SO! Hey! GDC and Clockwork Alchemy are over and I'm not dead! (A joke which actually I don't find that funny given the circumstances, which I'll dig into in just a moment). Strangely enough, hitting two back-to-back conferences, both of which you participate super heavily in, can take something out of your blog. Who knew?
But I need to get better at blogging, so I thought I'd try something new: a "check-in" in which I try to hit all the same points each time - what am I currently writing, editing, programming, etc? For example, I am currently:
- Listening To: Tomb Raider soundtrack (the original).
- Reading: Theoretical Neuroscience (book).
- Writing: "Death is a Game for the Young", a novella in the Jeremiah Willstone multiverse.
- Editing: SPECTRAL IRON, Dakota Frost #4.
- Reviewing: SHATTERED SKY, Lunar Cycle #2 by David Colby.
- Researching: Neural Approaches to Universal Subgoaling.
- Programming: A toy DQN (Deep Q Network) to stretch my knowledge.
- Drawing: Steampunk girls with goggles.
- Planning: Camp Nanowrimo for April, ROOT USER, Cinnamon Frost #3.
- Taking on: Giving up alcohol for Lent.
- Dragging on: Doing my taxes.
- Spring Cleaning: The side office.
- Trying to Ignore: The huge pile of blogposts left over from GDC and CA.
- Caring For: My cat Lenora, suffering from cancer.
- Waiting For: My wife Sandi, returning from a business trip.
Whew, that's a lot, and I don't even think I got them all. Maybe I won't try to write all of the same "currents" every time, but it was a useful exercise in "find something to blog about without immediately turning it into a huge project."
But the biggest "current" in my mind is the person I am currently worried about, my good friend and great Game AI developer Dave Mark. Dave is the founder of the GDC AI Summit ... but was struck by a car leaving the last sessions at GDC, and still is in the hospital, seriously injured.
More in a moment.
Pictured: Butterysmooooth sashimi at Izakaya Ginji in San Mateo from a few days ago, along with my "Currently Reading" book Theoretical Neuroscience open to the Linear Algebra appendix, when I was "Currently Researching" some technical details of the vector notation of quadratic forms by going through stacks and stacks of books, a question which would have been answered more easily if I had started by looking at the entry for quadratic forms in Wolfram's MathWorld, had I only known at the start of my search that that was the name for math terms like xᵀWx.