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  1. Congratulations. Best wishes to Serenity Rose on her first full day.
  2. Fantastic shots, Alan. It's wonderful to see that someone is still keeping these historic machines alive. Here in Canada, there is almost no steam equipment running for lack of qualified operators. I guess a career as a "navvy" just isn't attractive to the younger generation. Ref: http://www.steamlocomotive.com/lists/searchdb.php?country=CAN&state=BC
  3. My condolences to the British people. I am at a loss for words to describe my loathing for the madmen who commit these atrocities.
  4. Not to be outdone by the boys from Merry 'Ol England - Victoria, British Columbia, said to be more British than Britain (not true, but it keeps the tourists happy) has a double roundabout that gives the locals, and visitors alike, fits. The roundabout is still under construction in this Google Maps screen capture, but that's at least three years old. Coming in from the bottom of the picture, Victoria is to the South, and CYYJ is at 11 o'clock. The BC Ferry Terminal is to the North but it's not necessary to get on the roundabout to get to the ferries. Good thing too, it's bad enough that all the airport traffic has to get involved. If the fairy traffic got in to the act it would be chaos. We need more roundabouts on Vancouver Island. The main north/south highway (not 17, which is shown here) has stoplights at every access point that are controlled, not by computer, but by a simple timing mechanism triggered by cars stopping over a sensor in the road. What this means is that a single car, wanting to cross the highway or turn onto it from a cross road, stops all of the high-speed traffic on the main artery. That main artery is a 80 to 90 kph 2 lane divided highway. I'm well aware that 80 to 90 (50 to 55 mph) doesn't qualify as a highway anywhere else in the world but I'm willing to bet ours is restricted because of the number of traffic lights on the thing.
  5. Clip out photo Note to self: If driving in the UK - try to go around Swindon. @allardjd said: NRQ is an auxiliary field for Navy aircraft having difficulty and unable to make it back to Pensacola NAS. Reading the plate, I note that all of the runways are 1800ft long. This (likely) Means that only Aeroncas, PA18's, and similar and aircraft with tailhooks will be invited to the party. It's interesting that the UW article quoted by @allardjd ends without letting us in on the secret of what to do with a 1500 ft rope with a weight on the end of it when attempting a landing. Inquiring minds must know, I'm going looking. EDIT: Here's page 98: http://digicoll.library.wisc.edu/cgi-bin/WI/WI-idx?type=turn&entity=WI.v3i3.p0004&id=WI.v3i3&isize=text Wait to you see what his opinion on rocket launches entails. I'm going to call Elon. PS: I just noticed that John copied over the whole web page. To see page 98, just click on the page turning button at the bottom of page 97. Doh! I haven't the time right now, but it could be entertaining looking at what this guy can fill the preceding 96 pages with.
  6. I think it sort of dates me. Milk, bread, and the like have not been delivered in Canada for quite some time now. Horse-drawn conveyances have been gone much longer - I'm talking the early fifties when I remark about that milk delivery method. It's a shame, too. As I recall, the milkman didn't have to do anything by way of driving. He just got on board and the horse went to the next house on the route and stopped. I never did ask how long it took to re-train the horse if someone were to drop off the route. Inquiring minds must know. Too late to ask now. I'm now living in a neighbourhood that is ideal for singles and couples. So we have both ends of the stick on my street - the young and the old. Not much in between. I do notice that the large grocery chains are now delivering (by truck). The only horse drawn things in this town are the caleches. Very popular with the Cruise Ship crowd. A bugger to get stuck behind if you're in the car. I'm getting off topic, this is the jokes page, right? In keeping, please see: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xPt4Gz-_9KM
  7. I remember milk being delivered by a horse-drawn wagon (in Montreal). My wife hates it when I mention that fact.
  8. I got rid of PB ages ago. They still ignore my attempts to stop their advertising (read spam), so I have a filter built in to my email client that sends their email to the trash can.
  9. A paraplegic in a pool - Bob
  10. The Art Of Conversing With Spouse With a very seductive voice a wife asked her husband "Have you ever seen Twenty Dollars all crumpled up?" "No" said her husband. She gave him a sexy little smile unbuttoned top three buttons of her blouse and slowly reached down in her cleavage created by a soft, silky pushup bra and pulled out a crumpled Twenty Dollar bill. He took the crumpled Twenty Dollar bill from her and smiled approvingly. She then asked "Have you ever seen Fifty Dollars all crumpled up?" "No I haven't" he said, an anxious tone in his voice. She gave him another sexy little smile pulled up her skirt, seductively reached into her tight sheer panties and pulled out a crumpled Fifty Dollar bill. He took the crumpled Fifty Dollar bill and started breathing a little quicker with anticipation. "Now" she said "Have you ever seen 50,000 Dollars all crumpled up?" "No way" he said becoming even more aroused and excited to which she replied: "Go look in the garage."
