Showing posts with label IfAllElseFails. Show all posts
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Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Conference networking for Geeks and Dev's err... I mean, "Conference networking for the socially awkward"...

simple-talk - Melanie Townsend - Conference networking for the socially awkward

Do you approach a room full of strangers with excitement at all the new people you’re going to chat to over coffee and a muffin as you swap tales of how you convinced your manager to give you the day “off”? Or, do you find rooms full of strangers intimidating and begin by scouting out a place you can stand quietly and not be in someone’s way until the next session begins?

If you’re on the train to extrovert city, that’s great, well done, move along.

If, on the other hand, a room full of strangers who all seem to inexplicably know each other already is more challenge than opportunity, then making those connections with other professionals can be more difficult. So, here’s some advice, some gleaned from other things I’ve read online when trying to overcome my own discomfort in large groups (hopefully minus the infuriating condescension), others are just things I’ve found helpful over the years.

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Everyone’s got their own coping technique. Some people are able to remind themselves that “humans are fundamentally social creatures” and somehow that helps them, others drink which is not really something I recommend for professional conferences but to each their own, and some focus on the fact that networking can play a big role in their career path. Just do what works for you, and if there’re any tricks you’ve found helpful over the years, please share em.

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It's not that I am social awkward.... um... it's that.... um... well.... you know... people... um...

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Actually the key thing is to remember that your conference peers are probably as "awkward" as you. As is said, "Fake it until you make it." Just pretend you're comfortable, that all these people around you are not really staring at you, wondering what planet you just arrived from (and you KNOW you took a shower, so it's not THAT) and, well.... Ah hell...

Tell you what. Start with a smile and say "Hi" and see where it goes from there. Remember every journey starts with that first step...

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

[Only in Los Angeles] "Restaurant Discounts Customers Who Order in the Voice [or dress] of Iconic Characters"

psfk - Los Angeles Restaurant Discounts Customers Who Order in the Voice of Iconic Characters

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Not a Burger Stand features offers on its changing chalkboard for those good at impressions

The Los Angeles restaurant Not a Burger Stand located on Riverside Drive in Burbank features some unique offers for its customers. Every Tuesday, one of their artists draws something on their chalkboard, usually requiring diners to order food in the voice of a particular character in exchange for a discount.

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Not a Burger Stand’s idea makes ordering food more fun and offers an added incentive for dining at the restaurant. At the start of the year, their board featured The Dude from The Big Lebowski and offered customers 10% off if they turned up wearing a bathrobe. In honor of May the 4th, they offered 10% for those who ordered in the voice of Jabba the Hutt and those who went in dressed in a Star Wars costume could eat free.

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...Not a Burger Stand features a “Free Little Library” that allows people to take a book to keep and donate their own. There are also some cute Star Wars, Star Trek and The Hobbit-themed coloring pages for their kids menu that give youngsters the chance to color in drawings of baby Han and Chewie, Spock and Kirk, and Thorin and Bilbo.

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Burbank is a little far for lunch. I wonder if I can talk my better half into going on the weekend? [LMAO, not a chance in hell... Guess I'll have to wait for my Son to come back from Afghanistan... ]

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

BRICKNADO, The Brothers Brick Sharknado building contest...

The Brothers Brick - The Brothers Brick present BRICKNADO, a Sharknado building contest!

We at The Brothers Brick love predatory fish and extreme weather. So we’re huge fans of SyFy’s high-brow political thriller and romantic comedy Sharknado. But we also love ridiculous New York movie stereotypes, such as rude cabbies and the pointless destruction of famous landmarks. Not surprisingly then, we’re positively shark-static about the new follow-up movie Sharknado 2: The Second One which airs July 30th on the SyFy channel. We’ll be glued to our TV’s, popcorn in one hand, bucket of chum in the other, for 2 hours of deeply thought-provoking chainsaw-tastic aquatic mayhem.

