Updates – All around

Hello, Hello, Hello!

I have been working, slaving, on too many things, but here are the updates that are pertinent.

I quit WAW. The lead and I had a difference in opinion at how something should have been handled and well, I choose the other road. Leaving WAW threw me to the whales and since then I’ve been kicking the utter shit out of the to-do listing I built up on Google. The great thing is that I am feeling great. I am finally sleeping again, after nearly two months of intermittent bouts with insomnia, although I owe that to Advil PM and Benadryl, thank the all powerful being who developed that.

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Letter to the HL2 Mod Community

I began modding Source in January of 2005. I spent just about every day of the next two years doing everything in my power, free time permitting, to help the amateur modders get accustomed to the drama and pure unadulterated bullshit that was lurking just out of their sight. I was there when the community came together and I have been here watching it dwindle into the dark corner of the room that no one dares look. There is no doubt in my mind that the Source Engine is feeling under used, under appreciated and sad. More shocking to me, even though I have more than devoted two years of my life to it, a dark portion of my heart is very glad to see it as such.

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Managers for my managers…

I have great news, and it blew my mind when I realized how well it worked. In order to explain I will have to convey reason behind my development over the last 2 weeks. To those who don’t know, I have been spear heading an open source project called GneuManager, a project management suite that beings new meaning to modular. The last two weeks I have been putting the finishing touches on the interaction and caching on the back end of the application, let me explain…

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Chronicles of Swallowbush – An exercise in user tracking

Users – we have all been one at some point in our lives. The concept of being one is very straight forward. We users navigate to a site and are unknowingly a part of a case study being conducted by a person or group of people controlling the website we have chosen to land on. Our habits, search phrases, and personal information (I’m not talking credit cards…) are all subject to the developer’s needs and intelligence; if they choose to keep track of who I am and what I like on their site it will be very beneficial to them. This is the first in a possible series of more technical journeys into Swallowbush, and PHP in general. I plan to open up the door to show you how and why things are tracked, and what benefit you can take from that. Continue reading “Chronicles of Swallowbush – An exercise in user tracking”

Chronicles of Swallowbush – Collaboration then and now

My first attempts at putting a team of developers together were with the fourth build of swallowbush. You see, every six months or so I would have learned enough to make my previous version of the application look like an embarrassment. One of the best ways to learn anything is to actually do it. You can’t learn to fish by reading about it, and similarly you can’t learn to program with out programming. Along the same lines, you are going to learn programming best if you are doing it with others, asking questions, getting questioned and for the most part, looking for reason behind actions.

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