ISU students make interactive hologram video game

first_imgRyan Krause wears the HoloLens while working on code for the game.Some students at Iowa State University are likely having more fun than other students around the state — as they all scramble to finish class projects before the end of the spring semester.That’s because the ISU students, in James Lathrop’s computer science class, are making a video game. It’s not your traditional video game.Ryan Krause is among the students working with Microsoft’s HoloLens to make interactive holograms. “There’s just always new technology to keep up with and find new ways to make it fun for the people,” Krause says. The holograms create an “integrated reality,” allowing users to interact with the games in their actual environment.Zachary Koehn, a senior at ISU from Atkins, Iowa, is among the group of students that spent an entire academic year developing a game from concept to finished product.“In the first semester, you just end with a prototype. So, all you have is blocks…just a cube on the screen. But, now that we have all of our artist friends doing stuff — we have monster models, actual cards on the field — it looks good now. It finally feels like a game,” Koehn says.The class initially involved just computer programmers, but eventually, graphic design students like Quinn Van Maanen helped create the game’s characters. “I get to make creatures – like dragons, griffons, werewolves, and goblins,” Van Maanen says. “They’re just really fun to make.”Van Maanen is a 2013 graduate of Rock Valley High School. She’s now hoping to make a career out of what she’s learned at ISU. “I really do want to go into game design because it’s such a mixed media, so you get to touch everything,” Van Maanen says. The ISU students are scheduled to preview the final version of their game tonight at 6 p.m.Share this:FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

Barça legend Ronaldinho officially retires from football

first_imgBarcelona legend Ronaldinho has officially retired from football, his brother confirmed on Tuesday. Upd. on 17/01/2018 at 00:04 CET RELATED STORIES Philippe Coutinho: Ronaldinho has always been my idol IN SPORT.ES Ronaldinho colgará las botas tras el Mundial de Rusia 16/01/2018 “He has stopped, it is ended,” Assis said. “Let’s do something pretty big and nice [for his farewell] after the Russia World Cup, probably in August. Ronaldinho, 37, has had a long and successful career which has seen him represent Grémio, PSG, Barça, Milan, Flamengo, Atlético Mineiro, Querétaro and Fluminense.  Roberto de Assis, in comments to UOL Esporte, said that his brother will play a couple of benefit games after the World Cup to officially end his career.  “We will do various events in Brazil, Europe and Asia and, of course, we are arranging something with the Brazilian team as well.” In addition he was capped more than 100 times by Brazil, winning the World Cup in 2002. last_img read more

Nelson Leafs play host to 12-team Peewee House Tournament

first_imgThe Leafs begin the tourney Friday at 1:30 p.m. in the Civic Arena against the Castlegar Giants.Nelson plays two games Saturday — 9:45 a.m. in the Civic against Tri Cities Thunder and 4:45 p.m. against the Kelowna Chiefs.Sunday teams play in the playoff round with the semi final starting at 8 a.m.The final goes at 1:15 p.m. in the NDCC Arena. Nelson Minor Hockey is hosting a Peewee House tournament beginning Friday at the NDCC and Civic Arenas.Nelson Leafs is the host club in the 12 team tournament that has teams competing from Grand Forks, Kaslo, Creston, Kelowna and Tri Cities.last_img

KI investigates report of racial taunting during Leafs-Storm game in Nelson

first_imgKootenay International Junior Hockey League Commissioner Larry Martel said the league has started an investigation following a report of racial taunting by a player during Saturday’s game in Nelson between the Leafs and the Kamloops Storm.Martel said the incident happened during the game when a Leafs player came to his coach and told him about comments made toward him, and the coach then informed the officials.“None of the on-ice officials had heard anything but all crews are aware that this type of incidents can and has happened,” Martel told The Nelson Daily.Martel said the league investigates about one to two of these incidents a season.He said Hockey Canada treats these types of incidents very seriously and wants to send a strong message to players who delve into this trash talking with a lengthy suspension.“It is a Gross Misconduct and I believe it starts at a 45-day suspension,” Martel said. “This is much more serious than trash talking,” Martel added. Martel said the on-ice incident continued following the game in the parking lot outside the NDCC Arena where is was reported some Nelson players approached Kamloops players near their bus to resume the discussions.“Our BC Hockey referee supervisor was at the game and was in his truck doing paperwork when the incident happened, and he broke it up,” Martel said.Martel said the KIJHL is continuing to interview the parties involved.“I’m most concern about the altercation in the parking lot since that was witnessed by a HC (Hockey Canada) official,” Martel said. “There isnt much I can do about the ice incident if no one heard it.”Martel said the league suspended a player earlier this season for 45 days under Hockey Canada Rule 9.2 (f) although the player in question did not use racial comments. Instead the player was ruled to have used inappropriate gestures to the fans at the game.Nelson won the game over Kamloops by a 4-2 score.The Leafs return to action Tuesday when the Green and White host Grand Forks Border Bruins at 7 p.m. in the NDCC Arena.Hockey Canada Rule 9.2 (f):Any player or team official who engages in verbal taunts, insults or intimidation based on discriminatory grounds (race, ethnicity, religion, gender, sexual orientation, language) shall be assessed a Gross Misconduct penalty and the Referee shall report full details of the incident to the President. Notwithstanding the above, at the discretion of the Referee, a Gross Misconduct penalty may be assessed for any infraction to any player or team official.last_img read more

