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Squad! Move Out!

Sunday, October 26th, 2008

About a month ago, I went to Mt. Dora with Amanda to celebrate her birthday with her family.  You can find Amanda’s blog <here> :mrgreen: .  At this family gathering there were about 7 munchkins running about.  Most of them belonging to Amanda’s aunts, uncles and close family friends.  So I got the bright idea to go out and swing a couple of them (swing being they hold onto my arms and I twirl them about 3 or 4 feet off the ground).  Immediately, I became a human jungle gym.


Congratulations Nichole!

Thursday, October 9th, 2008

My sister Nichole was recently selected to have her profile appear on UCF’s graduate website.  Her picture is shown on the graduate programs page and her profile can be viewed directly via this link. I am so proud of her – she defends her Master’s in Mathematics Thesis this month!!!

After earning her Bachelor of Science in Mathematics Education, Nichole Shorter decided to pursue a master’s degree in Mathematical Science at UCF, as well. She enjoys the sense of community present in the Department of Mathematics, especially among its graduate students. “The Department of Mathematics holds a tea time called TeaGIF every Friday for students and faculty to get together,” says Shorter. “Between that and various study groups, I have made a lot of friends.”

She is a graduate teaching assistant and tutor for students in the EXCEL program, an undergraduate program designed to increase student success in the first two years of their college career in science, technology, engineering, and math. For her thesis, Shorter is examining how to improve student learning and retention in undergraduate mathematics courses. She has been using cumulative assessments, continuous assessments, and projects in order to help improve student retention and learning. Shorter plans to publish the results of her thesis research in The College Mathematics Journal by the Mathematical Association of America (MAA).

Punching Bag Knock Out

Wednesday, October 8th, 2008

One of my favorite forms of exercise is boxing my heavy bag (100 lbs).  I will start out jump roping for 2 minutes, then punching the bag for 11 minutes, then jump roping for another 2 minutes and finally a 1 minute water break.  I jump rope, punch, jump rope and water 4 times back to back spanning a little over an hour. I almost always last for about an hour because the amount of effort that goes into this work out consists of about 10 minutes of preparation before the work out.  I sometimes will use gloves when hitting the bag but for the most part I typically do not – punching with hand wraps only.  The problem is, if I just use hand wraps, my fists will rub against the hand wraps which make contact with the bag.  This constant rubbing will cause my knuckles to bruise.  Therefore, I have to tape my knuckles (literally all of them), and then wrap my hands with hand wraps.  The hand wraps are necessary so that I do not break my wrists when making contact with the heavy bag.  So after taping all my knuckles and then wrapping my hands, filling three water bottles, bringing the jump rope, the bottles and a clock outside with me on the deck, I typically then stay out there for an hour after all that preparation.


Motivation – Rocky IV

Wednesday, October 1st, 2008

Rocky:  What round is it?

Duke:  15.  One more round.  There’s no stoppin’ us now.  This is our round.  No stoppin’ now!  You start and you don’t stop!  All your strength!  All your power!  All your love!  Everythin’ you’ve got!  To win you gotta knock him out!  Punch and punch till you can’t punch no more!  This is your whole life here!  Do it now!  Now!


Friday, September 26th, 2008

So, for the first time in my life, I went to go get a pedicure today.  I figured for the sake of men everywhere, I would blog about this experience.  While I imagine the experience is different depending on the salon you go to, I’m sure some verbiage about the entire ordeal is better than nothing…



Saturday, August 23rd, 2008

I recently finished Watership down.  This recent read was actually my second reading of the book; I first read it as required reading for Edgewater High School’s Engineering Science and Technology magnet program.  If you have not read the book, I highly recommend it.  It’s about a band of rabbits and their adventures as they are forced to leave their warren to find a new home.  The author, Adams, really did his research about rabbits when writing the book and although the novel is fiction, Adams’ research and style of writing really gives it a realistic feel.  The only downside I had with the book is sometimes Adams will really go in depth describing the terrain in which the rabbits traverse.  I understand this is sometimes necessary as if the grass is wet and the wind is strong, obviously the rabbits are going to get drenched and cold and at the same time their ability to smell prey due to the wind will be improved.  But still, his lengthy descriptions that can span pages can be cumbersome.  Regardless, about half way through you really find yourself identifying with several of the characters and rooting for them to emerge victorious.



Wednesday, August 20th, 2008

This past August 10, my sister and I held a barbeque at our house.   During this cooking venture, I grilled Sausages, Hot dogs, and Hamburgers.  The hamburgers were prepared via Kathy’s famous recipe: slice peppers and onions into extremely small pieces; squeeze the pieces to get rid of their juices; finally mix them in with the hamburger meat.  My sister helped prep the burgers and then by herself setup a veggie plate and some other platters.  I on the other hand was assigned grill duty.  Although this was only my third time grilling, we had very little leftovers and cooked quite a lot of food, most of which got eaten.  Overall, it was a great success and, if ever my sister’s and my schedule ever frees up again, you can bet there will be future BBQ’s.

Here are some of the Hamburgers, Hot dogs, and Sausages that I grilled:


Random Internet Goodies

Tuesday, July 29th, 2008

Kong in Concert hosts Donkey Kong Country: Kong in Concert (which was actually released several years ago). It’s an entire album worth of mp3’s of remixed songs from the original DK soundtrack. I wanted to plug it in the blog and share some of my favorites – One Zero One and Godiva in the Desert. While I thought these and others were phenominal, I was sad to see some other songs existent in the original game that did not appear as remixes in this album.

I recently came across Ronald Jenkees‘ remix of the NFL final countdown. I thought that was pretty creative, but I still like this piece of his the best. I can’t wait for his next CD – which he said he was planning on hopefully releasing this summer.

Credit for these truthful banner adds go to Frank – hosted on kontraband’s website. My favorite one has to be this ‘truthful ad’:
Myspace Truth


Nicholas’ Boston Trip

Tuesday, July 22nd, 2008

During July 8 – 11, I made a trip to Boston, Massachusetts for the International Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium (IGARSS 2008) conference. There I presented my research work dealing with the unsupervised registration of LiDAR data to a single aerial image. I’ve been meaning to post about this sooner, but I only just now have found some free time to dump into the blog.

I arrived in Boston on Tuesday, July 8th at around noon. The flight going up was pretty easy as I was absolutely exhausted from having to get up at 4:50am and going to bed at 2am. Consequently, I napped a good deal of the flight away. I taxi’d to the Sheraton Hotel, where I was staying, which is in fact adjacent to the Hynes Convention Center, where the conference took place. Downtown Boston is much more grandeur than downtown Orlando. Boston actually has more than 3 or 4 buildings that breach the Horizion when viewed at a distance. Downtown Boston is filled with several Historical landmarks – Boston Harbor, Samuel Adams and Paul Revere’s graves, and home to infinity billion Irish pubs!

Here is a picture of the Sheraton Hotel Entrance from Hynes Convention Center:
Sheraton Hotel


More Internets – Killer Bean 3; PA D&D; Larry King with Aliens

Friday, June 6th, 2008

It seems like my last post was just yesterday, but since then I have accumulated so many more links and had to post them for sharing. First, as many of you know Wizards of the Coast has done a Podcast where Tycho, Gabe (from PA) and Scott (from pvp) are playing dungeons and dragons. The original 8 hour recording will be broken up into segments (1st, 2nd released so far) and released on Fridays. Each release will be accompanied by a comic with one panel done by Gabe and the other by Scott.