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Archive for May, 2008


Again and again!

I can’t get this song out of my head!

The Bird and The Bee… Again & Again.


Guitar Hero Robots… rock on, geeks!

A few hardcore geeks have solved the latest problem holding back their community – how to beat some of these insane Guitar Hero songs on expert or Dragon Force’s Through the Fire and Flames on any difficulty.

Well a few ideas are looking promising.

Kevin Herron developed Tom Hannu, a Guitar Hero bot and a YouTube user he uses to post videos of the bot slaying songs on expert with 100% accuracy. The songs are preprogrammed into three applications which then spews out the strums and notes out to a breadboard wired into a dissected Guitar Hero controller. Very cool and very accurate.

Demo Video:

Second bot:

Jeremy Blum, went with more of a hardware attack on this problem.

This slick bot that actually watches the live video using optical sensors to pickup incoming notes and then relaying the strums and notes to a dissected Guitar Hero controller. It’s not infallible, but pretty darn good for not knowing what the next note is going to be until it shows up on screen. Some of the effects in the game mess with the optical sensors – but a few tweaks and I think this will be almost perfect.

Here’s a sample:


Quiz: Ice Cream or MySpace Band?

A fantastic quiz I found on Are these ten items names of a canceled Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream or a music band that is probably only known on MySpace?

No cheating…

Take The Quiz…

My Result
: 3 out of 10… 🙁


First day.

First day of my new job went pretty well. Half of the day was supposed to be spent going over benefits and legal stuff but they shifted that to the afternoon. So my morning was spent getting a more formal tour of the central campus.

The college is a distance learning center, they have a lot of nifty audio video technology including polycom systems in a theater classroom for teaching large classes remotely or two classes in different locations. They also are planning to do media streaming, pod casting, and other cool stuff over their intranet.

The campus has a nice cafeteria onsite – which will be great in the winter time. Even though I’m ten minutes from home, when old man winter is waiting for you in the parking lot it’s best to hunker down at work.

I also got to see the loading dock / storage garage / staging area that they queued up their new Dell workstations. All of them have been imaged and preconfigured with our specific image directly from Dell, even the BIOS is locked down with our password straight from the factory.

I pulled in the driveway at 5:16pm this evening and started in on my list of to-do’s.

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