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Yes, I’ll be attending the Phoenix Comicon this year  May 24th – 27th, Memorial Day weekend. I’m pretty excited about it since this will be the first time I’ve ever gone to an event like this. I’m definitely looking forward to all of the creativeness that people have come up with for costumes this year.

Being a Star Trek fan, it will be exciting to meet some of the cast from the Next Generation including:

  • Brent Spiner
  • Levar Burton
  • Marina Sirtis
  • Michael Dorn
  • Patrick Stewart

as well as William Shatner…

Tony Amendola, known for his role on Stargate SG-1 as Master Bra-Tac will be there as well and who wouldn’t want to see the original Incredible Hulk? Lou Ferrigno is supposed to be there as well.

Aside from the Star Trek cast and other TV & Film celebrities there will be plenty of other well known people from the Comic scene. Apart from that, I am looking forward to the events that are planned such as:

  • Doctor Who Party Like a Time Lord
  • High School of the Dead
  • Steampunk Ball

All in all, this will be a nice 3 day vacation away from reality… Looking forward to it.

For more information about Phoenix Comicon and to purchase tickets, etc… go to http://phoenixcomicon.com

 

 

In the last few months I’ve been really busy with many different projects and sometimes I’m not sure that there is enough time in the day. It would be wonderful to have 30 hour days instead of 24, that would give me an extra 6 hours to get things done. So, anyways I just wanted to write a quick post to share what’s been going on in my life lately, nothing to personal or detailed but just a high level overview of what’s been going on.

Here’s a short list:

  • Getting Married
  • Book Reviews
  • Technical Reviews
  • Empoc Media
  • Designing New Apps
  • Updating Existing Apps
  • Learning 3D ( Anatomy, Modeling, Animation, etc… )
  • Learning Unity and Torque, not sure yet which one I like better.
  • Planning a new iPhone / iPad game
  • Planning a new Mac game

The list looks short but I can tell you that these are very time consuming tasks. So… I’m getting married in July on the beach in Hawaii :) could it get any better? That’s all I’m sharing about that. You may have noticed an abundance of book reviews on the blog lately. This has been keeping me pretty busy and is going to become more frequent. A while ago I was asked by a publisher if I would write reviews about certain technical books and post them on my blog, and in return I would receive a copy of the book. This sound like a pretty nice deal and in return I can provide my readers with reviews for books that might interest them.

I’ve also signed up with a publisher to be a technical reviewer for books dealing with Objective-C / Cocoa / iOS / C++ / PHP / ASP / pretty much anything web related or mac related and anything to do with 3D gaming. I have just received and reviewed my first 2 chapters of an upcoming title. They have already sent me the next 3 chapters to review. I’m hoping to be doing many more of these type of reviews.

Empoc Media, a company I started for app development for iOS and Mac apps is moving at a quick pace. It’s still a one man operation and will probably be like that for a little while longer but my hopes are to one day turn this into a fully operational game development company.

I’ve been designing quite a few apps that are currently present on the Mac App Store, all of which you can read more about on http://empoc.com, I will continue to develop innovative apps for the Mac App Store, provided I find the right amount of time :)

It’s great to have a lot of apps in the App Store but that also means supporting and updating each one of them. This has become my number 1 time consumer. Sometimes it can take a while to roll out new updates or provide bug fixes for new issues.

I have recently had the opportunity to revisit a subject that I had originally explored about 2 years ago when I wrote a tutorial on starting out with Unity 3D. When I first started looking into Unity 3D I thought to myself that this doesn’t look so complicated and I should be able to easily make a game. Well, that was not the case and I was in way over my head. Not having any 3D modeling, lighting, terrain, anatomy, animation, etc… knowledge there was no way I could have pulled that off. I am now taking a different approach and I’m planning on becoming a Blender guru and learn everything there is to learn about 3D modeling before I ever move back into Unity 3D. Unity 3D is powerful gaming engine and with the right 3D experience and creativity, it should be possible to produce a great game.

I’ve got some great ideas for a new iPhone / iPad game as well as a game for the Mac. I’m not ready though to share any information just yet, but will be posting info here and on Empoc when I’m further along.

Well, so that’s what’s been going on in my life lately and what will likely continue for quite some time. Hopefully I haven’t bored you guys too much. Take care and have a great week.

It is the year 2275, and earth as we know it has come to an end. The last remaining survivors have sought out to restore the planets resources using their unique space crafts known as Elementals. The Elementals have set out into deep space to collect vital elements while avoiding the deathly fireballs of deep space in hopes to restore balance to the once fruitful planet.

Time is of the essence and it’s up to you to help the Elementals in their quest to save their dying planet.

Elementals features hours of gameplay, challenging physics-based world with zero gravity all controlled via the iPhone’s accelerometer. You get 30 levels in easy mode and another 30 in extreme mode that all require extreme logic, timing, skill and lots of patience to conquer. Quite possibly the hardest game that will be on the App Store.

