Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Does Kinect Work With Gwar, Best 25 Quotes From CPAC 2011, Jeopardy Pits Man Versus Machine, Recipe For Coca Cola Discovered, Cupid Killz: A First Person Shooter By HiImRawn

Hello everyone, this is probably a longer blog since, I started it a little earlier. Hope you enjoy it!

Does Kinect Work With Gwar

GameInformer.com was able to catch up with comedic metal band GWAR and laid the question to rest: Can GWAR play Kinect? Oderus Urungus and Beefcake the Mighty accepted the invite to come try out the Kinect and Dance Central. The video in the link above is their Kinect experience and a tour of the office. David Schulte from CTV helped GameInformer shoot this video. I’d embed the video but the site doesn’t have a way of embedding.

Best 25 Quotes From CPAC 2011

The Conservative Political Action Conference was held on the weekend. Of course this is the Conservative stage for the members to give their speeches on their promises and their bashing of the Liberals. It is also the stage where these conservatives use to create quotes they wish people didn’t quote them on. Here is a list of the best twenty-five quotes from the weekend event by way of Esquire:
25. "If [the shooting of Gabby Giffords in] Tucson tells us anything at all, it tells us this: Government has failed." - Wayne LaPierre, CEO off the National Rifle Association.
24. "The presence of a firearm makes us all safer." - Wayne LaPierre.
23. "Many of us think of him as the thinking man's Marlon Brando." - George Will on Mitch Daniels.
22. "I refer to the debt — the new red menace. This time consisting of ink." - Mitch Daniels.
21. "[Obama's reelection] would subject the country to what might be a fatal last dose of statism." - Mitch Daniels.
20. "Our fiscal ruin and resulting loss of world leadership will, in [liberals'] eyes, be not a tragic event but a desirable one." - Mitch Daniels.
19. "Anybody that brings up amnesty in this Congress, we need to just take the scarlet 'A' for amnesty and pin it on them." - Rep. Steve King.
18. "If Joe Kennedy wants to show he is really concerned about 'some' things [Hugo] Chavez is doing… he can see to it that the Fenway Park CITGO sign is covered up until freedom and democracy return to Venezuela." - Rep. Connie Mack.
17. "Our liberties, which have made us great, are now destroying us." - Rev. Michel Faulkner, at the CPAC "Traditional Marriage and Society" panel.
16. "We should end the Environmental Protection Agency’s war against American oil and gas." - Newt Gingrich.
15. "A lawsuit a day helps keep the liberals at bay." - Dr. Mike Adams at the CPAC "Defending Free Speech on Campus" panel.
14. "Maybe conservatives need to start thinking about forming other institutions, and new types of universities that will be able to create our own Harvards and our own Yales and our own Princetons." - Dr. Richard Brake, Intercollegiate Studies Institute, at the same panel.
13. "Conservatives tend to be happy because they tend to like freedom. You are happy people, you here today, because like Reagan you have intellectualized conservatism and have rejected liberalism as anti-intellectual." - Craig Shirley, author of Rendezvous with Destiny, at the CPAC "Reagan at 100: Role Model for the Next Generation" panel.
12. "Now that [Reagan's] place in history is secure, [liberals] are trying to remake him. A pernicious myth is that Reagan and Tip O'Neill were great friends." - Craig Shirley.
11. "I have fairly but intelligently earned many billions of dollars which, in a sense, was both a scorecard and acknowledgment of my abilities." - Three-time bankrupt Donald Trump.
10. "When they talk about raising your taxes, I think raise the taxes on some of these countries that are taking advantage of the United States." - Donald Trump, again.
9. "Four fifty-four for gas… because we have nobody that calls up OPEC… and say, [mobster voice] 'That. Price. Better. Get. Lower. And it better. Get. Lower. Fast.'" - Donald Trump, still.
8. "The movies television and music we used to produce created an image of America that the world envied… now the millions around the world call us the Great Satan — and with good cause." - Pat Boone.
7. "Leftist, socialist, former and current communist czars." - Pat Boone, on the Obama administration.
6. "The objective of the liberals is to destroy this country." - Herman Cain.
5. "Liberals could not be less interested in democracy when it came to taking out Saddam Hussein… Now a loyal American ally [Mubarak] comes under attack and they are burning for democracy." - Ann Coulter.
4. "What do you mean, 'knowing that there are more jailed journalists'? I think there should be more jailed journalists!" - Ann Coulter.
3. "That is [liberalism's] goal — to destroy the family… [liberals] just made up this gay marriage thing… gays are natural conservatives." - Ann Coulter.
2. "It's just like a liberal, they import slaves, they hold slaves, they fight for slavery, they go to war in a civil war to defend slavery. They then install legal discrimination against blacks for a hundred years…" - Ann Coulter.
1. "It's gonna be a big heart-breaker
Gramma needs a new pacemaker
And the doctor says, "I realize she's ill
But there's talk of legislation
On all our medication
And maybe all we can do is put her on a pain pill.
Aw me! Hey Congress!
You vote Obamacare, and we'll vote you outta there
We the People have wakened to your tricks
You vote to let this pass, you're gonna be out on your
[funny noise instead of the word "ass"]
We the People have awakened…" - Ray Stevens, in song.
This final one was just for good measure.

