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  • Blog Post: Tell FS . . . Why I shouldn't Blog on a Sunday Morning

    Every day, we get a number of suggestions sent to our tell_fs@microsoft.com email address. And, when I say “suggestions”, I mean letters from the widows of Nigerian finance ministers, offers for discounted Viagra, complaints about our copy protection, and . . . suggestions. Contrary to popular mythology...
  • Blog Post: Not Such a Hard Day's Night . . .

    It occurred to me that I don’t spend a lot of time here talking about what I actually do for Microsoft on the Flight Simulator team. It has occurred to a number of people, especially my unbelievably dedicated and vaguely effluvial next door neighbor, self-appointed Blogstleutnant Jason , not to mention...
  • Blog Post: Is this thing on?

    I'm a terrible role model. You see, 20 minutes ago, MS Flight Simulator art lead and artist extraordinaire Jason Waskey came into my office and refused to leave until I transformed myself from someone who wasn't sure if "blog" was a noun or a verb into someone who reluctantly realizes it's both. ...
  • Blog Post: Lucy in the Sky Without a Man

    There was another interesting post at AVSIM the other day, that the author also emailed to us at tell_fs@microsoft.com , in which he offered suggestions for a "Wife Edition" of Flight Sim. It was full of jokes about shopping, shoes, housework, hair and make-up, etc. The full thread may be found here...
  • Blog Post: Monday Mourning

    It was a lousy way to start a week, and a terrible reason to get back to posting here after an 11 day absence . . . I found out this morning that two students from Seattle’s Aviation High School, Brittany Boatright and Kandyce Cowart, were among the three people killed in the crash of a Piper Cherokee...
  • Blog Post: Well, yeah it was a little, but I don't think it actually did that . . .

    What's that smell? Oh, I know . . . it's "old blog". Sorry about that. The last post seemed to be pretty well received, and a number of you have asked if we get other email messages like that. Unfortunately, almost all of our customers are sane, rational people with good ideas, and better grammar...
  • Blog Post: Full Circle

    As of next month, I will have been working on the Flight Simulator franchise for 7 years. As of next year, I will have been a customer of said franchise (the longest continuously published piece of software I know of) for 25 years. One of the very few tangible, material things that has been a constant...
  • Blog Post: Is Something Always Better Than Nothing?

    A good pal of mine, when I was floundering around with muttered apologies for not having written in so long, offered to loan me an excuse, which I'll reuse here: "I'm just a man whose circumstances went beyond his control." Normally, I wouldn't quote Styx , and neither would she, but, as another friend...
  • Blog Post: Blink, or don't, and you'll miss me . . .

    I am an attention miser (perhaps a distant cousin of Heat and Snow ) . . . . I tend to pay it out in very small doses (as my friend Knat said in her brilliant article, How to be Distracted , "Hey look, a squirrel"), measure the value of things in my life by how much attention I'm willing to spend...
  • Blog Post: On the Other Hand

    If you really want to see what the life of a software tester isn't like, you could dive into the nearest cultural dumpster and flush 87 minutes of your life down this cinematic low-flow toilet . . . No, I haven't seen it, but in the tradition of self-styled experts everywhere, I refuse to let that stand...
  • Blog Post: What - am I Reading?

    Taking a cue from Jason's music listings , and a more direct theft from my friend and semi-retired colleague Bruce Williams' excellent site, here's a list of books that I'm currently picking at as time allows. Having been sick for the last two weeks (or, as my friend Jim Hogan put it in Junior High School...