Monthly Archives: July 2006

Scripting and Audio Games

I just today saw how much you can do with VBScript. It’s pretty sweet! Check this site out. The scripting for Vista that I saw a while ago looks pretty cool, and so does Google’s gadget interface for personalized home pages, desktops, and heck everything. I’m going to have to learn me some of this stuff, especially Vista’s. It looks sweet, with great interface capabilities. It also seems pretty easy to learn, because the two gadget “scripting languages” (Vista’s and Google’s) are XML-based, and have extra features (I know Vista’s does, I’m sure Google’s does too). I also downloaded an audio game called Crazy Tennis. It seemed hard at first, but you get the hang of it. Basically the ball comes towards you getting louder and louder, and you have to pan the sound between your left and right speakers and hit the ball (it can be hit whenever, but the loudness tells you how close the ball is to being missed), if you lose the ball ten times it’s game over. If somebody like me can play it, anybody can. If your visually impaired, or just looking for something new, check out Crazy Tennis or other audio games via AudioGames. If you read my blog, comment, I’d love to hear from you. It seems I’ve lost some of my audience so let me know you’re still reading!

Cheers,

gamehawk

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Audio Games

Audio games, these things are pretty interesting.  They are games that anybody can play.  Originally built by blind gamers, a lot of research is going on and the field of popularity is expanding.  I might want to program one of these!  I’ll need to download a Speech SDK, but it’s way huge.  Maybe a litttle later.  Check out http://audiogames.net/ for some AudioGames.  I’m also feeling retro and learning DirectX.  Sorry for the short blog, but I wanted to keep you updated, wanted to blog, but not too much.  Thanks for reading!

Cheers,

gamehawk

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War In The Middle East

This is a copy and paste of a post I made on the Middle East conflict between Lebanon and Israel. I think I should post it, and I’d like to hear opinions on this horrible controversy. I hope you will pray for those involved in conflicts around the world, whatever your religion. If you want to see the full topic on my message board, you can read it

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Ah, the “we hate Bush” topics. Got a love ’em. On a more serious note, yes it’s really sad. It’s a shame what those people have to go through, it must be a living hell. Family members, crazy rumors, the dead, children crying, and the state of the communities. I can’t even begin to imagine what that’s like. Not knowing if you’ll be alive the next day, where your family is, having your child die. Lebanon really screwed up here. What were they thinking? Israel’s army is one with a steel backbone, while Lebanon’s is mainly insurgents. The government’s “army” is made of rubber in comparison. I’m not trying to be offensive to anyone who might be affected on the either side, but honestly, people need to think. Why start a war when you will surely get wiped out. I’m actually agreeing with Bush on this one, glad to see his not going on his usual antics and trying to get America totally involved. Of course though, there is a good reason for that. The reason is this, Lebanon is allies with Syria, Syria produces and ships a lot of oil, along with being in a sort of invisible alliance with the other oil producing, terrorist supporting countries that seem to infest the Middle East like a parasite. You fight Lebanon, you piss off Syria, you piss off Syria, you cut your connections to some major oil producing countries, you don’t end up with as much oil. That’s why Bush doesn’t seem to be expressing his usual “let’s go fight some people” antics. That’s why the U.S. Army isn’t getting involved (at least on a major extent). I also have a problem with Israel. Yes they have the right to attack, they do. I would too, but they need to be a little more careful. The civilian death toll in Lebanon is increasing at a staggering rate. This isn’t good. Their are innocent people in Lebanon. Them dying won’t help anything.

Again, my heart goes out to all those in Israel, Lebanon, or anywhere in the world who is suffering in some way. I know it probably won’t happen, people can’t resist the temptation to fight, but still I’m praying. Praying that this world will come to its senses. Come to its senses and realize that Christian, Jew, or Muslim, white, black, or red, south, north, or east, woman or man, straight or gay, they will learn to love their neighbor. Learn that being different is something special, a gift, not a curse. What would it be like if everyone was the same? You wouldn’t like it, I can tell you that. Thank you.

Cheers,

gamehawk
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Thanks for your time.

Cheers,

gamehawk

Edit: Whoops, said Syria instead of Israel. What am I thinking? Oh well, it was only wrong in that first sentence of the blog.

