Coaster Kev

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  1. MADExpo 2011

    Hey guys, I'm on the leadership committee for a conference we're running in Hampton, VA this summer called the Mid Atlantic Developer Expo (MADExpo for short). The event will be June 30th - July 1st. The gist of the event is that it's two days of developer oriented topics (.NET, Ruby, Python, HTML5, etc). Additionally, we're hosting side sessions for those interested in Makers Faire type stuff, and also a Kids session that'll teach kids about everything from software development to robotics. Everything is community run, and the committee and speakers are all volunteer. One of my goals has been to try to get some Game Dev related talks into our mix, so this is an open invitation to the community here to submit talks. One of the benefits of speaking is that we'll give you a free pass to the conference. If you've ever been interested in speaking, I would definitely recommend submitting! Head over to [url="http://madexpo.us/speakers"]http://madexpo.us/speakers[/url] to submit your talks. Additionally, if you're interested in just attending, head over to [url="http://madexpo.us/register"]http://madexpo.us/register[/url] to sign up. We're currently offering early bird discounts. The ticket price goes toward the venue and food costs. Of course, if you have any questions, feel free to ping me directly. Thanks, Kevin
  2. Anyone twitter?

    Sure do! http://twitter.com/1kevgriff
  3. Full CPU Usage (50% on dual core)

    With that type of message loop, you're always going to use 100%. In a fullscreen game, that's acceptable behavior. In a windowed application, you might want to throw a Sleep(0) at end of your while loop. This will cause your application to give control back to the OS so it can let other applications do that thing they do. Of course, you can also rearrange the message loop to handle window messages differently. I believe the Forum FAQ has information on how to best do this. EDIT: Here's the link I was talking about. And you're handling it the practical way already.
  4. Anyone wanna trade?

    I'd be interested in a Joost invite to if it's not too much trouble. 1kevgriff at gmail dot com Appreciate it!
  5. I agree. Menu's run in their own little world and will throw off the game. My recommendation would be to start playing around with threads and separate your game logic from your windows GUI. Just a warning though, threads can be a little messy if you've never done it before.
  6. Cell phones

    Quote:Original post by Salsa Verizon Razr. Do not buy this phone. Quoted because it's true. I've had mine for about a year. I loved it at first, now I hate it.
  7. White and Nerdy

    Quote:Original post by T1Oracle I can't imagine the tune for the song but I it sure looks like it sounds annoying. If you click on the link you can listen to it.
  8. White and Nerdy

