Saturday, May 26, 2012

Learning XNA 4.0


So for a recent project that I need to work on, I’m building a game using the Kinect Platform and to build the game itself I’m building it on top of the XNA 4.0 Framework. Now I learnt the fundamentals of making an XNA game back in 3.0 and stopped at making a 3d game since at that time all I needed was 2d. In fact, all I need even now is 2D. But it’s been a while and I prefer to keep just concepts in mind in the long run since memorizing syntax is time consuming and inefficient in my opinion. So, to bring myself up to speed I decided to get myself the book “Learning XNA 4.0” and go through it to brush up my knowledge. One of the things I needed were the sprite-sheets that I didn’t have anymore. And that’s when I ran into my first strange roadblock.

“Where are the resources??”

I combed through the book and when I couldn’t find anything I decided to head over to the O’ Reilly website page for this book and it seemed that I wasn’t the only one facing this problem. A large number of the one star reviews for the book were all about the fact that the source code samples weren’t linked anywhere in the book and couldn’t be found on the page for the book either. Smart job editors!. Long story short. I finally found the resources.

Go download them here (45.9 MB):

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Bing what the what???

I love pressing those buttons that let me the first person to try out the ‘all new design/version/beta thingamabob’ that’s coming soon. So when I was presented the prompt for Bing, bear in mind I haven’t checked out any of the stuff on the internet yet to know what it looks like, I excitedly hit YESS OH YES OH YES SIGN ME UP FOR THAT!!!!

Well… Whatever was the equivalent of that at least.

And my first search result gave me this.


I’m sorry. Did I miss the memo that we had returned to 1024x768 screens with no kind of CSS to help with responsive layouts? If not can someone from Microsoft explain just what the hell that white space is to the side. (Circled quite obviously in blue by me).

I love white space. I love clean. But I Do.Not.Like.A.Vacuum.

If I want outer space I’d rather save up for one of those outrageous space tourist things. Anyone knows what happened to those?

Hello Google+

You had better be my answer you know. I come to you in a time of sickness so don't make me regret this to be a time of delirium. I'm tired of Twitter. Tired of Facebook. Tired of Foursquare. Tired of Path. Tired of Instagram. Tired of Flickr.

Not tired of each one individually but just tired of managing them as a whole. It's not social media burnout but I've got a lot to do during the day and if I have to visit multiple places and keep multiple accounts on the same network to piece apart the streams into a cohesive whole then the system is broken.

So I turn to you Google+. In my moment of desperation I turn to you to find peace of mind where I may journal the pieces of my life and document the fragments of each day's discoveries. To discover the moments within the lives of others based on context and interests. I don't need Banjo. I don't need multiple widgets. I just need one. Will I find ease of navigation in my separate circles of photographers and techies or will I once again be overwhelmed at the multitude of circles and resign myself to accept that I should stop breaking myself?

Time will tell I suppose. Your move Google+. Let the circles begin.