Pandemic and mental health

The COVID-19 pandemic has had a huge impact around the world, not only for the individuals, families and friends of those directly impacted, but also on the wider community, businesses and markets.

It is quite reasonable to feel afraid, anxious and indeed desperate if you find yourself without a job and a wage. Thankfully governments are doing something to assist people. The necessity of self isolation can impact some of us more than others, thankfully social media can provide us with some interaction or perhaps even some old fashioned telephony.

If you find yourself struggling to cope and don’t have anyone you can turn to during this or any difficult time for that matter, there’s a good chance there’s an organisation in your part of the world with resources to assist you. In Australia we have Beyond Blue, an independent non-profit organisation working to address a wide range of mental health issues. Here’s a great article on looking after your mental health during the outbreak.

If you’re into Sim Racing, specifically iRacing, I will be running a special livery in the Advanced Mazda Cup in support of Beyond Blue and the good work they do but most importantly make those of us who might be feeling isolated and anxious, aware that you’re not alone and help is a single click or phone call away. You will need Trading Paints (it’s free!) installed to see the livery in iRacing and obviously be running in the same event.

iRacing Mazda

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X-Plane KBWW – Bowman Regional

There I was, trying to plan for a flight in FSEconomy to KBPP, and my goto tool these days for this is SkyVector.  To my surprise, KBPP wasn’t available.  On further investigation, KBPP has been closed permanently for past couple of years.   I did notice another airport on the chart that was also near Bowman, but a little further to the East.  A little more digging and a look on google earth revealed that this new airport was opened in 2015 – KBWW, with a minor change in runway direction and 5701ft (1738m) of beautiful new concrete surface.  In X-Plane, there’s still the old KBPP…what a good opportunity for my first attempt at an airport for X-Plane’s Scenery Gateway

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Elite Dangerous

Elite Dangerous

Elite II
Elite II

Many years ago, a university colleague brought to my attention this little game that in its entirety fit on one 640kb floppy disk. The game, Elite II was my first foray into space sim genre of gaming. Despite the graphics capabilities of the day it was every bit enjoyable.  This however was the 2nd installment of the series, the first – Elite – was published in 1984. 31 years later, Elite is BACK AGAIN, only this time, it is DANGEROUS!

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