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upcoming user group / conference visits
The next 6 months are going to be pretty fun (and by fun, I mean hectic.) In addition to a couple of interesting side projects (writing & video), I'm also going back on the speaker circuit. Fortunately, I'll be able to tie a few of these stops to some "vacation" destinations. 3/18: GSP Developers (Greenville, SC) 4/22: Enterprise Developers Guild (Charlotte, NC) 5/15: WNC.NET (Asheville, NC) 7/11: Codestock (Knoxville, TN) TENTATIVE 8/07: RV.NUG (Roanoke, VA) 8/28: DevLink (Chattanooga, TN) TENTATIVE ......

Posted On Wednesday, February 26, 2014 9:41 AM

ch ch ch changes...

After a mostly great 6 years and 3 months, I'm leaving Magenic. My last day is officially 9/14/12.

I'm going to be taking a much needed break from consulting, to focus on parts of my life that have been, well... rather unfocused lately.

Posted On Thursday, September 6, 2012 9:34 AM

Travelling at Magenic
I occasionally get asked if we travel "a lot" at Magenic. Sometimes the question comes from job candidates. Other times it's clients, recruiters or friends. To give a simple yes or no answer would be a disservice to the person asking the question. So here is my standard answer:It depends.(That was the short version. Here's the long version...)We do have some guys that are more "national" in focus, and they can travel a fair amount. They also receive a little extra in compensation for doing so. It's ......

Posted On Wednesday, April 4, 2012 2:57 PM

You've got questions? These guys have answers...
I'm sure most of you reading this have heard of, seen or actively used Stack Overflow. If you're like me, you probably thought to yourself... this would be such a great resource for other stuff... like games. Fortunately, that's exactly what is. Quite literally, it's StackOverflow for gamers. It doesn't matter if you're into board games, video games, card games, minis games or those weird games you used to play with your older cousin when your mom wasn't home (ok, maybe not THOSE ......

Posted On Tuesday, December 8, 2009 9:47 PM

UGSS / INETA .net user group support kits have arrived
After a lengthy break, the user group support kits from Microsoft have resumed. FedEx dropped off a big white box this morning, so if you are still awaiting yours... it should be there when you get home from work (or maybe in the next couple days.) User Group leaders didn't have the option of picking and choosing the contents for this cycle (or any future cycles, I would assume...) but don't fret, the contents are quite good. Assuming all the "Dev Group" kits are identical, this is what you can expect: ......

Posted On Wednesday, December 2, 2009 3:07 PM

Good news from the VB.NET product team
As a VB.NET MVP, I love seeing stuff like this from the VB.NET product team: (I can't share most of the email, since it's NDA, but here is what I can share.) Also, here are some data points that make us confident in VB’s momentum. This is the kind of thing I share with other teams when I engage them about “speaking vb”. We’ve made the decision that you can freely talk about these data points in public (not under NDA) : ---non-NDA--- Visual Basic is the #1 .NET language (as reported by Forrester Research) ......

Posted On Wednesday, October 31, 2007 3:01 PM

It's time for gory movies... the worse, the better. Here are some of my favorites: Chopping Mall I Dismember Mama Dead Alive My absolute favorite (not as gory, but too funny to pass up): EVIL DEAD 2 So... What are yours? (Rod just suggested this one, which I haven't seen: Cannibal Holocaust) ......

Posted On Wednesday, October 31, 2007 12:54 PM

It's Beginning To Look a Lot Like a Culturally Non-Specific Gift-Giving Season...

Halloween is almost here, which means Thanksgiving isn't far behind, and you know what that means!!



Posted On Monday, October 29, 2007 9:04 PM

Indie MMOG Conference, right here in Minneapolis
How did I just find out about this today?? This is cool. *Looks at calendar* ...AND it's on a weekend, awesome! This keeps getting better. Richard Bartle, Gordon Walton (of Bioware)... $99 until 11/15 Very cool. update: I've been talking to the guy running it, and I'm helping out some now. They still need sponsors and speakers, so if you're interested... drop me a line ......