Features a total of 60 levels (Easy / Extreme), accelerometer, Retina Display Support, leaderboards, achievements, Facebook and Twitter Integration

I’ve started development of Elementals about 5 months ago in my spare time. I’ve done all of it myself, coding, artwork, concept and design, etc…

Main Game Menu:

Options Menu:

Level Selection Menu:

Level 2

The above are just a few of the screen shots of Elementals. I am hoping to have everything done and submitted to the app store before the end of January.

Right now I’m working on memory optimization and plugging a few leaks. I encourage everyone to follow Elementals on Twitter and like it on FaceBook to stay up to date.

Facebook:  http://www.facebook.com/pages/Elementals-HD/127088354021100?v=wall”]http://www.facebook.com/pages/Elementals-HD/127088354021100?v=wall

Twitter: http://twitter.com/#!/ElementalsHD”]http://twitter.com/#!/ElementalsHD

Beta Testing Begins Soon

If you’d like to be a part of the Beta Testing Team please send an e-mail with your info to [email]chrs944@gmail.com[/email] with the subject line Elementals HD Beta Testing

Please be sure to include the following:

  • Your Name
  • Your Email
  • Your Device Type: iPhone, iPhone 3G, iPhone 3Gs, iPhone 4, iPad, iPod Touch, etc…
  • Your website or blog if you have one

Being a part of the Beta Testing Team will get your name / blog / website listed in the credits and also allow you to be among the first to write up a review.

GT5 Trader is hosting a Twitter contest. The winning contestant will receive an awesome Gran Turismo 5 car worth at least 1,000,000 CR. If the contest turns out well then it will be held once a week with a different car given away at each contests end.

This is a great easy way to get your hands on an expensive car if you’re first starting out with Gran Turismo 5. For more details check out http://gt5trader.com or if you just want to go ahead and enter in the contest click on this link. http://tweetswin.com/621/

Well that’s all for now, hope you guys found the post useful. I’ll see if I can dig up something for Friday Fun tomorrow.

Just thought I’d make a quick post about this. I’ve put up a forum called GT5 Trader for the purpose of creating an online community of GT5 fans that like to trade and gift items for GT5. Not sure how many of you have had a chance to play Gran Turismo 5 yet, but if you haven’t then you should definitely give it a try. The game is well worth the $60.00, its kept me entertained for the past week for sure.

The reason I made the GT5 Trader forum is so that people can easily request and trade and discuss all things Gran Turismo 5. I wanted to have a central spot where you can trade with fellow GT5 fans. Lets say for example you want to paint your car pink but you don’t have a pink paint chip. How would you go about painting it? Well you have one option, buy a $375,000 Lexus to get the hot pink or find someone with a pink car that is willing to lend it to you so that you can acquire the paint chip and after you use it you just gift it back.

That’s what GT5 Trader is all about, trading and gifting GT5 items.

When you get a chance, go check it out and register at http://gt5trader.com It’s quick and easy to register and best of all its free forever, although donations are always welcome.

Apple has published a teaser on its front page letting us know that “Tomorrow is just another day.” One that we’ll never forget.

The teaser states that we should check back tomorrow, 11/16/2010 at 7 A.M. California, 10:00 A.M. New York, 3:00 P.M. London or Midnight in Tokyo. Who’s excited? I’m sure that that there are millions of people around the globe that will be anxiously sitting at this site for the next 24 hours.

There are many rumors going around as to what this big excitement will be. As many of you may or may not be aware, Apple has been preparing a large scale data center in North Carolina. Many seem to think that Apple may be announcing a cloud service or an iTunes subscription service tomorrow. Either of these 2 announcements are are things that the Apple community has been waiting for, for quite some time and would truly be something exciting.

What do you think? Do you think Apple will be announcing cloud services or iTunes subscription services, or maybe something totally new that no one else has thought of yet? One thing is for sure, with this kind of hype it is sure to be something innovative.

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10. Use it to download Safari, Firefox, and or Chrome.

Ok so the title was slightly misleading. Once you’ve covered those 10 steps using internet explorer, get rid of it.

Sorry I have to be so harsh about it, but Internet Explorer is an old dog, and it won’t be learning any new tricks.

Not only is it currently the most outdated browser among the 5 popular browsers*, but it’s staying that way by not supporting about 95% of the new features associated with up and coming HTML5 and Css3.

Browser Compatibility

For the rest of this chart, if you’d like to see what web features Internet Explorer, and other browsers do support, or if you’re just looking to laugh, check out FindMeByIP.com

*The 5 current most popular browsers include, in no particular order :

  1. Mozilla Firefox
  2. Internet Explorer
  3. Safari
  4. Google Chrome
  5. Opera

If you’ve got any other information I may have missed, or just have something to say, feel free to comment below.