Fitness Tips To Keep You From Blobbing Out

August 7th, 2015 by Noel

ftsWho were the first Frisbee throwers? The ninja, of course. (Though if you tried to catch one of their “Frisbees” you might end up, Road Warrior–style, picking your fingertips off the ground.) Students at Ron Blackwood’s dojo in Orange, California, still train with shuriken, or throwing stars, even though, as Blackwood says, “they’re illegal as all get-out here in California.” The point is, once you’ve mastered the art of throwing the bladed shuriken, almost anything can become a weapon. “I’m sitting here looking at a coaster,” Blackwood says “That could he a shuriken A tin-can lid, a saucer, a CD–those could be shurikerz.”

A Frisbee-that could be a shuriker.

To strengthen and enhance the flexibility of their wrists–the better to throw at you with, my dear–Blackwood’s students do sets of pushups on their fists or their fingertips.

The throw itself marshals the principles of …

Don’t Be A SnoreHead!

August 4th, 2015 by Noel

snoreheadI don’t know about you, but when I wake up I generally let out a huge yawn, stretch until I can feel (or hear) my joints crack and generally laze about until my brain kicks in. Sometimes I’ll laze in bed and read a book or check out something on my phone before I actually get out of bed and I like doing so without any obstructions.

This is generally my morning routine provided I’ve had a good sleep. There are a lot of things that can impact whether or not you have a good sleep. Temperature, position, health, comfort are some of the major reasons why people can have a great sleep or a terrible sleep. If you’re unable to shut off your brain at night and you find yourself running through all the issues and problems you’ve had during the day that …

Video Game History: Lookin’ Good, Despite The Graphics

June 29th, 2015 by Noel

vghOnce upon a time, disco ruled the airwaves, Rocky packed unmatched movie theater punch, and the Atari Corporation dominated the family room. The year was 1976 and Atari had just released the Atari 2600 home video game console, a four-bit system that promised to bring the arcade experience to the home. Riding the strength of hit titles such as Asteroids and Space Invaders, Atari dominated the video game market, moving millions of 2600 units in its heady heyday.

In 1996, one finds a vastly different video game console landscape. Atari is gone, having merged with disk drive manufacturer JTS Corporation in July 1996, and today’s video game console manufacturers enjoy technological advances that far surpass the Atari machines of the 1970s and including, with some exceptions, the use of CD-ROM as a game publishing medium. Moreover, many of todays companies are beginning to move …

How Cereal And Video Games Got Together To Make Sales

June 17th, 2015 by Noel

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The “Breakfast and Blue Jeans–better together” promo shows the wide accessibility of Old Navy’s offbeat lifestyle position. The retailer’s name will be on the front of 3 million cereal boxes, and the entire back panel will advertise the promo, which offers consumers $5 off Old Navy purchases of $25 or more. In true Old Navy ad style, the panel contains the coupon and a shot of its jeans, with campy graphic bursts highlighting product features through nutritional-type boasts, such as “fortified with six sturdy rivets” and “good for you.” The Old Navy logo and slogan, “Shopping is fun again,” runs below.

A side panel announces a sweepstakes. For the grand prize, an Old Navy truck will bring jeans, sweatshirts, caps and cereal to up to 2,000 students at the winner’s school. TV spots by General Mills agency Campbell Mithun Esty…

A Neat Story About A Data Recovery Company

June 14th, 2015 by Noel

Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past 10 years or are one of those grandmothers who have never seen or used a computer in your life, you probably have had some kind of issue with either a file or a hard drive at least once. You may have had a blue screen, or a clicking hard drive (which after some research I have found people actually call the “click of death”), or some kind of loss in which you really couldn’t get anything back.

Me. If I was a blond. And a woman. And had a particularly large mouth, apparently.

Me. If I was a blond. And a woman. And had a particularly large mouth, apparently.

