I saw a neat article a while back about an experiment designed to make people fall in love. My wife wasn’t interested in doing it with me and it seemed like it’d be kiiiinda awkward to do it with anyone else. But I thought it might make for an interesting video, so I tried it out.
Whoo, 36 questions is a lot! I only made it through the first 12 before it started getting pretty late. I know it doesn’t seem like much, but every minute of video basically takes me an hour or two to make. That’s mostly because I keep on messing up. That, and, there’s a lot of editing and post involved. So this was one took a long time to do.
I don’t know if I’ll make another one of these and I doubt that anyone’s going to fall in love watching it but it was fun making this. I can imagine it’d be an intense experience doing this in real life with another person!
The wife and kid are out of town for a few weeks so I have some time to do stuff! Like making silly videos! Having dinner with friends! And … hopefully some updates to some of my iPhone apps, which are apparently broken or crashing on iOS 8. Gah…
Anyways, for some reason, my white and/or male friends occasionally ask me about race and gender issues. I think I’m like the closest they have to having a Black and/or female friend. And my female friends often talk to me about their boyfriends. Maybe I’ll eventually make a video about that. Why does nobody ever want to talk to me about how sexy Asian males are?! Ah, someday…
Years ago, I participated in NaNoWriMo, an event where people attempt to write a “novel” (50,000 words) in a month. It was incredibly hard, but I actually managed to do it and wrote Jumpgate Blues.
I always wanted to do it again but hadn’t. Too many things kept on coming up: having a kid, stuff at work, a new job, up to five hours a day commuting, etc. Come to think of it, that’s probably why I haven’t blogged as much lately. But this year, my kid is a little older and I’m not quite so new at my job so I wondered if I could do it again.
The answer is: No. No, I can’t. I just don’t have the time. Well, I suppose I would if I sacrificed spending time with my family and just abandoning all housework and child-rearing to my wife. But I’m not going to do that because those other things are more important to me.
However, I did actually start writing my story about a guy with Low Survival Instinct. And although I don’t plan to actually finish in a month, I do enjoy the process of writing. So I plan to continue, albeit at a much slower pace. If you end up reading it and find it interesting, let me know! It might just spur me on to actually finish it.
We have a family tradition of carving pumpkins that started with my dad. This year, Dyson joined in and carved his very first pumpkin! I helped cut out the top plug but he drew the face, scooped it out, and cut the rest of it out all by himself. I thought I’d have to step in at some point since he’s only 4 but he just kept going at it until he was done. He even fell asleep holding on to it in the car ride home.
My dad passed away years before Dyson was born but I still tell him about my dad. Sometimes I get a little sad that they never met. Dyson once said, “I think he would have loved me.” Yeah, Dyson, he would have. And he would have loved your little pumpkin.
Oh, I also carved a pumpkin, but it’s not nearly as cute as the one he did:
It’s my first update in years! Here’s what’s included:
Fixed iOS 8 crashing!
Support for tall screens!
Mach Dice Custom Dice IAP now does more than 6 sides!
Between the new job, the kid, and commuting up to four hours a day, I haven’t had much time to work on my iOS apps in a while. But they were crashing under iOS 8 so I burned the midnight oil and put together a couple updates for Mach Dice and Photo Dice.
The Photo Dice update is still waiting on Apple for a review but the Mach Dice update is out there. In addition to no longer crashing in iOS 8, I also added something for the people who purchased the custom dice in-app purchase. Now, you can make custom dice for dice with more than six sides! This is handy for game systems like the Star Wars Edge of the Empire and Warhammer Fantasy Roleplay. If anyone comes up with some cool custom dice, let me know and I might add them to the list of free custom dice you can download off my website.
I used to wonder what the point of the Tooth Fairy was. My niblings are 7 and 10 years old and they clearly don’t believe in it. So it seemed silly to make up a story for kids for are too old to believe it.
But the other day, Dyson came up to me and said his tooth was loose. I was kinda surprised because he’s only 4 years old. So I called my wife over and told her that I thought he might be losing his first tooth. By this point, Dyson started getting scared because he had no idea what was going on. So then my wife (who is much faster on the uptake than I am) said, “Oh, now you have a tooth for the Tooth Fairy!” and he he totally brightened up because he thinks fairies are cool.
I was trying to recreate a certain iconic movie scene with my son. It proved to be rather challenging. Oh, one fun fact about this video: I actually said the pills in the wrong order so I fixed that in editing. Can you tell?
Apparently, Google has this annual conference called Google I/O, which I just learned about this year. And one of the things they featured this year was this thing called Google Cardboard, which actually uses a little bit of code that I wrote for … uh, this thing that I’m working on.
If you haven’t heard of Google Cardboard, it’s like an Oculus Rift but made out of cardboard (TechCrunch called Google’s version, “Mockulus Thrift“). If you haven’t heard of Oculus Rift, it’s a virtual reality headset. You put it on and you see a stereo image that reacts to the way your head is turned. The great thing about the Google Cardboard is that it’s an easy way to experience virtual reality.
Anyways, I ended up getting one of these things so you can watch me putting one of these together with the obstruction help of my son.