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The Long Ride Down

Ah, vacation. It’s a time of relaxation, a time of fun, a time of spending time with loved ones without a care in the world. However, before one is at their destination, one must reach their destination. That long car trip down can be anywhere from a couple of hours to a whooping ten hours in that car packed with suitcases, bags, and annoyed people. Luckily, there are things that can help alleviate that long voyage to that week-long (or so can be assumed) recess.

If you are a passenger and will not be driving, you must decide if you want to sleep the whole way down or if you will stay awake. If you want to sleep, a good way to make sure you stay asleep (assuming there are no important stops along the way) is to stay up for the majority of the night. This is really only recommended if the trip is long enough; if the time is too short, you’ll be too tired to unpack the car.

Personally, I prefer to stay awake. Not only is it a fun experience to watch the scenery change from oaks to palms, but it’s also nice to listen to some music while the smell of the sea begins to roll in. If, however, you’re not a music type, there are other things you can do and other suggestions:

  • Bring a handheld game system along, such as the Nintendo DS or Sony’s PSP, with a full battery and plenty of games. Make sure you bring along some headphones or ear-buds so as to not disturb the rest.
  • Reading isn’t a bad idea, since books are always educational. Unless it’s Twilight. Nah, just kidding.
  • If you’re looking for something more productive, you can carry a sketchbook to draw or a notebook to write.
  • Playing games with other passengers isn’t a bad idea, since games can really reduce travel time. If the scenery outside the car is too bland or too fast-moving, you can bring along pictures to play I Spy. Car tag is a fun game to play amongst children.
  • The license plate game can be amusing by those more patient and those that prefer to play alone.
  • Bringing a laptop is ill-advised, since there’s no real way to connect to the Internet, as far as I’m concerned. I could be wrong, but the only way to connect is via a Wi-Fi spot and the only way for that to happen is to not to be moving.

If you’ll be driving, you’ll need to stay awake. Getting a good night’s rest is an obvious way, but also eating a good breakfast can be beneficial, so long as you don’t stuff your face. If you think you might become hungry along the way, pack some granola bars and keep them beside you. The key here is to stay awake. Having someone else drive halfway down is suggested, since it’ll help lift the burden of travel. Make sure you trust them, though; there doesn’t need to be any accidents!

Pit stops are also important, and for good reason! If someone needs to go, they need to go! If you’re entering a different state (or providence or country), it’s a good idea to stop at the welcome center so you can use the restroom, grab a couple of pamphlets, and see if they give out anything to try; at the welcome center in Florida, visitors can try a sample of orange juice or grapefruit juice — Florida’s famous for their orange juice, y’know. Oh, and being the “Sunshine State.” I swear, it rains more there than it shines, especially toward the end of summer. Just saying.

Vacation is fun, but getting there is the other half! To quote Peanut, “Come on, keeping yourself occupied is the best part of a roadtrip! You just gotta plan for it!”

In the next panel, he was shown fast asleep, but the point still stands.

JavaScript Conditional Operators

One of the most useful feature of coding — programming or scripting — is telling the computer to make decisions. The most common method of doing so is to use an if-else statement. This is rather easy to accomplish, but sometimes having to write out code that makes a simple comparison is just annoying.

var str1 = "apple", str2 = "orange", result;
if (str1 == str2) {
  result = "equal";
}
else {
  result = "not equal";
}

This might be good for beginners, but for those with experience in JavaScript this is a pointless way of coding. This can easily be condensed to one line:

var str1 = "apple", str2 = "orange", result;
result = (str1 == str2) ? "equal" : "not equal";

This odd string of code may look funky from a distance, but will more-than-likely save time, effort, and download time. The question mark separates the values that will be set into result. To the right of the question mark, there are two string literals: “equal” and “not equal.” If the condition (or if str1 equals str2) is true, then result will be given the “true” value (“equal”); else, result will be given the “false” value (“not equal”).

This piece of code can be used in C++, Java, PHP, and other languages. I’ve used this in my programs, and it’s made things easier. Of course, this is just for basic comparisons and not for anything too advanced, like for switches.

And yes, I put semicolons at the end of my statements. That’s the right way to do things.

Status Update – E3 2011 Hype

Furry Hate Fail

God, I love these sort of people. Whenever I’m having second thoughts about my lack of faith in humanity, I can always read these kinds of comments and know I’m completely correct.

Verano y la Playa

Any posts under the category of “Spanish” will be in the obvious language. The reason as to why I want to do this is so I can practice on my Spanish-writing skills — or lack thereof. Admittingly, my writing skills are not very good, so I will be using Google Translate to translate my Spanish phrases into English so I may see my progress. If I make any mistakes, alert me (preferably in English). Wish me luck!

