Kona Village Resort

The amazing and relaxing Kona Village Resort is
located on the western coast of the Big Island of
Hawaii. Offering you breathtaking views and plenty
of things to do, the Kona Village Resort is a
beach vacation come true.

If you are planning to relax, unwind from the
pressures of life, and get closer to nature, Kona
Village Resort is the ideal place to go. This
vacation resort caters to couples seeking romance
as well as families looking to spend quality vacation
time together.

The Polynesian style cottages have no phones or
television sets. This way, guests can spend their
days trying out new activities, exploring the rich
Hawaiian marine life in the bay, or just spend time
relaxing time on the beach.

The resort offers 125 individual bungalows that
are spread out across 82 tropical acres. They are
all different in style, size, and view. The south
side of the resort offers palm trees and tropical
foliage, while the lagoon side features wildlife,
and the north side features a unique lava flow.

When it comes to dinner, you’ll have a choice of
two oceanfront restaurants. The cuisine is light
with an emphasis on fresh island vegetables and
fish. On Friday, the resort hosts the infamous
and legendary Lu’au, which has been a Hawaiian
tradition for many years.

The Kona Village Resort is located on 82 acres
of tropical heaven with a large beach – private
for guests. You can explore the resort bay
that is teeming with wildlife, including the
Hawaiian grean sea turtles and blue tangs.

If you visit the resort between December and April,
you may even catch the North Pacific humpback
whales as they migrate from Alaska to Hawaii –
right off the beach. Almost every night at the
resort, you can see the manta rays swim into the
light in front of the Hale Moana restaurant.

There are several different activities to choose
from here as well, including snorkeling, kayaking,
and sailing. The Kona Village resort will even
organize daily volleyball games and glass bottom
boat tours. If you choose, you can even play
tennis, go fishing, or even scuba diving – in
the crystal clear Hawaii water.

The Kona Village Resort in Hawaii is another fine
example of everything Hawaii has to offer you on
your beach vacation. Hawaii is a beach vacation
paradise, with something for the entire family.
If you’ve been looking for the ideal vacation spot,
Kona Village is where you’ll want to spend almost
all of your time.


Panasonic High Definition

With the growing popularity of the variable frame rate
VariCam HD Cinema cameras, HD production is on the
verge of changing HD video cameras as we know it. The
low cost 24p editing and finishing on the desktop, is
what Panasonic likes to call a VariDigm shift.

It all starts inside of the camera. The AJ-HDC27 from
Panasonic replicates several of the key features of
film based acquisition, which includes 24 frame
progressive scan images, time lapsed recording, and a
wide range of film rates for amazing camera effects.
The VariCam also comes with CineGamma software that
permits Panasonic’s HD Cinema camera systems to
match the latitude of film stocks and effects.

Even though it all starts inside of the camera, it
doesn’t stop there. HD has been showing up in many
more places besides HDTV. Panasonic is leading the
way with compact and affordable HD products. All
across the world, you’ll see Panasonic launching
HD products that are among the best and very affordable.

If your digital plans call for a transition to DTV
first then HDTV later on down the road, or if you plan
to take your station HD now, Panasonic has you
covered by making HD both flexible and affordable.

Whether your next commercial is a 30 second spot for
TV or a two minute commercial, shoot it on DVCPRO HD
without having to sacrifice quality. The 24P at 720
progressive resolution from Panasonic makes this
very possible.

Corporate needs
The coporate level presentations demand the highest
level of image quality. Professional presentations
begin with 720p and 1080i cameras from Panasonic.
By starting with the highest image quality available,
Panasonic ensures that you’ll have everything you
need to exceed your corporate needs and demands.

JVC And The First High Def Camera

The amazing company of JVC (Victor Company of Japan)
released the first high definition video camera for
consumers back in 2003. The GR-HD1 high def camera
was the first digital video camera in the world to
record and play back high definition images.