Irish Daily Mail FAI Cup 3rd Round Draw

first_imgHolders Dundalk will travel to Leinster Senior League side Crumlin United in the third round of the Irish Daily Mail FAI Cup. The draw, which took place in Clonmel as part of the FAI’s Festival of Football week in Tipperary, was conducted by Republic of Ireland manager Martin O’Neill and FAI President Tony Fitzgerald. The Lilywhites, who beat Cork City in last season’s final at the Aviva Stadium, will face Crumlin who progressed past SSE Airtricity League Premier Division side Finn Harps in the second round.Munster Senior League Ringmahon Rangers will host First Division side Cobh Ramblers in a local derby whilst First Division leaders Limerick will travel to St. Patrick’s Athletic.The full Irish Daily Mail third round draw is below:-Athlone Town v Shamrock RoversU.C.D. v JanesboroRingmahon Rangers v Cobh RamblersBohemians v Derry CityCrumlin United v DundalkWexford Youths v Sligo RoversSt. Patrick’s Athletic v LimerickLongford Town v Cork CityAll ties will be played the week ending Sunday, August 21st, with fixture dates and times set to be announced in due course.center_img print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Emaillast_img read more

West Kootenay Timberwolves tie the Cranbrook Outlaws in Rossland Opener

first_imgThe West Kootenay Timberwolves kicked off the first of two back-to-back home weekends in Rossland on June 1.  The visiting Cranbrook Outlaws were looking for their second win of the season against the Timberwolves. The players did not disappoint the fans, with both teams delivering a strong and entertaining performance. The game ended tied at 6, with neither team able to score in the 5‑minute sudden death overtime. Offensive Technical Coach Kevin Floyd was thrilled with the fan support and the Timberwolves performance. “We had a great turnout for our first game of the season in Rossland. We were hoping for a win at home for the large crowd but were very happy with the come back effort. We hope that the fans who came out to cheer us on were satisfied and continue to support us down the regular season stretch as we try to earn home advantage for playoffs.”Five Timberwolves players found the back of the Outlaws net, led by Castlegar’s Eric Reid who scored twice. Fruitvale’s Konrad Kohl, Rossland’s Alex Forshaw, Castlegar’s Dustin Perepolkin, and call-up player Reece Whitehead each contributed one goal. Defensive Technical Coach Rob Van Beek commended the players’ effort. “The boys played hard. They hit the post five times in overtime but just could not get the winning goal.” The Timberwolves have four regular season games left. They are hosting the Calgary Axemen on June 8 (2 pm) and the Olds Stingers on June 9 (11 am) at the Castlegar Complex. The Axemen and the Stingers will play each other on June 8 at 8 pm. West Kootenay and Cranbrook are tied at 3-3-1 in the Junior B Tier 3 Division standings. Game detailsSaturday June 1, Rossland Arena (Rossland)Final score: 6-6Timberwolves goals: Eric Reid (2), Alex Forshaw (1), Konrad Kohl (1), Dustin Perepolkin (1), Reece Whitehead (1).Attendance: 160last_img read more

