My book, "Beginning WebGL for HTML5" has been published by Apress and is available for purchase.
Tressa and I had a nice vacation in Varadero, Cuba and now we are enjoying the summer weather. We are set to tie the knot on October 27th : ) The olympics are providing some exciting sports, my book is done and set to be published at the end of August. We were at a really nice wedding between our friends Scott and Kelsey over the weekend and saw a bunch of long time friends.
Now that my book project is nearing completion (the new release date is August 29th) I will have time to get back to some other interests that have been on an extended backburner. One of the things that I really want to do is purge all the unnecessary and/or negative things from my life. This is both physical and mental and somewhat spiritual. I am not by any means a packrat and regularly get rid of unneeded physical items, so this part will be fairly easy. On another note, Tressa and I are actively looking for a house. While this means owning a large physical item, it is a necessity if we start a family (and also to own a large dog - something I have desired to do for years). I am also thinking that the increased privacy and reduced noise from where we currently live will help us to relax.
Mentally will be more difficult for me to purge. I have some musical lyrics and half-baked computer side projects that I know I'll never go back to. They've been sitting on a hard drive for years. I revisit these things sporadically, but I believe that just like physical items, it is good to do a mental purging of old ideas and notions from time to time. I'm going to permanently delete this stuff. It is good to not remind oneself of bad memories but to learn how to forgive and forget more. Starting afresh music and project wise will be great.
Timewise, I want to shape the path that I'd like to be on in my day to day living, rather than letting commitments dictate what I am limited to doing. I am looking to improve my health and enjoy nature more. These are all great "new year's resolution" types of ideas, but I do plan on adjusting myself. This simply has not been possible to correct my course the last six months as I have been overwhelmed with work.
Tressa and I are going on vacation starting next week. This is much needed, I will venture to say especially for me - I have not had a legitimate vacation in a long time. We are trying to get a last minute deal if we can (Cuba if possible) so do not know exactly where yet. We are also exercising more these days - getting started from all things a Wii game called Exerbeat which is tricking us into enjoying moving : ) . I'm looking forward to spending the summer with Tressa and hope to take a few weekends off which will be very nice and back to more of the work-life balance that I would like to achieve.
Well this weekend Tressa is gone camping with the girl guides that she leads at her school. It was some pretty cold weather today so hopefully it warms up tomorrow for them.
I am using this weekend spent alone to get as much writing done as I can. While I am doing that, I'm also going through several hundred recordings that I have made over the last ten years and getting rid of all but I favorites. I figure that I want to start recording songs again. I also have my eyes set on a new recording interface http://tascam.com/product/dp-008/overview/ (I spent $400 on a tascam u-224 about ten years ago so that was a good investment and this one is even cheaper)
Getting antsy for the summer as I need to take some vacation days : )
I have put in a string of late work nights which has left me somewhat disoriented. Full on writing on Beginning WebGL for HTML 5 continues while I am working my normal hours during the day.
I finished another chapter this morning (the first draft anyway) and it feels good whenever I put the initial ideas for a chapter through to a cohesive state. It is worth the effort.
For me work and music go hand in hand. A great band that I am only now discovering is Wolf Parade. Here are two songs of theirs that I think are great.
what did my lover say (it always had to go this way)
i'll believe in anything
Let no man fear to die we love to sleep all, And death is but the sounder sleepBeaumont
This album has been a staple of my music collection since it's release in 2008. I think it is one of Nick Cave's best albums. The album is moody and full of lyrical imagery. Dark, trancy at times such as on the track "Night of the Lotus eaters". The lyrics of this album are very strong and is what draws me back to it time and again. The track "Midnight Man" is an absolute gem:
Hold that chrysalis in your palm See it split and change It won't do you any harm It's just trying to rearrange
It was born to live a day Now it flies up from your hand It's beautiful It's the one they call your ever loving man
Wolves have carried your babies away Oh, your kids drip from their teeth The nights are long and the day Is bitter cold beyond belief...
...Close your eyes, sleep in him Dream of your lost sons and daughters Me, I'll raise up my dorsal fin And glide up and down the waters
The closing track "More news from nowhere" though just under eight minutes could go sixteen and I would be quite happy to listen to it all.