Random thing you love right now that doesn't deserve its own thread

My son flies home from his first year away at college tomorrow. Crazy.

A_Unicycle wrote:

The local classical radio station has an hour dedicated to videogames! I was very surprised when I heard some familiar tunes as I was flipping through the channels. They played songs from Prince of Persia: Sands of Time, Batman: Arkham Knight, Anthem, and two Assassin's Creed games.

It's fantastic that this music is getting public air-time. I loved it! It made the drive home really fun!

Damn I would love a sands of time remaster. It's probably just me looking back with rose glasses but that was a cool time in gaming.

Hobear wrote:
A_Unicycle wrote:

The local classical radio station has an hour dedicated to videogames! I was very surprised when I heard some familiar tunes as I was flipping through the channels. They played songs from Prince of Persia: Sands of Time, Batman: Arkham Knight, Anthem, and two Assassin's Creed games.

It's fantastic that this music is getting public air-time. I loved it! It made the drive home really fun!

Damn I would love a sands of time remaster. It's probably just me looking back with rose glasses but that was a cool time in gaming.

Sands of Time was absolutely fantastic. But the follow up's were ... not so much.

Hobear wrote:
A_Unicycle wrote:

The local classical radio station has an hour dedicated to videogames! I was very surprised when I heard some familiar tunes as I was flipping through the channels. They played songs from Prince of Persia: Sands of Time, Batman: Arkham Knight, Anthem, and two Assassin's Creed games.

It's fantastic that this music is getting public air-time. I loved it! It made the drive home really fun!

Damn I would love a sands of time remaster. It's probably just me looking back with rose glasses but that was a cool time in gaming.

Just finishing up AC: Odyssey, and looking for what to play next. Saw I had AC Chronicles: India (and China/Russia) on my pile, which looked vaguely PoP-ish, and thought it was about time for a new Prince of Persia.

Haven't had a good one since the 2008 version. Sounds like Mechner mentioned last year he's trying to revive the series.

This was a pretty good documentary I saw recently in Prince of Persia.

ThatGuy42 wrote:

Sands of Time was absolutely fantastic. But the follow up's were ... not so much.

Sands of Time was amazing, then Ubisoft spent the next two games showing they didn't exactly understand what made Sands of Time great, then they made the reboot to show that they had absolutely no clue why Sands of Time was great.

Sands of Time might have been amazing when it was released, but it aged extremely poorly. It's certainly not anything worth playing now except as an historical curiosity.

This reminds me that I love the SNES release Prince of Persia!

RnRClown wrote:

This reminds me that I love the SNES release Prince of Persia!

You read my mind! SNES Prince of Persia might be the most polished and absolute greatest version of the original 2D classic. It's certainly my favorite.
I think I'm going to boot that up on my retropi and play it right now.

The only Prince of Persia I've played outside of the original and SNES release is the 2008 game titled simply Prince of Persia.

I found it incredibly average, but the artstyle was great and I ended up seeing the end credits. I don't really have a point to this, but it's my most memorable experience of playing a game to completion that I didn't actually think was very good.

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No idea if it's representative of Sands of Time.

I liked the 2008 PoP game a lot but also The Forgotten Sands from 2010 was pretty good as well. It was back in the Sands of Time universe, but after events of the third game had basically reset the timeline. Had some fun mechanics that got very challenging by the end of the game.

Perfect temperature and water pressure in the shower. Feels like.. victory. Someday this world's gonna end.

Replacing the pneumatic cylinder on my Aeron chair. I love how user-serviceable these things are. I've bought two of them used and made some simple part replacements, and I'm still way below the outlay required to buy just one of them new.

I love you Bill Nye.

(The whole video is good but the key Bill Nye parts are at 10:15 and 18:15)

Spoiler:

Safety glasses off, motherf*ckers!

Having videos of incredible, funny or atmospheric gameplay moments I've experienced and some compilations set to music. It's great to think about a game out of the blue and then watch a little video of a favourite moment.

