Archive for October, 2010

Baby Pumpkin

Friday, October 29th, 2010

We have a family tradition of carving pumpkins for Halloween. I wasn’t planning on doing one this year because, hey, I have a baby. That’s pretty much my response to anything these days. (“Wanna go check out that movie?” “I’d love to, but I have a baby.”)

But then Tracy surprised me by getting me a cute little pumpkin. So I decided to try to carve something cute and a little terrifying at the same time. And yes, the thought of a crying baby can be terrifying … especially at 4am after a long week of sleep deprivation.

Babies and Cats

Wednesday, October 27th, 2010

Over the past few months, I’ve noticed a number of similarities between babies and cats:

  • both weigh about 18 pounds
  • both cry piteously if not fed in time
  • both get into things they really shouldn’t get into
  • both are very cute

Babies, however, do not always land on their feet when you drop them.


Monday, October 25th, 2010

Apple just rejected my latest iPad app, Starfield 3D, because “Apps that are not very useful or do not provide any lasting entertainment value may be rejected”.

This is one of the hardest parts of being an iPhone developer, the possibility that all your efforts and creativity may never see the light of day because someone else doesn’t like it. That’s true of a lot of things in life — so much depends on whether others see the same potential that you see. So when something like this happens, you have to choose between getting discouraged or pushing on and hoping for better next time. Right now, it’s a little hard not to feel discouraged, but I think I’ll keep trying eventually.

But hey, if you’d like to see this app on the iPad, please comment on the YouTube video. Maybe if there are enough comments, Apple would be convinced that there’s a market for this sort of thing.

Back From the Dentist

Friday, October 22nd, 2010
… wherein I discover that certain things are much more difficult to do when half your face is numb.


Wednesday, October 20th, 2010

I’m getting a bunch of fillings replaced today; enough that they’re numbing my entire mouth. Theoretically, it shouldn’t have any effect on my driving so I shouldn’t have a problem riding back to work. But, it definitely will have an effect on my ability to talk. Normally, this wouldn’t be a problem. But as it happens, I’m meeting with some people from an outside company at 2pm. This could be interesting. I just hope I don’t drool on them…

In App Purchases

Monday, October 18th, 2010

I wanted to make my latest app (Starfield 3D) free because it’s just such a simple idea: tilt and turn your iPad to fly through a field of stars. That’s it. It didn’t seem like something worth charging people for. But I did want to make some money off of it. I was also curious about ads and in app purchases so this seemed like a perfect opportunity to learn more about them.

It turns out that in app purchases are a little bit tricky. Fortunately, I found some info on the web. Here’s a general overview on And had a tip about one error I was running into and another tip about the PaymentObserver.


Friday, October 15th, 2010

When I was a kid, grownups would ask, “What do you want to be when you’re older?” The other kids would say things like “astronaut” or “firefighter” but I’d always say, “tall”, which would make people laugh, although I didn’t understand why. (Oh wait, now I get it…)

Anyways, I never got my wish, but my baby just got measured at the pediatricians and he’s in the 75th percentile for height! Ah, it warms my heart that he towers over three quarters of his peers. Hopefully, he’ll have more interesting aspirations than I did.


Wednesday, October 13th, 2010

I was having a rough time with something last night and a friend said, “Go home and kiss your baby.” And you know what? It worked.

Starfield 3D Submitted

Monday, October 11th, 2010

I just managed to beat the Sunday deadline and submitted Starfield 3D to Apple! Hopefully, it’ll get approved in a week or so.

It’s my first free app and it’s sort of ad supported in that I’ve got ads for my own apps in there. I’ve also put in an in-app purchase to remove the ads. I’m curious to see how much a free app gets downloaded, if it has any impact on sales for my other apps, and how many people will pay to remove ads.

Starcraft vs. Baby

Friday, October 8th, 2010
I love watching Starcraft 2 strategy videos so I thought I’d try making one myself. Of course, I’m not actually any good at playing Starcraft so I started with an easy one: strategy tips for playing Starcraft vs a baby.