On dream adventures

I just had an interesting scene play out in a dream and I stumbled out of bed to record some of it. Here goes:

Started off in a bar-house type thing. I was sitting on a wall, opposite a small staircase. I can’t remember if it was at this point or a little later on that I met this girl, but let’s just put it here, so I don’t forget.

She’s a brunette. I think. Long, straight hair. Wears glasses, around 5’4″, probably 120 lbs-ish. Wearing one of those awful (non-hoodie, non-zipup) sweatshirts in a maroon color. I think it had some yellow lettering on the front (so like a USC sweatshirt?). I need to give her a name otherwise this is going to get weird. I can’t quite pin down what name would fit her, but let’s try running with “Michelle”.

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First things I did when I unboxed my Nexus 5 (and impressions vs the Nexus 4)

I should preface this with the little bit of background: When moving to the Nexus 5 I wanted to create a clean slate, much like re-installing your OS and getting rid of the files you thought you cared about but you don’t really.

  • Backed up and loaded my SMS messages with SMS Backup & Restore
  • Opted back in to Google Now (I like my cards, dammit)
  • Downloaded selected set of applications (the usual players: Facebook, ES File Explorer, Fitbit, Humble Indie Bundle…)
  • Organized my screens - Still a bit annoyed that your home screen is the second element in the list of screens (as opposed to, say, the middle one) Read More »

So, smaller posts, more of them..

…isn’t that similar to Valve’s approach to Half-Life 2?

So earlier this year I switched from the Samsung Focus S that my friend Jonathan won and gave to me to a Nexus 4, and as any good user I backed up the media from the phone on to my desktop. Yesterday I found that folder and started looking through it because I was trying to get rid of the awkward jeans shots and all-black shots O_o

As I flip through the pictures I notice that I’ve taken a lot of pictures in 2012… That being said: over the next few weeks I’m going to post the year of 2012 from the lens of my ridiculously light (ex) Windows Phone.

It’ll be fun. Promise ;)

On Semantic HTML

I’m not going to reason *why* we should be using semantic HTML as that’s been covered by everyone on internet twice over, I’m just going to present a case:

Ladies, Gents, etc: The difference between old school HTML (c.1993) and semantic HTML when needing to select something using jQuery (if it were straight up CSS I might be SoL):

jQuery(‘table[width="740"]>tbody>tr>td>table>tbody>tr>td>table[width="740"]>tbody>tr:has(td.vaguely_descriptive_but_generic_class):has(td[valign="top"])’);

vs

jQuery(‘li.item_summary’);

Do the world a favor: Add descriptive classes, use things like <footer>, <header>, <ul> and for crying out loud don’t use tables unless you have tabular data (and even then it can be argued against!)

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Summer heat

Soooo…. Summer is over-ish (it never really happens in San Francisco) and I finally caught some time to type down some words… On my phone. 2012 so far has been an eventful year and there’s still more to come!

Of note in the past half year that I didn’t post:

- I went to New York for the first time ever with my girlfriend, then went back a few weeks later for work.

- I helped a friend of mine set up her new place just north of market street in the financial district.

- My company shipped me to Michigan and Texas to help our clients integrate our awesome products into their sites.

- I saw the Zelda: Symphony of the goddess performed in San Diego, California with an old friend of mine (and we spent both nights we were there getting hammered :D)

- I took my first non-family trip to Las Vegas and had just about the time of my life there.

- Attended the IPL Faceoff event in San Francisco, California

- Went to the renovated California Adventure  + Disneyland;  saw the “World of Color” show for the first time

…sooo. I started writing this post three months ago and kept adding to it because more things kept coming up before I could flesh anything out. So I decided I’m just going to post what I have now and continue making new posts because seriously, when have I ever been able to keep up with life? One day I’ll fill in details with pretty pictures, but for now, this is all I have.

A Two Day Valentine’s Day Adventure

So a lot has been happening (of course). Because I work in a start up and I’m embroiled in projects 110% of the time, I find it rare to have time to myself which translates to two things:

  1. I haven’t been to the doctor in just about forever
  2. I haven’t brought my car to a mechanic for a check up in just about… forever

Now I believe very much that a car is a living breathing organism (or at the very least that it emulates one very well). Like my body, my car can throw interrupts when something is wrong and when that something gets really bad, it slows down then stops moving all together. A couple days ago (Valentine’s Day 2012) I was leaving work at around 18:00… because that’s early in startup land. I planned to go to a local grocery, pick up some flowers and chocolates and head home and pick up my loving girlfriend so we could go out for some dinner. As I pulled out of the company’s garage, I noticed that the power delivery of the throttle was a lot lower than in the morning. As I pulled onto the main road, the car started shaking and power was almost non-existent. I freaked out, and pulled off on the first street, hoping it was just a fluke.

I ended up going around the whole block and decided that I wasn’t going to take the risk of trying to bring my beloved car onto the freeway in its current condition. Symptoms were:

  1. Random violent shaking under any sort of throttle (sometimes it would be perfectly smooth)
  2. Massive loss of power
  3. Sputtering Noise

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Dream report: Feb 08 2012

So I think I’m going to do this once in a while. I woke up in the middle of my dream and had a good recollection of what happened in it. I wrote this within 5 minutes of waking up:

Work with Jonathan, getting off at Six. Office looked to be a long rectangular room with large desks protruding from the walls every few feet. We were going to have like a bacon ranch something. Car was in a parking lot from another dream segment. Wearing an 05 shirt (red/white, even though I didn’t graduate in 2005) had a jacket over it. Someone was like “you graduated yesterday?” and I was like “yeah, and I’m graduating again today” or something like that. The person who pointed it out worked at the SFSU bookstore and originally hails from Vallejo, I never talked to her though.