By utilizing a newly developed 1/3 inch type 1.18
million pixel progressive scan CCD and JVC type
processing, the new camera records and plays back
750/30p digital high definition and 525p progressive
wide screen images to mini DV tape.

The GR-HD1 is was the first digital video camera in
the world to record and play back high definition
video and images. The GR-HD1 records digital images
to mini DV tapes using MPEG 2 compression, recording
and playing back digital high definition images
while still maintaining conventional 525i DV
standard recording times.

The GR-HD1 also comes with an optical 10X zoom lens
and a built in optical image stabilizer. It also
uses a newly developed 1/3 inch type 1.18 million
pixel (1.14 million effective pixels) progressive
scan CCD. Due to the JVC original signal
processing circuitry and driving system, it can
record muti format high quality images.

There are three recording modes; HD mode, SD
mode, and DV mode that are based according to
the camera operators requirements.

The HD mode records 750/30p digital high definition
images, SD mode 525p progressive wide images, DV
mode at the conventional 525i DV standard. This
way, camera users can freely choose among the 3
modes according to their specific requirements.

Even though it was the first high definition
video camera to release to consumers, the GR-HD1
is still a very impressive camera. It has a
slew of other features, which are sure to please
camera lovers everywhere.

What Makes A Great Game:

A Gentle Reminder for Programmers
It’s easy to get lost in all the details of building a great video or computer game – so easy in fact, that we can forget the parts of a game that make them fun to play. The following serves as a gentle reminder of what prompts players to play games in the first place. Refer to this reminder in the event that you get bogged down or distracted with confusing C++ syntax, or lines and lines of Visual Basic statements and DLL structures.

1. Remember the player is the main character. Here’s a secret between you and me: People play games to gain a sense of control. If you can manage to program your game in a way that puts the player in control, then you’ve already won half the battle. This doesn’t mean to suggest that the game should be easy. It simply means that when a gamer runs home from school or drives home from work to play a video game, she wants to feel the control that she didn’t have during the hours between nine and five. The outcome of a game – whether it’s a win or a loss – should never be random, but the result of a good, controlled game play instead.

2. KISS. Remember that acronym? It stands for Keep It Simple Stupid. We all know that programming a game is hard business, but believe us when we say we don’t want to be reminded of it. The difficulty of programming a game should never be part of the game play so when possible, make the game easy to start, easy to navigate, and of course, easy to play. We’re not asking for pre-school strategy here, but on the other hand, we don’t want to feel as dumb as a pre-schooler either. Forget the hundred page manual. Nobody except the truly obsessed is going to read it anyway. Build your game for the average Joe and everyone will be your fan.

3. Add plenty of action. And add lots of it too. The more action you add to your game, the more attention players will pay attention to it. And the more that players pay attention to your game, the more addictive your game gets. For every action that a player’s character makes, have the game react and then prompt the player for more.

4. Make the story a good one. Nothing is worse than playing a game only to wonder what you’re doing and why. Purpose is and always has been a human obsession. But without it, we’re left wandering… in the darkness… wondering bizarre things like how the house would look in a coat of bright pink paint. Don’t give your players the opportunity to waste time like that. Give them a mission and make sure your game reminds them what the mission is at opportune times and why they must complete it.

5. Give us eye candy. But make it relevant. The graphics in a game shouldn’t be distracting, they should make our eyeballs glaze over with satisfaction upon seeing them, and then salivate for more. Graphics should contain clues and entice us further and further into the game until we’ve beaten the thing.

6. Make it real. Fantasy games are okay, but what makes them cool is the fact that they’re realistic. It’s hard to get into something that isn’t familiar or that there’s no way we could ever experience. But if you can implement some reality into your games, players will appreciate it and relate to it on a whole new respectable level.

Using a GPS to Find the Car Show

How are you supposed to ensure that you do not possibly get lost on the way to the car show? Aside from asking plenty of questions about location before the show, you can always use the newest gadgets on the market the GPS to help you locate the exact location. Some GPS devices are updated continuously, which will allow you to search for areas of interest, and under this category you may discover that the car show you are looking for is located.

