How to Cut Your Hair

May 26th, 2015

I’ve done quite a few hair videos in my time. This time, I decided to go a little more in depth with the tips and tricks. It just takes practice. And a willingness to shave off all your hair if you mess up. Actually, maybe mostly the latter.

36 Questions to Fall in Love, Part 3

April 5th, 2015
It’s the series finale! Doing these videos has been an intense experience. They’re the most personal videos I’ve ever done and they’re the longest so I wasn’t sure what kind of reception they’d get. But I’m very gratified with the response so thank you to everyone who watched and commented!

It was hard to be this open and personal. But it’s also been very rewarding. I can see how powerful this experience might be to do in real life with another person. I think a big part of that is just the willingness to try it. Life can be pretty amazing if you’re just willing to take that first step.

36 Questions to Fall in Love, Part 2

March 30th, 2015

Surprisingly, a few people actually commented on my last video, asking to see more. So I did part 2. If there’s interest, I’ll finish it off with part 3.

36 Questions to Fall in Love, Part 1

March 23rd, 2015

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!

Race and Gender Terms

March 14th, 2015

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…

I Did a Video for Google!

February 6th, 2015

Hey, check it out! I did a video for the official Google Developers channel. They were looking for simple iOS developer tips. I had one and now, I’ve got a little video for it. Enjoy!

Broken Hand

February 4th, 2015

BrokenHandI broke my hand over the holidays while I was in Japan visiting relatives and friends. I learned several important things:

  • If you slip on a flight of stairs, try not to land on your finger.
  • A broken hand doesn’t hurt as much as I thought it would.
  • If your hand is immobilized and enclosed in a cast for weeks, the skin keeps growing and gets reeeeally gross. Like, I’m talking mummification.
  • Health care in Japan is amazing! I paid less than $100 for an X-ray, doctor consult, and a cast. And that was without using any insurance.

My Second Novel

November 19th, 2014

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.

Dyson’s First Pumpkin Carving

October 30th, 2014

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:


iOS 8 Update for Mach Dice and Photo Dice!

October 22nd, 2014

PhotoDice_401It’s my first update in years! Here’s what’s included:

  • Fixed iOS 8 crashing!
  • Updated interface!
  • 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.

Incidentally, if you’re curious about what was causing the crashing, it was the fact that NSKeyedArchive no longer seems to work with relative pathnames.