First of all, you might notice I added little picture of me in the corner there. I made that with a website called befunky.com. The site allows you to upload a picture and it tries making a cartoon out of it, though just how cartoony it looks is up to you. It’s not nearly as good as a real artist doing to work, but it’s fun to play around with. So that’s how I made my stylized picture up there. Doesn’t it look great?
Second of all, I just launched a new site. Do I really need yet another site? Yes. I started FreeDailyMelody.com, where I hope to release a new melody every day into public domain. I have hundreds saved up right now, so I have no worries content-wise, I just hope I can keep up the energy posting them. I hope it will be a good musical resource for someone out there; there’s no way I’d be able to use all the melodies I have saved up, yet I’d hate to see them go to waste. If nothing else, the site will serve as a nice public archive. And I’m releasing the melodies into public domain, so they’re really free for the taking.
Lastly, I finished composing that waltz this morning. Woohoo! First piece completed for my album!
Yesterday I took that C programming test I mentioned as part of my application for a job to a game development company… and failed! *gasp* The test basically consisted of writing two functions. They said they hoped it would take three to four hours, five at the most. I wrote the first function successfully, but it took me four hours. I spent an hour on the second one, then just gave up. I’m sure I could have done it if I spent a five to six more hours. Designing the algorithms for the functions weren’t that hard (definitely a bit tricky, but not impossible… kind of fun actually), but doing the actual coding in C slowed me down a bit since I haven’t done it in a while. I guess it was a good refresher though. The functions used a lot of the “char” data type, which I just haven’t used much recently; I’ve been using Java lately (mostly because that’s what classes in college used, those traitors!) which I suppose has sort of spoiled me because it makes things like dealing with strings much much easier than the archaic way C deals with them.
My awesome desk
So, I guess I can’t have a job with that company! I wonder how often chars are used in the modern game development process? I really can’t imagine it being used much… so it’s too bad I blame them for my downfall. Anyway, I’m still keeping my eye open for game programming jobs that look interesting, and I hope they won’t test me too much on dealing with chars.
Anyway, I’m working on composing yet another waltz. Not sure what to call it yet, but it’s sounding good. I give a little excerpt in the podcast. I’m hoping to make it a part of my upcoming album, coming sometime in 2009, at least an hour of all new music… I hope.
And… oh! I joined TwitPic. Kind of like my Twitter account, but with pictures. In fact, I guess I should add links to those on the side. A fun way to use my camera since I don’t really go anywhere. I’m a hermit. And I don’t have any money. I’m in debt up to my eyeballs. Somebody help me.
I recorded this driving back from the place I drove to during the last podcast. The sound quality is awful because I recorded this in the car again. You don’t have to listen!! In this episode I blather about:
– I orchestrated a tune called The Cornish Wassail for the free album A Garritan Community Christmas. I put the piece at the end of the episode. It’s my first orchestral piece to utilize the piano! What do you think?
– Saw the book The Complete Guide to Blogging. Looks interesting, I’d like to buy it, or get it for Christmas.
– I failed NaNoWriMo at 34K words, but continue to work on The Book of Harbringer. I blather for a bit about my writing experiences.
Sorry for the horrible quality, my car made a lot of noise. Zoom, zoom, zoom!
Here’s an awful sounding podcast because I recorded it while driving to work, and the car made a lot of noise. Might be too annoying to even listen to. But here’s what I talk about:
– I applied for some programming jobs and have been feeling quite nervous about taking programming tests.
– Water drop sounds.
– I don’t want to go to work.
– Got a camera for my birthday, took a picture, and made that illustration with it.
– New Compose Pile episode coming today, December 5th, 2008!