches people had out there).  There's an arrow that shows it pointing from PC to stick this means unplug.  Later it shows it pointing reverse to the pc which means to plug it in.  You'll do this during the install process of the drivers.  THEN install the software for the controllers... but note:  you won't need to use the software.  Elite Dangerous has all the binding control in the game.  But you'll be smart and start out with the SandCracka configs so you won't even have to mess with that.

STEP 7:  Watch the FRONTIER DEVELOPMENTS channel on YouTube for the basics.  If you are dense or lost in the eye candy of space like me, you'll need to watch it a few times...
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCd1Xmm1TFBD-lfZUWaWf7EA

They have many great short intro videos.

STEP 8:  Jump into the tutorials and find your shorter in your chair, so raise it before you begin.  It's merely due to the fact that your ass is misplaced.  Not to fret, its probably on the same platter that mine was on out in space.  Go find it.

Actually I've only done half the tutorial flights and I've not died yet.  From the looks of it, they get progressively more complicated quick, so this is by no means bragging as I will be raising my chair in the next round no doubt about it. 

I've been sick and had my brain finally working today so I got to try this out.  I'm usually working on projects that keep me from such fun as of late, so I don't know that I'll be back in to finish these tutorials up any time soon.  That's why I thought I best post these links now before I forget.

I hope they help.  Let me know what you think of Elite.  I think this is going to be a blast!  (pun may or may not be intended)  This is a beautiful game and playing it on a 34" 21:9 screen up close, there's been times that my stomach was in knots as I felt disoriented a bit.. Not bad, but a hint enough that it added to the realism.  It's way way more fun than I thought it would be.  

I look forward to Star Citizen too. That one looks beautiful as well, and in fact more so.  

Few last minute thoughts before I send...  You'll need a stick with rudder controls.  The X55 gives you lots of options here.  You've got about 48 buttons (of which 20 go towards the 3 hats and 2 mini hats), 3 control dials, 2 base dials.  The throttle is split too.  There's a lot of features to this stick to last quite a few years.  

I told some friends that I thought the stick would need weight to hold it down so the base wouldn't tilt up off the desk.  That's not an issue at all.  
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Here's an interesting SSD speed test... New Samsung drive on the new PC I just got done building... see the image... check out where the hash mark is on each of the four meters as it is the "up to" number.  Then check out the actual number.  Its like 10x to 20x above that!  

This is with Rapid Mode enabled.  Prior to that it was close to the value of the hash mark (Read Write were a bit above, and Randoms were about 15% below).  I suspect it's doing some serious cacheing on the tests, I need to look into why it's so fast, but had to laugh and post this anyway.

I case you are wondering about the desktop.  I am using Rainmeter to give me the meters on the upper right.  Fences to give me the shit-box of icons that can be hidden with a double click on the desktop, and the dark theme is done through WindowBlinds and I edited the theme a bit.

This system is the 6/12 core/thread i7 5820; ASRock OC Formula x99; Nvidia 970 dual sli; 34" LG 21:9 monitor in 3440x1440 (close to having two 4:3 montiors side by side without the seam); 16 gigs of ram; two Seagate 4tb drives (unconfigured as of yet- going to go raid with them I think, and some auto backup software); Samsung model-850 new high performance 256 gig SSD; Water cooled CPU with Corsair; Seasonic 1050w PSU; Pioneer BR burner; all housed in a Corsair 540 with extremely good air flow (and quiet until Modo starts hogging cpu doing realtime rendering as I texture/light); and just cause it's been about 9 years to build a pc from ground up, I put in an NZXT 2 meter long LED light kit that can be set for any color, or color cycle, pulse, speed controlled, etc.  'What they hell', the whole side of the case is clear so might as well built it up nice and bling it out a little. LOL

From the time the windows logo shows upon boot, to the time I can enter my password it was 3.6 seconds.  Now that I've started to load up these Windows theme controllers in the background it does a little more loading after logging in, otherwise it was ready as soon as I hit enter on the password.  Now it runs about another 5 seconds. (note by the screen shot, the themes are not consuming CPU hp.)

This system is built to be a machine to last longer than most builds, and be an excellent 3D graphic and photo editing system.  I debated on the dual SLI cards, but after getting it working with one card and seeing how slow it was with all those pixels, I was really glad I got the second card.

I'm gearing back up for lots of graphical work in 2015 and 2016, and in a few months I should be doing 3D printing.  I been away from my creative side for a few years, and set some goals to achieve for the next 2 years, so the machine wasn't for fun, it was genuinely needed.

On TheBlock (my nick name of the machine, cause it's a big black matte case 2x wide) Modo renders the RC car in 2m 26.8s.  My former laptop did it in 12m 56s.  The best score I've had yet in 3DMark is 9698 on Firestrike Extreme (the middle one of the 3, in case I got the name wrong), which put it in the top 2.x% of systems tested.  

I haven't had time to test games much, but I did fire up Wolfenstein more or less because when I bought it the laptop couldn't play it at all, and I just wanted to feel like I didn't waste my money.  It ran with all graphic options set to their highest and ran buttery smooth. 

Still dialing it in and tweaking, but so far it's fast, quiet, and eats billions of pixels without breaking a sweat.  I'm happy.  This was way way over due.  
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Yeah I think nearly all of them were up rez'd. I found some larger than my res, but most were 2560x1440 for the largest size. I downloaded about 60 images and the ones with the higher res than my monitor, or were exceptional and I could let the uo rez look slide, we're the keepers for the background slide show. I think I will add some frost, dirt, and scratches with a little bit of space craft window frame to them so it looks like a window out of my space craft. 
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Review Update:  TrackIR 5

Just a quick update... change of mind on my initial opinion about the TrackIR 5 Clip Pro, where I had said that it probably wasn't needed.

