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Speaking Engagements, Technical Sessions and Demos

Other

I recently got back from AnDevCon V in Bostom, MA after delivering 2 technical sessions on OpenGL ES in Android, running a game development workshop and hosting a panel of professionals in a session about the business of Android apps, and decided maybe it's time to actually track all of the various sessions, workshops, demos and other such professional public things I've done. It's cool to look back and see the progression of small, local events out to larger events with bigger audiences. I'm more comfortable now than ever teaching classes, speaking to groups and working with people. I've got a good list here and will keep it up to date as I do more events and will also dig for links to recordings, livecasts, etc from past events. If you are looking for a speaker to present at your conference, please reach out! I'd love to work something out. Read on for the complete list...

Where Has All The Time Gone? (A 15 Month Recap)

Other

If you used to follow my blog then please allow me to apologize. I may have just been through the busiest year of my life, but I have something to show for it so allow me to get everyone caught up with this post and then I am going to make some efforts to keep things a little more current going forward. It's amazing, when you're really in to a project or multiple projects as my case usually is, how fast time starts to slide by. I'm always stretched thin these days but I have managed to crank out a few things so here it goes...

Selling Open Source Software Libraries

Programming

BatteryTech has been an interesting experiment so far. In case you don't know what it is, it's a software library I developed last year for Battery Powered Games that makes it way easier to write cross-platform games, assuming they are targeted at PC, Mac, Android and iOS. BatteryTech is not free, but instead goes for a one-time purchase with lifetime upgrades. This model is nearly opposite from most of the competing products which opt for a subscription model, getting you in the door cheap and taking that chunk of change from you each year to keep using their product. It's difficult to figure out what the best marketing strategy is for a product like this, so today I set up the $99 experiment, which I'll explain further.

Prototyping Project 7

Programming

A few weeks ago I began prototyping a new game, tentatively titled "Project 7." It's called that because it's my 7th game, but that's just a working title. This will be a featured BatteryTech game and will utilize Bullet Physics, Lua, OpenGL ES 2.0 and will run on Android and iPhone. The game idea was conceived by Ryan Foss who did the art, level design and much of the overall game design on Deadly Chambers. The idea is to have a game world where you, the player, control a race of characters that are in danger of being swarmed and killed by another, much meaner race. Originally we were going to go for Humans and Zombies but right now the art team is working on a cuter alien race vs some scary indigenous monsters. I love the art concepts they are coming up and will post some of them below. Keep reading for those and then some videos of the prototype running on Windows and Android.

Android 2.3 Brings Games To The Forefront

Android

If you haven't heard, the Android 2.3 SDK was released to the public today. Up until this release, Android has been a bit problematic for many game developers. While it's made steady progress in that area since the 1.0 release in 2008, there have been many things missing that we game developers have been begging for. Ask and you shall receive. 2.3 comes with the release of NDK r5 which includes a slew of game-friendly native APIs. Native Input, Native EGL and one of the biggest ones.. OpenSL!

ADC2 Judging Has Begun

Android

The Android Developer's Challenge 2 has begun. The judging application is available for download on the market. If you're not familiar, the ADC is a contest sponsored by Google in which developers submit apps and games for Android. Apps are initially judged by users for a first round. Later, Google judges will be responsible for 60% of the score. The top 3 apps for any given category get a cash prize. An early version of one of my games, Light Racer 3D, is in this contest. Good luck to everyone who entered and thanks to Google for running it!

Qualifications: Palin vs Obama

Politics
I try to keep the site oriented toward techie DIY stuff, but every once in a while I feel the need to voice a little political opinion.  This is not necessarily one of those times, because I'm only going to post facts and keep my two cents out of it.  I came across this little excerpt on an electric car discussion thread but it's probably one of the best summaries of Palin vs Obama that I've read.

Choosing a President by Trusting Celebrities and Public Figures

Programming
I was at dinner with a few people some months ago when we got to talking politics.  Rather than discuss the people and the issues though, we ended up talking about the process by which people select candidates to favor.  One of the people said that his mother always picked her candidate not by reading about their position on issues or their history but instead by asking her friends who they are voting for.  We joked that this person's mother is simply using collaborative filtering to get a good recommendation.  Then we asked the question:  Why isn't this process automated?  Now it is -  The Election Recommender.  We originally had only joked about using celebrity endorsements but the results have been very interesting so far.  If you're satisfied just trying out the site, go ahead, otherwise read on for a more detailed explanation.

Teleportation will be the end of us all

Other
For years I've had a theory about teleportation that has only recently been brought to mass attention by the movie The Prestige.  Many films have been made about the topic and I'm sure some lesser-known films have covered the idea of copy and kill but not as well as this film.  With such a wide reach across the world, I'm happy that many people are able to see the issue with this concept.  If you think I'm just being a paranoid sci-fi nut, think again because this technology is being actively researched with some success and may actually manifest itself in a human-usable way in the future.

I Propose Online Movie Rentals 2.0

Computing
After having read the article about a new USPS surcharge that could cut into Netflix's profits I got to thinking about the future of movie rentals.  If you're a Netflix customer and haven't tried their streaming video service, I recommend you give it a shot.  I've noticed the weak selection of titles available on it and can only imagine that it must be a licensing issue with the MPAA or specific rights-holder.  While I enjoy their online video-watching service, I don't enjoy watching movies on my laptop as much as on my TV and I also don't enjoy having to plug my laptop into my TV.  There is a feasible solution for all of this covering concerns like licensing agreements (giving consumers better selection) to proper television integration (no more laptops plugged into the TV.)  Read on to find out how I see a successful movie rental business operating in the near future.
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