Don’t mind the date. Nothing is belated on the internet!
We dressed Lili up in some cute ears and tossed some grass down for some pics. Enjoy!
Let me start by saying I am not a graphic designer. I have very little fine art skills. I understand composition, lighting, layout, and how to bike on ice.
That being said, I’m surprised this project turned out as well as it did. Me and my wife
were too cheap wanted to get our families a nice home made gift for the holidays, so we did a magazine project. She wrote the articles, I took the pictures. Etc. Here’s a few pages
Also my server works again, booyakasha!!!!
It’s true. After 1 month of the child trying to steal everything I eat, and giving us sad eyes while she licks her lips when we eat, we have started her on solids.
The things you tend to get excited about when you are a parent. Kind of sad. Or good. Whatever man! We talk about it in more detail on this week’s podcast…if you’re into that kind of thing.
So this is the new show I am working on. It’s being created by Amazon and the team behind Blue’s Clues and Super Why. You can watch the Pilot if you are in the USA on Amazon Prime
This is the girliest show I’ve ever worked on. My daughter will approve.
I realized somewhere today that I really need to start charging people money to do photoshoots. I saw a “professional” photographer at Point Pleasant Park today in Halifax doing a photo shoot. They asked me if they could take some pictures of me. I said no. And then they proceeded to ask me all these details about my sun reflector setup, my flashes, my triggers…everything. She had clients with her. I was taking better pictures, and she was making the money. Power to her! She’s hustling out there. One thing I’m not so good at.
The biggest issue I have when I’m photographing is that I’m kind of a jerk, and I don’t think I’m that good. I still think most of my shots are due to my camera being good. But I guess that’s a common thing for artists always thinking they aren’t good enough. I should put it out there and see if I can make some money. Looking back on the $3000 I paid my wedding photographer, I’m confident I can take better shots.
Regardless, here are some family shots I’ve been taking of our little 3 human family.
I wish I would’ve been in this shot. I was making the same face at Lili to get her to smile like such. Also notice the light pattern in the top left? I was bouncing the flash off my guitar strings and it was doing that jazz. NoiceI’m a big fan of the Bokeh on the Christmas treeIt’s hard to avoid tangents going through my head when I’m setting the camera on a timer and Lili’s squirming around I probably should’ve got up and moved that garbage pail… These were some nice shots at Point Pleasent Park on the arm. This first one was set to a nice 6 second shutter. It was super slippery and pitch black out, so my 1.8 lens came in handy. Sadly though, and iPhone 6 was dropped into the water during this series of shots. Slippery rocks apologize to no one!
As we talk about on our podcast, life with lIlI can be challenging and fun. So cliched. Shes the perfect baby. She only cries when she poops and needs changing, she sleeps through the night, she lets everybody hold her (on their 2nd try), and she is beautiful. It’s been really fun watching her grow for the last 4 months and see which of her features are from me, and which are from her mom.
She’s so pretty when she sleeps. I’ve poked her and kissed her so much in her sleep that now she sleeps pretty deep. She usually sleeps in her crib, but, she will fall asleep while she’s breast feeding in the bed, and so sometimes I wake up and she’s all like thisShe can actually reach her hanging toys now and pull them herself. Which means we don’t have to get up every 17 seconds to make it sing. She used to just yell at them, and try and will them into swinging…but girls gotta learn sooner or later she’s not a geenie.Since she’s been in the womb she’s been shadowboxing. Like her mom, she seems bred for combat sports. I’m hoping she follows in my footsteps and gets into some powerliftingShe’s already getting her pump on with the Bowflex. Good girlOut of context cows.
My grandmother started knitted this bonnet for Lili, and unfortunately passed away before completing it. My mom finished it for us, and it fits her just right. Also, her hands are always in her mouth nowCase in point. We don’t really do the whole Halloween thing, but it still felt like a grand time to try our her very boyish Batman Tee.But not for long, we took her out on the town and had to get her red sailor dress all geared up.She’s cute, I love her.
Haven’t posted for a few months. You know what that means? I got another surgery?
I got a lengthy (ish) contract. This time all the way out in Halifax at:
So that’s fancy. I won’t be posting as much as a result, or posting much animation related work. Although, I guess I don’t really anyways. Most of this blog is going to be photography and my sweet baby Lili (remember spelt lIlI for all you noobie noobs).
I decided to drive down with my Jeep full of whatever would fit. We found a random guy on Kijiji to do a rideshare with who was willing to take our beds, dressers, and other large furniture for only $300! That’s insane. So I paid him $500 because not only did he not murder me, he loaded up the truck in Ajax and unloaded once we got to Halifax. Man worked up a sweat. There are good people left in the world.
