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It's All About The Contexts
For any of you becoming interested in Indigo development, you would do yourself some good by becoming familiar with the UIContext object. Why? Well, that will take many more words the first sentence. For anyone familiar with multi-threaded programming, you are probably already familiar with the concept of Contexts. For those not familiar with multi-threaded programming, let me explain. In the world of Indigo, you might have to deal with Contexts in many places. One is if you derive your own MessageHandler ......

Posted On Monday, March 29, 2004 8:48 PM

Read Justin Rogers!
If any of you are interested in .NET game development, or Terrarium, or just game development in general, I *highly* recommend that you subscribe yourself to Justin Rogers' blog if you haven't already. Keep up the great work Justin!

Posted On Monday, March 29, 2004 7:23 PM

You know, I don't care what all of you think, but I am going to take this opportunity to get a little personal with my family. So, any of you who don't consider yourself “family” to me, I ask you to not only stop reading this blog entry, but while you're at, why not sell your body to medical science. I think I would get *serious* gratification from knowing that you are being poked and prodded in only ways that alien abductees could sympathize with. Now, if any of you are left, I shall ......

Posted On Monday, March 29, 2004 6:43 PM

First BSOD in a while
Wow, I just BSOD'd. It has been a while since that has happened. When it has happened before, it's been because of an audio or perhaps video driver. I must say, I really thank Microsoft for the Crash Analysis Tool. If only more people actually sent the errors into Microsoft, maybe we would have an even more stable OS. Well this time, to my surprise, it wasn't a driver that caused the problem, it was actually a Microsoft application (I highly suspect that it was because of Outlook Express (which I ......

Posted On Thursday, March 25, 2004 6:30 PM

I'm Honored
I just noticed through my referrers that my blog is now included on That's not the best part though. The part that makes me feel honored is that my name is mentioned near the likes of Don Box and Chris Sells (in the March 24th posts). I'm sorry, I must apologize, for I just lied to everyone. By “honored” I really meant “higher than a caffeinated sugar baby with pop rocks in his pantaloons”, yes “pantaloons”. Actually, I suppose the real description ......

Posted On Thursday, March 25, 2004 11:24 AM

Good Times Ahead For Game Developers
It looks like good times lie ahead for game developers of both the Windows and XBox platform. Today Microsoft showed their intentions for game developers when they announced the planning of XNA, the foundation of Microsoft's future game development platform. Understand that this will not be replacing DirectX, it will be built on top of DirectX. I, for one, cannot wait to hear more about this platform. If anyone works for Microsoft or knows anyone who works for Microsoft, how 'bout giving Jasey-Wasey ......

Posted On Wednesday, March 24, 2004 7:42 PM

Longhorn Tip #1 - DockPanel.Dock (XAML != HTML)
[Disclaimer: Any or all behavior described in this article is against the PDC03 build of Longhorn, and may change or be removed altogether in future builds of Longhorn.] [Note: This tip may be obvious and already known to people developing in XAML today. I am just sharing it to relieve some of the frustrations web developers might have when learning XAML in the future.] XAML does NOT equal HTML While this may seem obvious at first, you really need to get over that barrier when you start developing ......

Posted On Wednesday, March 24, 2004 5:34 PM

Whidbey + Command Line = Good

I don't know how this one escaped my attention. In Whidbey, there is a new window that you can dock in your IDE. It is called “System Window” and you can find it under View -> Other Windows -> Command Windows -> System Window. Very cool! It's these kind of small things that make me very happy. Keep up the great work IDE team!


Posted On Wednesday, March 24, 2004 4:51 PM

Dear Speakers
This post is aimed toward all the conference speakers and mentors out there that just happen to read my blog (I don't know how many of you are out there). I have a question that is burning at me. What is the best way to get into speaking? I really, really want to become a speaker/mentor but am unsure the best way to go about “breaking into” the area. Is it something that happens by luck? Is there something I can proactively do to help it happen? Or should I just keep on trying to do cool ......

