The End of Winter at 21strom
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There is still beautiful wintertime, but some changes coming soon at at 21strom in Second Life.
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"I like video games, but they are very violent. I want to create a video game in which you have to help all the characters who have died in the other games. ‘Hey, man, what are you playing?’ ‘Super Busy Hospital. Could you leave me alone? I’m performing surgery! This guy got shot in the head, like, 27 times!’"
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Beauty in the Vehicle Sandbox
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Playing around with some new WindLight settings. I named this preset "Vehicle Sandbox". I hid all the objects, and as you can see, the terraforming is craggy yet has lots of character!
Zelda map cross stitch
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Cross stitch of the map from the Game Boy Color version of Zelda – Link’s awakening.
Finished size 24,5 x 22 cm (≈9,6 x 8,6 inches), 160 x 144 pixels.
Everyone can appreciate a good race, well, maybe almost anyone. Regardless, the speed, the rush and the breathtaking sight of vehicles moving gracefully and powerfully over courses has been a source of astonishment and amusement for sports fans all over the world. Beyond the cars, the tires, the engines, the gas and the entire buzz, almost all race enthusiasts will agree, it is not the car, but it is the driver that wins the race. Indeed, it is the human element of having a driver making decisions as to how to approach a tight curve or deep slope or a simple turn that makes each one different and fun to watch.
So what happens when you make a race of cars and remove the drivers? Enter the DARPA Grand Challenge. The initials stand for Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, which is basically a government agency that focuses on the research, development and creation of new technology. The DARPA Grand Challenge however, is a race; a race for cars without drivers. In an effort to develop better artificial intelligence and also enhance the technology of self-driving vehicles, this tournament is held annually in order to determine what kind of control system works best for unmanned and autonomous vehicles.
There are no professional athletes in this race. The competitors are usually teams of programmers, engineers and system developers from various institutions and colleges, each creating their own unique artificial intelligence system and vehicle. In the actual race, the cars left to fend for themselves in a race to a goal. All the developing teams can do is stay back and monitor the progress of their entry through the race, but they are not allowed to interfere with the performance of this vehicle. This race is entirely focused on the cars themselves.
Using a variety of input devices such as cameras, global positioning satellite systems, radar, infra-red and other technologies, the cars must drive, navigate and find their way first to the goal. As impossible as it may sound, they do. The DARPA Grand Challenge is a sight to behold for both race sports fans and tech buffs alike. This event features the latest the most innovative ideas and design for cars of the future.
The application of various technologies in cars is incomparable when considering the entries to the DARPA Grand Challenge. Vehicles utilize both the latest in existing technology and also in experimental technology as well. There are vast innovations in terms of navigation tools and also in the gathering and processing of data for use in transportation.
Unmanned Courses for the Unmanned Race
The race itself is challenging, starting from simple tracks and recently stretching to urban looking locations, the cars must be able to detect and avoid not only obstacles but also each other. The vehicles will not have any form of human interference or control making it a completely under the control of artificial intelligence systems. The vehicles are marked according to performance in speed, maneuvering and coping the driving rules and safety measures. A car wins by being the first to reach the goal safely. This race is a testament to human ingenuity and innovation. GP
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After working hard for a long time, you need to take a well-deserved vacation and unwind, so as to refresh your mind and rejuvenate your heart. There is nothing better to relax than an exotic holiday with your family or your friends.
However, when we are looking for a short trip or a getaway for a few days and yet do not want to burn a hole in our pockets, then options become limited. It is difficult to find a holiday destination that has it all, entertainment and places of attraction for all members of the family, engaging activities that can be done, scenic beauty and of course, all this at a reasonable cost.
Well, if you are looking for a place that offers all in a single package, then the Grand Bahamas Island is just the place for you.
The Grand Bahamas Island is a popular destination for tourists from all over the world. So, if you too are planning on taking your family for a vacation there, then it is best to approach a reliable travel agent, who can offer you the best package deal and reservations.
As the Grand Bahamas Island is a location that has something to offer to everyone in terms of places to see and activities to participate in, there are many who are eager to make a trip to the Island.
Even if you find it difficult to remove yourself from the regular grind at work, even then the Grand Bahamas Island might be a suitable option for you, because the world famous golf courses out here, are an ideal location to meet up and chat with like minded people who may for important business associates later on.