Otherwise, you may need to type in the address you are looking for. While the GPS device seems expensive they are really quite convenient, and for those who are attending tons of car shows they can be a great investment. After all, how many times have you driven around aimlessly while you search for the elusive event? Most people experience this quite often, especially when they are trying to determine a location in an area that they are not familiar with.

You are certainly not alone in getting lost, and you probably will be lost numerous times trying to search for different shows. It is especially important that you be on time for the car shows if you are one of the exhibitors. Most car shows do not take kindly to people showing up late, this can be a dangerous and especially stressful situation. Using the GPS system to your advantage can help you ensure that you are always at the correct place, at the correct time.

Not all shows are able or willing to give detailed directions on how to get to the car show; this often leaves you stranded at the last minute trying to find where you are supposed to be, especially when you are expected to attend early and set things up for your car. If you do not use a GPS, it would be advisable to print out directions using an online service such as Yahoo! Maps, or even MapQuest to help you ensure that you are going to the correct destination.

In addition, try to drive by the location for the car show in advance if it is in an area that you are not familiar with, this will help you to ensure that you are well on your way to being there on time, and fully prepared for everything. Failing to be to the show in advance can result in your vehicle being disqualified from the competition, or worse yet you not being able to participate at all. These are never good results and if you are well aware of where you are going in advance, you can help avoid these problems.

In the event that you are not able to drive by the location in advance it is also wise to check for a phone number of someone in charge of the event, this will allow you to easily call someone in the event of an emergency and ensure that your place is still being held.

After all, accidents and emergencies do occur and you do not want to lose your position for any reason. Using the tools that are available to you can help ensure that you are on time and fully prepared for any car show no matter where it is located. So kick back, enjoy the trip and have a lot of fun at the show knowing you will not be late.


What’s Up With Playstation 2 and 3?

A Guide of What’s Available for SCEA’s Playstation 2, Playstation 3, and the PSP System

The Playstation Systems. As number three in a line of Playstation products, Playstation 3 ($599.99) boasts new parallel processing that enables broadband multiplayer action. It’s built in Blu-Ray disc drive promises high definition gaming, tons of media storage, streaming videos, music and an online service leaving you little to desire.

It’s predecessor, system number two, sells for only $19.99 and networks as well (just not as fast as system number three). With over 1,400 games to choose from, it’s hard to argue against this bargain.

PSP is hot again ($169.99) and integrates 3D gaming on widescreen with high fidelity stereo music, full motion video, communication and wireless networking.

Playstation 2 Accessories. If you’re still “old schooling” your Playstation, then you’ll enjoy Playstation’s Dual Shock 2 Analog Controller ($24.99), Wireless NERF controller ($29.99), or it’s 8MB memory card ($24.99). But the music doesn’t stop there. It plays on with the SingStar Pop game and accessory pack ($49.99) or the Guitar Hero II ($79.99).

Playstation 3 Accessories. What’s required? The Playstation 3 system sports two different kinds of controllers: a standard Chillstream controller ($39.99) and a Sixaxis Wireless controller ($49.99). Combined with the Blu-ray remote control ($24.99), you can have complete domination over your system in no time.

PSP Accessories. Never interrupt your game play again with a 2GB Memory Stick Pro Duo ($69.99) or 4Gb Memory Stick Pro Duo ($109.99). Carry your handheld in a Platinum Pack ($19.99) or Traveler Case ($19.99). And don’t forget a carry all for your media ($14.99). PSP’s Media Manager ($24.99) will keep you organized as well.

Playstation Games. Looking for games? We’ve separated this part of our guide into two sections: one for children and one for adults. Use caution when purchasing Playstation games for players under 18 years of age.

