This is the podcast journal of Nicolas Jackson featuring honest conversations from the perspective of a Millennial socialist who struggles with mental health challenges and has a passion for technology, aviation and aviation simulation.
In this episode Nicolas shares their thoughts following their first month of membership in The Flight Sim Association. There seems to be ample potential to build a good educational and avocational online community so long as the goal of the organization is to maintain financial viability by educating and connecting people passionate about flight sim technology and it’s many potential applications.
Other Sim Activities: Flying less: 7.31 daily average block time. Average flight length 4.69 hours. Mixed use of airliners across the fleet. Still not ready to really review CS 767 or PMDG 777-200ER but getting closer. The learning curve is steep enough on Air Hauler 2 that Nicolas has given up on that product in favor of waiting on PMDG. Nicolas is still monitoring MSFS. At the moment though, the hardware shortage and lack of add ons with complex avionics systems mean Nicolas will continue to wait before adopting the platform.
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This episode finds Nicolas living in a very confused mixed reality surrounded by technology in an effort to obscure their own vulnerability to shelter issues. Still haunted by their brief experience with being shelterless half a decade ago, Nicolas attempts to process their feelings about the eviction of shelterless camps in Chico and Los Angeles and the limited paths to resolution. While taking the legal approach to challenging these evictions is the most viable it requires a massive amount of funding and is a long term approach. And, in the short term, direct action is unsustainable without mass. And, with a divided and desperate population mass appeal seems hard to come by.
A mistake in switching podcasts hosts has resulted in The Nicnac Podcast and FSRideAlong Podcasts being merged into one feed and Nicolas is seeking feedback on how listeners feel about potentially having one Podcast and Twitter feed again. Additionally, Nicolas got the stimulus and a tax return within a very short timespan. Having consumed “like a good American” Nicolas is now continuing to wrestle with their conscience and ensure their continued survival and comfort.
In this episode Nicolas struggles with their own sense of integrity and their recent lapses as well as the lapses in integrity of other organizations and people around them. Nicolas really struggles with trying to find an honest path towards hard reduction.
In this episode Nicolas talks about their recent sim purchases (Orbx Juneau, The CaptainSim 767 and Air Hauler 2) and their reasons for choosing these add ons. They also talk about the real world aviation industry and their dream airliner for current conditions. Finely they mention changes they are making to their aviation social media and their ongoing entrepreneurial aspirations relative to simulation. https://twitter.com/AlongFs
In this episode some work flow issues with flight preparation cause Nicolas to think about the untapped potential for increased fidelity in flight ops simulations no matter what developers it ends up coming from (sim devs or companies that already produce flight operations software support packages for real world ops). Nicolas also talks about their desire for an updated performance calculator utility and airline financial management utility. Finely, Nicolas discusses getting back into online flying.
Recent experience has given Nicolas pause about the way they think about and try to contribute to building communities. Now with a more fully realized understanding of the failings of the democratic process, Nicolas thinks again of NVC, Consensus and other approaches to arriving at a communal sense of consent to the best extent possible. Nicolas also expresses distress over their continued social challenges and how CBT style interventions have proved not to be effective for them.
Having relieved some immediate survival concerns relative to shelter, Nicolas ponders the marketability of their AVGeek and Flight Sim skills and passion. Nicolas also explains their continued X-Plane/P3D preferences as being a function of avionics simulation fidelity and a function of their love of computers and pressing buttons.
In this episode Nicolas discusses trying to triage meeting the current demands of their life loosely informed by their understanding of Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs and The Wellness Recovery Action Plan. The former has proven to be more helpful as Nicolas works though their survival needs in hopes of being able to spend more time on meeting esteem needs.
In this episode Nicolas goes back to the basics with General Aviation in MSFS 2020 and X-Plane 11. The limited functionality of the default G1000 in MSFS 2020 left Nicolas wanting even after trying a few mods. XP 11 was 1000x better stock and stock content can easily be supplemented with payware add ons. More importantly, though, X-Plane’s flight dynamics feel much more realistic and there is a seemingly endless selection of good freeware scenery.
In this episode Nicolas talks about their recent exploration of General Aviation Aircraft in X-Plane 11 including The TorqueSim Cirrus SR22 and X-Aviation/Leading Edge Simulations Beech Sundowner. Both airplanes have been enjoyable as Nicolas looks X-Plane. Nicolas tried MSFS (2020) but gave up due to the limitations of the default G1000.
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In this episode Nicolas tries to move forward based on the idea of camaraderie and an admittedly poor understanding of a wellness and recovery action plan. Topics covered include: Nicolas admitting the wrongness of their election prediction, managing digital ecosystem use, skipping Christmas, and “pushing Biden left” by calling out neoliberal humbug.
