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Gaming, GT Sport

GT Sport : FIA Championship | Manufacturers Cup Season 18, Race 3 (13/03/2018)

Today’s Manufactures Cup race took place at the Dragon Trail – Seaside circuit.

Unlike the race on the previous day, I decided to not rush out of the pits and instead hang back, letting most of the field out to try and give myself some clean air and space to put in a good lap or two.  By the time I crossed the line to start my first flyer however, I was closer to the car in front than I would have liked, but I managed to keep the gap and not really get bothered, with a 1:44.3.  I proceeded and improved by almost a second on lap 2, despite finding myself in traffic.  I managed to find clean air again on lap 4, the last one in Quali, but by that point the tires had gone off and I was almost half a second off the pace, so I abandoned the lap.  My lap put me in 9th position out of a grid of 20.

I started the race “cautiously”. I was gaining on the 911 in front of me down the straight, but tucked in behind into turn 2. My line was compromised slightly, which almost caused an accident, when a car took a spin at turn 3.  By turn 5 however, lap 1 had gone completely to pot, when it seems like “Robwood56” behind me, totally missed his breaking point and punted me from behind, sending me off the track and down to 11th place.  Confidence was a little lost in the fast chicane section and I lost another place.  There was however a sizable gap back to 13th (~3 seconds) so I knew for the time being, there were going to be no more dive-bombs / punts for the time being.  The next few laps were all about settling in and finding a rhythm  and mistakes from other drivers saw me back up to 10th at the end of lap 3.  I wasn’t really challenging much or being overly aggressive, but I was keeping with the Ferrari ahead of me, watching and waiting to pounce.  By the end of Lap 5 however it was me that was being pounced on, as the car behind had caught me and was within a tenth crossing the line.  However by the time we reached turn 2, I’d caught the car in-front and had to switch to the inside, which seemed to be unnoticed and contact was made, which ultimately handed me a 2 second penalty.  I held onto 9th until turn 5 when an nice move from the car behind on the inside saw me slide down the order once more.  Fuel was looking good at this point so I stayed out for one more lap than the cars in-front. I was running p6 until we reached the seaside section and someone came from a long way back, down the inside, running off the track and down to 9th.

I made sure I did the maths at the stop today, and fueled my car with the right amount of laps (6) to finish the race. I rejoined in 14th position, behind the 911 I’d had battles with at the start and I felt I had pace, but was nervous to make the move. They made a mistake into the hairpin at the seaside section to give me the place, but 3 corners later, I took too much on the inside and was handed a penalty, but moving off the line to slow down was clearly the wrong thing to do, as the car behind hit me, spinning me and losing me 2 places (sigh) back to 15th.  At least the gap back to 16th was over 10 seconds so maybe I can focus and still get something from this race.  By lap 12 I was back to 13th place, following other’s misfortunes, but got it completely wrong in the high-speed corners before the downhill into the sea front section and lost the car on the grass causing a massive spin, losing 2 places.  I instantly gained one back, as 14th place went wide on the hairpin, only for them to re attack me on the final corner and take the place back.  As the final lap began, the car in front seemed a little aggressive, like their life depending on the position, so I didn’t try anything silly into T2.  I almost lost a place to the car behind, when I lost control briefly on the exit of 5, which distracted the car behind, but I kept it together to come over the line in the end 14th position, as the car ahead had an outstanding penalty.

 

I tried really hard in this race to be courteous to other drivers, however it’s really hard to take when no matter how “nice” you drive, others don’t show you the same respect.  You can get an idea of the lobby by taking a look at the SR ups and downs on the race’s timing screen at the end.  I could really use a bit of luck and some like minded drivers for once, but hey, that’s online racing for you!

My Next Race: Round 6: 17 March, 2018 (Saturday) – Gr.4 / Autodromo Nazionale Monza

Gaming, GT Sport

GT Sport : FIA Championship | Manufacturers Cup Season 18, Race 2 (12/03/2018)

Today’s Manufactures Cup race took place at the Nurburgring GP circuit and I was looking to run very well here as it is a track I know very well from my early F1 days

I felt like I had some good pace around here in the practice session, putting in a lot of laps before entering the lobby. But as always, trying to find space on the track for a good qualifying run was my downfall.  I was compromised on the exit of my first lap when the 2 cars in-front of me had a moment out of the final corner, despite trying to find myself some space down the back straight. The second lap was ruined by the Spaniard that was battling me for track position, who ultimately rammed me from behind and my final lap I had a slow car in front was battling me like it was for the the WDC.  SO all in all I had to settle for 9th on the grid.