0. "Sit down and shut up." - Dick Cheney as he was heckled by protesters.

Jeopardy Pits Man Versus Machine

In Jeopardy these passed two days, two men are facing off against a supercomputer that is going by the name Watson. Brad Rutter, the show’s all-time money winner with $3.25 million, and Ken Jennings, who has the longest winning streak at seventy four games. The supercomputer was named after the IBM founder Thomas J. Watson and is powered by ten racks of computer servers which are run by the operating system Linux. At the beginning of the first show Alex Trebek told viewers, "You are about to witness what may prove to be an historic competition." Watson proved to be amazing competition although the supercomputer’s speed on the buzzer and accurately solved clues. One the first television showing, Watson cleared through a lot of early selections and even scored the Daily Double. The IBM created robotic encyclopaedia racked up four-thousand dollars, while Jennings and Rutter had two-hundred dollars each. Watson made some embarrassing flops along the way but one flop in the first episode was his incorrectly answer pickup off of Jennings, in which Watson answered the same answer as he did when they both answered “What is 1920s?” on the clue the decade in which Oreo cookies were introduced. On tonight’s episode it was mostly all Watson racked up to somewhere around thirty-two thousand. Rutter and Jennings made it close to five-thousand and the final question of the day was about United States airports and which was named after World War Two heroes. The two human competitors answered correctly with Chicago but Watson on the other hand answered with Toronto, which seems more of a Canadian type of city. As well as the answer Toronto, the supercomputer answered with a row of question marks. Luckily, it only wagered less then a thousand dollars. The matches will continue until tomorrow and will have included two complete games. First place wins $1 million, second place wins $300 000, and third wins $200 000. IBM says all of Watson’s winnings will be given to charity, meanwhile half of Jennings and Rutter will go to charities of their choices. The matches were taped in Yorktown Heights, New York at the IBM research center last month. The contestants were able to keep the final outcome to themselves. The researchers at IBM have been working on Watson for years. Just as the human contestants, it does not use the Internet during play but it gains its knowledge from a database of information on a 15 TB memory, as well as goes through potential answers with 2 880 processor cores. The computer can identify the right answer very fast but these answers can misfire, and if it were a human contestant they’d blush really bad if they gave the answers Watson has for a few so far. The reason for its faults is because Jeopardy clues often use puns or very intellectual word associations with category titles. The IBM developers say that learning through experience is something that may one built into future generations of these question-answering supercomputers.

Recipe For Coca Cola Discovered

The ingredients of Coca Cola have always been a mystery since it was created by John Pemberton in 1886. Thisamericanlife.org claims to have discovered a list in a picture that was in a newspaper article in the February 8th, 1979th edition of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. It showed someone holding open a book with a recipe that claimed to be Pemberton’s clone. This recipe is reported to contain the exact measures of the oils needed for Merchandise 7X. Although it is only one per cent of the drink’s actual formula, it is said that Merchandise 7X is the taste that makes Coca Cola what it is. While the official recipe is said to be guarded in a vault in Atlanta, Georgia all day, every day, this is what has been figured out from the picture:

The 'secret recipe'
Fluid extract of Coca 3 drams USP
Citric acid 3 oz
Caffeine 1oz
Sugar 30 (it is unclear from the markings what quantity is required)
Water 2.5 gal
Lime juice 2 pints 1 qrt
Vanilla 1oz
Caramel 1.5oz or more to colour
7X flavour (use 2oz of flavour to 5 gals syrup):
Alcohol 8oz
Orange oil 20 drops
Lemon oil 30 drops
Nutmeg oil 10 drops
Coriander 5 drops
Neroli 10 drops
Cinnamon 10 drops

That was today’s blog. I hope you don’t actually try that recipe but if you do, be sure to tell people your results. Here is a First-Person Shooter Valentine’s Day video by HiImRawn

1 comment:

  1. Awesome post Aaron - nice find on the CPAC quotes!