First off, IT stuff sux0rs large. Especially when it’s not your primary job function and you are not paid extra for the extra duties. That’s all I’m gonna say about that.
Dena’s back and refusing to watch the playoffs anymore now that the Leafs are out. I think it’s mostly because she has to wait ’till autumn to see Darcy “crazy eyes” Tucker on TV again (she thinks he’s cute…bah). From this point on, go Avs (my dad will be happy to hear me say that). I’d hate to see the ‘Canes win the Cup because most of their fans wouldn’t even appreciate it, what with all that incest and NASCAR keepin’ ’em too busy to appreciate the game of hockey. And I surely do not want the Wings to go any further. It’s not that I hate the Wings themselves. Hell, Steve Yzerman was my favorite player when I was growing up. It’s their fans that I can’t stand. As the guys in Sloan once sang, “It’s not the band I hate, it’s their fans”.
Here’s something potentially interesting…Barry came back from E3 inspired to be involved in the development of games (and he also paid me for that programming work I did on his CD!!!). He’s planning on doing some 3D modeling with 3D Studio Max. Some guy he works with at Dreamcatcher, named Russell, is apparently a wiz with Photoshop and a pretty good mapper on top of that. Now all they need is a software engineering-type guy to handle all that icky programming and stuff. Enter yours truly 😉 Instead of creating a 3D engine from scratch (which I don’t have the time or resources to learn and develop in a short amount of time), we’ll focus on making a descent mod for a released game using an established engine. I think it’s still up in the air as to which game the mod will be for, but I think we’re leaning towards an Unreal engine-based game such as Unreal Tournament 2003, since it’ll be the one of the first of the next-gen FPS games available to retail and there’s plenty of docs for developers already out there. The fact that I’m a monster fan of the first UT doesn’t hurt either 😉 So we’ll start from there and see what shakes. Who knows, maybe we’ll be driving Ferrari‘s like the folks at idSoftware. Hey, I got my own .plan file that I regularly update just like they do. It’s a start 🙂
Let’s talk about waiting. I’m inspired on the subject thanks to the series finale of the X-Files. A lot of people like to claim that they were in on something from the beginning. With the X-Files, I have a valid claim. I’ve been watching that show since the Friday evening that the intial pilot episode aired on Fox. I followed that “conspiracy” for nine years of my life and for what? The final episode explained far too little, IMO. The truth may be out there, but it sure wasn’t on the X-Files series finale.
What else am I waiting for, you wonder? A lot of things: another Flames Stanley Cup win, the value of the Loonie to return to par with the US dollar, Doom3/UT2003/Warcraft3 and the gaming goodness they promise to bring, and descent recognition for my work in this world. Hell, I’ll even try to wait a little bit longer for a new album from My Bloody Valentine, even if it is virtually impossible for Kevin Shields, or anybody for that matter, to top an album like “Loveless”.
Which leads me into that which you, the ChrisBellini.com fan, are probably waiting for. Rest assured it’s on the way. I’ll be uploading the W.I.P. (W.I.P.=work in progress) soon so that I can test all of those Perl scripts that I have to write to power Dena’s ranting section. Keep one eye on the stars and the other on Dena’s section.
Well Dena is in Crystal Falls for the next 10 days. On my first weekend as a bachelor, I’ve gotten my haircut and even smacked the ball around at the driving range. I need to get my swing in shape for the Cambridge Big Sisters Charity Golf Tournament on May 26. The bad thing about taking the first swings of the season are the blisters. Ouch.
