Antigua and Barbuda

Heading off to a small island for a week with my wife for our anniversary. This’ll be our first trip without the kids in a long time. I’m really looking forward to doing nothing on a picturesque beach with a fancy drink and a book. 

Making the imposible, possible.

I saw this great GIF that perfectly explains the possibilities that virtual reality opens up: (Click the GIF for a better version) We are not limited by real-world physics and geometry in a virtual world. Literally anything is possible. VR (specifically the Vive’s room-scale technology) lets you explore a limitless world from within a 3′…

Automatic Grand Meetup 2016

I recently attended my sixth Grand Meetup, the yearly tradition at Automattic where the entire company gathers together for a week. This year’s GM is a blur, as usual. I taught a class on user interface design (my first time!), played in the Automatic band, had lots of one-on-one meetings, spent a full day with…

I built some really terrible games

I’m interested in creating a VR application. The first step on this road is learning some of the tools involved, liked Unity. Unity is an application for developing 3d games. Some of the best apps I’ve used on the Vive are created with Unity. So I spent some time yesterday running through a few tutorials and…

Scale in Tilt Brush

Since discovering the ability to scale, pan, and rotate in 3D space, Tilt Brush has become an obsession. My latest scene explores the ability to create massive scale differentials with an amazing amount of detail. Starting small, I created a little campsite (complete with pillow, blanket, and lantern inside the tent), and then zoomed out…

Tilt Brush

I picked up an HTC Vive this week. I played with one for the first time a few weeks ago and knew I needed to have one. Specifically, Tilt Brush, a sort of “painting” app for the virtual reality headset, captivated my interest. Here’s one of my first attempts at creating a scene in Tilt…

Dusty Electronics

I spent my Sunday cleaning the V-Drum pads. I didn’t realize they are open on the bottom. The years in the garage left a lot of dust on ’em. Thankfully easy to clean. And the white heads are washable!

Making quiet loud

I grabbed speakers out of my parents attic. I used these to practice drums back in high school. They’re a little worse for the wear, but working. Now I can make the normally quiet V-Drums loud. It’s so satisfying.  And the kids like to have a dance party while I play. 

Triggers have arrived

The triggers arrived today. They’re super simple, and with limited testing (my son, Mason, has played more today than I have) there was no need to be worried; The triggers work perfectly.  It took a few minutes to completely unscrew the lugs, but I think I’m going to appreciate the “permanence” of the triggers. They’re…

So much hardware…

I’ve continued to adjust the hybrid setup. I took the Roland v-drum rack, and disassembled it down to just three legs and two spans. I added an additional arm to mount the TD-12 module—one less piece of hardware to lug around. The Roland rack is super light, but can’t hold anything heaver than a pad. In…

Old Becomes New

  About a year ago, I bought a new drumset. That makes four kits in total; A new Tama Superstar kit, an older Tama Rockstar kit, a TD-12 v-drum kit, and a TD-9 v-drum kit. Shortly after I bought the new Tama kit, I refinished the old one. I removed the old, beat up, wine-colored…

Overheard

“The more we dig, the more we find.”

Make a Mess

A writing professor of mine in college once told me the secret to writing: “Just start. Starting is the hardest part. You’ll be tempted to edit yourself, or obsess over details. You’ll be tempted to create a clean and polished piece of work. That’s impossible. Instead, focus on making a mess. Then, clean it up…

Al Gore Rhythm Gig Fliers

I’m in a 90’s cover band called Al Gore Rhythm. We’ve booked a few shows this summer and we wanted to hang a handful of fliers around town to advertise. Trapper Keeper and Saved By The Bell were huge inspirations.

Overheard

One ideal we quickly adopted was “no chickens, only pigs”. Meaning only those truly committed to the meeting were allowed. Chickens make eggs; They survive. Pigs make bacon; They’re committed. I absolutely love this analogy. But I can’t help think that I’d prefer to survive the meeting. Maybe I’m a chicken?

Finished Yoshi

Made in Procreate in 4 hours and 5 minutes. Based on a google image search for Yoshi.

Mario, Take 2

Starting over with Mario, this time focusing on just his face.

Tonights Dinner

   Pasta, clams, and garlic, with spinach and green beans. And of course lots of parmesan.