Theme change again, again

Design | October 10th, 2010

I’ve been monkeying around with WordPress for the last month or so. I think I now have a pretty good handle on it’s inner workings, so I’ve been able to make this theme a little more compact and unique from the pedestrian default look, or my old theme.

Anyway, I may still make some changes to the graphics through the next several weeks, but I hope I can stick with this one for quite some time before I get bored with it.

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Mistletoe now on iBookstore

Writing | August 19th, 2010

You can now purchase a digital copy of Mistletoe’s Night through the Apple iBookstore app for the iPad and iPhone. Hopefully I can get it on the other ebook devices (like the Kindle) as well. To find it, simply type ‘mistletoe’ in the search box in the iBooks app. You can also buy it as an epub file from Lulu as well; which should be viewable on all the ebook devices out there, but I’m not 100% sure.

Update: I’m now in the process of making it available on the Kindle through its respective service. I don’t have a Kindle so I don’t really know how its going to look, but from what I could tell from the preview the formating might be a little goofy, and obviously the illustrations are in black and white.

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Home from my trip

Photography | August 16th, 2010

I’m home from my trip to Boston. My cousin’s wedding was quite nice with a great location; even my hotel room had a great view of the city. Anyway, it was nice to get away for a weekend and visit a place I had not been to in a long time.

I took a ton of pictures on this trip; some of them didn’t turn out as nice as I would have liked, but that’s how it goes sometimes.

I also went to my first Packer game over the weekend. It was only a preseason game but it’s better than nothing, and now I can say I’ve been to one. I just wish I would have brought a camera besides the one on my phone.

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Summer update

Life | August 5th, 2010

Not much to write about these days. I really want to have more consistency with my posts but the reality is: I really just don’t have anything to write about. Anyway, I am still trying to work on another book or two, but it’s slow going; it’s hard to get motivated. I have some other programming project ideas that I’d like to take a crack at but, but once again I just can’t find the time to squeeze them in. I have a good weekend coming up so we’ll see.

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New camera

Photography | June 15th, 2010

Bowl of popcorn

Bowl of popcorn

I finally made the plunge and bought a new camera, but this time went for a Canon SLR. It’s only an entry level model (Rebel XS), but it was a really good deal on Newegg.com; plus it came with a telephoto lens. I should have plenty of fun with it.

At least now I can get back to taking pictures again. All I need now is a decent bag for it.

I dumped some of the photos that I’ve taken with this camera in the last day on my Picasa photo album.

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Finished illustrating another textbook

Writing | June 1st, 2010

Jack & Jill Painting

Jack & Jill

I just finished the last of the illustrations for the thermodynamics textbook I’ve been working on. Hopefully everything comes through okay, and my part is finished. I can finally focus more time on my own book and other things.

I’ve also been looking at getting an iPad to use as an inexpensive drawing tablet. I currently have a very serviceable seven year old Wacom Intuos tablet, but I still have some trouble drawing strait lines and shaping objects on it. And I’m still in the market for a new camera as well.

Oh, and I hope to install the latest Ubuntu sometime this week as well.

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Twitter

Life | April 21st, 2010

I just setup a Twitter account, as you can see by the icon on the right side of this page. I don’t know how aggressive I will be in actually using it, but I figured I may as well join the club. The wallpaper used on my Twitter page is an image strait from my next book.

Also, I’ve nearly completed all the illustrations for the Thermodynamics textbook. But barring that, I don’t have anything else to really talk about right now.

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Illustrating another textbook

Writing | March 31st, 2010

Spring is finally here! I hope to pick up a new camera soon, and get back to photography.

Over the last month, I’ve been compiling the hundreds of illustrations for the second edition of the thermodynamics textbook my dad wrote in the late 80’s. It’s been a pretty grueling process going through each drawing.

Also, the second edition of Exploring Engineering is now on Amazon.com. It contains most of my original illustrations with a few changes.

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Lord of Ultima

Gaming | February 26th, 2010

UltimaJust today I discovered Lord of Ultima, a web browser based game. Besides the fact that it has really nothing to do with the original Ultima game series (other than it’s namesake), but it’s still kind of a neat game concept. It plays a bit like a simplified version of Age of Empires with players building cities across a large singular continent (I can see this becoming a problem in the future) and fighting with one another or creating alliances. What surprises me is that it doesn’t seem to use Adobe Flash or require any kind of proprietary plug-ins, it just seems to be some kind of glorified JavaScript/Ajax application. This might not be a new an all new Ultima role-playing game, but it could be a really cool game in itself.

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Personalized calendars

Design | February 5th, 2010

Calendar photo

My calendars

I really like having a personalized wall calendar. Normally, I have been using the freebe calendars provided by a realtor, which isn’t all bad, because they’re peppered with virtually all theĀ  local events. But, I personally prefer to display my own artwork on my walls, even if it’s not the best.

A couple of years ago, I made a calendar based on my illustrations from Mistletoe’s Night. I used iPhoto on my Mom’s Mac to assemble the calendar and add holidays and personalized dates on it. I was really happy with the final product, even though it was a tad pricey.

Last month, I made another calendar, based on some of my photos, using the same tools I had used the last time with the same results. I really wanted to try a different service like Snapfish (to get away from Apple), but I really didn’t like the general look of their formating. It was a little hard to tell from their illustrations what the final product will look like, but I wasn’t terribly keen on their options.

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