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    • I started a playthrough of Baldur's Gate 2 on Twitch!

      4 days ago

      borisof007 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold HR Manager, Engineering

      I'm playing Baldur's Gate 2 - a Dungeons and Dragons PC game (2nd edition rules, so super old like me) - on Twitch. I'm currently playing through as a Neutral Evil cleric. 


      You can find my stream along with fun bits there. I'm going to try and record each of my play sessions and edit together just the funny bits and see if I can get those on Youtube.


      Twitch.tv/borisof007


      Any follows would be MUCH appreciated! Views are appreciated too of course. I'll try and update here too whenever I plan on streaming. You can also follow me on Twitter at twitter.com/borisof007 too as I tend to tweet out every time I start streaming.


      :D

    • Feel good post #2 - This EXCELLENT meme from the RT Subreddit!

      2 weeks ago

      borisof007 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold HR Manager, Engineering

      https://www.reddit.com/r/roosterteeth/comments/9kb8d5/asking_rt_fans_what_their_favorite_rt_content_is/


      I died laughing at the end XD


    • Your feel good news for the day #1

      3 weeks ago

      borisof007 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold HR Manager, Engineering

      Students at Bristol University raised money to send a janitor that works there on his first vacation in over 10 years


      https://www.cnn.com/2018/09/27/health/students-raise-money-to-send-janitor-on-vacation-trnd/index.html


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      From the article:

      "Custodian Herman Gordon has been spreading kindness at Bristol University for more than 11 years. This summer, students of the UK university decided it was time to return the favor.


      Students launched a crowdfunding campaign to send Gordon, originally from Jamaica, on a weeklong trip to Kingston to see his family for the first time in nearly a decade.


      "I started it because I know everybody loves Herman for his happy energy," said medical student Hadi Al-Zubaidi, who had the idea for the fundraiser. "I thought sending him to his home country of Jamaica would be a beautiful way of giving back for all that he does."

    • Anyone watch Voltron on Netflix?

      3 weeks ago

      borisof007 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold HR Manager, Engineering

      I'm just beginning season 4 and I think it's really starting to shine. Individual character arcs, development, learning, new characters - it seems to be coming together nicely.


      I've had My Hero Academia recommended to me nonstop as a good one to also start. I've done I think 2 seasons of Tokyo Ghoul? I wish there was a fuckton more of that though because that's a brutal show.


      Any more recommendations?

    • Always put your interviews on your calendar

      3 weeks ago

      borisof007 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold HR Manager, Engineering

      Fun story


      I woke up today thinking I had a free day to myself and that I had multiple interviews tomorrow. I proceeded to dress down for work, something I NEVER do (and mostly because Friday is my last day. What're they gonna do - fire me? lol). I proceed to get to BART, take the train to San Francisco, and then have a sort of "huh" moment.


      I take out my phone


      I check my email


      It's 8:27, I have an onsite interview in San Francisco at 10:00 AM. I am wearing joggers and a SF Shock Overwatch shirt.

      FUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUCK


      FUCK


      OK. ok. I got this. OK. What's open? Macy's opens at 10. GAP opens at 9, maybe I can swing GAP and get a Lyft to the interview.....TARGET. TARGET OPENS EARLY


      Proceed to take train 2 stops down - OH BOY DREAMFORCE IS HAPPENING YAY 120,000 FUCKERS IN SUITS WALKING AROUND. GET THE FUCK OUT OF MY WAYYYYYY


      OK I'm in Target. Jeans all look stupid, but I have zero options. Try on jeans, they work OK I suppose. Almost get ready to leave, wait I need a belt! Go back and look at sizes (I'm a fat fuck at 38). I buy a belt that fits 36-42 - awesome. Buy clothes, go to bathroom that has fucking water all over the floor. Have to stand in shoes while changing joggers into jeans - I proceed to slam my head into the stall wall about 4 times. Ow


      OK Jeans are on, now for the bel...ttttttuuughhhh fuck this is FUCKING tight goddamnit and now I have zero time to return and get another fuck fuck damn fuck.


      Go outside, FUCKERS everywhere, no way I'm getting a lyft. Walk back to BART, take train 3 more stops, walk 3/4 mile with a heavy backpack because I thought I was fucking going to work today. By the time I get to interview, I'm nearly sweating gross in shitty baggy jeans with a belt that's giving me a hernia.


      I still nail the interview because I'm a fucking boss


      Leave interview - omg this belt I need to shit SO BAD


      Call lyft, go back to target, go to stall, shit brains out, return jeans and belt.


      Victory

    • My gf got really good at video games

      3 weeks ago

      borisof007 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold HR Manager, Engineering

      She's had a lot more free time on her hands lately being on disability (not knocking her one bit! She needs it). She'd been frustrated with herself lately with the results of some of our Overwatch and PUBG matches this year. So she decided to do something about it.