A Disney World Historian’s Exploration of Disneyland Park

first_imgShare This!The light in Walt’s apartment window above the Disneyland Fire Dept.One of the many things I love and appreciate about the Disney Parks is that, while they are constantly evolving and improving, they stay true to their history and even celebrate it; and when I’m at Walt Disney World, I’m always looking for it. Much to my family’s chagrin, I have this inner need to educate them about the history of each attraction we find ourselves waiting in line for or about the individual windows on Main Street, U.S.A., or about the original name of Cinderella’s Royal Table or…well…you get the idea. As you can imagine, this self-pronounced Disney World Historian was beyond thrilled to experience her first trip to the Disneyland Park to finally walk in Walt’s footsteps, a literal treasure trove of Disney History and the original. So stay tuned for A Disney World Historian’s Guide to the Disneyland Park.Walt’s BenchMain Street, U.S.A.There is so much history for the Walt Disney World fan to appreciate on the original Main Street, U.S.A., more than I could ever mention in one article! However, a personal favorite of mine has to be Walt Disney’s Griffith Park Bench found just inside the Opera House. According to Walt, he was sitting on a bench in Griffith Park watching his daughters ride the merry-go-round when he first dreamed up a Disney-themed park where families could have fun together.The Opera House is also where guests can take in Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln, the predecessor to the Hall of Presidents at the Magic Kingdom in Walt Disney World. Walt originally wanted audio-animatronic American Presidents in a show, but the technology just wasn’t available at the time for such a large-scale show. It was possible, however, when Walt Disney World opened and The Hall of Presidents was somewhat of a fulfillment of Walt’s original vision. Therefore, Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln is something every Disney World Historian should check out and is sure to create an even greater appreciation for The Hall of Presidents.The Sherman Brothers Door on Main Street, U.S.A.One of the most famous, and meaningful, historical details on Main Street, U.S.A. is the light in the window above the Disneyland Fire Department. The space above the fire station was Walt’s private apartment and the light is kept lit all the time in memoriam of Walt. It’s something every Disneyland guest, and especially Disney World Historians, should take note of each time they visit the park.Lastly, I have to talk about the windows (and doors) on Main Street, U.S.A. Disney World Historians know that the windows above the Magic Kingdom’s Main Street, U.S.A. are rich in park and Disney legend history, and that is certainly true of the windows on Disneyland’s iconic street too. I loved finding the Sherman Brothers’ door, the songwriting duo who wrote the songs for Mary Poppins and park attractions.Concept Art for the Jungle CruiseAdventurelandWhile exploring the Disneyland Park, I was surprised to find that the Magic Kingdom’s Adventureland actually has more historical attractions than at Disneyland’s Adventureland. The Magic Kingdom’s Adventureland has the Jungle Cruise, Walt Disney’s Enchanted Tiki Room, Pirates of the Caribbean, and the Swiss Family Treehouse. The original Adventureland at Disneyland, however, only has two historical attractions, The Enchanted Tiki Room and the Jungle Cruise, since Swiss Family Treehouse has been converted into Tarzan’s Treehouse and its Pirates of the Caribbean is in New Orleans Square. But don’t get me wrong! Disneyland’s Adventureland still is brimming with historical details, and one in particular that stood out to me was the Dominguez Tree! The Dominguez farm was part of the land purchased for the construction of Disneyland back in the 1950s. A particular tree on the Dominguez farm, which had been given as a wedding present to the family, was preserved for the family’s sake and is still standing even today! You can find it to the right when you enter the standby queue for the Indiana Jones Adventure. But that’s not the end of the story… Ron Dominguez, of the same Dominguez family, became a character and a ride operator at Disneyland and later Executive Vice President of Walt Disney Attractions. I guess he was the only Cast Member who can say he worked from home!Be sure to listen for the telegraph message!New Orleans SquareDisneyland’s New Orleans Square was the first land added after the park’s opening day in 1955 and has never been replicated at any other Disney Park. Yes, it’s one of a kind! New Orleans Square is a beloved corner of Disneyland and is home to two of arguably the most popular and iconic attractions in Disney history: Pirates of the Caribbean and the Haunted Mansion. Surprisingly, when the land opening in 1966, these attractions didn’t exist yet! This is true of Disney World’s version of Pirates of the Caribbean because it didn’t exist either when the park and its respective land opened in 1971.When exploring New Orleans Square, Disney World Historians should look for the location of the famously exclusive Club 33 Restaurant and the Disneyland Dream Suite, which is the park’s version of the Cinderella Dream Suite at the Magic Kingdom. Although, the Dream Suite is located above Pirates of the Caribbean! Pretty cool, right? Finally, Disney World Historians should pay close attention when waiting for the train at the New Orleans Station. The telegraph message you hear is Walt Disney’s opening day speech!Davy Crockett’s Explorer CanoesCritter CountryThis is another land that you won’t find at Walt Disney World and it’s one of my favorites! Critter Country was previously known as Bear Country, mostly because of the Country Bear Jamboree. However, Disneyland’s Country Bear Jamboree closed its doors years ago, even though Big Al is singing “Blood on the