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Just getting back from Washington now – and man it was a great trip. Although I did not take too many more pictures after the first few days, I should get the rest of them up soon, now that I have a reliable internet connection. Yesterday was by far my favorite day. We started off with a trip to the grand re-opening of the National Portrait Gallery and American Art Museum in the old US Patent building, and then had some great Indian food uptown, followed by a Dave Brubeck concert at the National Cathedral. Amazing.

DC – The First Three Days

Here is a recap of the last few days –

Day 1

So we flew into Dulles around noon Friday, and we went to the new Air & Space Museum center right by the airport. This is where they keep all the planes that are not on display in the museum on the Mall, so they have a lot of really cool stuff. Off the top of my head they had a Blackbird, a Concorde, the Enola Gay, and Phantom, an X-35, a Shuttle (may have been a replica) and tons of smaller planes and old antiques. It was pretty sweet since they also had a lot of WWII era German and Japanese planes. After the museum we went over to my Aunt & Uncle’s house in Reston, VA. Continue reading DC – The First Three Days

Washington, DC Trip

I am currently in DC visiting family and hopefully will get pictures and such up as soon as I can get internet on my laptop. I am really looking forward to checking out all the museums (we went to the new Air & Space hangar near Dulles yesterday – really cool), plus maybe doing some hiking and other exciting stuff that is not available in Gainesville.

UF Flashmob Video

So, a friend here at UF started organizing flashmobs on campus. For anyone who doesnt know, a flashmob is a pre-determined mass gathering of people who, at a pre-determined time, do something random, like point at the sky while wearing a yellow dish glove. The people then disperse, leaving no trace. Anyways, the seventh mob was a few weeks ago, and I wanted to get it on video. The theme of this mob was re-creating a cool Xbox 360 commercial that never made it to air. Anyways, I put the video up on YouTube (since the traffic it has been getting is way too much for this site to handle). Check it out! Continue reading UF Flashmob Video

Ninja’d Again

Ok, I added a new animation to the media page, go check it out – its my first stab at character animation. Also, in the next few months, expect to see a revamping of my website – I like the site as it is, but I think I could do more stream-lining of the back-end, as well as add my own gallery, etc.

Ninja'd Again

Ok, I added a new animation to the media page, go check it out – its my first stab at character animation. Also, in the next few months, expect to see a revamping of my website – I like the site as it is, but I think I could do more stream-lining of the back-end, as well as add my own gallery, etc.

Merry Christmas!

Wow, so it has been a really long time since I posted anything new. I guess it was the fact that since my last post, there has been nothing but work (16 hours on Black Friday), school (finals – eck), and finally some relaxation (just got back from a 7 day cruise to the Caribbean w/ the family). Hopefully some pictures and stuff will get up soon, but since my camera crapped out I will have to steal pictures from my sister before they can get up here. But look for something soon.

Jump In. (or How I Learned To Stop Sleeping And Love The Xbox 360)

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How I got here.

What follows is my recollection of the past few days as I typed it on the plane from LA back to Memphis earlier today:

Day 1: Saturday Nov. 19, 2005 – The Journey Begins

We flew out of Gainesville Airport at 7am, and our original itinerary called for a short layover in Memphis before continuing on to LA. However, when we arrived in Memphis, we learned that our flight to LA had been cancelled. After a lot of confusion on everyones part, we (Daniel and I – Chen, Dave, and Sal had different flights), we were booked on the next flight to LA…which was 6 hours later. So, Daniel and I had 6 hours to kill in the Memphis Airport. After a short search for playing cards (why does nobody sell regular playing cards in the airport?!) we acquired a deck of Elvis playing cards. Now, these were no ordinary playing cards – each card had a different picture of Elvis on them. So, Daniel invented quite possibly the greatest card game ever – ‘Elvis Poker’. Now, the rules of Elvis poker are very similar to 5-card draw, with a slight twist – the wilds. Instead of 2’s or 6’s or whatever, the pictures on the cards determined what was wild. So one hand would have Elvis in a hat as wilds. The next would be Elvis with a dog, or thoughtful Elvis. Just the fact that there are so many random pictures of Elvis made this game an instant classic. Anyways, after that looong layover, we finally get to fly to LA. Oh yeah, and since our flight got canceled and we had to be put in whatever seats were available, I got to fly first class, which was sweet. Continue reading Jump In. (or How I Learned To Stop Sleeping And Love The Xbox 360)

Wow. (times 360)

So today the UPS man brought our beloved Xbox 360’s. All I can say is wow. Of course, I quickly tore open the box and got it all hooked up to my (unfortunately not HD) TV, and powered it up. I was blown away by how cool it is – and I still dont even have any games! Thats right, the games somehow did not come today, since apparantly they were shipped separately from somewhere else. But I did get to play Hexic (a sweet game from the guy who made Tetris I think) and to see how well the 360 handles an iPod being plugged into it. Suprisingly, the iPod was instantly recognized, and there was no problem streaming the music. Also, the visualizer on the 360 is sweet. So, check out the pictures of it in the gallery, and hopefully in the next few days I will have some impressions of the 360 games.

Xbox 360, Ninjas, and Los Angeles

So, yeah. I submitted a video I made of me and a few other guys to the Hex 168 contest, and, well, we WON. So that means that all SIX of us get and Xbox 360, 3 games, a year of Xbox Live!, AND a fully paid-for trip to a launch event. This launch event is supposedly being held in the ‘Mojave Desert’, and our flight plans have us flying in to LA this Saturday (the 19th).

Now, what we all will get to do is spend 30 hours playing all of the launch titles, as well as see some new previews of games that will come out after the initial launch, and spend lots of time basking in Xbox goodness. Plus, we will all get a ‘unique Xbox gift’. So yeah, I’m excited. Check out our winning video on the Hex website, or view the full version here. Also be sure to check out the music video. Expect pictures of the consoles when we receive them, as well as LOTS of pics from the event itself.

Oh yeah…..and we get the 360’s and games SIX DAYS before the launch.