SyFy is planning Sharknado Week in celebration of its new movie. But we felt that LEGO fans deserved to be a part of that experience too. Our solution…

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The Rules of Bricknado

Build an original LEGO model inspired by the Sharknado movies. We wanna see sharks, nados, and all things NYC. And don’t forget those celebrity cameos! Anything goes, the funnier and sillier the better. But try to do more than just posing collectible minifigs – we know you’re capable of more than that!

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'nuff said I think. [Now where did I put all those LEGOs...hum... ;]

Monday, June 23, 2014

In a world with Yo, who doesn't also want a Rock Simulator 2014?

Technabob - Rock Simulator 2014: Pet Rock 3.0

First there was the Pet Rock. Then came the USB Pet Rock. On the virtual side of humor came the parodies of simulation games, which reached their height – or nadir – with Goat Simulator. Like two of the corniest tectonic plates rubbing against each other, these two sides merged to form Rock Simulator 2014.

As you may have guessed from its cover it’s not a reality show starring Dwayne Johnson. It’s not even actually a rock simulator. You control a camera, which is focused on a rock. Unity3d forum member Ryan05055 is the mad man responsible for this uhm, game. And boy did he think this through. ...
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This rocks... :)

Friday, May 23, 2014

Game of Thrones travel via Kayak, book your carriage or ship today

technabob - Book Your Vacation to Winterfell Using Kayak

Now you can finally book that vacation to Winterfell you’ve been dying to go on. Or you can visit King’s Landing. Why not Pentos? Kayak.com will help you travel the Seven Kingdoms, since they have teamed up with HBO to help you get information on traveling around Westeros and Essos.

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The ten cities you can travel between are:

  • Kings Landing, Westeros (KLA)
  • Oldtown, Westeros (OLT)
  • Lannisport, Westeros (LPR)
  • Gulltown, Westeros (GUN)
  • White Harbor, Westeros (WHI)
  • Winterfell, Westeros (WFL)
  • Pyke, Iron Islands, Westeros (PYK)
  • Tyrosh, Essos (YRH)
  • Pentos, Essos (PEO)
  • Braavos, Essos (BRV)

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Now that's an awesome marketing play...

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Prefect for your next marketing-ware page - The New Age BS Generator

New Age Bullshit Generator

Namaste. Do you want to sell a New Age product and/or service? Tired of coming up with meaningless copy for your starry-eyed customers? Want to join the ranks of bestselling self-help authors? We can help.

Just click and the truth will manifest

Click the Reionize electrons button at the top of the page to generate a full page of New Age poppycock.

The inspiration for this idea came from watching philosophy debates involving Deepak Chopra. I wrote a blog post about it if you're interested.

After sitting through hours of New Age rhetoric, I decided to have a crack at writing code to generate it automatically and speed things up a bit. I cobbled together a list of New Age buzzwords and cliché sentence patterns and this is the result.

...You’ll get some profound-sounding nonsense here, too.

So, what is this for? Put it on your website as placeholder text. Print it out as a speech for your yoga class and see if anyone can guess a computer wrote it. Use it to write the hottest new bestseller in the self-help section, or give false hope to depressed friends and family members.

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Seb Pearce - On the New Age Bullshit Generator and parodying woo

Link to the Generator: http://sebpearce.com/bullshit/
(Yes, it’s open source: GitHub link)

A while back, I was on a philosophy debate binge. Watching Sam Harris and the late Christopher Hitchens annihilate their opponents with precision and wit is my idea of a good night in, and YouTube’s “related videos” are a deep, dark rabbithole.

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Finally an awesome example of NLP. Some of these items are pretty cool sounding too. Best of all it's open source... :)

(via Beyond Search - Natural Language Processing Used to Serve Up Cynicism)

Monday, May 19, 2014

400 billion... The Wayback Machine now has more pages than there are stars in our galaxy (and here's how they manage that)

High Scalability - A Short On How the Wayback Machine Stores More Pages than Stars in the Milky Way

How does the Wayback Machine work? Now with over 400 billion webpages indexed, allowing the Internet to be browsed all the way back to 1996, it's an even more compelling question. I've looked several times but I've never found a really good answer.