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Blog Trafficking

When I first started my blog, I wasn’t sure if anyone would read it. I’m glad to know I was wrong. I have about 20 subscribers right now, and it isn’t a lot, but it’s a start. A lot of people have found my blog through searching, probably on Technorati. I’ve found out my secret to blog trafficking. Type about a variety of subjects, it might seem kind of obvious, but include information on everything and anything. A few weird searches have turned people to my blog in the last few days. So that’s cool with me! I say keep the traffic coming. On another note, I kind of feel like doing some PHP programming though I doubt I’ll get around to it. Maybe I will. Who knows, I just need to figure out what I want to do with my site. I also might start a new secret project soon. It’s an interactive novel, maybe a new type of genre. You can read the novel straight through, or play in interactive mode, a mode where you not only read the text, but see movies, pictures, and play levels based on the story. I’ll be toying with this for a while I’m sure. It’s an original idea and an original genre. My old project wasn’t progressing much, and I had lost interest. It was pretty original, compared to other freeware games of today, but I haven’t worked on it in forever. Unless you count a quickie little fix up on a graphic and level design yesterday. Well that’s all I have to talk about.

Cheers,

gamehawk

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Google’s Messaging

I was quite surprised today when I opened up my trusty RSS Reader, and found out that Google, the company you can’t stop hearing about, has a real problem when it comes to their Google Talk.  I’m not into really any instant messaging, but it astounds me that this marketing giant hasn’t leaped more in terms of their messenger.  Take a look here at Techcrunch.  With holding only 1% of the market in instant messengers, they are allowing an extra advantage to those companies who Google must try to overthrow in their evil scheme.

One recent thing that I’ve liked at Google, other than their RSS reader, is their 3D Modeling software.  Google SketchUp is a great program, that allows 3D modeling of buildings and landscapes with ease.  I was even able to make some objects.  It’s really easy to learn, and has an interactive tutorial.  Just dragging and dropping.  That was the old version, and I’m betting there is some cool stuff they’ve added since.  I haven’t used it in a while since they force you download the update, but I’m downloading it now.  You should too.  It’s a great program, that could compete with AutoCad, and is compaitable with Google Earth.  You can import your models into Google Earth, create them for fun, upload to Google’s model browser type thing, and maybe even do a little landscaping business where you rent yourself out to model an idea.  Show people what their home might look like afterwards.  If this program keeps improving, it could be a contender to compete with AutoCAD or any of the CAD programs.   That’s all for today!  Check back soon!

Cheers,

gamehawk

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Got Google?

Microsoft has a problem, Google. What’s going wrong? Microsoft is losing its grip on things. It tries to stay up-to-date, and it might in terms of technology, but not in turns of popularity. Coders are going towards open source, and the only ones that are staying offline are those hard-core Microsoft junkies. Microsoft is being way too overprotective. Back in the old days, in the generation off early home computing when Apple and Microsoft were making their own entrances, Apple made a giant mistake. They didn’t educate people on how to make software for their system, and were overprotective of their development kits (or making documents and spreading SDKs). They left it up too the coders to figure it out. Microsoft was very unprotective (by old computing standards), and shared how to make programs. Now though, you can’t just share how to make programs. You need to to do a Google, be open source, free, reliable, and techie friendly, plus you can’t just look like another frowned upon Yahoo!. You have to appeal to the coders, not the home users. Why? The coders are the people who will make changes and strives that end up driving home users in the good directions. So you have to beef things up for the coders, or else you’ll end up losing. Losing in this battle of the computer companies Google will win, and Microsoft annd other big time companies need to shape up- or ship out.

In other news, I decided not to use the MORE tag. A lot of RSS Readers don’t know the full article isn’t always in what they got. Sometimes the more tag won’t show. People in their browsers even miss it sometimes, besides I know how much I love being able to read in my RSS reader and don’t always like having to expand the article. So, I’m being nice (not to mention going with my own preference). Another complaint is this, it’s horribly annoying and its happened twice. I hit

Cheers,

gamehawk

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Useless Blogging Essay

I like to blog, everybody likes to blog. I don’t have a lot to blog about and I was thinking, I want to write a blog.  Even when I don’t have a lot to write about I have an urge to blog.  For some, this can be a problem, and the urge to keep writing and keep their users satisfied.  Unfortunately, the resulting blog usually isn’t very satisfying.  The “I’m so bored…eating dinner…pizza…kinda’ good.  Don’t have anything beter to do.” blogs suck.  I didn’t have a lot to write about, so I thought a little, and now I’m writing something that’s worthwhile.  If only other people could do the same thing.  The world would be a much better place.  So next time your tempted to write a trashy, space filling blog…DON’T.

Cheers,

gamehawk

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