Their Final Destiny

Surely God is good to Israel, to those who are pure in heart. But as for me, my feet had almost slipped; I had nearly lost my foothold. For I envied the arrogant when I saw the prosperity of the wicked.

Surely in vain have I kept my heart pure; in vain have I washed my hands in innocence.

When I tried to understand all this, it was oppressive to me till I entered the sanctuary of God; then I understood their final destiny…

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Faith Shaking Scientific Discoveries (Or Not)

Take-away: You know all those big big scientific discoveries that seem to shake your faith just a little bit more each time, if you’re being honest? Actually, they usually end up on the cutting room floor. Just wait a bit, and watch some Christian sources like AIG, CMI, or ICR, and you’ll see these claims often be completely retracted or significantly eviscerated. But you won’t usually find the mainstream media covering this because after all we-were-wrongs aren’t all that exciting. Rest assured all science inevitably, eventually, ends up agreeing with the Bible. Here are just a few of the big discoveries that later turned out to be largely hype…

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Race 07 NVIDIA Anti-Aliasing

Update 2014-07-19: I found the solution. My original fix wasn’t even doing anything it was just using the 4x AA I set in Race 07′s Video and Language Options application. The real fix for me was upgrading drivers and then things started to work. Before upgrading my drivers NVIDIA Control Panel changes to AA didn’t appear to do anything and NVIDIA Inspector wouldn’t save my changes either. It just wasn’t sticking. After upgrading NVIDIA drivers it all started working. I used NVIDIA Inspector to set: Antialiasing – Mode: override; Antialiasing – Setting: 8x CSAA; Antialiasing – Transparency Multisampling: Enabled; Antialiasing – Transparency Supersampling: 8x Sparse Grid Supersamping (Sparse Grid is important, some things will still look jaggy without it); Toggle FXAA on or off: On; Anisotropic filtering mode: User-defined; Anisotropic filtering setting: 16x. Now even Monza 06 looks great which still looked poor after my previous fix. Good luck!

I finally found a little bit better anti-aliasing for Race 07 from this post on Race Department explaining that you can achieve slightly better anti-aliasing by using Race 07′s Video and Language Options application and setting 4x AA there and then also using the NVIDIA Control Panel to set: Antialiasing Mode: Enhance. I also set Antialiasing – Transparency: 8x; Ansitropic Filtering: 16x; Antialiasing – FXAA: On. It seems to look better. Still, some tracks like Monza 06 have a lot of jaggies. I suspect it’s just AA-unoptimized old track code. If you have a better solution I’d be glad to hear it!

In this smile…

In this smile, this beautiful creation, joy bursts forth from the form of her comely curves. From lush strokes of warm pink she speaks harmony into the world. Her song fills this place.

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htpasswd limits passwords to 8 characters (or: read the manual dummy)

Turns out htpasswd limits passwords to 8 characters in length by default prior to Apache HTTPd v2.2.18. I run CentOS 5 with HTTPd v2.2. I don’t rely on .htaccess password access for anything serious but I do use it as an https ‘front door’ for one of my addresses which does have its own properly secured password access. I’ve been running it like this for years and I was sure something funny was going on entering the username/password combo in there. I swore I was noticing incorrect passwords getting through. Today I decided to test it out thoroughly.

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Sim Racing – 2014 Thrustmaster FSR World Championship

I’m really fascinated by this FSR World Championship sim racing series I just found. It’s a complete world series, complete with professional drivers and sponsorship, including call-by-call qualifying and racing. It caught be by surprise that we already have a fully virtualized, top-tier, professional sporting event that is a copy of a real word sporting event.

Logitech G27 900 Degrees Steering Across Racing Games

Update 2014-07-19: I finally got 900 degrees in Race 07. It is, in fact, the same method as RaceRoom Racing Experience (Set it in the Logitech Profiler and then set the Steering Lock in the Car Setup) but apparently the steering wheel animation won’t be correct if you do that. That would have been okay except there’s no default steering lock like RaceRoom Racing Experience has so you have to set it on every car. I guess that’s technically correct but more hassle than I wanted so I went back to Logitech Profiler default degrees for Race 07. I wish these games would just do the ‘auto-magic’ thing like iRacing does.

Update 2014-07-08: I finally got 900degrees in RaceRoom Racing Experience: (1) Set it in the Profiler, (2) set it in R3E under Vehicle Settings > Wheel Animation (remember this is only animation it has no effect on how it feels), (3) go in to Control > Advanced Settings and set Steering Lock between 28 and 32. You need to google about steering lock and the ratio between that and the rotational degrees of your steering device. I just found the 28-32 metric after reading some discussions. For 540 degrees I’ve seen recommendations of 18-22. I believe the same steering lock applies for Race 07 but I haven’t tried it yet.

I loved the way iRacing was so easy to setup for the 900 degree turning ability of the Logitech G27 so I tried RaceRoom Racing Experience and Race 07 and was very disappointed there was no way to get that linear steering working when the G27 was setup for 900 degrees. Well, it’s not a real fix, but it’s here’s a decent work-around…

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Far Cry 3 and the Survival Experience Mods

I’ve been playing Far Cry 3, again, after letting it sit since beating it a couple of times last year. I even upgraded my system recently to see the game at its visual best. Some time ago I posted about injecting some life into Far Cry 3 after you’ve already beaten it, largely about encouraging exploring, and trying out new, more difficult ways of playing the game. Recently, I’ve come across some blog posts about Ziggy’s Mod, a mod that attemps to really go after the hardcore, wilderness survivalist thing that Far Cry 3 seems on the verge of nailing.

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Far Cry 3 Benchmarks and the Sweet Spot for SLI Price Points

Far Cry 3 is a great game and I play it quite a bit even after having already finished it twice. It’s a great open world to explore. I decided, recently, to upgrade my NVIDIA GTX 460 SLI setup and went about researching new video cards. A little background, when I was buying the 460s everyone was saying they were a fantastic price (under $200) for their performance, so I picked up one and a little later picked up another for SLI. They turned out great so I have a good feeling about this segment of the NVIDIA line up.

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