Monthly Archives: September 2008

Passports, Travel, Work, and Education.

So Governor Palin thinks that reading books is enough to learn about different countries and their cultures. Hmm. Her wikipedia page seems to indicate that she was not so dedicated of a student.

She also thinks that you can not work and travel and that somehow these things do not go together. Who is she trying to kid? I went to school full time. I received an Bachelor’s and a Master’s degree in Biology in 6 years. During this time, I worked close to 40 hours a week by taking shifts Friday nights and Saturdays and Sundays all day. I did not make tons of money at these jobs, BUT, I was able to travel to Japan THREE times as a student on this money AND make the Dean’s list every semester. This is something that I wanted to do on my own. I did not get a backpack from my parents either.

Who is she trying to kid. with these statements? Why doesn’t she save face at this point and just admit that she is grossly under qualified for the position of Vice President of the United States. She should just say that she doesn’t know what she is doing and was overly ambitious when she accepted the nomination.  She could also say that she is willing to work hard to make up for her deficiencies. This would still not qualify her for the position in my eyes, but at least she would come off as a little bit less of a liar and a cheat.

Video Tutorials on Motion Capture 2

Here is the second in my series of motion capture tutorials. The first focused on setting up a naming template in Nexus. This tutorial will describe the process of cleaning optical data and filling gaps when occlusion of reflective markers occurs. The video below is part one. If you play it to the end, you will see links to the further parts.

Video Tutorials on Motion Capture

My class on motion capture started recently and I decided to post some tutorials for my students and others to watch.  You might find them useful if you are learning to use Vicon Nexus or AutoDesk MotionBuilder.  The first series is on how to set up a dot naming template in Nexus.

Breaking news from the NY Times

So I just got a breaking news email from the New York Times.  It reads like this:

McCain Seeks to Delay Presidential Debate

Senator John McCain said that he would temporarily suspend his presidential campaign on Thursday to return to Washington to deal with the financial crisis and the bailout package pending before Congress. Mr. McCain is asking Senator Barack Obama’s campaign and the Commission on Presidential Debates to postpone the debate scheduled for Friday night.

Hmm, I thought about this for a minute.  Yes, it is important to get this financial crysis settled.  I agree, but shouldn’t the future President of the United States be ready to balance multiple important things at once?  I mean wise people should be able to debate without preparation as they should already be well versed on their stance since they ARE RUNNING AS PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA!!!

What is going to happen if we are attacked AND another finaicial crysis happends again?  Will we give John McCain time to prepare?  I do not think it works that way.

Dallas Philly Monday night lack of defense

I watched the game this Monday night and after the first two quarters, I was totally bored.  I know the announcers were all stoked about the amazing amount of offense being generated, but I was more interested in one thing; the obvious lack of defense on display by both teams.  Now, don’t get me wrong here, I like good games, but this game had WAY too many big plays to be considered a good game.  When you have this many big plays, it just ends up looking sloppy.

I am usre I will be reading about how great of a game this was all week, but I for one believe it was a sign of weakness by both teams.  Their passing defenses are clearly a deficiency and should be exploited by teams looking for ways to beat them.

Lipstick on a pig….

So when is a pig with lipstick on it a sexist remark?  Apparently whenever John McCain says it is.  Why is it OK to use this old phrase one day, then the next you attack your opponent with accusations?  This is not acceptable behavior from the President of the United States of America.  The President is supposed to be wise and intelligent, not a low life who twists things to his own benefit.  This is UNACCEPTABLE.
If you are reading this post, PLEASE think about this mentality — and wisely cast your vote this year.  Do we really want this person running a country?  I think not.