Quest Software: Active Directory Recovery Video

While frittering our lives away on the internet, my friend Dan and I stumbled upon an ad by Quest Software that featured 3 dudes in funny outfits. We had to click…and this is what we found:

Dan tried to escape this Active Directory Recovery ad a few times but I made him stay…The masked guy at the end doing the robot made it all worth it.

Funny stuff :) Kudos to Quest Software!

High Resolution YouTube Videos

As reported by Slashdot, YouTube is rolling out high resolution video! Despite the fact that this feature isn’t fully implemented, for those of you that can’t wait – like myself – you can view the high-res versions simply by changing the URL like so:

Change This:

Into:

Yup! Just tack on &fmt=6 to the end of the YouTube video URLs and enjoy the high-res goodness.

Cybernet News additionally states:

If the YouTube video just sits there loading then that is a sign that the video has not been converted to the higher resolution yet. To really see the difference you should view the video in full screen mode by clicking the button in the bottom-right corner of the player.

Note: Alternatively you can add &fmt=18 and it will play the high-resolution version when available, otherwise it will play the regular version. Here’s a Greasemonkey script that will automatically add &fmt=18 onto the end of each YouTube URL.

Note: YouTube has millions of videos and this feature isn’t officially released…so it will take some time for the high-res feature to become available on many videos. But…the URL tweak is worth it if it means there is a chance the video is higher quality.

StarCraft II Announced

Cinematic Trailer

Note: YouTube doesn’t do the videos much justice as the quality is lacking. To see the videos in all their glory, check the StarCraft II website

I became as giddy as a school girl when I found out that Blizzard had announced the much rumored and anticipated StarCraft II! As of now, while the game is still shrouded in Blizzard mystery (unannounced launch date, lack of details on planned game features, etc), the game is far along enough to provide some seriously stunning gameplay videos.

A few things are known about the game thus far: The 3 races that we know and love will be returning (Protoss, Zerg, and Terran). The way Blizzard words the FAQs leaves them open for adding a new playable race, however…that’d be nifty. What it would be is anybodies’ guess. Secondly, we know that Blizzard is stepping it up a notch with collision detection and how units interact with each other. What we see in the gameplay videos made me drool like an excited bull mastiff. Before I get to those, here’s the game announcement on the official site:

StarCraft II continues the epic saga of the Protoss, Terran, and Zerg. These three distinct and powerful races will clash once again in the fast-paced real-time strategy sequel to the legendary original, StarCraft. Legions of veteran, upgraded, and brand-new unit types will do battle across the galaxy, as each faction struggles for survival.

Featuring a unique single-player campaign that picks up where StarCraft: Brood War left off, StarCraft II will present a cast of new heroes and familiar faces in an edgy sci-fi story filled with adventure and intrigue. In addition, Blizzard will again offer unparalleled online play through Battle.net, the company’s world-renowned gaming service, with several enhancements and new features to make StarCraft II the ultimate competitive real-time strategy game.

Features:

* Fast-paced, hard-hitting, tightly balanced competitive real-time strategy gameplay that recaptures and improves on the magic of the original game
* Three completely distinct races: Protoss, Terran, and Zerg
* New units and gameplay mechanics further distinguish each race
* Groundbreaking single-player “story-mode” campaign
* Vibrant new 3D-graphics engine with support for dazzling visual effects and massive unit and army sizes
* Full multiplayer support, with new competitive features and matchmaking utilities available through Battle.net
* Full map-making and scripting tools to give players incredible freedom in customizing and personalizing their gameplay experience

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College Saga

cglogo_markleungcomI stumbled upon College Saga on YouTube that left me laughing. The synopsis is:

Once upon a time, when Earth was still a beautiful place, an evil force came to turn all living things into Vegetarians.

Three students from suburban Massachusetts would step up against this catastrophe… to end Vegetarian Supremacy.

Mark, Jesús, Maria and their foes would make amazing personal discoveries as the two forces clash.

And so began the ultimate saga about friendship, heritage, sex and explosions.

