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“The law cannot dictate matters of the heart. When two people form a deep bond, there is usually a soul connection, and the soul has no gender. Life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness are fundamental rights in this country. Happiness can be many things – a good meal, a good friend, a warm puppy, and certainly…love. How can anyo...


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This week kicked off the Spring quarter at RIT and I've been enjoying getting my new classes started. For the Games Programming curriculum I am taking Foundations of 3D Graphics Programming and we formed into groups and are already well on our way. To help with documenting our group's progress along the way, I have set up a new blog which all our g...


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The Academy of Interactive Arts and Sciences (AIAS) handed out their 7th annual awards last night at the D.I.C.E Summit in Las Vegas. Not surprisingly, Ubisoft's Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time was almost as big a winner as Return of the King was on Sunday, taking home 8 of the coveted awards. With voting performed only by members of the video ...


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I have been enjoying a very relaxing time visiting my Dad (Jay) and Loraine Bibby here in Naples, Florida. Yesterday we took a drive to the Corkscrew Bird and Wildlife Sanctuary where we saw several indigenous species of birds and a couple of alligators, including the one pictured here. The other gator we saw was at least twice the size of the one ...


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Last night we finished our 2D side-scroller game for Andy Phelps' class, and tonight I finished up the last remaining project outstanding from the Winter quarter. That means I can have a good night's rest before leaving for Florida tomorrow afternoon. One thing is for certain, there will be lots of video games, lots of sun, and very little thinking...


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I passed my musicianship exam today in Music Theory, one of the classes which posed a real challenge to me this quarter. And I am happy to report that not only did I pass the exam, but I worked hard enough to land an A in the course. Wonders never cease... and I am truly blessed. whew. big stress reliever....


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Slowly making my way to the finish, feeling like the proverbial tortoise in the race to the end of the Winter quarter. But knowing ahead of time how the race is won, I'm beginning to feel that I'm on the right track. Late last night I finished up my final web site for Web Site Design — basically the same site as our midterm project, with the...


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Although still not out of the woods yet, I took a little time for myself this morning to see what's been going on in the world of video games and consequently stumbled upon a slew of new screenshots that Blizzard had just posted on their up-coming MMORPG World of Warcraft. The game looks amazing and will likely become a suck-hole for large amounts ...


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This is week 10 of the RIT quarter system, and the feeling is very familiar: something between panic, frustration and disbelief... how could any one person possibly accomplish what lies ahead and due in just a few short days? Someone is out of their friggin gourd to think I'll be able to do all this. So, I take a deep breath and start applying my ...


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Instead of writing anything new, I spent the last 2 days deleting the literally hundreds of spam comment messages someone sent to each of my weblogs early Tuesday morning. Spending my precious time cleaning up after someone's inconsiderate and selfish barrage towards my personal web space is upsetting, especially when I've been struggling to finish...


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I just booked tickets on JetBlue for the quarter break to visit my Florida parents for several days. February 28th Depart - Roch 5:15pm Arrive - JFK 6:25pm Depart - JFK 6:50pm Arrive - Ft Myers 9:50pmMarch 4th Depart - Ft Myers 2:05pm Arrive - JFK 4:40pm Depart - JFK 5:15pm Arrive - Roch 6:35pmIt will be a much welcome vacation that I've needed for...


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Multi-user Hex is complete and online, click. You begin by logging in with any user name which puts you into the game's chat room. From there you can invite anyone else in the chat room to play a game with you. This of course requires that someone else besides you is in the chat room. Orpheus' Revenge is coming along nicely. That's the project my ...


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Today, Google has a very cool theme in celebration of the birthday of Gaston Maurice Julia, father of the fractal and the Julia set named after him. If you don't know what fractals are or have never seen the gorgeous images that computers can produce with them: click on the Google link above; do a search for "Julia set"; and embark on a beautiful...


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Gamespy today ran an interview with Metroid creator Yoshio Sakamoto in which he talks not only about the upcoming Metroid: Zero Mission (just 7 more days!), but also talks about the series' origin. Not simply a port of the original NES Metroid, Zero Mission is a brand-new adventure: Samus has new powers, there are new puzzles, there are three diff...


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Professor Andy Phelps became a father today when Emma was brought into the world with the help of his wife, Ashley. Cheers and joy all around....


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Just in time for the SuperBowl launch of Pepsi's latest marketing campaign, in which they plan to give away up to 100 million Apple iTunes Music Store downloads, indie music advocacy group Downhill Battle is launching a campaign of their own: Tune Recycler. By sending Downhill Battle your winning iTunes bottlecap codes, they promise to spend that m...


