2018 is almost over!

Another year is almost under our belts. This year brought forth adventures, trials, and joys. We went to Oshkosh in the Tri-Pacer and had plenty of maple-bacon ice cream. This is one tradition that I hope will not fade away. That ice cream is delicious. It’s been fun to get to fly as much as I did this year. Val and I flew to Thompsonville, Michigan amongst a sea of trees and deepest blue lakes. With the afternoon sun glinting off the lake, I don’t think I’ll ever forget the scene. Flying to Sylvania during the sunrise casting its long shadow over the ground was also such a memorable experience.

Having these experiences are awesome, but it is even better to have someone to share it with. My mind is up in the clouds, and it is a great privilege to get to share that with other people. We went on a cruise earlier this year down to the Bahamas and Key West during the middle of winter. That was a smart move. I hope we do something like that again.

Every year there is something exciting, and this year is no exception. I get to help out with Friends of Fountain of Hope and continue to support the Christians in Cambodia. The other exciting news is that we bought a house! We got to put a lot of equity into it already with a new water line, furnace, AC, thermostat, garage door, and garage door opener. Whew! It was the first house we put an offer on. We didn’t get it initially, but the previous buyer fell through.

Nothing is more awesome than following God alongside my wife Valerie. I am so grateful to have a partner! I am so grateful to get to use our house to serve people. It is time to hibernate for another winter.

I am thankful for time off work around the holidays, and it feels like I have time to be clear minded and rested. This time of rest certainly restores me to come back and hit the ground running into the new year.

Good timing

Here is my once yearly blog post, coming to you for another year. This has been going on for the last 7 years without fail. This is the last day of 2014, so I’m glad that I didn’t miss it. It’s been a busy year, like all of the past years have been. Life never seems to slow down or get easier. Knowing this, it is exciting to face life this way. There’s always a response required to a challenge. Do I meet the challenge head on, or do I run away? From my experience, it’s definitely worth it to face challenge head on. In my life, the challenges have always been different.

Since last writing, I moved in with 8 roommates in Voltron home church, my friend got married, and I have been fortunate enough to help mentor people in robotics and in knowledge of the Bible. I’m incredibly grateful for all of the wonderful relationships that I now have with people. I’ve grown substantially as a person by learning how to rest in God. All action flows from what a person ultimately believes. I’ve had the great privilege of learning a lot about the Bible this year, and it’s been really exciting to critically think about what it says instead of simply having “blind faith”.

The Tri-Pacer is still flying, and I’ve kept my instrument rating current. Now I need more excuses to go flying! One highlight of flying this year was going to Wolf Run State Park to go camping at their “Fly-in Camp Ground”. It was so fun to fly in and camp. Scott even made a fishing pole, and we caught a fish with it! It was so much fun to enjoy nature and relax. I made it to Oshkosh this year in a Cessna 2010 and camped next to the airplane for most of the week. The Thunderbirds performed this year and put on a pretty cool show. I hope to get to Sun N Fun this upcoming year.

Another wonderful highlight of my year was going to San Francisco for the Game Developers Conference. It was so much fun to go to sessions and see the exhibit hall (and acquire tons of free stuff!). We stayed in a hostel a mile or so away, but it only cost us $70 for the whole week we were there! I definitely want to go back there. There was a restaurant called TBD that we went to that was fantastic. Everything there was cooked on a wood fire. I specifically remember eating this marshmallow “smore” dessert that blew my mind. A lot happens in a year, and I think it’s interesting that a food experience even makes a mention in this post. It was seriously delicious though!

The real bummer of the year is putting Soulfire on hold due to funding issues. I really hope we’ll have the opportunity to revisit it at some point to finish what we started. The games were fun, but making the games with the people we had was the most fun. Work is still going well, and I’m having the opportunity to work on such a variety of things that I never would have imagined two years ago when I started. A lot of things have happened over this past year that have legitimately allowed me to experience great joy in my soul. I wouldn’t have it any other way. Cheers to another year!

