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Sculptember 2021 Nov 6, 2021   ◦   ~ 200 words / 1 minute

Sculptember! Again!

The Teaching Trap Jun 25, 2021   ◦   ~ 600 words / 3 minutes

Reports vary on the number of successful full-time indie authors. There aren’t a lot of 'em. Why is that?

 

Sculptember 2020 Oct 4, 2020   ◦   ~ 550 words / 3 minutes

Another September is now in the books. It was a notable month for so, so many reasons. Not the least of which is Sculptember!

Everything Old is New Again Oct 3, 2020   ◦   ~ 1,350 words / 7 minutes

Worldwide pandemic. Extreme political incompetence. Election tampering. Partisan stupidity. There are tons of things I could write about. But instead of those blood-pressure inflating topics, how about something completely different?

Nexus Necrominder Mar 31, 2020   ◦   ~ 300 words / 1 minute

“Nexus Necrominder”, book two in the Smith and W’sin series is available now on Amazon.com!

The Threat of AI isn't What You Think Nov 23, 2019   ◦   ~ 600 words / 3 minutes

Is Artificial Intelligence (AI) a threat to humanity? Without question, yes. Is it going to take over the world and decide that humans are its biggest enemy and kill us all?

The Apoidean Affair Nov 13, 2019   ◦   ~ 100 words / 1 minute

“The Apoidean Affair”, the first book in the Smith and W’sin series is available now on Amazon.com!

Consider The Source Nov 9, 2019   ◦   ~ 1,100 words / 6 minutes

We are in an age where nothing can be taken at face value. But does that mean we have to disbelieve all that we read? Is everything “fake news?”

Sculptember 2019 Nov 5, 2019   ◦   ~ 500 words / 3 minutes

I’ve been challenging myself to new creative projects lately, attempting to stretch my creative horizons. For September, I decided to participate in the Sculptember 2019 challenge.

Boo-oom 2: Electric Boo-galoo! Nov 3, 2019   ◦   ~ 100 words / < 1 minute

Keep ghosts from escaping the cemetery by hurling spirit bombs at them! How far can you get before becoming overwhelmed? A new game from WizBangify (me)!

The Best Laid Plans... Dec 12, 2018   ◦   ~ 300 words / 2 minutes

In a previous post I talked about my youthful love of coding games. I stand by everything I wrote there, but I thought I’d post an update after the release of my second little game: Drumpf Flinger 9000.

The Infamous Date Dec 8, 2018   ◦   ~ 500 words / 2 minutes

When I was growing up, my grandfather would call to wish me a happy birthday every year. Each conversation would start with the same sentence: “It was a date which will live in infamy…”

Beware Weighing Numbers Too Heavily Sep 18, 2018   ◦   ~ 650 words / 3 minutes

Weight alone is not a good indicator of body composition, general health, or fitness. In fact, arbitrary numbers aren’t the end-all be-all that you might think.

Drumpf Flinger 9000 Sep 9, 2018   ◦   ~ 100 words / 1 minute

In a post-apocalyptic alternate timeline (when there are no limits on adjective usage!) President Drumpf is trapped on the ‘wrong’ side of his wall. Your job is to fling him over it, if you can. If not… Well, accidents happen.

Marvel vs DC Aug 30, 2018   ◦   ~ 450 words / 2 minutes

I’m not going to pretend to be impartial here. Growing up I was always a Marvel fan. I used to joke that DC stood for Dumb Comics… Except for Batman, of course. Everybody loves Batman.

Fiction Fridays Jun 11, 2018   ◦   ~ 150 words / 1 minute

There’s only so much reading about theory you can do before you have to get stuck in and do the work.

Working Towards Less (of Me) Jun 3, 2018   ◦   ~ 850 words / 4 minutes

On my mission of spare tire reduction and attempting to look good in a t-shirt, here’s what I’ve done to drop 40 lbs over the last 6 months.

Writing is Problem Solving Squared Jun 2, 2018   ◦   ~ 200 words / 1 minute

I remember a meme that made the rounds a while back. It’s a photo of a guy looking abstractly into the distance with a caption that reads: “Writer hard at work.” It’s 100% truth.

Making Games Mar 6, 2018   ◦   ~ 300 words / 2 minutes

Some lessons I’ve learned making my first two games in Unity…

The Mind + Body Connection Mar 3, 2018   ◦   ~ 600 words / 3 minutes

I used to joke that my body is just a meat-based mechanical contraption whose sole purpose was to transport my brains around. (Maybe I watched too much Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles as a kid… 'Course that’d make me Krang. Hmm.)

On Placebos Mar 1, 2018   ◦   ~ 850 words / 4 minutes

The power of the human mind is staggering.

Storyboard Comics Feb 27, 2018   ◦   ~ 250 words / 1 minute

Marvel calls them Infinite Comics. Mark Waid just calls them Digital Comics. Their founding-father Yves Bigerel (Balak) calls them Turbomedia. But personally speaking, I prefer to call them Storyboard Comics.

Capitalism is the Codification of Greed Feb 18, 2018   ◦   ~ 400 words / 2 minutes

A lot of people seem to think that Democracy and Capitalism are the same things. I’m not sure when that happened. Maybe it’s always been assumed?

Black Panther: Good Movie or Political Statement? Feb 17, 2018   ◦   ~ 600 words / 3 minutes

Turns out, it’s both. Black Panther is a Shakespearian tale, well told.

A Purposeful Maker Jan 26, 2018   ◦   ~ 250 words / 1 minute

You’re at a party, having a good time, when your friend comes over and introduces you to someone new. What’s the first question this new person asks you?

