Day Before CES

The last place I should be is in front my MBP right now considering I need to be up at 4:30 and on-site at 5:45. However, I saw a lot of cool shit today and wanted to note some of it down before I experience complete sensory overload tomorrow and Friday with the masses at this show.

First off, everyone and their grandmother is afraid of the iPad. Any company that has a foothold in computing devices has some sort of new tablet device here, I kid you not. Vizio, a TV manufacturer is coming out with a Phone. Google announces yet another fork of the Android platform, called Honeycomb specifically designed for tablets. Sony demos a 4k resolution 3D LCD TV.

There’s just way too much shit to see here. In between some meetings that I’ve got set up, I have roughly 8 hours across two days to see what I’d like and given how large this show is, its just not possible. I’m hoping to binge a bit and then digest and spit out some useful data on the way home.

Kinda crazy to think that last year I was writing about what Intel was bringing to CES by consuming data on the web. This year I’m actually on the show floor and I can get some hands on time with the new Sandy Bridge family of processors.

Rambling. Should probably get some sleep now.

New Year

In the last month that I’ve generally ignored that itch in my head suggesting that I go make some posts up here on GeekApproach. I did fullfull my internal process of trying to learn something new each day. In early December I started work on an iPad app for doing a gallery slideshow. That process (and its still going) led me to picking up an OpenGL book to attempt some of that API’s craziness.

In the meantime, I received an iPad as a gift from my parents for Christmas. I’m completely thrilled with it and have loaded up some of my previous iOS projects on it as samples. I feel completely energized in solving some of these issues because…

…I’m participating in an RFP that might involve me doing some hardcore development and other awesomeness. I’m trying not to get too excited about it, but I’m heading down to present with the team in two weeks. If we nab it, its probably 8-10 months of solid work for me which would be great.

Lastly, the project I’ve been working on for the last 6 weeks comes to a head next week– I’m headed to CES, the Consumer Electronics Show to help TD a keynote for a client. Should be stressful, challenging and fun all at the same time. I’ve arranged to stay an extra day to actually see some of the show as well as set up some conversations with potential employers for myself. I’m hoping some really good things come out of these meet-ups.

So: We’ll see what happens next, but I’m keeping all of my fingers and toes crossed. Look for some posts of my wanderings from the CES floor. Should be pretty crazy.

Quest for Knowledge

I’m going to try a little experiment.  I’m going to attempt to “learn” something every day of December.  By learn something I’m going for doing some type of training, reading, or other lessons related to programming, Flash or other software topics.  I’m kinda pissed at myself because AGAIN, I’ve been unable to commit.  And AGAIN, my problem is that I just get swayed by so much new shiny stuff coming down the pipe.

Example: I downloaded a copy of the Unreal Development Kit.  Why? Because the sample game looked cool.  UDK uses a scripting language (or so it appears at first glance) with a rendering engine and bloom effects.  It looks very cool.  I have absolutely no idea why I’m futzing around with it aside from the fact that it looks cool.

Whizzle

Whizzle, a sample game produced with the Unreal Development Kit

Aside from being just generally distracted, I keep finding job ads that are looking for skills that I just don’t currently have.  Rather than bemoan that fact I’m trying to improve my situation.  I don’t know whether web dev is for me but I figure I can make some ActionScript 3 skills out of my knowledge and work in that direction.  I just need to keep focused.  To that end I’m going to try and limit my other “recreation” time and really knuckle up and start working.

Thanksgiving was rather low key this year.  Often we hit both sides of the family but this year we only had to do one.  I hit my parents place where my aunt was using an iPad as a recipe lookup device.  It again cemented where the iPad’s market is for me: lightweight web browsing, appliance, utility, lightweight PDF reading, and games.  Using the device is a lot of fun– I know there’s rumor of the revised one coming out soon after January which sucks for the Holiday shoppers, but is probably the best thing for the folk waiting for the 2nd gen like me.  I’ve drawn some parallels to the Star Trek Tricorder in the past and I still think it is an early precursor to some future device like that.

Lastly, my time has lately been taken up with a new addition to our household: a Japanese Bob kitty named Suki.  She’s pretty badass;

Suki!

Suki!

playful, excited, active, and pretty chill when she wants to be.  I’d forgotten what it was like to have a cat, much less any living animal in the house.  She’s totally a part of the family now and reminds me that someone wants to hang out and watch while I attempt to code all day.