So, be it a refreshing walk down the pristine beaches or perhaps a game of water sports for the more adventurous ones, you can find it all in the Bahamas
As a Ferrari owner, you know that after you have added this valued car to your portfolio, it pays off to look after it correctly. Routine Ferrari upkeep, acceptable insurance, careful driving and care all perform a part in how well your Ferrari drives into the future. one vital side of Ferrari care that you are going to not need to forget is shielding your automobile treasure from burglary.
Much will depend upon how you use the Ferrari car. If it’s a show piece that stays inside, then the protection is much simplified. If you drive the automobile outside, then some steps are so as to make sure that your auto remains safe from harm.
Simple measures can help stop massive crimes , for example car burglary. When you leave the automobile, always secure it, and make efforts to park in well-lit areas where there are a large amount of people walking around. When you park the auto, turn the wheels quickly toward the curb, to make it harder for auto burglars to drag away the car. Don’t leave Ferrari accessories in open view within the car. Also don’t leave the registration or title within the automobile.
Other steps that will help stop burglary include adding tangible and audible anti-theft devices to the car. Brake locks can be useful. Wheel locks that keep the wheels still make your auto more theft-proof. Tire locks and deflators can deter a burglar, because they take too much time to cope with, therefore making your auto less interesting to a wannabe burglar. VIN etching, when the VIN number is etched onto the tumbler of the window and windows can be one choice you may consider in shielding your auto. Loud alarms also let a thief know your auto’s protected against burglary.
PC chips can help deter a burglar from pinching your Ferrari. Some ignition keys come provided with chips that don’t let somebody evade the vehicle’s ignition. Preventative car devices like a cut off to the fuse; kill switches; disablers that deactivate the fuel pump, ignition and starter; and wireless ignition authentication all help to stop burglary. Tracking devices are awfully helpful in aiding police in finding robbed automobiles. A number of these blend wireless capacities with GPS systems, so that if the automobile is moved, it can be tracked on the PC. Many Ferraris also come supplied with peripheral interior monitoring anti-lift anti-theft protection, which is a camera system that is utilised in the auto to see movement within the car. Even when you’re not with your new Ferrari, your vehicle’s PC system is working round the clock to guard your auto. Employing one or two or all these concepts can keep your automobile safe.
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September 5, 2009 the morning of 6 weir People’s Square, flags fluttering, vehicles such as the long queues, people such as tide, vehicles city of China the long-awaited letter of co-2009 China Shiyan, Hubei (Zhang Bay) Auto major auto show-cum-Cultural Festival Opening ceremony held as scheduled, the activities of thousands of people Zhengdu grand occasion.
Secretary-General of China Association of Automobile Manufacturers, Shen Ning Wu, the National Federation of Industry Automobile Motorcycle Parts Industry Association, vice president of products Zhang Xiaoping, China Federation of Industry Automobile Motorcycle Parts Industry Association Deputy Secretary-General Supplies DONG Xing, Hubei Province, Ninth, Tenth National People’s Congress Standing Committee Ballon Qing, deputy director of the Hubei Provincial government agencies Services Authority, party secretary, Wang Chuan-hao, Hubei Province, Economic and Information Committee and deputy director Hu Shuhua, city leaders Zhang Siyi, Mi Kluckhohn, Shih-Jye Wu, Wei-Kuo Chang, Zhang Xin, Ling Zhong Ti, Dongfeng company leader Norinaka attended the opening ceremony.
At about 9 am, the famous CCTV host Li Jia-Ming, OUYANG Xia Dandeng Taiwan appearances, read a letter the state workers Miao Wei, vice minister of the Ninth, Tenth CPPCC Standing Committee member Li Youwei, the Eleventh CPPCC Standing Committee member Chen Kiyoyasu, the former Ma Yue, general manager of Dongfeng Motor Corporation congratulatory message. A live demonstration of the former State Economic and Trade Commission Yuan Baohua inscription: “the pride of the Chinese auto industry.” Shen Ning Wu announced: All 2009 China Shiyan, Hubei letter (Chang Wan) Auto Culture Festival opening shot of the colorful salute the square of smoke and mirrors the sky formed a rainbow picture, the festive atmosphere of the scene lit.