Today I got to tick another childhood dream off: I was able to fly a Boeing 737 (well, technically a P-8A Poseidon) for about 30 minutes. Sitting in the left seat, looking at the HUD, and feeling that huge aircraft move at my command was amazing. I love being a Naval flight surgeon and am generally satisfied with being a physician, but there's a little part of me that wishes every day that I had continued on my track to being an airline pilot. Still, the path I've chosen has been amazing, and I honestly wouldn't change it. Hurrah for today!

Wow, fantastic Coldstream! Chance of a lifetime.

Coldstream wrote:

Today I got to tick another childhood dream off: I was able to fly a Boeing 737 (well, technically a P-8A Poseidon) for about 30 minutes. Sitting in the left seat, looking at the HUD, and feeling that huge aircraft move at my command was amazing. I love being a Naval flight surgeon and am generally satisfied with being a physician, but there's a little part of me that wishes every day that I had continued on my track to being an airline pilot. Still, the path I've chosen has been amazing, and I honestly wouldn't change it. Hurrah for today!

That’s freaking awesome!

I’ve come to the realization that my childhood dream of commuting to work in a jet pack is never going to happen.

Driving directions written down by veteran truckers. I've been to 17 terminals using their directions and have yet to get lost (knock wood. )

I'm getting my first press tour for a soon to be released game! Also have a really awesome article in the works.

Coldstream wrote:

Today I got to tick another childhood dream off: I was able to fly a Boeing 737 (well, technically a P-8A Poseidon) for about 30 minutes. Sitting in the left seat, looking at the HUD, and feeling that huge aircraft move at my command was amazing. I love being a Naval flight surgeon and am generally satisfied with being a physician, but there's a little part of me that wishes every day that I had continued on my track to being an airline pilot. Still, the path I've chosen has been amazing, and I honestly wouldn't change it. Hurrah for today!

Did you loop it?

I've looped an 737, an 777, and an 787. Attempts in a 747-8 have not gone so well.

Spoiler:

.....well....simulated airplanes in avionics integration labs....

Seriously, though, one of my favorite work days over the last few years has been sitting in the jumpseat on a 787 during a flight test, with not a lot of fuel and no passengers onboard, on a maximum rating flight test (i.e. all of the thrust). Hell of a climb rate off the runway.

Jonman wrote:
Coldstream wrote:

Today I got to tick another childhood dream off: I was able to fly a Boeing 737 (well, technically a P-8A Poseidon) for about 30 minutes. Sitting in the left seat, looking at the HUD, and feeling that huge aircraft move at my command was amazing. I love being a Naval flight surgeon and am generally satisfied with being a physician, but there's a little part of me that wishes every day that I had continued on my track to being an airline pilot. Still, the path I've chosen has been amazing, and I honestly wouldn't change it. Hurrah for today!

Did you loop it?

I've looped an 737, an 777, and an 787. Attempts in a 747-8 have not gone so well.

Spoiler:

.....well....simulated airplanes in avionics integration labs....

Seriously, though, one of my favorite work days over the last few years has been sitting in the jumpseat on a 787 during a flight test, with not a lot of fuel and no passengers onboard, on a maximum rating flight test (i.e. all of the thrust). Hell of a climb rate off the runway.

was it the 787 that the big deal test pilot got his wrist slapped for doing a 1g roll during a demonstration flight?

Jonman wrote:

Seriously, though, one of my favorite work days over the last few years has been sitting in the jumpseat on a 787 during a flight test, with not a lot of fuel and no passengers onboard, on a maximum rating flight test (i.e. all of the thrust). Hell of a climb rate off the runway.

That must have been an amazing ride! You had me wide-eyed at the looping thing until I realised that you were talking about a sim! I asked if I could barrel-roll the P-8 if I promised to keep it as a 1-G maneuver, but they politely turned me down.

