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Break Time

Break Time
Hey anyone still reading this,

Unfortunately I wont be able to keep up with the pace with my blog posts anymore due to various circumstances in my life right now. I'm still doing stuff behind the scenes, but right now there are a lot of other things I need to focus on and my blog sadly has to take a back seat.

I had a really good streak of posts going, but really I didn't imagine that I could keep it up forever.

I'll be back at some point! Thanks for tuning in.

April Status Report

April Status Report
Hey! It's me! The person who is supposed to be updating this blog a whole lot more. I really need to break the habit of totally ignoring my blog at the start of the month and then developing crazy anxiety about making a new post.

The majority of my time lately has been going toward stuff that unfortunately I cannot share with you at this time. It sucks, I know, but trust me when I tell you that it's a very cool project and I'm really excited to be a part of it. I wish I could go into any more details here, but maybe by the time PAX rolls around again this year I'll be able to talk about it more.

Other than that I've been tinkering with just some basic stuff for the next version of Otter, and working on my Pathfinder Character Sheet manager. I'm still finding time for doodling of course too, and for now I'll have to use my doodles as the primary feed of my blogosphere.

I'm also realizing that it has been many, many years since I've updated my website. I think my website has looked like this for about six years now which is actually pretty unbelievable to think about. When I was younger I wouldn't be able to tolerate a website design for more than a year at the most... but here we are. I'm an old man now and the years have all blended into each other. Obviously my art style has evolved a lot since I first put this site together, so it'd be nice to get something fresh running. I think I would be able to keep all of my posts in order, and maybe even still preserve this look somewhere in a different URL, but we'll see what's possible when the time comes. Not sure when I'd be able to squeeze in a complete redesign of my site at this rate!

Super Sky Sisters isn't dead, it's just asleep for now until I can find time to prioritize it again. I still want to launch it somehow. I'm just still being me and holding it back until I feel good about it.

It does feel weird not having my personal projects be at the forefront of my life right now, but I am having a lot of fun working on this secret game. I really really really want to post what I'm doing, but it probably wouldn't be cool with the other folks on the team. I tie so much of my self worth to my personal projects and sometimes that is tough, but I am making progress on things even though posts here aren't as frequent as they should be.

That's all for now! I'll check in again soon. Promise!

Twitter API 1.1: User Timeline to PHP

Twitter API 1.1: User Timeline to PHP
Sometime in the past few months Twitter updated their API to make super simple tasks like fetching a user timeline pretty difficult. I started looking into the changes to see how to fix my code on my various sites but every time I started to get into I would just get frustrated and give up. So finally I attacked the new API again and this time I was able to get all the way to the finish line.

In order to fully remember what I did, and maybe even help some people out, here's a (relatively) quick guide on how to fetch a user timeline and get the data into a php script in order to spit out on your website however you want.

Here we go!

Here we go!
YEAH! After a million years of not having an active website, I finally got a new one up. It only took months of working on it to get it going this time. Now you can find all my games, websites, and artwork in one place, yay! I ended up writing a whole 'nother back end system from scratch for this website since I'm too stubborn to use Wordpress or anything like that.

Aside from the basic php, mySQL, html, css, etc, here are some nifty things that I used on this site that are super cool!

jQuery


A super awesome light weight javascript framework or something like that. It makes a lot of stuff a lot easier to do, and a lot easier to understand. Most of the other effects on the site rely on jQuery as a foundation.

Colorbox


A pretty rad light box type thing. I always have a hard time getting light boxes to work on my sites but this one actually worked right out of the zip file on the first try. It looks nice and loads pretty fast too.

Slides


An image slider that makes cycling images really easy for most of the entries on my "stuff" page. Very simple and easy to understand, with lots of options to modify it. It's also really easy to style with css, which is a big plus for me.

960.gs


A css framework that I live by these days. It makes arranging websites into a clean grid super easy to do and takes a lot of the stress off of figuring out css voodoo to get stuff aligned in columns. This site obviously uses a custom size, which comes from the css generator on 960.gs.

Smarty


A php template engine from beyond the stars. If you work with any sort of php code for makin' websites, then you need to be using Smarty.

Alright, that should do it for the grand opening post. And yes, I know that the background illustration is too big for your monitor. I like to think of it as a bonus if you stretch it out across two monitors, or if you just have a really huge wide screen single monitor. DEAL WITH IT. ;D