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I just started to create my del.icio.us page, a free web-based social bookmarks manager. In case you have ever been at a different computer than the one you're used to surfing on and wished you had access to your bookmarks, del.icio.us is for you. Since half of the time I'm at home and the other half of the time I'm at RIT, this service is exactly...


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An absolutely marvelous rant today by Cory Doctorow on Boing-Boing about digital rights management (DRM). Specifically, he begins by commenting on a recent blog entry of a Microsoft employee extolling the virtues of MS's own DRM over Apple's, but ends up saying a whole lot about why no DRM is the best DRM choice for the consumer. Also from Boing-B...


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Having just done a little research and write up for my IMM class on Marshall McLuhan, the father of the electronic age, when I came across this entry on a new blog I learned of from SuperFastComputer, I was compelled to post a comment about it. It references an article written about the original coining of the term "Second Superpower" by a New York...


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The pressure is subsiding slightly, finished up two major hurdles today and now I am enjoying a little breather. Bring on the games! E3 started today with pre-show press conferences by many of the major players. Sony announced their new baby, the PSP - PlayStation Portable. Of course it will be a phenomenal success, though it's not coming out unti...


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While reading a post on Slashdot this weekend about video coverage of Mario Kart Double Dash, a link in the post brought me to a site where I could download a file containing the video coverage. Also available was a .torrent file for the file and I was curious as to what this .torrent file was. After a bit of investigation I concluded that I had ju...


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I'm making progress towards finishing up this quarter here at RIT, and this weekend is being spent working every available hour. Here is a list of items that still require my attention... Java Project 6 -just completed 5/11 Java Final Exam -done 5/19 Intro:Multimedia Project 4 -done! Intro:Multimedia Final Practical -done 5/13 Intro:Multimedia...


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Was just reading youngbradford dot com, the blog of a talented and musically inspired man from San Francisco that I just happened to come across one day out blogging. I absolutely love reading what this guy writes, as many times it has to do with music, and not just any music... the music of my life. Apparently it is also the music of his life, and...


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In the "I wonder if this game will appear at E3" category, a couple of guys over at MIT have created a sensor device, the input for which comes in the form of a urination stream. That's right, installed in a urinal, You're In Control enables interactive games to be played on a screen mounted above it. Sounds like a lot of fun to me....


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Tapwave, a company which formed 2 years ago, held a press conference this week to announce their new handheld game device, the Helix. The device is based on the Palm platform which means that it will run existing Palm software as well as games being written for it by leading developers such as Electronic Arts, Midway, and Activision. The device is ...


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Taking a break from studies to see what's going on around the world, I'm sorry now I did: a Colorado DJ has been suspended for playing Dixie Chicks, the RIAA is now resorting to software capable of freezing your PC and deleting files, and the new as-yet-unpublished Harry Potter book was found left out in a field. A mad world we live in. I'm going...

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Sooo much going on inside my head, so many thoughts, so many ideas, so much emotion. I want to write everything down... though I must continue to focus on finishing up this quarter. Just two weeks left. Major project over for Multimedia yesterday. Just finished an Exam in Java this evening. Need to get going on Java Project 5 due Wednesday. Not eno...


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Well I just spent literally all weekend long working on finishing up the third project (of 4) for the Intro: MultiMedia & the Web class I'm taking. Having logged at least 50-60 hours into this one, I figured I should post a link to the work I did for anyone who happens to come across this blog. Included is some fine attention to detail, and it's ki...


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Just came back from the grand opening and dedication ceremonies for the B. Thomas Golisano College of Computing and Information Sciences held in the atrium of that beautiful building. A humorous and entertaining event, most memorable was the light hearted bantering back and forth between Mr. Golisano and RIT President Al Simone. The biggest laughs ...


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Today I scheduled my life for the next 6 months, so I thought it would be appropriate to write it all down here... Summer ONLINEData Communications & Computer Networks ONLINEIntro: Database & Data Modeling MTWRAmerican Sign Language I MTWROS Scripting TROS Scripting lab Fall TRInteractive Digital Media MWInternetworking Lab TInternetworking Lab l...


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The RIAA has just reached settlements ranging from $12K to $17.5K with 4 college students it claimed operated music file sharing networks on campuses. The article reported by Wired.com. Also, was just reading another article at Wired about the impact software piracy has on the economy... "...a recent IDC study commissioned by the BSA (Business So...


