Mmm, pumpkin latte
Nov 21, 2010
Nancy got a pumpkin latte from Shoes Cup & Cork Club yesterday. It was a masterpiece! Also delicious, I'm sure.
'Xonotic Player Interview: FruitieX'
Nov 13, 2010
Here is my latest interview with FruitieX from Finland. We talk about his contributions to the project and some of his other interests outside of the game. What’s cool about this one is it is the first one using actual Xonotic gameplay from a development (alpha) version of the project as of 11/10. It also features a retextured map (aggressor) that is in the works for the new game as well!
Virginia Tech and Devil's Marbleyard
Nov 13, 2010
About a month back a friend of mine invited me down to my alma mater (Virginia Tech) to catch their home game against Central Michigan. It occurred to me that I had a perfect opportunity to get some good digital shots around campus. I bought my current digital camera (a Nikon D70) in 2004, which was just before I graduated. Before that point I only took film photos, so that means the vast majority of the pictures I’ve taken of Virginia Tech over the years are virtually inaccessible - all “locked up” on film in a box in my home!
Macro Photos + Reston Town Center
Nov 11, 2010
For my birthday this year I bought myself some extension tubes that let me get some crazy close-up images. I had a lot of fun testing them out! They are a set of 3, each with varying levels of millimeter length. I’ve found that even the smallest of the bunch (the 12 mm one) is suitable for over 80% of the closeups that I take.
Of course I started off with flowers, as they have been a blur to my lenses for years!
Gettysburg - 2004
Nov 10, 2010
When I was digging through more of my digital photography archive I found even more pics of Gettysburg National Military Park that I’d like to share. These are from all the way back in September 2004!
Near The Angle (marked by the tree in the background) and right behind the visitor’s center you’ll find the spot where Confederate General Lewis Armistead was mortally wounded during the fateful Pickett’s Charge:
Where Armistead fell
'Xonotic Player Interview: divVerent'
Nov 09, 2010
I’m happy to bring you another player interview! This time I’m talking with one of the core developers of Xonotic, divVerent. We talk about some of the awesome pieces of functionality he’s worked on thus far, the importance of attitude and diversity in the community, and of course how he got involved in the game in the first place.
We talked for such a while that it had to be broken up into two parts!
Creating Playlists for my MP3 Collection
Nov 07, 2010
As I’ve mentioned before, about two summers back I went through my whole CD collection and digitized it to MP3 format using a tool called ABCDE. What I didn’t mention in that post was that at the time I’d forgotten to create playlists automatically during the process. Bummer! I had all of these albums digitized, but whenever I wanted to play a particular album I’d have to add the folder through my music player or manually select all of the files to add to my playlist.
Gettysburg - January 2008
Nov 07, 2010
I visited Gettysburg with Kristin back in January 2008 after a few days of snow. It was gorgeous out there, mainly because everyone else decided to stay at home rather than explore the battlefield in the freezing weather. It really gave us a chance to experience the land and think about what happened there back in 1863.
The visitor’s center is located in the center of the Union line, close to where Meade’s headquarters were located.
Manassas - 2005
Nov 07, 2010
On a winter day in February 2005 I found myself with a day off and figure I’d go check out Manassas National Battlefield Park. I’d read so much about it, so I had to see what the field looked like today, over 140 years later!
Even though the ground was covered in snow and the battle actually happened in July (specifically the 21st in 1861), I was still excited thinking about the crucial events that happened there.
ABCDE - A Better CD Encoder
Nov 04, 2010
I’m a big fan of automating things. In almost all aspects of my life you can find an example of me trying to free up some of my time by eliminating the mundane, repeatable steps with some automated process (think auto-billpay and programmable coffee makers). This is even more evident in my computer work - I don’t want to be typing in the same commands over and over! For one, all of that typing takes time, and time is something of which I have too little.