Wednesday, May 30, 2012

SHMUPS Episode VI - Top 160 SHMUPs

1 Dodonpachi 3.538
2 Ikaruga 2.692
3 Radiant Silvergun 2.551
4 Gradius V 2.064
5 Battle Garegga 1.833
6 Dodonpachi Daioujou 1.795
7 ESPGaluda 1.667
8 Armed Police Batrider 1.423
8 Mushihimesama 1.423
10 Batsugun / Batsugun Special Version 1.103

11 Raiden Fighters Jet 1.090
12 Strikers 1945 II 0.962
13 Progear no Arashi 0.949
13 Shikigami no Shiro 2 / Castle Shikigami 2 0.949
15 Giga Wing 0.885
15 R-Type 0.885
17 Rayforce / Layer Section (et al) 0.859
18 Perfect Cherry Blossom 0.846
19 Soukyugurentai 0.833
20 Raiden DX 0.821
21 G.Darius 0.782
22 ESPRade 0.744
23 Gradius Gaiden 0.692
24 Dragon Blaze 0.679
25 Gunbird 2 0.667
26 Under Defeat 0.654
27 Battle Bakraid 0.628
28 Ketsui 0.603
29 Blue Wish Resurrection 0.577
30 Dangun Feveron 0.564
31 Guwange 0.551
31 R-Type Delta 0.551
33 Darius Gaiden 0.526
34 Mars Matrix 0.500
35 Twinkle Star Sprites 0.474
36 ESPGaluda II 0.462
37 Border Down 0.449
38 Shoot the Bullet 0.410
38 Thunderforce IV / Lightning Force 0.410
40 Strikers 1945 0.385
41 Galaga 0.372
41 Ibara / Ibara Black Label 0.372
43 Donpachi 0.359
44 Twin Cobra / Kyukyoku Tiger 0.333
45 Fire Shark / Same! Same! Same! 0.308
46 Axelay 0.282
46 Gradius / Nemesis 0.282
46 Gradius II: Gofer no Yabou / Vulcan Venture 0.282
46 Psyvariar 2 0.282
46 Raiden III 0.282
46 rRootage 0.282
52 Soldier Blade 0.269
52 Zanac (NES) / Zanac EX 0.269
54 Imperishable Night 0.256
55 Einhänder 0.244
55 Mushihimesama Futari 0.244
55 Raiden Fighters 2 0.244
58 Giga Wing 2 0.231
58 Senko no Ronde 0.231
60 Thunderforce III 0.218
61 Pulstar 0.205
61 RayStorm 0.205
63 Triggerheart Exelica 0.192
64 Homura 0.179
64 Judgement Silversword 0.179
64 Mountain of Faith 0.179
64 Raiden II 0.179
64 Truxton / Tatsujin 0.179
64 Zanac Neo 0.179
70 R-Type Final 0.167
71 Gun Nac 0.154
71 Lords of Thunder / Winds of Thunder 0.154
73 Gradius III AC 0.141
73 Trizeal 0.141
75 Aleste / Power Strike 0.128
75 Captain Planet 0.128
75 Gradius Galaxies/Generation/Advance 0.128
75 La Soeur de Barrage 0.128
75 Raiden 0.128
75 Salamander (MSX) 0.128
75 Salamander 2 0.128
75 Sky Shark / Flying Shark / Hishouzame 0.128
75 Vasara 0.128
84 Apidya 0.115
84 Blazing Lazers / Gunhed 0.115
84 Death Smiles 0.115
84 Gradius 2 MSX / Nemesis '90 Kai 0.115
84 HellSinker 0.115
84 Out Zone 0.115
84 Override 0.115
84 Sol Divide 0.115
84 Twinkle Star Sprites: La Petite Princesse 0.115
84 Vulgus 0.115
94 D-Force / Dimensional Force 0.103
94 Robotron 2084 0.103
94 Salamander (ARC) / Salamander (PCE) 0.103
94 Z-Out 0.103
94 Zero Gunner 2 0.103
99 Dragon Breed 0.090
99 Gokujyo Parodius 0.090
99 Power Strike II (SMS) 0.090
99 R-Type II 0.090
99 R-Type Leo 0.090
99 Super Star Soldier 0.090
99 Thunder Force AC 0.090
99 Thunderforce V 0.090
99 Warning Forever 0.090
99 Xevious 0.090
109 Elemental Master 0.077
109 Gynoug / Wings of Wor 0.077
109 Hyper Duel 0.077
109 Kamui 0.077
109 Raptor: Call of the Shadows 0.077
109 Shienryu 0.077
115 Aldynes 0.064
115 Blast Wind 0.064
115 Cyvern 0.064
115 Image Fight 0.064
115 Last Resort 0.064
115 Prehistoric Isle 2 0.064
115 Robo Aleste 0.064
115 Sengoku Blade / Tengai 0.064
115 Shippu Mahou Daisakusen / Kingdom Grandprix 0.064
115 Sispri Gauntlet 0.064
115 The Guardian Legend 0.064
126 Airrade Air 0.051
126 Captain Skyhawk 0.051
126 Ether Vapor 0.051
126 In the Hunt 0.051
126 Musha Aleste / M.U.S.H.A. 0.051
126 P-47 Aces 0.051
126 Pocky & Rocky 0.051
126 Radirgy 0.051
126 Super Aleste / Space Megaforce 0.051
126 Titanion 0.051
126 Twin Bee Yahhoo! 0.051
126 Viewpoint 0.051
126 Viper Phase 1 0.051
139 Flew Fighter 0.038
139 Gate of Thunder 0.038
139 Gunbird 0.038
139 Nemesis II (GB/GBC) 0.038
139 Pink Sweets 0.038
139 Prehistoric Isle 0.038
139 Sonic Sisters 0.038
139 Sonic Wings Special 0.038
139 Tenmado 0.038
139 Tiger Heli 0.038
139 Tyrian 0.038
150 Change Air Blade 0.026
150 Cyber Core 0.026
150 DS4: Experimental Shooter 0.026
150 Geometry Wars Galaxies 0.026
150 Gunsmoke 0.026
150 Hellfire 0.026
150 Pop 'n Twinbee 0.026
150 sdmkun 0.026
150 Space Invaders 0.026
150 X-Multiply 0.026
160 1942 0.013
160 Biometal 0.013
160 Blazing Star 0.013
160 Boogie Wings 0.013
160 Defender 0.013
160 Dimahoo / Great Mahou Daisakusen 0.013
160 Final Soldier 0.013
160 Game Tengoku 0.013
160 Guardian Force 0.013
160 Psyvariar / Psyvariar Revision 0.013
160 Raiden Fighters 0.013
160 Scramble 0.013
160 Shienryu Explosion 0.013
160 Solar Striker 0.013
160 Steel Empire 0.013
160 Varth 0.013
160 Warmachine Overload 0.013

