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Year of Will

Hey there! Long time no see. It's been 5 months since my last blog post, but look on the bright side- it's still better than the two-year lack of posts from 2012-2014! Am I right? Well, here we are then. It's a new year. We released our first game over at unTied Games. The holidays have come and gone and we're already well into January, but that doesn't mean I can't talk about some New Year's resolutions! Read more »

What I'm Working On

Like I said in my previous blog post, I get asked this question a lot. So what the heck- I'll show some stuff off, even though it's incomplete!


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Breaking the Cycle

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Crazy! Impossible! Blasphemous!

My last blog update was in December 2012. A lot of stuff has happened since then- we got a new puppy, I worked on games, we formed a company... The usual stuff. Read more »

Japan and Home - Lands of Contrast I

As you might imagine, Japan is quite different from my home in Minnesota. On this program, we're going to explore a few of the differences between them.

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Lands of Contrast!

Today, I'm going to talk about a few of the things I missed while I was in Japan.
(Edit: These aren't in any particular order. Just felt like numbering them.)

#1: Non-stick cooking spray Read more »

Toolin' around

In the year 26,000,0XX BC...

A man stands victorious over a kill.
It was a tough fight, but the prize of food was well worth the effort.
In his hand...

A blood-stained tool.

A lot has changed since then. For example, many of the modern programmer's tools aren't blood-stained! Read more »

Port ahoy!

I'm going to talk about some game development, but first...

I'm back in America!

And it's absolutely fantastic to be back. I've been back since mid-August, and I've been enjoying the company of my friends, family, and my dog. Not to mention all the great food I've been missing! Pizza costs $25 less here! What a country! Read more »

Yakuba-free Vacation - Days 5, 6, & 7

The final few days of vacation! What better way to spend them than doing a little traveling?
I took a train down to Samani to visit a friend who lives in Erimo and to do some sightseeing there. The train ride is kind of long at about an hour and a half, but it's a fairly scenic ride through mountains, villages, and tunnels. I also met Zoe, a fellow Hidaka ALT, on the train. I'm glad I had a conversation partner for the long ride!

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Yakuba-free Vacation - Day 4

I had a lot of fun today. About a week ago, I had asked Junichi, a cashier who works at 7-11, if he wanted to do something together the next weekend.
I had drinks or dinner or some other form of socialization in mind, but instead we made a little road trip to Tomakomai! Tomakomai is the largest city in these parts before you get to Sapporo. It's got lots of tall buildings and shopping centers and all sorts of fun stuff! Read more »

Yakuba-free Vacation - Days 2 & 3

Why can't everything be vacation? I'm having a great time this week!

Yesterday I took the advice of one of the teachers, and decided to go to the observation deck in the hills above Niikappu.
And what a hill! It's 225 feet (68.5 meters) above downtown Niikappu. It isn't a gradual hill either- it's way too steep to ride my bike up. I walked up it with my bike. It's the same hill that has the barbecue house that I went to my first week here.

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Yakuba-free Vacation - Day 1

I'm so glad I'm able to get out of the yakuba (town office) and take some vacation!

I took some time to collect myself, relax, and do some sightseeing in Shizunai. I went there by bike, went down a random street, and it just went on from there!

View from the random road I took. It's a very steep hill.

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