Google Wave, The Wave Of The Future

Google Wave, is the latest project in development at Google. It promises to make people rethink how the browser can be used. Earlier this year Google announced the project and by late September it was in limited preview mode. Google users can sign up to join the preview and have the option once they are in to nominate 20 other users to have the chance to join.

Google Wave very well may be the future of online communication. It is a combination of messenger, forum, and e-mail. Instead of a message being sent to an inbox it is put into a text document known as a Wave. Waves work in real time, so as you type it others can see what you are saying. They also allow for a great diversity in editing, giving anyone who is part of a wave the power to edit any message in real time, making this great device for collaboration. One nice thing about this is wave replay, which allows people to run through the wave from the beginning and see when stuff was added and how it was edited. Waves do not have to be purely text, they can be multimedia, incorporating pictures and video. All it takes is a simple click and drag and pictures and videos can be added to the wave.

One of the more impressive things about Google Wave is live translating. You select an language and Google wave will automatically begin translating your type into whatever language. This opens up a great number of possibilities and is likely to make this a very attractive application for businesses that do work overseas that requires collaboration on projects.

A great deal of the appeal to Google Wave is it doesn’t require you to download anything. Everything you need is right there in the browser window. What makes this possible will soon be open and free to everyone as Google has announced plans to release the source code for Google Wave once it is out of closed preview. The idea behind this are hopes that the open source community will aid Google in pushing wave to its limits and bring ideas and add-ons to the table that Google itself might not of thought of. In this, Google is borrow from the Mozilla model of play.

Another reason for the open source release is hopes that service providers and other e-mail services will pick up on Wave and replace what they currently have. Google plans on Wave completely replacing e-mail protocol, and hopes that by releasing the source code they will encourage those companies to follow suit to redesign email for today.

The potential Google Wave offers is hard to ignore with its fusion of e-mail and instant messaging. It is hard to say where Google Wave will go, it would not be the first revolutionary idea to go ignored before its time. Whatever happens with Google Wave it is certainly one of the more interesting Web-based applications to come out in recent years.

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2009 CMA’s = Great Performances

The 43rd annual country music awards show was a big night for newcomers like Taylor Swift, Lady Antebellum and Darius Rucker. The award show was held at the Sommet Center in Nashville, TN and had several musical performances including the Zac Brown Band, Brooks and Dunn, Taylor Swift, Lady Antebellum and Carrie Underwood.


The CMA was hosted by Carrie Underwood and Brad Paisley and was mostly dominated by Taylor Swift, who walked away winning all four categories she was nominated in

Weekly Sports Report courtesy of Whim

The weekly sport report is going to be a new addtion to the Life section of whim. Each week, a brief update of sports is going to be given for each professional level around the country. For those of you who are into sports, this is perfect for you to keep up with your favorite sports.

NFL

Football is probably the most popular sport going on this time of year. This week in the NFL, the Division leaders in the American Conference are the New England Patriots, the Denver Broncos, the Indianopolis Colts, and the Cincinati Bengals. So far the Colts this year are unbeaten, with a record of 8-0, and they’re probably the team that most sports fans are looking at when it comes time for the Super Bowl this year. The Patriots, who defeated the Miami Dolphins 27-17 this week, come up just behind the Colts. They have quite an explosive offense, and for the past three weeks have dominated opposing defenses offensively. With the way things seem to be going right now, the main competion for the American Conference will be between the Partiots and the Colts. The Divison leaders in the National Conference are the New Orleans Saints, the Dallas Cowboys, the Arizona Cardinals and the Minnesota Vikings. The Saints, like the Colts, have also managed to stay unbeaten so far this year, with a record of 8-0, and the Vikings are right behind them with a record of 7-1. The Cowboys, who hold a record a 6-2, have made pretty impressive turnaround from when the year began. The Giants, who are currently on a four game losing streak, began the season 5-0. So Far it looks like the main competition for the National Conference will end up being between the Vikings and the Saints.