The drive was supposed to take 17 hours, but took 28 because of construction limiting the highway most of the way through New Brunswick from 110km/h to 50m/h. Here are some of the better pictures we took: You can’t really tell from this angle because of the shadow, but the weight from all our gear in the back dropped the back end of the vehicle down about a foot. We were definitely over our load capacity. We even strapped the spare tire onto the roof and loaded the spare tire wheel well with packed goodies. This guy drove behind us for around 2 hours. I sped up, I slowed down, he was always the same distance behind me. I guess he liked my wind tunnel. When we first saw these hills in New Brunswick we were in awe. 6 hours later we hated them. There is nothing our there, those poor kids.Shutter was too slow. Though, thats pretty much what it looked like after driving for 24 hours straight.Shortly after arriving, I marvel at the masterpiece of pulling a 40 hour run without sleep.
And here’s some shots from around town the first day I was here. Not sure what’s going on with this tree, it looks beat from the wind. Its beautiful. I was not expecting this city to be so hilly. This is like San Fran levels.Speaking of hills…the entire City is built around this Citadel Hill. This looked like a house fly, but wearing batman armor. He was very friendly, like most of the people in this city.
Babies make weird faces sometimes. Here’s some from week 2 of my (still weird to say) daughter’s life.
My baby is alive and successfully extracted. So cute and farty! Her name is LiLi, also spelled with inverse capital as lIlI. You’ll see many pics in the coming years, I probably should make a new category for her…lets call it Family
Hey all. I’m still alive. I’ve been super busy taking pics this summer since, well, the animation industry doesn’t seem to want me at the moment. Gotta stay busy!
Here’s some Maternity Photos I took recently, not too shabby I must say for my first time.
Whoa it’s been like 3 months since my last entry! My bad. To be fair, I did have some gungey nose surgery that I was told would heal in a few days…and actually took close to a month for me to be normal. I mean, everything that was sweet suddenly smelt like rotting flesh, and everything stinky smelt like rotten flesh. I guess I had no nose sensors for a bit. I couldn’t even work out for a month…which was fun. I didn’t feel bad about it, sort of saw it as a vacation.
Anyways, I’ve been taking courses on Unity again in between dealing with my wife being on mat leave and spending all the money on nesting. More about that on our podcast if you’re interested.
I was having weird issues with Unity. Because I have a pro license for the old 3.5.7 version most of the fancy tutorials I find are for the new version so help is a little bit harder to come by. Seeing as the new version is free though, I may as well upgrade.
I was making a test level where I just generated a terrain map with some trees, and threw in some free T-posed minions .obj’s that I found and shot them. They lit on fire then flew to the sky. I couldn’t get the Android SDK working quite right so no apk for posting. Only this picture
Those of a you whom have the pleasure of knowing me personally, know that I have been trying to find a partner or group of people who would be willing and able to do a weekly podcast. I was ready to do yet another gaming podcast, a nothing podcast where we just talk about life’s happenings, or a men’s podcast or anything that I have knowledge about. Then I realized…my wife is having a baby! Plus one of my long term goals is to be a marriage councilor with my wife (when we’re like 50). Why don’t I do a podcast with my wife about marriage and babies and pizza?
So we have officially launched the Mommy Daddy Baby Pizza Podcast! We’ve recorded 2 episodes, and you can subscribe here:
This was my first time actually getting something onto iTunes and getting approved by the Apple machine so it is very exciting for me. I’ll change the quick link at the top of this blog that used to point to Tamara’s blog to point to the podcast site now. Enjoy!
I haven’t posted in a bit…that means I got a job right!?
Well, I did get some freelance work with a Toronto studio but now that’s wrapped up.
Actually what happened was my hard drive went and died, and I had to do a massive restore. Luckily I am smart and keep both a local backup and an offsite backup using the service BackBlaze. It’s a good idea to have both, not just one. I know plenty of people who say it’s just fine and dandy to back up using external drives and they need not to waste time on nothing more. Well, you’re wrong, and probably homeless. What if someone breaks in and steals your machine as well as your backup drive? What if there’s a fire? What if there’s a flood? What if some rats get into your ceiling and bump some pipes and the bathtub upstairs drains right into your office? What if your stanky neighbor decides to drain his pool to your side of the property and all the water leaks into your window and everything gets ruined?