Here's some information from a thread on Hacker News. It starts with mmagin, a former Archive employee:

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How awesome is that? If you're interested in the story behind the storage/indexing/etc used by the Wayback Machine, read this...

Monday, May 12, 2014

A little prehistory, the world before Windows...

How-To Geek - PCs Before Windows: What Using MS-DOS Was Actually Like

Consumer PCs didn’t always run Windows. Before Windows arrived, PCs came with Microsoft’s MS-DOS operating system. Here’s what the command-line environment was actually like to use.

No, MS-DOS was not just like using the Linux terminal or firing up the Command Prompt in  window on your fancy graphical desktop. Many things we take for granted just weren’t possible back then.

The DOS PC Experience

DOS was a command-line operating system with no graphical windows. You booted up your computer and then saw a DOS prompt. You had to know the commands to type at this prompt to launch programs, run built-in utilities, and actually do something with your computer

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Wow, this brought back some memories. There was nothing like walking someone less than computer literate over the phone through created a config.sys and autoexec.bat by using "copy CON..." And TSR's (go Sidekick, Go!). I used to love (cough) saying, "Now press enter" and then hearing 5 key strokes (i.e. the person typing e-n-t-e-r... lol). and then there was... and... oh man, I need a drink...

Tuesday, May 06, 2014

There be Dragons here... or My Dragon is bigger than your Dragon... Or Dragon Size[d] Cheatsheet

The Daily Dot - An illustrated guide to the biggest dragons in fantasy

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George R.R. Martin, whose A Song of Ice and Fire novels are the basis for Game of Thrones, is currently writing a companion guide to the books, called A World of Ice and Fire. He’s recently published an extract of this guide on his blog, chronicling the history of the Targaryen invasion of Westeros, which took place several hundred years before the events of the books and the show.

It’s got some badass dragon art, too. You can see Aegon the Conqueror standing astride his dragon mount, Balerion, the “Black Dread.” Turns out these dragons get really freaking big.

But seeing this picture got us thinking. Just how big is this dragon, and how does this bode for Daenerys’s own dragons? And how does it measure up to other famous fictional fire-breathers?

Here’s how we figured it out.

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Smaug isn't the biggest!... :(

(via technabob - The Dragon Size Comparison Chart)

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Oh Unicorn Barf!

Instructables - Unicorn Barf

Ever since I found out that you can buy cereal marshmallows in bulk on the internet, I have been dreaming about making cereal marshmallow marshmallow treats. Similar to rice cereal treats, but with only the best part of any cereal- the cereal marshmallows! They have affectionately become known as "unicorn barf" around these parts, for obvious reasons, but what is a bad day for a unicorn is a delicious day for everyone else! They are super simple to make and look really pretty!

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What can you say about a name like that? (Well, you can say it's much better than "Unicorn Poo"... LOL )

Hungry... yum...

Friday, April 18, 2014

Cool Blast from The Past Page of the Day: Revisit the Restarts of the past, experience Windows, Mac, Amiga and more "restarts" live in your browser

404 Tech Support - The Restart Page lets you experience reboots in your browser

The Restart Page allows you to interact with shutdown prompts from different operating systems. You can click on the buttons and watch the page turn off or restart with an accurate depiction. There are different versions of Microsoft Windows, Apple Mac OS, and others with sounds, icons, and progress bars.

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www.therestartpage.com

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Awesome... Relive reboots without rebooting.

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Sunday, April 13, 2014

Microsoft Store is coming to a Mall near me, The Oaks in Thousand Oaks gets Microsoft'd

Kurt Shintaku's Blog - NEWS: Microsoft Store coming to Thousand Oaks, “The Oaks Mall”–May 13th, 2014

A Microsoft specialty store is opening on May 13th, 2014 at The Oaks Mall in Thousand Oaks, CA. – one of 15 new locations coming.