Playstation 2 Games

MLB 07: The Show $59.99
ATV 4: Off Road Fury $39.99
Meet the Robinsons $29.99
Dance Dance Revolution: supernova $39.99
Durnout: Dominator $39.99
NBS Street Homecourt $59.99

Shadow of the Colossus $19.99
God of War $19.99
Gran Turismo 4 $19.99
Socum U.S. Navy Seals Combines Assault $39.99
Rogue Galaxy $39.99
God of War II $49.99
Destroy All Humans! 2 $39.99
Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories $19.99
Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas $19.99
Medal of Honor: Vanguard $39.99
Dawn of Mana $39.99
Elder Scrolls IV Oblivion $59.99
Resistance: Fall of Man $59.99
MotorStorm $59.99

Playstation 3 Games

MLB 07: The Show $59.99
NBS Street Homecourt $59.99


Elder Scrolls IV Oblivion $59.99
Resistance: Fall of Man $59.99
MotorStorm $59.99

NOTE: Elder Scrolls IV Oblivion is works with all Playstations and is a game

Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter 2

PSP Games

Ultimate Board Game Collection $39.99
Street Horizon $39.99
MLB 07: The Show $39.99
Rachet & Clank: Size Matters $39.99
Midnight Club 3: DUB Edition 19.99
Full Auto 2: Battlelines: $39.99

NOTE: Street Horizon brings both turn-based and real-time strategy game play.


300: March to Glory: $29.99
Socum U.S. Navy Seals Combines Assault $39.99
After Burner Black Falcon $39.99
Dragonball Z Shin Budokai Another Road $39.99
The Warriors $19.99
Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories $29.99
Prince of Persia: Rival Swords $39.99
Rocky Balboa $39.99

Dungeons & Dragons: Tactics
Ghost Recon: Advanced Warfighter 2

The American Cowboy

Americans have a unique vision of themselves and their role in the world. Unlike perhaps any other peoples in history, Americans see themselves as people of destiny and a people who were put here to do something phenomenal and something significant for history and for all peoples of the earth. This unique self-concept, sometimes perceived as arrogance, is deeply grounded in a set of archetypes that Americans use to form their vision of themselves in the world. And no other archetype is as powerful in the American psyche than that of the cowboy.

The actual American cowboy was indeed a unique individual. While probably not as noble and ruggedly handsome as the images created of him in the movies, they were unique types of men who carved out a civilization from the rugged wilderness that was the American west in the years before the turn of the last century.

Some of the reasons that the image of the cowboy sometimes includes elements of the outlaw and the loner is that much of the legend of the cowboy came from stories of refugees from the broken southern army who took to the life of the cowboy rather than attempt to integrate into a society that included making peace with “the Yankee”. And that type of individual certainly did account for many of the outlaws who went on to become the stuff of legend and stories even to this day.

The renegade and loner image combined with the rough life of an actual cowboy whose job it was to guide those huge herds of cattle along trails such as the historic Cumberland trail where they could be sold to become the steaks, leather and other goods that were sold in rustic American stores of the time. This was a difficult life and the stories of the trail make up many history books for sure. But far more of the stories of the trail are glorifications of that lifestyle that must have been difficult indeed.

But the image of the cowboy was also something that grew larger than what the actual lifestyle of those simple but rugged men must have lived in the American west. It was an image that pulled together heroes as far flung as the Australian Gaucho cowboy, the Japanese Samurai and a knight in King Arthur’s court. It was an image of a man who demonstrated the rugged individualism that all Americans consider to be one of the central unifying traits that makes America great.

The cowboy image is one that even has its influence as high in the social strata of America that it influences the presidency. It is said that there is a tradition for any president when he first is elected and comes to Washington to begin learning this big new job. Tradition h olds that each president has as part of their early duties to sit down and watch the movie High Noon. They say that President Clinton watched it dozens of times in his early years. If this is true, it accounts for how often a new president seems to grow and change in the office and becomes his own version of the great American hero that is depicted in that movie. The American cowboy defends the virtue of the weak and helpless. He is a staunch defender of families and those in society who are trying to carve out a home in a difficult world. As such, the American cowboy fits with the “superhero” image that also appeals to the American system of justice and morality and values.

