How Different Groups Spend Their Day

Filed under: — Stormwind @ 9:07 am

The NYTimes has some really neat graphs on how people spend their day, divided by hours and activities, on average.

via How Different Groups Spend Their Day – Interactive Graphic – NYTimes.com.


Speaking in September

Filed under: — Stormwind @ 1:39 pm

I’ll be speaking at two game development conferences during September: CEDEC 2009 in Japan and GDC Austin in Texas.  Details and links follow.

CEDEC 2009 – CESA Developers Conference 9/1 – 9/3 in Yokohama, Japan

  1. Handling Code and Assets for Huge Projects Using State-of-the-Art SCM
  2. What I Have Learnt From Japan (panel) – Tuesday 9/1, 11:20 – 12:20

GDC Austin (Game Developers Conference) – 9/15  – 9/18 in Austin, TX

  1. Defending the Realm: Resisting Exploits and Hacks to MMOs and Other Online Games (roundtable)- Thursday 9/17 3p-4p

Look me up and say hi if you are there!


Amazing LEGO Art by Nathan Sawaya

Filed under: — Stormwind @ 4:42 pm

Check out this article about the Amazing LEGO Art by Nathan Sawaya!

Nathan also has own gallery online at The Art of the Brick.

I must admit I am partial to the Jedi Statue of Liberty!

Thanks for the link Brandon and Joe!

Suburban Migration Shift to Cities?

Filed under: — Stormwind @ 11:39 am

I read an interesting article in The Atlantic (repeating a theme I’ve seen for the last couple years) theorizing that housing demand will shift from the suburbs to denser city housing due to the desire for walkable living areas.

Read The Next Slum? – The Atlantic March 2008.


Chevy Volt Electric Car Hits the Road

Filed under: — Stormwind @ 6:29 am

GM’s in-development electric car, the Chevy Volt, has hit the road in its pre-production incarnation!

The Volt has 40 miles of all-electric driving per charge before using gasoline.

Check out the video on the GM-VOLT.com web site!

Video: Pre-Production Chevy Volts Hit the Road! | GM-VOLT : Chevy Volt Electric Car Site.


Get Fit in Less Time – Six Minutes a Week?

Filed under: — Stormwind @ 5:10 pm

Can humans get fit in less time – such as six minutes a week?

An article on the NYTimes’ Well blog highlights some research that indicates this may be possible.  To me, it seems similar to elements of interval training, CrossFit, and martial arts training.

Can You Get Fit in Six Minutes a Week? – Well Blog – NYTimes.com.

Roadmap for Reducing Emissions Includes Building Efficiency, Wind Power

Filed under: — Stormwind @ 4:53 pm

The roadmap for reducing emissions unveiled by the “Gigaton Throwdown Initiative” (established by Sunil Paul, founder of Spring Ventures) includes building efficiency and wind power as major components.

Metal roofing, which is being installed on our house right now, is one such improvement!

via Roadmap for Reducing Emissions Unveiled – Green Inc. Blog – NYTimes.com.

Recent Media About Industrial Food

Filed under: — Stormwind @ 4:43 pm

Two recent pieces of media about industrial food caught my eye:

1) Food, Inc., a documentary about food safety, industrialization, and regulation

2) How the Food Makers Captured Our Brains, an article in the New York Times

Wumple’s Fedora 10 Upgrade from Fedora 6

Filed under: — Stormwind @ 4:30 pm

I finally upgraded Wumple.com from Fedora 6 to Fedora 10 several months ago. In case someone else runs into similar issues, here are the problems I encountered and solutions.



Homeowners’ Associations Filing More Foreclosures

Filed under: — Stormwind @ 9:47 am

Homeowners’ associations can range from reasonable or (too often) overzealous (especially for those who don’t conform to wasteful, environmentally poor landscaping).

From the Austin-American Statesman:

The foreclosure actions have renewed long-standing stereotypes that homeowner associations are often made up of power-drunk residents who enjoy lording it over their neighbors and zealously enforce the rules regarding such things as the height of the grass, the color of the house, the flying of flags and the way the porch is furnished.

“You have a number of them being run like little totalitarian regimes,” said Texas Rep. Burt Solomons, R-Carrollton, who has unsuccessfully tried passing association reforms for years in the Legislature. “Their argument is that if you don’t like it, move.”

Read the full article at the Austin-American Statesman.  And also read about Lisa’s and my conflict with our HOA, MUD, and management company over landscaping.

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