      She started practicing on her own, communicating, building up her confidence. I want you to understand that 3 years ago she never played a single FPS in her life and she has near life crippling social anxiety. A team based shooter doesn't exactly come easy to a person like that and it's not like I taught her how to play. I had her play with me and she learned through absorption and watching. She learned what I would like to very much call "The Hard Way". I didn't create new accounts for her to play with, she instantly got grouped up with me against people at my skill level. But now....


      Now she can now outheal me and tank at a near platinum level in Overwatch. We're about 100 SR away this season.


      I'm proud, sure. But that pride belongs to her - she earned it through hard fucking work on her own. 


      I'm honored to be able to play with her now, and that's an awesome feeling that I've not had with anyone. Now I just need to work on her being comfortable on camera for twitch streaming. :-)

    • Let's talk positive!

      3 weeks ago

      borisof007 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold HR Manager, Engineering

      I noticed something interesting when reading my friends I follow journal entries - the ones that seem the happiest only seem to, well, have happy entries! I think maybe I should try and give this a shot. 

      So positive things - I committed to moving to Austin in about a years time with my gf Alex. I'm really excited about being closer to Chupacabra's. I'm having a ton of interviews lately and I'm pretty sure I'm going to be landing something really soon here. I finally opened up to my sister about some of the things I've had to struggle with and overcome (addiction mostly). That last one was a huge one for me - not a single one of my "friends" or even family knew of any of my problems, so it felt great to be able to tell at least someone. 


      I was thinking about starting to catalogue my life experiences as a potential book. I'm 32 but I feel like I've lived 3 lives already. 


      Ahhhh, what else? Oh! Gonna sell my car - not because I'm hard up for any money but rather because I just don't need it. Anyone want a 2008 Subaru Impreza? Only like 120k miles on it, 100% of those are mine too since I'm the original and only owner. lol

      I really wanna go get that Bob Woodward book - Fear: Trump in the White House. I read the first few chapters on preview through Google Books and it's incredible so far. Highly recommend!


      That's about it I suppose for today. Man that's a lot easier than I thought it would be. What great positive things have happened in your lives?

    • Will Wheaton wrote a wonderful blog on depression and anxiety

      3 weeks ago

      borisof007 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold HR Manager, Engineering

      It's an AMAZING read - please go check it out. Here's the first section with a link below for the rest - it truly is worth the investment of your time I promise:

      "Hi, I’m Wil Wheaton. I’m 45 years-old, I have a wonderful wife, two adult children who make me proud every day, and a daughter in-law who I love like she’s my own child. I work on the most popular comedy series in the world, I’ve been a New York Times Number One Bestselling Audiobook narrator, I have run out of space in my office for the awards I’ve received for my work, and as a white, heterosexual, cisgender man in America, I live life on the lowest difficulty setting — with the Celebrity cheat enabled.


      My life is, by every objective measurement, very very good.


      And in spite of all of that, I struggle every day with my self esteem, my self worth, and my value not only as an actor and writer, but as a human being.


      That’s because I live with Depression and Anxiety, the tag team champions of the World Wrestling With Mental Illness Federation."


      https://medium.com/@wilw/my-name-is-wil-wheaton-i-live-with-chronic-depression-and-generalized-anxiety-i-am-not-ashamed-8f693f9c0af1




    • Leaving Indeed.com! What's my new opportunity?

      1 month ago

      borisof007 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold HR Manager, Engineering

      My two weeks notice is put in today. Some new and exciting times await me!


      I have had two onsite interviews with Facebook, and have interviews with Microsoft, Twitter, and Discord all lined up. I feel pretty good about my future.


      Any fun developments in your life? Share!

    • What is Ray Tracing? Your RTX Nvidia GPU guide!

      1 month ago

      borisof007 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold HR Manager, Engineering

      Copied material from Gizmodo - excellent article and you should at min click this link to give them the traffic and ad revenue :-)


      Current list of games slated to support Ray Tracing (RTX):

      • Assetto Corsa Competizione from 505 Games
      • Atomic Heart from Mundfish
      • Battlefield V from EA/DICE

      https://gizmodo.com/why-ray-tracing-on-nvidias-new-gpus-is-so-exciting-1828964418 


      What is Ray Tracing?


      Nvidia recently announced new high-end graphics cards with an RTX designation attached to the model numbers—that RTX indicates the card’s enhanced ray tracing abilities, which could bring a whole new level of realism to games. Here’s what you need to know about ray tracing and how it’s going to feature on the graphics cards of the future.


      The name is a giveaway as to what ray tracing actually is: Trying to determine the path of photons of light in virtual environments, so those virtual environments look as realistic as possible. Being able to work out how light should fall in a scene requires a lot of computing power, even more so as objects and light sources start moving (as they tend to do in games and movies).