Took out the trash/(recycling?) With a few other people, making Jonathan wait for a second. There was a 42″ TV in a box, but the box was like an 8″ x 8″ x 60″ box (somehow it slowly fell over). Right after work was kind of a celebration. As I was picking up to actually leave Nathan was like “You don’t wanna stay and celebrate?” I did that dream-teleport to the entrance of the building and thought Jonathan was in tow, but apparently he wasn’t, so I called up with my cellphone…

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Another Month…

So here I am again. I swear I’ll start posting more often (isn’t that the story of the internet?). So this blog was originally the site root, but I’m moving things around to make it easier to stalk me (because I know recruiters *love* doing that). In the past few months nothing too crazy has happened although I’ve been super busy.

  • I hit my quarter century and celebrated at Buca di Beppo in San Francisco
  • Then proceeded to geek out at Blizzcon 2011 (90+ kinds of fun)
  • My wonderful girlfriend Melanie and I went up to Seattle to… uh… visit the rain and cold
  • Our apartment is finally fully furnished (with the things we wanted)
  • I hit the one year mark at SociableLabs! Now I’m officially legacy :p

I’ve been learning a lot of things as well. At some point I’m going to start jotting notes down somewhere around here about the things I’ve picked up. Or maybe I’ll just file those into twitter :D

Gaems!

In terms of gaming, I’ve gotten through a few titles recently – and they’re not all super old!

Dungeon Defenders

Wizard and Squire. OP as hell. Just sayin.

Eternia Crystal is Under Attack! F7U12…

I was gifted this game over the Thanksgiving steam sale? I forget. In any case, Dungeon defenders is a 3rd person class-based co-op tower defense hybrid… thing. The classes allow for different play styles and even within a class you can build your character to favor towers or personal strength (you go out and fight as well). This game is chock full of fun, spanning at least 30 hours. There is an online component called TrendyNet, which gets you ranked play and I think it has some other bonuses. Of course you can always play over LAN or on the open servers (think battle.net open).  While I can’t speak for the Xbox controller handling, the Keyboard-Mouse handling is the usual pin-point accuracy. Read More »

Catherine?!

Hey, you know how back in April I said things were going crazy? Well, ever since that day, that crazy has been on overdrive. It hasn’t been until now (while I’m bedridden on a Sunday morning) that I have any real time to myself. Mind you, it’s not that I mind the crazy. I actually like interacting with customers, dealing with deadlines and delivering on deliverables. Last time I wrote was April, right? Let me give you a rundown of the last six months (we’ve been launching applications on customer’s websites just about every month now, by the way):

April

Cherry Blossom Festival X Taiko Festival: Great fun, going to Taiko Festival in Berkeley in November

May

- Prince Concert + Slight loss of hearing couple weeks after : Hearing loss != fun.

June

-Got myself a Viewsonic gTablet, flew to LA to integrate with a customer also got on google+: Like Facebook, but not.

July

- Not much actually. Just a lot of hanging out with different people and getting ready for August

August

- Hawaii, for John and Arlene’s wedding, Boston for another Integration: Awesome (but draining) month.

On the gaming front, I’ve managed to beat a few games, some late, some not so late. I realize it’s been about six months since my last gaming update… let’s see what I’ve done:

ATP to ADP: What do we need?

Aya Brea in Parasite Eve

Parasite Eve c.1998

Well, just recently I’ve finally beaten Parasite Eve. Wait wait! There’s a good reason. Apparently in the Conversion from a PSOne game into a PSP EBoot, the person who did it screwed it up in a way that on the second disc, just before the final fight, one of the cinematics would crash. I was too busy when it first started happening to find another image, but I picked it up again a couple weeks ago, found a proper image, and stuck it to Eve and the Final Boss… finally. So what do I think of it? Given that the graphics haven’t aged well, and that the story isn’t exactly brilliant, I’d still recommend it. I have an uncle who would complain when he saw me playing Final Fantasy VII with: “Why are you letting him hit you?” to which I responded “That’s how the game goes”. This is for those of you who want to have Real-time RPG, and be able to dodge. I actually think the system is quite ingenious. Positioning is everything, and even the final boss fight makes you utilize that fact. Read More »

Conventionism

So I’m endeavoring to post a little more, since if I wait too long I’ll forget all the awesomeness that’s happening. This week has been really busy with all sorts of interesting (read: CRAZY) happening at work, but it seems it’s calmed down. Aside from trying to help the good folk at work deal with the ridiculousness that happened, I have:

Web2.0

Entry to nerdy developers and, oddly enough, wine critics

Went to the Web 2.0 Expo

So a while ago I sent O’reilly Media an e-mail because I was interested in their Web 2.0 Summit and they said “Oh we’ll let you know”. A couple months ago they sent me an e-mail saying “Hey do you want to go to our expo for free?” Duh. So I got a free ticket into the Web 2.0 Expo, and well…
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