Archive | June, 2014

DARPA sets a date for robotics challenge final

30 Jun

Saturday afternoon DARPA(Defense Advanced Research Project Agency) announced that the finals of their robotics challenge will be held the Fairplex in Pomona, Calif on June 5&6, 2015. This is a 6 month extension past the original date that had the final round of the challenge to be held in December of this year. The reason for this extension is that DARPA is stepping up the rules and want the participants to have time to comply with these new rules.

“The trials were much more successful than we had expected,” said Gill Pratt, DARPA Robotics Challenge (DRC) program director in a conference call. Consequently, DARPA plans to significantly “raise the bar” by increasing the difficulty of the tasks and further degrading the harshness of the environment.

Among these new restrictions are that all robot should be full self contained units meaning no power cords, fall arrestors or wired communication tethers. Human team members will not be able to rush out and assist their robots when they get stuck the way they did during the trails in December of 2013. All of the tests in the finals will have a 1 hour time limit which is a big reduction from the 4 hours that some of the robots were taking to complete their tasks in the trials. The last of these new rules is that human communication to the robots will be reduced meaning that the groups boost the programming and learning capabilities of their robots.

For the first time, teams will be empowered to exploit the cloud and crowd-augmented robotics, two highly promising research areas that allow onsite operators to leverage remote data, computing and human resources,” Mr. Pratt stated on DARPA’s website.

In early April of 2012 DARPA first announced that they in October of 2012 they would be launching a robotics challenge. The purpose of this would be find a robot capable of preforming complex task in hostile environments after natural of man-made disasters. One of the biggest reasons that made it apparent there was a need for such a competition was the tsunami, earthquake and nuclear disaster that took place in Japan in 2011.

In December of 2013 DAPRA held trails where they picked 11 teams that would receive further funding and compete in the finals. These trails were made up of 8 tasks consisting of turning a valve, opening doors, climbing ladders, navigating debris, carrying and hooking up a hose, cutting a hole in a wall, removing debris and driving a car.

 

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The Seattle Mariners take the first game of the series

28 Jun

After the lose to Boston that end their 5 game winning streak and a day off for rest the Seattle Mariners are hoping to start a new streak tonight as they start a 3 game series against the Cleveland Indians. To help the Mariners to get back on the winning track they sending Chris Young to the mound. The Indians will be countering with Trevor Bauer.

Michael Bourn will start the 1st inning with a ground ball to Logan Morrison for an out. Asdrubal Cabrera is the next man to the plate and he strikes out. That brings Micheal Brantley to the plate and he lines out to Brad Miller to end the top of the inning. Endy Chavez will start the home half of the inning with a single. James Jones is the next man to the plate and he flies out to Michael Bourn. That brings Robinson Cano to the plate and he flies out to Michael Bourn. Kyle Seager will try to keep the inning going, Chavez steals second, as he singles as Chavez scores. Logan Morrison will come to the plate and he grounds out to Carlos Santana to end the 1st inning. 1-0 Mariners.

Carlos Santana will start the 2nd inning with a strike out. Jason Kipnis is the next man to the plate and he doubles. That bring Lonnie Chisenhall to the plate and he strikes out. Yan Gomes will try to keep the inning going as he flies out to Michael Saunders to end the top of the inning. Mike Zunino will start the home half of the inning with a pop up to Carlos Santana for an out. Michael Saunders is the next man to the plate and he doubles. That brings Dustin Ackley to the plate and he walks. With two on and one out Brad Miller comes to the plate and he grounds out to Michael Bourn. Back to the top of the order for Endy Chavez who pops up to Asdrubal Cabrera to end the 2nd inning.

Nick Swisher will start the 3rd inning with a ground ball to Chris Young who throws him out. David Murphy is the next man to the plate and he walks. Back to the top of the order for Michael Bourn who singles. That brings Asdrubal Cabrera to the plate and he is hit by a pitch. With the bases loaded Michael Brantley comes to the plate and he flies out to Dustin Ackley as David Murphy scores. With two on and two out Carlos Santana steps up to the plate and he grounds out to Logan Morrison to end the top of the inning. James Jones will start the home half of the inning with a single. Robinson Cano is the next man to the plate and he hits a ground ball to the pitcher and he turns a double play. The brings Kyle Seager to the plate and he strikes out to end the 3rd inning. Game tied at 1.