NBA

Not quite as many people enjoy basketball as much as football, but the NBA is still pretty popular. So far this year, in the Easter Conference, the Division leaders are the Boston Celtics (7-1), the Chicago Bulls (4-2), and the Miami Heat (5-1). The Bulls siezed first place in their division with their one point road win against the Cavs. Celevland is a strong team, but they’ve had their struggles this year. The Celtics, having only one loss so far to the Phoenix Suns, have been pretty dominant, both offensively and defensively. They’re a really strong team, and will stay in contention for the Eastern Conference title all year long. In the Western Conference, the division leaders are the Denver Nuggets, the Phoenix Suns, and the Dallas Maverics. The Lakers are still going to be in contention for the Western Conference no matter what, but the fact that the Suns were able to beat the Celtics is the thing they need to watch out for when the time to clinch the Western Conference finals come.

NHL

So far in the NHL, the Eastern Conference leaders are the Pitsburg Penguins, the Buffalo Sabres, and the Washington Capitals. Pitsburg holds a record of 12-5, and is the defending NHL champion from last year, they’ll be the team to compete against when clinching the Eastern Conference is concerned. The Western Conference division leaders are the Columbus Blue Jackets, the San Jose Sharks and the Colorado Avalanche. The Sharks held the best record in the NHL Western Conference last year and undoubtedly are looking to repeat. With more playoff success. So when the time to clinch the Western Conference comes around, they’re the team to watch out for.

So that’s all for this week. The world of sports is a quite and competetive one. Perhaps some of the predictions made in the above paragraphs will change as the season progresses, you’ll just have to wait and see.

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Magna Carta 2, not the second great paper

Magna Carta 2 is a breath taking game with an interesting and twisting story that draws players in. You play as Juto, a man who has lost his memory. The game opens with Juto awakening on a boat being hoisted onto shore. As the first few moments of game play unfold, you learn that Juto is on Highwind Island, which is currently under the control of the Southern forces. They are excavating a mysterious weapon known as the Guardian. They hope to use this weapon to oppose the Northern army and their monster weapons known as Sentinels. The peaceful island is quickly entrenched in a power struggle as both sides seek to gain control of this power, Juto and his unknown past and powers dragged in along for the ride

Game Play

The game play is pretty much your standard role playing game affair, there are the magic users and the more physical types, such as Juto. Players are free to cycle through and control any number of characters that join your party, each offering their unique abilities. What is different to the game is how the characters power up their moves for their special attacks. As you battle, you build up what is known as Kan. It is the source of power in Magna Carta. Each character has a specific type of Kan that they need to build up adding to this is that some areas will start you off instantly with a certain number of Kan, making it much more ideal for some characters and much less for others. It becomes a game of balancing your party to make up for your weaknesses and play somewhat strategically. Adding to the need to play strategically is the stamina system built into Magna Carta. As you fight, your character drains his or her stamina until it enters what is known as over drive. Over-drive allows you to deal out more damage for a limited amount of time. After over-drive you enter into over-heat which is more or less a cool down period where you character is unable to preform any tasks. This is done to encourage over drive to be used sparingly, forcing players to weigh the risks and the advantages of this.

The Good

The graphics are quite nice and visually appealing. Cut scenes that play more like movies are amazing and well done. The characters are all well voiced. Juto is a likable character, even if he spends most of the early parts of the game whining. Game play in general can be fun and intense at times, especially during some of the harder boss fights. While the game forces strategic play, it doesn’t really take away from what the game has to offer players, in many ways adding to the over all experience. Dialogue between characters is spontaneous and funny most of the time. Cut scenes for the special moves look awesome, adding to the rpg experience.

