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A little bit here, a little bit there
December 1, 2014, 11:22 am

Fixed the thumbnail generator last night. Dumped all the old thumbnails. Over 400. Seems like a lot. Don't think I even have that many images.

Really happy to be able to blog regularly again. I enjoy writing down my thoughts, and even though this is a spot that I show my students, I feel comfortable writing whatever I want here. Most of my blogging is about code anyways.

I continue to improve my base sass files. If you're interested in those files, they are properly underscored, eg. _base2_classes.scss. I have moved them into a condensed css output now, which should help the download of this site even further. I continue to work on SEO and optimization. It's a job that's never really done. Now that my main site is feeling better, I feel confident I can move forward with a redesign soon. I continue to pull in code from side projects. Smallcode was a little thing I put together to show off tiny bits of javascript, but also just common javascript functions that I need all the time. I also used some php code in there for converting block formatted elements into ordered lists for displaying code. If I get that working with my editor, I'll share it out here.

My blogeditor now has a preview as I type. It is a very zen feeling to type on the left, but look to the right. Always look forward in everything you do. Never be satisfied to pine for the past.


My preview is one letter behind my typing. I wonder if I should fix that...

Nevermind, I fixed it. It's the difference between keypress, and keyup. onkeypress hasn't written the current letter to the input value yet. onkeyup has.


More work gets done
November 30, 2014, 2:03 pm

Slowly, slowly, I'm improving my code. I'm corralling all the random bits of code from all my different projects, and bringing them into one place. I'm fixing a lot of the bad things, and moving forward. I've dropped AngularJS from my main page, and switched to straight php. I never liked how the posts would take a second to load in, and now the site seems to blaze forward a lot better.

I've started hanging out at coffee shops a lot more. Doing code at home is hard to keep up for pace. I have to go out and get myself into an environment where it doesn't feel so comfortable.

Did karaoke last night for the first time in forever at a little bar in Japantown and it was really awesome. Everyone was into it, and it was nice to go to a bar where you had a chance to sing, but you also weren't sequestered in a booth. I was rusty as all hell, but it didn't matter. It felt good to be back. I think I'll go again.

I also added a number of new places over on the sidebar for my stuff, including Twitter and Github. Improved the icons and placement as well. I also pushed up the quality of thumbnails, but I don't know if I'd have to dump them all to get them all to recreate... I should probably know that.


I finally update something
November 24, 2014, 4:02 am

I finally made myself a blog editor. Not that you'll ever see it. I've been having my students learn how to make editors, and I thought it would only be appropriate to make my own. It's simple and dumb, but I like it, so there. And maybe now I will post here more often.

This also means that I finally gave myself a link to blog posts. So, that's actually really nice to be able to make permalinks to individual posts. Let's see if I can't make that work a little better soon.


Some new things
October 14, 2014, 5:07 pm

I've been very much enjoying doing figure drawing and drawing on the San Francisco BART. You can see my BART drawings at my instagram account if you're interested in such things. You might have noticed there's a section on the right of the site showing a number of applications that are worth visiting that I've made. Another fun place to visit is my scripts folder. I've been teaching at the AAU a lot more recently, and it's caused me to create a number of fun new games and scripts.


Another Birthday, Another Website
August 20, 2014, 3:04 pm

Well I bought yet another domain name. Up Up Down Up is just one more in a long line of websites I've purchased around the time of my birth. On the 9th there was much debate about what age I actually was, but it was finally decided that I had in fact turned 33. A respectable age. For my birthday I had a small gathering with some friends, and then I went home and bought Final Fantasy X for the ps3 and I played that for a week.

Now... I don't want any of you to be confused by what I just said. I did not sometimes play final fantasy during that week. No no. I put in over 80 hours of gameplay during that week. And I still haven't beaten any dark aeons. Mainly because getting Tidus' ultimate weapon is a goddamn pain in my ass.

But that might be beside the point. After that week of nothing, I came back to my senses, and started working on my counting script again, because it's actually very useful when you're doing the monster arena in FFX. Working on this script, I added some much needed features, cleaned up some css, and now I think it's worth buying a domain name for it.

Which brings us to now. I'm actually really quite proud of this app, and it is something that I actually need periodically. You might find that you do too. If you do, I'd love to hear how you used it, and if it was successful for you.

No new art today, but there might be new ones over in the side panel.

... I should work more on my main website...