Friday, May 25, 2012

Upgraded to Linux Mint 13 on laptop!!!!

My Linux Mint 13 Cinnamon desktop based on Gnome 3.4.0
Linux Mint 12 crashed.  Linux Mint 13 had some problems, but I added a boot option via directions on the Linux Mint homepage.  Cinnamon has a good conservative approach. I get the 3.2 linux kernel. This kernel release fixed some stalling in Linux Mint 11.  My favorite Gnome hardware detection utility is back.   Cinnamon is a front end for Gnome 3.x which further improves the Gnome 3 interface. It needs hardware acceleration so old PCs run Linux Mint 13 MATE, a project that continues where Gnome 2.32.2 ended. This system may be better than openSUSE 12.1 (with KDE, Gnome, LXDE and XFCE shells) , because it comes with codecs built in and is based on Debian/Ubuntu and not RPM. Deb packages don't have as many dependency issues as RPM package manager.   Mark Zuckerberg used Debian when he developed Facebook.  We're living in a FreeBSD world now where Red Hat Enterprise Linux is inferior.

I like Libreoffice 3.5.2 already installed. I can now read Visio files. My fast quad-core laptop doesn't like its kernel upgraded and creates a black screen when I attempt this. My other Linux Mint 11 laptops takes 3.3.7 kernels upgrades. 

Linux Mint may not  be as secure as PC-BSD, but it works.  The GRUB boot loader recognizes my PC-BSD 9.0 partition and boots fine.


Boot PC-BSD 9 in GRUB

menuentry "FreeBSD" --class freebsd --class bsd --class os {
insmod ufs2
set root='(hd0,4)'
chainloader +1


Terminal # update-grub

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

May games

I've added some really cool games like Valkyrie Profile, Thunder Force V (great SHUMP), Tactics Ogre (rare) for Playstation. Then I got Sonic Colors Wii platformer for $20. What do you think of the new Wii U controller with the new analogue sticks over the stupid nubs of the previous 2011 wii u controller? Smart move. The rare SNES games I've bought 20 days ago haven't arrived yet. I know I am a little old to be collecting SNES, yet isn't it about collecting the originals over Virtual Console or SNES 9x on PC? I had to do try or regret it for the rest of my life. Should I get Diablo for Playstation? It's possibly the most underrated RPG on the Playstation! This was long before there were DLC content and developers put everything in the original release. I read some review where Einhander could easily win against any Playstation 3 game in terms of difficulty.