Jason Kipnis will start the 4th inning with a ground ball to Robinson Cano for an out. Lonnie Chisenhall is the next man to the plate and he doubles. That brings Yan Gomes to the plate and he lines out to Kyle Seager. Nick Swisher will try to keep the inning going as he flies out to Dustin Ackley to end the top of the order. Logan Morrison will start the home half of the inning with a singles. Mike Zunino is the next man to the plate and he flies out to Michael Brantley and Logan Morrison is doubled up at first as he tries to get back. That brings Michael Saunders to the plate and he singles. Dustin Ackley will try to keep the inning going, Saunders to second on a wild pitch, as he walks. With two on and two on Brad Miller comes to the plate and he singles as Michael Saunders scores and Dustin Ackley to second. Back to the top of the order for Endy Chavez who strikes out to end the 4th inning. 2-1 Mariners.

David Murphy will start the 5th inning with a strike out. Back to the top of the order for Michael Bourn who doubles. That brings Asdrubal Cabrera to the plate and he flies out to Michael Saunders. Michael Brantley will try to keep the inning going as he flies out to James Jones to end the top of the inning. James Jones will start the home half of the inning with a pop up to Asdrubal Cabrera. Robinson Cano is the next man to the plate and he strikes out. That brings Kyle Seager to the plate and he double. With a runner on and two out Logan Morrison will come to the plate and he flies out to Michael Bourn to end the 5th inning.

Joe Beimel will take over the pitching duties for the Mariners. Carlos Santana will start the 6th inning and he strike out. Jason Kipnis is the next man to the plate and he strikes out. That brings Lonnie Chisenhall to the plate and he grounds out to Robinson Cano to end the top of the inning. Mike Zunino will start the home half of the inning with a strike out. Michael Saunders is the next man to the plate and he grounds out to Jason Kipnis. That brings Dustin Ackley to the plate and he grounds out to Jason Kipnis to end the 6th inning.

Danny Farquhar will take over the pitching duties for the Mariners. Yan Gomes will start the 7th inning with a strike out. Nick Swisher is the next man to the plate and he walks. That brings David Murphy to the plate and he flies out to Dustin Ackley. Back to the top of the order for Michael Bourn who hits a ground ball to Logan Morrison who boots the ball for an error but stays with it and is able to throw out Swisher at third kjto end the top of the inning. Brad Miller will start the home half of the inning with a strike out. Back to the top of the order for Endy Chavez who hits a homerun. Kyle Crockett will take over the pitching duties for the Indians. That brings James Jones to the plate and he strikes out. Robinson Cano will try to keep the inning going as he pops up to Lonnie Chisenhall to end the 7thinng. 3-1 Mariners.

Yoervis Medina will take over the pitching duties for the Mariners. Asdrubal Cabrera will start the 8th inning with a ground ball to Robinson Cano for an out. Michael Brantley is the next man to the plate and he grounds out to Logan Morrison. That brings Carlos Santana to the plate and he walks. Charlie Furbush will take over the pitching duties for the Mariners. Jason Kipnis will try to keep the inning going as he doubles as Santana goes to third. With two on and two out Lonnie Chinenhall comes to the plate and he grounds out to Robinson Cano to end the top of the inning. Kyle Seager will start the home half of the inning with a single. Logan Morrison is the next man to the plate and he singles as Kyle Seager goes to third. Vinnie Pestano will take over the pitching duties for the Indians. That brings Mike Zunino to the plate and he pops up to Jason Kipnis. Nick Hagendona will take over the pitching duties for the Indians. With runners at the corners and one out Michael Saunders steps up to the plate and he pops up into foul territory where it is caught by Lonnie Chisenhall. Dustin Ackley will try to keep the inning going as he flies out to Michael Brantley to end the 8th inning.

Fernando Rodney will take over the pitching duties for the Mariners. Yan Gomes will start the 9th inning with a strike out. Nick Swisher is the next man to the plate and he singles. That brings David Murphy to the plate and he grounds out to Robinson Cano as Swisher to second. Back to the top of the order for Michael Bourn who singles as Swisher scores. Asdrubal Cabrera will come up to the plate and he pop up to Brad Miller to end the game.

Chris Young wins as Fernando Rodney picks up his 22nd save. 3-2 Mariners.

 

‘The Machine’ could change computing

28 Jun

At the HP Development conference, in Las Vegas, earlier this month Hewlett-Packard CEO Meg Whitman and CTO Martin Fink announced a new a project, codenamed “the machine”, that will change the computer industry. According to Ms. Whitman and Mr. Fink “the machine” will radically speed up processing time and reduce the energy. If this project succeeds it will change the 70 year-old “von neumann” architecture, name for John Von Neiman.

“[The computer] will be able to compute much faster with huge amounts of data,” says Ms Whitman. “It will also take up a lot less space and pull a lot less energy.”
When ‘the machine’ comes to fruition it will integrate ROM(read only memory) and RAM(random access memory) that will right away speed up computing by eliminating the need for some of the back and forth communication between temporary memory and storage. Another big change is that instead of copper wires that use electronic pulse to send date around, that is responsible for much of the energy use and heat production, and use light photons.

