Archive for July, 2008

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


Penny Arcade Dungeons and Dragons Podcasts

Saturday, July 26th, 2008

About a couple of weeks ago the PA DnD Podcasts series came to an end. While I thought the last podcast and the end of their DnD adventure seemed kind of anticlimatic, I greatly enjoyed the series as a whole. For our convenience, I will link the associated media to yet another miracle given birth through the internet.

PA DnD Comic

Quitting WoW Again (for the 5,000th time)

Saturday, July 26th, 2008

As the title indicates, I have quit WoW (again, for the 5,000th time). As usual, my complaints and reasons for quitting are always the same. I was raiding with a really awesome guild, experiencing the end game content. What was really convenient was this guild, at the latter bosses of Black Temple (BT), only raided 13 hours a week. Most other guilds in BT actively raid 20+ hours a week. Even at 13 hours a week, you sign on an hour before the raid start and usually stick around to at least 30 minutes after the raid start. Furthermore, there are other activities the game entices you to participate in: farming (to raise materials and gold to support your raiding), arenas (PvP) and other smaller encounters (Karazhan, Zul’Aman, etc.). Before you know it, you’re dumping in 25+ hours a week into this game. While I had not gotten to this level quite yet, I could see it was headed in that direction.
Yojo Character Side Shot
The problem with raiding is you cannot put the game on pause (this is also true with the smaller encounters as well). Meaning once the group starts the raid/encounter, you’re at your computer for 2 to 5 hours (depending if it’s a raid on BT or Kara, ZA, etc.). Granted you get to take bathroom breaks, etc; there’s no getting up and going to take 30 min to watch TV in between or go outside for a walk. Due to the gargantuan time the game demands, along with my intent to graduate this Fall semester, I had to let the game go. Heh, and by let the game go I mean a complete uninstall and the cancellation of my subscription.

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