Free College

Here is a college type site where everybody volenteers and watches videos of lessons on how to do a range of science, math, history, Calculus, art, banking, money, Chemistry, and biology, computers, Macroeconomics, etc.

Sunday, May 20, 2012

Playstation 4 and Graphics most important next generation study shows

Next generation studies.

I guess New Super Mario Bros. U, Mario Kart 8, and Legend of Zelda U doesn't interest as many people as this generation.

Pierce County Federal Park

I went camping with parents in 5th wheeler in Peirce County, WI

It's o-gally federal park. There is nothing to do. I drove home earlier to get homework done sooner.

Saturday, May 19, 2012

Center for Wisconsin Stategy

COWS is a national policy center and field laboratory for high-road economic development — a competitive market economy of shared prosperity, environmental sustainability, and capable democratic government.
COWS' work is collaborative, experimental, and evidence-driven. Working with business, government, labor, and communities, we try out new ideas, test their effectiveness, and disseminate those with promise. We believe that the best way to predict the future is to start making it, particularly in our states and metro regions.
Some areas of COWS' program focus are:
  • Economic and workforce development
  • Sectoral strategies and career pathways
  • Clean energy and energy efficiency
  • Labor markets and job improvement
  • Strategies for improving low-wage work
COWS is based at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, famous for the “Wisconsin Idea” that the University should help informed democratic experiment. Since its founding 18 years ago, COWS has often been called “the Wisconsin Idea in action.”
COWS is a 501(c)(3) nonpartisan, educational and charitable organization. Its budget comes from foundation and individual gifts and grants and technical assistance contracts.[1]

COWS staff

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Apollo Alliance

In 2004, Joel Rogers from the Center On Wisconsin Strategy, Robert Borosage from the Institute for America’s Future, and environmental visionary Dan Carol approached Steelworkers President Leo Gerard and SEIU President Andy Stern, among others, to propose a new alliance of labor, environmental groups, business and social justice leaders called the Apollo Alliance. The Alliance, which soon included over 200 supporting organizations, released a report that year arguing for a ten-year program of investment in a “clean energy, good jobs” economy.[1]
The Apollo Alliance is a joint project of the Institute for America's Future and the Center on Wisconsin Strategy. The Apollo Alliance is a 501-c3 organization.[2]
From Common, Apollo Alliance press release January 14, 2004.[3]
An unusual alliance of labor, environmental, civil rights, business, and political leaders today laid out a vision for a "New Apollo Project" to create 3.3 million new jobs and achieve energy independence in ten years. Named after President Kennedy's moon program, which inspired a major national commitment to the aerospace industry, the Apollo Alliance aims to unify the country behind a ten-year program of strategic investment for clean energy technology and new infrastructure.

The Alliance also announced that it has received support from 17 of America's largest labor unions, including the United Auto Workers, the Steelworkers and Machinists, as well as a broad cross section of the environmental movement, including the Sierra Club, the NRDC, the Union of Concerned Scientists, and Greenpeace.
The press conference was held as President Bush is expected to make a final push for his energy agenda, which was defeated under widespread criticism last November. The press conference was attended by co-chairs of the Apollo Alliance, Senator Maria Cantwell (by phone), Leo Gerard, president of the United Steelworkers of America, Carl Pope, executive director of the Sierra Club, as well as by California State Treasurer Phil Angelides, Congressman Jay Inslee (by phone), John Podesta, president of the Center for American Progress and Bracken Hendricks, executive director of the Apollo Alliance.

Dr. Ray Perryman, a corporate economist from Texas who prepared a detailed economic analysis of the proposal for a New Apollo Project said, "If economists agree on anything it's that inventing new technologies and creating whole new industries is what America does best. We are a creative economy, not a commodity economy. The New Apollo Project would keep us on the cutting edge of manufacturing emerging technologies and secure our long-term prosperity."