I was always concerned going into the race, as I was starting behind the fiery Spaniard from qualifying, but I think I kept my calm in the opening exchanges and was even making ground on the leader for a start, chipping away at the delta to P1. It all started going wrong when I foolishly tried to defend around the hairpin on lap 4 which handed me a 4 second penalty. After that I felt like I was in battles and couldn’t really show my true pace, although the racing was fun. I was undecided whether to pit or not at the end of lap 6, as I had the fuel to carry on and the tires weren’t to bad, but I pitted and made 2 vital mistakes. Firstly, I hit the wall on the pit entry and secondly I thought there were only 4 laps of the race left so I under fueled the car by one lap.

Once the race resumed for me, I was In a pretty nice battle with the cars around me and even made a daring lunge up the inside into the hairpin, which ultimately paid off for me as I managed to build a gap and get on the pace, setting the Fastest lap on lap 8, although this was later beaten, it re-enforced to me that I did have pace around this circuit.  By lap 10 I was kind of cruising, not making in roads to the group ahead, but slowly pulling away from the car behind.  Just as I was starting to make ground on the 2 in front, the message of DOOM appeared to tell me I’d under fueled the car and only had 0.8 left with over a lap still to run, so it was straight down to lean with plenty of lifting and costing.  I think the car infront was also suffering from a lack of fuel as they dropped of and I was able to take 8th.  The last few corners were very nervous for me. I conceded the place to the fast car behind but then also totally misjudged my braking into the final chicane to hand me 1 final penalty in the race.  I didn’t manage to get rid of it all before the line, but I did managed to hold onto 9th place.

Nothing Gained, but nothing lost either.

Points to take into the next race

  • Be better at mid-race Maths to avoid having to back off on the final lap
  • Think more carefully about moves on slow corners

Next Race: Round 3: 13 March, 2018 (Tuesday) – Gr.3 / Dragon Trail – Seaside

DJ Sets

New Set (Thursday, 8th February 2018)

What can I say, I’m prone to not updating the blog.

Firstly, I hope you all had a good festive period and the new year is being kind to you. It’s been a bit of a rocky start to the new year for me. Firstly I was struck down with what I believe to be Food Poisoning, which left me fitting and unconscious on the bathroom floor. Then there was the sad decision to pull the plug on my own Discord server, despite everyone’s best efforts to revive the community.

However it’s not all doom and gloom. I’ve started making some v-log videos over on my YouTube channel, which seem to be going down a storm, so I’ll probably be doing more of them in the near future. Given that my last Mix was posted back in October, you’re probably thinking that I’ve not be doing much in regards to Dj’ing / music. Well that’s not the case. Apart from the one I’m posting here, I’ve actually done 3 other mixes between October and January. What’s more, I’ve been investing in more tracks and spending a lot more time listening to music, watching other DJ’s in action to try and get some tips and tricks. But above all, I’ve been practicing more and more. I’ve installed VDJ on my Windows tablet, which has allowed me to play around with music where ever I go. I’ve also been looking at some more “chilled” dance music and am planning on creating a chilled set in the coming months (stay tuned for that).

Anyway onto this set. This was a “late at night” set. I’d just finished a Portal 2 recording session and had some time to spare and had promised Aerond that I’d do a mix for him and this was the result. Link to download the set is below along with the full track listing and time-stamps. If you’ve got anything you’d like to say (transition suggestions, track suggestions or just general comments), please do leave them below in the comments. It’s always good to hear form you guys. Anyway, until the next time – ENJOY!

Set Download: Download From Google Drive

Track Listing
00:00 | Hi There Radio (Extended Mix) – Orjan Nilsen
04:38 | Artifact – Passenger 10
08:13 | Fireflies (Extended Mix) – Roman Messer feat. Christina Novelli
13:30 | Moments (Whiteout Extended Remix) – Andrew Rayel
16:52 | Square One (Steve Allen Extended Remix) – Allen Watts
22:17 | True Love (Extended Mix) – Super8 & Tab feat. Envy Monroe
25:29 | Titans (Extended Mix) – Omnia & Alex Sonata
28:41 | Missing (Andrew Rayel & Mark Sixma Remix) – Mark Sixma feat. Emma Hewitt
32:56 | Take Me Away (Dave Neven Remix) – 4 Strings
36:59 | Sensei (Extended Mix) – Steve Allen & Patrick Dreama
40:33 | In the End (Markus Schulz Tribute Mix) – Linkin Park
42:15 | I live For That Energy (ASOT 800 Anthem) (Extended Mix) – Armin van Buuren
46:25 | The New World (Davey Asprey Remix) – Markus Schulz
51:14 | Tonight (Allen Watts Extended Remix) – Cosmic Gate & Emma Hewitt

DJ Sets

New Tunes in my Record Box – Live Set (Tuesday 24th October 2017)

It’s been a while since the last post I’m aware of that, Old Habits Die Hard!

