Monthly Archives: October 2011

Movie line of the week

Cut, cut, cut!Good morning! Let’s get to it.

This line comes from one of my all time favorite films.

Actor #1: I, uh, have the honor, sir.

Actor #2: And have had for many years, I do believe. All that time spent living only through other men’s lives. Dreaming only other men’s dreams. What a waste.

Actor #1: Sometimes a man can learn more form other men’s dreams than he can from his own. Come visit me, sir, if you wish to improve your education.

Actor #2: I will, and I may improve yours.

Ok, quick, what movie! Send your guesses here.

One Developers Journey

Johnny AppleseedKevin Hoctor: “The irony is that I’m the one always preaching to others that they need to be passionate about what they do. Don’t settle for a paycheck. Don’t work at a place that makes you want to rush home and down a bottle of vodka to balance out the day. Yet, here I am doing exactly what I’ve told my kids not to do.”

Kevin made the transition from frustrated Windows developer to Indie Mac developer and is still going strong. About six months after the above post Kevin shipped Debt Quencher 1.0. I don’t think he’s looked back.

That is an inspiration.

Get Your Free Logos!

Since I’m such a talented designer I thought I’d pound out a couple of logos on spec. Here they are, and they rock.

Vote Mat

For the Vote Mat poster design I wanted to capture that Wild West feel of San Francisco and portray Mat as a sensitive American. I nailed it.

Vote Mat

Moleskine

For the Moleskine Logo campaign I wanted to make something people would remember for the rest of their lives. Once again, I totally nailed, you know, because I’m an awesome designer.

Vote Mat

History – Oddworld Inhabitants

Oddworld: “A spiritual successor was started to make use of the excellent game engine Oddworld Inhabitants had constructed. The Brutal Ballad of Fangus Klot made Stranger look tame, with the eponymous character’s native land invaded by Mafia-esque felines and converted into hardcore catnip factories. Fangus himself started out enslaved as a pitfighter and infected with rabies before he escaped and found the chance to take back his country with his shepherding skills. Unfortunately its development was arrested when publishing problems drove Lorne and Sherry to admit that the current gaming climate was not one they wanted to be a part of, and Oddworld Inhabitants closed its studio down.”

I used to walk by this place when we’d visit San Luis Obispo and dream of working there. At one point I applied for a position with them. I never heard back. Shortly after that, they closed their doors.

They’re back now, but I have no clue where they’re located. I want to say they’re in the UK, but I’m not sure.

I wish them many, many, successful years.

Standard of Living

Christian Science Monitor: “Think life is not as good as it used to be, at least in terms of your wallet? You’d be right about that. The standard of living for Americans has fallen longer and more steeply over the past three years than at any time since the US government began recording it five decades ago.”

I’m blessed to have job.

Movie line of the week

Roll film!Good morning movie liners!

Here’s our line, good luck!

He was my patient for fifteen years. He became an obsession with me until I realized there neither reason nor conscious or anything about him that was… even remotely human. An hour ago I stood up and fired six shots into him and he just got up and walked away. I am talking about the real possibility that he is STILL OUT THERE!

Ok, quick, what movie! Send your guesses here.

What would it take?

I was just reading an old DaveNet post Dave Winer shared on Twitter, and it got me thinking. How much money would it take for me to feel comfortable for the rest of my life? I think that number, even living in California, would fall at about two million dollars.

What would I do?

Apple Core LabsI wouldn’t sit around, that’s for sure! I’d give myself one year to make my dream of running Apple Core Labs full time come true. I’ve been working on a new Mac application and it’s very slow going, I have no idea how long it’s going to take me to finish because I do it two and three hours at a time. I’d probably go out and buy a really nice dev setup, a fully loaded 15-in Macbook Pro, with a nice large Cinema Display. That’s a pretty extravagant setup. I typically wouldn’t spend that much cash on something, so that would be my splurge. From that point on it would be about delivering my new Mac application and making it work. After a year, if it wasn’t in the store, I’d hang the dream up and go back to work for someone else, even with a bunch of cash in the bank.

That’s what I’d do. What would you do?

UPDATE [4:30PM]: I’d actually make a run at creating a product if I could replace my salary and health care costs for a year, year and a half. Should be plenty of time to see if I could make it work.

Barn to Office

Cory Watilo: “A couple months ago, I finished building my home office in the shell of a barn. It started as a old horse barn with a dirt floor and no ceiling and over the course of a few months, turned into my new creative space (with a small recording studio) where I now spend most of my time. Here are some shots of the final product.”

What a great space.