Archive for January, 2010
Well, I wasn’t sure I was going to make a blog post about this, but I feel I have to. As I’m sure you’re well aware, Apple announced on Wednesday a new product that they guaranteed would once again revolutionize computing. It was the product people have been waiting for Apple to make, and Apple finally delivered. What is this “magical” product? It’s none other than Apple’s new tablet computer: the iPad.
But… if you’ve seen any of the press about the iPad, you might be confused by what I just wrote. Almost every tech blog I know is bashing the iPad for being an all-around crappy product. Considering myself a technology enthusiast, I can only say this: I agree. Apple had the potential to dip into a market that no one’s really gotten quite right, and create a booming industry for themselves, like they did with the iPod. It seems, however, that they’ve ruined their chance to do that. So, where did Apple go wrong? I’ll start with the obvious and most-touted answer, and I’ll try to work down to some more original points, but pretty much everything’s been covered already. However, if you do really like the iPad, keep reading to the end of the article, and I’ll try to point out what Apple has done right. (continue reading…)
Last semester, some students from my university worked with university officials to get a game of Humans vs. Zombies going. After hearing about the game, I decided I wanted to join up to play the game. It was going to be a two-day game: starting Friday at 5 PM, and ending Sunday at 5 PM, as a trial for the university. Unfortunately, I was going to be off campus that weekend, so I wasn’t able to sign up. However, as soon as I heard they were doing another round, I knew I had to do my best to be on campus for the game.
So, working with the university some more, these students organized a three day game: starting Thursday at 5 PM, and ending Sunday at 5 PM. The students wanted to have a week-long game, but the university wanted to see how the game would work with people travelling between classes before they allowed that. I got a Nerf gun for Christmas, and was eager for the game to get started. I attended the necessary meeting to sign up for the game, and just had to wait until Thursday to start playing.
Now, after the game is over, I have this to say: I can’t wait for the week-long game which is planned for some time in April. Humans vs. Zombies is not only a great excuse to run around campus with a Nerf gun, shooting people for the fun of it, but also a great way to be social and meet new people. The teamwork and strategy involved is amazing, and I definitely met some great people I would have otherwise never said hi to. Needless to say, I’ve been disappointed to find out that some college campuses refuse to allow the game to happen. (continue reading…)
Last semester, I was informed of a class at my university called “Virtual Reality Programming”, and I took immediate interest in it. My university has a visbox 3D projection room in our engineering building, and I’ve been interested in that room ever since I found out about it. After seeing Avatar, I became even more interested in that class, and in how 3D projection works.
I’m not going to try and say 3D projection is simple. Quite frankly, it requires precise timing, and the technology behind it is amazing. However, I’ll try to explain everything as simply as possible, so the information can be accessed by all. Let’s start out with old school: those red and blue glasses. (continue reading…)
Well, I finally did it. I finally broke down and actually bought web hosting for my blog. I was able to find some cheap hosting through magmahost, and so far… so good! The nameservers of truejournals.com have been updated to point to the new hosting, and everything’s good if you’re reading this. The old site currently displays a “moving servers” message.
While this is pretty cheap hosting, I’d never complain about help with the costs! There’s a little donate link in the right sidebar. If you enjoy reading my blog, please donate! It helps encourage me!
My goal for 2010 is to blog more often. I’m taking some interesting classes at my university this semester, so hopefully that’ll lead to some topics to blog about. I’d like to remind everyone that blogging is quite difficult if you have no ideas to write about. So, if you have something you think I should write about, let me know!
By the time of this writing, I have seen Avatar three times: twice in IMAX, and once in RealD 3D. The first time was for the midnight premier in IMAX. Then, I decided I wanted to see it again, so got a bunch of people to go see it in IMAX. The third time, a couple people I knew were going, and I wanted to see the movie a third time. I’m contemplating going to see it a fourth time.
Now, after reading this article and seeing the movie, you may feel the movie isn’t good enough to see it three or four times, and that’s fine. But if you go see the movie and think it was bad, then I think you’re just looking for something to complain about, so you found something. The only people I’ve heard of not liking this movie are comments I’ve read online. Every person I actually know that saw it thought it was a fantastic movie.
But, really… Why should you go see Avatar?
1. The plot line
This is the complaint I see most often, so I’m going to address it before anything else. I’m also fairly certain that this complaint comes mostly from people who haven’t seen the movie. I’m not going to argue that the plot isn’t cliché, because… well, it really is. But, that’s a terrible reason to not see a movie. First off, if the only complaint you can find about a movie is that the plot line/story has been done before, then I’d say it’s a pretty damn good movie. Overall, the basic plot line has little to do with whether a movie is good or not. Let’s face it: almost all movies have a clichéd basic plot line. The reason you like a movie is how the plot line plays out: character development, how the end is reached, tests that characters have to go through, etc. Most people would rather see a story they already know because it’s less confusing, and less to follow. You know what’s going on, you just have to sit there and go along for the ride. (continue reading…)