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Old 01-17-2019, 07:29 PM   #25186
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 A day off and a 110 drive both ways (ergo 220), plus probably moat (not sure in the Netherlands)... I dunno, that part must be pretty expensive to be worth it when we go into the true cost here.
I saved 250 Euro's for the repair alone. I called for prices beforehand. But true, driving 220km isn't exactly free over here either. I don't know what moat means, but we pay a fixed fee every month for using the roads. It's called road tax and is based on the fuel type and weight.

Actually, this garage 110km from my home is about 5km from my glider airfield. And I am a regular customer there, so the crew of the garage is always willing to give me a ride to the airfield and pick me up when they are done with the car. So while waiting for my car, I was able to take a glider up for a flight. I flew back to my house to tease myself and back to the airfield while my car was being repaired. So that made it certainy worth it.

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 Just calculated... I managed to drive normal for about 80 km with a failing alternator... it did produce some power, but most of the time the battery lamp was on.
Haha, you can calculate anything don't you?
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Old 01-17-2019, 08:23 PM   #25187
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 Haha, you can calculate anything don't you?

Well, I drove ~35 km to work and back then and 10 km to my favorite mechanic... thats simple addition.
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Old 01-17-2019, 09:48 PM   #25188
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Seeing how New Horizons is doing got me into a mood to play with virtual space probes.
The old Spaceway engine can't really do bilobale asteroids, unfortunately, but whatever is doable should be good enough.



Instrumentation modules like a camera carry their own renderers, so i could ignore deprecated OpenGL stuff and stupidly slow intel shader compilers at cost of going in blind and only getting back periodic snapshots.



Just what the mood needs.
Program the probe, get it going on the server, get the feed going to the phone, sit back and watch things unfold.



It's fairly meditative to just lie in bed and watch a telemetry feed along with occasional images.
Imagination fills the gaps, and the chunk is the least cartoonish model among Spaceway's planet functions.
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Old 01-17-2019, 10:06 PM   #25189
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I could totally see an ARG being built on that concept...
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Old 01-17-2019, 10:15 PM   #25190
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ARG as in alternate reality game? Isn't it some marketing shtick from the 00s?
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Old 01-17-2019, 10:42 PM   #25191
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 ARG as in alternate reality game? Isn't it some marketing shtick from the 00s?

2010s... but yes. Remember, iPhone first appeared in 2010...


But your screen more looks like one of those idle clicker games that flood the app stores today.
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Old 01-17-2019, 11:36 PM   #25192
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ARG as in alternate reality game? Isn't it some marketing shtick from the 00s?
I forget that the term is ambiguous. It also stands for *augmented* reality game (the most recent famous rendition of which would be Pokemon Go, I guess...?).
I'd imagine it kinda like KSP in real time... Well, maybe not quite real time, you don't want to take years for a probe to reach its destination. Except you go to certain spots to get stuff to construct your rocket, like there are parts shops, launch sites, stuff like that. And when you get your first rocket off the ground, you can track its telemetry and get cool picks, and get revenue for it, which you can use to build more rockets etc.
Huh, it seemed cooler when just having a short burst of imagination rather than trying to think it through, to be honest.

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Old 01-18-2019, 10:10 AM   #25193
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 Huh, it seemed cooler when just having a short burst of imagination rather than trying to think it through, to be honest.
And that here perfectly sums up the entire 15 year history of Spaceway development...

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 Remember, iPhone first appeared in 2010...
2007, no? Or what kind of iPhone are you talking about?
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Old 01-18-2019, 12:22 PM   #25194
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 2007, no? Or what kind of iPhone are you talking about?
Damn, already late 2007 here. I just remembered it started approximately around 2010.
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Old 01-20-2019, 12:06 PM   #25195
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My soon-to-be 7 years old droped a bombshell question yesterday:
"What are humans for?"
He was somewhat upset when I couldn't really give him an answer...
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Old 01-20-2019, 05:04 PM   #25196
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Humans exist to cause endless headaches and frustrations to each other. As to why we exist in the first place...
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Old 01-20-2019, 09:06 PM   #25197
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 My soon-to-be 7 years old droped a bombshell question yesterday:
"What are humans for?"
He was somewhat upset when I couldn't really give him an answer...

7 is a bit young for an existential crisis, don't you think?
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Old 01-20-2019, 10:15 PM   #25198
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"Shut up and eat your brussels spouts", was the answer I got, when I was seven.
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Old 01-20-2019, 11:38 PM   #25199
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My sister's daughter dropped a similar bomb on my brother in law when she was very young by asking him "How do you make love?"

My sister interceded and answered "L-O-V-E", averting a crisis.
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Old 01-20-2019, 11:50 PM   #25200
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7 is a bit young for an existential crisis, don't you think?
It's nowhere near the level of existential crisis (read: completely exagerated and unreasonably loud and destructive hissy-fit) he has every time he is confronted with the concept of TANSTAAFL, so I'm not worrying too much.

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My sister's daughter dropped a similar bomb on my brother in law when she was very young by asking him "How do you make love?"
That's not really a crisis for a european. That's just a funny situation where you smirk a bit and say "oh, it's time for *that* talk already, is it? Very well, here goes...". The confusion of the kids when they realise that it's got to do with the body part they're peeing out of is absolutely priceless!
In fact, we discussed that topic something like two years ago when he was asking about related issues. I'm not sure he'squite gotten around to making sense of it though, so it's probably going to come up again at some point.

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