I just completed a brutal week at work. We hired consultants to migrate data from our old domain controller/Exchange Server to a new server. I was originally supposed to watch and absorb. Well after some late nights and lots of hard work, I found out that I was quite the factor in the project. Did the company get their money’s worth from these consultants? I’m not so sure, but I’m constantly and, lately quite frequently, being made aware that I’m quite the bargain 😉 I’ll hopefully have the energy to work on Dena’s site and some DirectX apps soon. I realized that I need to re-read my Computational Linear Algebra text book. The required mathematical concepts of matrices, linear transformations and orthogonal projections are tucked deep in the back of my brain, lost but not forgotten 😉
Pat is coming to visit today. Him, his parents and his younger brother are visiting Kitchener to tour the University of Waterloo. For those not in the know, UW is the university to go to if you plan on majoring in a field such as Math, Computer Science, Engineering or any applied science. UW is one of Pat‘s brother, Jason’s, options. He should have no problem getting in. Although UW is quite the prestigious school (in the league with M.I.T.) and is difficult to get in, the kid is smart as a whip. Maybe he could be the next Brad Lushman 🙂
Pat mentioned that I’ve been slacking in keeping my .plan up-to-date, lately. Thanks 😉
In this update, I’ll give a giving nod to the fine folks at Nullsoft; the developers of Winamp:
What have I been up to this past week? A lot. Watching the playoffs; primarily the Leafs/Sens and Habs/Canes series. I’ve also been working on Dena’s site. Hopefully all of you out there anticipating her are sure to enjoy it when it’s done. Since she’s leaving this Thursday, I’ve cleaned up the ol’ computer with a clean install of Windows XP Pro. This is in anticipation of working on a few DirectX projects. I’m going to post any of those completed projects somewhere on this site o’ mine. Finally, a part of yours truly will be down in Los Angeles at E3 next week. Those small utility apps that I developed for Barry’s media CD will be representin’, yo. I guess there’s no way to tell that they were developed by me unless a user right-clicks on my EXEs and views the properties; “Developed by Chris Bellini” 😉
I’m calling a press conference here and now because I have three major announcements:
Announcement the first
Happy birthday shoutouts to Kevin Barnes. Damn, is this guy old. Would you believe he forgot a major event in our lives? He could not recall the origins of my response of “I own a guitar” to his calling me a “punk”. Can’t this guy remember an event such as a drunken situation that involved running on the back a flatbed truck in the early hours of the morning, Lee Hannigan’s disappearing act and so on? I guess he’s got a touch of the senility in his old age. Happy birthday, man. Don’t fall down the hill 😉
Pat is webifying himself at a rapid pace. He’s working on a new layout for his site and it’s coming along nicely. His URL is http://patrickbyck.tripod.com, so have a look-see and send him wisdom.
Barry has deemed ChrisBellini.com as THE place on the web to announce new happenings on his website. Shout it from the mountain tops, folks. Barry has now included a short bio on his website. Remember, you heard it here first.
That concludes today’s press conference so stop taking pictures and jotting down notes. Paparazzi, get outta my way as I’m leaving! I must watch a couple of NHL playoff games tonight 😉
I think my work for Barry‘s CD is done. No slick programming required…just down ‘n dirty stuff. Figure out where directories on any given system are, copy some files, launch some stuff; dig up Win32 API functions that I haven’t used in a while. I haven’t seen the totally finished product yet since I don’t think Barry‘s sent them off to be burned. However, if you’re lucky enough to be at this year’s E3 in Los Angeles, go to Dreamcatcher Interactive‘s booth and ask for one or look for Barry himself. He’ll probably be the guy tossing the CDs at passers-by. You can then marvel at my l337 coding abilities as a bunch of SWF files are stealthfully copied to your Windows‘ temporary directory and as well as the other behind-the-scenes things my apps on that CD do. Oh, and Barry‘s Flash movies look pretty good, too 😉
Dena’s section of this site is coming along. I’m working on layout and graphics for the most part right now. I’m also tackling the nitty-gritty server side stuff for her “rant” section. I love Perl.
In more Dena-related news (which relates to me), she’ll be vacationing up in the sprawling metropolis known as Crystal Falls, Michigan to visit her family and friends in a couple of weeks. This will leave me alone in Kitchener for ten days to get in all sorts of trouble. Actually, I was thinking of using that “me” time to dabble a little with DirectX programming. I figure I’ll start with something small like 3D geometry creation and manipulation. Then, maybe, I’ll move on to some animation. Will it turn into a viable 3D app or game? I dunno. Maybe I’ll make something to rival Everquest. Then again, I wouldn’t want someone killing themsevles over it like that off-balanced guy in Wisconsin did last month. You don’t know what I’m talking about? Read this article. I just want to see what I can do with DirectX. I’ll post any projects I finish somewhere in the Digital section like in Downloads, Recycle Bin or Null World. Hey, it’s all in the name of research and stuff 😉
Are you watching the second round of the NHL playoffs? You should be.