Mayor Zhang Siyi said in his speech that this year is the 60th anniversary of founding of new China is the 40th anniversary of the city of Shiyan City to build, but also the 40th anniversary of Dongfeng Motor Corporation plant. Western Hubei Province, Hubei Province is implementing eco-cultural tourism circle strategy, Shiyan Wudang is working to create culture, water culture, car culture, that “Spirit Mountain, Xiushui, automobile city” three cards, to auto cultural festival, is to leverage this resource advantages , excavation car culture, heritage car civilization, vividly reflect the “strong wind” grew up and enhance the public’s “East Wind” and Dongfeng truck understanding of this activity Bancheng efforts to influence the city and the country, there are characteristics of car culture events , the phrase “Shiyan Motor City” in particular “national cars” this card into the country, to the world.
Dongfeng Automobile Company Norinaka deputy party secretary, said the past 40 years, Shiyan City, and Dongfeng Motor Corporation weal and woe, Gandanxiangzhao, create brilliant. Dongfeng plant in the 40 anniversary to revive Shiyan, has become a company-wide consensus Dongfeng, “863 revitalization plan” announced that Dongfeng sounded the clarion call to revive Shiyan, Shiyan once again ignited the people’s passion. He was convinced that through the organization of the car culture festival, a more in-depth interpretation of car culture, to further improve people’s concept of car consumption, in order to contribute to a build a charm Shiyan.
In the soothing background music, the auto show kicked off, a Dongfeng-branded vehicles, cars onto the stage, dressed appearance of the Model cars accompanied by stirring rendition, the audience greeted with cheers. Auto Show focuses on self-developed entirely by the Dongfeng Motor Corporation Dongfeng Fengshen’s first mid-size sedan S30, dynamic spiritual Dongfeng Citroen Sega, called consumers “fine quality of the election” Dongfeng Peugeot 207, Dongfeng fashion dynamic sports car The new Honda Civic, September 5 until the day of listing of Dongfeng Honda Civic Platinum Core, intelligent fashion known for KIA Furui Di, economical and practical for Dongfeng and Dongfeng Star off to mighty warriors known as Dongfeng 9 series models.
In addition, the Dongfeng Tianlong, Tin Kam and value of more than 600 million cars are polar Dongfeng Motor Show yesterday, a show style. The same day, in addition to passenger cars series and Dongfeng Dongfeng commercial vehicle series, as well as non-Dongfeng brand cars, such as General Motors, Buick, Hyundai brand cars exhibitors. Nearly one hundred cars a collective appearance, dazzled the audience to see, many struggle Yan Shiyan Model cars site, people exposure to “Our Dream Car beauty” world. Many of the older “old wind” come together in front of the car a long stay in touch here, there, look at from time to time talking about the original construction of two gas scenarios. Auto-site consultation constant flow of people buy a car from time to time members of the public to sign orders to pay the deposit under the car.
“The world’s most expensive one kiss”, “Dongfeng Fengshen I love you” scene kiss vehicles were sedans activity, has undoubtedly become the biggest highlight of the opening ceremony of the activities. In accordance with the prior via e-mail, cell phone text messages are two ways to determine the rules of the game, ladies and 200 short-listed for children 5-12 years of age will be a beautiful lip print to stay in four white Fengshen S30 sedan car body. Experts from the lip print a complete character; lip contour, lip wrinkles clear; lip plump; lip color glossy in areas such as a comprehensive selection. Eventually Pingchu 110 players, from the Dongfeng Motor Corporation equipment factory workers Zhu Xiaoqin was “the most beautiful lip print” title, and get the value of 75.8 thousand yuan Dongfeng Fengshen S30 sedan car at the same time, also voted for 10 beautiful lips India Award, will be awarded 600 yuan a beautiful car models.
In the afternoon, from the study engaged in the automobile industry experts gathered at a dozen cars city hotel, from the current developments in international and domestic automobile industry, China’s car in the world automotive sector location, local economic progress and development of the company between Dongfeng relations, and China’s auto and auto parts development trend, Dongfeng company’s current development situation and so freely about the future of auto industry trends.
Person in charge, according to event organizer, Chang Wan District secretary of the Liu Hua said that through this event, hoping to arouse the public’s old industrial bases in Shiyan, “wind” Remembrance, to enhance the public’s “East Wind” and the understanding of Dongfeng vehicles to improve community Shiyan (Zhang Bay) knowledge of the automotive industry to achieve car culture and car economy “fly together.”
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