Daily Entry: July 23rd, 2017

Sun Jul 23 15:49:39 UTC 2017

Going to Seattle tomorrow for a few days to try and find a place to live before I drive a van full of stuff there.

Sun Jul 23 15:58:34 UTC 2017

Been over a month since I went through my tickler. Let's do that now.

Sun Jul 23 16:29:49 UTC 2017

Caught up on tickler.

Daily Entry: July 20th, 2017

Thu Jul 20 14:02:45 UTC 2017

I start working my new job in Seattle August 14th.

That's sooner than I would have liked, but totally reasonable. I'll have not been working for more than half a year by that point. I've more than decompressed, and now it's time to recompress and build good work-life habits. No reason to not do that while working.

Also, it's soon enough that I'll make sure to max out both 401K contributions and IRA contributions this year.

I think.

Still doing some maths and figuring out living arrangements and costs and stuff.

Daily Entry: July 17th, 2017

Mon Jul 17 07:18:44 UTC 2017

Didn't really do anything for the game jam, but glad I "tried", because now I want to work on game stuff a bit everyday.

I'd like to make one-hour goals. Make a goal I wish to accomplish in one hour. That's all I have to do.

Today, I want to take the Alucard spritesheet from Castlevania Crypt and parse out all the sprites.

This was one of the things I tried to do during the game jam and later abandoned because this spritesheet is a little annoying to pick out dynamically.

"Today" is incorrect, I want to display this spritesheet via Crafty.js and make progress towards splitting it into the individual sprites, and then eventually animating it.

I would like to make code that will be mostly reusuable for any other spritesheet I come across (e.g. Ninja Gaiden).

Daily Entry: July 15th, 2017

Sat Jul 15 03:03:59 UTC 2017

For the next 48-hours (starting 0300 UTC) I'll be doing the GMTK Game Jam. The theme is Downwell's Dual Purpose Design.

The first thing to do will be rewatch this video.

Sat Jul 15 03:11:58 UTC 2017

Lots of ideas floating around in head, not sure where to start exactly.

Well, actually, I'll start with my pygame_skeleton, because that's the gaming tool I've used the most recently.

Sat Jul 15 03:26:30 UTC 2017

Idea: game where player possesses each entity destroyed. So instead of destroying entity, you take it over new host and abandon previous host. The first host will actually be most-powerful and maneuverable, but is lost upon defeating first entity. The game would be designed to be beatable without killing any entity.

Only way to regain health is to possess new entity.

Point-and-click action game (because I want to continue playing with the mechanics of that).

Sat Jul 15 03:47:57 UTC 2017

I'm working with an artist, so let's give him a thing to work with to make art stuff.

Sat Jul 15 08:38:23 UTC 2017

Wow, pretty physically tired. Needed to go back to sleep for a few hours. Body is really feeling the past week of exercise. May start my two days off a day early.

Back to game jam stuff.

Sat Jul 15 09:18:29 UTC 2017

I think I'll start with some sprites I don't own instead of creating blocky sprites dynamically like I did last time.

Sat Jul 15 10:59:12 UTC 2017

Having looked at various sprite sheets from varous games, I think I'll just start with shapes and add drawings as they're available to me and figure it out later.

Sat Jul 15 11:18:22 UTC 2017

Let's have a box move to where I click.

Sat Jul 15 13:41:24 UTC 2017

I want to play more with the old click-jump mechanic that I've been playing with for a while now, but my implementation in pygame isn't working correctly. I'd rather not waste time getting it working again. Switching to javascript and crafty.

Sat Jul 15 18:57:24 UTC 2017

Wasn't feeling it, played FTL and then did some exercises. Feeling it now, though. Would like to have something up on this domain before going to sleep.

Probably should eat first, though.

Sat Jul 15 19:13:37 UTC 2017

Tiredness hitting me, will start fresh tomorrow. I should do a jam once a month to stay in practice with it. Not at all used to jamming in home environment.

Daily Entry: July 13th, 2017

Thu Jul 13 01:02:02 UTC 2017

I have job.

Will say more as things become concrete.

Also! I had weird dream where I got hired to be a key animator at some place even though I have no experience doing so. I asked why I was hired and the boss man said I came highly recommended by some person I didn't know. I decided to try and buckle down and learn enough to fake it.

Weird dream.

Thu Jul 13 13:06:50 UTC 2017

I have been really good about exercise. Managed 5 days in a row last week and am looking to be repeating that this week. Been alternating days between dancing and pull ups.

I really like how I feel after doing 5 minutes of pull ups. The exhaustion in my back and arms feels like I'm stronger than I am, for some paradoxial reason.

Daily Entry: July 8th, 2017

Sat Jul 8 22:10:36 UTC 2017

I have received word from Mixpanel that I will receive word from them by Tuesday.


I have continued to be bad about wasting time before doing stuff. Today I feel I have the willpower to be good, so that's what I'll do!

Daily Entry: July 6th, 2017

Thu Jul 6 22:30:12 UTC 2017

Going to see the new Spiderman movie today, Stephan!

Though, that's not why I remembered to write a post today.


I have a friend. Let's call him Jesse, because that's his name. Jesse brought up an interesting analogy to me, in that he's decided to set aside time to address "emotional debt". This totally seems like the sort of thing my mentor would bring up to me, and if he did, I'm sorry that I've forgotten the analogy.

Emotional debt, if you are familiar with technical debt, immediately makes sense as a concept, and upon reading the term I immediately appreciated its existence.

Yes, I should address emotional situations that I have not properly processed or dealt with during the ebb and flow of my day-to-day meanderings. Yes, it makes sense to set aside time for that.

Very useful to explicitly think about.

Daily Entry: July 5th, 2017

Wed Jul 5 20:56:46 UTC 2017

Really, really sore. Yesterday I did the second day of the 5 minutes of pullups.

Arms sore and appropriate back muscles sore.

Been bad about visiting sites before doing things I should do, and amazingly it's leading me to being less happy than the days I'm good about it.

So, let's be good today.

Wed Jul 5 21:01:09 UTC 2017

Looked up to see if doing pullups today again would be fine even if sore. I think I may be sore enough that it's better to rest.

Now it's time to work on project some more.