Archive for June, 2007


June 26, 2007 5 comments

In the past, I’ve always used PHP/MySQL for back-end programming.  For a new project, it’s time to learn with SQL Server 2005 .  Who knows, maybe there will be some new gigs in the future as a result of my experimentation with the M$ dark side 🙂

Anyone have any good book or tutorial site recommendations?

Categories: General

FITC Toronto 2007 Videos

June 21, 2007 Comments off

Daily summary, session, and conversations videos from FITC Toronto 2007 are now online.  I hope they add some more session videos as I missed several due to schedule conflicts.  The conversation between Joshua Davis and John Maeda was very interesting.  Check it out here.

Categories: General

New TechNotes Delayed

June 13, 2007 Comments off

I’m currently involved in contract work that requires substantial overtime due to another developer leaving the project. With commute time and family considerations, that leaves virtually no week at the end of my time. This means that the TechNote series on skeletal animation I had hoped to start this month is probably delayed until fall (this project has an early Sept. delivery date).

I am working on adding closed-loop support and arc-length parameterization to the Bezier spline. After finishing, I will probably also add some sort of closed-loop support for the Catmull-Rom spline. 3D versions of these splines will be made available for camera and other path animation in Papervision 3D.

Categories: General

Adobe AIR Bus stopping in Dallas

June 11, 2007 2 comments

Hmmm … looks like the Adobe AIR Bus Tour is stopping in Dallas.  Might have to check this one out …

Categories: General

Spider Defense Game @bit-101

June 7, 2007 Comments off

Keith Peters is working on an interesting game, currently called ‘Spider Defense’.  I really like the way the ‘bad guys’ walk and follow the terrain — this is really good work.

Now, I want to see them start shooting green laser beams from their heads, as promised 🙂

Check it out here.

Categories: General

Quantum Keys sent 200KM

June 4, 2007 Comments off

I was watching a Discovery or History Channel program that touched on crypto — at that time, the record distance for a quantum packet was about 50 klicks – now they’re up to 200.  Don’t blink or technology will change 🙂

Categories: General, Math

AS 3 Animation System Beta

June 2, 2007 2 comments

I happen to like animation systems. There are always the cases where a task is too simple to justify the weight of an animation package or too complex for the package. I don’t mind writing those cases myself. For everything else, it’s nice to have a packaged system. Looks like there is a new animation package under development for AS 3 programmers by Ryan Taylor. The description of this package is very interesting and he’s currently looking for beta testers. Check it out here, .

Categories: Flash, Flex, General