I was one of the lucky ones for quite a long time. In fact, I think I never had a lost file in all 15 years of me using PCs. Do I think it has something to do with …

Should One Start A Business Blog?

June 13th, 2015 by Noel

abbAmong various marketing tools, blogging is the most powerful one, but only for those who know how to create the best content. Those who are wondering how to start a blog should answer many questions before making any further decisions.

The first thing one should think about is if he needs a blog. This requires some sort of commitment, and it is not enough to create a blog and leave it that way. Those who do not enjoy writing will never succeed, but there is also an alternative; creating an audio or video blog.

The next thing to consider is the audience one wants to attract. The target audience should use the Internet, read blogs, use search engines and social media, and if they do not belong in those groups, the blog will be a waste of time. Not every blog has the same …

How Exactly Do Graphics Cards Really Work?

June 11th, 2015 by Noel

hegrwIn the setup phase, the triangle vertex data streams (x, y, z, color, etc.) are organized for presentation to the rendering engine. Triangles are sorted, culled, and clipped, and edge slopes are calculated for input into the raster engine. Subpixel corrections are needed to avoid anomalies such as poke-throughs and frayed edges. Converting from the floating-point “software” domain to the fixed-point “hardware” domain also is necessary. Doing all this in the host processor burns a lot of CPU cycles.

Finally, in the rasterisation phase, triangles are shaded, sorted, texture mapped, blended, and mapped to the display. Antialiasing and dithering functions are applied to help correct for a number of different artifacts, such as those seen on near-horizontal edges. Quality is not necessarily guaranteed here – some VGCs use simpler scanning techniques which can, for example, result in bleed-through along triangle boundaries.

System Performance

Let’s …

Get The Gizmo, Man, Before Things Get Crazy

May 25th, 2015 by Noel

Gizmo Gypsies is offering an interactive-adventure-story-filled CDROM and DVD called “The Little Wizard.” It’s ideal for anyone looking for an educational, yet entertaining option to reading a book. And, it’s a fun way to introduce your child to the computer.

3dmDeveloped by an expert team of conceptual artists, musicians, animators, 3D modeling and interactive game developers, and programmers, “The Little Wizard,” is targeted at children ages three to eight. Upon entering into the world of the Little Wizard, you and your child are greeted with richly detailed illustrations and brightly colored graphics. You join along as he and his forest friends journey to strange and mystical lands such as wild-and-crazy Bugville, Slo-Mo Junction, and nutty Normal Town in search of someone who may have special powers like his own.

A number of games interspersed throughout the series of adventure stories allow your child to …

Android And Flash – Can’t We Just Be Friends?

May 22nd, 2015 by Noel

I never really expected to be somebody that you would call a tablet geek. I frankly thought that apples were probably going to be a waste of time and that the PC was still want to be king for a period of time. I think I was alone here, as there were quite a few experts that said the same thing.

I never really thought that I would be a tablet owner, but then I received one for Christmas from a friend of mine and I immediately took to it.

I can say that I am a gadget guy, and obviously the fact that I started with a high-end tablet like the Asus Transformer Infinity, meant that I would either sink or swim right away. There would be no opportunity for me to complain about the technology, or the lack of hardware …

Flash – The Origin

May 12th, 2015 by Noel

(I’m not always a huge proponent of looking back, especially when it comes to computer programs and platforms, but this is an interesting classic article from Computer Shopper touting the “great strides” of the original Macromedia Flash. Here we are, some 15 years later, and it’s still kicking. Something you really can’t say about many languages of the tech bubble era…)

Increasingly, the most attractive way to publish your multimedia is via the Internet or a corporate intranet. It saves the cost of burning and distributing CDs; it lets you update the product on a continuous basis; and you can be sure of an audience as large as you want–global, if necessary. Because plain HTML delivers static content, however, developers are always on the lookout for “active Web” tools that paint motion and sound–in a word, multimedia–onto the Web.

There are a variety of