Leia’s Prom Pictures

I finally got around to uploading the pictures I took of Leia in her prom dress over a week ago.

Leia's Prom Pictures

Click the picture above to see all five pictures. I would’ve taken more, but she was running late and didn’t really want to stand still.

Check back tomorrow to find out why it took me so long to get these uploaded…


Apple announced their new laptop yesterday – the MacBook. Now it comes in black or white. So you can make sure your laptop matches your iPod.

The Intel Core Duo processor means it’s around 4 times faster than the computer I’m using right now. It has a glossy widescreen and a new low-profile keyboard that looks really nice to me.

I’ll have to get my hands on one at the Apple store to see if I really like it. In the mean time if anybody knows a way for me to a quick (legal) $1000, I’m all ears.

New Kitchen

We spent all day yesterday working in the kitchen. We pulled off all the cabinet doors, sanded them down, primed everything, painted everything (twice), and finally put all of the doors back on with new hardware.

We didn’t take any before pictures, but here are some after pictures.

New Kitchen Matthew on counter

Matthew seems to like it.

New Blog

There’s one less link at the top of this page. That’s because I finally got around to setting up another site for all of my game programming tutorials. So now you can come here to read about Paige, Matthew, and me and not have to learn all about programming computer games.

But, if you are coming here to learn how to write game, by all means check out Game Dev Geek. I moved all of my programming tutorials about Lua, SDL, and managing game states to that site. Over the next few weeks I’ll be updating all of them to work with Visual C++ 2005 on Windows as well as Xcode on Mac OS X and of course good old make on Linux.

I’ll also be updating the blog at Game Dev Geek on a regular basis with interesting news about game programming, and I have a bunch of ideas for new tutorials. I’m going to wrap up my series on Lua with a complete example. I’m also going to expand my list of SDL tutorials so you’ll have everything you need to make complete games.

The new site will also have tutorials on OpenGL as well as writing games with Java. I teach a high school Java class everyday, so I already have some pretty good material on the subject. My main focus on the new site is going to be cross platform game development. So if you into that kind of thing, check it out.

Speaking of my class, someone at lunch today told me that we only have 14 school days left. I didn’t realize we were that close. So in about three weeks my life will get a lot less complicated…

Where’s the Beef?

Back on March 28 I decided to stop eating beef. That decision was mostly brought on by this quote:

If you’re worried about getting cancer, do yourself a favor: steer clear of red meat and rich foods, and avoid cigarettes.

Robert A. Weinberg, MIT Center for Cancer Research

I remembered reading 30 Days to Success by Steve Pavlina and decided to try going without beef for 30 days and see how it went.

I did slip a few times – on April 6 I went to a meeting with free pizza. I grabbed a few slices (1 hamburger and 1 pepperoni) and ate them before I even thought about it. I’ve had pepperoni pizza one more time since then. I’ve also had two muffaletta sandwiches (I miss Central Grocery…) in the last few weeks, but I’m not really sure if they had beef on them or not.

Anyway, it’s been over 30 days now and I can honestly say I haven’t noticed much of a difference. When I cut out Dr Pepper and sweet tea from my diet I noticed an immediate change – I lost about 10 pounds in 2 weeks.

Back then I replaced all that sugar water with just water. In this case, I’ve replaced all of the beef with chicken, pork, and seafood. I’ve also eaten several diffent kinds of meat substitutes (Garden Burgers, etc.), but we were eating these before.

I plan on sticking with this new diet as long as I can (forever?). I’m also going to try to replace more of what I used to eat with fruits and vegetables. I don’t think I’ll ever become a full vegetarian, but eating more vegetables couldn’t hurt.