Although the video below is College Saga in its entirety, the production was done in 4 episodes originally. Throughout the episodes, Final Fantasy is most heavily referenced, although Secret of Mana and Zelda (not to mention Star Wars and Napoleon Dynamite) find their way in as well. I must say that the first episode is by far my favorite as it mimics Final Fantasy the most in regards to character movement and text. The later 3 episodes adopt use spoken dialog over text-boxes in many cases which veers from the Final Fantasy theme. Regardless, the video as a whole was quite funny. Have a look-see:

I Guess You Should Cook By The Book

I’m not sure what to think about this but I’m sure I’ll be repeating it over and over and over and over (etc).

If you really want to bask in this video’s glory, check out the website dedicated to it (complete with disclaimer): Itsapieceofcaketobakeaprettycake.com!

Update: Here’s the lyrics:

(Ziggy)

Hot pile on the candy
it’s such a pretty sight
it makes the food taste dandy
but my tummy hurts all night

(Stingy)
I’ll put in some ingredients
but keep the rest for me
I’m not just disobediant
I’m careful can’t you see

(Stephanie)

I’ts a piece of cake to bake a pretty cake
if the way is ha-zy
you gotta do the cooking by the book
you know you can’t be la-zy
never use a messy recipe
the cake would end up cra-zy
if you do the cooking by the book
then you’ll have a cake
we gotta have it made
you know that I love cake
finally it’s time to make a cake

(Pixel)

Making food is just like science
with tools that blend and baste
every fun appliance
gives the food a different taste

(Stephanie)

It’s a piece of cake to bake a pretty cake
if the way is ha-zy
you gotta do the cooking by the book
you know you can’t be la-zy
never use a messy recipe
the cake will end up cra-zy
if you do the cooking by the book
then you’ll have a cake
we gotta have it made
you know that I love cake
finally it’s time to make a cake
we gotta have it made
you know that I love cake
finally it’s time to make a
(you gotta do the cooking by the book) cake

Multimedia – Video (w/ Lab)


Check out the Music Video I made! Whee. I will be taking autographs later.

As many of you may already know, myPlymouth and WebCT is down (and has been since 3am). This directly effects my duties in IT and will be needed in the office during official class time. However, here are the slides which we will go over next Tuesday (I’ll combine the two days into one). In the mean time, read this: Digital Video for Multimedia Basics.

And I suppose I’ll give you a Video Assignment. w00t! Have fun with this one.

Using the video application of your choice (Windows Movie Maker, iMovie, Adobe Premiere, etc) create a music video for one of your favorite songs. You will need to find an mp3 of a song from somewhere you can do this a few ways:

  • download it (legally) from iTunes, then download WavePad and open the song that you downloaded and save as .mp3.
  • ‘borrow’ an mp3 from a friend
  • rip one of your own cds

Next, using that song, find pictures and video from elsewhere to match your music, thus creating a sort of Music Video collage-type thing. If you’ve never used video editing software, Windows Movie Maker is super easy to learn. If you get stumped, do some google searches to find the answers you need. (Or e-mail me)

Once you are done…DO NOT turn in the Movie Maker project file…you need to save it as a Movie (.wmv). (obviously, if you are using iTunes, turn in a .mov)

Now…how should you turn it in? Well…Don’t upload it to WebCT. Save it to your M:Drive in your Home folder. (or burn it to a CD) and either send me the link to your video or get the CD to me by next Friday (4/21).

Why Paladin Names are Pink in Raids

Shortly after one of my friends created a video on a 10-Paladin instance run in Stratholme Dead, he asked the following:

Why did Blizzard make the paladin names pink in a raid, anyway?



For those curious, here’s the reason:

  1. Many Horde players hate Paladins because of Shield+Hearth
  2. Because of this, the Horde (and some jealous Alliance members) consider Paladins to be dinks.
  3. So Paladin could be written as: Paladink
  4. Another way to write ‘male’ is ‘lad’
  5. While referring to an individual Paladink male, you could refer to him as ‘a lad’
  6. Many male players like to play female characters, and most female players play female characters.
  7. Since many Paladinks are not male (lads), ‘a lad’ was dropped from the name
  8. Which gives us…: Pink

The color is simply equal to the class’ name.