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Research Lectures Posted on YouTube

Sunday, October 2nd, 2011

I finally got around to posting both my dissertation and a lecture I gave at FIT on YouTube.

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Windows 7 Custom Shortcut Keys

Sunday, September 4th, 2011

I recently tried to set up customized short cuts within windows 7 and found that after right clicking on a given short cut, and going to properties and then entering the desired short cut key in that field, the key did not work to start the short cut.

Read on for the solution…
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Nick’s Got A Photo Blog

Friday, July 23rd, 2010

I needed a place to store some photo’s I’ve touched up; therefore I’ve started a photo blog.  I’m pretty new to photography and am only beginning to scratch the surface at touching up photos with photoshop and various other programs.  I’m also am still getting used to tweaking the various settings on my camera.  The pictures posted thus far come from various vacations taken to Disney, Savannah Georgia, the Bahamas and Puerto Rico.  Enjoy! :heart:

Massive Blog Update

Friday, September 4th, 2009

This will be a giant catch up post on the life of Nick.  I have grossly neglected this blog for about 90 days and am finally making a return to the blogosphere.  Of course, my returning to the blogosphere is none other than to continue to document random aspects of the internet with an occasional blip about me.

Speaking of me, if you haven’t heard already, I finally did graduate with my Doctorate of Philosophy in Electrical Engineering (PhD EE)!  I moved from the Orlando area out to Rockledge (small town in Florida south of Cocoa and north of Melbourne/Palm Bay) this past June and started my new job!

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Nicholas Shorter is defending his PhD EE dissertation this summer semester!

Monday, May 4th, 2009

Good Evening Ladies and Gentlemen or Good morning I should say if you’re still awake,

At this hour of the morning I am literally glowing with excitement!  Today I come with an epic announcement:  My Dissertation Defense Is This Semester!!!

Earlier this evening, I just completed testing on the last two components of my dissertation and both are working!  I have now accumulated enough novel contributions throughout my entire research career to defend my dissertation.  I feel highly confident that I will pass knowing what awesome material I will be presenting.  This marks the closing of a gargantuan portion of my life as I have been researching my chosen topic and going to school for my PhD for the last 3 years and another year before that for my master’s.

I have a date in mind for my defense, but I have to check with my committee first.  If this date jives with their schedules, I will announce it and would be absolutely delighted if you attend (as everyone in the ‘general public’ is invited).

In this hour of triumph, I am reminded of Eisenhower’s words (which will appear at the end of my actual submitted dissertation manuscript) in which he delivered to soldiers departing to the D-Day invasion:

You are about to embark upon the Great Crusade, toward which we have striven these many months. The eyes of the world are upon you. The hope and prayers of liberty-loving people everywhere march with you. In company with our brave Allies and brothers-in-arms on other Fronts, you will bring about the destruction of the German war machine, the elimination of Nazi tyranny over the oppressed peoples of Europe, and security for ourselves in a free world. Your task will not be an easy one. Your enemy is well trained, well equipped and battle-hardened. He will fight savagely. I have full confidence in your courage, devotion to duty and skill in battle. We will accept nothing less than full Victory! Good luck! And let us beseech the blessing of Almighty God upon this great and noble undertaking.

Dwight D Eisenhower, June 6, 1944

Trans-Siberian Orchestra

Sunday, November 16th, 2008

This past Saturday, the Transiberian Orchestra played live at UCF.  I’ve heard their Wizards in Winter song before and therefore figured I would check this concert out.  Being a UCF student, I was able to buy tickets before they were available to the public.  My friend Frank and I were able to get seats in the lower floor near the back corner for $45 a piece.  The concert was held in the UCF Arena (the newly built one by the new psychology building, behind the education building).  Later in the evening, we were able to get our seats upgraded for free.  This was by far one of the best performances I have seen in my life! :tup: :clap:

We got on campus at about 7:45pm (concert starting at 8pm).  We parked across from the Gym and hiked it to the arena.  This wound up being nice as we were able to simply drive out of UCF after the concert, fighting minimal traffic…

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Obama vs. McCain – Round 1

Saturday, September 27th, 2008

Who thought it was a good idea to have the first presidential debate on a Friday evening at 9pm?  Anytime Monday through Thursday evening would have been much more convenient.  If you too also missed the debate, you can find it in its entirety hosted here:
http://elections.nytimes.com/2008/president/debates/first-presidential-debate.html

What I like about the above link is they also have the transcript showing on the right for each speaker as the debate progresses.

You can find the entire transcript for the debate (without the video), hosted <here>.

Update:  CNN has also hosted a transcript and video of the first debate <here>.

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Another Disatistfied Startlogic Customer

Saturday, August 30th, 2008

Mr. Hayden recently commented in regards to this previous Blog Entry I have made about Fartlogic (Startlogic webhosting provider).   Due to the blog entry being so old, I figured I would make a new post and direct you to his commentary and then his blog where he documents one of his situations dealing with Fartlogic.

I have nothing but awesome things to say about BlueHost and happily recommend them to anyone needing a webhosting solution for several reasons:  customer service, webhosting service, BlueHost only features, etc.

Upon seeing Hayden’s comment to that blog post, I am more than happy to direct you to his experience with Fartlogic and to keep everyone informed about terrible experiences such that we have had with them.

Blog Post – Finally

Friday, May 30th, 2008

I am making a submission to the upcoming IGARSS 2008 conference and my efforts towards that submission have consumed a ludicrous amount of my time as of late. Therefore, my blog posting has taken to the back burner.

But lately, a bunch of awesome trinkets have surfaced on the internet. First, Tycho and Gabe are working with Wizards of the Coast to publicize the upcoming DnD 4th Edition. They actually played a game of DnD under the 4th edition rules for over 8 hours. The best part is they podcasted the entire game – broken up into several sessions. You can download the first of those podcasts (in what’s to become a series) here.

Also, Gabe and Tycho hosted a podcast where they record themselves while developing this comic.
Both are hilarious and awesome; I really enjoy their conversations and humor.

Also, this comic made me laugh to the point of almost crying.

In other news, I recently published to the CITSA 2008 conference. I will be presenting there sometime in early July. I have been accepted for publication in the upcoming IGARSS 2008 conference. I will have more on that in late June.

Links for You!

Saturday, May 17th, 2008

Sorry for my lack of posting the last couple of weeks, I’ve actually been keeping pretty busy and kind of neglected my blog. So it’s time to play catchup. One of the primary purposes of this blog is to serve as a medium to whore links across the internet, crucial links which contain must see content for you as deemed appropriate by Nick.

I saw <this video> linked by Jerry and Mike at PA.

My best friend Frank linked <this video> to me.

I know this one is old, but I love when PA does WoW comics!

In other news, this past May 7th was my 26th birthday. I did pick up my arthritis medicine and walker from the Hospital. Being over 25 isn’t cake you know. I had to walk uphill, both ways and in the snow (the snow with hot coals) barefooted, to get that medicine from the Hospital.