October, 2005

  • Neat.

    http://www.simtours.net/
  • When you wish upon a star...

    In the Flightsim.com thread I pointed to yesterday, there's a reply from Canadian_Airlines_Forever, who would like to see shooting stars. Well Mr. Forever, I'm happy to tell you that shooting stars have appeared in the Flightsim world since FS2002...
  • Mirror, mirror.. who is the most miscellaneous of them all?

    Today sees the addition of two former ACES team members to the blogroll. Sure, they've left the team, but they're still near and dear to our hearts... Bruce Williams is first. To many, Bruce was the public face of ACES for a long time. An avid pilot...
  • Fun Happy Party Super Dance: Saturday

    No fancy schmancy links to all sorts of band pages with song samples. No... today we kick it old skool : 1. Mighty Mighty Bosstones: Knock on Wood 2. Social Distortion: The King of Fools 3. The Pogues: Sunnyside of the Street 4. The...
  • Do that voodooo that you do...

    Avsim was kind enought to post a link to some of the ACES team member's blogs. Thanks Avsim, and welcome Avsim readers. I, of course, love Avsim as I am their "favorite arteest and lurker" ;) I figure then, it's only fitting that I deliver up some...
  • Welcome aboard.

    New ACES blogger: http://blogs.technet.com/beatlesblog/default.aspx welcome (back) Tim!
  • Number one with a bullet.

    Lacey's got an interesting link up on his blog regarding a "best of" list from Time magazine . I've read 15... Of course, I read the good 15... Does it count if you've seen the movie? 'Cause then it'd be like 20 ...
  • Late Night Double feature

    Over in the Avsim forums, duckbilled ( I don't name 'em folks, I just report 'em) points us to a video captured from combat sim LOMAC ( Lock On Modern Air Combat ), from Ubisoft. See it here . Pretty fun. Nice self shadowing on the aircraft. Also...
  • Urrgh... oh, and a little bit of miscellany.

    The server at work was acting up, so I wasn't able to make my final post for today while there. Now, here at home, I find that if I try and access one of the links I established for my music list, that the MSN music sample won't play here at home on my...
  • Happy Super Party Dance Fun Redux

    I've been spending so long waiting for Photoshop files to save or for the same files to save across the network (for back up) that before I came to work today I cut myself a new mix: Can't Truss It Public Enemy White Girl X Ziggy Stardust David Bowie...
  • While we're in a mood to save the world...

    Last night I watched the girl in the cafe starring the phenomenal Kelly Macdonald ( Trainspotting , Gosford Park , and more) and Bill Nighy ( Hitchiker's , Love Actually , and more). I recommend the movie wholeheartedly. A love story revolving around...
  • Saturday Happy Fun Super Party Dance

    Waiting for +2GB files to save (or copy over the network) can be a drag. Thankfully this weekend sees a brand new music mix... 6060-842 The B-52's If I Should Fall from the grace of God The Pogues Rain The Cult Big Tall Man Liz Phair Jump Around...
  • I'm hiring...

    If you have looked here: http://members.microsoft.com/careers/default.mspx today, you might have noticed that: I'm hiring.
  • Follow up

    I see that simflight.com picked up on ACES team member Kevin Griffin's Katrina aid work. Kudos again to Kevin. . :) Hal shoots us the news that Aviation High School has a memorial fund set up to honor Brittany and Kandyace. He also provides a link...
  • A sad weekend.

    There were two aviation related tragedies recently that touch the ACES team. One, a local event, is covered eloquently here, by Hal Bryan. Another comes from Ohio, where a pilot, very active in the Flight Simulator and real world aviation community...
  • Lights, camera, take-off.

    ACES art team member Kevin Burgess offers up a tidbit: “...Spielberg confessed to having logged 3,000 hours in "Flight Simulator."” http://www.mtv.com/news/articles/1511482/20051013/index.jhtml?headlines=true Get back to work Kevin.
  • Digging myself into a deep hole...

    There's a thread over at Avsim.com with some interesting points about what people expect between releases of products like Flight Simulator. One of the thread posters has a quote from a PM lead here in ACES, Mike Gilbert. Here's the quote: "Anyone...
  • Haven't we already heard this one before?

    So last weekend I had my rear in gear and ripped a couple of CD's (music all legally purchased) to listen to while working. This weekend? Still listening to the same stuff . With the hi fi system cranked up then, it's off we go... With actual...
  • Mmmm Good.

    http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/9671263/ I'm just glad that the title of "oldest bowl of noodles ever found" no longer belongs to me ...
  • Workin' for the Man part Deux

    In our previous episode of Workin' for the Man , I used a google maps link (see post below). Tonight I got a comment from the Man hisself: "Dude, how about a MSN maps link instead of Google?" (see comment on post below) Now, I know I work for Microsoft...
  • Workin' for the Man

    I'm waiting for a batch processing a few thousand image files to finish, so I've jumped to the laptop. Mike Gilbert has a nice post about workin' here at ACES that's worth reading, especially in light of this: http://fsinsider.com/jobs.htm If...
  • from the department of "I have no idea what to make of that" Part II

    Flight Simulator MVP Nick Whittome points us to a link of a streaming video exploring the Battlefield 2 world...
  • Saturday Super Happy Fun Dance Party

    There are usually a few hardy souls here in the ACES studios on the weekend, but it's my favorite time to get solid bursts of work done. For one thing, I can play music without having to wear headphones (not that I mind much wearing 'em). Here's...
  • Miscellaneous? No. Just a set of things not categorized into other categories.

    Our illustrious studio manager sent out a link to an article on videogame aesthetics and the idustry's push for "photo realism."  I found it interesting, especially as it gives a shout out to some favorites from my former life in the comic book industry...
  • More miscellany from the Dept. of Misc.

    The fish that didn't get away: More on yesterday's link to the thirty foot salmon liveried aircraft Alaskan Airlines is flying. Turns out the livery was funded by a federal grant of nearly $500 K . That's a whole lot of clams... Avsim's front page...