In this episode Nicolas updates listeners on their new Ryzen 3600 + Geforce 1660ti build. Nicolas commits to a future upgrade to The Ryzen 5000 series along with a 3000 series Nvidia GPU.
Nicloas covers their recent experience with X-Plane 11 and The FlightFactor A350.
Thinking ahead, Nicolas is waiting till their hardware improves before moving to P3Dv5 and MSFS 2020.
Currently, Nicolas is struggling for v4 optimization and flight continued control failure.
In this episode Nicolas does their best to come up with a coping and survival mechanism for the times ahead. They conclude that the best approach is to develop a tight knit group of people that one can support and get support from. They also talk about their vote, the problematic mechanics of representation and the potential of the sociocratic mechanic. Finally, they mention their new flight sim service offers.
In this episode Nicolas contemplates their current station in life and wonders about their ability to adapt should society's paradigm ever shift. They also contemplate whether human society has evolved to such an extent as to be immune to natural law.
In this episode Nicolas continues to struggle with reality. In the process they come to the realization that they are an agnostic fatalist. A combination that’s less than desirable and somewhat illogical.
In this episode Nicolas discusses their recent simming as they attempt to slog through a bout of depression in their personal life. Recent flight sim purchases discussed include Orbx’s Palm Spings, San Jose and Santa Barbra. They also discuss their blogging concept starting with a recent post they composed about moving from simulating Boeing operations to simulating Airbus operation. Future topics include learning the FlightFactor A350 for XPlane 11.
Finding themselves in a particularly rough state after months of quarantine due to Covid 19 and more recently near complete self imposed isolation, Nicolas shares some raw thoughts, feelings and fears.
In this episode Nicolas attempts to process the latest events in their life under continued quarantine. A piece of writing Nicolas is working on along with their finances and the imminent release of Microsoft Flight Simulator (2020) has given Nicolas pause. Could this be an opportunity to hang up the headset? Sadly, at this level of addiction, Nicolas suspects not. But, with their continued fs addiction in mind Nicolas is at least thinking critically about their addictive behavior.
In this episode Nicolas has a tepid reaction to the impending release of Microsoft Flight Sim concluding that the success of the franchise reboot will depend on 3rd party developers. Nicolas goes on to recount recent simming experiences including the conclusion of the 2001 Australia trip recreation with The PMDG 744 V3 and TFDI 717
In this episode Nicolas recounts and simulates their Spring 2001 flight aboard a Qantas Boeing 747-400 flight from Sydney, NSW to Los Angeles, CA. Nicolas also recounts their recent sim flights in The Aerosoft A330 and PMDG 747-8i. Recent stops have included Imagine Sim’s ATL, Latain VFR’s MIA, DD’s ORD, Aerosoft’s EDDF, FS Dream Team’s CYVR, Wing Creation’s RJAA and FlyTampa’s YSSY.
In this episode Nicolas renews their effort to revitalize and improve the show by focusing on detailing a simulated flight they made of their first flight as an airline passenger. The flight from KSMF-KONT was made special by Orbx’s Northern California and Southern regions along with the relatively close proximity to terrain seen on the Ziggy7 Standard Terminal Arrival Route into KONT. Please email Nicolas email@example.com and let them know what your favorite sim route is!
In this episode Nicolas talks about the psychological impacts they are facing after several months in almost perfect quarantine. Nicolas puts a particular focus on their addictions (flight sim, soda and cigarettes) and how being in quarantine makes fighting these addictions particularly challenging. Lastly, Nicolas laments their lack of active activism and debates attending a 4th of July gathering.
In this episode Nicolas touches on a variety of topics on their mind relative to flight sim. Including: A brief review of Orbx’s new Burbank scenery, short haul flights, keeping the simming experience fresh through virtual airlines and arbitrary simming rules, simulator maintenance, a hardware update, and the implications of new sims continuing to be built around software technology that’s now 14 years old.
In this episode Nicolas takes those that mock the struggles that developers often face when releasing a new product to task. Noting that prior to the large scale commercialization of the flight sim add on market there seemed to be less undue developer criticism. Nicolas then proceeds to live by their own words by walking back a previous critique of TFDI’s PACX. Finely, Nicolas has some hopefully constructive feedback for Captain Sim.
In this episode Nicolas takes a moment to acknowledge the real world in which we sim. They also mention their excitement about ProjectFly v4, due out late this month, Orbx’s Burbank, which is currently available and The Thrustmaster Airbus products. Finely, Nicolas wants to hear from you. What do you do when you find your sim experience growing stale?