Plenty of scenarios. The same way, using an offside automated service like BackBlaze has it’s drawbacks as well. The biggest drawback being the amount of time it takes to restore your data. You see, I had about 1.5tb’s worth of stuff kept offsite with BackBlaze. I would keep my current projects from the last year and my photography stash backed up locally, but the rest of my old work was sitting over there wherever BackBlaze’s servers were a sitting. They’re across this country, across another country, in some building, behind whatever speed caps along the way. Simply doing an online restore of 1.5tb’s would have taken a LONG time since the downloads were going around 950kbs/s. I didn’t have time for that. Nor do I have the home internet option to support 1.5tb’s of downloading.
Luckily, BackBlaze has options for restoring specific files and folders, as well as other options for restoring to a thumb drive or up to a 3tb hard drive and having it shipped to you. The latter is what I choose. They say they will restore up to 3tb to a hard drive and send it, but they wont send everyone a 3tv hard drive. It’s relative to your amount of data. So if you have 850gb of data, they’ll ship you a 1tb drive. Since I had like 1.47tb they managed to fit everything on a 1.5tb drive. I wish I have 400mb’s more data, because then I would’ve been shipped the 2tb hard drive! No matter the size of your hard drive the cost ends up being the same. $180 USD shipping (not import fees) included.
I began the restore as soon as my hard drive went kaput on Monday, and it took around 7 days for the hard drive I ordered to be shipped. Unfortunately they use FedEx, who typically are horrible to deal with. They tried coming 3 times to my home, at different times during the day, despite me requesting (and them confirming) delivery after 1pm. In the end, I had to drive 45 minutes to go to one of their stations to pick it up. They wouldn’t send the package to the holding center that’s 5km away, I had to drive 45 minutes…and then pay them $38 in duties. So, why did I pay for shipping again? Regardless I finally got the hard drive on the following Thursday. That was 10 days after I requested from BackBlaze. That’s not a bad turnaround at all. Like I said, I keep local backups of all my current work so this was really just a bunch of old finished renders, portfolio pieces, demo reel stuff, and 20 years of digitized family videos.
Anyways, the package was put together nicely and the hard drive was well protected. Though I do wish there were some extra padding in the box so it wasn’t sliding around. Opening it up…And voila! Cute little sticker. I’m glad it was a 2.5 inch hard drive as well, I needed one of these for after.It came with one of these fancy powered USB 3.0 cables. Nice!You can actually use a standard micro USB cable for the hard drive if you’d like, but then it’d only be USB 2.0If you’re using a standard micro usb cable it would just go into the port on the left thereHere’s some extra details on the hard drive. Its a Toshiba Canvio HDTC615XK3B1. It retails for about $89 on sale. There were some scratches on the enclosure, which made me feel like this drive wasn’t new like they promised…
So I plugged it in, everything was there and worked great. I’ve heard some people report that they had issues with various versions of files but for me, I can confirm there was no issue. Their support said automatically the latest version of every file is sent unless otherwise requested.
The total cost after import fees and currency conversion came to $253 Canadian dollars. Quite a bit more than the $180, but at least I get to keep the 1.5tb hard drive they sent (it actually does fit into the Playstation 4 out of the enclosure). Here’s a video I did showing how to take apart the hard drive enclosure, since there’s no screws.
So in the end would I recommend BackBlaze? Yes! I have tried Carbonite and Mozy and compared to the others I prefer BackBlaze’s lack of restriction on upload caps. I have a nice steady 10mb/s upload and for the most part I get close to that. I’m still using it to back up my machine again, and wouldn’t hesitate (even with the price) if my drive failed again.
Yes I’ve said it before. I have succeeded at my early male task of multiplying. Such fun it was! But also sombering times are approaching. You see, when I used to live by myself I had a tendancy to collect the most random piles of things, and just leave them there on display. Like, horrible art representing fragments of my imagination. Its funny, becuase I am a neat freak 90% of the time. But that other 10% is right over in the other ditch. I like to collect things that I know will be valuable one day. Take, for example, a collection of still in package dead professional wrestlers. When they die, or are looking sick, I buy action figures. Then when they die, I sell them. Call it a business move, call it profitting off their loss, whatever. My hobbies are mine. Go lick yarn! Actually, funny story. When I was 16 I used to have very weird OCD secret tendancies. One of them would involve vegetable crackers, lotion, and the salt off a winter boot. I’d lick them all, and hate it. OCD is a serious condition people.