Life over the past year

I’ve been out of school now for one year, and it has been an incredible year so far. I feel like I’ve been everywhere, done everything, and am still just as busy as I was during school. There are always good and bad times, but I am so blessed to be happy and view life as good. Life is about experiences, and I have enjoyed the trials and tribulations to the fullest. That’s what it means to truly live. I flew back from Oshkosh 2013 today, so that is the subject most readily on my mind to start out on.

On July 24, 2013, I passed my IFR practical test and received my instrument rating in the Piper Tripacer. OSU Avionics did a fantastic job of installing the Garmin 430W in our panel to enable this to happen. This was probably my most heavily ingrained desire that’d been burning for years. With the incredible instruction from John Wilson, I was able to finish my rating in less than two months. I passed my IFR written test with a score of 90% just one week before I took my practical test. I intend to have a future couple of blog posts in the coming weeks that go into more depth of this endeavour.

Earlier in March, I had the privilege to demo our SignWave hand-based biometric login application at SXSW. SXSW was one of the coolest places to be ever if you love Music, Film, or what they call “Interactive”. Interactive means anything from gaming to entrepreneurship, changing the world, or just changing our perspective of it. There was so much stuff everywhere. I even got to see Coolio and deadmau5. One of the downsides of the life happened shortly after when my car got broken into the day after St. Patricks day. My work laptop and flight bag were stolen from my car. About a month later, they stole my radio and my 12″ JL Audio subwoofers. Yikes. After a few weeks of not having a radio, you don’t really miss it. It’s pretty interesting to see how you “think” you need things (like cable), but when you are without them for a few weeks you don’t really miss them all that much. Humans have survived many thousands of years without the internet or smartphones.

Soulfire Software is still cooking. We’re still working on our first released 3D game. We hope to finish it by early next year. I’m really excited to see where that leads. Scott should be graduating by December, and that should help spur our progress tremendously. We’re using the Unity3D game engine, which has enhanced our development pipeline significantly. Our team did a gamejam a few months ago which was ridiculously successful. We hadn’t ever built a working 3D game yet to that point. In 48-hours, I think we nailed it. I’ll try to post a link to the version on the Soulfire website soon.

Work at Battelle has been going well. I’ve been working on some neat projects and learned an absurd amount about working with a team of engineers. At Soulfire, almost everyone is an artist. Everyone is a programmer at work except for one UI designer. It’s fascinating to see all of the pieces that need to fit into place to release a product into the consumer market. I’ve released/shipped over a half-dozen medium-scale projects to consumers. I have a love and passion for crafting fun, high quality product experiences for customers. I’m not a computer-scientist, I’m a software engineer. I know how to get things done, and I enjoy that immensely.

This last year has been an adventure. In fact, every year has been an adventure. This was the first year that I’ve been able to do things that have been useful other than spending time in school. Just because I’m no longer in school doesn’t mean I stop learning. I hope to never stop exploring and learning. This concludes my sixth yearly blog post. Cheers to another year!

Hello there

I suppose that it is time for my once yearly blog post. A lot has happened over the past year, far too much to explain. I am still alive, and I have made it through college. I am now an alumnus of The Ohio State University. Since last time, Soulfire Software has released onto Xbox Live Indie Games. We are all hard at work on our next game, Project TP (super-secret 🙂 ). We have now released two games onto Xbox Live as Soulfire Software. It is an incredible feeling to be able to work with a team that is so passionate for crafting a quality experience for players. So much polish went in to our last game, and that’s really what made it worth a dollar.

In other news, I started full time work at Battelle Memorial Institute, and am enjoying it immensely. I just so happened to stumble onto a ‘Googlesque’ environment where everyone is nice, professional, and super smart. There are also free snacks and drinks to keep up the productivity throughout the day.

Working is far less stressful than school is. I actually have time to do what ‘I’ want to do after work. I usually work on our game for Soulfire when I get home. I am trying to balance working on the game vs. playing them. Zelda: Windwaker is taking up a great deal of my time at the current moment.

Overall, I can say that I am quite happy. Next on the horizon consists of obtaining my IFR rating and getting the Garmin 430 installed in N41AH. Blue skies are certainly up above.

Ahh the good life.

