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July 21, 2019, 3:46 p.m.
Jan. 15, 2018, 3:05 a.m.
So once again, I've neglected my website's blog and have kinda just let the whole thing die. My bad. I feel like I only made this site in the first place as a 'living resume', but I never really had to search for a job so the site just kinda died.
However, despite all that, I do feel it necessary to update this blog every now and then for the sake of whoever may read the blog- or at least as a sort of online diary.
Since the last post, I've moved! I'm now living with one of my super close friends in Santa Clara. It a little cheaper than my previous listing, but I get a huge bedroom, walk-in closet, and in-house laundry. Definitely loving it here. I've also purchased an Alesis Strike Pro electronic drumset, so I've been able to play drums at home without disrupting people too much. It works as an amazing stress relief tool! Speaking of huge purchases, I'm also going to be buying/leasing my first car soon! Very excited to finally have a car that hasn't been run into the ground before I even bought it :). I'm also still playing competitive Smash Bros. on and off and will be attending the Genesis 5 tournament for both Melee and Smash4. Wish me luck!
Work has been a great mixture of difficult and rewarding. Not only did I get a promotion in October to the next level of engineer, but I also just hit my 2-year mark at Apple since they count previous internships at the company towards my numbers! Really looking forward to what this year has in store.
My Twitch stream has hit kind-of a rough point over the last few months. I thought my move would allow me to stream more often and that I'd have a better schedule, but I find myself doing more things with friends and my roommate instead of streaming. I'm thinking of disbanding the account altogether since I don't want to waste my time or my followers' time, but every time I do end up streaming, it kinda revitalizes my interest in it and I can't bring myself to quit. I'm gonna try to work something out going forward, and maybe let my roommate know that I just wanna chill and game a few days a week so he doesn't think I'm just ignoring him. Monday, Thursday, and a weekend day seem like a good mix while taking up less than half the nights that I'm home.
Anyway, that's about it for my update. Guess you'll hear from me in another year or so :P.
May 27, 2015, 9:40 p.m.
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May 7, 2015, 1:33 a.m.
April 21, 2015, 12:45 p.m.
I've recently added a project I worked on to my Projects page called AvaJAM (you can play it here) that I worked on with the all-powerful Thomas. Well... we were selected as a winner AND mentioned on the GitHub Blog. Big thanks to those at GitHub who organized this, and Thomas for tugging the boat along and getting us the win!
March 17, 2015, 6:56 a.m.
Beat Block Barrage (BBB) is a 2-player game where one player attempts to avoid an onslaught of multi-speed beat boxes launched by the opposing player. The Block player controls with the ASW keys and the Ship player controls with the JK keys.
BBB was actually meant to be a rhythm-based endless runner. However, getting an Audio library working took the backseat once other problems/features emerged. Thus, while playing around with the block spawner I thought it would be fun to leave BBB as a multiplayer game that could eventually support rhythmic timing.
Jan. 28, 2015, 2:19 p.m.
So Global Game Jam 2015 happened this past weekend, and my team and I took first place with our Unity game, Sabotage. It was an amazingly fun experience. Not only did I get to work with some really good friends and see a ton of pretty cool games come to fruition, but I also got to learn a brand new language (C#) and framework (Unity) as well as compose some more music! (although one of the songs I'm not so proud of...)
Although Unity does port to web quite easily, we build the game to be played using Xbox controllers, and thus, don't have a readily available demo that I can tack onto my website. That will change soon hopefully! Big shout out to Thomas Steinke, Elliot Fiske, and Aaron Jacobs. Here's to another win next year!
Jan. 15, 2015, 4:54 p.m.
Someone reading this post may or may not recognize the above bunny. It's a pretty iconic little figure in the computer graphics world. Anyway, the above bunny is one that I generated, displayed and colored! Ain't that a hoot? Given a whole bunch of ASCII, I created a pretty looking, nicely shaded bunny. This process is called rasterization. It's a time consuming and process consuming endeavor, but it's one of the final steps in the graphics pipeline - that is, going from a set of 'world coordinates' to a fully displaying image.