“It’s a big bet. We’re taking a lot of the chips in the Las Vegas analogy and putting them on red.”
Ms. Whitman is dedicating 75% oh Hewlett-Packard’s research & development department, HP labs, to bring ‘he machine’ to market by the end of the decade. HP labs has already been working on the project for the past couple of years with Mr. Fink first took over as head of HP labs. In that time they have made some progress although just how much is unknown.

“Our industry is undergoing one the biggest shifts I’ve seen in my career,” Ms Whitman says.

If this works it could turn around the trend that has seed a migration from desktops and laptops for mobile devices that rely more on cloud computing. That would not only help bring Hewlett-Packard, to its once prominent status, but also other computer manufactures that have seen their revenues drop from the mobile trend.

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Google announces new smartwatches

27 Jun

Yesterday Google kicked off their annual I/O developers conference in San Francisco. One of the first hot new products to be announced where a pair of android-based smartwatches by Samsung and LG. The smartwatches will be available on Google play for pre-order to shipped early next month.

The Samsung Gear Live is the lower end and more budget friendly of the two smartwatches with a price tag of $199. The Gear Live is 37.9(1.49”)x56.4(2.2”)x8.9mm(0.35”) and weighs a mere 69grams. When you first look at the watch you will see that it features a 1.63” superAMOLED screen with 320×320 resolution and has a USB port. What you can’t see is what is on the inside it features; the android wear operating system, a 1.2 GHz processor, 4GB of internal storage, 512 MB of RAM, Bluetooth 4.0 and a 300mAh battery that will give you a full days use. The Samsung Gear Live will ship on July 8. 2014.

The LG G will set you back more at $299. The G watch does offer a sleeker profile then the Samsung at 37.9(1.49”)x46.5(1.8”)x9.95(0.38”)mm and weighs 63 grams. The LG smartwatch also has a slightly larger screen at 1.65” superMOLED with a 280×280 resolution. The LG also has an external USB port, the 1.2GHz snapdragon processor, 512MB of RAM, 4GB of internal storage, Bluetooth 4.0 and runs on the android wear OS. The LG comes with a 400mAh battery for a longer charge than its Samsung cousin. The LG G watch will start shipping on July 3, 2014.

Motorola will also be offering an android-based smartwatch. Unlike the Samsung Gear Live or the LG G, Motorola’s Moto 360 will be round more like a typical wristwatch. Motorola hasn’t said much about what their smartwatch will offer or cost. The Motorola Moto 360 will be released latter this summer but a final date has not been set.

 

Happy anniversary Curiosity Rover

26 Jun

Today we celebrate the one year anniversary of the Curiosity Rover. You are probably saying didn’t we celebrate that in August? You would be if you are going by the Earth’s calendar. On the Martian calender a year equals 687 days to make this the 1 year anniversary that was scheduled to be the winking down period of the 23 month mission.

Ever since the mobile lab, Curiosity Rover, landed on the Red planet on August 5, 2012 we have been anxiously await news to hear what it has found. We all wanted to know if it will find signs that Mars could have supported some form of life? If that life is still thriving on the planet or long gone? Then, in September of 2013 came word the Curiosity has found water in the surface soil on Mars. The news made our imaginations run wild since a small amount of water on the surface probably means there is more deeper and that gives us a good chance for life.

“Our goal over that time was to find a habitable environment, and we did,” said Ashwin Vasavada, deputy project scientist, in a NASA video. “We found a lake bed on Mars that we drilled into and found the ingredients and conditions that could have supported microbial life, if life ever was on Mars.”

With that original goal meet NASA has given their rover an extension for its anniversary present. The new goal of the mission now is to figure out what changed to make Mars the planet it is now. To reach the new goal Curiosity will continue on the trek to Mount Sharp where it will be doing analysis on the rocks to try and find out what changed.

“We think the layered rocks there have captured the major climate changes in Mars’ history,” said Vasavada. “We can’t wait to get there and figure it all out, but it’s going to take a lot of driving.”

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The Boston Red Sox take a close one

26 Jun

The Seattle Mariners have been a great run over the last week sweeping the Royals in Kansas City. Then, they came home and won the first 2 games of the 3 game series against the Boston Red Sox to put them at 6 games over .500 for the first time this season. Toninght they look to add to that streak as they send Hisashi Iwakuma to the plate to try and sweep the Red Sox. Opposing the Mariners will be John Buchholz pitching for Boston.