All that to say, my office is being turned into the baby room. All my junk has to be gone. I’m ok with it, it will just be sad. I won’t have random piles of generationally awesome randomness like above. Lets take a closer look.This here is a Watchman battery operated Television, circa 1985. I’d always say, “when I go camping I’m just going to stay inside and watch tv on this thing”. But I never went camping, there’s too much dirt, and no power, and people use leaves to wipe their bum. In actuality, I used to steal the power cable for my mom’s hair dryer (becuase really who ever had 6 C sized batteries laying around?) and stay up late and watch Mad TV. Oh the memories of Action Jackson and Stewart.
Besides the TV is a bamboo recorder that my brother got me from the Bahamas in 1995. I can’t remember if it was that trip or another, but he was in a pool with Dolphins swimming around and the male dolphin started attacking him. The trainer made my brother leave the pool becuase “the dolphin thinks you’re a threat to him mating with the female dolphin”. Amazing story. More amazing becuase men in my family are notoriously hairless. This flute represents a sort of dolphin charming whistle to me.
Next is a Marshall Pocket guitar amp. I always wanted a shower radio. I had one briefly in college, but I would spend so much time in the shower listening to jams that eventually the thing go so steamy, slid off the wall, and broke in the tub. So my wife bought me this little amp to use as a speaker when I’m in the bathroom. I mainly use it when I’m shaving my head, otherwise I try to harmonize with the clippers and get aroused.
Then there’s a Casey Jones Ninja Turtles toy circa 1989. I loved the Turtles, and all my toys. My parents sold most of all of them at a garage sale for the price of a Tim’s coffee while I was sleeping. Casey is randomly holding a WWF wrestling belt, I guess circa 1996. That looks like the design of the belt The Rock used to rock when he had his sideburnz and eyebrows.What this? OH! It’s an original instuctional manual for a Commodore 64. You used to be able to slide in your favoute 5 inch floppy discs for ultra portability! My favourite game was this gem named Sammy Lightfoot. Look at that box art! Circus machine! Of course then you’d start the game and it’d look like this. I remember the process of launching games on the C64. It wasn’t as simple as just putting it in and hitting play. Kids these days never knew. My brother would have a list of code we’d have to type to naviagate to the right directory, then we’d have to extract the game then run it. It would take like 20 minutes to launch a game. Why? When your typing average per minute is dependant on your ability to have the ABC’s memorized, that’s a bad vibe.
Beside that C64 stash is my Pebble watch box. It’s a Pebble. I like watches, I like smart watches, I like my Pebble. My nickname for my wife is also Pebble. She’s my small rock. Enough said. Hey look a working copy of Blaster Master for the NES. I never was good at that game, but lets be serious…I don’t even remember where that game came from. I was like 5, and I would trade games with people, and we’d never know who had what, then we just kept them. My parents should’ve taught me how to keep inventory. That would’ve been a good teaching moment. Those games weren’t cheap, most were $79-$99 for far less gameplay than you’d get with a freemium mobile game these days. There’s also a green iron leaning on a 30 pound dumbell, some $10 Tritton headphones and love story between Captain America and Hawkeye and OMG a lint roller with a dead bug on it!
*runs and get’s out macro lensI did regret putting my lens on the lint roller, but that’s a beauty! It looks like it made itself quite a pillow to rest it’s head as it died. I hope that wasn’t lint rolled off one of my hats…I really gotta start vacuuming the corners better…
Man, Killzone Shadow Fall. Pretty game. Though honestly, it feels like a PS3 game with less compressed textures. Some of the models are nice, but most of the geo is fairly low res. They make up for it with a lot of tricks with the lighting. Painting on shadows always feels cheap to me, but hey, corners have to be cut. No point procedurally generating the top of helium tanks hidden away in a space train right?
What the heck is up with the level design sometimes though? For instance, take a gander at this here video.
So, I jump out of some sort of airplane or (I really don’t remember what I jumped out of) and then proceed to glide through a broken city. I die. Lots. I think the total number was 38. Not all of it was even caught on the feed here. Eventually I figured it out, but seriously, if you’re some sort of trained soldier who always has an inflatable raft in his pocket, why wouldn’t you just pull out your parachute and glide around in the air in your raft?
Blah. Capturing footage and getting it online(without a fancy game streamer box) is surpringly more complicated then I’d imagine on the Playstation 4. Live streams work great. In fact, follow me above on Twitch! I wish you could just upload directly to YouTube, but turns out I had to make a temp Facebook account to post all my videos to. Then use a shifty web video downloader to snatch the video off Facebook, THEN I can upload it to YouTube. I’m sure Sony is working on it, adding support for direct YouTube uploads. I just hope there’s an options for a direct 60fps 1080p capture…and that our videos wont be taken down if we drop more than 2 F bombs.