Perryman concluded that the proposed tax credits and investments would create 3.3 million new, high-wage jobs for manufacturing, construction, transportation, high-tech, and public sector workers, while reducing dependence on imported oil and cleaning the air. Perryman's analysis shows that a New Apollo Project would also position the U.S. to take the lead in fast- growing markets, dramatically reduce the trade deficit and more than pay for itself in energy savings and returns to the U.S. Treasury. Perryman's study was based on an input-output analysis of impacts on key industry sectors, using a highly regarded economic model and extensive survey data.

Sen. Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.) said, "At the time of Kennedy's moon shot, we were in space race with the Soviet Union. Now we are in an economic race with the Europeans and Japanese. Bush is focused on the past, the New Apollo Project for energy independence is focused on the future. America led the electronic and communications revolutions. Now we must lead the clean energy revolution if we are to maintain our global economic leadership."

Congressman Jesse Jackson, Jr. (D-Ill.) issued a statement in support of the release saying, "One of the keys to America's energy security -- and therefore our national security -- lies in rebuilding our cities. We need strategic investments to retrofit old buildings, expand transportation alternatives, restore our infrastructure, and create solar, wind and hydrogen technology. Apollo will rebuild our country in a way that benefits all Americans and reestablishes our global economic competitiveness."

"As California's chief investment officer and a fiduciary of the nation's first and third largest pension funds, I am well aware that the way in which we invest capital can shape not only the contours of our economy, but also the future of our communities, our society, and our environment for decades to come," California State Treasurer Phil Angelides said: "I applaud the efforts of the Apollo Alliance to develop programs that illustrate how strategic public investments can stimulate our economy while at the same time improve the quality of life in communities across our nation."

Rep. Jay Inslee (D-Wash.) said, "The New Apollo Energy Project is an opportunity for a bold new energy policy that can free us from our over-dependence on Middle East oil, expand the economy, and address environmental challenges. We should call for a total national commitment to harness the genius of America's can-do attitude that would design, invent and deploy the new clean energy technologies that benefit this new century. No single national endeavor has such capacity to expand our economy by tapping our innate and unique technological genius for innovation, and creating millions of new jobs."

President Gerard said: "The New Apollo Project is a call to action for labor unions and environmental groups to forge a new strategy, rooted in common interests, for moving America forward. The Bush energy plan is a waste of money and natural resources. A New Apollo Project will unite America around a positive vision of economic growth and reinvestment that's good for business, workers and the environment."
According to Pope, the executive director of the Sierra Club, one of the country's oldest and largest environmental groups, "A New Apollo Project will help accelerate the transition away from our dependence on imported oil and other polluting fossil fuels, and toward clean energy like solar and wind. Apollo stands in marked contrast to the Bush Administration's damaging energy agenda, which hurts job creation and the environment. An Apollo Project can simultaneously address the threats of manufacturing job loss, global warming and our diminishing national energy security."
John Podesta, president of the Center for American Progress, said, "In stark contrast to the secret Cheney energy plan hatched by big oil, the Apollo Project harnesses America's ingenuity in support of an energy program that enhances our security, our health, and our livelihoods."
Bracken Hendricks, executive director of the Apollo Alliance underscored the importance of Apollo in the upcoming political cycle. "We are seeing for the first time a competition among all the major Presidential candidates to produce the best plan for investing in clean energy infrastructure and good jobs. The public is demanding a forward-looking plan to rebuild our economy and a positive solution to our energy insecurity. A bold approach like Apollo is the kind of leadership we need from our next President."

Key personnel

Apollo Alliance National Steering Committee, 2006:[4]
National Advisory Board, 2006:[5]
The Board of Directors as at Dec. 28, 2009 was:[6]

Past Members of the Board of Directors


2008-2009 Apollo Alliance Donors were:[8]
$1,000 to $4,999


Endorsers of Apollo Alliance as at Dec. 28, 2009 were:[9]
  • Industrial Union Council
  • Building and Construction Trades Dept
  • Hawaii branch
  • Illinois branch
  • Indiana branch
  • King County Labor Council
  • Metropolitan Detroit branch
  • Michigan branch
  • Minnesota branch
  • Oregon branch
  • Pennsylvania branch
  • Washington State Labor Council
  • Wisconsin branch
Other labor unions:
Environmental Organizations:
Economic, Social Justice, Faith-Based, and State & Local Partners:
Trade Associations:
Financial & Legal Services:
Renewable Energy Technology/Products/Services:
Energy Efficiency:
Consumer Products:
Green Buildings/Infrastructure/Economic Development:
Business Leaders:


Staff of Apollo Alliance as at Dec. 28, 2009 were:[10]