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ericrrichards22

Member Since 20 Jul 2013
Offline Last Active Dec 16 2014 09:16 AM

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Greater Boston/New Hampshire/Maine GDNetters?

29 November 2014 - 10:22 PM

I'm currently living in Exeter, NH, which is roughly between Portsmouth, NH and Boston, MA.  Are there any other folks on Gamedev.net within driving distance that would be interested in possibly meeting up to talk about projects/game development stuff?


Save Google login for GameDev.net?

13 July 2014 - 07:01 PM

I looked through the first three pages of search results, and didn't find anything similar to what I'm experiencing, so I apologize if this has been asked and answered before.

 

Most of the time, when I come to GameDev.net, the site automatically logs me in using my Google account.  From time to time, however, it seems like my account details become unlinked, and I have to click on the Google login button again, and it takes me to the Google authorization page, where I have to allow GameDev to access my account again.

 

My browser is Chrome, currently version 35, although I've seen this off and on with previous versions of Chrome over the last couple years.

 

It's not a huge annoyance, but it seems to me that after the first time I logged in with my Google credentials, that ought to be saved and used automatically all of the time.


HackerNews Blog Traffic

19 January 2014 - 05:32 PM

Usually, when I write a new blog entry, after I've published it to my site, cross-linked it over here, and done the facebook and twitter posts to spam my relatives and the four people that have probably ever looked at my twitter feed, I sometimes will submit the link to hacker news.  Most of the time, I don't get any real boost in traffic from that, but on two occasions now, I've gotten hundreds or even a thousand unexpected page views on a post.  Most of the time, it seems to come from Feedly or Flipboard.

 

Some common characteristics of both posts:

1.) They were both posted on saturday mornings.

2.) Both are quite long.

3.) Both eventually ended up being in the featured developer's journal section on the home page of this site, although I saw the big spike in traffic long before that happened, within an hour of posting to HackerNews.

4.) Almost no traffic coming directly from HackerNews itself.

 

I'm not sure what is going on here, although I'd like to figure it out...  There are definitely days when Hacker News is slower, and it does tend to be on the weekend.  A disproportionate chunk of my ad revenue has come from two days out of the last year, haha.

 

Have any of you experienced similar odd spikes in visitors?


Windows 8

27 December 2013 - 12:47 AM

I apologize if this has been beaten to death previously.

I feel like Windows 8 has gotten a bad wrap, generally.

Aside from the touch-centric "metro" stuff, I feel like Windows 8 is a pretty solid upgrade on Windows 7.  Using the desktop mode, it seems to be much snappier that previous versions, and a bunch of utilities, like taskmanager, seem to be much improved.

 

NOTE: I use Classic Shell to disable most of the Metro bullshit http://www.classicshell.net/...


Maximum walkable slope?

20 December 2013 - 07:22 AM

I've been doing some work on my pathfinding system, and trying to come up with a good estimation of the cost of moving between neighboring tiles in my map, based on the height variance between tile centers.  I've been using the slope between tiles as my measurement, but I've been having some difficulty determining the maximum walkable slope that should be allowed.

It's surprisingly hard to find good information on what the maximum walkable slope for a human is.  Based on some guides for building hiking trails, like this, and guides on roof pitches, I'm thinking somewhere between 20 and 30 degrees makes sense.  Does that seem reasonable?


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