The Bad

The story seems extremely forced and parts of it are rather random and don’t make much sense. Dialogue while it has its good moments, tends to drag on forever as characters dance around what ever point they are trying to make. The over-drive and over heat system is among one of the most annoying systems out there. You spend half your fights charging, attacking and then abruptly backing away so you don’t over heat. It makes it hard for the characters who have to gain the physical type of Kan. Gaining enough on a consistent enough basis to use their power is nearly impossible. Boss fights tend to be rather ridiculous as the majority of the bosses seem to have the ability to heal themselves which drags the fight on forever.

Whim rating: 3.5/5

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How to handle the police if you’re drunk

Well, seeing as your a student at Radford, you probably agree. Maybe you don’t, not everyone does, but a lot of Radford students do. A lot of partying does go on at Radford, sometimes during the week, but mainly of course, on weekends. Radford’s police force patrols the streets of lightside constantly, keeping a watch for students who have had just a little too much to drink. The police believe it or not, don’t actually want to arrest you, but when the have to they will. Here are some helpful tips to help you reduce your chances of being arrested if you’re ever stopped by the cops when your drunk.

Tip#1:

This is something that doesn’t need to be explained in a whole lot of detail. Don’t be behind the wheel of a vehicle. If a cop stops you for that, and finds out that you’re drunk, you will be arrested no matter what the circumstances are. That’s pretty much common sense to students though.

Tip#2:

Don’t try to deny that you’re drunk if a cop asks you. Last year, a Radford student was carrying beer with him during Quadfest when a cop pulled him aside and asked him what was in his hand. He didn’t try to come up with an excuse, and he merely said, “It’s a bear and I’m not 21.” The cop took the beer, but let the freshman go because he was honest. If you’re honest and cooperative with the police if they stop you on the side of the road or bust a party you’re at, it’ll greatly reduce your chances of getting in any trouble at all. It may not get you off the hook every time, but it will make you alot less likely to be arrested.

Tip#3:

This one will hopefully keep a police officer from noticing you in the first place. If your drunk, try not to act like, it. Don’t urinate somewhere where you shouldn’t. If a cop sees you, it’s a guarentee that you’ll get arrested. Don’t run around screaming how drunk you are. The police are trained to when they’re intoxicated, so if you don’t give them a reason to arrest you when you’re drunk. If you’re at a party and you don’t think you can make it back without doing something stupid, then stay until you sober up a little bit.

Tip# 4:

If the police knock on your door and you’re throwing a party, answer the door. Last year, a party on Darkside got busted because the police knocked on the door and nobody answered. If somebody had answered the door, then the police probably would have just given them a warning. When nobody did however, the police called for backup and they surrounded the house. Over 20 students got strikes that night. If a police officer knocks on your door, it might just be for a warning due to a noise violation or something minor, so just answer the door and do whatever they tell you to do.

However, despite all these tips, the best way not to get arrested here in Radford is just to avoid the police. Don’t go to a wild party if there are police cars driving all over Lightside, because they do some nights, and other nights, not so much. The police are here to protect us, they don’t want to ruin our lives here at Radford, but some people give them no choice.

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Assassinating the competition, Assassin’s Creed

With the second game in this series, I felt it was time for a long deserved review of Assassin’s Creed. As the game proceeds, you play as Desmond Miles, the descendant of Altair Ibn La-Ahad. It seems your ancestor has information that certain people find to be of extreme value. You are given two choices: either cooperate with these people or be put into a coma and left to die. The choice seems rather obvious. To unlock this information they have attached you to the Animus System. Its purpose is to read the genetic memories built into the human body and extract the information that is needed. There is only one issue, it seems the memory they are trying to access is to unstable too be accessed directly. So instead the Animus System must start at an earlier memory and work its way forward.