Mindfulness via Gadgetry Dec 25, 2017   ◦   ~ 400 words / 2 minutes

December can be a tough month. The temperature drops to uncomfortable levels. The sun is ever receding until that glorious winter solstice arrives, heralding its return. Oh yeah, and my birthday happens too.

Star Wars: Return of Fan Entitlement Dec 22, 2017   ◦   ~ 1,000 words / 5 minutes

A lot has been (and certainly will be) said about The Last Jedi. I’m not going to really get into it that much. But I have had a few thoughts about it that I thought I’d write down.

The Road Not Taken Dec 4, 2017   ◦   ~ 650 words / 3 minutes

When I was a kid, my parents picked up a game/app for the Commodore 64 called the Arcade Game Construction Kit. Thanks to that, I spent almost as much time making video games as I did playing them.

On Parentheticals Nov 28, 2017   ◦   ~ 100 words / 1 minute

I’ve noticed that my writings, informal as they are, tend to have a lot of parentheticals. (I don’t think I’m imagining it.)

Monthly Game Update Nov 22, 2017   ◦   ~ 200 words / 1 minute

I had a lot of fun with last month’s game, but didn’t wind up with all my ideas finished in time for the deadline. But games, like art, are never finished. Just abandoned. (Right, Leo?)

Second Efforts Nov 19, 2017   ◦   ~ 200 words / 1 minute

When writing my mini-review of Artemis I starting thinking about how hard it must be to follow up a successful first book. Two of my favorite new sci-fi authors (Andy Weir/The Martian and Ernie Cline/Ready Player One) have done it recently, to varying levels of success.

Artemis Nov 18, 2017   ◦   ~ 350 words / 2 minutes

Artemis is the second published novel from Andy Weir. I absolutely loved his first book The Martian. Did his sophomore effort live up to his premier novel?

Thor: Ragnarok: A Joke Too Far? Nov 14, 2017   ◦   ~ 250 words / 1 minute

So there’s been some clamor that Thor: Ragnarok may be too funny. This sounds a lot like being too rich, too pretty, or having too much fun. But let’s spend a second to think about it. Did it stray too far into the comedy realm?

Blade Runner 2049 & The Return of Saturation Nov 13, 2017   ◦   ~ 200 words / 1 minute

For too long have we had to endure the desaturated grey/blue/brown color palette! Why every movie seems to default to that dingy look is beyond me.

Sometimes Simplicity Isn't Worth It Nov 12, 2017   ◦   ~ 200 words / 1 minute

A little while ago I rebooted this site using WordPress. It was easy. Click one button to install, and I’m up and writing. I know it’s had some security issues, but I figured it’d be more stable/secure by now… Right? Care to guess what happened?

Boo-oom, A Postmortem Nov 3, 2017   ◦   ~ 300 words / 2 minutes

Primarily for posterity, here are some thoughts about my game Boo-oom!

Boo-oom! Oct 31, 2017   ◦   ~ 100 words / 1 minute

Here’s a little game from me to you, just in time for Halloween!

Tales of Daring Aug 12, 2017   ◦   ~ 400 words / 2 minutes

Say what you will about a cartoon whose protagonist is a 0.00000000001 percenter… It’s still a lot of fun.

The Strangeness of Dr Strange May 13, 2017   ◦   ~ 350 words / 2 minutes

At the beginning of the movie Strange is fundamentally a selfish character. At the end, he’s still fundamentally a selfish character. He has learned a lot technically; instead of being a master surgeon he’s a master sorcerer. But he’s not grown as a person. At all.

Sequels and Great Expectations May 11, 2017   ◦   ~ 200 words / 1 minute

I’ve read many reviews claiming Guardians of the Galaxy 2 ‘isn’t as good’ as the first one. I don’t think that’s objectively true. Yes, they (or you) may not have liked it as much as the first movie. But that doesn’t mean it’s not as good.

Darkenshire Detectives - Test Page May 9, 2017   ◦   ~ 50 words / < 1 minute

Test page created with Comic Draw by plasq. It’s a pretty great app for drawing comics on the iPad.

On Content Ownership May 7, 2017   ◦   ~ 250 words / 1 minute

The other day I stumbled across an old blog of mine from 2003. It was a bit of a time capsule. Which is rather cool. I can remember what I was up to, uh, a lot of years ago. It also started me thinking a bit about content ownership and where I share things online.

Eight Legs, One Demand (Pt. 1 & 2) May 7, 2017   ◦   ~ 50 words / < 1 minute

Based on my flash fiction of the same name.

Selling vs Leading Apr 14, 2017   ◦   ~ 150 words / 1 minute

One lesson I’ve learned in 20 years of software development is this: Think twice before working for any company run by a salesman.

A Day in the Life... Mar 12, 2012   ◦   ~ 50 words / < 1 minute

Read the exciting comic based on a day in my life.

TMNT: Spy Game Jan 13, 2012   ◦   ~ 50 words / < 1 minute

A mini comic featuring some beloved turtles.

Mortal Kourting Nov 25, 2011   ◦   ~ 50 words / < 1 minute

Find out why love is a battlefield as Jeff and Sally enter the ring of Mortal Kourting.

Darkshore Detectives Sep 4, 2011   ◦   ~ 50 words / < 1 minute

Join Orville and Pete on their first case and find out if it will make them famous detectives!

Conversations in Orbit Mar 22, 2011   ◦   ~ 50 words / < 1 minute

An astronaut and a robot wax poetic about working space.