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It appears my good buddies in The Krewe have created The Krewe Summer Blogging Challenge. The challenge is to write at least two blog posts a week for 12 weeks over the summer. Consider this challenge accepted. So, what can we expect coming up? I still have the Kinect v2 Alpha kit. Some of you may have seen me use it in talks. I need to make some major API changes in The Krewe WP8 App. Plus, I may have Xamarin on board to help with getting the app to the other platforms. I am determined to learn ......

Greetings. I Have returned from the brink of madness. Of course, by madness, I mean academia... It's time to kickstart this thing back into full swing. I have tasked myself to keep this thing updated on a semi-regular basis. What does semi-regular mean? Well, I'm hoping to hit at least on post about every 2 weeks. Of course, the trick to this is that my role at work has significantly changed. I'm still coding and doing research and development. However, I am now in a much larger supervisory role. ......

The time has been flying by this year. It seems like only yesterday that I mentioned the gorillagator, a simple construct of confusion to try to draw attention to my message. In reality, that message was sent over a month ago. During that time, the hours slipped to days and days to weeks. Many exciting things have happened to myself; I'm sure many exciting things have happened to you. I'm also sure that many terrifying things have happened to children and their families. 62 children enter treatment ......

Greetings. I have just finished moving all the post from the Blogsopt blog. This means that all new post will happen here. I still need to get the download section moved over. That should happen soon.

I have also registered the domain http://www.freestylecoding.com. Look for that to be used soon. You will be able to use either url.

Finally, I have some exciting news. On Friday, I will be starting a new project on this site. Make sure you check back then for the details.


Welcome to Freestyle Coding. I created this site to provide a place for programming insight that goes a little to side of best practices. I am a Senior Software Engineer that currently resides in Huntsville, AL. While I do hold the alphabet soup of degrees and certifications, my experience outweighs my formal training. As such, I have developed a unique way of looking at problems. I am often surprised that common libraries seem to miss feature and extensions that seem obvious. As such, I often end ......

As many of you know, I participate in a 24-hour gaming marathon every year to raise money for a charity named Extra Life. All the money I raise goes directly to Children's Hospital of Alabama through the Children's Miracle Network. To date, I've raised $2,799.28 to help make sick children's lives a little better. This year, the marathon will be on November 2nd. Yes, that is the day the clock falls back. Yes, that means this year will be a 25-hour gaming marathon. I'll be pushing myself even harder ......

Hi, guys. I know I've been in hiding lately. I'm not dead. That status is saved for XNA (oops, did I say that out loud?) I'm juggling quite a few project right now; all these projects have fixed deadlines. As such, I haven't had time to create the blog posts on them. Add that to my attempts to move all my old XNA sample code to new technologies. In mid-May, my schedule should free a little. At that time, you should start seeing posts on the following topics: Using an Xbox 360 controller in a managed ......

Greetings. Just a quick note that 99.9% of my CodeMash content is now up. Look in the sidebar under Projects, and got to GitHub Repositories. Or, if you're lazy, click this: https://github.com/freestyl... For the .1%, I took out the XACT project. I do not currently have a license for the song I use, which is fine for educational / fair use. However, I cannot, in good conscious, redistribute it. Enjoy ......

Although I don't think I ever mentioned it here, I was selected by Microsoft Learning to be a MCT Regional Lead for the Eastern US. Basically, it allows me to be a conduit between people and Microsoft Learning about all thing training. Considering 90 people, worldwide, where chosen for this program, I am quite humbled to be selected. Anywho, my good friends at Microsoft Learning asked me to write a guest blog post for them. Seeing as it was published this morning, I figured I'd give you guys a link ......

I thought I'd share the email stream that my friends and family get about the event.So, here we are again. We scream closer to the event, and the goal is not met.I was approached by the ghost of feral platypii past last night. Well, approached is putting it lightly. I was mugged by the ghost of platypii past last night. He reminded me, in no uncertain terms that I have only reached the midway point of my fundraising goal. He then reminded me, in even less uncertain terms, that we are one week away ......

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