Sunday, 23 June 2013, 16:55 - Starcat

Settling in

Alright, here I am again. In the meantime I moved into the new place with my girlfriend. It took a while until we settled in. We always had so much to do. Now everything I need is in its place. And while I’m looking for a job, I have some spare time to read a lot and work on my creative projects. Ah, that’s probably what you came here for, right?
Wanna hear what I’m up to? Well, I don’t just sit around idle. That’s just not me. In fact my day is packed with activities. It’s a lot of work actually, but I can’t deny I’m doing what I love.
I get up early in the morning, sit down at my desk to write and work on my novel. After that I relax by reading the next book of my to-read-pile in my bookcase.
Next I do something more technical and rational like programming.
Since the last blog entry I rewrote another of my web projects, worked on a toolset in Ruby on Rails to organize my ideas and most importantly got back into game development.
I’m working on a little project just for the fun of it. It’s a cartoony game for the Atari Jaguar featuring one of my characters and it involves a lot of button smashing. As of now it’s still unnamed. I must say after so much high-level programming in recent years, I really enjoy getting back into the oldschool 68k and RISC assembler programming for a bit. That game is my part of daily practical game design and programming work I do at the moment.
Later each day, after relaxing and regaining my concentration I sit down to work on a more complex long-term project of mine. For now I focus entirely on the game design and writing on that one. Everything else about the implementation will follow at a later stage.
That pretty much fills my day. I use the spare time in between and afterwards to take my mind of my daily work. I cook, fiddle about my guitar, do some sketching, do chores around the flat that need to be done. Whatever takes my mind off things or is helpful while my girlfriend is busy with learning and studying.
And then finally, finally the rest of the day is just plain old entertainment. Watching a movie, the next episode of a TV series or firing up some old console game and playing together.
Sounds good? I think so, too. I figure life is every day and we should always try to make the best of it and live the life we want to. Make the best of our time. For ourselves and those close to us.

Tuesday, 9 April 2013, 18:42 - Starcat

Time for a change

Almost a year has passed.
Lately all you saw when you visited the site was a note that I’m working on something. Well, as you may know, I’m always working on something. Sometimes I can put more time into it, sometimes less. But there is always something going on in the creative part of my mind.
I had some time on my hands recently. Some of that time went into the site you see in front of you now. (Most time went into other projects, though.)
A lot will probably seem familiar, but slightly different.
I rewrote the page, changed the style of it a bit, cut away some chunks here and there. The code is much cleaner now, it’s based on CSS3 and HTML5 and is less of a pain to maintain.

What else is new? I have completed my apprenticeship in late February. So I’m now officially a “Fachinformatiker für Anwendungsentwicklung”. A whatthefuck?! That’s German for what’s best translated as “IT specialist for application development”. 😉 Yup, I’m a software developer now. Though I’ve been doing that for years, I now have the paper to prove it. 😉
After two years of working as a web developer, writing database driven Ruby on Rails 2 applications, I’m looking for a new job in the Ruhrgebiet area. I moved away from Munich with my girlfriend and we just found a new home.
I’m also working on a little tool to help me organize my ideas for writing and game projects. It already proved to be useful and is a great excuse to look into Ruby on Rails 3.2 after I heard so much good about it. It’s really a great improvement over the 2 version in about every way. 🙂