This was done for a Computer Graphics class I'm currently taking. The best part about this class is that I was allowed to take an upper division Art class without the prerequisites. So in addition to turning .obj files into actual interactive media, I get to learn how to create those initial .obj files as well using Maya. I'll be updating this blog with creations from both those classes and my iOS Development class, so stay tuned!
Nov. 23, 2014, 2:55 a.m.
So I've been working on a job application for Riot Games the past few weeks and actually have a phone interview with them on Monday! How exciting! Great thing that I lost my phone last week and don't have a replacement yet! :D ... :( [It's ok though, I have Wi-Fi calling on my new loaner phone]
Anyway, part of the application process required doing a programming test in which I created something I called the "Spellimobulator". You can see it here! BUT PLEASE FOR THE LOVE OF ALL THATS HOLY DO NOT USE IT JUST YET (as of 2015 its ok tho).
Why am I so adamant about this!? Well, Riot released a new champion called Kalista. She's a pretty awesome champion in the fact that her 'gimmick' consists of having an un-cancellable auto attack, but she can do a slight dodge-jump after each attack. It's really a cool concept, but of course seems quite difficult to master. Anywho, one of her abilities works interestingly in the fact that it gets a 0 second cooldown if you kill an enemy. My application would normally have a 'special case' function written for this ability to help better calculate its DPS. Of course, I haven't done that yet since school is conquering my life (thanks, 4000 word ethics paper). So, if I am calculating DPS by taking damage/cooldown, cooldown is marked as '0' in the API, and I stupidly do not have any try/except blocks to catch division by 0... then you can see what happens.
So Kalista did introduce a bug into my app, but it's good that she did. It's a pretty glaring bug. Any time you have division there should be either a 100% certainty you will never get a divisor of 0, OR you can just have something in place to handle the division by 0 when it happens. The text-based interface for Spellimobulator actually did have a try/catch block, but my web implementation does not. I'll definitely be fixing things before a certain company calls me on Monday, so expect it to be working by then. Geez thanks, Kalista
Nov. 19, 2014, 12:50 p.m.
As much as I want to say I'm still new to this whole web development thing, I'm honestly not. I've been working with Django for over 5 months - I don't really have an alibi to say I'm a noob anymore.
With this continued experimental experience comes more and more frustration during the development cycle itself. I've noticed theres a few glaring and unavoidable issues that make web development much more difficult than anything I've worked on before, and here's why.
Debugging is insanely hard
Let me start this by saying that most of this post is going to be centered around developing with Django, so apologies if you're reading this and shouting "THERES A BETTER WAY!" continuously.
I've noticed that whenever I make a change to my Django (Python) code one of 3 things happens:
How do I debug this? Well first, I should have tried all this on Django's provided dev server before running it live. Second, I need to enable debugging in my settings.py file. Third, I need to then restart any services hooked into Django that I have running since I modified the settings file. Fourth I may need to do some things before the exception/error is even triggered.
Aside: I know I should follow TDD, but these are things I fail to think about when making my silly little personal site.
Fifth, I need to then figure out if the error is in my Python code, some HTML, some template tags in the HTML, some CSS, or some code related to a service I have hooked into the site. Sixth, hope I can fix it. Seventh, enter fetal position and weep.
I know that was long winded, but you can see my point. There are SO many different things that can go wrong in web development and I didn't even touch on getting the damn thing working in a production environment.
Like mobile development, everyone accesses the site differently
So many different computers, devices, and browsers are used to access the web that accounting for them all is nearly impossible. THANK THE DEV LORDS for this little bundle of CSS and HTML called Bootstrap. It does do a lot of the work for you. However, on mobile devices, the site is still a little rocky in terms of the body portions of pages. Don't even get me started on users who still, for some unknown and completely insane reason, browse with IE.
ANYWHO, just be sure you know what you're getting into with web development. It's a lot of fun and pretty dang rewarding, but geez can it be annoying. \rant