Game Play

Assassin’s Creed is based on free flowing movement, allowing players to scale just about any surface in the game. The combat system is pretty straight forward, the X button does it all, it slices, it dices and it throws knives. You change what weapon you have selected by using the D-pad. Altair has a rather interesting ability known as Hawk vision. It allows him to interrupt the intentions of others. This makes it easier to seperate enemies from allies and so on. Health in Assassin’s Creed is sort of an interesting concept. Instead of the typical health bar you are stuck with a synchronization bar. This represents how close you are to your ancestor’s actions. If you lose this completely, the Animus System will restart you from the last save point and you will have to work from there once more. You can resynchronize with Altari by following the Assassin’s Creed. Here is the interesting part: if you stray too far away from the creed, you begin to lose synchronization with Altrai, so taking damage is no longer the only way to die. The way in which you can kill your enemies varies greatly. You have two choices when confronting a target, low or high profile attack methods. Low profile attacks draw less attention allowing for easier escapes. While high profile attacks tend to be more visually appealing. Low profile attacks take advantage of the social stealth concept built into the game, you are not hidden when you are in the shadows but you are when you blend in among the crowd using it to inch ever closer to your enemies.

The Good

Combat is just awesome with the free flowing system that the game developer decided to put in the game. Even two years after its initial release the graphics are still up to date if not superior to many of the games released more recently. The social stealth system is unique and fun to play as it allows you to more or less walk right up to your target and kill them without being noticed. The two choices that are provided of profile and low profile kills is a fun concept. It gives players a chance to try different ways of handling a situation with the freedom of replaying a certain stage over and over again if you want.

The Bad

It is really difficult to come up with anything that is particularly bad about Assassin’s Creed. It was a solid game and remains such. That being said there are a few minor things that bothered me. Occasionally there would be the odd visual glitch in the game. There were also parts where the Animus system would jump you forward in the memory. I am sure it was meant to speed up game play but it would often jump forwards where the player would just be out side of the building they were just in. The jumps really don’t make much sense.

Whim rating 4.5/5

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Xbox 360 dashboard update launched

Microsoft recently released its preview option for Xbox 360, giving gamers a sneak peak of its latest system update. This update contained several new features which Microsoft announced earlier this year. This update to the Xbox dashboard had been one of the most anticipated in recent years. The update contained, additional Facebook, and Twitter apps along with a few other perks.

The Facebook and Twitter addition to Xbox is Microsoft’s answer to Playstation3’s web browsing capabilities. They were added to answer cries coming from those who wanted a way to update their Facebook while on Xbox. The Facebook application is very visually pleasing and fairly easy to understand. The interface is simple, and the auto login option is welcomed. It is hard to describe just how annoying it would be to key in the username and password over and over on Xbox. For those who have the messenger pad addition for the Xbox controller, it won’t be as bad the mini-keyboards making typing simpler. The Facebook app does not incorporate Facebook chat nor does it allow you to see who is online. In fact the only thing the app is good for is making status updates and viewing photos. It was hoped that the update would have some sort of auto updating on Facebook every time an achievement was earned. This was not the case. In fact, Facebook is unable to run in the background, making you log out every time you want to go play a game. Twitter suffers from the same problems that make Facebook so useless, only allowing updates when directly accessed and an inability to run in the background. Though it does allow for one to view the popular trends. The simple interface of both Twitter and Facebook make it easy to use but both were less than expected.

One of the other features added to Xbox is Last.FM it is a commercial free digital radio station. It allows you to pick what music you want to listen to by telling it what artist or genre you like. Based on that Last.FM will sort through all of the artists it has, playing those similar to the ones you like. As it plays the artist, you can cycle through information on both the artist and song. If you allow for it to auto-play, it will run through album art and various other photos of the artist. This service is very similar to that which can be found on Pandora. Like the other apps involved in this update, it is unable to run in the background. This means you can’t do much of anything but listen to music on your Xbox.

The other major addition to Xbox is the Zune marketplace. This is to eventually replace the Xbox live video marketplace. This portion of the update is fairly simple and straight forwards. The Zune marketplace will accept Microsoft points for movies, videos and music.

