Photos from the Disneyland Vacation

Just this weekend, Sarah and I were visiting one of California’s busiest and most overcrowded vacation hotspots, The Disneyland Resort. So, I decided to dust off my camera and photography skills, which haven’t been put to serious use since my trips to Alaska and Mexico, to capture the sights of Disneyland and Disney’s California Adventure. You can view more photos in my gallery, which I plan to make use of during next week’s trip to Hawaii.

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Categorized as Nostalgia

Blogroll Dive: 8/28/06

Here are the highlights from today’s Blogroll dive:

  • Bryan discovered a quiz built to help others choose which Linux distribution is right for them.
  • Michael discovered a full-length compilation of Star Wars audition tapes.
  • Khaled briefly reviewed two open source illustration applications.
  • Jim published a small preview of Yasu 2.0.
  • Joen briefly reviewed Superman Returns.
  • Angsuman published a “comprehensive list of WordPress 2.x rewrite rules.”
  • And, Tom reported on the launch of “Google Applications for Your Domain”.

Pluto is No Longer a Planet

When I left for vacation four days ago, our solar system was composed of nine planets. When I returned, it only possessed eight. The International Astronomical Union approved a final redefinition of the word “planet” on August 24th, 2006; consequently, Pluto has lost its status as a planet. Neither the former ninth planet nor Pluto could be reached for commentary, but it can be assumed that both are deeply disheartened and may consider leaving the solar system in protest.

Blogroll Dive: 8/21/06

Here are the highlights from today’s Blogroll dive:

  • Bryan celebrated his blog’s second anniversary.
  • Michael Heilemann discovered a video compilation of one of the most over-used movie sound effects.
  • Jim is looking for some opinions regarding a feature in the upcoming Yasu 2.0.
  • Michael Hampton needs some volunteers for “a project to identify and block more spammers before they can even send their first spam.”
  • Joen discovered a hosted wiki service filled with information-packed, fan-built resources, including two detailed Star Wars and Star Trek encyclopedias.
  • Sarah discovered some interesting comments on Richard Wagner.
  • And, Angsuman released “Translator Plugin Pro” for WordPress.

Favored Freeware: Rubicon X

Rubicon X is a free, cross platform, first person shooter that continues the story of Bungie’s Marathon Trilogy. First released as Marathon: Rubicon in 2001, Rubicon X is a complete overhaul of the original. It features all new high-resolution artwork, new and updated maps, and enough surprises to feel like a whole new game.

Pros: Rubicon X uses the Aleph One engine to provide detailed high-resolution textures with OpenGL-powered lighting and fog effects, and features “a nonlinear plotline that can be traversed in any number of ways, featuring different endings based upon a player’s choices over the course of the game.” Rubicon X is a cross-platform game for Mac, Windows, and Linux.

Cons: None significant.

Categorized as Freeware