Even the star wars epic films were fundamentally grounded in the legend of the cowboy. The cowboy concept grew up from a history of our country that included the settling of a big land and the settling of a wilderness that pit the god given will and intellect of man against God’s creation. And it was the will of man that prevailed. That is why American’s admire the cowboy because he represents their own struggles for greatness, for success and to be a heroic figure at least for their families, home towns and churches. And that desire so deeply rooted in the culture of American history will always be what makes America and Americans great.

A Video Game Environment of Your Own Keep out Ma’

Have you ever fantasized about building a video game environment of your own? A place where you and your friends could spend hours and hours playing your favorite games without interruption? Or how about a place that really shows off your game fetish? It’s really pretty simple to create such a place and you don’t need to rent out a video game hall to do it. This article will introduce a few ideas you can use to build the ultimate gaming center.

The first thing that you want to do is maintain a happy household if you’re family member. Trying to play a mean game of Super Mario Tetris or Halo 2 can be impossible with kids running around the house and screaming bloody murder. You won’t be able to enjoy the latest role-playing game when the wife’s nagging you about bills or undone chores too. Keep a happy home, keep a happy marriage, and your time spent playing video games is heaven away from heaven.

It’s no secret that some games require as much concentration and focus as when studying for a calculus exam – and there’s nothing more frustrating than when you can’t figure out how to get through to “the next level” of a game. This is no time to be distracted and if home life isn’t what it could be, you’ll never be able to concentrate on your game. Strive to make home a place to unwind first – then work on enjoying your games.

You can next dedicate a place in your home as your exclusive game room. This will not only emphasis the importance that gaming is to you (and to your family members), it will also become conducive to the mentality that you need to play a fun and relaxing (albeit, serious game). Budget permitting, decorate the room with all the amenities that you want. You could add a recliner (or two for your friends), a small stand to hold snacks, a bookcase for your games, and you could even add a small refrigerator and microwave (just in case). Your intent here is to declare the space as yours and that it serves only one purpose: pure gaming pleasure.

What you’re after is a place that’s completely and totally pleasing to you, both aesthetically and functionally so that you’ll enjoy your time there.

With your own space dedicated to gaming, you’ll want to do what’s necessary to maintain it and keep it in a condition that’s inviting not only for yourself, but for others as well. Keep your equipment and games clean. Take care to keep wires from tangling and organize your magazine subscriptions, books, or Internet cheatsheet printouts. Maintenance is a task that doesn’t have to burden you as long as you make a daily routine of it. The advantages of keeping a regular maintenance schedule shows that this space is important to you and that you have a right to keep it that way.

But take special care not to alienate yourself from the rest of your family. We all can have a favorite hobby and we can even dedicate a special area of the home to that hobby. However it’s extremely important to regard this place as a haven – not a hide out. It’s not an area to hide from the kids, it’s not a place to shun home responsibilities, and it’s not a place to live. If this special space is approached in the latter manner, you’ll soon discover it as a place of resentment, uncontrollable habit, or even depression. Be careful, schedule time with the family, and enter your playroom at appropriate times. Cooperation from others will then come naturally.


Abraham Lincoln

We would like to think all of our presidents of the United States were truly great men and to be sure, just handling the awesome responsibility of the presidency takes a special kind of individual. One of the unique and great things about the system of government in America is the concept of citizen leadership. This is the idea of an ordinary citizen rising up and becoming president for a while and then returning to private life.

But of the handful of men who have held that office, a few have stood out for their great achievements and leadership in a time that changed the country for ever. And one of these truly great presidents was Abraham Lincoln. Probably more than any other president, Lincoln had to handle an internal civil war that was far more than shouting and name calling. This was a dispute that could have torn the country in half and starting a rupturing that could have resulted in dozens of small weak independent states instead of the powerful nation we know as America today.