Sorry for the rant. I just wanted pretzels, and we had none.
Snap son! Avast and some other free poopdy virus scanners think my blog has/is a trojan virus. Blame Java. I’ll fix it eventually…when I see evidence in my hit rankings that people actually view this blog.
Here’s a 2 year old me. Topless. Sexy. Free. Coming to fix this.
* edit* I think I’ve figured out the issue now*
No I’m not dead. No I didn’t get a full time contract yet.
Both of these are legit reasons for me to stop blogging for 2 weeks. Truth be told, I was sick. Yes. Sick. We will go with that one…
During my sickness I replayed Walking Dead on my Vita primarily for trophies. Which is an easy 8 hour Platnium. Also my 8th Platnium Trophey if you include the 3 Platniums obtained through the cross sync PS3/PS4/Vita schenanigans of Sound Shapes. I also started playing Battlefield 4 on PS4. Which I said I wouldn’t do until March, becuase I wanted to pace myself and not run out of games to play. Becuase when that happens, I buy games. And when I buy games, my wife cries. And when my wife cries, she puts me in armbars and triangles. Though, real talk, since she is pregnant now her triangle grip is quite weaksauce.
All that to say, I finally tried out Warframe. Its free to play, why not. Procedually generated levels, lots of grinding, not a real necessity to spend actual money. This is music to my ears. So I fired it up. Since I’m a PS+ member I got a bunch of Platnium and free in game monies. So what do I do? I spend it all on Mag.
I spent all my Platnium in the game making Mag shiny, and pink, and have guns that are also shiny and Pink. I even spent money to make sure one of the pistols wasn’t shiny (but still pink) to throw things off. Take that specular highlights.
So I met some friends in the game, proceeded to tell them how awesome my Mag Warframe was, when one dude laughed. Called me a noob, and then proceeded to go on a 10 minute rant about how awesome this game was. During this time he let me into his clan (temporarily at least) and I found a glitch in one of the maps that let me park my shiny pink ass where no enemy could get me. I was level 8, everyone else was like levels 30-40 I think. I don’t know. All I know is that there was some Slimer looking enemy and I blew though 300 bullets and the health went down 10%. Then I watched one of the dude do a melee attack and kill it with one hit. I was overmatched. But I got all their XP and credits so it was a fair trade I’d say.
But yes, they explained the wonders of this game, and how it all actually works. Which was not my typical experiance with gamers who call me noobs. There was no tea bagging. No spam signing up of. Nothing. Just a really helpful lecture from a man who should probably write the manual for this game (or update it’s wiki) and reduce his caffeine content at 4am.
Here’s a screenshot. Good looking game for the most part. Though my PS4 sometimes glitches when it takes screenshots and embeds the screenshot icon on top of the picture…oh well.
Add me on PSN at iRajiv if you want to play. Yes, I am still using Mag.
Hey remember that time I made a crappy forest like 1 post ago? Well I deleted it, and made an even crappier forest. I just wanted to see if I could actually export from Unity to Android before building anything important and life changing.
So…I built this.
Glitchy audio and cameras and all. 3 seconds wasted.
So on New Years I wrang in the…new year…by getting my brown grubby hands on an Oculus Rift. It was great, until I tried this bobsled game and proceeded to have dizzy spells for the next 3 hours.
I was thinking the other day, “bumba, I was supposed to get a Powdered Toast Man tattoo at one point in my life”. And then, just like that, my wife is pregnant.
I’m pretty sure that is actually how fatherhood is supposed to begin. You know, with a yearning for toasted carbs slathered in dairy fats. Sounds about right.
Maybe my sucking at animation blog, which is well known to be only updated when I am not under full time contract somewhere, will become a fatherhood blog. Or a “frig I’m stuck at home all day while my pregnant wife works 9-5…and I did just buy a Playstation 4” type of blog. Maybe it’ll be a guilt tripped outporing of desperation filled with bird GIFS
Na, it’ll be the same ol
Since I last updated the look here in 2008 fresh out of college…I figured it was time for a change.
Deal with it
If you haven’t heard of the free Unity training being offered by The Walker Boys, well, now you have. Now that Unity is free (and legal) its a great time to jump in and start learning the software. Though I’m not sure why they teach you Java over C#, free training is free training. I’ll be going through this course and posting my updates.
My plan is to get through the first game by the end of this year. So, 14 days. I shall have a space shooter done, and free on Android.
Also, it will probably suck.
Shh, its a secret. It has a password.
(the password is my last name, all lowercase)
So this show I worked on over the last year has begun airing (actually like in August). Check out the official Nick Jr website