Friday, October 29, 2010

Architecture Win: Part 4

This is a city on the water being conceptionalized for Sochi, Russia!! These buildings are so awesome! I want to live there! I guess I shall be learning Russian!
















Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Mapping sites review posted!

features Google Maps, Yahoo Maps, Bing Maps, and Mapquest! Comprehensive and in-depth look into all the mapping sites. Will cover all aspects of each!  A work in progress. 

 Read here for more!

 

Monday, August 9, 2010

agnxnetworks.com launched! Please check out our new site!

Yey!

The new agnxnetworks.com has been launched! It launched on the awesome date (US format) of 08.09.10!!!!

Please click here to view it now!

The euro/intl. people will get thier own special treat for thier date formatted awesomeness as well! to make up for it ;-)

registrations to the site are limited for now. I will activate your accounts as soon as I can.

Saturday, August 7, 2010

My intense day

we went to king's island on august 6th, 2010.

the drive there to the place was smooth and uneventful. we did see a few LOLz.

when we got there the price was pretty high (USD50) but we went anyways since we drove 4.5 hours to go there.

we started with a really light ride called the monster, it was a little fun warmup, then us three went on adventure express, and we kinda enjoyed it, but my sister got her neck injured on that ride.

we took her to the first aid center, I had to guide her there becuase her legs were numb and her neck hurted really badly. and they asked us a few questions about her situation, we told them that she got injured on the ride, and they had her resting in thier little "school nurses office" like infirmiry type place.

me and hubby were deciding what to do and were confused, but we went to ride more rides to ease our tension and we wanted to se if she would just need to lie down for a while and get better and ride more rides with us.

we went on the beast as well and I can tell yah it would have killed my sister. as frail as she is. it would have produced a worse situation with her neck then the first one would have. The ride was very fun though.

we went on another small coaster and then found "the crypt" an indoor ride that we did not know what it did, and we thought it would be more fun that way being a mystery.

Then sam texted us and told us that she was gonna be taken to the hospital and we were very worried about her and we also did not want her to leave without us becuase she had the car keys and we did not wannna be stranded there, also my purse and the stuff we needed were in the car. This added with the dark atmosphere of the crypt made me a tad nervous. it did interfere a bit from the enjoyment of the ride though. the ride was fun but I was nervous about sam needing to go to the hospital.

Then we got off of it and went back to the first aid unit and we signed some witness statement papers and she was taken to west chester medical center. we saw her off and she said they took a long time to get her an ambulance. they seemed very scattered and foot-dragging. but they did get her there.

we started to draw up plans for staying overnight and we were annoyed that the cellphone had low battery life. we had a plan though so it would have worked. but we just decided that we would ride more rides to ease
our tension. and we payed a lot to come here and we wanted to wait to see what the hospital would find out.

we rode an indoor ride that was setup like an area51 type place and the line was extremely long (we waited close to 45 minutes) and you would walk though a ufo to get to the coaster and it was funny becuase the guy told the people riding that "I need you to scream for me" and they launched the coaster and they sure did scream. it was funny, then we went on and it was really fast. it was the world's fastest indoor coaster and
we prolly went upside down at least 3-4 times. it was pitck back in most parts and it was really compressed loops and stuff it was awesome though. it was the most intense ride in the whole park.

after that we went on the racer since it was on the way to another coaster, then we rode the other one and it
was fun. after that we were got a text message to pick sam up from the hospital and we scrambled to pick her up.

it took us forever just to get out of the park. then we fired up the gps and we had to approximate becuse the hospital wasn't on the gps since it was newer then the data that was on it. so I got us to the general area
where the two needed streets intersected. it got us there pretty well.

we got there to expect her in a bed, needing taken home, but she was in the waiting room and we were shocked.

she was sitting there in a crappy chair miserable and pissed. we got a nurse to come out but she was saying that they couldn't do anything and she kept giving us stupid answers to any questions we had. she brought out some other people and we could not get any results, we wanted to know exacly what was wrong and they were saying absolutely nothing was wrong with her when her legs were almost completly numb and her grip was very weak and she had other multiple problems. They tried to give us excuses and none of them would even give us a reason to treat her nuerves when it obviously was the problem. they were all cold and airheaded about the whole thing. we had to fight to get her vicodin. they only would have given her a muscle relaxer which would not help her pain at all. so we got her vicodin and grudingly left and got her to
walgreens. we also got her a neck brace there becuase they wouldn't give her one since they said they did not have any there to give anyone.

