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Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Ambient Online Compilation #3 - RELEASED

Yes, it's out! 50+ tracks of ambient heaven for less than the cost of a six pack of good beer!

Music from dozens of talented people, and then two tracks from me.  Comes with a killer PDF book of artist bios and artwork.. learn all about us!

Buy today, don't delay, send before midnight tonight!

Friday, September 5, 2014

Ambient Online Compilation #3: Pre-Order NOW

For nine bucks US you get over eight hours of music,. pure ambient bliss from the top talents at Ambient Online.

And somehow, two of my tracks made it on.. so, SHAMELESS SELF-PROMOTION!

Get it while it's hot!

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Write OR Wrong

One thing that working on the Webcomic has done is to make me re-discover my love of writing.

While it's been ages since any serious writing on my part, sitting down in front of Scrivener with an ice-cold beer was such a pleasant experience this weekend that I want to do it again!  There's just something about the flow of prose out of me into the wide world that's very satisfying.  I can do writing along with Webcomic  work without stressing myself out as neither is done on a deadline right now (heh).

Time to resurrect my writing blog!

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Insanity, Headaches, Chaos..

I know, long time no blog.  But DANG has work been insane!

The hardware guy keeps getting sucked into meetings and not designing the hardware.  We discover each day a new thing missing from the code the previous contractors left.  And in that, I get to learn to do new things that I wasn't supposed to have to.. ugh.  It'll look great on a resume!

I'd be sightseeing a bit on the weekends but it's HOT - over 105F.. and that highly de-motivates me from doing anything but either hiding at home or the local bar.  It should cool down in a couple of weeks, but we'll see if that actually happens.

This contract could go until Christmas.. good thing I like Tulsa.  Fun times.

Some 3D being done, small animation tests and such in prep for pre-production work on my Vicky's Diary Webcomic.  Yes, I'm trying the Webcomic thing again!  Just one, though.  There'll be a Blogger blog for it shortly.

Ugh, back to studying motor control theory.. my head hurts..

Friday, August 1, 2014

My But It Got Busy...

Well, I've been on my new contract a little over a month now.  It's in Tulsa, OK. and should run until close to the end of October.  It's writing firmware for an electronically-controlled security fence product, very interesting, motor control, graphics display, on an MSP430-based platform.

Tulsa is a nice town - less crowded and more laid-back than Austin.  Still some good music here, especially rock and blues.  The place I'm staying is less than 2 blocks from a nice bar that has live music almost every night, which is great!  Except for the amount of time I spent there checking out new bands (heh).

Haven't done a lot of music since the move, it was INSANE - I woke up in Austin on a Monday and woke up in Tulsa on a Wednesday!  HUGE rush of a move, I threw all I owned into one large suitcase and a backpack and made the jump.  Thankfully the bus service here is acceptable, and there are plenty of extended stay hotels that are very affordable, so I managed to drop right in and get to work.

I'm also restarting my 3D artwork, since I have lots of free time after work and on weekends.  I'm not too close to downtown, and there's no late bus service to speak of, and NO bus service on Sundays, so I get to spend a lot of time at home or at the local bar.. might as well get creative!

I'm thinking of writing an autobiography, just for fun.. nothing meant to be published before I die, though!  But half the time even I can't believe all the things I've been through.  I'd better get it all down before I forget it all, and given my current lifestyle I'm sure I'll have a bazillion experiences to write about in the future.

Ah, well, back to digesting my pizza and watching the BIOS/RTOS re-compile for a new chip model.. boring!

Take care!

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Project Endings

Well, I've completed all my projects here at my current contract, so my boss and I have decided it's time for me to move on.

It's not like there was no warning, it's been clear that I was working myself out of a job, so I'm prepared.  I have great references - including my boss - so I'm leaving behind a pile of clean code, tons of documentation, and a happy boss.  I already have some nibbles on new work, as well.

I'm going to TRY to take a week and just chill.. it's been a very stressful year for me here, finding and fixing bugs that have shipped in the product for years, shipping new products, and generally being in Senior Firefighter mode.  My birthday is the 20th., so this means I can party out instead of having to work all day (heh).

While I'm in job search mode, I'm going to teach myself HTML5, CSS3, and Javascript - this to compliment my C#/.NET work.  I'll also continue to learn C#/.NET better and read up on algorithms, design patterns, and UML.  Never stop learning!

I also intend to compose more music, and try to write more.. that will help keep me sane while waiting for the next thing to come along.

But, for the next week - VACATION!  Chill, read, write, compose!  And send out resumes.

I already have a few nibbles.. one locally, one in Minneapolis (long shot), and one in Irvine, California (another long shot).  Call the the migrant programmer!

Until later, take care!

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

A fantastic new ambient/electronic album!

..No, I'm not on it (heh), but you need to give Source Transmissions a listen if you enjoy ambient or electronic music:

If you enjoy Tangerine Dream, or Klaus Schulz, then you'll love Source Transmission.  I put the album on Winamp and shuffle/repeat it when I'm writing, it gets me right into The Zone and I can just watch the words flow out.

Check it out!