Date:

  • May 13th, 2014

Location:

  • The Oaks Mall – Lower Level, near Center Court
  • 350 W. Hillcrest Dr. Thousand Oaks, CA, 91360
  • Phone: (855) 270-6581

Web Page:

[GD: Post Leached in Full]

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The closest store to me right now is Century City, which is a 405 required drive and I really hate that freeway. This new store is pretty darn close and in a Mall we go to fairly often (okay it's been many months, but still it's a heck of allot closer... :)

Friday, March 28, 2014

Making your application stand out... LEGO'ize your resume!

technabob - LEGO Job Application Set: You Just Lost Your Chances with Mega Bloks, Kid

If you work in HR and you start receiving LEGOs with resumes, blame – or thank – Leah aka Pastlightspeed. The Redditor and aspiring intern wanted to stand out to prospective employers, so she made a LEGO version of herself along with matching packaging and a pamphlet. I guess she’ll be known as LEGO Leah wherever she gets hired.

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It’s not in these pictures, but Leah said she also wrote assembly instructions that also highlighted her skills.

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How awesome it that! Forget resume infographics, papercraft, etc. Imagine crafting yourself and resume as a LEGO project. That's just cool... Why can't I think of stuff like this? (Not that I need a job... um... err.... um... yeah.... ;)

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

A long, long time ago... Windows 8 Telnet Tip

The Windows Club - Watch Star Wars in Windows 8 using an old trick

You can unlock an old hidden trick on your Windows 8 computer. Fans of tricks on Windows operating systems will doubtlessly be aware of being able to watch Star Wars movie in ASCII using the Telnet service. Despite the trick being well known in earlier versions of Windows, if you’ve been trying to find it in Windows Vista and later versions, you may have ended up a little lost. The reason is that by default Telnet is turned off.

The Telnet Client is used to connect to a remote machine by using the Telnet protocol. It allows a computer to connect to a remote Telnet server and run applications on that server.

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This is the same one that's been available for like a billion years? Anyway... ah, the memories...

BTW, while your there, also check out, Blinkenlights.nl

A lot of interesting command line programs get overlooked, I find it a nice idea to place these things online, accessible through telnet.

Starwars Asciimation : Port 23

The though work was done by simon jansen, he made it into a java applet. This is the same thing, but now via telnet.

Marvin, the paranoid Android : Shut Down

This an Eliza like bot, that tries to emulate marvin the paranoid android from the hitchhikers guide. The bot is Splotch, the eliza like bot, coded by Duane K. Fields and Mark Rages. The dictionary is a mixture of the one from elizatalk and the one from bitchbot, an irc bot, by pim van riezen.

The Bofh Excuse Server : Port 666

This service spits out an excuse based on the bastard operator from hell stories, I find it quite useful while dealing with my daily work. This brilliant list/script is created by Jeff Ballard

 

Related Past Post XRef:
You've heard of ASCII Art? How about DNS Art!?
These are the papercraft you've been looking for... "Star Wars Papercraft..."
This is the infographic you're looking for... A Star Wars Infographic/Flowchart for every episode and more
[Hardware Music Hack] Star Wars Imperial March theme played by dual floppy drives
Star Wars Day – The Revenge of the Crafts!
Now this is the kind of vinyl I can appreciate... Self-adhesive vinyl Star Wars Return of the Jedi decals for living room/office that has everything...
“This is some rescue…” bookends for the Star Wars fan who has everything…
I'm not too old to have a Piñata at my next birthday.. am I? I wanna Death Star Piñata!
I think I want this for Valentine's Day...

[Infographic of the Day] Speaking of dragons, building your own Iron Throne Infographic!

tor.com - Avoid the Hassle of War and Dragon-Breeding By Building Your Own Iron Throne!

Obviously we all want to win the Iron Throne, but who wants to go through the trouble of actually winning it? All the subterfuge, murder, scheming, murder, manipulation, dragons, murder, and murder. Over on Mental Floss, they’ve taken steps to streamline the Throne acquisition process by publishing a handy guide to building the Throne. They turned to a real swordsmith, Jack Powning, who created a detailed inforgraphic on the process.

...take about 700,000 hours, so you’ll need to start soon. First, forge each of swords. Feel free to refere to Powning’s site for tips. ...

