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Chris G. Williams Beware: I mix tech and personal interests here. April 2007 Entries
keeping my word
I'm keeping to my original decision. I haven't looked at any game development stuff at all, with the exception of some late-night work on Heroic Adventure! (as I said I would.) For example, I haven't looked at the new XNA refresh, though if you would like to, it's being splashed across every mildly game dev related blog between here and Seattle. You should have no trouble finding it. Most of my days lately, when not being threatened by crazed store owners, I have been studying my butt off for the ......

Posted On Wednesday, April 25, 2007 12:34 AM

Retail Bastardosity (aka no more Command Post)
I'm gonna lose a few karma points on this one, I have a feeling. File this under damage control... A month or so ago, I heard from one of my regular customers that Kevin of the Command Post was running his mouth about how I was "poaching" customers from his store. Apparently, one of my irregular "problem children" customers took it upon himself to pass out a bunch of our cards AT the Command Post. Instead of asking me about it, he decides to just badmouth me to his customers. Anyone who knows me ......

Posted On Friday, April 20, 2007 9:00 PM

shootings at VA Tech

Largest school massacre in history.  31 dead so far, over 50 shot.

VA Tech is right up the road from my hometown. This is hard to believe.

I didn't attend VA Tech, but I know plenty of people who did.

Posted On Monday, April 16, 2007 3:08 PM

bad taxis and dropping the F bomb...
One aspect of air-commuting that you get used to fairly quickly is not having access to your own car when you get where you're going. There are typically two ways around this... rent a car each week, or catch the occasional cab and carpool as available. I'm not a big believer in credit cards, so I opt not to rent a car. I typically don't go out during the week other than the grocery store, and work is within walking distance, so it's not a big deal. This means that I'm catching a cab every Sunday ......

Posted On Thursday, April 12, 2007 11:57 AM

a parting gift...
This post is about two things. 1. I'm getting out of game development for a while. As much as I was actually into it in the first place, that is. I'll still be working on HA! in my spare time, at my own pace, but that's pretty much it. No new projects. I just don't have the time to keep fiddling with XNA, or the $$ to keep buying absurd amounts of books on Game Dev, etc. FWIW, I always said I'd rather be NEAR the game dev industry than IN it, and lately too much of what I've tried to do has felt ......

Posted On Thursday, April 12, 2007 12:32 AM

why? just tell me why...
I'm looking through someone else's code, and I see the strangest thing I've seen in... well, a long time. Instead of using a Public Function, the developer decided to create a Public Property that accepts 3 values as parameters, does some stuff, and returns a single value. So instead of: Public Function myFunc(byval A as integer, byval B as integer, byval C as integer) as integer blah blah pseudocode Return DEnd Function We have this: Public ReadOnly Property myProp(byval A as integer, byval B as ......

Posted On Wednesday, April 11, 2007 7:10 PM

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