” Sweet Spike ” by tgchan ( Pentax K-5 II s + SMC Pentax-F 50mm F2.8 Macro )

” Nobody likes Sweet Spike… As a matter of fact, nobody liked him ever since he was born. He used to be quite a nice fellow, you know? Unfortunately his strange looks, weird diet and not so much fresh breath made him really unpopular. He’s genuinely desperate nowadays, he just flies around and tries to hug anyone… that can’t be good, can it? He used to be charming, really smart and with a good talk. Sadly enough, time changes everyone… and for poor Sweet Spike the change was not for the better… I mean, I don’t blame him, you know? How would you personally feel if everyone, without any exception, would hate you from the moment they meet you? Not nice, huh? And it wasn’t nice for Spike as well… All he ever wanted was to be just like others; nice, colourful, likeable, cute and things like that. Didn’t work out at all… He got beaten many times, with many different things; newspapers, towels, flip-flops, got electrocuted, sprayed with chemicals and so much more… It’s just painful, you know? Not just for the body, but for the soul as well… Poor Spike, I heard he got addicted to pooh again too. It is not his fault really? The freaking nature designed him like that, what can he do about it? Nothing, exactly… so why all the hate!? Sweet Spike~!! Not everyone hates you~!! Can you hear me~!? Don’t you do anything stupid~!! Some of us understand how you feel and you are not alone~!! Unluckily… Sweet Spike is not with us any more… Those were my last words to him, and this is the last photograph of him. Sweet Spike was found dead at a hotel room in Des Moines, Iowa, on May 25. Test results have shown he died of an accidental diarrhoea overdose. He is survived by… no one. You won’t be missed, but you were still… pretty fly for a stinky guy. “

Art Prints

 

 

” Inception Of The Tree Of Life ” by tgchan ( Pentax K-5 II s + Samyang 8mm F3.5 Fisheye CS II )

” The Tree of Life… What are you doing here all alone, surrounded by all those concrete walls with glassy eyes? You are far away from your place, you must be so lonely… Look what they have done to you… How can you live like that? Constantly drowned in shadows, waiting whole days just for a glimpse of sunshine… it must be unbearable. Hmm… now that sounds awfully familiar… I think I know what keeps you alive, and I am most certainly sure how you must feel. Worry not my dear fellow, you are not alone in this miserable journey. You are beautiful, you know… You might not be in your ideal place in life, but you are truly special, and those who are lucky enough to be in your presence, really do enjoy your magnificence. Lost, but still unique and so uncanny. Have you ever wondered, why are we placed the way we are in our existence? Is it a pure randomness, or is it something entirely greater than that? If it is the first thing… we are truly fucked, aren’t we my friend? Imagine uprooting now, after so many years of wasted life… it can’t be easy, can it? If it is the second option… well, we have some purpose of being in such a position, and we can’t do much about it, except for understanding it, and waiting for the highest point in our lives. I don’t know… this thinking feels too comforting, could it be just a nasty lie? Where do you even seek such an answer? Can you know for sure, once you learn of it? Dear Tree… what is it going to be? Do we really have a chance? Can we really turn things upside down? Look, the sky is already bending to your will… I think we can… “

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iRacing

There is no other racing simulator that would so professionally reflect the real racing career. I have been playing racing games my whole life and I have always striven for the maximum realism.

I never really liked track racing in particular… I was more rally kind of a guy. Driving in loops the same road for for x amount of laps just simply bored me like hell…

The first try I gave to iRacing was in 2013-08-21, I think it was the time when I was getting tired of rallying in Richard Burns Rally. I have not renewed my subscription because I was simply falling asleep during the races… I just couldn’t bare the repetition of them…

I have played many different sims: Richard Burns Rally, Rfactor, Live for Speed, Assetto Corsa just to name few…

None of these games or any other as a matter of fact, have developed such professional feeling about them. The structure of the racing career, rules, interaction with others and much much more. Unfortunately for the most people it is too real and the majority of them give up. The ones who enjoy this level of realism are in heaven, simple as that. The only thing that could take this title down from the position of the best racing simulator would be the rally version of it… but again… technically it wouldn’t be a racing anymore right? 🙂

So why the change? you might want to ask. Well… I can’t really tell. It kind of grew on me… In rally you fight only against the other drivers’ times but here… it reminds me of dogfight (Mil Aviat), sitting on someone’s tail, waiting for his little mistake, making every turn count just to finally take the big step and risk everything for the victory over your opponent…

I could write and write about it… instead please, take a look at one of my races below. It should give you a little bit better picture of what I am trying to explain here… ( Please, have also in mind that I am only starting my (track) racing career and there are plenty of things in need of improvement)

 

Starting Position: 12th

Finished: 3rd

Fastest Lap Time: 2:10.975

[ Car: Ruf RT 12R C-Spec ]     [ Track: Suzuka Grand Prix ]

 

Starting Position: 9th

Finished: 2nd

Fastest Lap Time: 1:51.826

[ Car: Mazda MX-5 Cup ]     [ Track: Okayama International Circuit – Full Course ]

 

EDIT:

People don’t understand that they pay for the service of racing with the best drivers around the word, in real race manner… with rules, career, penalties, proper organisation and much more!

If you want to crash from time to time or make some donuts with your friends, go look for something else… like AC, RaceRoom, Project Cars etc (those sims are great for casual drivers)

Few days ago I really wanted to buy incoming simulator (on steam) “Stock Car Extreme”. People love it, praise it etc and sometimes I was really only few clicks away from confirming my purchase.

I was thinking a lot and couldn’t decide if I should get it or not…

Then it struck me… Why am I not playing Assetto Corsa, Live for Speed etc anymore? I mean those games are equally good right? WRONG

They are good until you want to race seriously and can’t find leagues and even when you do (forum ones…) nobody cares about them… Points, losses, wins, crashes, they all mean nothing…

They are all fun but there is no real goal in them and… ” Without a goal there is no point of action. ”

So, you don’t really pay for your tracks, cars, or monthly subscription fees… You pay for the professional organisation in which you can participate and the ability to feel like a real race driver, not a geek in front of a PC.

 

Building the 2014 BMW Z4 GT3 :

Bathurst: Behind the Scenes :

iRacing Art & Engineering Video Blog – Apr 1, 2012 :

iRacing Bathurst Real vs Virtual – F1 at Mount Panorama :

 

Oh, one last thing… For all those who say that the graphics are outdated, bad or whatever… THE GAME LOOKS AMAZING – simple as that.

If you do need anything better than this, go watch an HD movie… because you obviously didn’t come here to RACE~!