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... Check out more of Powning’s swordsmithing here, for further info on forging blades for gun and profit!

700,000 hours... wow. But it's the Iron Throne! Who wouldn't want one of these (well, except my wife... son... daughter... just about everyone at work... whatever ;)

Buy your own Jet-Powered R/C Flame Breathing Dragon (You just have to take a 2nd on your house... but it's a flying, jet powered dragon!)

technabob - R/C Jet-Powered Dragon Shoots Flames and Burns Wallets

"... After seeing Rick Hamel’s amazing remote-controlled dragon, Hammacher Schlemmer is now offering it for you to purchase.

This dragon can do more than fly, it can shoot 3-foot flames out of its mouth. That can’t be legal. The flying dragon has a 9-foot wingspan and can fly at up to 70 mph. Power comes from a tiny turbine engine and the dragon is controlled by a 2.4GHz radio. The flame that shoots from its mouth is made using a propane tank. At least the propane tank can’t shoot flames while the dragon is flying. The flames are only for the ground.

...If you have $60,000 lying around, the flying, flame-breathing dragon can be yours.

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The Flying Fire Breathing Dragon.

This is the remote controlled jet-powered dragon that soars through the air at up to 70 mph and belches propane-powered flame when on the ground. Proving its prowess before take-offs or after successful raids, the dragon’s LED eyes can be commanded to glow red while it emits a fiery 3' blast of flame from a cleverly concealed (and flight-disabled) propane tank and igniter built into its toothy maw. A miniature turbine engine built into the beast’s chest provides thrust that exits the rear at 500 mph, and uses 1/2 gallon of jet aircraft fuel or kerosene for 10 minute flights. With a head that swivels in the direction of turns, the dragon can climb and dive via wing ailerons and elevators built into its V-tail rudder, controlled with the 2.4GHz radio remote. Four clawed feet each house a 3"-diam. rubber wheel for braking and steering while on the ground. Its aerodynamic outer shell is constructed from a Nomex core sandwiched between two layers of epoxy glass with internal structural formers made from high-grade plywood for lightweight and optimal flight performance. Special conditions and guarantee limitations apply. Please call 1-800-227-3528 for details. 9' L x 9' W x 20" H. (40 lbs.)

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How much? Only $60,000... Damn, just a little outside my allowance...

Friday, March 14, 2014

Saul, Jesse and Hank [Yes, as in Breaking Bad] LEGO Figurines

This is why I am Broke - Breaking Bad LEGO Figurines

Keep your make believe drug empire running smoothly with help from the Breaking Bad LEGO figurines. These three key players will make sure you’re covered on all sides – from legal, to distribution, to evading the feds – so you can concentrate on making some primo product.

Breaking Bad LEGO Figurines

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citizenbrick.com - Albuquerque Action Squad

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From out of the New Mexico sunset rides a new group of heroes – the Albuquerque Action Squad! Build your drug toy empire with Citizen Brick!

Three premium printed minifigs and accessories to populate your chemistry lab, RV camper, or even remote cabin hideout!

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Having just powered through all five seasons in three weekends, this jumped out at me. Still this is just a little too much (in cost) even for me... But a boy can dream :)

Cube Wars Part VII, Rise of the Open Source Project Sentry Nerf Gun

Hack a Day - Open-Source Sentry Gun Plans Promise the Next Level of Office Warfare

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We admit it, we were browsing Reddit when we found this beautifully hacked together Nerf Sentry turret. But are we ever glad we did — as it turns out, it was built based off of the totally awesome, open-source Project Sentry Gun.

We have actually covered a project that used this system before, but it looks like it has evolved a bit more since then. It’s just too cool not to share.

The system itself is quite simple and easy to build. You’re going to need three servo motors, an Arduino, a webcam, and assorted wires, nuts and bolts, etc etc. Grab a copy of the code, slap it all together, and you’re ready for business...

