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Tasm posted on October 30, 2014 at 3:35 AM

Hi-Speed Lizards

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?

Tasm posted on October 19, 2014 at 5:00 PM

Public Speaking, Public Freaking

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.

Tasm posted on October 13, 2014 at 4:36 PM

Assault clips

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?