Posted On Tuesday, March 23, 2004 3:28 PM

So you think you know everything?
I have tried not to rant lately about certain topics that frustrate me to no end. I feel like ranting, while it tends to be really good for venting frustrations, is not a constructive way to approach a problem. So, to that end, I will try to be constructive about presenting these feelings I have been experiencing lately. There are a couple of behaviors that really bother me. One of them is people who act like they know everything and they always have to be right. Without naming any names, there are ......

Posted On Tuesday, March 23, 2004 3:22 PM

Maybe I'm not so dumb after all!
Earlier this evening (or late last night depending on where you are at in the country), my interest was piqued by an image Chris Sells has on his blog. I noticed he had an image of the “International High IQ Society”. Now, I fully understand that some people have given this a stigma of the “I'm not smart enough to be in Mensa” variety, but I still think it is cool. Out of curiosity, I went to the High IQ Society's website. On their website, they have a series of free IQ tests. ......

Posted On Tuesday, March 23, 2004 1:42 AM

Great, now I'm tainted, all mad-cow like!
You heard me, my friends. I am now completely contaminated. I'm more tainted than a bovine with mad-cow disease. 'Nix that. I'm more tainted than a syphilitic prostituting leper. 'Nix that. I'm more tainted than a syphilitic, prostituting, leprous walking hamburger patty. That's right, THAT tainted. (Dear John Doe, if you are offended by my use of the phrase “syphilitic, prostituting, leprous walking hamburger patty” then I apologize dearly. Obviously, no offense was meant by it. If you ......

Posted On Sunday, March 21, 2004 9:35 PM

The Projects
Well, I informed all of you that I would let you in on a project I am currently working on. In truth, it's not really Super-Duper or Ultra-Confidential. I suppose the only thing I said about it that is true is that it is an upcoming project. Can you all please forgive me for lying to you? I know it can be hard to forgive a loved one when they have done what I did, so please forgive me because I love all of you. (awwwwww ::tear::) Well, even though the project is not Super-Duper or Ultra-Confidential, ......

Posted On Saturday, March 20, 2004 12:05 PM

Defined By Code
Well, I've been inspired a little lately. Although I admit it is rare, I thought I would let you all know this just in case you were thinking that how inspired a person is is actually inversly proportional to how much the person weighs. Having been inspired by Rory's “What If They Were Coders” comic series, and some of the examples of “what's wrong with this code” floating around, I decided to start a series of my own. It is called “Defined By Code”. What I will ......

Posted On Friday, March 19, 2004 1:43 PM

Where In The Blazes?!?!?
Where in H-E-Double Hockey Sticks have I been? I just noticed that I haven't posted since Monday and for that I apologize. It has been pretty busy around here. Nothing quite as exciting as Scott, but enough to keep me busy, that's for darn sure. Expect to see another article on the game development series posted this weekend. And I have another secret project coming up. The project may or may not actually happen. But if it doesn't happen, I will be sure to post the source code and experience on this ......

Posted On Friday, March 19, 2004 12:17 PM

The Grand Ole' Social Expirement
Well, I think that the death of my new Bloggie Award has come. When I started the thing, I didn't realize that there was already an official “Bloggie Awards”. This got me thinking though. Scoble has talked in the past about the whole “signal vs. noise“ argument. However, what is it that causes the bit-flip from noise to signal to be flipped? How can a blogger stand out from the crowd? Find a unique hook One might think that the large rotundness that I have might help me stand ......

Posted On Monday, March 15, 2004 2:03 PM

".NET Rocks" Rocks! ..... And Teaches Too
I thought I would do my part in helping spread this information around the Blogosphere. Carl and Rory are now doing a series of Training Videos. Their first video is a VB.NET Master Class teaching the concepts of object-oriented programming. If you know of anyone who might need this information, send them on forward to Carl and Rory. Keep them coming guys ......

Posted On Monday, March 15, 2004 11:00 AM

Welcome Back Longhorn
Well, I'm finally back to using Longhorn. It definitely feels great. Expect to hear more from me in the future about programming in Longhorn (perhaps even about what Longhorn means to game development (as well as how to do it (game development in Longhorn that is))). I will continue to write and update my current series of articles, but expect me to throw in a Longhorn tidbit or two every once in a while (I just have four words for everybody: “Avalon and Indigo, Baby!!!!”). I can't wait, ......

