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Training v. Teaching
As some of you may know, I recently accepted a position to teach an undergraduate course at my alma mater. Yesterday, I had my first day in an academic classroom. I immediately noticed a difference with the interactions between the students. They don't act like students in a professional training or conference talk. I wanted to use this opportunity to enumerate some of those differences. The immediate thing I noticed was the lack of open environment. This is not to say the class was hostile towards ......

Posted On Wednesday, May 28, 2014 10:29 PM

Poking head out from hole
Hi, guys. I know I've been in hiding lately. I'm not dead. That status is saved for XNA (oops, did I say that out loud?) I'm juggling quite a few project right now; all these projects have fixed deadlines. As such, I haven't had time to create the blog posts on them. Add that to my attempts to move all my old XNA sample code to new technologies. In mid-May, my schedule should free a little. At that time, you should start seeing posts on the following topics: Using an Xbox 360 controller in a managed ......

Posted On Wednesday, April 17, 2013 9:21 AM

CodeMash Content
Greetings. Just a quick note that 99.9% of my CodeMash content is now up. Look in the sidebar under Projects, and got to GitHub Repositories. Or, if you're lazy, click this: For the .1%, I took out the XACT project. I do not currently have a license for the song I use, which is fine for educational / fair use. However, I cannot, in good conscious, redistribute it. Enjoy ......

Posted On Sunday, January 13, 2013 10:27 PM

My Tech Ed North America Preview - Content Edition
As I promised in my last post, I feel the need to give you a rundown on all the technical content I am looking forward to checking out at Tech Ed this year. We shall start with the content I know I'll be able to see. This would be some demo stations in the Technical Learning Center. I will DEFINITELY be checking out the Windows Phone Device Bar. I will admit that I am a bit of a phone snob, and I just want to manhandle all that sexy, sexy tech. I am also planning on talking to the Windows Phone team ......

Posted On Tuesday, May 29, 2012 2:37 PM

List of Upcoming Appearances
Greetings. I know I have been in work sponsored hiding lately. We are working furiously on a beta project to secure a contract, and I can't really talk about it yet. Hopefully, the contracts will be soon signed. Not only will we then have money, but I can talk about all this really cool tech with which I have been playing. However, since the contract is not signed, I need to bring you people up to date with where I will be during the summer. Let's face it, you can't be a speaker / blogger without ......

Posted On Tuesday, May 29, 2012 1:10 PM

Tweaks to Card Roulette
I made some tweaks to Card Roulette. I added some quick interface code so I could make sure the Decks and Cards were working as expected. This lead to the addition of the ability of to add a card to a deck. Otherwise, you can't put a card in a discard pile. I also added a ToString for a PlayingCard. I would pound through some more code, but I need to prepare for tomorrow. What's tomorrow, you ask? Well, remember yesterday when I mentioned the Windows Phone Garage in Birmingham, Alabama? That is tomorrow. ......

Posted On Friday, February 17, 2012 9:51 PM

I'm Baaaaaaaa-aaacccckkkkk
Well, hello there. I have returned after 5 months of radio silence. Those of you that follow me on Twitter or G+ know that my wife and I welcomed a new child in mid-December, which explains most of my disappearance. I wanted to return with some global blog news, speaking updates, etc. Thus, without further ado... Let us begin with Card Roulette. No, I have not forgotten about it. I haven't posted about it in awhile, but I have been playing with the requirements. If you have been following the actual ......

Posted On Thursday, February 16, 2012 10:38 AM

Hey guys. I need to take a moment, break the fourth wall, and address the readers. First, I have another speaking engagement. I will be giving a full 2 hour workshop on XNA at the Huntsville New Technology User's Group meeting on October 11 at 6PM. We'll take a little break at 7 and pizza will be provided. Full details and directions can be found at I have not forgotten about "the project." The design document is done. It got tied up with the corporate lawyer, who wanted to make sure ......

Posted On Tuesday, September 20, 2011 8:53 AM

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