Espero que este verano no ser aburrido comparado a el año pasado. No me gustó sentado y haciendo nada. Con suerte, yo podría ser capaz de obtiener algunos trabaja hecho en la banda sonora de Aramii; I no puedo completa se esta verano, pero yo sospechoso voy a ser capaz de completa se siguiente año. Con suerte.

De todos modos, semana siguiente nosotros estamos va a la playa en Florida. Generalmente, nunca fui año pasado a la playa porque se empezó de ser aburrido, pero esta año voy a juego en la playa y intento de aprender a montar las olas — no de haciendo surf, por supuesto.

Yo maravillo si Ahmad estará se en línea esta noche.

Truth About Humanity

Humanity: it fails too often to be coincidental.

Can Nintendo Win Back Their Fans?

E3 2011 is getting pretty close, and we’re going to start seeing even more speculation as the days counting down to the big three ‘E’s start to dwindle down. One thing I’ve been curious about is whether or not Nintendo will be able to win back their lost fans. When Nintendo announced the Wii, there were high hopes, but years later these hopes were never satisfied. There were a good amount of first-party games for the Wii, such as Super Mario Galaxy and its sequel, Super Smash Bros. Brawl, and Wario Land: Shake It, but it was only until 2010 when we saw Kirby’s Epic Yarn, Donkey Kong Country Returns, and Metroid: Other M. As for third-party support, there was very little; and when there was, it was horrible. It was either shovelware or bad ports. Not only that, it had poor online support and Virtual Console releases were far and few between.

The reason for this lack of support was because of the system itself (though that does not explain the poor online and the lack of VC releases). The system was about 50% more powerful than the GameCube while the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 was significantly more powerful than that; even the PlayStation 2 continued to have support as a result of its power (though, at the same time, this doesn’t explain why developers complained about this lack of power from the Wii).

E3 is just around the corner, and Nintendo has announced their next console, codenamed Project Café, will be playable there. But can Nintendo win back their lost fans? Throughout this horrible 7th generation (this also includes the 360 and PS3), gamers have bashed Nintendo for their choices. I can’t seem to blame some of them, though many of these complaints have been stupid (“the graphics suck”, “not enough blood”, “Mario is irrelevant”). Despite this, the big N has made some pretty stupid decisions, such as a 40 MB download limit and the dreaded Friend Codes. With the announcement of Café on June 7th, I wonder if Nintendo will be able to get back to their former glory.

Status Update – Miscalculations

Harold Camping Revises Rapture Date

Installing Rapture

Harold Camping, the controversial Christian minister who has stated numerous times that the world will end based on various mathematical methods and formulas, has commented on his mistake regarding the May 21 Rapture. To his daughter on that day, he said he was “flabbergasted” that his prediction did not come true, but on the next day, he said the true believers will rise to heaven this October 21, the same date he stated would be when the world will be consumed in a giant fireball. In other words, he refuses to admit he is completely wrong and simply regards his error as a “miscalculation.”

It’s sad that people listen to liars and frauds like him. He doesn’t understand that what he is doing is simply causing uncalled-for chaos. Furthermore, he is stealing money and using it to spread his lies and sowing seeds of discord; that money could be used to feed the poor, treat cancer patients, and improve our economy. Instead, he continues to believe his precious Rapture will come, and will continue to advertise its arrival. My best friends even believe he is a wolf in sheep’s clothing, and they are Christians themselves — many other who follow their religion also agree.

This man is an insult to theists everywhere. I’m not a theist, but I can say I feel bad for those that worship their religion respectfully. Those are the true children of God or their Gods, not this man. Now, many non-Christians will assume all Christians believed this fraud, which only furthers my reasoning of why Camping needs to be institutionalized or at the very least kicked off radio permanently. All he is doing is wasting people’s time. Many of his followers quit their jobs, spent a majority of their savings, and gave away their possessions, truly believing his prediction would come true at 6 p.m. everywhere. Instead, his prophecy did not come true, and it simply hurt others while he got to pocket several thousand dollars to spend however he wishes, if not more.

For those theists who followed him unconditionally, my condolences go out to you and your family, but you have only yourself to blame. I hope you learned a lesson from this. I wish you the best of luck, and I hope you can get back on your feet. For my fellow atheists, do not insult them. It’s not worth it, and it’ll only result in more hatred toward us. If you have something you do not need, donate it to the appropriate organization so those who are unfortunate victims of Harold can recover a little more comfortably.

lol u mad camping?

So, uh, Harold. Where’s this Rapture of which you speak? :)