Kamis, 23 Desember 2010

A Guide To Starcraft 2 Terran Units

By Terrence Lee Miller


The terran marine is the primary fighting unit that you will have obtainable in a game of Starcraft 2. In contrast to some RTS games, the tier 1 units in SC 2 could be helpful throughout the whole game and not simply in the early game. Marines are extremely versatile terran units, able to shoot from range at both ground and air units. They have been in the original Starcraft, however in SC 2 they have new upgrades that make them even better in the late game.


The Terran Marauder is a new unit in Starcraft 2. The unit shoots punisher grenades that are extraordinarily efficient against heavily armored units. Marauders are very efficient in the early and late games and make great support units. Sadly, Marauders can only shoot other ground units, anything that can attack them from the air will get to attack them freely in the event that they have no support. They are armored units themselves and have lots of hp so that they make nice meat shields to take hits geared toward your marines.


The Ghost is a Terran unit that was present in StarCraft 1, and has made the transition over to StarCraft 2. It's a very high value unit, costing one hundred fifty Minerals and 150 Vespene Gas, but greater than makes up for this with the abilities it could actually deliver to the battlefield. Only some Ghosts ought to ever be built as they don't scale effectively with high numbers, and you'll be wasting assets building lots of them. 2 or three on the battlefield should suffice. They come with a number of talents that can be utilized offensively or defensively.


The Reapers have one of the vital attention-grabbing abilities out of all of the models in Starcraft 2 - Cliffjumping. This allows the Reaper to leap up and down cliffs, giving it a significant advantage in battle as it may outrun opponents and go to places different units can not reach. They're also equipped to deal bonus damage to light armored enemies and are a fantastic type of harassment early game. They also throw specialised grenades towards structures.


The Hellion is among the quickest units in the game and so should be used primarily for his or her speed to assault enemy units, and harass enemy workers. The Hellion deals damage in a flaming straight line from the turret of the car and so if a group of units is clustered together, the Hellion can deal some serious damage to them. They are pretty low-cost to build, only costing 100 Minerals, and are constructed from the Factory structure.

Siege Tank

The Terran Siege Tank is a really highly effective Terran Mech Unit, and one which will probably be constantly used across many types of match scenarios. Offensively and Defensively it is one of the best Terran Units and one that may win games if used correctly. It has the best range of any unit although immobile, they pack a robust punch against groups of enemies.


The Thor is an incredibly costly unit, and subsequently needs to be used appropriately to get essentially the most out of it. You can't afford to lose these in battles prematurely as that will probably be a waste of loads of resources. They're a succesful ground and anti air unit that is most efficient in opposition to armored units. They have a large hitpoint pool and may take lots of hits earlier than taking place, making them pure tanks. They've a particular artillery barrage that allows them closely damage a single unit or structure.


The Medivac is a unit you'll be using quite a bit in case you are a dedicated Terran player. It is one of the strongest support units available to the Terran race, in a position to heal any biological items in its range. In addition to this, the Medivac may also act as a dropship, in a position to transport units throughout the battlefield.


The Viking is the primary air unit you will be able to pick up as the Terrans, and consequently is one which you can be using an important deal. Primarily it is going to hearth air to air missiles at different air units, and in that capacity is a robust anti air fighter. Where the Viking excels nevertheless is in its ability to be able to remodel into a light-weight ground unit, able to target ground units with its Gatling Cannons.


The Banshee is the second Terran Air Unit you could construct, but is primarily an air to ground unit - It will possibly't attack other air units. Consequently, you will want to ensure that if you're bringing the Banshee right into a raid which has enemy air units, that they're nicely protected with Vikings and Battlecruisers.


The Raven is a really interesting Terran assist unit that has no direct attack mode. It has to rely on its special skills to do harm to enemy units and supply support. Consequently, this unit requires a lot of micro management to be used nicely, nevertheless in the best hands a Raven can show to be a devastating unit. It can drop turrets to harass enemies or probes to shoot down enemy projectiles. They're additionally capable of detect stealth units and may launch a laser guided AOE bomb in direction of an enemy group.


The Battlecruiser is a large Terran Air unit and consequently is among the most powerful Terran units you possibly can build. It is rather slow moving, nevertheless comes with a massive 550 health points, giving it probably the most health of any Terran unit in game.