      Ray tracing is nothing new. Coders have been experimenting with it since the very first days of computer graphics. What has changed over time is how realistic and detailed ray tracing can be, and how fast it can be computed, and with Nvidia’s new cards the technology is taking another jump forward.

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      Ray tracing attempts to work out the path of light by imagining the eye looking at a scene and working backwards to the light source. The color of each pixel must be figured out based on the objects in a scene, their relationship to each other, and the number, type, and position of the scene’s light sources—not a straightforward set of calculations at all.


      The way that light falls on a black cloth is different to how it falls on a chrome sphere, of course, and ray tracing algorithms need to take into account all these properties for every object in view, and every light source hitting them. Light bounces and reflects too, making the process of figuring out the colors of a few million pixels even harder.


      As a result, it takes a huge amount of processing power. We’ve seen high quality ray traced scenes for years now, but it’s been largely restricted to static images or scenes that can be rendered a long time in advance—movie CGI has been able to deploy ray tracing a long time before video games because huge banks of computers can spend days calculating the physics of a scene.


      Pixar even published a paper about how it used ray tracing in the move Cars. “Adding ray tracing to the renderer enables many additional effects such as accurate reflections, detailed shadows, and ambient occlusion,” explains Pixar. (Ambient occlusion is a technique used to better work out where light is blocked in a scene, and how that’s represented on screen).


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      A lot of the impressive effects that ray tracing brings—reflections, shadows, refractions—already exist in computer games, but the details of these effects are mostly fudged or estimated by graphics artists. Moving to true, real-time ray tracing has been compared to moving from graphics painted by artists to graphics calculated by physics.


      Up until now, games have solely relied on a rendering technique called rasterization, where instead of bombarding a scene with millions of rays of virtual light bouncing around in every direction, graphics processors calculate how the millions of triangles that make up 3D models should look when converted to pixels and flat 2D images—but just one at a time. Simulated light rays coming straight from a virtual light source influence the color and brightness of those rendered pixels, but multiple triangles can’t affect each other, requiring shadows, indirect illumination, and reflections to all be cleverly simulated.


      On the best games of today, on the best hardware, it looks fantastic—but it’s still not quite like looking at the real world. Real-time ray tracing promises another step in that direction


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      Lighting is particularly hard to get right with rasterization: It’s treated more or less as moving in a straight line, brightening up the sides of objects closest to the light and casting a shadow on the other side, but lighting in the real world doesn’t quite work like that.


      Thanks to the engineers at Nvidia, Microsoft, and others, we’ve now gotten to the stage where ultra-realistic lighting can be mapped out without being pre-rendered. You should see the difference most clearly in complicated lighting setups, where there’s a row of frosted glass doors, or a stained glass window, or a waterfall.


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      With the switch to the RTX moniker from GTX, Nvidia is making a big noise about the Ray Tracing capabilities of its new series of cards. Those cards and the Turing GPUs contained within have been engineered especially to cope with the kinds of advanced, demanding calculations ray tracing requires.


      If you think about how light travels through a scene—literally at the speed of light—and how shadows, reflections, and refractions are formed (such as when light passes through water), it’s perfectly understandable why consumer graphics cards have taken all this time to get to a stage where real-time ray tracing is possible.


      Check out the Shadow of the Tomb Raider demo from Nvidia below, for example. We’ve seen lighting tricks like this before, but not in the same detail or with the same level of realism: Note how strong backlight is enough to turn objects and people into complete silhouettes, something that needs the power of ray tracing to properly work.



      It’s something engineers and researchers have been working towards for half a century both in computing and movie-making. The best CGI in films now looks like it’s part of the real world, reflections and refractions and all, and now Nvidia’s new cards promise to bring the same realism to games.


      “Real-time ray tracing replaces a majority of the techniques used today in standard rendering with realistic optical calculations that replicate the way light behaves in the real world, delivering more lifelike images,” says Nvidia.


      Another example shown below comes from an Unreal Engine demo of the technology published back in March. Look at the detail and the quality of the reflections in the scene—suddenly it’s barely distinguishable from live action (though this demo required a hugely powerful PC setup and some background rasterization to work).



      The new cards actually split ray tracing up into two components - ray casting (tracking the paths of rays) and shading (determining the final appearance of objects). The RT cores on the new RTX cards are designed to speed up ray casting specifically, so performance increases and visual improvements will vary depending on the geometry of a scene and how much other work there is to do.


      Being the first consumer graphics cards to include specific hardware for ray tracing, the RTX 2000 series represents another milestone in real-time rendering. Of course shadows, reflections and other lighting tricks have been in games for years, but now they don’t have to be fudged or approximated—they can be finely calculated.


