Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Miscou Roadtrip Photos

Vacation for me usually means a flood of photos. This year is no different.

Yes, it's a Flickr plug...

Friday, July 24, 2009

What's this, a Blog?

Yes, I haven't updated in two weeks now. I suck like that!

The reason is that I have nothing to really post about. I haven't done anything outside of work and gaming/relaxing. I haven't worked on C#/XNA much (I got about 3 hours of work done in Knowledge Review 7, with many more to go) and I haven't designed or created anything. I just took it easy for the past two weeks. Work was pretty hectic, so I didn't have the energy to put into out-of-office work.

But this will change. I'm now on vacation for the next three weeks. I don't have a lot of things planned except a possible last-minute trip and the World Acadian Congress 2009 here in the region. So outside of that, I'm going to relax, maybe make another poster design, at least finish Knowledge Review 7, and get a lot of sunshine.

I'm also going to continue something I (finally) started doing— exercise. Every morning, two kilometers or more of walking. Once I picked up the pace, extend the length. This is a part of my New-Year resolution.

I haven't really forgotten about my blog, I just don't have anything to post.

Friday, July 10, 2009

Starting Knowledge Review 7

I seriously was not expecting this...

The six previous Knowledge Reviews were basically little tests on sections of the C# language. They could take anywhere from five minutes to an hour. After the sixth Knowledge Review was the Object-Oriented Programming 2 section. There's isn't a lot of language involved, but there's a lot of fundamental knowledge. Needless to say, I shouldn't have expected it to be a normal Knowledge Review.

Usually, the introduction to one or more challenge and the solution is contained in a single video. This time is different. The introduction alone was 64 minutes long. The solution is spread though multiple videos (28 videos z0mg).

But what is the challenge about? Without going in too many details, a Directed Acyclic Graph system (Parent-Child relationships) with nodes and a Command Line Interface to create, delete, rename, parent, group all those nodes.

Time to get some paper and a pencil and plan this thing out. I don't expect the planning face to take less than 2-3 hours.

Friday, July 3, 2009

Torn by Stress

Work related stress can lead to very serious physical and mental/emotional problems. It tears someone from the inside first, and then the families and friends outside.

NOTE: I want to emphasize on the fact that I do not have this problem myself. I work with an incredible team that knows its limits, but still is very productive. I got the inspiration doing something totally unrelated. Having been close to people who have had work related stress problems and it nearly ruined their lives, I feel strongly about this issue.