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NASCAR Legend David Pearson: The Silver Fox

By Ross Everett

While there are a number of challenging tracks on the NASCAR stock car racing circuit, few have earned the fearsome reputation of South Carolina's Darlington Raceway. Known as 'the track too tough to tame', its shaped like an egg with a surface that shreds tires. Some of the best drivers--including NASCAR's 'King' Richard Petty never mastered it. David Person, on the other hand, dominated at Darlington. He won 10 races and won 12 poles--both records that will likely never be broken. He actually made the 'track too tough to tame' look downright easy.

David Pearson was born on December 22,1934 in Whitney, SC--a textile town near Spartanburg. Like most of the locals, his parents worked in the local cotton mill and did their best to provide. David dropped out of school after the 10th grade to work in the mill, but soon quit that life as well--he was drawn to racing cars and began running at short tracks in the Carolinas. He ran his first race on 9/19/52 in Woodruff South Carolina. Within a few years, he won his first championship at the Greenville/Pickens Speedway in'59.

Pearson never sought out stock car racing immortality, but some of his friends had other ideas. They began raising money to buy a car to race in the NASCAR Grand National series (the forerunner to today's Sprint Cup). With a patchwork of financial backing, David began racing a limited schedule on the Grand National circuit and was named the'60 rookie of the year. In'61,he attracted sponsors and started to race a full time schedule. Not long after, he was considered among the best in the sport winning Grand National titles in'66,'68 and'69.

In'72, he started driving for the Wood Brothers in the #21 car that he was to make a legend. In'73, he won 11 races in' starts"an incredible feat even by today's standards. He cut back his schedule in those years to focus on superpeedways. Through the end of the'70s, Pearson won 43 races. In addition to his mastery of Darlington, he posted remarkable numbers all over the circuit. He is one of two men to have won more than 100 races, and his 105 is second only to The King Richard Petty's 200 wins. Hes also second on career poles (113) to Petty. Head to head, however, he has a slight edge over NASCARs legendary King: in races where he and Petty finished 1-2, Pearson won 33 to Petty's 30. His 11 consecutive poles at Charlotte is a feat that will likely never be matched. Another record that may never be broken is his'.29% winning percentage, as well as his record of starting from the pole in 20% of the races he ran.

In March, 2000, SC Highway 221 through Spartanburg County was renamed David Pearson Boulevard in his honor. He lives in Spartanburg to this day. Pearson still takes to the track occasionally--he and current NASCAR driver Carl Edwards were the first to race on the newly repaved Darlington Raceway last Spring. We should all hope to be able to run with a 20 something NASCAR driver when we're in our mid 70's. Incidentally, he got the nickname Silver Fox due to his prematurely gray hair and cunning style behind the wheel.

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How Can I Download XBOX Games Online? It's Actually Easy!

By Grant Dougan

Without question the XBOX 360 has become one of the most popular game systems ever launched They keep selling and there's plenty of incredible games that keep being launched. Today we wanted to show you how you can find XBOX 360 game downloads online and play them on your machine.

Obviously, the big benefit to using XBOX downloads is that you don't have to shell out money for each game you get. You can save a ton of cash and you don't even have to leave your house whenever you are going to pick up a new game!

Now first off, we should warn you that there are certain websites out there that claim to offer free XBOX downloads if you install some type of software. Please steer clear of these! It isn't safe to use these websites for a number of reasons.

There's a big risk of getting a virus and you're almost doomed to have spyware installed on your computer when you utilize these sites.. You will also find that nearly all of the games don't even work and the download speeds are very sluggish. You can waste a lot of time and place PC in harm's way.

To avoid these problems you will want to register as a member at a specialty XBOX 360 game download website. These internet sites are established by professional businesses and offer unlimited XBOX 360 game downloads to their members.

We should mention that you can also find other downloads at these internet sites. You access to download other media files such as TV shows and music that can be used on your XBOX.

The cost to become a member at these internet sites is ordinarily about $50 or so. Considering it costs over that to buy just one video game at the store, it's a tremendous deal. The membership fee is only billed once and provides you with unlimited XBOX 360 game downloads. You just login and browse through the games and pick the ones you want. The site will provide any programs you need to transfer the games onto your XBOX 360.