    White and Nerdy I'm sure this song describes everyone at least at one point. I love it when someone properly explains what it's like to be a nerd. What does everyone think? Here's the lyrics: Quote: They see me mowin'... my front lawn I know they're all thinkin' I'm so white & nerdy Think I'm just too white & nerdy Think I'm just too white & nerdy Can't ya see I'm white & nerdy? Look at me, I'm white & nerdy I wanna roll with... the gangstas But so far they all think I'm too white and nerdy Think I'm just too white & nerdy Think I'm just too white & nerdy I'm just too white & nerdy Really, really white & nerdy First in my class there at MIT Got skills, I'm a champion at D&D MC Escher, that's my favorite MC Keep your 40, I'll just have an Earl Grey tea My rims never spin - to the contrary You'll find that they're quite stationary All of my action figures are cherry Stephen Hawking's in my library My MySpace page is all totally pimped out Got people beggin' for my Top 8 spaces Yo, I know pi to a thousand places Ain't got no grills, but I still wear braces I order all of my sandwiches with mayonnaise I'm a whiz at Minesweeper, I could play for days Once you see my sweet moves, you're gonna stay amazed My fingers movin' so fast, I'll set the place ablaze There's no killer app I haven't run At Pascal, well, I'm number one Do vector calculus just for fun I ain't got a gat but I got a soldering gun "Happy Days" is my favorite theme song I could sure kick your butt in a game of ping pong I'll ace any trivia quiz you bring on I'm fluent in javascript as well as Klingon Here's the part I sing on... They see me roll on... my Segway I know in my heart they think I'm white & nerdy Think I'm just too white & nerdy Think I'm just too white & nerdy Can't ya see I'm white & nerdy? Look at me, I'm white & nerdy I'd like to roll with... the gangstas Although it's apparent I'm too white and nerdy Think I'm just too white & nerdy Think I'm just too white & nerdy I'm just too white & nerdy How'd I get so white & nerdy? I've been browsin', inspectin' X-Men comics, you know I collect 'em The pens in my pocket, I must protect 'em My ergonomic keyboard never leaves me bored Shoppin' online for deals on some writable media I edit Wikipedia I memorized "Holy Grail" really well I can recite it right now and have you ROTFLOL I got a business doin' web sites When my friends need some code, who do they call? I do HTML for 'em all Even made a home page for my dog Yo, I got myself a fanny pack They were havin' a sale down at The Gap Spend my nights with a roll of bubble wrap Pop pop, hope no one sees me... gettin' freaky I'm nerdy in the extreme and whiter than sour cream I was in A/V Club and Glee Club and even the chess team Only question I ever thought was hard Was, do I like Kirk or do I like Picard? Spend every weekend at the Renaissance Faire Got my name on my underwear They see me strollin'... they laughin' And rollin' their eyes 'cause I'm so white & nerdy Just because I'm white & nerdy Just because I'm white & nerdy All because I'm white & nerdy Holy cow, I'm white & nerdy I wanna bowl with... the gangstas But oh well, it's obvious I'm white and nerdy Think I'm just too white & nerdy Think I'm just too white & nerdy I'm just too white & nerdy Look at me, I'm white & nerdy
  9. Finally, a parody.

    Quote:Original post by Conner McCloud Quick question: is the bit at the begining just a random joke, or is it related to the original song in some way? Yea. The original he goes "My life is brillant..." and after an ackward pause he starts again "My life is brillant...". Weird Al was playing on the pause.
  10. Finally, a parody.

    You all can download the song here (Freely released). I enjoyed it... but I also like all of Weird Al's stuff.
  11. Has anyone had success using Monster.com or hotjobs.com?

    Actually, Monster landed me an interview with Symantec. I had like 3-4 callbacks the first/second week. So it's worth a spot.
  12. The Google Image Game

    OMG.. awesome!
  13. GDNet Workout Contest

    I'm in too. I now have time to dedicate to trying to loose some weight. I weigh a good 270 pounds right now, and I do not want to stay like this. I've been looking at gym's for the past few weeks and I think now is a good time to finally sign up. My biggest obstacle is food. I'm going to have to invest in a notebook to keep track of what I eat and drink. Here's a suggestion. Everyone needs to take before and after pictures. The change is always more dramatic if you can see it. Good luck to all!
  14. Game companies in Tidewater, VA

    Quote:Original post by Ravuya Considering I've never heard of the town of Tidewater (and neither has Google Maps), I'd recommend you move somewhere where jobs are more plentiful. That's because Tidewater isn't a city/town, it's more of a collection of cities. Hampton Roads (Tidewater, both names can be interchanged) is made of like 10 cities (Virginia Beach, Norfolk, Chesapeake, Portsmouth, Hampton, Newport News, Suffolk, Williamsburg, etc). We're the ass of Virginia.
  15. License to LOL

    Quote:Original post by Talroth I'm sure those would break a few laws. First, you are doing something on purpose to distract other drivers. I'm sure that is a $50-100+ ticket. Then there is the bit about unlicensed trailers that I'm sure a cop that is having a bad day will hit you with. And then there is also your own safety. Those look like to have them on lines long enough to look good at high speeds, and low speeds they're long enough to touch low wires,... Ahh.. but where's the fun in being safe? I live near a major Naval Air Base, so there is always a CHANCE. The local police would probably be like "WTF?".