It's hard out there for a pimp
June 5, 2014, 1:00 pm

I reworked my resume recently and I got a lot of really great feedback to help me streamline it, even though it comes down to how I want it to look. Ultimately though, one of the most frustrating things for me was how many people said it looked like a design resume. So disappointing, since I barely even mention art in the thing. It's all about my tech skills, and my teaching, and my webwork, and just a couple little points that make it clear that as a full stack developer, I also happen to know how to make the visuals to make a website look great (regardless of the appearance of my own).

It's difficult to want to be something when everyone says you're clearly something else. And it's so easy for people to see art, and taxing for someone to evaluate code.

Anyways. I've been working on my site some more. Some of the layout is still a little jittery, but ultimately everything will be better in the future. I've completely rewritten my base.css file to better mimic the excellent work that Bootstrap is doing, while retaining the trim document that is more useful to me. Sass 3.3 was a huge leap forward, and allowed me to make some really complex structures out of some fairly simple code.

I also continue to work hard on my backend analytics, and I am striving to improve my image viewer system to make it be viable, pretty, and worthwhile. I'm thinking of adding a commenting system to my site soon, but I'm really not sure.


A new website and more drawings
May 8, 2014, 9:30 pm

Hi. I've made a new website to showcase my growing collection of caricatures. EgoArtist is the name of my portrait business now. I'm still working on the website, but you'll notice that I've cherry picked all the caricature art from my archive to toss over there as a pitch for work. That's right, I want to draw people for a living, and since my Patreon kind of fell flat (altho the jury is still out on that) I'm kind of trying the loner approach.

So I made a new website like I always do. I'm also teaching a lot at the Academy of Art University. In case you don't know I've been teaching web develoment and adobe program use for the last 3 years, and I just recently started at the AAU. I'm having a blast teaching there, and it's interesting being a programming teacher in a predominantly art academy, as apposed to LearniT! where I was a basically an art teacher at a tech school. The students have all seemed to respond well, and it's all been very encouraging.

I've also got a new folder of images based on the Big Bang Theory that you might want to check out, and a number of new images in the Game of Thrones folder. Here's the Big Bang Theory pics.


Caricatures and something fun
March 28, 2014, 2:30 am

I started going to a figure drawing group that meets every Monday. I went at first because I'd never done it before, but after one day of sketching in pencil, I realized that it was the perfect time to push myself artistically. I started painting on my Slate, and it felt amazing. I've always been afraid of painting, because everytime I tried, it felt slow. But with only 5 to 20 minutes each pose, there was no time to pout. I got confident fast, and I haven't felt this good about my art in years.

I did 3 caricatures last weekend, and ever since then, I've been pushing as much high quality caricature rendering as I can push. It's been a lot of fun to try. I did an entire series of Community caricatures, and on a wave of confidence, I have now started into Game of Thrones. This work is some of the best work I've ever produced, and I hope I can keep up the pace, and work through all 5000 Game of Thrones characters.

Here are the Lannister family caricatures that I've finished so far.


Lots of work and small rewards
October 26, 2013, 10:00 am

My brother has been in town recently, and we have been doing a lot of web coding work. There are a lot of projects coming that I can't talk about just yet, but we've been working in AngularJs to make a framework for developing website prototypes. Things like json readers, to sidestep sql setups and allow for more flexible data models, and a bootstrap-like base css system which gives us more forward thinking css applied to html5 elements.

What I can tell you about is my friend Sam Hiti's website, which has soft launched recently on a code base created entirely by my brother and me. It's been super exciting to work with Sam, who really knows what he wants, and it's been great to dive into these technologies with my brother. At this point, I think it would be amazing to make a company based in the idea of just prototyping out websites for companies to have a working pitch.

I have also been doing a lot of art, and I suppose I should show some of that here. So here's some art for your ass that has been uploaded semi recently.


Promises Shmomises
April 9, 2013, 12:52 pm

I started learning a bit about deferrals and promises today, and I don't like it. I think, mainly, because I can't quite see where I'd use it yet. It's ok, though, I'll figure it out when I have to.

I watched all that's available for Doctor Who Series 7. Doctor Who is pretty incredible. And If you've never given it a chance, I would suggest that you hop into Series 2, and Enjoy the wonder that is David Tennant, even though technically, my favorite Doctor so far has been Matt Smith, the latest. It's a combination of attitude and style.

Doctor Who is one of the few shows that can make me laugh, cry, and be in utter awe in a single episode. I hope it never ends.