So I’ve been really busy over the last few weeks and have been really struggling to do the things I love doing. I’ve hardly been streaming, and I haven’t had a chance to get on the decks in a while. But last week was ADE (Amsterdam Dance Event) and A State of Trance did a 14 hour radio show to celebrate Episode 836 and that got me back in the mood to get some new trance tunes, bin off my Formula 1 recordings and get behind the decks once more and have some fun with the new tunes. What I pulled off was, in my opinion (I’m not biased honestly), one of my best mixes I’ve ever done while Djing (although there are a couple mistakes in there, namely the one where I stopped the wrong deck, so I had to edit the mistake out – Whoops!). The set is inspired by some of the latest Trance tunes, the tunes that were played at ADE and those which I’ve had my eye on over the last month or so. Having the controller has really brought my skills along dramatically, so I’m really glad that I took the plunge and bought one (thanks for the nudge Sadique).

Anyway without further a do, here is the link to the set, which you can download from Dropbox as well as a full track listing for the 85 minute set. ENJOY!

Set Download: Dropbox Download

00:00 | Tightrope (Above &Beyond Club Mix) Above & Beyond feat. Marty Longstaff
05:37 | This is a Test (Arkham Knights Extended Remix) – Armin van Buuren
11:18 | Black Eagle (Extended Mix) – Frainbreeze
15:10 | Firewalker (Extended Mix) – The Noble Six
20:14 | Leave a Message (Original Mix) – Will Atkinson
25:26 | Heads Will Roll (David Gravell Remix) – Yeah Yeah Yeahs
28:28 | Sunny Days (PureNRG Remix) – Armin van Buuren feat. Josh Cumbee
31:48 | Lumina – Giuseppe Ottaviani
36:51 | Mein Herz (Davey Asprey Remix) – Kyau & Albert
39:45 | Rain (Zach Evans Remix) – Myon x Fatum featuring Marcus Bently
44:03 | On the Move (Extended Mix) – David Gravell
46:55 | I am Alive (Original Mix) – Paul van Dyk
49:43 | The Legacy (Alphazone Remix) – Saltwater
55:04 | Higher Love (Extened Mix) – Seven Lions & Jason Ross feat. Paul Meany
59:30 | Violet Rose – Joel Freck featuring Frank Kadillac
1:03:55 | In the End (Markus Schulz Tribute Mix) – Linkin Park
1:07:49 | The Launch – Marlo
1:11:46 | Hi There Radio (Extended Mix) – Orjan Nilsen
1:15:06 | Artifact – Passenger 10
1:18:15 | Escapist – Dezza
1:21:02 | The Chant – Thomas Gold

General

Trying Different Tunes – Live Set (Saturday 2nd September 2017)

2 posts in a single day . . . . what’s going on here?

So after my “Walking Dead” live-stream on Saturday night, I decided to head over to my other streaming channel on Twitch and do an improvised mix.  It was a bit of a mixed bag, some mixes sounded good, others were terrible (not to mention the point of the mix where I killed the wrong track).  At the end I did attempt a “David Guetta Mega Mix”, which I don’t think was too bad.

Anyway, I haven’t got a video version of the mix online anywhere, but I have uploaded the MP3 for anyone who would like to give it a listen.  As before, if any comments or feedback about the tunes or mixing style are appreciated. I am thinking about putting together a Year 2000 mix, of all the songs that were big, back in the say when I started going out clubbing (and yes, for anyone who is doing the maths, it was before I was 18 :P), so keep posted for that coming real soon.

FULL SET TRACK LISTING

0:00 | Armin van Buuren – I Live for that Energy (ASOT 800 Anthem)
1:10 | Ben Gold – I’m in a State of Trance (ASOT 750 Anthem)
6:25 | Sandy B – Make the World go Around
10:31 | Steve Angello & Alex Metric – Open Your Eyes
15:43 | Superfly – Let’s Get Down
18:38 | Supermode vs Bronski Beat – Tell me Why
23:45 | Tim Deluxe – Just Won’t Do
25:56 | X-Press2 – Lazy
30:40 | Underworld – Born Slippy
35:17 | Warp Brothers vs. Aquagen – Phat Bass (Aquagen Club Mix)
39:42 | Yomanda vs Love Tribe – Stand Up 4 Strings
42:36 | Deadmau5 – Some Chords (Dillon Francis Remix)
45:30 | Armin van Buuren – Coming Home
50:20 | David Guetta – Medley: Paris / Without You / Lunar / Sunshine
53:26 | David Guetta feat. Akon – Sexy Chick
55:20 | David Guetta – Medley: Paris / Without You / Lunar / Sunshine
59:50 | David Guetta feat. Kid Cudi – Memories
1:01:54 | David Guetta – Medley: Paris / Without You / Lunar / Sunshine
1:08:30 | David Guetta feat. Sia – Titanium

