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    Howdy. This is Bob. The Bob of Bob Blog. This blog contains about five minutes of my thoughts each day. A record. A history. And occasionally worth reading.

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    Thursday, July 31, 2003  

    Somedays are just not productive. I spent most of yesterday checking out code, checking out more code, building, and trying to get things to run. Not particularly fun. Especially because I'll likely have to repeat that again today because I wasn't able to test enough to feel confident checking in my changes. Such is life.

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    Tuesday, July 29, 2003  

    SIGGraph has such a different feel from E3. Less hype and more products. More like GDC. Here's my report:

    Best of show: Wacom Cintiq, an interactive pen display. Probably not important for a programmer, but I can see all the artists drooling. The list price for the 18" display is $3500.

    Runner-up: 3D Lego Models - basically a group devoted to making lego models.

    The art gallery:
    Dinarsour bones with speakers attached
    Touch screen with water
    Continuator - a system from Sony that learns music. (embarrased that the official site is boring so enjoy this blog entry about it instead)
    Access - a surveillance experiment as the spotlight follows someone in the crowd. And you can watch on the web.

    The exhibit hall:
    Multi-node office computers. The Pie
    Crowd! - crowd simulation software. Details? Unknown.
    Natural Motion - Rag doll simulation. No API yet.
    Martian Labs provides a competitor for water
    Softimage/Behavior - programmable crowd simulation
    illusion - particle effects by WonderTouch
    VR juggler - open source virtual reality tools
    Vapir - digital air
    SceneStealer - 3D from photos
    Immersion had a couple of 3D sensory hands - Habtic Workstation and CyberTouch.
    Virtools - a gaming toolkit

    Cell phone technology:
    3D for phones - Mascot Capsule
    And Acceleon Visual Platform - 3D acceleration

    More professional things to do:
    Journal of Game Development
    Wondertouch - a particle system. Mostly for Rich but I think tools may be in my future.
    Qt cross-platform environment from TrollTech
    Nik Lever's book "Flash MX Games : Actionscript for Artists"
    Animation Master - someday I'll invest the time and energy to go 3D.

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    Does a blog (web log) need to have links to be a blog instead of just an online journal (ejournal?) Mine doesn't contain too many links and hopefully not too few.

    I'm off to SIGGraph today. And SolWorks on Thursday.

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    Some people really inspire me.

    Blair -- she's my muse and continues to taunt my desire to travel and to read. She's really chasing after her dream. And I like her for that. Someday, she'll write a book. I'll buy a copy and leave it out for people to see.

    Anne -- someone I don't even know. Her blog, Anne straight from the hip, was probably what motivated me to continue writing mine. I stumbled across it on the blogger home page. She writes about her emotions so gracefully. I write about mine so clumsily.

    Eric -- his love of learning and adventure puts me to shame. And beneath this exterior is someone very good.

    Sophia -- she taught me that people matter. perhaps only reminded me. she's a magnet. but i could ramble way to much about her.

    My cats -- because they have life figured out

    Rich -- what can I say? he reminds me of all the good things about myself. and drives me to be better.

    And so many more...


    I regret not having a programmer on the list.

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    Monday, July 28, 2003  

    Yesterday Sophia and I had a good laugh at our good fortune...

    We noticed the "open house" signs two doors down. It is a fine yellow house that is the fourth in the series of lots that match ours. Their house has a garage instead of a carport and have redone the lower balcony into an office and sitting room. Their yard is a garden, not weeds. So I guess they don't match exactly.

    I went to eRealtor.com to see if they were listed. When Sophia came home I asked her to guess the price. $600K. Higher. $650? More. $7? Up. $725? More... $800? Still lots more. She gave up. The asking price is $889,000.

    So here is a report on the houses in the neighborhood currently for sale:
    Two doors down: $889K
    Diagonal on the corner: $795K (this started at $850 or so)
    Down one block on corner: $890K
    Up the hill: $1,299,999 (this one is apparently worth 1M)

    A house is only worth what it actually sells for, not what it is list price. However, it is just a little frightening to be in a neighborhood with this type of prices. Perhaps we are in the bubble phase of home prices. The little 600 square feet cottage starts at 400-500K. And everything seems to be starting well above what I'd imagine as reasonable.

    So after laughing at our good fortune we went out on the patio to enjoy the view.

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    Sunday, July 27, 2003  

    I went swimming at the beach today. The Santa Cruz coves. It was low tide and you could walk out to about the edge of the rocks. Some of the waves were pretty good sized but not many. I was probably only in the water for 10 minutes. It was refreshing.

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    It hit me again yesterday. The fear of not knowing what I want to be when I grow up. I guess that probably is the clearest sign that my birthday is just around the corner. Less than two weeks.

    I turned our invitation crafting session into an assembly line. We were pushing ribbon through tiny holes to make the knot. Tedious task until I found a fast way to push the ribbon through. Had to be done. And now the creating bit of the task is done. Stuffing envelopes is left. They probably will go out this week.