Oh and this hospital does not have an MRI machine accessible beyond normal business hours. so they couldn't

give her one. she needed to be examined further and they would refuse to becuse they made excuses why and they said they don't have this, they don't have that, yadda yadda. Look if you are going to be a hospital you need to have these things, the ghetto hospitals in my area have MRI accessible 24 hours a day.

so we proceeded to drive home and the gps was being funny as usual, but helped us anyways. it was funny to se

it suggest us to use two roads at once and even showed loopbacks of the second road we were supposed to be
taking in addition to I 70E. it was funny. then it showed it's beautiful arrows again everywhere LOL. It loves arrows.

then I was really starting to show the symptoms of not sleeping for 48 hours prior to this. I was going on and on.

I was talking about bacon's dominiation of the world, Russia and the chernobyl extra limbed people and how the deer have 47.4 heads and 74.4 legs. and the more limbs the better. I told everyone that I77S never wanted us to leave her and she would make our trip down that road extra long, and it was! I was then goofing off more and making no sense and then we finally got home.

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

AGNX Networks Main launches soon!

On 08.09.10 AGNXNetworks.com will launch! It will be a rich site with foums, downloads, and more!

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Bing Maps might kill google. they now have streetview!

I am amazed at bing maps right now. They got street view (limited locations) but its much better then googles.  Its all nicer quality and the transitions are smooth. OMG this is how mapping should be. Gimmie this for a GPS! You gotta go the the new bing maps, then install Silverlight.

Here's a screenshot of it in action! This is one of my fav buildings. The Stata Center at MIT.





I can't wait to see more areas mapped. the imagery is fantastic. and the images are 3d objects instead of a flat 360 image like google.

I have always thought and known that navteq based systems have better routing engines then google has now. google is based off a seemingly bad teleatlas update, and they augmented that with thier streetview data and it is a bit of a mess, specially for the areas I traverse. This will make it a winning combination. google should cower in fear!

I am totally rooting for bing here. The animations and transitions between areas are awesome and fun. The map smoothly scales and zooms like it should, and the flow seems natural and easy. I shall showcase more later. :-)

Saturday, April 24, 2010

Youtube's new layout

Ok.. Where do I begin? The look of the new site looks like someone had a CSS that got loaded improperly. There are broken looking elements on the pages.
The comments field looks distant and unorganized.
The pulldown menus are not even framed into the rest of the layout, so we don't know what frameset they belong into this could cause a security problem with video sharing sites.
That's for the channel pages.

The video page layout is harder to access the options to favorite a video. You have to use a pulldown menu to access it instead clicking the little heart icon.
 Also with the comments on the video pages you cannot see all the thumbs up and down counts. If someone thumbs a video down you cannot see the negative rating for that comment.
You cannot tell where one comment ends and another begins.
You will thumb a video up and come back 2 days later and you do not see the "thumbs up" that you have given to that video.
The comments do not have dates and timestamps posted.
The comments cannot be sorted by dates and times.
You cannot se the "days ago" unless you hover over, and this is a problem because some browsers,specially on linux have trouble rendering the hoverovers. Also even on my Vista x64 system with IE8 I cannot se the hoverovers all the time, I have to refresh the video, click all comments and then try to load the hoverover again. This is incredibly frustrating.
I also notice that the @user comment reply base does not properly reference the comment that has been replied to, instead it just refreshes the video page! This should not even be this way!
 You should have left the comment system alone.
It is very hard to follow conversations.
Also the new layout is harder to see the other videos by the user. i thought that the feature was removed until I had to click the arrow on the top to see them!
Why are you doing this to your users and making them go through a change?
This is making the site less and less user friendly. If a tech savy person like me has trouble with the new layout then something is wrong!
Mystery meat navigiation is one of the BIG NO NOs in web design, it confuses clients and alienates customers.