DJ Sets

The Return of DjNj – Live Set (Saturday 19th August 2017)

Time to get those hands in the air party people 😛

So, clearly creating the new blog and having so much enthusiasm about posting and keeping things up to date fell by the way side. It’s been a while, but I can only apologize for that. However I’m back and this time I have something rather special.

For a while now I’ve been toying with the idea of getting back into Djing and have even played around on twitch and in my discord every now and again. I have an Online Buddy (Sadiquecat) who is also a Dj and he has been bugging me and badgering me to get a Dj controller for a while now. So I finally took the plunge and purchased a Numark Mixtrac 3.  By no means is it anything amazing and cutting edge, but for me it’s just the job.

So with this new bit of kit it was time to arm myself with some new tracks and blindly go into a live set over on my Twitch channel and to be honest I think it went really well.  The set was mainly based around Trance Tunes, but it was just a case of throwing the tracks in there and seeing how I could put them all together.  If you want to watch the full set live, the video is down below, however if any of you want to pull it down to your machines for offline listening, I’ve also provided the MP3 as a download below.

If you have any ideas or suggestions for future sets, please leave your ideas below in the comments. I would really like to hear your thoughts and feedback to help me improve my style.

FULL SET TRACK LISTING

0:43 | Above & Beyond – Sun and Moon
5:48 | Armin van Buuren – I Live for that Energy (ASOT 800 Anthem)
10:03 | Ben Gold – I’m in a State of Trance (ASOT 750 Anthem)
15:33 | Deadmau5 – Some Chords (Dillon Francis Remix)
18:58 | Orjan Nilsen – Iconic
22:57 | Deadmau5 & Kaskade – I Remember
29:43 | Chicane feat. Moya Brennan – Salwater (Kryder Remix)
34:27 | Robin S vs Mobin Masters – Taking it Back to the Old Skool vs Be vs Show Me Love
40:37 | Eric Prydz – Pjanoo (Aerond Remake)
44:32 | Norman Doray – Street Sounds
48:05 | Groove Armada – Superstylin (Riva Starr Edit)
51:44 | Calvin Harris & Disciples – How Deep is Your Love (Chris Lake Remix)
55:25 | Dj Snake & Biebz – Let Me Love You (Don Diablo Remix)
58:53 | Alex Adair – Make Me Feel Better (Klingande Remix)
1:02:34 | Alex H – Kadoma
1:09:10 | Above & Beyond – Home (A & B Club Mix)
1:15:26 | Deadmau5 – Polaris
1:21:39 | Armin van Buuren – Coming Home
1:26:29 | Deadmau5 – Avaritia
1:30:51 | Faithless – Insomnia (F4ST Edit)
1:33:45 | Robin S – Show Me Love
1:37:15 | Aaron Gill & Mitchell Niemeyer vs. Jaz von D – Sol
1:41:31 | The Ting Tings – Shut Up & Let Me Go (Toscadisco Love the old Skool Mix)
1:45:14 | Jax Jones ft. Mike Dunn – House Work
1:49:00 | Joe Stone ft. Montell Jordan – The Party
1:52:30 | Take That – These Days (Syn Cole Remix)
1:57:14 | Sidney Samson – Riverside (Afrojack Remix)
2:00:10 | Eric Prydz – Niton
2:05:09 | David Guetta ft. Kelly Rowland – When Love Takes Over
2:07:30 | Sweedish House Mafia – Don’t You Worry Child
2:12:17 | Overwerk – Anthology (Daft Punk Tribute)
2:18:02 | Luis Fonsi & Dady Yakee ft. Justin Bieber – Despacito (Cristian Poow Club Mix)

General

Back to Life, Back to Reality

So I’m determined not to let the blog fall by the wayside already, so hopefully this post isn’t too random . . . . 

As much as being on holiday is a good thing, as my wife always says you need to come home so you can go on the next one. Holiday is one of those times where you let loose and eat and drink like it’s going out of fashion. Which is great, but when you’re “naturally fat” like me, it just means extra work when you get home. 

