Hi-Speed Lizards Posted on October 29, 2014 at 23:35
On my way to work the other day, I noticed something scurrying around on the hood of my car. When I realized what it was, it was too late to stop as I was already on the freeway.
I got a little worried at around 65mph; he was having trouble maintaining his footing so I slowed down a bit. Funny, how despite the things I've been through, I still feel some degree of sympathy for something as simple and insignificant as an anole. I have to admit, I was impressed by his determination. But the real question is, what was he running from? Did he owe someone money and decide to skip town, using my car as a means of escape? The world may never know.
As far as programming goes, I'm still very much a novice. I'm come to accept that. But I truly wish to improve since my ultimate goal is to land a job in some sort of software development field. So I tinker a bit in between classes hoping it will pay off in the future. This is what I've been working on for the past few days, and I suppose it passes for a game:
I'm going to turn this into a finished product. No more getting bored halfway through a project and bailing out. But will I release it to the public? That much remains unknown.
What are you working on, 64Digits? What was your first finished project? Did you release it to the public?
Public Speaking, Public Freaking Posted on October 19, 2014 at 13:00
This semester I'm taking a public speaking course, because somebody apparently thinks giving speeches is a critical skill to have in the IT world. Regardless, we had our second meeting on Saturday, and there's one thing I've noticed.
I've gotten over most of my fear to speak in front of people. Over the years I've adopted this idea that no one person is really more or less important than another and that everyone feels some degree of anxiety when giving speeches, and I've mixed it with a general lack of giving a fuck. I'm in my twenties, a recently discharged war vet, and it's really time for me to stop fucking around. This gets me through most things, honestly.
And I've learned to control the signs of my anxiety. I can control the speed of my speech, my fidgeting is almost non-existent, and eye contact is no problem. But the one thing that always happens is the fucking dry mouth. Immediately after beginning my first sentence, someone comes along and pours a bucket of sand in my mouth and it never fails. It's hard to speak clearly when your tongue is sticking to your teeth, so now I have to take a few awkward moments to salivate and moisten my mouth so I can continue. It's terrible. But I suppose like most things, it will dissolve over time. I've only got two more speeches to give this semester, so I'm not very concerned about it.
My quest to learn Java continues. I'm working on a "game" now and found a sticking point with refining collision detection. Mostly I'm just trying to detect collisions before they happen and move objects to the point just outside of contact. I remember this being much easier in GameMaker. Coincidentally, I've named a few of the methods I've written to detect collisions after similar functions in GML. I figure it will help me remember what they do better. Is it sad that I still remember a lot about GML?
In any event, tell me about your experiences in public speaking, game programming, or both.
My last post ended with my recent gun purchase. Well, boys and girls, I am proud to tell you all that I have made yet another purchase! Yes, it's true what they say - Once you pop, you can't stop. This brings my handgun total to three. This means that in the event of a home invasion, I can effectively dual wield and still have a gun to give my girlfriend so she can provide cover fire to the rear. And really, what more could a guy ask for?
Holds five baby-seeking bullets.
Naturally, I opted for the model chambered in 357 magnum so I can simultaneously scare the shit out of fellow range goers and sprain my wrist when I fire.
I've got a speech coming up for school in which I will be informing my class of the shitty administrative practices of the Department of Veterans Affairs. For those of you who don't know/care, the VA is a government run veterans' benefit organization that is supposed to look out for the welfare of military veterans (and, to some extent, their families). They are currently paying for my tuition and rent, so I've got no complaints there. However, the one thing that they seem to fuck up like there's no tomorrow is their health care. Over the past few years there have been scandals, delays, and flat out lies, and no one in a position of power seems to give much of a fuck about any of it. Some vets had been waiting for care for so long that they fucking killed themselves because they couldn't deal with the bullshit anymore.
Personally, I've got some shoulder pain as a result of some less-than-safe training exercises. I filed a claim back in April 2013 and didn't actually get a response until one year later. The real kicker was that the clinic I was supposed to go to was over 100 miles away, and with work and school there was no way I was going to make it. I called to reschedule but was basically told that my excuse wasn't good enough. So here I am with slowly worsening shoulder pain and no one who gives a fuck about it. Thanks, Obama!
Now for a question that I'm sure someone here can help me with. I've been teaching myself Java for a bit now because I want to get into mobile app development. But is Java really as bad as people say it is? Is there another language I should look at that would be less of a waste of time?
No Further Misbehavior Posted on February 21, 2014 at 15:03
So I landed myself a part time job unloading trucks in a warehouse. Sounds riveting, right? Yeah, those years of military training are finally paying off. The way I see it, though, I'm basically getting paid to workout, lifting heavy shit for a few hours a day. On top of the money I'm getting from the gubmint for going to school, I'm doing quite alright for myself.