Downloading XBOX 360 games is the simplest and cheapest way to find new games for your XBOX. Once you start doing it, you won't be able to stop!

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Audition Day: How to Prepare

By Don Turner

If you want to be famous, or become a successful artist, you can shoot for Broadway, or be in a band and be discovered, or become a solo artist who sings and dances. You can be any of these, as long as you have the skills and the talent, plus the right amount of guts. But, bear in mind that you can't become famous in just one day. It takes time, even for the big stars like Jackie Chan, Bruce Lee, Bono, and Justin Bieber. All of them underwent intense training. Maybe you could improve by just practicing alone at home, but chances are, you will come out short.

One thing that the above-mentioned performers have in common is extensive and intensive training. Although they were discovered and became sensations, they still had to undergo rigorous training to improve their skills and talents. Stardom could come your way too. Maybe you could improve just by practicing alone at home, but chances are, your self-training may fall short. This is when it's time to do your homework and look into local talent agencies; they need to be honest and licensed in order to help you find the right jobs for your particular talents.

You can join dance, singing and acting workshops to help you hone your innate skills. But, this would not be easy. Aside from having the right skills, you also need good mentors. Unfortunately, there are people out there who claim to teach you to become a star, but only give worthless stuff and get your money for nothing.

It would be towards your advantage if you look for references and credentials when shopping for a mentor. You can also ask around and contact the people within your industry so that they can give you the best possible referral.

You also need a lot of self-assessment. Ask yourself if you have what it takes to become a star. You might have the love for it, but sometimes you have to look for something else to do. Not everybody is meant to be a star. The entertainment world is very harsh; sometimes even the good ones won't get very far. It's the reality my friend. So, before you start spending money for lessons, think twice.

If you plan to dance on your audition, you have to decide on the type of dance that you would be very comfortable with. Knowing the song by heart is vital, so that you can dance to the beat and really feel the rhythm. For singing, you need two music pieces; one slow and another with a faster tempo. If you are going to act your way to stardom, you'll need a monologue for the auditions. Make sure that you memorized everything so that you do not get lost in the middle of the auditions.

One of the aspects that directors and judges look for in an aspiring star is general attitude. Your attitude and conduct during the entire audition process will showcase your personality positively. Nobody wants an egotistical and arrogant artist. It is important that you show courteousness even when handing your resume during the auditions. Confidence is also a big plus in auditions. When you walk to the middle of the stage, walk with positivity, knowing that you have the skills and you will make it. Stand straight and smile to the judges, greet them sincerely and look them in the eye. Even when handing a music piece to the instrumentalists, or to the technicians, always remember to be polite.

Although it seems like an obscure part of the audition, your resume holds a big part in landing your dream role. It is like your advertisement in writing, wherein you write about your skills, goals, background and experiences. Like being on stage, you should positively showcase yourself in your resume. Choose what makes you stand out, your edge over the other candidates. Your photos in the resume should also be professionally done, to show your most attractive profile.

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Helio Gracie: Father Of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu

By Ross Everett

Gracie family patriarch and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu pioneer Helio Gracie died in early 2009 in Rio de Janeiro at the age of 95. Its impossible to overestimate his influence on martial arts, and particularly his pathbreaking role in what is now the sport of mixed martial arts. The Gracie family name will forever be synonymous with Brazilian sports, jiu-jitsu, MMA and the UFC--not only due to Helios own accomplishments but the legacy he created both by training others and through his family.

Helio Gracie began studying martial arts early in life, and by the age of 16 had already begun to teach judo in his native Brazil. While Helio had no problem mastering the theoretical aspects of judo, he found that many of its techniques required a great deal of brute strength which made them less effective for a smaller fighter such as himself. Along with his brother Carlos, he began to adapt many of judos techniques to make them more reliant on leverage rather than strength. This experimentation led to the creation of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ) which is often referred to as Gracie Jiu-Jitsu in his honor.

Gracie also had a professional fighting career, taking on champions from other disciplines in a forerunner to modern mixed martial arts. These bouts were grueling, unregulated affairs with rules that were often made up as they went along and time limits that seem barbaric by todays standards. By his own recollection, he had 15 fights against the top fighters of his day. He began his career in'32 by submitting professional boxer Antonio Portugal (whod likely never even heard of a submission at that point, let alone experienced one) in just 32 seconds. Later that year, he fought American catch wrestler Frank Ebert to a draw after the ringside doctor ordered the bout stopped after an ungodly fourteen ten minute rounds.

