About a month ago my girlfriend and I went on a short weekend trip to the Great Smoky Mountain National Park. We took a flight from Miami to Atlanta and then drove several hours through the night to Gatlinberg Tennessee, on the other side of the park. A long night was Read the rest of this entry »
Earlier this year, way back in early June, I took my dad on canoe trip through the Allagash Wilderness Waterway. This is a 92 mile waterway stretching over several large lakes and going down the Allagash river until you reach a little town near the top of Maine. After traveling by road for hours, including hours on some well used dirt logging roads we unloaded the truck, loaded the canoe and set off on the water. This was my Read the rest of this entry »
June is wrapping up, meaning that the year is almost half over, or half the year is yet to come. Looking back at my goals for this year I’m on target for some, haven’t started others and in danger of completely failing some. As written at the start of the year my goals for the year were:
- Keep at $2000mo for student loan payments. (on track to surpass)
- Read at least 6 books, cover to cover. (have read 3 books, started 2 larger text books)
- Write a blog post at least once every two weeks, weekly preferred. (clearly failed at writing in this blog)
- Go camping/hiking and practice bushcraft / survival skills at least 6 times. (at least 6 nights spent outside already)
- Participate in at least 2 full racing seasons in iRacing. (one full season complete)
- Complete 7 of 12 OneGameAMonth games. (failed to submit a single entry, but LD35 would count as 1)
- Catch up TurtleBrains documentation, and create a sample game project. (still need to create sample and documentation)
- Get three developers to try TurtleBrains and collect feedback. (still need to create sample and documentation)
- Earn at least $1 from hobby/personal game development efforts. (made no real effort yet towards this)
- Do art everyday for at least 30 consecutive days. (made no real effort yet towards this)
Being halfway through the year, a few of these are complete wipes. I haven’t had nearly as much time for hobby/personal development as I had last year. So TurtleBrains has suffered as have the 1GAM projects. I would like to get at least a single developer to try the framework but it really does need high level documentation first. It looks like this won’t be the year I make money from my personal development efforts either, although I won’t give up just yet. I nearly finished a second season in iRacing but life got busy and took time away for several weeks, I may just let that one lay where it is, or I may race in season 2016S4.
I haven’t done much art at all, and honestly I really should give that a solid attempt. I may change it a little bit though, to include graphics programming. This could be shaders, animation, shadows or other engine technologies that could help ZoomCarWorld3 come to life. This might be stretching the definition of “art” a little, but I think it works to my larger goal of creating a racing simulator. As such I am also modifying the 1GAM projects to be either a smaller sized game project (24 hours or so in size/scope), or a technical demo/simulation much like my Double-Wishbone Suspension Simulation that I am still working on simulating.
The TurtleBrains goals may be a wash for the year as my primary focus is moving forward on my racing simulator with the first basic playable of ZoomCarWorld3 hopefully being semi-playable this year.
Taking a short breaks from game development and programming is quite important, and I find nature to be the best place for a bit of reflection. Recently I took two outdoor newbies into the wild for a bit of an adventure. It was a trip that had been planned for months, and during planning one of these guys was dead set on taking a weapon, like a mace or bat or sword. It was a bit funny at first until I came to believe he legitimately took the adventure like one you would play in a table top role-playing game, like Pathfinder. It took a lot of coaxing and convincing, but no weapons were brought, instead we had Read the rest of this entry »
I have managed to lose the list of goals I set out for during 2015, my old racing team forum has now disappeared and all the information was lost. A bit unfortunate since my yearly goals have been kept there since 2009. I know that my financial goal for my student loans was not only met but exceeded! I failed at my writing and reading goals, although I did read a handful of books and wrote a lot of documentation for Read the rest of this entry »
In 2009 I hiked the Appalachian Trail, 2178 miles from Georgia to Maine. During that time I got wet and I got cold. Day after day, especially in the spring. Starting March 29th, I woke to a frosty tent and a thermometer reading of 17° F. What the HELL, I’m in Georgia! Even with rain nearly every day, and temperatures in the 20s to 40s many days, I never got hypothermic.
Fast forward to a few weeks ago. My girlfriend and I went to Seattle, and planned a weekend trip around Mother Mountain Loop. We started very early in the morning with a visit to the ranger station to check in and get the wilderness pass, on the way to the station we got to see this amazing bridge that was high above the river below.
Then we drove another 45 minutes along a dirt forest service road, thanks rental car, to get to Mowich Lake which would be the start and end point for our journey. The first day would be the longest day at 9 miles since the campsite at 7 miles in was reserved. The temperature was in the Read the rest of this entry »
For those that do not already know, I hiked from Georgia to Maine along the Appalachian Trail in 2009. The journey took 6 months, from March 29th to October 2nd. Since I have yet to start really adding content to the blog in terms of computer related stuff, I suppose I should bring other life interests/stories along for the ride.
There will be many stories to come, as well as some general statistics of the adventure. I hope you enjoy the stories, of how I made it to Maine.