Brock Holt will start the 1st inning with a ground ball to Brad Miller for an out. Daniel Nava is the next man to the plate and he flies out to James Jones. That brings Dustin Pedroia to the plate and he has an infield single. David Ortiz will try to keep the inning going as he hits a 2-run homer. With two out Johnny Gnomes will step up to the plate and he strikes out to end the top of the inning. Endy Chavez will start the home half of the inning with a ground ball to the pitcher who throws him out. James Jones is the next man to the plate and he grounds out to Brock Holt. That brings Robinson Cano to the plate and he lines out to Stephen Drew to end the 1st inning. 2-0 Boston.

A.J. Perzynski will start the 2nd inning with a ground ball to Robinson Cano. Xander Bogaerts is the next man to the plate and he grounds out to the pitcher Hisashi Iwakuma. That brings Stephen Drew to the plate and he grounds out to Robinson Cano to end the top of the inning. Kyle Seager will start the home half of the inning with a homerun. Logan Morrison is the next man to the plate and he singles. That brings Mike Zunino to the plate and he hits a 2-run homer. With no outs Dustin Ackley comes up to the plate and grounds out to Dustin Pedroia. With one out Brad Miller comes to the plate and he flies out to Johnny Gnomes. Stephen Romero will try to keep the inning going as he flies out to Jackie Bradley Jr to end the 2nd inning. 3-2 Mariners.

Jackie Bradley Jr will start the 3rd inning with a double. Back to the top of the order for Brock Holt who singles. That brings Daniel Nava to the plate and he singles as Bradley Jr scores and Holt to second. With two Dustin Pedroia comes to the plate and he flies out to Stephen Romero. With two on and one out David Ortiz steps up to the plate and he singles as Holt scores and Nava to third. With runners at the corners Johnny Gnomes comes to the plate and he strikes out. A.J. Perzynski will try to keep the inning going as he strikes out to end the top of the inning. Endy Chavez will start the home half of the inning with a pop up to Dustin Pedroia for an out. James Jones is the next man to the plate and he pops out to Stephen Drew. That brings Robinson Cano to the plate and he pops up to Stephen Drew to end the 3rd inning. 4-3 Boston.

Xander Bogaerts will start the 4th inning with a fly ball to Dustin Ackley for an out. Stephen Drew is the next man to the plate and he grounds out to Logan Morrison. That brings Jackie Bradley Jr to the plate and he flies out to James Jones to end the top of the inning. Kyle Seager will start the home half of the inning with a fly ball to Daniel Nava who can’t quite get the ball but he throws Seager out at second trying to stretch a single to a double. Logan Morrison is the next man to the plate and he flies out to Daniel Nava. That brings Mike Zunino to the plate and he flies out to Jackie Bradley Jr to end the 4th inning.

Brock Holt will start the 5th inning with a single. Daniel Nava is the next man to the plate and he singles. That brings Dustin Pedroia to the plate and he walks. Tom Wilhelmsen will take over the pitching duties for the Mariners. With the bases loaded David Ortiz comes to the plate and he hits a ground ball Brad Miller who turns a double play as Holt scores and Nava to third. Johnny Gnomes will try to keep the inning going as he strikes out to end the top of the inning. Dustin Ackley will start the home half of the inning with a fly ball to Jackie Bradley Jr. Brad Miller is the next man to the plate and he grounds out to Brock Holts. That brings Stephen Romero to the plate and he flies out to Jackie Bradley Jr to end the 5th inning. 5-3 Boston.

A.J. Perzynski will start the 6th inning with a single but he tries to stretch it into a double and Dustin Ackley throws him out. Xander Bogaerts is the next man to the plate and strikes out. That brings Stephen Drew to the plate and he grounds out to Brad Miller to end the top of the inning. Endy Chavez will start the home half of the inning with a single. James Jones is the next man to the plate and he singles and Chavez to second. That brings Robinson Cano to the plate and he flies out to Daniel Nava. With two on and one out Kyle Seager comes to the plate and he hits a ground ball to Stephen Drew who turns a double play to end the 6th inning.

Jackie Bradley Jr will start the 7th inning with a ground ball to Logan Morrison. Back to the top of the order for Brock Holt who strikes out. That brings Daniel Nava to the plate and he singles. Dustin Pedroia will try to keep the inning going as he pop up to Brad Miller to end the top of the inning. Logan Morrison will start the home half of the inning with a strike out. Mike Zunino is the next man to the plate and he strikes out. That brings Dustin Ackley to the plate and he flies out to Jackie Bradley Jr to end the 7th inning.

