Thursday, May 26, 2011

Summer of Fun 2011 vol 2



Enjoy the latest edition.  You might also enjoy last issue (a couple weeks ago).

Also, scope my finger!  We was gonna get some more footy yesterday and stitches prevented it.

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Tech Spech Tuesday 5/24/2011

Sup Spidaman?

Venom let himself go a bit..

  Alright.  Now that I've appeased the art hungry folk, let's talk tech.  If you're like me you've wanted to know, for quite some time, how to start your own website.  Well I just finished the research and this is approximately what you'll need:
  1. An idea.
  2. A willingness to learn HTML and CSS (or Dreamweaver or iWeb)
  3. About $60 dollars a year
  Next step, find a web host that will take your money.  I was directed to GoDaddy by google (if you turn your blog into a site it hosts through GoDaddy by default).  Their plans are cheap enough and they'll also register your domain name.

  After you visit their site, just click what you want to buy.  Don't get overwhelmed, just skip all the extra offers and features and roll with what you know you need.  Also, google search for coupon codes.  You will find some and you will save money.

  Finally, learn your code.  I learned Dreamweaver in one (really arduous) sitting.  If I can do it in one sitting, then anyone can do it over about a week.  I would recommend watching some Digital Tutors or Lynda stuff (either are usually available free through local Universities or Bit Torrents).

  When your site if finished, follow GoDaddy's instructions on taking your site from whatever you built it in and uploading it via FTP.  Their instructions are step-by-step so you really can't go wrong.

  Hopefully this was helpful and hopefully this answered someones questions.  I know I was going bonkers trying to figure this out on my own.  Stupid information super highway.

Monday, May 23, 2011

Mixed Media Monday 5/23/2011

Drawing from photos is fun and easy.  Drawing from life is pure frustration.


Thursday, May 19, 2011

Work Up Wednesday 5/18/2011



I don't know if I like the title for Wednesdays.  I think I'm gonna change it next week.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Tech Spech Tuesday 5/17/2011

So does anyone else like how I spelled "Spech?"  I do.  It matches "Tech."


Just a couple quick things I've learned this week in iPhone game dev.  First, make sure that you have properly sized images.  Scaling images at runtime is a BAD idea.  Second, make good use of the three r's.  Reduce, reuse, and recycle.  Scale it down.  Focus your concept to its simplest, most straight forward core.  Three, keep your code readable.  For me that involves a lot of text art header things on my methods.  It keeps me from getting lost.

Monday, May 16, 2011

Mixed Media Monday 5/16/2011


I've been up since 4 a.m. and my ability to perform in any creative measure has been shot.  This is the best I could squeeze out for ya'll before the day draws to a close.

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Blogger Is Back Up!

     Of course the week I decide to be more organized blogger goes down for half the week!  As unfortunate as that is, it does come back in a good way.  You lucky readers get a ├╝ber overdose of pictures and a video coming VERY soon.
Sweet SLC Apartment

Friday the Thirteenth Kara complete with ghost wisp things.

Kilby Court

The writing on the wall

The associates

The band

The wall next to where we parked

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Tech Spech Tuesday 5/10/2011


iPhone development is probably the coolest thing I've done in awhile.  That said, I'd like to share a little insider note here.  I've been trying to do hit testing with several balloon characters.  There are several ways one can decide if two balloon characters collide, but the best way in my situation has been to use the wonderful libraries built into Cocoa Touch.  Reading Apple's CGGeometry Reference Guide says it all.  For those that are too impatient to read their documentation, here's the goodies.

1. CGRectContainsPoint( Rectangle, Point )  :   This beauty will return true
if the point is within the rectangle

2. CGRectIntersectsRect( Rectangle, Rectangle )  :  This little number will return true
if the two rectangles are intersecting

What does this mean for a little 2D game?  Testing for hits, both with characters and touches, is REALLY easy.

Monday, May 9, 2011

Mixed Media Monday 5/9/2011


So I just watched An Affair To Remember and I'm feeling a kindredness to Cary Grants character Nicky. I can't focus on any single artistic area.  Everything I can't do is what I want to be involved in.  Acting, painting, film, everything.

Time For a Break

It's been awhile since this has happened

So I've decided that it's time to organize my life and this blog.  How is this done?  Simple.  I'm doing daily theme posts.  They will run Monday through Thursday as follows.
1) Mixed Media Monday
2) Tech Spec Tuesday
3) Work Up Wednesday
4) That Other Stuff Thursday

So that's not really what Thursday is going to be called... but I haven't thought of anything clever to call it yet.  Also, mixed media doesn't mean that I'll always use mixed media, it actually means that the media used on Mondays won't be consistent.  Tuesday is something that has to do with my current programming projects.  Wednesday is going to be some mach ups for something productive (character designs and such).  And Thursday... well... already addressed that one.

Also I'm going to try and keep the tags consistent so that this massive blog is more easily browsed.

Sunday, May 8, 2011

I heart SLC

You wouldn't believe the day I had on Friday.

A day intended to be filled with casual studying and WIFI stealing was abruptly interrupted when my mother realized that she left her cell phone in the car.  For me this translates into a mad-dash from the Joseph Smith Memorial Building (where I was studying) to the State Capitol Building (where I was parked).  For your sakes I'll summarize by saying that the time lapsed from me receiving the email to me running through airport security leaping up and down to find my family over the crowd was 22 minutes.  Feel free to nickname me something with "speed" or "demon" in the title.

A quick shot of the Church Office Building I snapped

After successfully making the drop I ventured back into the heart of SLC to experience the fine culture that our state capitol has to offer.  I started by sitting next to some rednecks at McDonalds.  As I tried to enjoy my fish sandwich I was serenaded by their high brow talking of what features to look for in a woman (most of which were picked by their inability to be changed by plastic surgery).

Similar events continued all day as I hunted for places to steal WIFI.


At 7 p.m. I was joined by fresh company.  Being joined by Kara, Patrick, and Darrian eating Thai food and homemade ice cream became the first item of business.  The second item of business was to sprint to the Clark Planetarium only to find it closed during regular operating hours without explanation.

Third and final item of business was to wander from party to party enjoying more of the high brow entertainment that SLC has to offer.  This item of business can easily be summarized by 5 short bullet points.

1. Wander into the wrong party to find copious amounts of alcohol and a girl with a microphone singing "I Will Always Love You" at the top of her lungs.

2. Reunite with an old friend from BYU Idaho, only to find out mid-conversation that he was trippin' on crack cocaine.

3. Find the original birthday party we were looking for only to find hash brownies, a homemade brewery in the bathroom, and a violin maker.  Needless to say we didn't stick around here very long.

4. Meet four lesbians and a gay couple.

5. Spend the remainder of the evening cuddling on a porch couch discussing our favorite parts of the last General Conference.

The night went nothing as planned, but I had fun.  I think the shock of the strange circumstances in which we found ourselves made for good laughs and good stories.  

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Summer of Fun 2011 (Issue 1)

We're gonna keep these rollin' all summer long people!  Sit back, enjoy, and come then come skate!

More More More!!!!



Sorry for spamming sketchbook stuff.  I really need to keep the posts flowing otherwise I'll start to let my artistic pursuits in general slip.  I hope you are enjoying the brush pen improvement as much as me.

Sunday, May 1, 2011

Super Awesome Date Night Graduation Salt Lake Stuff!

Or SADNGSLS as I like to call it.  Here's a couple snap shots in between middle eastern dancing.  I probably could Photoshop these to make them look pro... but I'm trying to keep things raw for now.



p.s.  Here's Kara's and Nikki's blogs.  They were there.