Saddle” over at Walt Disney World. Today, Critter Country features Davy Crockett’s Explorer Canoes, Splash Mountain, and The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh.Davy Crockett’s Explorer Canoes is a must-do for Disney World Historians because it’s truly a piece of 1950s Disneyland culture that’s still alive and well today. Almost every kid in the 1950s was caught up in the Davy Crockett phenomenon, which Disney had created and which was one of his greatest successes. Taking up a paddle on the Davy Crockett’s Explorer Canoes is like taking a trip back to the early days of the park and is an experience you can’t get at Walt Disney World. Note: Davy Crockett’s Explorer Canoes will be closed for refurbishment beginning January 11, 2016.One of the most unique anniversary gifts ever given.FrontierlandWhen I first visited the Disneyland Park, I was surprised at just how different its Frontierland looked in comparison to Walt Disney World’s, particularly the land’s entrance which looks like a fort! Of the two, Disneyland’s is definitely my favorite. Anyway, while these two versions of Frontierland differ in appearance, of course they have similarities too, such as the Horseshoe Restaurants and Big Thunder Mountain Railroad. The Horseshoe Restaurants, as I refer to them, are Wild West music halls offering entertainment and quick meals in the Frontierlands. The Magic Kingdom’s version is known as the Diamond Horseshoe while Disneyland’s is called the Golden Horseshoe. Disneyland’s Golden Horseshoe is probably the superior of two as it offers hilarious live entertainment courtesy of the Laughing Stock Co., while Disney World’s only has a self-playing piano. Also, the Golden Horseshoe is where Walt celebrated his and Lillian’s 30th anniversary right before the park opened in 1955 and is in the Guinness Book of World Records for the longest-running live stage show.Secondly, Big Thunder Mountain Railroad sort of evolved out of earlier Disneyland Frontierland attractions, but Disneyland pays homage to its history through the little town your train thunders past. It’s the remnant of attractions who once occupied this space, such as Nature’s Wonderland and the Rainbow Caverns Mine Train. Tracks from these earlier attractions can still be seen along the Rivers of America too! Finally, Disney World Historians who have studied the life of Walt Disney will appreciate checking out the petrified tree displayed down by the Rivers of America. It was a gift from Walt, to his wife, Lillian Disney, which she then presented to the Disneyland Park. As a huge fan of Walt, it was fun seeing something personal from his life present in the park.Maleficent’s shadow in the Sleeping Beauty Castle Walkthrough…FantasylandLike Frontierland, Disneyland’s Frontierland and Disney World’s are very different; and not just in regards to layout and attractions, but also in atmosphere. I think that Disneyland’s Fantasyland still holds that vintage charm of the early days of the Disney Parks in that it’s cozier, intimate, and truly makes you feel as if you’ve stepped into a storybook. Also, many of the current Fantasyland attractions were operating on the day Disneyland Park first opened to guests in 1955, such as Peter Pan’s Flight, Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride, Mad Tea Party, and Snow White’s Scary Adventures, even though they have been updated or even had a name change since then.Peter Pan’s Flight was one of Disneyland’s opening day attractions and still fills up the queues todayFantasyland is also home to the famous Matterhorn Bobsleds, an attraction that can be seen from multiple locations in the park and which was added in 1959. Walt saw the actual Matterhorn peak for himself when working on a new film and knew he had to have it in his park. The attraction made roller coaster history in that it was the first tubular steel continuous track coaster. It’s also one of a kind! Yes, no other Disney Park, including Walt Disney World, has the Matterhorn Bobsleds.Lastly, I believe that all Disney World Historians should experience the Sleeping Beauty Castle Walkthrough. I love the artistic dioramas that tell the Sleeping Beauty story. I could literally look at them all day and is the perfect tribute to classic Disney animation. Besides that, the Sleeping Beauty Walkthrough is located inside of Sleeping Beauty Castle! I mean, what Disney history buff wouldn’t want to go in the first Disney castle?Finding Nemo Submarine VoyageTomorrowlandDisneyland’s Tomorrowland has changed a lot since the park first opened. In fact, Autopia is the only original Tomorrowland attraction still in operation and the predecessor of the Tomorrowland Speedway at the Magic Kingdom. Disney World regulars may note that the Carousel of Progress and PeopleMover are absent; but the remains of a the classic PeopleMover track still runs above the land. In 1959, the Disneyland Monorail, Submarine Voyage, and the Matterhorn first opened in Tomorrowland and quickly became park icons. Fortunately, they all are still there today, except for the fact that the Submarine Voyage is now the Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage and the Matterhorn Bobsleds is now considered part of Fantasyland. Those who are fans of the Disney World Monorail should absolutely check out the Disneyland Monorail. It has a retro-futuristic different design and seating in the middle of the cars facing the windows. Monorail guests are also still allowed to ride in the front or rear car.Of course, this Disney World Historian’s Guide to the Disneyland Park has only scratched the surface of all the history packed into the happiest place on earth. But if you’re a walking, talking Disney World trivia book, then these are some of the highlights you must check out Walt’s park. What do you think? What history or historical spots in the park should Disney World fans check out when they visit? Share your wealth of knowledge!last_img read more

