Sunday, September 10, 2006

The attack of the Metagators


What the heck is a metagator (Meta-Aggregator)? Well if you have been to sites like, digg, delicious, boingoing, or Netscape you experienced what an aggregator is. They are sites that pull new from around the web and present it in a readable form on a one page. What a Metagator does is go one step further and take a bunch of those sites and pull information from them and display it on one page. You can think of it as multiple aggregators on one page or if you want to think of it in Physics terms and an aggregator as 3 dimensional a metagator would be the 4th dimension. Great now that I lost everyone I can continue.

What makes the Metagator so great is that it puts all the information from multiple pages into one location. Two such feeds are http://www.originalsignal.com/ and http://popurls.com/. Both of these sites allow you to check out information from all over the web and places it in one easy to read page instead of having to go to multiple pages. One piece of functionality that is lacking is full customization. It would be nice to be able to choose what feeds you get, but this is something that will probably come in the future. This is not really different from an RSS feeder, but it does present it in one nice page. Take a look for yourselves and see what you think.

Ohio State still at #1


I know this is a little out of the normal format of this blog (everything except sports), but you just have to like a game that is a replay of a match up that happened last year. A game in which you see such celebrities as Matthew Mcconaughey jumping up and down on the side lines, Emmitt Smith doing a little 2-step, or Eddie George harassing the Texas fans (and don't forget Lebron James and Lance Armstrong were on hand as well). This for all intensive purposes was as big as the BCS championship. This is one of the first times the #1 and #2 have played each other in over a decade. In a game which 2 great teams fought hard, like the Highlander, there could be only one and today it was Ohio's turn. Let's go back to last season.

In what was a very disheartening loss to a great team Ohio still managed a bowl win against Notre Dame, but that must have left a bad taste in their mouths considering the rest of the season was flawless. Only with the heroics of a great quarterback like Vince Young was Texas able to overcome a team like OSU. A game which was determined by fourth quarter plays and was a nail biter to the end. Many have pondered if it would have been a different game if Tressel would have started Smith instead of Zwick, but that is something that will have to be debated at a different time. This time the rematch of these teams was something that everyone who is a fan of college football as waiting for. Especially the fans of the two teams involved. It would give Ohio a chance at revenge or for Texas to prove they deserve to be number one. That was last year.

This year 2 new teams were created. Vince has left Texas and the much heralded OSU defensive lead by AJ Hawk was rebuilt. To begin this season both teams did quite well. OSU beat Northern Illinois 35-12 and that was against a good rusher. This also showed some of OSU's weaknesses. First being there untested young new defensive squad. Sure they held Northern to 12 points and this is even with a good rusher like Wolf, but this is still Northern a team not even ranked in the top 25. They also seemed a little sloppy against screen passes were most of Northern's passing yards were scored. Second is kicking granted OSU cannot always have a kicker like Ted Nugent, but to miss 2 field goals isn't good either? Even though one was 56 yards this still showed they needed work. Thirdly is Justin Zwick, backup quarterback. First play he was put in he fumbled the ball. This is something that might happen to a freshman, but this is also the same quarterback that started against Texas the prior year. As long as Troy is healthy this will not be a problem, but if he becomes injured then so long championship.

Now not everything is dire for OSU. They still have a one of the best quarterbacks to come out of Ohio in a while, Troy Smith, currently ranked third in the Heisman standing. Only through his leadership and growth were they able to turn a troubled start of a season to something that led them to a bowl game. He scored 3 touchdowns alone in the first quarter against Northern and he pretty much rested through the 3rd and fourth quarters. Also you have Ted Ginn Jr who returns from last year and with his speed he can be quite dangerous. You also cannot fully knock their defense although untested and young; they did do quite well and with more games comes more experience would it be enough though. Then the changes to Texas.

For all intensive purposes are more drastic than OSU’s. Yes they were ranked third coming into their first game. Yes they moved into second by beating North Texas 56-7 and it looked like the second coming of Vince Young, but there is a difference he is not Vince Young. First off he is a freshman starting in his second game against OSU. He was untested against an unranked team who is probably ranked even lower than Northern. Vince was a veteran who played against many great teams and earned his way to the top. He was also dual threat by being able to both move and through sometimes at the same time. He also had that special something that makes great quarterbacks exceptional. He could make up for hi mistakes and the mistakes of his teammates. This is something yet to be seen by Colt.