Also another thing is the sites performance on the technical level. The older layout was a little demanding on my system and used about 15-25 percent of my quad core cpu, but this new layout takes the cake and uses 25-75% of my cpu! This is only having 8 tabs open of IE8. On Firefox it was much worse and sometimes would completely lock up my whole system. I am using a pruned downed and optimized OS without bells and whistles and I have very little programs running and still take performance hits on my system that can run Crysis much smoother then your website! If someone's computer can run a very intense game like Crysis on thier computer without problems and your website does, then someone needs fired. Someone neds to optimize your coding so it runs smooth as silk on a baby on a crappy netbook, becase it is important to have a wide audience. if you bloat your site too much your audience will die off becuase thier computers can't handle youtube and in this economy people can't afford to be upgrading thier computers constantly, especially for a website. You are just that. Website operators, you are not coding a 3d modelling program like 3dsmax, you are not making a high tech scientific program used to make fighter jets and rocket ships, you are not making the latest avatar grade graphics game, you are making a website witch means you have to calm down with the code!

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

McAfee blew up the planet

McAfee blew up the planet just shortly of earth day. This story coming at you live from me, the best person ever.
Users of the ill fated mcafee anti-virus software who were running the windows xp service pack 3 operating system were hit by an "update" that cuased the a/v cleint to erroneously delete the file 'svchost.exe' causing systems everywhere to shut down that were on xpsp3 os. millions of machines ewere down all over the globe.

This link has more info here!:

http://gizmodo.com/5521176/mcafee-update-shutting-down-windows-xp-computers?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed:+gizmodo/full+(Gizmodo)

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Music, moods and mayhem....

Music, moods and mayhem....

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Focus:
the japanese musicians do better with celene's songs than celene does. Much better. The songs are meant to be soft love songs with a tender mood. celene manages to make them tense and irritating. some songs have very uplifiting lyrics, however with celene and xtina's voices make them sound like you're supposed to cry.
There's a balance betwen that I like. it's something called dynamics. there is times to be light and happy, there is times to bring out the epic. celene and xtina bring out the epic constantly and it makes the whole thing drawn out and flat actually. once you've been to the top can you get any higher? that is the question one must ask. the highs and lows are needed to have a fuller performance.
the loudness war can attribute to that. xtina's latest album "back to basics" has mad clipping and the whole thing is busy as hell. your ears rarely get a break. I listened to half of the songs and my blood pressure was up alot. I actually hooked myself up to my grammas blood rpessure monitor and it was going up drasically to the songs, celene had the same effect and I had the machine hooked up to a 8 year old and her blood pressure went up as well. (i only had her listen to two songs she wanted to do the experiement with me) babies in particular go nuts to both artists and there was a study done and it gets blood pumping in infants and toddlers.
Most songs are like this now and this could explain some wierd behaviours amoungst people. I ams still doing my study on this and I would appreciate some help as well.

Now the songs that were flat like kanye, rihanna, beyonce, and others were lowering blood pressure but incresing pulse. They also tend to have a blanking effect on people. I asked someone to pick colours and this was one of beyonces songs and they picked white, black and tan but a trance song made them pick purple, blue and yellow. I did this one 2 people I knew were synasthesic. I am sysnathesic as well. I get the blanking effect from listineng to most r and b music, most hip hop and most "pop" music and I loose most inspiration in things. I cannot get good graphic ideas from this kinda music. country music makes me only think of earth tones and gets me drepressed, oldies makes me angry and I don't want to do anything. trance and symphonic metal gets the most stimulation out of me to do creative things, and electro makes me happy and calm and fun.



