I had to step away from the writing for a bit. It was stressing me out, and that doesn’t make for fun reading. I am certain that I’ll pick it back up again, but I had to go back to the thing that makes me whole; the thing that calms my nerves. I started thinking about code again. My recent tasks at work got me thinking about my own engine, and it’s current state.
Archive for March 27, 2010
I am a little upset with myself right now. I haven’t written in the book for over two weeks and that gap is getting bigger each day. I try, diligently, to sit and write, but the words just don’t come to me. It’s upsetting because a part of me really wants to do this; to write this book. I have this gritty and torturous fantasy story to tell and I can’t seem to take the effort to write it down. I think that the other half of me knows that I am writing because it is the only thing that I can do without the help of others. Completing this book is something that I’ve wanted to do, but a lot of my creative spirit seems to have run it’s course over these past few years. I don’t know if it has to do with the changes in my life, or the job I am at, or any number of other factors. It could very well be a little of all those things, but I look at the book right now and I don’t feel inspired to write more. I have a story in my head, and something is fighting me, keeping me from putting it down on paper. My will, my motivation; they have been siphoned from me.
Windows Mobile 7 devices might be coming out in time for Christmas this year. That’s good news since my Blackberry has a huge crack on the screen. I’ve been wanting to upgrade to a newer smart phone, but I haven’t been very excited about any of them. Apple can lick the bottom of my shoes, and only then I might think about an iPhone, but until that happens I am still looking for something to grab my attention. My interest has been peaked by the mention of XNA support for Windows 7 phones, so it could be the first phone that I actually bother to buy games for. I just hope that they deliver the phone on a service provider that has service.
There is something about this time of year that always depresses me. We are at the height of many things (in gaming) over the next few months. GDC, E3, Quake Con, and many other events that are filled with boundless information and jaw dropping news. It’s even a time when many game developers are slowing down from their pre-holiday crunches and their blood pressure has lowered after hearing the good news of more work to come.
The past couple days sure have been interesting. The internet was a-blaze with angry words across every forum, blog, and comment block available to an ear that might listen. The voices were screaming about how evil Activision is, and how they are killing creativity. They type, with furious tapping of the keys; “Down with Bobby, off with his head!”
I recently found myself backing up around 100GB of data. I originally attempted to simply copy the folders onto my external harddrive, but quickly discovered how incredibly broken the Windows copy system is. If Windows copy isn’t taking 12 hours to copy, it’s crashing and giving up on the first sign of failure. This usually forces you to have to start from the beginning because you don’t know what files have been properly copied or which files are corrupted. Enter TeraCopy.
WARNING: Don’t download from the creators homepage, it has a virus =(. This is a sad thing for such a great application. Instead, try to find it on a safer site that scans their files for viruses. I got mine from download.cnet.com.
I copied my content in a few minutes, not hours, and it never crapped out once. This is a must-have for anyone who deals with massive amounts of data transfers. One bad thing that I’d have to say about this freeware tool is that the interface is a little clunky and unorthodox, but it gets the job done.