Project Sentry Gun

On this site we have published complete directions on how to make your own sentry gun, which autonomously tracks, aims, and shoots at targets, using:

  • An airsoft or paintball gun
  • A webcam to find targets
  • A computer to process the video feed and aim the gun
  • Servo motors aim the gun and squeeze the trigger
  • A controller to interface between the computer and the servo motors

We are a unique project in that everything we do is completely open-source. This includes 100% of our code, as well as our electrical schematics, and even the CAD design files for our Standalone Controller. Our system has been used on six continents and in more than 20 countries (so far), and is even used by the Australian Navy in their training program.

Here's a video of our latest paintball sentry gun, the Gladiator II, in action:

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Must... control... self... Already...have... projects to do... must... must... give in! build it... Build IT... BUILD IT!

Even the logo rocks :)

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Thursday, March 13, 2014

Now that's deep... Deep Learning! "Deep Learning Methods and Applications" free eBook from MSR

inside Big Data  - Data Science 101: Deep Learning Methods and Applications

Microsoft Research... A recent publication is available for download (PDF): “Deep Learning: Methods and Applications” by Li Deng and Dong Yu, two prominent researchers in the field.

The 134 page book is aimed to provide an overview of general deep learning methodology and its applications to a variety of signal and information processing tasks. The application areas are chosen with the following three criteria: ...

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 Microsoft Research - DEEP LEARNING: Methods and Applications

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Some snaps of the PDF;

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Abstract
This book is aimed to provide an overview of general deep learning methodology and its applications to a variety of signal and information processing tasks. The application areas are chosen with the following three criteria: 1) expertise or knowledge of the authors; 2) the application areas that have already been transformed by the successful use of deep learning technology, such as speech recognition and computer vision; and 3) the application areas that have the potential to be impacted significantly by deep learning and that have gained concentrated research efforts, including natural language and text processing, information retrieval, and multimodal information processing empowered by multi-task deep learning.

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Light reading for the coming weekend... :/

Wednesday, March 05, 2014

Zombie Combat Marksmanship Drills...

Zombie Combat Command - Zombie Combat Marksmanship Drills 1 & 2

Making your team thrive in a Zombie infested combat environment takes a gargantuan effort on all fronts. Logistics, finance, nutrition, medicine, engineering, and even agriculture, just to name a few. However, a team that is not successful in actual combat will inevitably be overrun.

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Combat marksmanship is the fundamental basis of a team’s combat capability. The more quickly, and the further a team can shoot, the greater the distance they are able to maintain with any Zombie formation. Plans and procedures are necessary, but are worthless if the team is not skilled enough to execute them correctly.

Drills 1 and 2 have something in common: they train your team to be able to transition from moving to aiming and shooting accurately very quickly. They also deal with the changing distances of the Zombie threat.

THE RANGE AND OTHER PREPARATIONS...

PERSONNEL...

ZOMBIE COMBAT MARKSMANSHIP DRILL 1

This drill simulates a Zombie formation getting closer and closer to the team. Also, the movements involved will make shooters more accustomed to shooting while out of breath, especially if the drill is run several times or over a greater distance than 100 meters. This drill does not simulate a team moving in close to a formation of Zombies. A team must try to maintain at least a 100 meter distance between itself and the Zombie formation. Any closer than 50 meters and the team is in danger of being overrun.

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ZOMBIE COMBAT MARKSMANSHIP DRILL 2

It is basically the Zombie Combat Marksmanship Drill 1 but in reverse. This drill simulates a Zombie formation being pushed back by the volume of fire unleashed by the team and/or the team firing and making distance between the team and the Zombie formation. Keep in mind that this is a Zombie combat marksmanship drill and not a Zombie combat tactics drill.

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CONDITIONS TO ENDING THE DRILL

Unforeseen circumstances can arise that will require the drill to be suspended prematurely. These include, but are not limited to:

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OTHER POINTS

Always remember to run through the drill without the actual weapons first, and then run through the drill without ammunition next before attempting any drill of any kind.

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Sounds like a fun way to spend a Saturday! I wonder if I could interest the local Range to host something like this? hum...