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Cellphones are For Calling… Things

While I’ll give the iPhone a pass because it’s pretty cool and the battery actually holds up nicely, by and large I feel like cell phones are made for calling people.  I don’t need it to play music–I’ve got an MP3 player for that.  I don’t need it to get on the internet–I’ve got a laptop for that (and before anyone says “But it’s not as portable,” I carry my little 8″ Fujitsu Lifebook just about everywhere I go).  All I really need from a cell phone is the ability to make and receive calls, and the ability to send/receive text messages.  What’s the point of this micro-rant? Read the rest of this entry »

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GDC Party Roundup

I didn’t actually go to the GDC this year–on Monday, I was making up for the fact that I ducked out at noon on Friday to go to Yosemite, and our third employee (not counting interns) started on Tuesday. I don’t think the bosses would’ve signed off on a week-long game conference anyway, but there was legitimately a lot going on this week that I didn’t want to miss. Luckily for me, GDC attendance has absolutely nothing to do with GDC party attendance (well maybe for The GDC Party). I had a couple of invites, so last night I took a few friends and hit up the Mochi Media party, the MTV party, and the Kongregate party. The three were a pretty striking contrast–actually reflecting the three different companies pretty well. Read the rest of this entry »

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Goodbye 2007, Hello 2008

It was a pretty busy year–I finished my Master’s thesis, graduated, moved to California, and started a new job. I got my passport and went to Greece for two weeks. I released one (albeit not very entertaining) game, learned a load about the flash game business in general, and won a BarCamp application contest (for Bike vs Car). I took up biking to work,went kayaking a lot, fishing a couple of times, hiking a lot, and camping a lot–and I’m actually in better shape now than I was a year ago at this time. I consolidated my student loans, opened an IRA, started putting a little money onto Prosper, and just yesterday opened a high-interest savings account at WaMu. Though it’s not a new development, she’d kick me if I didn’t mention that I have a fantastic girlfriend.

In short, I lead a pretty charmed life. I was trying to think up resolutions yesterday and all I could think of was to keep on doing what I’m doing. After sleeping on it, I figured I could enumerate that a little better. So here are some concrete goals for 2008:

  • Finish paying down my college credit card (high interest), which is still sitting at around $1800.
  • Put as much into my Roth IRA as possible before April
  • Max out the full amount for next year.
  • Put $100 a month into Prosper
  • Bike to work at least two days a week on average (but aim for three)
  • Catch a fish in California
  • Release six flash games (including the one I’m hoping to publish later in January)
  • Work on a design document for my first downloadable game (more on that later)

I could do a whole other set of goals for Piqqem, but I’ll leave that for the bosses and just focus on making my stuff work great (though we’ll be having a planning meeting sometime after everyone on the team gets back to California).

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Napa, Thanksgiving, and a New Theme

Not much activity in the last couple of weeks, so I thought I’d do a little update post. I made another game. I’d say it’s around 95% done (just need to do a bit of visual polish and grab some sound effects), but I’ll save that one for a post of its own once I get some sponsors ironed out (or publish without). A friend was in town a couple of weekends ago, so my roommate, her, and I all headed up to Napa Valley. Two of my friends had birthdays on Monday, so I thought some decent wine would be a good gift. Read the rest of this entry »

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A little Friday exercise.

For the last two weeks, I’ve only biked to work once each week.  Apparently, winter in California means that it’s going to look like a thundering downpour is eminent every weekend… then clear up and look nice by lunchtime.  I may have to actually start checking the weather report before deciding whether to bike or not… or just suck it up and get some decent rain gear that wouldn’t completely immobilize me.  Today, though, it was just too nice out to not do something… so I ducked out of work at around 4:15, came home (~15 mins), loaded up the kayak (~30 mins), and went off to the little lake up by the Shoreline golf course (~15 mins).  The rental shop was closed already, but there was a guy still working.  He said not to bother with the $4 launch fee, which is always nice.  It was only about a mile around the border of the lake (thank you gmap pedometer), so I also went across and back (around another ~.38 miles each way).  Even around 2 miles isn’t exactly a lot, but I haven’t been paddling in a month or two–and I definitely felt the burn.  I only found out about this lake last weekend, and it’s actually close enough to make kayaking a viable exercise option (on days other than Saturday and Sunday).

I’ll make sure to bring my sunglasses next time, though.

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A 1-day fishing licence.

I went to Capitola again on Saturday, this time determined to actually do a little fishing instead of just paddling around.  I bought some new line (17-lb test) to replace the line which had rotted away (probably only 8 or 10-lb test, anyway).  I also bought some pre-packaged “surf leaders” to use instead of rolling my own.  Back in Florida, I would’ve just used about a 1-ft leader with a weight above the swivel.  These rigs had a swivel, about a foot to a foot and a half of line, and then a carabiner like snap on the end (they probably have a name, but I certainly don’t know it).  There were also two loops evenly spaced from swivel to end, but their function eluded me…  I put my  1-oz weight above the swivel and attached a hook at the bottom. Read the rest of this entry »

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Sunburn and Cafe Baklava

I went camping over the weekend–a yearly canoe trip that my roommate last summer invited me on. We drove up to Alexander Valley on Friday night, canoed down the Russian River on Saturday, and hung out at a winery (and played Bocci Ball) on Sunday. Despite the title, I actually did a pretty good job of sunscreen application–meaning I’m not suffering too bad.

Last night, Diana took the train home. I met her in Mountain View and we wandered around looking for a place to eat. Read the rest of this entry »

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I got crabs.

So, after pointing me to this link a couple of days ago, Diana and I (along with our friend Autumn and one of her co-workers) decided to give crabbing a shot. We borrowed some crab nets from her uncle and had some fun in a fisherman’s warehouse (bait-cages, new ropes, fancy harnesses that we ended up not bothering with…). Read the rest of this entry »

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