Overall the update was a rather interesting mix of programs, as Microsoft tries to suit the desires of its consumers. Though the update did not live up to expectations, it is only a matter of time before more changes are made to answer the wants of those consumers who are unwilling to accept things as they are. That leaves to question, just what will be in the future for the Xbox dashboard?

E3 facebook/twitter demo


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Major League: Featuring Cleveland

If you like baseball, then you’ve probably heard of some pretty good baseball movies before. One movie you may have heard of would be the movie, The Sandlot. Another might be the movie, Field of Dreams. Both of which are pretty good movies about baseball, but neither of them really show any good baseball action. None of them do this like the movie, Major League anyway, a film that was originially released in 1989. Major League is a comedy and as you watch the first half of it, it seems like a joke to you at first. However, what begins as a pretty funny movie, ends up being a really great baseball movie. Major League has some good comedic aspects, and it also conveys what it’s really like to be a part of a marjor league baseball team.

The movie begins with a woman named Rachel Phelps, inheriting the franchise of the Cleveland Indians when her husband passes away. Rachel’s plan is to put together a baseball team bad enough to finish in last place in Cleveland’s division, so she’ll be able to relocate the whole franchise to Miami, where she can enjoy her own selfish pleasures. She puts her plan underway, and at first, it looks like she’s doing a pretty good job. The Indians loose their first game 9-0 against the New York Yankees, and it seems that the Indian players have no chance of a very sucessful season at all.

As the movie progresses, you learn about each of the players on Cleveland’s team, and how they have to deal with the issues in their own personal lives. The main character in the movie who faces the biggest issues with his life, is the Indian Catcher, a man by the name of Jake Taylor. While he’s trying to lead a loosing team as a catcher, he’s also dealing with physical problems in his legs, as well as chasing the love of his life who is engaged to another man. The movie has not only a lot of good action and comedy, but it also has a fair amount of drama in it as well.

Anyway, a little over half way through the season, the Indian coach Lou Brown learns of what Rachel Phelps is really trying to do. As soon as he discovers that she really wants the Indians to finish in last place, he tells the team, and they become motivated enough to prove her wrong and turn their season around. They finish in a first place tie with the Yankees, and play New York in a one game playoff for the division as the home team. This is where the movie really kicks in with some good baseball action, and it’s also the turning point in the movie to make the veiwer realize that it really is a good movie.

This movie is by far one of the best baseball movies ever made. There were two sequels that were made after it, Major League II and Major League: Back to the Minors. Neither of these two films were as sucessful as the first. Major League is a movie that you will really want to watch some day if you like baseball, it’s a great movie from the start of baseball season, to the end.



Keep our campus clean

If there was one thing one could say to the whole Radford University campus, it would be to please keep our campus clean. There are people who come and visit this campus and there are even more people who actually live here. I think I speak for most of the student body when I say that seeing garbage on our sidewalks and in our halls is not appreciated.

The worst problem is in our residence halls. On the weekends there is typically no cleaning service, and some people like to go out at night. The problem being that these goofballs and some of the students that stay in at night will drop food and liquids on the floor and not clean up their mess. This causes a sticky, smelly and unpleasant mess for everyone else who resides there. There have been times when I have had to avoid drippings of vomit on the stairs for an entire weekend. It appears that many students feel no need to clean up after themselves, and others certainly feel no obligation to clean up the mess caused by others.

I would also like to point out the mistreatment of the campus outside the buildings. Many times I have walked down a sidewalk only to have to navigate around dropped food that no one has bothered to pick up. One time in particular I saw remnants of a whole burger and its toppings strewn along a sidewalk. Every day when I walk up the exterior stairs to the terrace shops I see the ground covered in gum, partially eaten food, spilled soda and a number of dropped objects that make walking difficult and at times dangerous.

