I play video games and enjoy modding them. I have skills with Photoshop, Paint.NET, Autodesk Inventor, Solidworks and I am busy learning my way around 3DSMAX. Currently a Mechanical Eng. student.

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It has been a while since I posted a blog entry here on moddb, it's about time I updated it. To say the least there hasn't been anything significantly interesting to talk about, 2016 however, is proving to be a year of change for me in particular.

To begin with the usual stuff I am finishing up my Mechanical Engineering qualification, currently working full time as an engineering trainee and going to class about twice a week. It's been great and I have the opportunity to get the hours I need for in-service training in addition to earning some cash on the side which as a full time student was always hard to come by. After this year I will be studying further to get my honours degree (B.Tech / B. Eng Tech) after which I don't see myself studying any further. I am not really one that is interested in postgraduate studies, but who knows it may grow on me at a later point.

Here is my design project I did in semester 2 of 2015. It was a serious crammed effort towards the end due to a test timetable close to the deadline but I was happy with it when it was done. I learned a lot doing the project which is always a good end result.

Design project finished

In other news I bought a new fishing kayak and have taken up kayak fishing as a hobby. It's great fun and good exercise, not to mention it gets you outdoors which is never a bad thing. I am still quite new to the sport but so far it's been a lot of fun and great way to escape the worries of everyday life,

In the gaming sphere I haven't been that active, I have pretty much stopped playing online shooters like Battlefield 4 and resultantly my skills aren't too sharp which is making getting back into those sorts of games quite challenging. Over the past few months I haven't really been playing many new games, but mostly old games that I played ages ago (2004 - 2006), I got somewhat addicted to Evil Genius which I found very entertaining and it was fun to play when I had the time. I also replayed Overlord and a bit of the AoE 2 HD campaign.

This year I intend to get up to date with my gaming. My computer is also growing a bit tired, I am still running a GTX 560Ti which only has a gig of memory, which by today's standards just plain doesn't cut it. I am super excited on the release of the third Star craft 2 entry and not to mention the announcement of the new Mass Effect Title. I have always been a huge fan of the Star craft / Mass Effect universes and definitely will be playing them this year. I have decided to set the deadline for upgrading my PC to a week before Mass Effect Andromeda is released. I intend to replace my CPU cooler with a water cooling unit, install an SSD with a fresh copy of windows 10, add another 8 GB of ram and to replace my GPU (which will probably entail replacing the PSU as well) with the best one I can afford something in the ball park of a 960 / 970 with a minimum of 4Gb of memory.

I guess for now that is pretty much it, I will try be a bit more active on this blog as the year progresses. I also want to get back into the modding scene and finish up The Road to Limansk with TSF, but I will put any information relevant to the mod on the page.

Happy New year all, thanks for reading!


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mp5lng
mp5lng

Hi man ! your textures for STALKER are so great ! Great work man !
Thumb up !

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Predator_828

Thanks!

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sgt.davis44
sgt.davis44

Pretty good so far actually. We're not nearly as busy as I initially expected, but I think once we start with the bigger projects in May it'll pick up.

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sgt.davis44
sgt.davis44

Sure thing. I will keep that in mind. Thanks

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sgt.davis44
sgt.davis44

Well, most of my lecturers are pretty decent. The second semester work seems, so far, to get interesting. Not so sure about 1st semester though...

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My first semester was just Maths & Mechanics along with loads of other random stuff.

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sgt.davis44
sgt.davis44

Starting Electric and Computer Engineering at NWU PUK. Hopefully we'll actually start working next week(been rather dull so far).

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Sab3rr
Sab3rr

Posted this on sgt davis's profile, could just as well give you the same tips :P

-Do not let the tutorial tests demoralize you! (Guessing the tut system is at most uni's). The important part is understanding what to do in the tutorial problems. Tut tests are evil and don't make much diff in the long run.

-For exams always work trough your notes, cross reference what are in the notes with what is in your text book. Work through all tutorial problems (because they are usually previous year's exam questions.). And working through previous year's exams is a must, because you would be surprised how they just copy paste questions.

-Always, but always stay on top of your math subjects!

-Even if you think you will never understand some work, give it time, your brain will make the connections, maybe after some sleep, maybe after talking to a fellow student about it or maybe even after the semester is over, doesn't matter. As long as you pass over all.

ps. why are most SA guys on moddb engineers? weird. oh must be because we are drawn to sites like this.

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sgt.davis44
sgt.davis44

I did not know you're from South Africa! Pretty cool... Where do you study? And how far are you?

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Predator_828

I am studying at Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, here in Port Elizabeth. I am in my first year, still 4 or 5 more years to go. How about you?

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sgt.davis44
sgt.davis44

Still in grade 12. Studying Electronic and Computer Engineering at PUK next year. If my end-year exams hold up.

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Hey man, sent a reply on your page :)

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