I would also like input from all of you.

Friday, March 26, 2010

colors and emotions

I have what's called synetheasia....yep had it since I was born. I so so frightened of off white things. it would make me cry. I still find that color THE MOST OFFENSIVE! I get dirty, impure, and wannabe different from it. I also get distrust from it. I get a particular "meawwwnnnn"(in a snobbish high pitched sound) from it. sometimes I hear a "nehh" sound from it.

Reds I feel the most emotions from. I get an epic chill from it and I think of winter and late fall. I think of it as a cold color. (a powerful but calming echo of midranged sounds emenates from it and comforts me)


I think blue is a warm emotion color for me. I think of vapors and mist. "yeaohh"(in a low pitched semi-sultry voice) is the sound I get from baby blue.

Sunday, February 28, 2010

Architecture WIN:Part4

this is an awesome example of how cities should be built. This is gving me lots of inspiration for my game. looks green and very nice. not the eyesore current cities are.

Meow!

This month has been wild. Got lots of content up and been through alot. I will add more sections to the site since you can now have static pages. I shall showcase some of my graphic work soon on those (that is seperate from BadAshGames). I hope you enjoy.

Saturday, February 20, 2010

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Windows Phone 7:Thoughts

Ahh the windows phone 7 has been announced and it looks promising:

Runs on nvidia's tegra 2 platform, witch means a rich media experince--->Games will run much smoother and better then other mobile platforms (not including the PSP and NDS) Movies will be watched in ultra smooth HD with no problems.

has social networking intergration

has xbox live intergration as well as zune intergration



However I think that the interface does need a little work and it could be possibly the best USA launched mobile device.

I would actually like an interface on this phone to have the following criteria to make it worthwhile:


1) Crisp, clear graphics that can be read from a ways away->this is very important if the device will be used as a GPS mounted on the dashboard of a vehicle, the driver must be able to see it from the driver's seat very easily.

2)customizable look and feel->this is extremely important, becuase each user wants something different. This also makes the experienced optimised for each user. I, for example want a dark high contrast theme since it is easy on my sensitive eyes, I also want some eyecandy as well.

This interface pictured here is sharp, crisp, and legible, however there is very little to look at and it looks a tad boring. I suggest using graphical style from windows 7 to make it blend into the whole "7 experience" that MS made. That looks freindly, approachable, and still has a little eycandy but in a professional package. It looks much slicker and brings people into awe. The default interface pictured here kinda looks a little messy and doesnt bring you into it. it looks like the device can't do much. This kinda interface makes people take your device less seriously.
3) user exportable settings file for easy backup/recovery.

4)don't emphasise social networking as a main feature of the device becuase not all people use this and also if you do have this as a main feature, let the user be able to add the social networks of thier choice and NOT only facebook/myspace/twitter becuase I use multiple, I practically use everything but FB and twitter. I would like to be able to add, for example, gamerDNA or animeplanet or vampirefreaks or windows live, or livejournal, or blogspot stuff to my phone as well.


If they practice this they would gain a much more rich user experience.

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Report says Sillicon Valley economy is sputtering:PT2:case study

As for relocating, we need to kep the jobs in the US.

I support relocating to cheaper areas.

Disclaimer: I am in no way biased towards any company I feature on this site.


Case study: GPS companies: Garmin VS magellan navigation:

Garmin is the most successful GPS manufacturer out there. They have very good routing engines and have been enjoying HUGE successes in the GPS sector, They have expanded product lines and even have sponsoship with events. This company is growing and very stable and has increased thier marketshare in the GPS sector by 6% this year.

magellan navigation on the other hand has passed hands 4 times and thier marketshare has dropped by 5-10% this year in the GPS sector. They have also dropped one product line and slimmed down the other. They have also dropped support for explorist label products for driving directions and made such units topo only. This company has confusing product ranges and inconsistancies.

