Working on Book: Beginning WebGL

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.

Talia Lucy Maureen Danchilla

Congratulations to Lisa, Robert and Piper for having Talia join the family on February 8th. That makes four nieces for me now : ).

Favourite Albums of 2011

In alphabetical order, here are ten albums from 2011 that I enjoyed.

Adele - 21
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
Beirut - The Riptide

Old European sound.

Key Tracks: a candle's fire, east harlem, goshen

Black Keys - El Camino
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
Bon Iver- Bon Iver

Soft melodic

Key Tracks: Calgary, Holocene

Fleet Foxes - Helplessness Blues
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
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
Kurt Vile - Smoke Ring for My Halo

Talented singer/songwriter

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
Peter, Bjorn and John - Gimme Some

Catchy pop

Key Tracks: Second Chance, May Seem Macabre, Eyes, (Don't Let Them) Cool Off

radiohead - the king of limbs
Radiohead - the king of limbs

Radiohead more experimental than ever

Key Tracks: codex, lotus flower, bloom

Ryan Adams - Ashes and Fire
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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Home Desktop Setup

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.

Desk Setup

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.

December 2011

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.

Favourite Albums of 2019
Spotlight Album
Matt Mays Coyote
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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Words of Wisdom

In the beginning, there was nothing. And the Lord said 'Let there be light' and there was still nothing, but now you could see it.

Terry Pratchett

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