    What is the point of my blog? Not much. And I don't give the ramblings enough thought to be coherent. Dear reader, you better not have any expectations.

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    Saturday, July 26, 2003  

    We tried to have a bonfire at the beach last night. I invited people. I bought some soda. We had a cooler with ice and some munchies. We had a 50gallon garbage can full of wood and the perfect beach (Ocean Beach.) But... everyone else in San Diego had the same idea. When we arrived at 6pm (2 hours ahead of sunset) all the fire rings in OB were taken.

    Hint for next time: camp out the entire day or do it on Tuesday in winter.

    Sorry everyone that tried to find us.

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    Wednesday, July 23, 2003  

    I ran into another blog with my same basic design. No shock as I use one fo the default blogger layouts. It just caught me off guard.

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    This week doesn't feel real. I'm drifting a bit. Yesterday is a good example: I got stuck on the keymapping (more confused and needed time for the brain to sort out the dilemma of different keyboards and non-ascii characters and...) so I moved onto the database conversion (which in many cases should already be working if the conversion routines are correct) and then got interrupted with the font cache stuff (just to see the demo of it working in the engine.) And I happily avoided the hunt for hard-coded strings. Wrapping up these four things is what I need to focus on for the rest of the week. One at a time!

    And then the long personal list of things to do. The wedding and the trip seem so close. I'm excited and nervous. One thing at a time!

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    Monday, July 21, 2003  

    Our parents are gone again. It was a good weekend. Lots of walking and talking. And a few chores that wouldn't have gotten started without my dad around. I'm ready for another weekend though.

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    Saturday, July 19, 2003  

    The parents are here. Breakfast with mine and Sophia is on the way to bring hers back to the house. I'm not so nervous as happy.

    I think next Christmas we may be driving down Baja. We'll see. So much adventure out there. So little time.

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    Friday, July 18, 2003  

    An EverQuest Class? Not sure how long this link will be live.

    "In this course, we will conduct an ethnographic study of the behaviors, cultural practices, and motivations of MMORPG players. The course packet will include readings that explore role-playing games, virtual community, and the construction of identity on-line. Extensive attention will also be given to methods for conducting research on-line."

    Seems very strange to have someone really studying a game (the world) you helped create. We'll likely see more of it though as online worlds become more a part of our culture.

    These pages are interesting to read and contain lots of good links. In particular, I almost feel compelled to read some of the items on the reading list. Almost.

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    I'm working on a long series of tasks for PlanetSide. I longed for this when I was fixing bugs. And now I long for the immediate gratification of bugs. I spent too long today cleaning up code. He would have thought a 50 character long string should be replaced with a shorter macro. 200+ odd locations. 20+ files. But fixed. And the code is happier for it.

    I'm getting an understanding of the string management and localization. And I'm getting to see almost all aspects of the code. Definitely good. One quarter of the way through the schedule. And as always, some things are taking longer than expected. I just hope there are enough things that will fall into place with less effort than allotted. Otherwise, back to long hours.

    But yesterday and this weekend is about our parents. Letting them meet. Letting our lives begin to mingle. I'm getting married soon. Yikes!

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    Thursday, July 17, 2003  

    I have to go to the dentist today. I dislike the dentist. I had a bad experience growing up with a dentist is Japan. I needed a filling and the dentist thought it would be small so why not do it without novacaine. Sure. As he keeps drilling and drilling, he basically just keeps telling me I'm a good patient. I just wanted to snap off his hand. I don't think my opinion of them will ever change.

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    Wednesday, July 16, 2003  

    No. I didn't forget how to blog. It has just been lower on my priority list.

    Our parents come to visit this weekend. It will make the wedding seem real. The men will be getting fitted for tuxedos. The women will be going for tea. And among other things they will see the house, the cats, and the Thursday Club. The sunflowers are blooming and we went on a wild housecleaning adventure so everything looks very nice. I'm trying not to be nervous.

    I'm still trying to decide what is next at work. But the easy answer is PlanetSide until the end of October. Localizing PlanetSide to be exact. Somethings are going according to schedule or better. And that's leaving space for the things that I expect to take longer. Chinese Input Method Editor (IME) scares me.

    We ordered a tent for our trip. $99. <7lbs. Sierra Designs. I was offended by the $19 tent at Target.

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    Sunday, July 06, 2003  

    Today we went to see Finding Nemo. I didn't have many expectations. Excellent animated feature. I had a good time.

    But can you believe that movies are up to $9.50. Who can complain about a subscription to a game in terms of entertainment value?

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    Friday, July 04, 2003  

    I'm not very talented. I lost another post. Just a rant about the excitement of planning a trip. Things are coming together so it was a happy rant.

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    Tuesday, July 01, 2003  

    More time MIA. No real excuse. Busy.

    Planning a trip around the world. New Zealand. India. Italy.
    And a wedding.
    And trying to build a game toolkit.
    And...

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