I’m not dead (yet)
Just wanted to post an update… I’m not dead; just sleeping. PCE dev has dominated my life over the past 6 years or more, so I’ve taken a break.. so to speak. I don’t think I know any of you guys in real life, but my life exists in so many areas outside of coding. I have a lot of hobbies and I’ve kind of neglected them over the years in favor of the PCE. I’m a gear head; I’ve rebuild classic v8 engines from the ground up, studied the engineering aspects of how engines work (instead of just buying upgrades and throwing them at the engine, blindy). I’m a writer.. of sorts (prose, creative writing, etc). I’m a artist (I guess, I hate labels); I draw/sketch, paint (oil on canvas), paint giant silhouette graphics on walls (free hand. What I’ve been doing the past 3 years), etc. I work with film/video production (most of my friends in real life are in this field); I’ve been planning on doing a short film of my own this spring/summer. I read a lot (junk/fantasy/horror/etc). And so much more.
Anyway, the point is: I’ve been neglecting other things in life. I’m getting older. I’m realizing that I need to do the things I love.. now. Meet new people, socialize more, and get out more (like my younger days). Before it’s too late. I’m not gonna quit the PCE scene, but I am taking a break. I glance at PCFX forums once in a while and I’m pretty happy to see the dev scene is still kicking along/hasn’t declined. It’s nice to peek in and see new stuffs (just recently looked over at the forums today).
And I’m not dead yet, but there have been some close calls ;>_> I got a sports bike (2007 ninja), so yeah. The gear head in me loves this (I’ve already torn down the bike and put it back together, readjusted the valves, put on a new exhaust, modded the carb, modded the fairings/exterior/lights, will be cutting and welding the back of the frame soon myself.. I’ve done some welding before), and of course riding is awesome :3 I love racing her around curvey roads and dips.
Last summer, I had planned on having a new homebrew game released by now. That didn’t happen. But I still love the PCE and still love doing dev stuff for it. And I still plan on producing stuff for it, too. Just not.. yet. PCE dev pretty much draws me in and I neglect other interests. So that’s why I’ve been keeping a distance, instead of just some slow/trickle PCE work. Apologies to anyone that’s been waiting on anything that’s unfinished and such. I know people, as well as their projects, just tend to drop of the face of the internet/community/etc. Just wanted to say, I haven’t walked away.
If all goes as planned, I’ll be starting school this fall. I would have started last fall, but old student loans were in default and I couldn’t get any financial aid until I got them out of default. It really pissed me off, but I’m pretty sure I got things in order now. The plan is to major in Computer Engineering. I figured that was the safest bet (the subject isn’t foreign to me) and I can always fall back on a programming job if CE doesn’t work out (I read that quite a few people end up in just programming jobs after getting their CE. So it seems a better choice than CS to me; at least I’ll have more options or a fall back option). One of the other reasons why I bought a motorcycle; keep expenses down (60mpg, $90 insurance for the year).
Old Rover: Hey, I got my copy of the game. Thanks!! 😀