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Random Conversations / Re: Random Picture Blowout 2018!
« Last post by PIE-GUY on Today at 08:42:51 AM »
My first post in this thread...


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Entertainment / Re: All Things ViDEO GAMES
« Last post by gainesvillegreen on Yesterday at 10:02:55 PM »
Been hitting the racing sims hard since Christmas. They are such beautiful games to admire in presentation and execution, I know they are niche, but what an awesome niche.

Forza 7: likely the best in terms of pound for pound graphical power. The cars are rendered beautifully, all 700 of them, and a great list of tracks, some of which can't be found in other games. Of all the sims I own, this is the most arcade-like, the most forgiving, and the most welcoming for a "Sunday" racer. However, there is a grind to the progression - having to earn credits to buy cars - which after about 40 levels feels too grindy. Also, I have absolutely no desire to turn off any assists in this game, and it doesn't really prompt me too. In the end, a beautiful looking game (it is native 4K, the only one on the market for console as far as I know), but once the career mode is over, I'm not sure I'll play this very much.

Gran Turismo Sport: without a doubt the best in visually representing the car in question, has something to do with their lighting model which is extremely easy on the eye both on the cars and on the landscape, and is missed when you are racing other sims. Very light out of the gate though, especially in terms of tracks, but the progression through career (just added 8-10 weeks after launch) and unlocking tracks is reasonable. However, you have to grind for credits to get to cars, which is ridiculous. Sure, they gift you some along the way, but for a $60 game, with only about 17 unique track locations, to not be able to pick any car and drive on any track at any time seems excessive. Takes some time to get a handle on the physics, but falls somewhere on the hard core sim/arcade line. Recommended.

Project Cars 2: Extremely difficult. But, extremely rewarding, moreso than the other games. Also, has the best track listing of any sim on console. Graphics are an A-, but when the other two above are easily A+, this isn't really an issue. Extremely deep career mode, probably my favorite of any of these, but you can also race whatever whenever you want - which is the way things should be, when you are paying a AAA price. Extremely detailed at the set up/tuning level, which in turn means it takes triple or more of the time (and patience) required to come to terms with the physics than anything else I've played. But, once it clicks, it provides the best feeling of satisfaction of any of these. And, it will also make you a better sim driver, which you can take to the other games. Forza, GT...you can be an expert at either of those, and fail miserably in the Project Cars 2 environment. You have to REALLY want it to make this game work. But, I do, so that's fine.

Assetto Corsa: An older sim (2014-2015), produced by a smaller team, but in terms of holding a controller in your hand and getting a car around the track, it has the best physics of any of these games. Adjustments are felt immediately, the force feedback is (at least via a controller) the best on console. Also has a few tracks, particularly in Italy where the game is developed, which can't be found anywhere else. Car list not quite as extensive out of the box, but plenty of DLC for reasonable prices brings the car count right up with the others. Also has the best AI to race against. This game, while not as visually stunning as the three above, is where I would recommend anyone who wants to begin to learn this type of game to begin. Has a decent enough career mode (really, any career mode which teaches you how to race the cars in the game is more than sufficient, which this one does), and the online community is the most knowledgeable that I've found.

I hate car culture, and can't be bothered to watch a race of any stripe on any weekend. But I've been playing all four of these to the exclusion of everything else, and don't see that changing for the foreseeable future Even other sports games, don't given the satisfaction of achievement these games do. I can't recommend them highly enough. It would be amazing to take the best 2-3 attributes of each and meld them into one ultimate racing sim game, that'd be awesome.
 

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General Topic Discussion / Re: Accounting Apps/software
« Last post by mistercharlie on Yesterday at 09:25:00 PM »
QuickBooks is nice. Sage is another good program, but might actually be more than you guys need right now. Microsoft's Dynamic  is a great accounting program, but it's pretty pricey.
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I really like this short set too, have been viewing over the last year. She'll be missed, lots of music which will remain unmade.
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General Topic Discussion / Re: Accounting Apps/software
« Last post by Caravan2001 on Yesterday at 08:51:23 PM »
Any recommendations for small business accounting apps?

Seems like quickbooks is the standard but Iím wondering if thereís other apps that may fit my situation better.

Total confused n00b in this realm of real world things so any advice on small business bookkeeping is appreciated.

Hire an accountant. I bet it will be somewhere between $200 and $400, and they'll save you a ton of money by knowing the system and what kind of deductions you guys can take (gas, lodging, meals, new music equipment, vehicles, etc.) And you can write off the expense for the accountant next year.

You could probably write off Phish tour as a networking / research experience.

This...at least for tax purposes.  I suppose if you need to balance books for the band/merch, etc. then Quickbooks or other would be worth looking into.  Might be able to hire a bookkeeper for that stuff too for not too much.  It can be a real headache.
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General Topic Discussion / Re: Accounting Apps/software
« Last post by jam> on Yesterday at 08:20:18 PM »
Any recommendations for small business accounting apps?

Seems like quickbooks is the standard but Iím wondering if thereís other apps that may fit my situation better.

Total confused n00b in this realm of real world things so any advice on small business bookkeeping is appreciated.

Hire an accountant. I bet it will be somewhere between $200 and $400, and they'll save you a ton of money by knowing the system and what kind of deductions you guys can take (gas, lodging, meals, new music equipment, vehicles, etc.) And you can write off the expense for the accountant next year.

You could probably write off Phish tour as a networking / research experience.
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Random Conversations / Re: Paug Runners' World
« Last post by slslbs on Yesterday at 07:41:52 PM »
I'll weigh in too

Agree, 1 or 2 extra miles if you feel good is fine, no more

Run the long runs slower than race pace

How many 20's?. Most of the time I ran 2. A 20 and a 22 or something like that. 5 is too many.
My "plan" was similar to Augs except that I don't have time to run an >6m mid week so I improvised. I would run 4 days total and go to the gym 1 - 2 days. Weekday runs were usually 4 - 6 with tempos / intervals once a week. My goal time for my 1st was  4hr (9 min pace). I ran it in 4:07, finished strong at a good pace and felt like I could run another mile after I was done so I was quite happy.  If I was going to do another and not care about time I would do the same thing.

Expect to have some aches/pains while training. You'll figure out what is normal for you and what is not.

Find out what your race will be having re drinks / gels and experiment with that. If you don't like it, just find something you do like and bring it yourself.

get well soon Aug!!


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General Topic Discussion / Accounting Apps/software
« Last post by WhatstheUse? on Yesterday at 07:30:17 PM »
Any recommendations for small business accounting apps?

Seems like quickbooks is the standard but Iím wondering if thereís other apps that may fit my situation better.

Total confused n00b in this realm of real world things so any advice on small business bookkeeping is appreciated.
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Random Conversations / Re: Paug Runners' World
« Last post by August on Yesterday at 04:49:39 PM »
Yeah, man!
What are you doing for nutrition/hydration on your LRs?
Iím shut down until Mon with the flu so I need some running talk!!
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