When it came down to pre game predictions it was a tight race, but it looked to be that Texas had the edge. They had the home field advantage. They had the hot new quarterback. They had a great team that won the BCS championship. If anything it would make for an exciting game one that would probably be a nail biter to the end. One that could even rival the excitement of last years match up. Unfortunately that was last year and this year is quite different.

It still was not exactly a blowout, but by the 3rd quarter it was not looking to be a close game either. By the end of the night the predictions of a tight game and a Texas win proved to be nothing but hot air as OSU routed Texas 24-7. Was it the lack of experience by an untested Quarterback? Was it the experience and excellent execution by Troy Smith? Maybe it was the excellent new defensive unit. Either way, although exciting, it was not the same game. Maybe if we had the same teams of last year and Troy starting would it have been a close game, but this shows how good OSU is this year and how much work Texas needs. If this is OSU's toughest game they should easily walk to a conference title. The big teams left to play are IOWA that had to win in 2 OT to win its game, Penn State which was routed by Notre Dame, and Michigan. Texas has Iowa as well and a couple of other games, but it does not really matter now because they are playing catch up. They are in the same position OSU was last year. I guess what goes around comes around. They were the heroes of last year, but this year is a they old Champions of a couple of years ago look like they are back and hungry for another title.

Monday, September 04, 2006

So long Croc Hunter we will miss you


Steve Irwin the "Crocodile Hunter" died yesterday of a Stingray Sting while filming a documentary of the Great Barrier Reef called "Ocean's Deadliest". The Stingray supposedly pierced a hole in his heart and was pronounced dead on arrival to the hospital. He was 44 years old and survived by his wife Terri and children Bindi Sue (8) and Bob (2).

Steve Irwin was known for his courage and or foolishness he exhibited when dealing with dangerous animals. He has been on numberous talkshows and was even lampooned by the creators of South Park. In 2002 he stared in his own motion picture entitled "The Crocodile Hunter: Collision Course". He was most often seen on his own show on the Animal Planet entitled "The Crocodile Hunter". He has been honored with the Centenary Medial for his "service to global conservation and Australian trourism" and he is known for promoting Environmentalism as well.

Sunday, September 03, 2006

bittorrent optimization


Are you new to torrents or are you a veteran either way you will probably find some helpfull links in this articles. From Optimizing upload and download settings, tweaking encryption to avoid throttling, to how to create a torrent it is all here.

What are they going to outsource next?

Funny Clip about outsourceing ;-)

I dont' think spiderman could climb this fast


This is a video clip of a gentleman named Dan Osman climping vertically up a mountain in California, without any safety equipment. Beyond just climbing the wall he does it with such speed that it is breathtaking. Take a look.

Pretty cool Trackmania Video


This is 1000 replays combined and played back in one file. It is pretty interesting give it a watch.

http://www.gametab.com/news/669252/

Ok Go at the VMAS, on Treadmills

Here is a cool clip of OK GO on treadmills at the VMAS

Let's party likes it's...1864??

Hilarious clip from Conan O'Brien showing how to really play baseball.

How to take over the world, for Dummies


I have always had a dream of conquering the world someday you know like Alexander the Great or Ghengis Khan (I would try to be a little nicer ;-). I came across this interesting game that gives me a little practive on what that would feel like. It is a game called Nation States based on the book "Jennifer Government" by Max Barry. What is unique about this game is that it is a Nation simulation MMO. You and a bunch of other people around the world work on creating nations and regions. The purpose, well in the grand scale that is up to you. You can try to create a region that that is respectable or not. It is really up to you and what decisions you make. I would highly recommend anyone to at least create your own nation and see where it goes. I have almost become attached to my little Nation of "Monkey Islandss". If you have ever had the inclination that you could do it better give it a shot.

http://nationstates.net/

Here are a couple of games that I came across recently online. Some people out there are really, really creative. It just goes to show that there are still some unique and creative ideas out there. Sometimes you just have to look at it from a different perspective. Take a look at see what you think:

http://www2u.biglobe.ne.jp/~macopism/noct/data/ (Light game) http://ishi.blog2.fc2.com/blog-entry-165.html? (Sand from Hell??) http://games.atari.com/playgames/home.jsp (Classic Board Games you can play online)

How small are we???

Here is a movie comparing earth to different planets in our solar system, moons, and stars. This made me realize how frickin' huge the universe is. That is very humbling.



Here is a link to a pictures as well.