There are also non-food related incidents that may seem funny to people at the time, but in the long run make our campus look less beautiful. Last year I remember walking along the sidewalk in Moffett quad, only to find a whole bike rack stuck up in a tree. My first reaction was laughter at the thought that anyone would go through so much effort to put it there. However, after the initial amusement wore off I was more worried about the staff that would have to get it out of the tree, and how it makes our school look.

Our fountain has also been the victim of abuse. Throwing junk in the fountain, peeing in it, jumping in it and putting soap in it is not amusing. Our fountain is the most central landmark on our campus. When people come to visit they are inevitably going to pass it at some point. Why do some students insist on making it messy or not functional?

I understand that being in college is a transitioning stage for a lot of people. Some are not yet mature enough to be out in the world, while others are more than ready. Despite this fact, there is no good reason to deface our campus. It is home to more than a few people, so I ask the students of Radford to please think before they act.

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Dating sites suck

Okay, so I know dating sites are the new thing and for some they work quite well, but whatever happened to the old fashion way of meeting people? You know the scenario where you notice someone and walk over to them and introduce yourself. Then they say hi, you say hi, and afterwards maybe you two go grab some dinner and/or some coffee or whatever and talk about yourselves. Hopefully in the future the two of you will be in a long term committed relationship, happy and carefree.

Unfortunately, nowadays we make ourselves so damn unsocial that we must rely on technology rather than good old fashion social skills in order to meet people. We are so fearful of one another it really seems quite hilarious, I have to laugh at how completely ridiculous we are that we fail at what should be a simple task. You know that if more individuals themselves just committed themselves to open-minded everyday interactions instead of keeping to ourselves all the time and being so busy with nonsense items like the Internet, we probably wouldn

2012: will it be the end?

Whether or not the world is going to end in 2012 has been in question for a long time, but now it’s time to get serious about it. It wasn’t a big deal back in ancient times when everyone believed strange things anyway, and to those historians, it was never going to be an issue. Well, today, it is an issue for us. It’s 2009, the supposed doomsday is only three years away and many people have futures they’d like to be able to look forward to. So what’s going to happen in 2012, specifically on the Mayan calender, on the day of December 21?

There are many different ways people think the apocalypse could occur. The Earth could be struck by a huge meteor which would destroy most of our ecosystem. Like in “Knowing”, the sun could shoot off a solar flare that could incinerate all life on the planet. Global warming could interfere with the North Atlantic Current like in “The Day After Tomorrow”, creating a second Ice Age, the supervolcano at Yellowstone Park could errupt. Or maybe, as described in the Bible, Jesus will come, sweep away all Christians, and then demolish the Earth. The end of the world, regardless of how you picture it, is in fact, a very terrifying thing to think about.

The Mayan calender, believe it or not, never actually says anything about the world ending. In fact, many Mayans have been asked about it today, and they assure us that their calender has nothing to do with the world ending. The Mayan calender is extremely accurate, and follows the patterns of the stars. One of which, is a star alignment that occurs once every 25,800 years, which is the alignment of our sun with the center of the galaxy. This phenomena is more commonly known as the Galactic Alignment. One of the things that leads us to believe it could be related to the apolcalypse, however, is the fact that there was a mass extinction that occured during the last galactic alignment, 25,800 years ago (technically speaking, it’d be more like, 25, 797 years ago).

Our veiw of the sun changes slightly every 72 years. As this occurs, the sun passes around in a circle, going through various constelations. It’s like a type of clock, and at the top where 12 would be is where the sun will be when it aligns with the center of the galaxy, on December 21, 2012. The constelation right before this, where 11 would be on a clock, is an archer pointing an arrow to the right. This creates the illusion of an arrow firing into the sun, which is another thing that leaves astronomers and historians questioning things.

