Tuesday, March 30, 2010
Saturday, March 27, 2010
For the last 5 or 6 years I have been playing a lot of the Battlefield games starting with Battlefield 1942, then Battlefield Vietnam, and of course, Battlefield 2. I never bothered with 2142 because I am not into the whole future thing, if I want future, I'll play Unreal Tournament 2004 (which I still do). I know a lot of console kids play Call of Duty or whatever but in my opinion Battlefield 2 is way better.
- Longer run time (all-time run on some servers like DOD)
- Better weapons
- More helicopters and jets that are equipped with more weapons
- A ton of new maps
- Pickup weapons
- Health and Ammo
- A portable Stinger (a bazooka that locks onto choppers and jets(pickup only))
- C4 20 second timebomb
- Grappling hook and zipline
- Lazer mines that sound a siren, shoot a flare, and jets can lock onto
Friday, March 26, 2010
Thursday, March 25, 2010
Friday, March 19, 2010
The other day I downloaded a sweet little program called YawCam. It is a free program that lets you basically turn a normal webcam into a surveillance camera, or at least that is what I used its for. I set up the motion detection part and had it save a jpeg to the hard disk and email a copy to me so I would recieve it on my phone. Then I set the garbage can in front of the camera and here are the results:
My good friend Phil and I spent the last week geocaching all over the the twin cities area. The first day we hit up 5 in north Saint Paul and then another 3 in Forest Lake. Phil found most of them while I played with the gps, I found one on a playground hidden in one of those "animals on a spring" type deals.
The next day we started in Forest Lake with a long trek to one at Lamprey's Pass and then ended up in Lino Lakes in a Kohl's parking lot and couldn't find the cache for the life of us. We moved on to the Walmart area on Lexington and 35W, we easily found one there, but there was one by Walgreens we couldn't get to because there were too many people sitting around eating toxic fast food. I guess in the world of geocaching those folks are called "muggles" which I guess is from harry potter. We found a cache right down the street from there by the Minnesota school of business shortly after. We found one more in a park off of Radisson and couldn't find one near a school off of county road I. So we moved on to county road H where we parked at a park and ride. It seemed like the cache was nearby a drainage ditch we were parked by and since it is February we figured it would be safe to walk on. Well it was for the most part, but when we got near a bridge we noticed the water was open under the bridge and flowing, and that the cache we were hunting was on the other side of the bridge full of stopped traffic. Right when I realized this I heard Phil scream and I turned to see his left leg submerged through the ice, and not even a second later did I notice the sweet smell of sewage.
Needless to say that was the end of our caching for the day, but after I was home and settled I recieved a call from Phil and he was looking for a knife he had with him earlier. This was a very big and very cool knife and Phil was very attached to this knife, so we ended up driving back to county road H to look for the knife. We ended up finding it on the ice right next to the spot where Phil fell in the sewage, using a stick we retrieved it. After that we figured we would try to get the cache we were looking for when he fell, so we crossed the street and searched and searched. Couldn't find it, but when we were walking back to the vehicle the police found us, harrassed us for IDs and left us alone once we told them that we were geocaching. They had obviously heard of the "sport" before because they didn't give us much crap after that.
The next couple of days we went to Minneapolis and snagged a few more to finish the week out. For more info on geocaching go to geocaching.com