Weekly Poll: Does Oracle’s Cloud Computing Strategy Make Sense?

first_imgBy the end of the day, Ellison had parodied Benioff, who had made fun of him for his whole pitch about Exalogic Elastic Cloud, Oracle’s cloud in a box.At the heart of the disagreement is about the definition for what it means to take advantage of a network. Oracle takes the all in one approach. It flies against what we have seen in practice. But if we are talking about making sense, then for Oracle it may be just the right approach. It’s a traditional software strategy. The Exologic machine gets patch updates so the software can be updated. Benioff pounds the point home that a SaaS service is seamless. Patches? Cloud computing doesn’t need no stinking patches!Oracle’s approach is a stretch as far as we are concerned. The machine itself is a work of craftsmanship, showing more so the capabilities of the Sun teams that developed much of the technology. But there is the sense that Oracle is trying to do it all. And in the process, they are missing the boat.We spoke with an analyst a few months ago who talked about how the Web is too big anymore for anyone to control the stack. It’s not just about an on-premise stack. The network is porous. No one company can control it. But that’s just what it feels like Oracle is trying to do.And in the process, they seem like isolationists, more interested in power than serving the customers, who increasingly are looking at a stack that is increasingly a mashup of services and software more than anything else. A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Related Posts alex williams Tags:#cloud#cloud computing We had one of those rare days. It almost felt like two politicians, going back and forth, playing to the crowd. But these were not fat cat politicians. They were Silicon Valley moguls, razzing each other about their own definition of cloud computing. On stage was CEO Marc Benioff followed by Oracle CEO Larry Ellison. No matter who you believe, it was an entertaining day.The dueling came to life as Larry Ellison launched a cloud computing strategy that had a lot of people scratching their heads.What do you think? Does Oracle’ cloud computing strategy make any sense?If nothing else, Oracle’s flair for doing things by itself did make Oracle Open World one of the more entertaining corporate conferences we have attended. The day started with Benioff, who played the San Francisco laid back guy, saying that he came in peace. That he was one of the cloud people. The first few minutes of this video will give you a sense of his tone. Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…last_img read more

Candreva: ‘Inter enthusiastic’

first_imgAntonio Candreva hailed Inter “enthusiasm” and concentration after they beat Borussia Dortmund 2-0 in the Champions League. Lautaro Martinez scored a goal, and saw a penalty saved, before Candreva’s last-minute counter-attack against a side that was yet to concede in the tournament this season. “We feel the right enthusiasm, the desire to improve ourselves and battle together for the team,” Candreva told Sky Sport Italia. “We must continue like this, as we’re on the right track. The main problem in the other two Champions League games was that we didn’t finish our chances, but we did very well today. “Now we can celebrate this victory until midnight, then start to prepare for the next game this weekend. It’s tiring, but we get over it with enthusiasm and hunger. “The most important thing is to keep focused throughout, never let the concentration levels drop, because that is when we run into trouble. We know that qualification is wide open.” Watch Serie A live in the UK on Premier Sports for just £11.99 per month including live LaLiga, Eredivisie, Scottish Cup Football and more. Visit: read more

Only These 9 Teams Appeared On Everyone’s Preseason Top 25 Ballot

first_imgAlabama, Clemson and Oklahoma's logos presented in the AP poll.AP.The preseason AP top 25 is out.The AP‘s preseason top 25 poll was released earlier this morning on ESPN’s SportsCenter. You can see the full poll here.The poll includes ballots from 61 college football writers across the country.According to ESPN’s Brett McMurphy, only nine teams – Alabama, Clemson, Oklahoma, Florida State, LSU, Ohio State, Michigan, Tennessee, Notre Dame – were featured on all 61 preseason ballots.Only 9 schools listed by all 61 AP voters on preseason ballots: Alabama, Clemson, OU, FSU, LSU, Ohio St, Michigan, Tennessee, Notre Dame— Brett McMurphy (@McMurphyESPN) August 21, 2016That’s low.There does appear to be a decent amount of parity heading into the year, though. At least, there’s parity in the minds of the voters.Seven different teams received at least one vote at No. 1.Alabama – 33 votesClemson – 16 votesFlorida State – 5 votesOklahoma – 4 votesLSU – 1 voteOhio State – 1 voteMichigan – voteWho do you have ending the year at No. 1?last_img read more