The Mayans aren’t the only ones who’s calender ends in the 2012. Other civilizations have had similar predictions, but all predictions about the apocalypse so far have been wrong. The Chinese, the Romans and others have all said similar things about time ending in that year. However, so many apocalypse predictions have been made in the past, and all of them have so far been wrong. Many Mayans today are also convinced that their calender doesn’t predict the end of time, and that it’s simply beginning a new cycle. Many people today are concerned about it most likely because of the new movie that’s coming out “2012”, which depicts the apocalypse as Earth being hit by meteors, Earthquakes and tsunamis. Don’t count on the apocalypse happening, however. Plan your future, and if it happens, it happens. But you don’t want to have no life if it doesn’t.

Skype a messenger unlike others

Skype is an instant messaging program and so much more. First and foremost, Skype is not what most people would consider to be their typical instant messenger service. While Skype does hold this function it is not the focus of the services that it provides its users. Skype has a heavy focus on Internet calling, the majority of this being computer-to-computer phone calls.

Skype’s web phone service is very useful, allowing for people to arrange conference calls with ease. Another nice thing about the computer to computer calling service is that it is entirely free. You can call as many other Skype users as you want, combining it into one giant call if it so fits your needs. Along with its ability to set up calls between computers, it also allows for video chat and screen sharing, two things which are gradually becoming fairly standard for instant messengers.

Skype is not purely limited to computer to computer calling, its reach extends beyond that. The program allows one to call land lines or cell phones from the ease and comfort of your computer. These calls, unlike the computer-to-computer ones, are not free but are generally cheaper than moststandard calls. This can be especially true for international calls which use the same rates as the local calling service. In this way, skype is truly useful for those living overseas who want to stay in contact with friends and family. The first non computer-to-computer call is free for the first ten minutes with Skype. The developers give you a chance to try out their great service. You pay for this service using Skype credit that you order ahead of time. You can sign up for a monthly subscription or refill your Skype credit as you need it.

Skype is no longer purely found on computers. It made the leap to mobile devices such as iPhones and Blackberries in application form. This lighter version of Skype does not lack any of the punch that its big brother possesses. What it does lack, it makes up for in its portability and the advantage of making cheaper international calls with relative ease. In recent months rumors have spread that the new ipod touch would incorporate a microphone and a built-in web camera of some sort, allowing for the Skype app to spread to it as well. This rumor, while true fell short of expectations. Apple scrapped adding a camera to the new ipod touch last minute due to technical difficulties.

No matter what happens in the future with Skype, one thing is certain: it is certainly a program to keep an eye on and give a try. The messenger layout for it might not be for everyone, but the built in systems more than make up for the clunky messenger it is built around.

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R.U. Basketball Season is almost here!

Radford is a small town that doesn’t have much to offer other than quadfest. Last year, however, was a pretty big year for the Highlanders, when Radford’s men’s basketball team defeated Virginia Military Institution 108-94 in the Big South championship, landing them in the NCAA tournament where they fell to North Carolina. The loss to the Tar Heels didn’t change how much of a turnaround it was for the basketball program that year. It was a whole new team from the one that Radford put on the court two years ago.

Two years ago, Radford basketball finished 7th place in the Big South Conference, and got knocked out of the tournament on round one with a 76-45 blowout loss to Winthrop. Not much was expected from the Highlanders when last year’s season began. They began their season 4-9, with losses to tougher opponents like UVA and Wake Forest. It was a rough start, but when Radford began conference play, they started turning things around, winning five games in a row to break even at 9-9. That was when they fell to VMI in their first game at the Dedmon Center last year. The team fell 87-72 due to VMI’s accurate outside shooting. From there, however, the Highlanders won every game for the remainder of the season, until their final game when they fell to Liberty. It didn’t matter at that point, however, because they’d already won the conference.

This year Radford has most of their starting lineup returning. Amir Johnson, Artsiom Parakhouski, Phillip Martin and Joey Lynch-Flohr are all returning. Radford is also picked this year to win the Big South again. Some of the tough opponents you can expect to see this year include Duke and Kansas. The Season begins next Friday, November 13 against Navy at 7pm (and hopefully the fact that the game is on Friday the 13th will mean bad luck for Navy, not Radford).

