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First week of school hiatus 0

Posted on September 07, 2015 by Keith

During the first week of school (this week for me as a teacher), I am going to need to stay after class for rewiring of my lab and not have a chance to record or edit recordings. As a result, I am declaring this a ‘hiatus’ week, and tutorials will pick back up beginning Monday, September 14. This will give me a chance to finish editing what I have already recorded, and record the following week of tutorials as well so that if I need to remain at the school again, there won’t be further disruption. *crosses fingers*

The Mindless Pursuits Forum is Now Live! 0

Posted on July 27, 2015 by Keith

For those who want to discuss Mindless Pursuits tutorials or other game development talks, the forum is now live (see link at top)! It’s a simple, no-frills forum, but if learners start using it, I’ll spruce it up a bit more. Right now, it’s just getting started. Feel free to talk about existing tutorials there, ask questions, offer suggestions for future tutorials and whatever else you feel applies to Mindless Pursuits. Share your experiences with other game development items such as tools, engines, project planning and more!

I’m not one to do a lot of real-time discussion for things like ICQ, Slack, Twitter or the like, so the forum is the best place to get a response from me. See you there!


Goals for the Next 3 Months 0

Posted on May 31, 2015 by Keith

With the change in careers, I’ve also been shifting about my way of setting goals. I have weekly, monthly, 3-month, 6-month and yearly goals now. I’m finding it easier to break down my goals in that way, with sub-goals defined, rather than work on an ever-evolving larger set of goals. It also allows me to better track the use of my time so that I can better estimate the time and ‘spoons‘ I need to be able to accomplish them. For today’s post, I’m going to discuss the goals I have set for myself for the three months between the end of the current school year and the beginning of the next. However, I won’t be discussing my consulting goals as those are confidential to those projects, so if my goals seem short (time wise), that’s because there’s consulting in there that I’m not discussing.

So – with a break after a busy school year, my first goal should be to relax, right? Yes but no. I’ll spend a few days┬árelaxing right after the school year ends while my daughters are finishing their last few days of school, but after that I am going to get to work on my first goal: preparing for the next school year! That’s right – I’m going to get right to work on the items I want prepped for next year. ┬áThe reasoning is pretty straightforward: I don’t know how long it will take me and I don’t want to be under the gun once school starts again. A lot of my instruction will be delivered through eLearning modules, gamification, and other non-traditional channels, so I need time to get everything made and tested in advance. Additionally, while I have a set of curriculum maps created, I need to create the above content for 8 different grade levels so it’s a lot to accomplish. I also want to implement a menu of options related to each unit, so I need to map those out and create them as well. The first priority is to create the ‘must do’ pieces of each unit, and then evaluate the menu goals for time.

The second goal is art. I really need to put some time and focus back into my art. I’ve been away from it too long, with only a couple of weeks a couple of months ago spent painting in about the last two years. So my goals for this are two-fold. First, I want to get a couple of paintings completed. Second, I want to get some drawing time in each day. I know I can improve my drawing skills if I put regular effort into it, and I never make myself do it. That’s going to change!

The final goal is to finish developing one small game. It doesn’t need to be elaborate, or with the greatest art, or anything else. I just need to FINISH one. I have been starting game projects for years and have never actually finished any. It’s time to finish one so I can get past that hurdle and prove to myself I can do it! More on this goal as soon as I figure out what small game I’m going to focus on. Odd are that I’m going to combine this goal with my first goal and complete an educational game. Time will tell!

What are your goals over the next three months? How are you planning to tackle them? Are they large goals, or a smaller set of your overall goals? I’d love to hear from you!

Welcome Back! (Or how I stopped worrying and learned to love the blog) 0

Posted on May 24, 2015 by Keith

As I sit here, Duran Duran’s Seven and the Ragged Tiger album is playing on iTunes, my dishwasher is going, I’m waiting for company, and all around me are strewn the various projects I’ve been working on infrequently over the last 10 months. Yes, indeed – it’s been an interesting time, and it’s only going to get more interesting from here on out!

Between the last time I posted a blog entry here and now, I have resumed technology consulting, started on some of my own development projects, and been hired and am enjoying being a technology teacher at a charter school in Minnesota! Needless to say, it’s been a lot of changes from the lazy days of recovering from cancer. I did have a brief return of cancer earlier this year, but it was caught very early by a scan, and was dealt with just as swiftly. *knocks on wood for it to stay away*

My return to blogging has been prompted by a desire to document for myself all of the different changes I’m going through, my plans, my goals, my ambitions, and to provide an outlet that other might enjoy for finding their own inspirations or tools. I am not committing to any particular frequency of posts at this time, as I don’t want to fall into my usual trap of blogging becoming a ‘job’ but I do hope to update frequently enough to keep a good flow going.

That’s it for today. I hope everyone is having a great weekend!


Alternate Universe #10243 4

Posted on May 28, 2013 by Keith


Listening to one of my favorite mix CDs during a drive, I was struck by how many band names would make great sound effects! Not just in the 80s, though that’s what I was listening to, but almost anytime in the last 30-40 years. T-Pau! Bananarama! Klymaxx! Though that last one is probably more appropriate for an adult comic….

Of course, what’s the quintessential throwback to comic book sound effect? The Batman TV show from the 60s, starring everybody’s favorites, Adam West and Dick Ward. I figure in an alternate universe there has to have been The Blue Bunny and Squirrel right? Well, maybe not, but I like to think so!

Kauju! (Cow-Ju) 2

Posted on May 19, 2013 by Keith

Kauju - Moothra vs Cowzilla

My girls and I love kaiju (giant monsters), and own every Godzilla and Gamera movie. Of course, we also love wordplay, so I was joking with them about Cow-Ju, or giant cow monsters. They thought I should go for it, and I agree! Now we need to convince Toho to make it!

Here’s a larger version that’s a bit easier to see (as the original was actually quite large)! Have a great weekend!

Doctor Cthulwho 4

Posted on May 12, 2013 by Keith

Doctor Cthulwho

Hey – It’s a first comic! I only expect to do one each weekend, but who knows? Maybe as I get faster I’ll do more. Regardless, this is what happens when I have too much coffee, too little sleep, and an active imagination!

I don’t think I’d really want to travel with this incarnation of everyone’s favorite Time Lord. Would you?

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