Looking South

Looking South

I look to my neighbors down South and the trouble and tragedy they are having down there with the radical right and the radical left fighting.  Hate spilling into the streets, violence and acts of terror on both sides of the political spectrum.  I look at them then I look at my own country and my own people up here.  I want to believe that we wouldn’t fall to that level of hatred and violence but I can see cracks starting to show.  I see both sides going from reasonable debate to utter hate and I have to say that we need to get this under control before it’s too late.

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On Being Independent

On Being Independent

This is similar to a post I wrote for my old (now defunct) blog, but now I’m going to take it a bit further here.

With the rise of the internet has come the rise of the gig worker, the gig economy, the indie artist and the self-employed remote worker.  The positives and negatives of these can be debated endlessly but I want to zero in on the independent artist or worker and why I think it’s important to maintain this independence as much as possible. Continue reading →

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Oats Studio: Some of the best Science Fiction I’ve seen in a while

Oats Studio: Some of the best Science Fiction I’ve seen in a while

In case you haven’t had a chance to see these shorts take a minute to check out these three amazing mini Science Fiction films from director Neill Blomkamp.  He’s the guy that directed District 9, Elysium and Chappie.  These shorts are his new project, working with big name actors on mini passion projects.  Each film takes place in a fully realized Science Fiction world and they are great examples of short films.  Each one could be made into an amazing feature film and leaves you wanting more while also feeling satisfied.  There are only three so far but there will be more to come.

Check out Oats Studios on YouTube.  Here are the shorts:

Rakka

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Mental Toughness and Sacrifice

Mental Toughness and Sacrifice




This is something I came across recently during some googling about game development.  I think I searched “What you need to make a game”, more just bored in a waiting room and looking for an interesting article to read.  One of the top hits was a google book result for a book about “Mental Toughness”.  The book itself was geared toward athletes but I found it telling that this was one of the top results for something like video game development.

It got me thinking, what does it take to be successful in life?  What does it take to succeed in the endeavors we face in the day to day grind?  The answer really is Mental Toughness.  Well, that combined with sacrifice.  So what is mental toughness, what makes someone mentally tough? Continue reading →

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Tweepi – A Pi Powered Twitter Feed on a 16 x 2 LCD

Tweepi – A Pi Powered Twitter Feed on a 16 x 2 LCD

I was on vacation and as a way to kind of jump start my brain when I got back I took on a fun little project with one of the PI Zero’s I had lying around and an old LCD screen.  It took a bit longer than I expected and really got my gears turning again, that’s for sure.  I’ll be the first to admit that it’s not perfect, I soldered to the board in a pretty messy way and the layout is probably not perfect, so there is room for improvement, but it was a quick “warm up” project to get everything in my brain working again.  It took some google searching and reading a few documents for the modules implemented but it was a great way to get learning. Continue reading →

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