One company is located in Olathe KS

The other is located in Santa Clara, CA.


Garmin is by far the most likely to last in the GPS market then magellan is becuase magellan has to cut corners a little bit to make more profits, also , they are located in a more expensive area, guess what they cut corners with, technical support. They are allgedly hiring people from india and outsourcing more. Garmin has great technical support in the US.

This is evident becuase more californan based companies are reporting losses, while others in more secure areas are doing ok like garmin.
 
let's compare the two areas:
 
This report is pulled from sperling's bestplaces.net :

Obviously the cost of living in Olathe is much lower. If more companies would start up in cheaper areas then they would technically do much better in the long run.

But what about the attractions and stuff that makes living in bigger cities better? Listen, on average only 20% or less of the citiy's population even use all the amenities a city has to offer (those are majorly people who are older and people who do not use computers much, ). Most people are too busy working anyways to enjoy all those. Most people dont bother going to plays anymore becuase better stuff is on youtube and its much easier to view and perform in your home instead of on a stage where only a few get to go on. Most people don't go to museums becuase you can go to google images. Most people don't go to dance clubs becuase they can listen to the same music at home and just have fun with a few friends. Most people don't eat out at fancy resteraunts becuase they prefer homecooked meals becuase of the economy and more exclusivity. With the advent of the internet more and more of these things are obsolete. You no longer need to locate in a "good area" becuase of the entertainment anymore. since all the entertainment you would need is online. Why bother paying for these outdated forms on entertainment you are not going to use.

Also these days people don't care what city you live in. Gone are the days people would hate you if you lived in ohio or kansas. people really judge people for them, not where they are from. Becuase there are good people and bad people in every area. The people that do judge you in the area that you live in are not worth it anyways and are not very good people to affiliate with. This is one part of society that is fading away.

Also with the advent of working from home online you don't even need an office if you are a startup games company, or software company. you can just relax at home and work in your pjs if you wanted to, and what a better place to do it in an area you can easily afford a nice, spacious home to do it in, not a expensive, tiny, cramped, and ugly apartment in SF or NYC.

There are many benifits in living in a cheaper area, especially in todays society.

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Report says Sillicon Valley economy is sputtering

http://finance.yahoo.com/news/Report-says-Silicon-Valley-apf-1164884854.html?x=0&sec=topStories&pos=main&asset=&ccode=

I think the main reason is that the area is getting more and more expensive. People don't want to move there because a 2BR condo is around 400-700k and the taxes are in the double digit k's. Also the expense in commuting is getting worse and worse.




I think that if hardware companies and software companies wish to stay afloat and do good, I suggest they relocate to a much cheaper area, or they are going to continue to get burned.



Another positive they can get from relocating is it will create jobs in a new area and boost another area up. However, the area that the companies do move to will need to plan the upsurge-economy very well so they do not suffer the same fate as the bay area.



Also since the bay area is so expensive and exclusive to rich people it is deterring many young and fresh minded people from moving there, thus the amount of fresh blood people is decreasing, thus the old mentality is staying in and the area is stagnating in talent becuase noone from an outside area is moving in. They are trapping themselves in the bubble that they created. If they lower costs of living for everyone and get thier heads out of thier asses then the area's situation will improve.

new year new content!

Sorry I haven't posted much. I just got a new house and I've been sooo busy with it.

I am a little drained but ben feeling good. Some cool stuff is gonna happen soon and I am glad.

I cannot tell you as its a suprise. LOL.

what is currently irking me is the amount of immaturity on the internet. Including trolls on yes, a server forum. This makes me laugh becuase some people do not have a life at all. At least in my emotional downtimes I go and do things with my life instead of trolling a forum. But they don't deserve your attention. Just ignore them.

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In other words I am working on the modelling for the new game and should have a couple new vids shortly up. :-) I've been getting faster with wings 3d.