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Archive for 2011

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Dec 18

Christmas Card 2011

Category: Journal

Hello to everyone on this long forgotten blog.Here is this year’s Christmas card to you all to enjoy.

Yes this blog is very sadly neglected. I think it should be a new year’s resolution to get this thing running again.

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May 20

Married 10 years!!

Category: Journal

Wow it is crazy but as of yesterday we have been married for 10 years. It has been a crazy 10 years with ups and downs and houses and kids and many trips to Disneyland. Looking forward to another decade together.

Here is my gift to Naomi which I commissioned a co-worker to do for me. You can see her other work here.

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Mar 07

Puffles Everywhere!!

Category: Journal

It is finally launched!! The new project I have been working on for the last number of months and overtime is finally launched.

This now being the largest project I have lead out has been a very interesting journey. The goal was to make the puffle more interactive and compelling. It has been very eye opening and stressful (I have been dreaming puffles for weeks now) but in the end if the players love it then it is worth it. There is an insanely long list of people to thank on this one as it was a large team effort, I truly thank you all for the very hard work and care that you put into this project. Dave I thank you most as you were very instrumental in bringing this one across the line.

Below is a few screen grabs of the various pieces. Now onto the next project, no rest of the weary.

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Feb 14

Back to the Arcade

Category: Journal,Mini Mame

It is close to a year that I last abandoned the project and now it is time to get back on it. Having been fret with hardware issues I lost drive on the project especially when the weather started turning for the good and yard work was calling.

This weekend I got back at it and decided to tackle the cabinet itself as this might help in deciding on some of my hardware replacement choices and a few last hardware pieces. I did some research on some cabinets and found some of the aspects I like about some of the best ones and wanted to mix in a few details of the classic tabletop Coleco games I played so much as a kid.

After spending a few hours playing around with a couple of drawings I cut out all the pieces and built this cardboard prototype. I am really happy with the result but might increase the height about an inch to allow for some more room for the buttons and joystick.

Next is playing with the button/joystick configuration.

Cabinet Prototype

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Feb 08

Watoto 2011

Category: Journal

Looks like we got extremely lucky and the past few days we have gotten to spend time with our sponsor child from Watoto. It is amazing that this is the second time that we have been able to do this last year it was Felix and this year Ivan. Ivan, Marvin and their “Uncle” David stayed with us Sunday and Monday before they had to leave to continue their Choir tour in Calgary. The boys all had a great time together playing, goofing off and dancing. It was so awesome that Tristan and Rhys got to meet their “brothers” from Africa.

If you are interested in sponsoring ones of these kids i highly recommend Watoto. It is a great organization with great success and a very good way of caring for these kids in a way that sets them on a path to be the future leaders of Africa and hopefully our world.

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Jan 03

Snow, Christmas and New Year’s

Category: Journal

Happy New Year everyone!! Gone is 2010 and now a new start with 2011. First a report on the last few weeks of snow, family, great food, friends and even a birthday.

The boys have been having great fun in the snow shoveling, sleding and building snowmen. Although they never last long as they get cold really easily and find it hard to keep their gloves on. They have discovered the best thing of going outside in the cold… coming inside for the hot chocolate and marshmallows.

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