Star Power

So I followed “Peter Abilla’s”:http://www.shmula.com/ link about “MyHeritage.com”:http://www.myheritage.com and their facial recognition. They have the spiffy little flash app that tries to match your photo with various stars. So in my extended post I link in their top suggestions. The funniest one though, is that in the top 10, Jennifer Love Hewitt was one of my higher matches. (#6)

Definitely some interesting technology, but it would obviously be more fun to try and match against “regular folks” instead of the little fun toy they let you play with on the front page. Great teaser though.

Rolling It Old School

Last weekend provided a rather fun event. Some friend hosted a Pump and Pistol class paintball tournament. What does that mean? Well, most modern markers you find are some form of semi-automatic, and many with electronic triggers that allow various levels of full-auto, ramp, or burst fire modes.

The average user therefore learns quickly that their best way to get a ‘kill’ is to use the complicated aiming method called *spray and pray* .

Now, we _old schoolers_ remember back in the old days of pump class, which required manual cocking between each fire. Often with small tubes of paint, and often 12-gram CO^2 cartridges.

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Many of the old timers showed up to enjoy a day of the old world, along with many newer people who just wanted to try out what we’d been ranting about. The game was great, 4 hours of near constant action, careful shots, the most barrel tags I’ve seen in a long time, and just a whole lot of fun. At the end of the day, everybody was in agreement about just how fun things had been, and even the people new to pump were sold on playing it a little more often. If nothing else, it taught them how to make their shots count better.

For a geeky equivalent, we held an installfest, and showed a bunch of windows n00bs just how much fun a command line is.

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