Posted On Monday, October 29, 2007 3:49 PM

my first NFL game - Go VIKINGS!
So yesterday, after code camp was done and buried on Saturday, we (D'Arcy and Boy #1 and myself) got up early and headed downtown to the Metrodome to catch the Eagles and Vikings game. I'd never been to a real Pro game (of any sport) although I'd certainly seen plenty of ECHL (hockey) back in Charleston. The excitement level was pretty high and there were lots of folks in jerseys and body paint. D'Arcy was even sporting an Eagles jersey. We got there a little early and walked around watching all ......

Posted On Monday, October 29, 2007 9:15 AM

Post Code Camp decompression
So the Twin Cities Code Camp III is over... thoughts? I had a great time meeting a lot of the local developer community, including some Magenic and Microsoft folks that I hadn't had an opportunity to hang with before. It was great seeing Bill Ryan, Lou Vega and D'Arcy Lussier again. The four of us, plus a few extra folks (Justin Chase, Aaron Erickson, Michael Dunn) all got together at my house the night before to work on our presentations, have a few beers and jam on Guitar Hero II. Michael brought ......

Posted On Monday, October 29, 2007 8:48 AM

XBOX 360 Controller Driver for Windows XP SP1

I'm putting this here for people who saw my presentation and needed a download link.


Posted On Saturday, October 27, 2007 9:35 AM

Facebook <3 Microsoft
Taken from this article here. Although the two companies said they are not disclosing all terms of the agreement, observers need look no further than the fact that Facebook has already released its APIs, and Microsoft last week released the beta for its Popfly tool, which among other things is a Silverlight-based mashup tool that can be used to build Facebook applications. Microsoft also has a Visual Studio toolset that can be used to develop Facebook apps. "You can certainly look at what we are ......

Posted On Friday, October 26, 2007 11:55 AM

MVP Summit 2008

The site is up:

My renewal cycle is in January, so hopefully I'll get picked up again. We'll see.

(Oh and I have some encouraging news about XNA, I just can't share it yet.)

Posted On Friday, October 26, 2007 10:34 AM

Guitar Hero III

Guitar Hero III comes out this weekend (10/28)

Who's getting it and which version?  I prepaid (entirely) for the Wii version.  I can hardly wait.

Kinda weird that it comes out on a Sunday...  what's that all about?

Posted On Friday, October 26, 2007 10:21 AM

Gettin Busy (and keeping busy) with The ZMan and friends.
The next few months are going to be pretty insane for me... here's why: This weekend (October 27th) at the Twin Cities Code Camp I'm doing two sessions on Game Development. One on "XNA for teh total Newb" and the other on "Build a Game in an Hour with XNA and TorqueX." Jason has been ripping on me to go minimalist on the Powerpoints, so for my TorqueX talk, I won't be using one at all. That's pretty minimalist, yeah? (All code will be posted and made available of course.) My buddies Lou Vega, D'Arcy ......

Posted On Thursday, October 25, 2007 8:15 PM

Let's see just how deep the rabbit hole goes...
Ok, I've jumped on the Feedburner bandwagon just like everyone else.

Please update my RSS feed to this:

Posted On Thursday, October 25, 2007 4:36 PM

There's crazy and then there's CRAAAAAAAAAZY!!
It would seem my good buddy Bill Ryan is under attack (again) by Charles Carroll. I'm not sure what provoked it, but it sure makes for interesting reading. edit: It would seem we have an update now. Here's the thing. Bill's a good guy. He's brilliant and a friend, a really good one, and the sort of guy that will definitely hit you back but rarely throws the first punch. He's helped me out of more than one bad situation and I trust him implicitly. He's got my back and I have his. Just not in the Dumbledore ......

Posted On Thursday, October 25, 2007 4:02 PM

kinda surprised nobody mentioned this one. part 2.
You can read the full article here.

The best quote of the article, by far:

"It's been terrible. I've always liked Dumbledore - just not in that way."

Posted On Thursday, October 25, 2007 2:19 PM

Check out my podcast
While I was at HDC, Jeff, John and the PodcaStars gang were there and I sat down for a few minutes to rap with them a little bit about XNA and Game Development, among other things. You can find it here: Listen to Chris discuss XNA and Game Development ......

Posted On Thursday, October 25, 2007 10:41 AM

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