Not that anyone asked, but I've started teaching myself Java via YooToob videos and the like. My plan is to make the next Flappy Bird and generate thousands of dollars in revenue through advertising deals.
Not really, but I still want to make a game without the steaming mess that GM is now.
On Tuesday I actually had to go to a class on campus to learn how to make a Cat-5 cable, something I've done hundreds of times before. I'd never met the instructor for that particular course in person and, wow, is she a character. She kept speaking really slowly as she was detailing the ins and outs of fast ethernet and it got to a point where I actually could not listen to her anymore so I just grabbed a bunch of shit from the front table and made a cable while she was running her mouth. This turned out to be a bit of a mistake as she noticed how quickly I finished and asked that I walk around the room to help others. Fuck me, right?
i still ended up leaving 30 minutes early.
And now, onto the best part of my blogs - the gun part! Here's what I plan to buy with my tax return:
The Madder They Get... Posted on January 23, 2014 at 18:44
So I started my first software-oriented classes this semester. I guess I should have known better than to expect at least half of my class to understand the basics of using a computer, being in the south and all. But seriously, this is a course required for folks majoring in some sort of computer-related field, and there are people who don't understand how to log into the computer. I can't fathom how they were able to register for classes, given that most of them opt to do so through the school's web portal.
Which reminds me of an incident involving myself, my one friend from school (who also happens to be a vet), and everyone in my English 101 class. Somehow, in this day and age, every single person in that class is still convinced that there is a better source of information on this earth than the Internet. We actually had a fifteen minute discussion/debate about how books are in fact a better choice and that the internet couldn't be used to seek out data for a research paper. This was bad enough, but what made it worse was that it was immediately following a portion of the lecture in which our professor outlined the various ways to find information on the web and validate sources. My friend and I just conceded to get out while we still had the chance in an effort to retain our sanity.
The job hunt continues, although I'll admit I'm not putting 100% effort into it. The gubmint's already paying for school and rent and I've got a good chunk of change in savings, so there's that. The only thing really on my mind is what to get my girlfriend for V-Day.
In gun-related news, I found a gun shop not too far away that I never knew about. The owner told me they had been open for 6-7 months, but I couldn't find them on Google Maps (is there some sort of process for getting your business on GM?). I looked around and got some ideas for a carry gun.
The Sig P938. This thing is small. I consider my hands to be on the smaller side, but I couldn't get my pinky anywhere near the grip. The owner assured me that extended mags are available. In any event, it's a very cool little gun.
EDIT: Some dickface flagged my blog for content, so here goes my attempt to dry his tears:
Yeah, it's been like two years or something since I last posted. My contract ran dry and I moved to South Carolina since I have some family down here and I was already close, being in NC. I kinda regret moving here, though. The weather is nice I guess, but the people are just straight up morons. I'm talking drunk drivers ERRYWHERE and apparently proper parking isn't mandatory to get your license here. You think you've seen people park like assholes? Oh, no sir.
So that leaves me in a predicament. I want to move somewhere, and as you can guess, I like states with plenty of gun rights/freedoms. Strictly speaking, there are four states that fall into the "god-tier" category in this respect: Alaska, Arizona, Vermont and Wyoming. Open carry all day everyday. No permits or formal bullshit. I toyed with the idea of moving to Alaska since the thought of living in what is essentially a lawless wasteland has a bit of romantic appeal to it (and I do have friends up there), but I'm lazy and driving across the country isn't on my fun list. Arizona is a bit far away too. Wyoming is basically just farms and cowboys from what I've heard, so that leaves Vermont.
Moving to Vermont, I'd be out of the bible belt (no alcohol sales on Sundays? Into the trash it goes) and pro-gun activists are quite outspoken in the green mountain state. But I fear its proximity to communist New York might lead to some serious issues in the future.
As for me, I recently got two Wii games: Metroid Prime 3: Corruption(Hyper Mode ftw) and Twilight Princess. They're both amazing. Also, if I can find a store that has a copy, I might be getting RE4: Wii Edition as well.
In other news, my family'll be getting an HD tv soon. Or so I'm told, that is.
I'm currently working on a 3D game. I'm also addicted to playing my Wii now. I think buying 2 games within days of eachother was a bad idea; now when I get bored of one I just switch, so I pretty much never leave the thing alone. I've spent 85% of my time these last two days playing Wii. I guess that's not such a bad thing...
Sorry for the odd blog. I know this isn't my usual style, but I just wanted to update you guys(as if you care).