Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Knowledge Review 7 Complete!

That's right, after several months (for reasons explained in a previous post), I have finally completed the 3DBuzz XNA Xtreme 101 Knowledge Review 7. And yes, that includes the fix to the vertical lines.

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Happy Holidays!

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Knowledge Review 7 Progress and Problem

The implementation of the Command Line system is going great so far. Most of the basic operations (create, delete, display, parent) are in and work great. And, I'm not using a Switch in the Command Manager. It's all Object-Oriented.

While testing the parenting, I noticed a problem with the display that I didn't see with the "static testing setup". Yes, more hiccups with the lines when displaying the DAG.


RHA A New Name Contest

The Regional Health Authority A is holding a contest to find a new name for the organization. This new branding will help develop the corporate identity and image of the organization.

Yes, this is a plug.
Contest Information
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Monday, December 21, 2009

Breaking Post Modification

Something that annoyed me (and one of you guys) with the way Breaking Posts (Jump/Read More) was implemented was the anchor (#more) that scrolled the content to the top of the browser frame, which made things a bit hard to read or follow. I modified it so that clicking "Read more" shows the entire post instead of scrolling to the "#more" anchor.

Result: The simple integration and usability without the anchor.

Snow Rant

Disclaimer: A tiny little bit of strong language ahead.

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Art Therapy - Headache Spatter

A piece of "brush-work" driven by a nasty headache. I felt much better afterward.

Now I can maybe work on a second "Holiday" Wallpaper... maybe...

No More Best in Canada!

Wait, what? If you're confused, it's all going to become clear in a second. Rogers Communication has won an injunction against Bell (BCE) to force their rivals to stop mentionning "Most reliable".

I am absolutely outraged by this. Not that I like Bell, their customer service is horrible. I don't like Rogers Mobile either, their pricing plans are uselessly high. It bothers me from a marketing/advertising point. This ruling essentially means that from an advertising stand point you can no longer claim to be the best at something.

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Penguin Stare - Wallpaper

My latest piece, a wallpaper. It's honestly my first 'real' wallpaper piece — Penguin Stare. I got inspired by a label while wrapping gifts. I loved the asymmetrical-shapes style and made my own character out of it.

It's available in a variety of fullscreen, widescreen sizes... including one in HD. Check out the DeviantArt Page to download it.

Saturday, December 5, 2009

Change of Email

I did something I wanted to do for a little while: change email address and provider (MS is not focusing enough on the mail element, resulting in an incredibly sloppy mail service at times, and it's pissing me off, but that's for another discussion...)

It was a hard decision because I was attached to zsyrinx. But when I had people having a hard time understanding when I was verbally giving them my email, I knew that it was maybe time for me to change.

The new email is a bit more "mature" and professional, and it's much easier to undersand. Of course I'm not going to write it out on this post, but if you know where to look, you'll find it.

There's a lot of work involved in changing emails after almost 10 years. It's not doing the change that's hard and tedious, it's everything else (changing every subscriptions, logins, etc...). I swear I have work for the next 6 months just with these changes!

Friday, December 4, 2009

Album Insert Panorama WIP

I've been mentioning lately that I needed to work on the design material for the album of "La voix des jeunes" (The voice of the youth). In case you are curious, here's a preview of the work required for one of the many elements.

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Knowledge Review 7 Return

After almost three months, I finally put a tiny bit of time into XNA Xtreme 101 and Knowledge Review 7. I finished the second big piece of the project, the ShapeNode class, and implemented it with the TransformNode class.