Gracie's most famous opponent was against legendary Japanese judoka Masahiko Kimura. Gracie fought bravely in a losing cause, and ironically may have enhanced his reputation in defeat. He refused to submit to a reverse arm bar (the move that is now known as a 'kimura' in honor of its inventor), and the fight ended after his brother Carlos threw in the towel after Helio's arm had been broken.

Helio Gracie's impact on fight sports and mixed martial arts would continue through his offspring. Married twice, he had seven sons (Rickson, Royler, Rolker, Royce, Relson, Robin and Rorion) and two daughters (Rerika and Ricci), many of whom went on to make their own mark on the fight sport world. Royce Gracie is well known as the first UFC superstar, while sons Rickson Royler, Renzo have also achieved considerable fame in professional MMA.

The cause of Gracies death was officially given as natural causes. He had been having stomach problems for several days prior to his passing, and was admitted to a Rio hospital for this reason. His seriously epic last words will go down as a fitting envoi to a man who gave so much of himself to fighting:

"I created a flag from the sports dignity. I oversee the name of my family with affection and nerves of blood.

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Rabu, 22 Desember 2010

How To Audition For American Idol And Get Chosen

By Eric James

It's not always easy knowing that you are seeking to be a total celebrity. Hoping to pull yourself from absolute oblivion and making the big time as a singer is one of the toughest elements of the music industry, and American Idol has provided untold numbers of everyday people with a means to attempt to accomplish their ultimate dreams. Lots of would-be singers are drawn to Idol because they understand how challenging it is to get into the music industry. The difficulty for most people who audition is to know how to properly audition for the series, so they don't look like total amateurs. The very first thing you should do is decide on the right song. This doesn't mean you must run out and learn an entirely new style of singing. You need something that is comfortable for you, by a musician who you enjoy and appreciate, and a song style that you can actually sing well. For example, a number of singers are not able to sing low tones very well. You should ensure the song you select fits your specific vocal range properly before committing to perform it for the audition.

Deciding on the amount of makeup and jewelry to put on is important too. While many men will not don makeup, there are rather large quantities of people who start looking towards some sort of facial makeup for the sheer purpose of helping them stand out during their auditions. This strategy will rarely be accepted by the judges. Most of the time this will actually get you crossed out of the audition with the judges before you even open your mouth. This is because you are making a rather questionable impression before ever singing, and this typically is a bad impression.

Attire is another critical tip - make sure that you dress correctly. You will need to find a look that is somewhere between looking uninteresting and looking like you are ready for Halloween. You only need to watch American Idol a few times to recognize that the truly outrageous men and women are rarely sent to Hollywood. The mere appearance of their garments is often all that is needed to distract the judges from their actual singing abilities, and doing so will make certain that you have a non-existent singing profession, as well.

When choosing the sound and planning for for the audition, you should seek out a good singing trainer to assist you. The money you commit to a vocal trainer will be well worth the expense, because a professional will be helping you to get prepared. Many men and women auditioning for American Idol falsely believe that they are excellent singers just the way they are. While this may be true for a few of people who audition, the greater part of those who audition need, at the very least, a certain amount of training to get ready for the audition. Employing a good vocal coach will make sure you get the best preparation feasible, and make sure of a professional approach.

A final suggestion is to really listen to the opinion of other people around you before you go to audition. American Idol is really looking for the top singers in the nation; they don't want someone who sounds much like everyone else, or who can't truly sing. You need to find out where your talents lie in singing, and what your weakness is. Reducing your weakness and capitalizing on your potential is critical to the success that you need. Be sure you take the time to truly know how you sound when signing without music before going to an audition.

Taking the time to get prepared for your audition will be vital. Mixed with a professional appearance, attitude, and fun personality, you will certainly make the potent, great impression on the judges that is needed to win American Idol, instead of ending up one of the many butt of jokes of the auditions. Putting the time in for a good strategy will be rewarded in the end, and you are sure to enjoy the benefit of creative feedback from the judges.

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