It was Lincoln’s leadership, his commitment to values and his strong moral fiber that made it possible for America to find its way through that war and then to begin the healing process that would eventually lead the nation back to unity once again. Lincoln’s term of service from 1860 until his death was one of considerable challenge. If he only had the problem of dealing with the attempt by the south to succeed from the union and his ability to keep those states as part of the American national territory, he would be lauded as a great American indeed.

One of the little known leadership styles that Lincoln used to his advantage in the organization of his presidency was his appointment of talented national figures from opposing political parties to be part of his cabinet. Lincoln felt that he needed to have close advisors from the opposing viewpoint to keep from having his presidency become insulated from the American people and one sided. By gathering members of the “loyal opposition” into his trusted inner circle, Lincoln was always aware of both sides of every issue which made him a stronger leader.

But that is not even his greatest accomplishment or the one that we remember him for the most. His bold and unchanging opposition to slavery is without any doubt his greatest contribution to the history of America and indeed to world history as well. When he was willing to put everything on the line to stop this barbaric social sin, Lincoln made a stand, against the popular opinion of the time in many cases that he would be the figure to bring slavery to an end.

It was not a stand that came without cost. The civil war was one of the bloodiest and costliest in the nation’s history if for no other reason than all casualties; on both sides were casualties of America. It would take many decades for the ravages of that horrible war to be repaired. The schism between north and south continued for decades and is still a part of our national personality in this country.

But the end result was what Lincoln wanted to be his legacy. By issuing the Emancipation Proclamation to make the end of slavery permanent, Lincoln followed that up with the passing of the 13th, 14th and 15th amendments which made permanent the freedoms that were hard fought and won in the Civil War.

The freedom that was won for so many black Americans in that war permanently enshrined the memory of Abraham Lincoln as one of our greatest presidents in the hearts and minds of all Americans. Small wonder the monument honoring him on Washington’s national mall is one of the most revered spots in the nation and one that thousands flock to each year to give respect for this great president that made liberty and freedom a reality for all Americans, not just a few. And his face on Mount Rushmore is well deserved so the very mountain itself shouts out, this is one of the greatest leaders in the history of this great country.

Laptop Tips And Tricks Anyone Can Use

There are too many options to choose from when it comes to laptops. Ranging from specs you have no idea about or brands you have never heard of, it can all feel overwhelming. Instead of making hasty decisions that clearly won’t benefit you, use the tips from this article to acquire the laptop of your dreams.

When you need to buy a laptop, do so with your credit card if at all possible. Since there are many laws in place to protect consumers when they purchase big ticket items with a card, your investment will be safer. Should something be wrong with your new machine and the vendor isn’t cooperative, contact the card issuer immediately.

Make sure your laptop has a quality sound system. There are lots of laptops with skimpy sound systems. If you don’t know it up front, you’ll discover it when you are trying to watch a movie or listen to music. Ensure you listen to how the laptop sounds before buying it.

To keep your laptop computer screen clean and dust free, simply wipe it gently with a soft cloth or tissue moistened with water. Follow with a dry cloth or tissues to remove any moisture. Avoid using harsh household cleaners that can cause damage to the delicate surface of your screen.

Get a case when you get your laptop. This will prevent wear and tear on your investment, and will also allow you to keep papers and a few other miscellaneous items on hand for when you use your laptop. The case is also an easier way to carry your laptop when you’re not home.

Memory is an important consideration when buying a laptop. Having a lack of memory will slow or halt your work processes. Try to figure out the amount of memory in your prospective model, and try to verify if you can upgrade it later on. The more memory it has, the more efficient it will run.

Avoid wanting a laptop just because of its brand name. While it is true that good companies have good products, they may be charging you way too much. When you understand what is in the laptop, you can make a more reasonable decision. Lesser-known companies sometimes offer great products.

It is not easy to buy a great laptop in such an over-saturated market. There are so many things to consider when it comes to the subject of laptops, so it is no wonder that you’re overwhelmed. Hopefully, the tips from this article have helped you get your feet wet in the world of laptops.