In this episode Nicolas talks with Danielle Allen, a black woman organizer who wishes to share her story. Many thanks to Justice For Desmond for their hard work and dedication and for arranging this interview. For more information visit https://www.facebook.com/Justice4Desmond
In this episode Nicolas gives some sage words of wisdom to protesters regarding making sure efforts are sustainable. Nicolas is also seeking to give a platform to Black Community Organizers or allies to answer the question via podcast episode: What is the message you most want to get out there right now? Nicolas also talks about their financial choices for the month of June and their feelings of guilt over the evil organizations they financially contribute to.
Nicolas reacts to the actions of those fighting for justice in Minneapolis. Nicolas comes to the conclusion that with the pandemic, people of color being murdered by police across the country and the mainstream political parties being corrupt and useless, it is time to move past solely non-violent tactics.
In this episode Nicolas traces their tech history over the past 30 years or so (has it really been that long?). Nicolas then goes on to talk about the fact that they are much more of a tech user than a tech geek these days despite their background. This leads Nicolas to wonder, is it even worth it to build a new computer?
In this episode Nicolas sends out the call for FSRideAlong Co-Hosts in an effort to try a panel show format again.. Nicolas also poses the question AMD or Intel for flight sim?
Would you like to be a co-host on the show? Here are the details at fsridealong.com
Nicolas marks 14 years of podcasting by reflecting on their life over the past 14 years and their continued occupational struggles. Nicolas also talks about how they are dealing with 2+ months of quarantine and the status of their budget and computer.
While Nicolas is back flying again on their laptop they continue to focus on troubleshooting the hardware in their big computer (now dubbed Captain Cheapo Case). Will a new power supply fix the underlying problem? If not, what kind of processor and motherboard should be used with budget and nextgen sims in mind?
In this episode details hardware issues with not one but two computers preventing them from simming for a little over a week. Nicolas also talks about the concept of building a new computer and their current hardware selections. Finely Nicolas mentions their projected stability timeline for P3Dv5.
In this episode Nicolas starts out by musing over the concepts of freedom and privilege and asserts that many confuse these two concepts.Particularly white US citizens. They go on to talk about their personal circumstances and their continued use of poor coping skills.
Check out Solomon Burke’s song “None Of US Are Free.” A song I rediscovered via the classic TV show House MD https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eFkmRp_G2uo
In this episode Nicolas enlists the remote flight training services of Mike from ZeroSideSlip.com to work on hand flying skills. Nicolas also talks about the impending move to P3Dv5 and their recent flight sim experiences.
Check out Mike’s Remote flight Training services at ZeroSideSlip.com
Be sure to catch Nicolas’ flight sim live stream FSRideAlongLive on Twitch. Streaming everyday during quarantine!
In this episode Nicolas talks about the P3Dv5 announcement, The FSElite v MetterSimulation debacle and the financial realities developers face that may result in upgrade charges. My thanks to Karlene Petitt for linking to my podcast. A warm welcome to new community members.
Some time spent in a flight sim chatroom inspires Nicolas to talk about where the flight sim community stands going into the new MSFS, what flight sim media should be doing (themselves included), the forthcoming price hike in add ons, the reasons for the forthcoming price hikes and other elements of flight sim marketing, development and development budgets. Hopefully it isn’t as dry as it sounds and proves interesting and informative.
In this episode Nicolas talks about their disappointment with The FeelThere E Jets V3. They also discuss their tepid response to the release of the PMDG NGU 737-700 expansion. Mostly due to the fact that they have grown tired of the 737. Other topics include The FSLabs A321 and The Aerosoft A330-300.
In this episode Nicolas ponder their idolization of the late 60s and early 70s. Their core question ends up being why did former participants of the counterculture movement and former members of the Occupy movement largely move on to adapt to mainstream culture? ( sorry boomers and millennials but we may have more in common than we think if this turns out to be just another element of the human condition)
In this episode Nicolas wonder what makes one virtuous. Their conclusion is that the ultimate achievements or failures in one’s life can only be judged posthumously and that the struggles and strife one goes through in life build the charter necessary to be judged.
Following the frustrating attempt the understand knowledge as a form of escape, Nicolas begins to explore eastern thought. As they do this, they also acknowledge and breakdown the various components of their life
In this episode Nicolas attempts to take the next step from the last episode by searching for the definition of knowledge. Finding nothing definitive, they go through their understanding of the concept and its limits. Once again they find that their efforts fruitless. Further, they discover that their efforts have in fact represented an attempt to escape their reality.
In this episode Nicolas ponder whether new ideas are possible. And, if they are why they search for new ideas by looking at old ideas. They also ponder their mental cycles and wonder if there isn’t some way to embrace them rather than fight them or try to fix them.