      It is still a nascent technology though, and games will have to be written specifically to take advantage of the RTX hardware. At the moment, the list of games supporting the new standards is relatively thin, but it should grow and grow over time. As we’ve said, the ray tracing revolution won’t start overnight, but it is beginning.


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      Big thanks again to Gizmodo for such a detailed walkthrough. 


  • Comments (39)

    • borisof007 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold HR Manager, Engineering

      1 year ago

      Holy shit I have comments on here from 12 years ago

    • Raf FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Raf

      1 year ago

      Thanks for the friend request!

      • borisof007 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold HR Manager, Engineering

        1 year ago

        Thank you for accepting! :-)

    • Zailee

      5 years ago

      Happy FU Day!

    • TheBay

      5 years ago

      thanks for accepting the request! and congrats on the FU! smiley0.gif

    • ItsJamie

      5 years ago

      Grats

    • Dame

      5 years ago

      ~ Merry FU Day!! ~ smiley13.gifsmiley7.gif

    • mesowhite

      5 years ago

      Congrats on the FU!!

    • WomanFriday Writer, Wife, Woman

      5 years ago

      Happy FU! :)

    • Nic_Pietron FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Arch-guy

      5 years ago

      FU? Cheers!!!

    • Derek

      5 years ago

      Happy FU!!!!

    • MissBlue #0000FF

      5 years ago

      HAPPY FU!! :D

      • borisof007 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold HR Manager, Engineering

        5 years ago

        YAYYY!!!!!

    • Dani FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Danimals

      5 years ago

      happy FU day! smiley0.gif

      • borisof007 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold HR Manager, Engineering

        5 years ago

        Thanks!

    • MrVash

      5 years ago

      Congrats on being Featured User!

      • borisof007 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold HR Manager, Engineering

        5 years ago

        Thanks!

    • JazzyBellz FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      5 years ago

      Hey there you :)

      • borisof007 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold HR Manager, Engineering

        5 years ago

        I get up at 6 to get ready for work. MWO is super fun though, you should try it if you can, f2p.

      • JazzyBellz FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

        5 years ago

        I've heard of that game, but I've never actually played it. Dang, that suckssss. Do you have to be up super early?

      • borisof007 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold HR Manager, Engineering

        5 years ago

        I am playing a little Mechwarrior Online before I go to bed. I work in Fremont but live in Tracy, so my commute's a bit rough.

      • JazzyBellz FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

        5 years ago

        Just playing Minecraft. How about you?

      • borisof007 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold HR Manager, Engineering

        5 years ago

        Not too bad. What're you up to at this near midnight hour?

      • JazzyBellz FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

        5 years ago

        I'm alrighty and yourself?

      • borisof007 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold HR Manager, Engineering

        5 years ago

        Why hello there! How're you?

    • general08

      9 years ago

      Woot, on at same time.

    • evilcherry

      13 years ago

      what is up with everyone and the amazing music and T.V. shows at this place? lol, p.s. love the pics

    • dyskrasia

      13 years ago

      Happy New Year!

    • borisof007 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold HR Manager, Engineering

      13 years ago

      EWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWW

      I REMEMBER THAT!! lol

      that was so funny when i first saw that, where did you get that from?

    • SmartSphinx

      13 years ago

      14y4qu

    • dyskrasia

      13 years ago

      Okay wait, is your friend Sean a lesbian? If he isn't, how the heck am I supposed to help him out? :insert surreal icon here:

    • borisof007 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold HR Manager, Engineering

      13 years ago

      no problem, just hit me up on AIM, or email me at ryanfurlong@sbcglobal.net

    • dyskrasia

      13 years ago

      I'm a week late, but thanks for the hair compliment...I don't know if I thanked you already, but thanks again.

    • LiquidHavoc

      13 years ago

      wow, another guy from Tracy Ca
      I wonder if we ever crossed paths in the West Valley Mall

    • Show

      14 years ago

      take it easy on insulting the regulars... not a good way to establish yourself... Quazz recently got back from Iraq, so he deserves all the respect in the world... take it easy on the flamewars overall.... just get a bit more low key

    • borisof007 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold HR Manager, Engineering

      14 years ago

      where exactly in the basement to you go? Because there's like 3000 topics down there, a name would narrow the tedious search down a little

    • Show

      14 years ago

      Thank You! Thank You! Thank You!

      I gave you +3 for having enough sense to realize that in my journal. Fucking Rock! You sir look like a level headed individual. I try to rally the few of those we have struggling through these forums and direct them to the Basement where we only stupid for amusement. Rest assured, we can hold a good conversation if necessary and overall I think it's more fun in there... I suggest you head down and check the place out. Good to have you on the forums. Yo

    • borisof007 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold HR Manager, Engineering

      14 years ago

      not bad, yourself?

    • lenny

      14 years ago

      hey im lenny hows it goin friends??

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