Brandon Morrow will take over the pitching duties for the Mariners. David Ortiz will start the 8th inning with a strike out. Johnny Gnomes is the next man to the plate and he strikes out. That brings A.J. Perzynski to the plate and he singles. Xander Bogaerts will try to keep the inning going as he strikes out to end the top of the inning. Brad Miller will start the home half of the inning with a homeuun. Stephen Romero is the next man to the plate and he flies out to Johnny Gnomes.Andrew Miller will take over the pitching duties for the Red Sox Back to the top of the order for Willie Bloomquist, pinch hitting for Endy Chavez, who strikes out. Cole Gillespie, who will pinch hit for James Jones, will try to keep the inning going as he strikes out to end the inning. 5-4 Boston.

Stephen Drew will start the 9th inning with a ground ball to Robinson C ano for an out. Jackie Bradley Jr is the next man to the plate and he flies out to Stephen Romero. Back to the top of the order for Brock Holt who strikes out to end the top of the inning. Koji Uehara will take over the pitching duties for the Red Sox. Robinson Cano will start the home half of the inning with a ground ball to Dustin Pedroia for an out. Kyle Seager is the next man to the plate and he singles. That brings Logan Morrison to the plate and he walks and Seager to second. With two on and one out Mike Zunino comes to bat and he strikes out. Dustin Ackley will try to keep the game going as he grounds out Brock Holt to end the game. 5-4 Boston.

 

The Seattle Mariners win their 5th in a row

25 Jun

xThe game starts as Erosme Ramirez steps onto the mound for the Seattle Mariners. Brock Holt will start the 1st inning with a fly ball to Dustin Ackley. Dustin Pedroia is the next man to the plate and he walks. That brings David Ortiz to the plate and he walks. With two men on bases Mike Napoli comes to the plate and he strikes out. With two on and two out Daniel Nava will come to the plate and he walks. With the bases loaded A.J. Perzynski comes to the plate and he grounds out to Robinson Cano to end the top of the inning. Endy Jake Peavy takes the mound for the Boston Red Sox. Chavez will start the home half of the inning with a single. James Jones will be the next man to the plate and he walks. That brings Robinson Cano to the plate and he flies out to Jackie Bradley Jr. With two on Kyle Seager comes to the plate and he doubles as Chavez scores and Jones to third. With two on Logan Morrison Steps up and he hits a sacrifice fly as Jones scores and Seager to third. With two out and one on Mike Zunino comes to the plate and he strikes out to end the 1st inning. 2-0 Mariners.

Xander Bogaerts will start the 2nd inning with a pop up to Logan Morrison for an out. Stephen Drew is the next man to the plate and he grounds out to Robinson Cano. That brings Jackie Bradley Jr to the plate and he singles. Back to the top of the order for Brock Holt who flies out to Dustin Ackley to the end the top of the inning. Dustin Ackley will start the home half of the inning with a fly ball to Brock Holt for an out. Brad Miller is the next man to the plate and he walks. That brings John Buck to the plate and he strikes out. Back to the top of the order for Endy Chavez who triples as Brad Miller scores. With a man on and two outs James Jones will come to the plate and he strikes out to end the 2nd inning. 3-0 Mariners.

Dustin Pedroia will start the 3rd inning with a ground ball to Logan Morrison for an out. David Ortiz is the next man to the plate and he walks. That brings Mike Napoli to the plate and he hits a fly ball to Dustin Ackley who makes a great attempt but the ball bounces out of his glove for a single and Ortiz to second. With two on Daniel Nava will come to the plate and he pops out into foul territory where Kyle Seager catches it. With two on and two out A.J. Perzynski steps up to the plate and he flies out Endy Chavez to end the top of the inning. Robinson Cano will start the home half of the inning with a pop up to Xander Bogaerts. Kyle Seager will be the next man to the plate and he flies out to Daniel Nava. That brings Logan Morrison to the plate and he singles. Mike Zunino will try to keep the inning going as he flies out to Daniel Nava to end the 3rd inning.

Xander Bogaerts will start the 4th inning with a singles. Stephen Drew is the next man to the plate and he flies out to James Jones. That brings Jackie Bradley Jr to the plate and he grounds out to Logan Morrison. Back to the top of the order for Brock Holt who hits a 2-run homer. With two out Dustin Pedroia steps up to the plate and he strikes out to end the top of the inning. Dustin Ackley will start the home half of the inning with a ground ball to Dustin Pedroia for an out. Brad Miller is the next man to the plate and he flies out to Daniel Nava. That brings John Buck to the plate and he pops up to Dustin Pedroia to end the 4th inning. 3-2 Mariners.