I am very fortunate in that I got to fly again today, and I'll have another flight tomorrow. It's an amazing aircraft, and I've been able to do and see some really interesting things, unfortunately most of which I'm not allowed to talk about. It's basically a stripped-down 737 with a bunch of fancy military toys in it. Still, they kept the oven, refrigerator, and forward toilet from the civilian version, so it easily qualifies as the most comfortable Navy aircraft I've ever flown in!

Coldstream wrote:
Jonman wrote:

Seriously, though, one of my favorite work days over the last few years has been sitting in the jumpseat on a 787 during a flight test, with not a lot of fuel and no passengers onboard, on a maximum rating flight test (i.e. all of the thrust). Hell of a climb rate off the runway.

That must have been an amazing ride! You had me wide-eyed at the looping thing until I realised that you were talking about a sim! I asked if I could barrel-roll the P-8 if I promised to keep it as a 1-G maneuver, but they politely turned me down.

I am very fortunate in that I got to fly again today, and I'll have another flight tomorrow. It's an amazing aircraft, and I've been able to do and see some really interesting things, unfortunately most of which I'm not allowed to talk about. It's basically a stripped-down 737 with a bunch of fancy military toys in it. Still, they kept the oven, refrigerator, and forward toilet from the civilian version, so it easily qualifies as the most comfortable Navy aircraft I've ever flown in!

Sounds like an Air Force version to me seriously that is awesome

Jonman, one of my favorite commercial flights was from Ottawa into Midway in the late 90's. It was a small (like 20 or 30 passenger) Bombardier jet, which surprised me; I'm thinking it was a new-at-the-time Global 6000. There were about 8 people on the flight including passengers and crew lol, and the pilot let us know that he was not going to waste an opportunity. We took off like a fighter in the steepest climb I've experienced, shoved hard in the seats, and when he had to pull a 180 degree turn to approach Midway from the south, the plane was perpendicular to the ground. It was sooo much fun! Very smooth flight too. We got there quite early.

thrawn82 wrote:

was it the 787 that the big deal test pilot got his wrist slapped for doing a 1g roll during a demonstration flight?

Your timing's only off by 60 years

That was a 707 (well, the prototype that became the 707), in 1955, with legendary test pilot Tex Johnston at the controls, who's the inspiration for the character in Dr Strangelove who rides the bomb.

Coldstream wrote:

That must have been an amazing ride! You had me wide-eyed at the looping thing until I realised that you were talking about a sim! I asked if I could barrel-roll the P-8 if I promised to keep it as a 1-G maneuver, but they politely turned me down.

It was pretty neat, yeah.

My bucket list still includes going on zero-g and negative-g flight tests, but that's unlikely to happen in my current role - crew list is kept super-minimal for those flights, for obvious reasons.

Things I have ticked off my bucket list include going down the escape slides on a 747, though I hadn't really intended for the airplane actually being on fire at the time. There's no feeling quite like having escaped imminent death!

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Love op-shopping! It's been a while since I've had a nice score, but this more than made up for the drought. Gale of Darkness was only $35 (eBay listings are $100+!) while the rest were $3-$5 each. Two copies of Ac!d so I can take the manual/inserts from both and have a complete copy.

Can't believe my luck today...That Pokemon game! I knew it was pricey, but not THIS pricey.

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Jonman wrote:

My bucket list still includes going on zero-g and negative-g flight tests, but that's unlikely to happen in my current role - crew list is kept super-minimal for those flights, for obvious reasons.

If it's just the experience of zero-G you're after (rather than specifically in an airliner), then you might want to make some friends with local pilots and ask them to do a few zero G maneuvers for you in their small aircraft while you play with floating pencils. If you're looking to bounce around Vomit-Comet style, then best of luck, and take pictures!

The latter, and yes.

I asked around and the only way for me to get that at work is to switch disciplines. And my aerodynamics knowledge is sub-undergrad.

So not gonna happen soon.

A new season of Taskmaster and the Englishness that ensues.