  11. An old geezer became very bored in retirement and decided to open a medical clinic. He put a sign up outside that said: "Dr. Geezer's clinic. Get your treatment for $500, if not cured, get back $1,000." Doctor "Young," who was positive that this old geezer didn't know beans about medicine, thought this would be a great opportunity to get $1,000. So he went to Dr. Geezer's clinic. Dr. Young: "Dr. Geezer, I have lost all taste in my mouth. Can you please help me?" Dr. Geezer: "Nurse, please bring medicine from box 22 and put 3 drops in Dr. Young's mouth." Dr. Young: Aaagh !! -- "This is Gasoline!" Dr. Geezer: "Congratulations! You've got your taste back. That will be $500. Dr. Young gets annoyed and goes back after a couple of days figuring to recover his money. Dr. Young: "I have lost my memory, I cannot remember anything." Dr. Geezer: "Nurse, please bring medicine from box 22 and put 3 drops in the patient's mouth." Dr. Young: "Oh, no you don't, -- that is Gasoline!" Dr. Geezer: "Congratulations! You've got your memory back . That will be $500." Dr. Young (after having lost $1000) leaves angrily and comes back after several more days. Dr. Young: "My eyesight has become weak --- I can hardly see anything!!!!" Dr. Geezer: "Well, I don't have any medicine for that so, here's your $1000 back." (giving him a $10 bill) Dr. Young: "But this is only $10!" Dr. Geezer: "Congratulations! You got your vision back! That will be $500." Moral of story -- Just because you're "Young" doesn't mean that you can outsmart an "old Geezer"
  12. Actually saw a real one in KeriKeri. Circa 2012.
  13. Who knows, Wayne? There could be better drivers around now. It's easy to go to the manufacturer's website and download a new set. There's a mess of stuff that needs to be addressed to get the joysticks working in FSX. By memory (because I'm not at home) there are issues like the various .XML files that interfere with one another. I sympathise because I went through the same routine a while back. The solution to the .XML file dilemma is to erase the file. It will regenerate the next time you run FSX' Here's where you'll find the Controls 'Standard.XML': C:\Users\[Your Handle]\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\FSX\Controls. While we're testing my memory (or lack thereof) we shold talk about another feature included when you look into the 'properties' tab in your Device Manager. That is: Power Management. Make sure the box is not ticked for 'Allow the computer to turn off this device to save power' What I wound up doing was trashing the entire FSX keymapping and joystick files, including all of the drivers. There's a tick box near the top of something like the 'Controls settings' menu that says 'turn off joystick mapping' - or something like that. I went that route and used FSUIPC to map my entire joystick, rudder pedals, throttle, mixture, propeller, trim wheel, etc. End of problems and all for the cost of a paid version of FSUIPC (which, as I recall, was not much). It is also absolutely necessary to plug everything in to the same USB ports on the computer over and over. Don't ever mix them up. I've got two USB2 ports that the controls plug in to. The various components all plug in to the back of the Yoke assembly and the yoke plugs in to one of the USB ports. The pedals get a dedicated USB port on the back panel of the computer because I ran out of ports on the yoke. I'm sorry I can't be a bit more specific - hard to do when you're away from your FSX rig.
  14. Go to: Control Panel\System\Device Manager and look for a heading that says HID or Human Interface Devices. Right click on the one of them and click on the Properties. I'm on a laptop that doesn't have any joysticks or the like, so it's hard to tell what you're going to see. Generically, it will say something like USB Input Device or HID-Compliant Device. I cannot recall if the Saitek drivers actually said 'Saitek'. Whatever you do find, make sure it's the right thing because the next step is to Uninstall the driver. Hope this helps
  15. Thanks Wayne, I was just hoping it would connect with ATC to get the IFR flight plans in the system before firing up the sim. I'm new to the P3D version of ATC but the few flights I've done have all resulted in problems getting hooked up to the ATC system. Mostly this consists of not starting with an IFR clearance. I just get instructions from ground to the hold line and a VFR clearance. One flight refused to let me launch because the wx was below VFR minimums, so no way to air file. I've not found a way to get the thing out of the VFR loop, short of shutting down the sim completely and starting from scratch. Going to take a bit of experimenting.