Technical Blog

Welcome to the blog

I’m not a writer but I’m going to try put some posts in here occasionally. We’ll see what happens.

Travel updates

Katie is going to China. She setup a blog on livejournal Kate Escape to talk about her travels here and in China.

Sam just got back from Spain Monday. He is taking entrance exams at NC State and Wake Tech CC. He did really well on them.

I’ll be moving the mcgarware and darkmagic webserver, domain and email over this weekend to the new Sun Ultra server and network. Oh, boy. It should be fun.

The family Sam stayed with are here in the US in New York and heading down to see us this week. You’ll see some of that in Katies log. We will be travelling this month with them here and there. I’ll post more later on it.

Welcome back

Welcome back to my life. Been a few months since I’ve been able to organize my thoughts.

Had my parents over for my birthday. It was pleasant to have them over at my house for the first time. My daughter is leaving for China and my son is getting back from Spain. They will be passing each other overlapping for about a week.

The game programming is coming along. Python and PyGame are the back on my things to do for fun list. I’ve been digging apart Sean Riley’s book and distilling the patterns. Read a book at B&N on patterns and designs of games. It was interesting to think of games as patterns. Breaking things down simplifies fun into components. Tic-Tac-Toe here I come.

My day job is entering an interesting phase of the project. Massive upgrades of the infrastructure and large amount of knowledge transfer. I’ve been in classes every other week for the last two months. It’s only going to accelerate in the coming months.

My sister-in-law is in Washington state doing well with the pregnancy. Daniel is still abroad doing his thing overseas.

I’ll be back here in a bit.

Another update

TabletPC Research

Been digging into Windows Tablet PC and have a copy of the most upto date SDK on CD. Been digging around the 2002 edition and it’s strange stuff. Finding it either incredible detailed or very vague. I may just “not be getting” it yet. Won’t be the first time and not having a TabletPC to work with probably isn’t helping. Something popped and a friend of mine has a Tablet PC that they want help learning to use. So I’ve got a place to test out things once I build the test framework built.

I’m still in limbo on the part time job. Maybe I’ll have that settled by the new year. I want to do something more than just make money. Maybe I can combine the two and do something useful for society and make a little extra for fun money.

I took the full time job with the community college system. Viva 2005 for exercising and doing a 7am - 4pm job Monday - Friday. Cannot wait for it to start.

Family

My baby brother’s wife is pregnant so I’ll be an “Uncle Mike” sometime next year. Did Christmas at my parents house and stayed at a Bed&Breakfast a few miles down the road.

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