After contributing an introductory WebGL chapter to the book HTML 5 Games Most Wanted which has some impressive coauthors, I am excited to announce that I am the author for an upcoming full book entitled Beginning WebGL for HTML 5.
Congratulations to Lisa, Robert and Piper for having Talia join the family on February 8th. That makes four nieces for me now : ).
In alphabetical order, here are ten albums from 2011 that I enjoyed.
Adele - 21
Powerful vocals and a soul that sounds older than her actual age.
Key Tracks: rolling in the deep, turning tables, someone like you
Beirut - The Riptide
Old European sound.
Key Tracks: a candle's fire, east harlem, goshen
Black Keys - El Camino
Catchy blues songs.
Key Tracks: lonely boy, gold on the ceiling, little black submarines, money maker, sister
Bon Iver- Bon Iver
Key Tracks: Calgary, Holocene
Fleet Foxes - Helplessness Blues
Complex sophomore effort from the Fleet Foxes
Key Tracks: The Shrine/An Argument, Helplessness Blues, The Plains/Bitter Dancer
Handsome Furs - Sound Kapital
Pop rock electronica
Key Tracks: What about us?, Cheap music, Memories of the future
Kurt Vile - Smoke Ring for My Halo
Key Tracks: puppet for the man, runner ups, my baby's arms, smoke ring for my halo, in my time
Peter, Bjorn and John - Gimme Some
Key Tracks: Second Chance, May Seem Macabre, Eyes, (Don't Let Them) Cool Off
Radiohead - the king of limbs
Radiohead more experimental than ever
Key Tracks: codex, lotus flower, bloom
Ryan Adams - Ashes and Fire
Soft and sweet new Adams album
Key Tracks: lucky now, ashes & fire, chains of love, dirty rain
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Here are two images of my desktop computer setup. It took me a few months to get all of the components, but since a large portion of my time is spent here, it was definitely worthwhile. My vision when buying the components was to focus on ergonomics (no cheaping out on this cost) and not buying a cutting edge system (saving some money here). A good chair is very important and lasts years. In comparision, a very powerful computer system is obtainable for around $600 and will be near obsolete soon enough.
The desk setup specs:
- Laminate corner desk with three drawers
- Slide out/adjustable pneumatic keyboard drawer
- Completely adjustable dual monitor stand
- An AllSteel Acuity desk chair
And some of the computer hardware:
- HP p7-1038 desktop (six-core CPU, 8GB ram)
- Two 22' ASUS LED monitors
- Microsoft ergo 4000 keyboard
The setup is great. One thing needs to be done still - a modification of the desk to accomodate the monitor stand pole. I assumed it would fit in the natural desk hole. But it does not. Hence the current makeshift board mounting seen in the first image.
As a programmer, I use my laptop when on the road or when I need a change of scenery and want to work in a different room for awhile. One issue with this is it produces a problem of knowing which machine development files are on and creates work in manually copying/moving files. I have found a nice solution to this, involving git and windows live mesh.
A lot has/is happening in the past month. We found out that our good friend Vince is moving to Calgary which is sad but exciting for him. He shall be missed : (
I went to Orange County for a few days to meet with a client, networx online. It was good to meet the people I have been remotely working with for a couple of months now.
Tressa and I started and finished all of our Christmas shopping in two evenings last week. Glad to not have to fight the crowds anymore this year. I am looking forward to spending some time with family this holiday season.
This is also the time of year when music magazines all publish their top album of the year lists. I enjoy creating my own favorite lists of the year and have done so since 2007. So anticipate another one soon. 2011 was an abundant year for good music and so this year was much easier to fill ten slots then last year was.
Matt Mays - Coyote (2012)
Building upon the sounds of the 2005 album "Matt Mays & El Torpedo", this album has a number of very listenable tracks.
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