My blog has now turned into a once yearly blog.  As it so happens, I seem to post something about 1-2 a year.  The reason?  I would attribute this to being “busy.”  What does “busy” mean?  Well, I’d say, but I don’t have time.  I’ll give it a go in one sentence.  Mainly stuff related to school at The Ohio State University full time, working with enflight.com (awesome web-based flight planning software), flying to Oshkosh, working with Soulfire Software on an XNA animation tool and game, the Ohio Aviation Association website, fixing and building various computers, and working at OSU Airport maintaining their intranet site,Osuairport.org and the Aviation Department website, both in Silverlight, and ASP.NET versions.  I do pretty much all of this on a daily basis.  To say that I have bitten off more than I can chew is an understatement.  It’s a challenge, certainly, to keep it all straight in my head.  Languages needed for the above projects: PHP,HTML, CSS, Javascript, ASP.NET (built my own CMS), WPF/Silverlight (XAML), XML, C# (XNA Framework), VB.NET, and C.  Oh, and flying airplanes is cool too, I guess.  I’m still working on my IFR rating amongst other things that are missing from this short list.

I’m going to go to bed now.  I think I need it pretty desperately at the moment.

Life.Alive!

Yes it is true; I am alive!  I cannot possibly sum up all of the things that I’ve been going through since the last post because that would be a waste of time.  A short synopsis in one word: busy.  I am now taking classes at The Ohio State University and have been in a generally good mood, not having to wake up early anymore.  I hate waking up early with a passion.  It may be because I enjoy staying up all night.

The most exciting thing going on this coming week is Microsoft PDC out in LA.  I look forward to having a whole week of pure techawesomeness (is that even a word?!?!).  While in LA, I will get my hands on a pre-beta version of Windows 7!  I am looking forward also to using the Microsoft Surface while I am there.

Lately I have been too busy with classes to handle many other projects.  I am currently working on an XNA project with a friend up at Bowling Green who is doing all of the artwork and modeling for the game while I do the programming.

I simply can’t believe that we are nearing the end of October already.  It is getting quite a bit colder outside, but that’s okay, I like it cold.  It’s 43degrees outside yet you’d see me in shorts and a T-shirt.  Along with other ramblings, Top Gun in Bluray with 1080p is amazing.  It was quite a brilliant idea to include a Bluray player in every PS3.  I would expect it to be a pretty well-selling item this Christmas.  In Apple’s infinite brilliance, none of their computers have support for Bluray or even HDMI for that matter.

I will likely update this blog a bit next week with all of the coolness going on at PDC, so yea, back to coding like a good little boy for me.

Life.Hmm

Hmm.

I haven’t updated my blog in a while for a few reasons. I’ve been working, sleeping, and breathing. Not much else. I suppose I just had to take a break from blogging for the winter. Happy 2008 everyone! It’s official, I have been accepted the The Ohio State University at Marion. I hope it will be an exciting time to meat new people. I’m winding down the last couple of months of my high school career. In election news, I was a poll worker for election day in Ohio. An awful lot of Republicans sabotaged the Democratic Primary. Hehehehe. *Cough* anyway, 15 hours of working at the polls was very enjoyable for me.

I don’t have much else to say, other than we have a snow day tomorrow. I believe we set a record for most snow in 24 hours yesterday. I’m so thankful for furnaces and gas heat is all I can say.

Take care.

Life.Tribute

Ahh, Memorial day. This is the day in which we honor and give tribute to all who have given the ultimate sacrifice to defend our freedom. If it were not for these brave men and women, we might not even have the right to say what we please as we do.

I got then to thinking about some things. Why do we express such a hatred toward our soldiers fighting? Things are spun up so much letely, so much that we have not the slightest clue of what is going on other than what people tell us from what they heard somewhere else.

We have so much to be thankful for and we simply take it for granted every freedom that we are given. We take our freedom and use it to complain about things. It seems that we are ungrateful for everything that our soldiers have died for. We take one day from the year to recognize our US soldiers who fight for thier country with honor so that we may live with freedom and piece. If you are reading this, thank a teacher, if you are reading this in English, thank a soldier.

We will not forget all that you have done with your great service to our country.