David Ortiz will start the 5th inning with a fly ball to Endy Chavez for an out. Mike Napoli is the next man to the plate and he singles. That brings Daniel Nava to the plate and he walks. Joe Beimel will take over the pitching duties for the Mariners. With two on A.J. Perzynski will come to the plate and he strikes out. With two on and two out Xander Bogaerts comes to the plate and he grounds out to Brad Miller to end the top of the inning. Endy Chavez will start the home half of the inning with a bunt for a single. James Jones is the next man to the plate and he hits a ground ball to Mike Napoli who throws out Endy Chavez for a fielder’s choice. That brings Robinson Cano to the plate and he singles as Jones takes third. With runners at the corners Kyle Seager comes to the plate and he hits a 3-run homer. With one out Logan Morrison steps to the plate and he flies out to Daniel Nava. Mike Zunino will try to keep the inning going as he hits a homerun. Dustin Ackley comes up and he flies out to Dustin Pedroia to end the 5th inning. 7-2 Mariners.

Stephen Drew will start the 6th inning with a ground ball to Robinson Cano for an out. Jackie Bradley Jr is the next man to the plate and he flies out to James Jones. Back to the top of the order for Brock Holt who doubles. Danny Farquhar will take over the pitching duties for the Mariners. Dustin Pedroia will try to keep the inning going as he strikes out to end the top of the inning. Felix Doubront will take over the pitching duties for the Red Sox. Brad Miller will start the home half of the inning with a strike out. John Buck is the next man to the plate and he pops to Dustin Pedroia. Back to the top of the order for Endy Chavez who flies out to Jackie Bradley Jr to end the 6th inning.

David Ortiz will start the 7th inning with a pop up to Brad Miller for an out. Mike Napoli is the next man to the plate and he walks. That brings Daniel Nava to the plate and he singles as Napoli takes third. Charlie Furbush will take over the pitching duties for the Mariners. With runners at the corners A.J. Perzynski steps up to the plate and he pops up into foul territory where it is caught by Kyle Seager. Xander Bogaerts will try to keep the inning going as he pops up into foul territory where it is caught by Logan Morrison to end the top half of the inning. James Jones will start the home half of the inning with a ground ball to Stephen Drew who over runs the ball for an error. Robinson Cano is the next man to the plate and he flies out to Jackie Bradley Jr. That brings Kyle Seager to the plate, James Jones steals second, and he flies out to Jackie Bradley Jr. Logan Morrison will try to keep the inning going, James Jones steals third, as he flies out to Jackie Bradley Jr on a ball that carries him to the wall to end the 7th inning.

Jonathan Herrera, will pinch hit for Stephen Drew, will start the 8th inning with a strike out. Jackie Bradley Jr is the next man to the plate and he singles. Back to the top of the order for Brock Holt who strikes out. Yoervis Medina will take over the pitching duties for the Mariners. That brings Dustin Pedroia to the plate and he flies out to James Jones to end the top of the inning. Edward Mujica will take over the pitching duties for the Red Sox. Mike Zunino will start the home half of the inning single. Dustin Ackley is the next man to the plate, Zunino to second on a passed ball, and he strikes out. That brings Brad Miller to the plate and he singles as Zunino scores. With one on and one out John Buck steps to the plate and he strikes out. Back to the top of the order for Endy Chavez who flies out to Jackie Bradley Jr to end the 8th inning. 8-2 Mariners.

David Ortiz will start the 9th inning with a strike out. Mike Napoli is the next man to the plate and he hits a bouncer in front of the plate that is fielded by Mike Zunino who throws him out. That brings Daniel Nava to the plate and he grounds out to Brad Miller to end the game. 8-2 Mariners.

 

Microsoft goes android with new smartphone

24 Jun

When Redmond-based Microsoft’s purchase of Nokia’s mobile division was finalized in April of this year there was a question about the fate of the Nokia X android-based smartphone. Nokia’s fromer CEO and now Microsoft executive Stephen Elop assured us that the smartphone line would continue. Then, Over the weekend Redmond-based Microsoft hinted that they would be coming out with a new version of the Nokia X smartphone. Earlier this morning Microsoft did indeed come out with their first android-based smartphone.

The new Nokia X2 bumps up the display size to 4.3” from 4”, The process will go from a 1GHz dual-core Snapdragon to the 1.2GHz dual-core Snapdragon 200 and the RAM will go from 512MB to 1GB. Other feature of the X2 are a 45-megapixel rear-facing camera, a VGA front-facing camera, talk time of up to 13 hours at 3G speeds and up to 10 hours at 2G speed.

Lumia is our primary smartphone strategy. At the same time we believe that everybody should have easy and direct access to the most popular Microsoft services, such as Outlook, OneDrive, Skype, and now also OneNote through Nokia Store,” said Jussi Nevanlinna, Microsoft vice president of marketing for mobile phones, in a blog post. “More people are now connected to the Microsoft cloud through Nokia X.”

