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Chris G. Williams Beware: I mix tech and personal interests here. March 2006 Entries
This is gonna be interesting...

Posted On Tuesday, March 28, 2006 12:27 PM

South Carolina Code Camp 2.0
As your friendly neighborhood INETA Membership Manager for North and South Carolina, I'm happy to announce that South Carolina is getting their second Code Camp!! This one will be in September (just like last year) and is in the Greenville/Spartanburg area. This is a TWO DAY code camp and while the exact location is still TBD, the dates are set: 9/16 & 9/17. The call for speakers is open and you can find information (along with the speaker submission form) at the Greenville Spartanburg Developers ......

Posted On Monday, March 27, 2006 5:43 AM

Dear sir or ma'am, I would like to inform you that your system sucks...
(this is gonna be a bit off-topic) I'm a non-custodial parent of a 13 year old girl. I'm not a deadbeat or a bum. I pay child support monthly, without complaining. I also buy clothes, gifts, cover the medical/dental & vision, help with money for school trips and more. I see her every chance I get and I call & email her regularly. In return, I am treated like shit by Family & Children Services. Why? Because I am a man. Never mind the fact that my ex-wife (her mother) had an affair for ......

Posted On Wednesday, March 22, 2006 10:54 AM

XNA Goodness
Microsoft has updated the XNA page with some presentations, a CTP of XNA Build and some tutorials for XNA Build!! Check it out here: Also, if you missed the GDC (like I did) there is a web version of the XNA DVD that the attendees got. You can check that out here: Finally, if you haven't seen it before, the XNA Forums are here: ......

Posted On Tuesday, March 21, 2006 5:12 AM

running a successful code camp
I've spoken at four Code Camps and chaired one in Charleston. I'm gearing up to do another one in September. Today someone asked me if I had any advice/suggestions for running a code camp. If there's anything I'm full of, it's suggestions. :) This is what I came up with: - plan things as far in advance as possible. we did Charleston in 3 months, this one in 6 months. - promote early and often, in every way you can think of. - involve the local colleges and universities!! - contact as many supporters ......

Posted On Friday, March 17, 2006 7:27 AM


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Posted On Friday, March 17, 2006 6:10 AM

names wanted
I'm trying to come up with the perfect name for a gaming store. I've got a few that are ok, one or two that (I think) are pretty good and a whole bunch that truly suck. So... I'd like to hear your suggestions! Some of what I've got on paper so far... Reality Check (I kinda like this one) GameZone Endless Adventures Campaign Headquarters Game Central Beardy McBeersteins Shack O' Smack (not my suggestion) Heroic Adventure! (yeah yeah I know, but I love the name) Little Wars Strategic Advantage Geektopia ......

Posted On Wednesday, March 15, 2006 8:48 PM

I'm almost done unpacking my D&D collection.

before and after

I was hoping to get all of it in one shot, but the minis & terrain are all on the other side of the room.

Posted On Sunday, March 12, 2006 4:21 PM

playing with my balls
I pulled the trackball out of the Crystal Castles cabinet today, disconnected everything and took a good long look... TOP: BOTTOM: You can't really see it in the picture, but the idler shaft and roller shafts have some pretty significant grooves worn into them. When I roll the ball in the trackball assembly, I can see the encoding wheel does NOT move smoothly and consistently in time with the trackball movement. Since it appears that I just need the shafts (and probably bearings), I can order a "trackball ......

Posted On Sunday, March 12, 2006 2:29 PM

Microsoft XNA Studio to reduce game sizes
yes I know this post is a little over a month old, just file it under better late than never... Brian Keller (Product Manager on the XNA team) has an interesting post about how XNA Build will help developers manage their game asset pipeline and potentially reduce game sizes. This is especially interesting given the constant debate over whether Microsoft should have adopted a more expansive media format for the DVD drives in the XBox 360 ......

Posted On Friday, March 10, 2006 3:05 PM

another silly idea

Interesting concept... but what happens when you break up?

Or worse... what if one glows a lot more often than the other? Could lead to fights.

Posted On Friday, March 10, 2006 6:20 AM

Crystal Castles update
So I've been looking for a new trackball assembly for my crystal castles machine...

Happ has them for about $93 + tax, which is damn near what I paid for the whole machine. So I also talked to an outfit (TNT Amusements) that will rebuild the trackball assembly I have for about $40-ish plus shipping. Guess I'll be going with them instead.

Posted On Thursday, March 9, 2006 5:21 PM

life as we know it...
Sorry for not posting more frequently, been pretty slammed with work (although I'm digging it.) Been working on my mame cocktail cabinet a fair amount lately. The guy who sold it to me didn't take great care of it and it has some issues. We've narrowed down most of them, so I'm swapping out cables and parts here and there trying to get it back up to speed. Also working on my standup Crystal Castles game. The board and monitor work fine, but the trackball is crap. (I knew this when I bought it.) The ......

Posted On Wednesday, March 8, 2006 5:42 PM

Weekend Update
The move is done, the new job started. Initial thoughts... I love the new house. It's significantly bigger than my previous residence (over double) for basically the same (within $50) monthly. The cost of living here is much lower and there are mountains (and I'm on one of them.) I also have all my arcade games in one place now, instead of in different rooms and houses (Mom and Dad were "hosting" the Tower of Doom game for a bit.) Also, picked up some new machines during the move (literally mid-move.) ......

Posted On Sunday, March 5, 2006 7:56 AM

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