The truth is I really over indulged on holiday and ended up putting like a stone (14lbs on), totalling a whopping 16st 0.75lbs – something I’ve not weighed for ages. So I always knew that monday morning was going to be a time to get back on the diet, which me and Mrs Nock are always on, but there’s nothing worse than the thought of giving up all that yummy tasty food, while at the same time returning to a massive back log of work. 

Getting back into normal routine wasn’t as hard as I thought actually, apart from the fact the gas lift on my chair was broken so I’ve had to sit almost on the floor all week, but I guess being so busy with work has meant that I’ve not had time to really think about snacking and eating. I’ve not even had the urge to head out to the garage and get a cheeky beer from the drinks fridge. I feel like I’ve come back from holiday refreshed and ready to buckle down with things. I’ve got back to streaming, which is missed, I’ve started new games and I’ve even pre-recorded a load of portal videos and completely cleared my queue (talk about organised). 

So comes the dreaded day where you get on the scales and hope and pray that the week of sacrafice was worth it. And actually, I’m really happy. I lost 6 3/4 lbs which is fantastic. I’m fully aware that your first week back on a diet is always prone for a big weight loss but I needed that. I’ve been trying so hard to keep out of the 15st bracket so to quickly get out of the 16st is a god send. 

I’m in the right mindset at the moment to get back into shape. 4 years ago I was training for a half marathon, and was the fittest I’ve ever been and weighed a lean 13st 11lb, so it would be nice to get back down to that area. I’m determined to get back out and start running again so watch this space and if you see me, make sure you nudge me and tell me to go for that run 🙂

Everyone’s been so supportive to me this week in streams and discord so thanks for the support. It’s great to know my community is supportive and misses me while I’m away. You guys are awesome 😉

Developememt, Duskers

Duskers Sandbox – v1.0.1 Release Notes

Only 24 hours since the initial release we’re already patching the program.  Many thanks to LB for testing it, bring up an issue and providing his save file for me to test properly.  Below are the change details:

  • Fixed an issue where Reserve Propultion Fuel was capped at 6, meaning if the player had more than 6, the program would throw an exception
  • Removed the No Module Selected option from the module drop downs on Player Ship
  • Added a self fix mechanic to resolve an issue in the save file where one or more ship modules had the same slot number

Please visit the Duskers Sandbox page for the link to the latest version

General

Duskers Sandbox v1.0 Released

The Wait is Finally Over . . . .

I’m pleased to announce that I’ve just uploaded the first release of Duskers Sandbox for download. Please visit the Duskers Sandbox page where you’ll find the link to DropBox. THe program is still in BETA, so please report any suggestions, bugs and issues by adding a comment on this post.  In time, I’ll create a full Bug List / Change log section so you’re able to see where I am with certain issues.

Duskers, Gaming

The Solder Ship Module

A mystery module which has promise, but what does it do?

So as you may know, I’m currently working on a project of my own creation called “Duskers Sandbox” where the idea is to create an application to allow the user to fully customise the Campaign mode load-out, allowing the player to test and practise different scenarios. For more information about the project, please see the Duskers Sandbox page.

Anyway as part of the project I went through the main save file to find a list of all the available Ship upgrades and I came across one called PermSolder. I threw it onto one of my existing ship modules and fired up the game and two things were uncovered. First of all the realisation that any module with Perm preceding it denotes a permenantly installed module. Not only this, but these modules don’t appear to deteriorate over time. I worked this one out because the module I used to test this had about 9% chance of breaking, but on the ship screen in game, the break % is removed completely.

The second and more interesting discovery with this module is that Solder (or Soder as the game calls it) is a ship module which apparently allows you to break and solder doors on ship. So with this new knowledge it was time to see if I could work out how it operates. I’ll save boring you with the details here as I recorded a YouTube video showing the module in action, so here is a link to the video – [Duskers] The “SOLDER” Ship Slot Module. In short, it allows you to “Solder Shut” a door which may have been broken by a swarm or even by an asteroid collision to prevent radiation, how cool would that be in game! Although it states that you can also break doors, I was  unable to find anything that works currently.

Post recording this video, I’ve had a chat with LB about a couple of things and I’ve got a couple more things to try out with this module so stay tuned for more testing with the module, but if you have any info or knowledge of the module, please feel free to share your comments below. It is currently unknown whether this is a module which is available in game or not, but it would seem bizarre that they put this in and not use it. Having said that, I have discovered at least 2 drone modules which don’t work in game, a SwarmTurret and a Repair (I think it was called) module. When you install these to your ship however, the slot is empty giving the impression they are not working in the current release of the game.

Until Next time, NOCK Out!