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Konami and Nintendo announced today that Metal Gear Solid: Twin Snakes for the Gamecube is being developed at Silicon Knights under the supervision of Konami's Hideo Kojima and Nintendo's Shigeru Miyamoto. To be released later this year, Gamespot.com has reported the game will include the story of the original MGS title, though will include an upd...


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This just in from around the net... "The word is that Nintendo will show Pilotwings developed by Factor 5 at E3." Originally on the SNES and one of the N64 launch titles, PilotWings is another gem in Nintendo's treasure chest of franchises. Can't wait to see it, especially with Factor 5's track record (Star Wars Rogue Squadron I, II & III). Also...


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Just read an article over at Wired reporting that the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) has been sending automated messages over instant messaging (IM) services to get the word out that uploading and downloading files containing copyrighted music is illegal and could result in prosecution, as well as other horrors: "...When you off...


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Slashdot has just launched a games news site called games.slashdot.org not surprisingly. I've always enjoyed reading their rather geeky slant on tech stuff. While there I learned of a new meta news site on games called G-Spy. It's apparently a concept beta still in development, though could be very cool indeed. Looks like everyone is gearing up for...


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Have you ever played a game and got so frustrated with it because whatever you did you just couldn't get past one particular boss? That is how my time is spent lately with Metroid Fusion. It's a fantastic game with engaging level design and boss fight after boss fight. The gratification felt when finally defeating that stubborn boss is glorious, an...


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Apple Computer today launched a brand new online music service called the iTunes Music Store allowing users to browse through a catalog containing 30-second samples of over 200,000 song titles from all 5 major music labels. Anyone with a Mac and Apple's iTunes 4 can visit the store and download any available song they wish for only 99 cents apiece,...


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On Friday, CNet reported that Judge Stephen Wilson, a federal judge in Los Angeles, ruled that file-sharing software is legal and the companies who make such software, Streamcast Networks and Grokster, are not liable for copyright infringement that takes place using their software. And on Thursday, Wired ran the story of a federal judge that upheld...


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Lately I've been working on how I can be more mindful. Not an easy goal to achieve, and one which warrants constant vigilance (though should not be attempted while higher modes of consciousness are required such as when driving a car). Being mindful means to increase awareness of one's thoughts and feelings by simply observing oneself. Easier said...


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The buzz is starting to mount towards that mother of all game events: the Electronic Entertainment Expo, or simply E3. With 3 weeks to go, you can actually feel it getting closer by the day, that is if you get even the least bit excited about announcements of new games and up coming releases. As for me, I get most excited from seeing new game conce...


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A big shout out to Adbusters and their TV Turnoff Week campaign (April 21-27). Do yourself a favor and read a good book or weblog, or possibly even engage in some dialog with someone (geez, what a concept). I thought I was a freak for disliking the crap that all the networks throw out in projectile quantity. Last week I tried to watch a documentar...


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...or, confessions of a reformed Animal Crossing (AC) addict. Either way you slice it, my AC days are done. It's time to move on. Though I'll admit that I logged more hours with AC than I have playing any other game, including even StarCraft. The game was surprisingly addictive to me and I found myself playing every single day for over three months...


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With thanks to Andy for the link, I'm reeling from reading an astoundingly poignant piece on the potential for games as an emergent artistic medium and art form. N. David Griffin over at configsys.boy! has posted a must read entitled Arts and Electronic Entertainment. I continue to be generally optimistic that the games industry as a whole is on th...


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Many thoughts scrambling around my head today. While walking down the second floor corridor of the brand new $1 Golisano building 70 \1 $1 \0 $0, with my friend Marc on our way to Discrete Math class, I sauntered into Professor Lawley's office today still brimming with excitement and joy from this weekend. Interrupting her in-progress conversation with Professor ...


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Easter weekend and all that I've done is work... all weekend long. But as my previous entry noted, it most certainly is what I wanted to do. And there are times when all I want to do is play games, though this weekend certainly saw the pendulum swinging the other way. The weather this weekend has been beautiful and I have been enjoying each day, a...


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I was sitting downstairs in the kitchen earlier this evening sharing with my mother the excitement and enthusiasm I'm feeling towards my school work and the classes I'm taking. She was asking me what I had been laughing about a while earlier, and I explained that I discovered a new approach to a Java program that I'm writing for one of my assignmen...


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Being the quintessential "hello world" message, this entry marks my first foray into the wide world of weblogging. Having been recently accepted into the Information Technology program at RIT with third year standing, I am finding that a second chance can be the opportunity of a lifetime. Like a sponge, I'm learning that 16 credit hours are just ...

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