Even though the Nokia X2 is an android-based its interface looks more like a Windows 8 smartphone. Beside the tile look on the home screen another similarity with Windows 8 is the all apps and search screen that can be accessed by swiping to the left. There is also a third screen called fastlane that can be accessed by swiping right from the home screen. At the bottom of the screen there are “back” and “home” buttons. With the “back” button you can access your past actions or all open apps. The “home” button as the name implies will take you back to your home screen from wherever you are on your smartphone.

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The Seattle Mariners and the King rule over the Red Sox

24 Jun

Riding high on a sweep of the Kansas City Royals the Seattle Mariners are hoping to carry that winning streak home as they begin a 3-game series against the Boston Red Sox. In the first game the Mariners will send their ace pitcher Felix Hernandez to the mound. Despite his stellar pitching Felix is looking to get his first win in almost a month that has seen little or no run support. Opposing the Mariners the Red Sox will be sending John Lackey to the mound.

Brock Holt will start the 1st inning with a strike out. Kander Bogaerts is the next man to the plate and he grounds out to Kyle Seager. That brings Dustin Pedroia to the plate and he hits ground ball to Brad Miller but he throws it wild passed Logan Morrison for a single and error. David Ortiz will try to keep the inning going and he singles as Pedroia scores. With one on Mike Napoli comes up and doubles as Ortiz takes third. With two of Daniel Nava steps up to the plate and he flies out to Dustin Ackley to end the top of the inning. Endy Chavez will start the home half of the inning with a single. James Jones is the next man to the plate and he hits a ground ball to Pedroia who turns a double play. That brings Robinson Cano to the plate and he grounds out to Bogaerts to end the 1st inning. 1-0 Boston.

A. J. Perzynski will start the 2nd with a line out to Dustin Ackley. Stephen Drew is the next man to the plate and he strikes out. That brings Jackie Bradley Jr to the plate and he pops up into foul territory where it is caught by Dustin Ackley to end the top of the inning. Kyle Seager will start the home half of the inning with a strike out. Logan Morrison is the next man to the plate and he hits a homerun to tie the game. That brings Mike Zunino to the plate and he strikes out. Dustin Ackley will try to keep the inning going and he grounds out to Stephen Drew to end the inning. Game tied at 1.

Brock Holt will start the 3rd inning with a ground ball to Logan Morrison for an out. Kander Bogaerts is the next man to the plate and he grounds out to Felix Hernandez. That brings Dustin Pedroia to the plate and he grounds out to Robinson Cano to end the top of the inning. Brad Miller will start the home half of the inning with a strike out. Willie Bloomquist is the next man to the plate and he grounds out to Pedroia. Back to the top of the order for Endy Chavez who grounds out to Stephen Drew to end the 3rd inning.

David Ortiz will start the 4th inning with a fly ball to Dustin Ackley for an out. Mike Napoli is the next man to the plate and he hits a homerun. That brings Daniel Nava to the plate and he strikes out. A. J. Perzynski will try to keep the inning going as he grounds out to Robinson Cano to end the top of the inning. James Jones will start the home half of the inning with a ground ball to Pedroia for an out. Robinson Cano is the next man to the plate and he has a ground-rule double. That brings Kyle Seager to the plate and he singles as Cano scores. With one on and one out Logan Morrison comes to the plate and he singles as Seager goes to third. With runners at the corners Mike Zunino steps to the plate and he walks to load the bases. With the sacks juiced Dustin Ackley comes to the plate and he hits a ground ball to Napoli who throws outMike Zunino as Kyle Seager scores. With runners at the corners and two outs Brad Miller comes to the plate, Logan Morrison scores on a wild pitch and Ackley to sexond, and he walks. Willie Bloomquist will be the 8th man to the plate and he singles to load the bases. Back to the top of the order for Endy Chavez who triples to clear the bases. Chris Capuano will take over the pitching duties for the Red Sox. James Jones will step in for his second at-bat of the inning with a grounds out to the pitcher to end the 4th inning. 7-2 Mariners.

Stephen Drew will start the 5th inning with a strike out. Jackie Bradley Jr is the necxt man to the plate and he grounds out to Kyle Seager. Back to the top of the order for Brock Holt who grounds out to Logan Morrison to end the top of the inning. Robinson Cano will start the home half of the inning with a fly ball to Stephen Drew for an out. Kyle Seager is the next man to the plate and he double. That brings Logan Morrison to the plate, Seager to third on a wild pitch, and he singles as Seager scores. With one on Mike Zunino comes to the plate and he strikes out. Dustin Ackley will try to keep the inning going as he strikes out to end the 5th inning. 8-2 Mariners.