Posted On Sunday, March 14, 2004 10:37 PM

What's your IQ?
What's your IQ? According to this (even though this test is also flawed) I have an IQ of 138, or a “Visual Mathematician” according to the test. According to this guide, I have “superior intelligence” and am almost a genius. Now, I doubt that I am really anywhere close to this intelligent in real life. Unfortunately, this test compares your score to everyone else who has taken the test. At least I can be rest assured that I am intelligent as compared to the many bon-bon poppin', ......

Posted On Thursday, March 11, 2004 2:25 PM

Writing a Managed DirectX Game - Parts 5 and 6

The next two articles in my “2D Game Development with Managed DirectX” are up. They cover the game console and the keyboard handlers. You can all the articles here. Feedback Welcome!!!!

Posted On Wednesday, March 10, 2004 7:45 PM

30.96647% - Total Geek
Yeah, I'm a Total Geek. I think the Geek Test (link via Rai) is flawed though. First of all, it asks many questions that pertain more to nerds than geeks. I strongly feel that I should be AT LEAST 50% Geek. Why is it that people assume that geeks and nerds are the same?!?!? After all, we geeks are just cooler than nerds. I don't know a single geek that has a pocket protector! Nerds have pocket protectors! Geeks don't dress up as movie characters when they go see a movie, Nerds do!! I'M NOT A NERD. ......

Posted On Wednesday, March 10, 2004 10:24 AM

I must apologize

For all those subscribed to my blog, I must apologize for changing my blog's title. I thought it was boring and dry so I figured I would spice it up a bit. I know that some aggregators out there don't deal well with a blog's title changing, hence the apology.

We now join the scheduled program in progress.....

Posted On Tuesday, March 9, 2004 12:36 PM

Anyone near Philadelphia?
[Update: It looks like it will have to be Thursday night because some coworkers are taking me out Friday night since it is my birthday] Anyone near Philadelphia, PA? I am going to be in Philadelphia April 14-17 on a business trip. It looks like I will have Friday Thursday night available and would love to get together with some other geeks to talk about all things Geek. If you would like to hang (or show me around), just let me know. Are there any good jazz clubs in Philly? Thanks :-) ......

Posted On Monday, March 8, 2004 2:07 PM

Writing a Managed DirectX Game - Part 4

The next article in my “2D Game Development with Managed DirectX” is up. It is about the implementation of a command system in the game engine. You can find the list of articles here.

I will try to get the next two articles (on the Console, and the Keyboard) up some time by the end of the week now that I am officially back into the real world after last week. Enjoy :-).

Posted On Monday, March 8, 2004 1:42 PM

And The Bloggie Goes To....
I would like to take this opportunity to present the first Bloggie award to a very special person. In recognition of his outstanding performance and contributions to the Blogosphere, the first Bloggie award for Best New Phrase goes to..... Rory Blythe! For coining the term “Commie Pinko Hippy Fruit” in his latest rant about ignorant people. Congratulations Rory! Please stay tuned for future Bloggie awards to be determined at a later date. _ This Bloggie Award has been brought to you by ......

Posted On Sunday, March 7, 2004 4:03 PM

Beware The Gate!
This is fair warning to all of you. Do NOT buy the Stargate SG-1 Series on DVD if you wish to live productive lives. I moved into my new house almost a week ago, and while still really excited about being in a new house, have I had ANY motivation to actually “move into” the house (aka “unpacking various boxes and storing their contents in their rightful place within the abode)? H-e-double-hockey-sticks No!!!! What have I been doing instead? That's right boys and girls, watching ......

Posted On Saturday, March 6, 2004 4:57 PM

Where in this greasy, hamburger-infested world have I been?
I know I have been away from the blogosphere quite a bit in the last couple of weeks. I just thought I would let you all know what's been going on (I'm sure only a couple of you really care). Well, my wife and I bought our first house and officially moved in last Saturday. Unfortunately, on the same day we were moving in, I was informed that my grandfather had passed away. That hit me pretty hard because my grandfather was the only other serious musician in my entire extended family. Music was a ......

Posted On Friday, March 5, 2004 6:21 PM

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