Just wanted to mention that yesterday was Joshua and Jacob’s one year birthday. We celebrated with a little cake, some balloons, some singing, and some picture-taking. We had already let them open their gifts before I had left for San Francisco as we are too impatient. We also stopped over to the neighbors houses (one of them had brought over a cake) to let them know they’re welcome to stop by, hopefully we’ll have one of them over on the weekend. They have a 8-month old son named Johnny.

It’s amazing to think one full year has passed. Last year at this time I was still trying wrap my mind around what had happened the day before and what it meant for the rest of my life. I also remember walking my wife to the hospital bathroom and her being in a lot of pain (the boys were delivered through a scheduled C-section). I also distinctly remember changing Joshua’s diaper for the first time…think “Play-Doh Fun Factory”:

The Play-Doh Fun Factory

Anyway, boys, if either one of you are reading this, I just want to take this opportunity to say how happy and grateful your mother and I are that you came into our lives. We may be tired right now, but we consider ourselves very blessed.

§70 · March 16, 2005 · Kids, Life · Comments Off on Happy Birthday, Schiller Twins! ·


I thought I’d post some of my thoughts on the GDC 2005 experience that Rob Russell and I had after having a few days to acclimatize myself to the still-shitty Chicago weather and the still-shitty job. Read the rest of this entry …

§69 · March 16, 2005 · Games, GDC, Life, Technology · Comments Off on GDC: Post Mortem ·


From the The Chutry Experiment

The rules are:

1. Grab the nearest book.
2. Open the book to page 123.
3. Find the fifth sentence.
4. Post the text of the sentence in your journal along with these instructions.
5. Don’t search around and look for the “coolest” book you can find. Do what’s actually next to you.

Ok, mine is:

“The result of an if-then-else operation is the result of either the OCL expression in the then clause or the OCL expression in the else clause, depending on the result of the boolean expression in the if clause.”

That probably says a lot about me…

§68 · March 15, 2005 · Life · Comments Off on Book Meme: 123.5 ·


I wrote about rolling your own server logs awhile back, but it only occurred to me while at the GDC that by updating the .htaccess file I can redirect 404 errors to my own PHP document that will display the 404 error and also log when misdirections occur at my site (since the requested document is in the GET request). Read the rest of this entry …

§67 · March 14, 2005 · PHP, Software, Technology, Tips, Web · Comments Off on Rolling Your Own Server Logs (Part Two) ·


Friday we went to our final GDC session entitled “Attack of the Design Direcors”. The talk was given by Brian Allgeier, the Design Director on the “Ratchet & Clank” games. While enlightening, it was also very entertaining. Read the rest of this entry …

§66 · March 14, 2005 · Games, GDC, Software, Technology · Comments Off on GDC: Design Directors ·