Kander Bogaerts will start the 6th inning with a strike out. Dustin Pedroia is the next man to the plate and he singles. That brings David Ortiz to the plate and he pops out to Brad Miller. Mike Napoli will try to keep the inning going as he pops up into foul territory where it is caught by Robinson Cano to end the top of the inning. Brad Miller will start the home half of the inning with a strike out. Willie Bloomquist is the next man to the plate and he flies out to Brock Holt. Back to the top of the order for Endy Chavez who flies out to Jackie Baradley Jr. to end the 6th inning.

Daniel Nava will start the 7th inning with a sisngle. A. J Perzynski is the next man to the plate and he strikes out. That brings Stephen Drew to the plate, Nave to second on a wild pitch, and he crounds out to Brad Miller as Nava goes to third. Jackie Bradley Jr will try to keep the inning going as he pops up to Brad Miller to end the top of the inning. James Jones will start the home half of the inning with a ground-rule double. Robinson Cano is the next man to the plate and he singles as James Jones scores. That brings Kyle Seager to the plate, Robinson Cano to second on a wild pitch, and he singles as Cano scores. With a man on bases Logan Morrison steps up to the plate and he has a 2-run homer. Craig Breslow will take over the pitching duties for the Red Sox. With no out Mike Zunino is the 5th man to the plate and he doubles. Dustin Ackley comes to the plate and he walks. With two on and no outs Brad Miller comes to the plate, Stephen Romero to pinch run, and he grounds into a fielder’s choice as Romero takes third. With runners at the corners Willie Bloomquist steps to the plate and he strikes out. Back to the top of the order for Cole Gillespie, pinch hitting for Endy Chavez, who walks to load the bases. With the sacks full James Jones will take his second at-bat of the inning and he grounds out to Dustin Pedroia to end the 7th inning. 12-2 Mariners.

Dominic Leone takes over the pitching duties for the Mariners. Brad Host will start the 8th inning with a strike out. Kander Bogaerts is the next man to the plate and he strikes out. That brings Dustin Perdoia to the plate and he flies out to Stephen Romero to end the top of the inning. Robinson Cano will start the home half of the inning with a ground ball to Herrera for an out. Kyle Seager is the next man to the plate and he flies out to Brock Holt. That brings Logan Morrison to the plate and he walks. Mike Zunino will try to keep the inning going as he flies out to Brock Holt to end the 8th inning.

Tom Wilhelmsen will take over the pitching duties for the Mariners. David Ortiz will start the 9th inning with a fly ball to Stephen Romero for an out but it is overturned on appeal for a base hit. Johnny Gnomes comes up for his first at-bat of the game and he is hit by a pitch. That brings Daniel Nava to the plate and he hits a ground ball to Brad Miller as he throws out Gnomes for a fielder’s choice. A.J. Perzynski comes to the plate and hits a sacrifice fly as Ortiz scores. Stephen Drew will try to keep the inning going as he strikes out to end the game.

 

Review: Terror Train

23 Jun

From the mind of A. Henry Keene The Terror Train is wonderfully twisted anthology of train inspired horror short stories and poems by various authors. From the departure call we are brought into a world where demonic steel dragons ride the rail carrying cursed souls to suffer through the fates in store for them. You will spends hours absorbed in each story and poem as they conger up vivid imagery of ghost doomed to relive a nightmare of their own creation, murderous creatures and demon-possessed trains that feed on human souls. As you continue your ride you find your senses permeated the sights, sounds and smells of the horrors that wait in shadows of your mind.

The dialog that the characters in a story speak can be a big part of the reading experience and in Terror Train the sometimes harsh and even vulgar language just adds to richness of the situations that these seemingly ordinary people find themselves thrust into either by chance, a bad decision or twist of fate.

As the theme of the book implies trains a often the main characters in these storie and poems. Some of the best examples are the living, demonic train in Lonely Train a Comin’ that infused itself with its past victim only to uses them to attack current victims or the evil Lilith that consumes its victims to power it on its journeys.

A. Henry Keene & Kista Clark Grabowski did a great job of editing this book to keep the readers imagination reeling from beginning to end. The way they mix these stories and poems you on edge not know whether the next train will take them to find a lost love or claim your soul to power it to travel on to find its next victim.

I would highly recommend this to anyone that is a fan of anthology series, such as, Tales from the dark side, Creepshow, The whisler, enjoys reading the likes of Edger Allen Poe or just hearing scary stories around a camp fire. If you fit into any of those categories then Terror Train you will find yourself reading and re-reading each entry in this thrilling book.