Every Time

It seems that there are times I walk away from my blog for extended periods of time. Well, I do want to blog more, but I’m nut not much of a good writer. I logged back in and had so many updates to do. I used to keep on top of updates, but in recent months various life stuffs got in my way of my usual endeavors. I will once again attempt this thing called blogging. It just like handstands but it’s something I actually can do!

So I know this isn’t much of a useful post, but perhaps you may be interested to know I will getting back to my development work on my Challonge WordPress plugin. I have some unreleased changes I worked on long ago, I hope it all comes back like riding a bike. Yeah, I did make the code easier to work with in my last release. Anyway, fun stuff there.

In other news, I final—wait… *loading rant…*

Let me give some history first. So way back in December 2010, I launched my website, SolveMyCube. So since then for nearly 4 years, I was hosting the Cube Explorer server used to power the cube solutions on the site on a not-so-powerful Linux machine in my house. Since Cube Explorer is a Windows program, I ran it in wine. It worked okay. It would in a few days time, just up n crash on me. I tried writing scripts to get around this problem, it kinda worked, but ultimately failed. I had to constantly keep an eye on it to make sure it was running. Sometimes I simply forgot about it and a few individuals have gone far enough to email me about it.

So now back to my news… I moved to an AWS Windows server in November of last year. This solved all of my previously mentioned problems! I was happy. All was good until… Yeah… about mid-April. It crashed. So I just recreated the instance and that seemed to work… for the next 3 days! And this continued as I procrastinated. Then in June I investigated the issue. It turns out Cube Explorer just disappears after 72 hours. I still don’t know exactly why, but I wrote a simple batch script to restart it when it disappears. Now it has been running non-stop since then and I am very happy about that!

Lastly, I’ll just mention I recently (by that I mean more than a few months ago) received my long awaited M3D printer. I even have a dedicated cam page for it although as of this writing the printer is not operational but I should be able to get it fixed up real soon. I hope to make more posts about 3D printing.

So that’s it for now. Lovely self-deprecation n stuff. Yup.

Thanks Eren!

This morning, I noticed an influx of followers on my Google+. Last time I had an influx like this was when Eren McKay shared a circle with me in it. This time she shared my blog. Thank you Eren!

Well, since I’m writing, I might as well update on things since my last post.

Work

So I actually lost my job at Team Detroit in early May. I’m not going to get into details but I supposedly lost it because they canceled the project I was almost done with. I enjoyed it there as you may have heard from my last entry.

In late May, I started work at Mango Languages. Mango is language learning that is easy. If you have any interest in learning a new language, you can do it with Mango. You can use Mango free at your library too if they carry it; if they don’t ask them to. Anyway, I know this sounds like a plug for Mango, which I guess it is, but it’s my blog so my thoughts are here.

I Should Talk More

It has been a long time since my last post. I guess I am not a writer. I believe that can change. I haven’t given up and I’m certain I never will. I’m more focused on other things, like work for one. Which brings me to the first thing to talk about…

Work

Since the beginning of this year, I’ve really applied myself more to looking for a job. In February, I eventually found myself cornered by 3 companies showing strong interest. It was one of the more tougher decisions in my life, but it was definitely a good one to have. Mid-month, I went in for an interview with my third choice out of the group. When I left that interview, they were placed as my number one choice with no hesitation.

The next morning, I missed the call from my recruiter. I listened to his voicemail and started going crazy, like every muscle in my body was ecstatic and excited. I found out I was hired. I guess I aced the interview. Got the contract signed and on the last week of February, I started working for this wonderful advertising agency that is unlike any other. They support creativity and passion much they same way I do. This advertising agency is none other than Team Detroit.

Team Detroit’s biggest client is Ford. That is why I am now working with an excellent technology team at Team Detroit who work on the Ford and Lincoln websites. I’m currently a front-end developer there.

“Find a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.” – Confucius

I believe I have found a job I love.

Play

All I really wanted to say here was that I am looking forward to 2 games that are coming out this year.

The first game is the action-packed Borderlands 2. I enjoyed the first one, now the second one has to be mine. I can’t wait to play it!

The second game is an action-packed MMORPG called Firefall. I see this game a mix of Halo, Unreal Tournament, and Borderlands. To top it off, it is free-to-play!

Oh yeah, one more thing. I have a private SMP Minecraft server. If you are interested in joining my Minecraft adventures, just let me know. Server details may be found at 64b.me.