Got My Book

I received July’s book – The Practicing Mind – in the mail today, pretty excited to start reading it! It’s much more thin than I expected so I’m hoping to get a jump start on August’s book ahead of time.

Work Was Rough!

I work remotely once a week. It’s a nice benefit, and I tend to get Friday as my day which is nice because Friday is usually a pretty slow day for work. Today, however, was definitely an exception. One of our clients started sending us bad data today in our interface with them. The folks who originally designed the interface set it up in such a way that we would keep trying to download the same “Jobs” over and over again, even if they failed before. A few hundred jobs failing like this over and over and we quickly went over a billion records inserted today. I’m still working with the customer to diagnose the root cause but the worst of the stress is over because I’ve temporarily shut down this interface.

Steam Summer Sale

I often can’t help myself when the Steam Summer Sale comes around, so I picked up a few games even though I’ve already got quite a backlog to catch up on. The list started at over $100 and included more than ten games. Reviewing the list I saw a few games on there that I’m interested in playing someday but wasn’t upset by putting off. That, and I carved out a few games that were over the 20 hour mark on HowLongToBeat. This allowed me to get below $60 for some games I’m really excited to play.

The List:

  • Shadowrun Returns Deluxe
  • Hyper Light Drifter
  • Axiom Verge
  • The Talos Principle
  • Soma
  • Shadow of Mordor (GotY)
  • Furi
  • Hollow Knight

I’m considering dropping Persona 5 as my game for July. It’s great, but honestly… it’s a 90 hour game. I’m *maybe* 45 hours in. I could finish 3 of the games on this list or more in that time.

Visit with the Neurologist

Back in April I woke up with one side of my face drooping and some numbness in my right arm. Needless to say I was pretty freaked out. So I went to the hospital and after a couple of days, learned that it was either a stroke or a migraine.

Well this week I had my follow-up appointment and was pleasantly surprised when the Neurologist seemed quite confident that it was my migraines (since I have a family, and personal history of migraines and there was no other evidence of stroke). This really made my day and even makes the Psoriasis flare-up I’m dealing with seem not-so-bad.

Game Dev Jam This Weekend

My friends and I are participating in a game-jam this weekend. Check out our github! I’m really excited, but a bit disappointed I’m not going to get to spend the¬†entire weekend helping out. Tomorrow (Saturday) I’ll be joining my family taking a train ride and it’s going to eat up a big part of the day (8 hours or so). But I’ll jump right in as best as I can as soon as it’s done.

Finally Setting Up My Blog

I setup my blog today, yay! I figured now would be a good time because I’ve begun my “1 Book, 1 Game, 2 Movies” initiative which was spurred by this reddit post. The idea is simple, set a goal to read 1 book, complete 1 game, and watch 2 movies by the end of the month.

1 Book, 1 Game, 2 Movies for July

Book: The Practicing Mind by Thomas M. Sterner
Game: Persona 5
Movie: Paterson (2016)
Movie: Little Men (2016)

Game Dev

I spent a week at my friend Jim’s house recently working on our game Praetorian. The goal was to see how much we could get done in ~7 days of focused effort. Later in the project, Denny joined our project as an artist and really helped make it look sharp. I’m proud of what we managed to get done and can’t wait to start working on the next thing.

Psoriasis

My psoriasis has gotten especially bad. I’m itching all over and my skin burns like I have a sunburn constantly. It’s really starting to affect my mood, I’m expecting to receive Humera soon, oh my god I hope it works quickly.

My Brother’s New Computer

My sister Jen and her boyfriend Paul have decided to put together some money and get my brother George a new computer. It’s a pretty powerful machine especially for the money with a last gen I7, and a GTX 970. Gaming is a big part of my brother’s life and he’s been going through some hard times lately so this should really brighten his spirits.

Family Cloud Drive

My wife and I decided to setup a cloud drive to store all of our digital belongings rather than trying to maintain an external hard drive myself. After doing some research I went with Sync¬†mainly because of their privacy agreements but also because they’re priced reasonably.