When Radford’s starting lineup graduates, next year may very well be rebuilding year for the Highlanders. Another concern is that Coach Brad Greenburg was named coach of the year last year after winning the Big South. This year, if he wins the Big South again, he may very well be offered a coaching job at a larger university that spends more money on their athletic program. This may be Radford’s last year to shine, so with that being kept in mind the year should go pretty well.

One of the tough oppenents that Radford will probably have to watch out for this year will definitly be VMI. VMI last year beat the Highlanders only once in the season, before Radford came back to defeat them 97-90 to with the Big South in the regular season. Then Radford took down VMI again in the Big South championship to go on the NCAA tournament. The Keydets will undoubtedly be looking for revenge this year, and it’ll be something Radford will have to watch out for. Liberty was pretty good last year too, and they will probably be the other team that Radford needs to keep an eye on, but this year they’ve lost one of their best players, so it is kind of a rebuilding year for them, and they shouldn’t be too hard for Radford to handle. With basketball season only one week away, Radford has some pretty high expectations this year.

RU vs UNC highlight:

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Dragon Ball Z: the good and the bad

One TV show that everyone probably loved when they were a kid would probably have been Dragonball Z; the show staring the Saiyan warrior Goku and his friends who would always save the universe from evil villains like Cell, Freiza, Majin Buu and you’d know them all if you ever watched the show.

The entire show was basically to appeal to young viewer, preferably boys. In fact, not very many girls probably ever watched Dragonball Z or even really knew anything about it. The show was mostly an action show designed with lots of fighting and explosions, and all those cool things that young boys like.

It was a pretty awesome action show, with some pretty cool fight scenes. However, the entire storyline for the series was pretty crappy and it didn’t make sense at times. For one thing, the fact that there’s a separate planet that you go to when you die, and even if that happens, if your friends just bring together all seven dragonballs they can wish you back to life. That whole concept makes death completely meaningless. The entire human race gets wiped out and the Earth gets destroyed in the series, and they just bring it all back like it’s no big deal at all. Also, there are a lot of movies that were released to go along with the TV show. However, because the plot of the TV series was always ongoing, the movies could never fit in with the stories. Many of the movies just simply could have never happened because they wouldn’t have made sense.

Also, the battles against the more powerful villains, sometimes seemed to take forever. One wonders if it was really necessary to make fight scenes go on for as long as they sometimes could in Dragonball Z. The battle against Freiza lasted for a pretty long time when he fought with Goku, and as you watched it, while it probably seemed pretty cool at first, you probably started to wonder, “When is this battle ever going to end?” Also, the next major battle which was the battle with Cell, lasted for almost just as long, and if you’re not a patient person, you probably would have felt the same level of frustration as you did in the Freiza battle wondering when the fight would ever end.

Up until Cell, the plot was already pretty poorly written, but it became even more crappy after the Cell saga. The reason for that was because the person who had been writing the storyline for the show up until then, simply left when the Cell Saga was over. Then a new writer took over to continue writing the story, and he turned the entire storyline into crap. There were so many problems with the way he continued the story such as small children becoming super saiyans or being able to have a tournament, as well as a search for an evil wizards spaceship, then reviving an evil monster, fighting it, and having it wreaking havoc on the Earth, all in only one day.

DBZ, overall, is a pretty amazing TV show when it comes to battles, and it has some pretty bad ass fight scenes in it that young boys simply love watching. However, it really needs to have a better storyline behind it, because the story behind DBZ is absolutely shitty and there are too many things that just don’t make sense. There are other shows that were made to add to the storyline of Dragonball Z as well, such as Dragonball, which is the story of Goku when he was a child. Then there’s Dragonball GT, which is the story that continues pretty much where Dragonball Z left off. Both shows are like Dragonball Z in the sense that while they have some pretty cool action scenes, they could also use much better story lines.

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