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236663681 Or until my arm falls off at least….

I’ve been meaning to get a new tattoo for quite a while. And I wanted it to be geeky and to represent some memorable milestone in my life. So I was thinking, mulling over some various ideas, sketching some things out. And then it hit me. XNA. Specifically the XNA logo. It’s super geeky (so geeky I’ll probably have to explain to 90% of the people that say it what it even means) and I’m not sure that anything has been so memorable and made such a change in my life as XNA.

Cheesy but true.

When the XNA framework came out, thing started happening quickly. I stumbled into a geek community and started going to code camps, MSDN events, code-a-thons. I got an XNA MVP award. Met huge geek idols in my life (like Rory Blyth and Scott Hanselman) and just really started getting integrated into this fantastic development community. Then to add to all of that I became part of this fantastic XNA community. It’s really just been one of the best things to ever happen to me and I’m having the time of my life right now.

So sure, it’s permanent. Sure Microsoft could cancel XNA, rebrand it to Flimmer Flammer or some other name. Sure my arms are going to be wrinkly and flabby when I’m older and for sure I’m going to have to explain to people over and over again just what in the world “xna” means. But you know what, every time I look at that tattoo and every time I’m telling somebody what xna means, I’m going to remember all these awesome things that have happened to me. All the tremendous things I’m seeing people do with the XNA framework and more importantly all the stories and friendships I’ve formed in the XNA community.

And I think that deserves a little permanent recognition.

Posted on Saturday, February 5, 2011 7:13 PM | Back to top


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Dude, very cool, it also had to be said as far as logos go for coding stuff its quite a nice one!

Did you know about Charles Petzold? In case u dont know of him hes widely renowned as the best author for coding on the windows platform. Hes got a little windows tattoo.
Left by Jonamasta on Feb 05, 2011 7:35 PM

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I like the tatoo but i like more the way you describe what its meaning.
Left by lorenzo on Feb 05, 2011 9:51 PM

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While I think there has only been one cool tattoo ever made (this one: http://justjared.buzznet.com/2007/05/18/brad-pitt-arm-tattoo/) I have to give you credit for your dedication.

If things dont work out with XNA and microsoft you could always have the artist turn it into OXNAP or some pig Latin like IXNAY ON THE ???-AY
Left by Chris on Feb 05, 2011 11:42 PM

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I can't decide if this is epically cool or the exact opposite. I think I'm going to go with cool.
Left by Andy P on Feb 06, 2011 5:35 AM

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Geek on XNA brother!!! Way to go life is meant to be lived!
Left by Zenfar on Feb 06, 2011 8:22 AM

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Always thought you were a bit nuts, but complete respect for your dedication to the XBLIG cause.

Just another notch on the MVP status as well, since as an MVP you're supposed to promote and get people into your area and there's no better way than having to explain XNA to them and get them interested.

You'll have to update your twitpic and avatar now as well ;-)
Rock on in your geekness
Left by Simon (Darkside) Jackson on Feb 06, 2011 10:28 AM

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Nice, until MS decides you've infringed on their copyright <shudder>. Now to put Kissy Poo on the other arm.
Left by Ray on Feb 06, 2011 2:32 PM

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Well, at least you're in good company - http://www.charlespetzold.com/PetzoldTattoo.jpg - though Charles describes his as a scar from working with windows.
Left by Michael C. Neel on Feb 06, 2011 10:14 PM

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I'm loving that tattoo that Charles has! I hadn't seen the picture before just had heard about. Looks pretty dang sweet.
Left by George Clingerman on Feb 07, 2011 9:20 AM

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Very cool!

Does this mean you now get automatic MVP renewal for life?
Left by Shawn Hargreaves on Feb 07, 2011 11:48 AM

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Dude, that's epic. @Shawn I think so. Anyone who literally brands themselves with a Microsoft brand deserves to at least have their name on a website.
Left by Jeromy Walsh on Feb 25, 2011 12:40 PM

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This is awesome George. I think it shows your passion for XNA very well.
Left by Michael Crump on Feb 25, 2011 12:57 PM

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I dont see any more updates it's a bit of a downer
Left by cheapestoakleysunglasses on Jul 12, 2011 3:21 AM

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Nice, until MS decides you've infringed on their copyright <shudder>. Now to put Kissy Poo on the other arm. hsy s
Left by how long does it take to get a p on Feb 13, 2012 1:17 AM

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