Well actually I am using it all the time now.  The passive reflective clip will not reflect well enough on vertical extremes of pitch up or down. It will cause the camera to get confused and you'll see sudden yaw twists at those extremes.

With the active Clip Pro on headphones, this problem goes away.

And now that I've used the TrackIR for a little while while now (keep in mind I'm not a full time gamer), I can't tell you enough just how impressed I still am.  

This is such a great addition to Elite Dangerous.  I haven't had time (or the will to try it without my racing buddies) on Assetto Corsa, but I'm sure it will make that sim feel so much more real.  At some point I will try it with Rise Of Flight too, as I'm sure it would be hard to live without in that sim as well.

So I'll repeat my review summary from before, with an addition...  

Go out and get one... and definitely get the Clip Pro bundled with it.
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Review:  TrackIR 5 

Summary:  If you like to play first person games, GET IT!

System Used: Beefy high end game rig running Win 8.1

Details: Setup:  Easy.  You could just install the software, run it, run your game, and your done.  I found that I wanted no deadzone or spline curve at the zero points of axis, so I used the SMOOTH profile instead of DEFAULT.  That's the only adjustment I made.  I wish all PC components were so easy to setup.  I'm actually really surprised given how many things could go wrong, especially with plugging into the games, but they just recognize it.

Details: Clip Pro:  I bought the bundle with the active IR LED clip, but it clips to headphones.  I am not using headphones so I can't comment on it in game.  I did test it with holding it to my head and the software was just as responsive.  

Details: Hat Clip:  I didn't want to have the camera LEDs burning out my eyes (my night vision camera warns pretty heavy about that) so that's why I bought the Clip Pro bundle.  But it turns out you can really dim out the IR LEDs on the transmitter/camera so I doubt it's an issue.  In fact I put mine on the dimmest setting and while facing a window with curtains (so slightly less than medium light) is coming in and I get no issues with interference on the dimmest setting. 

In the end I would recommend that you just get it with the hat clip and then buy the active IR Clip Pro if you need it.   Save yourself the $40 ($20 if you get the sale bundle from them directly).

Details: Usage:  OMG! AMAZING!!!!  I wasn't losing sight of the ships in Elite Dangerous.  And you don't have to consciously turn your head to see them, cause you naturally will lean and look when playing games, so with this tracking you, it's totally transparent way to keep track of what you are chasing.  

In fact the only conscious movement I made was to view the dashboard to see my speed when chasing so I had to nod my head down.  Otherwise I was automatically tracking the enemy ship through the various windows without a second thought.  

Which of course is the reverse of how you play without it... you are always looking at the dash and you have to use the POV hat as an extra thought process and movement to track your target.  This right here is the key to why this is so great.  It's utterly transparent to you on the things that matter most.  

Closing:  I was so impressed that I only did a couple training missions before I had to jump on here and tell my friends this is the coolest thing since sliced bread. 

Other Ideas:  I'd really like to see the desktop take advantage of this.  I could push icons or start bar off the screen and just look that way to reveal them.  Be nice for Photoshop or Modo menus too for that matter.
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This is just one of the first simple tutorials in Elite Dangerous.

I just wanted to show my friends in the game and graphics industry what this looks like.

See the notes in the description.

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I just started archery league for my first time.  I'm not too bad, but I am not even going to try to become this good.  

While, I can "Robin Hood" arrows, like any of the archers I shoot with, but this guy can shoot incoming arrows out of the air!  I can't imagine the cost of all the ruined arrows to get as good as Lars Andersen.  

Check out his quick draw too!  Here's a case you can bring a bow and arrow to a gun fight and win!

I bet we see a new sport form.  A combo of Archery and Parkour.  This video will get people wanting to do stuff like he can.  He raised the bar. 
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I've actually thought about archery parkour last year. I'm good at parkour, but have little practice with archery because I do not have a bow and arrow of my own.
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ART:  This is way more interesting than the still of this video implies.  These are seemingly stop motion 3D prints that show the animation of the patterns, but they are really spinning on a table with strobe light.  The cubes and waving tentacles were the most captivating.
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Hi Everyone.  Yuki will be on Fox's Cause for Pause, a Thanksgiving Special on Fox, hosted by Hilary Swank, and there will be a number of other actors and actresses on the show.  Be sure to tune in as your favorite little shiba inu, Yuki is on the show.  And one of my videos is up for an award on the show. Find out if Yuki wins by watching the special on Fox Thanksgiving night 8/7c!
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Visit my website www.TroubleShooterStudio.com which was www.JamesStudioGallery.com to see my photography, 3D, and more. For fun I enjoy speed, G forces, driving or motorcycling.  Playing games (Forza, Diablo, Fallout, Borderlands), nerding out with new technology. Movies.  Camping, kayaking, guns (not hunting, just sniping targets at the range), archery, ham radio, photography, 80's arcades, and training my dog Tenshi. I enjoy art, spirituality & living and learning more about quantum science and philosophy, with spirituality to gain enlightenment. I am an INFJ personality type. Be sure to watch Yuki the talk Shiba Inu video, she's become a viral video on youtube with a record of 197000 hits a day!
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