Archive for the Life in General Category

Big Brother is Watching You

Posted in Life in General, Miscellany with tags , on August 27, 2011 by Dan Amerson

Ever wonder if there’s someone watching you. Well, I’d propose the Raleigh police department change their wifi network name if they wish to remain unseen.
One is named suveillance van.
I also agree. Not a Carolina Tarheels fan either. dba


CES 2011

Posted in Life in General, Video Game Development with tags on January 5, 2011 by Dan Amerson

I’m about to hop a plane out to CES 2011. If anyone is out there and wants to meet up, send me a message via the contact form on the right or call my cell, (919)272-3073. I’ll see if we can find a time to get together around the show.


CNN Piece

Posted in Life in General, Video Game Development, Video Games with tags , , , , on October 29, 2010 by Dan Amerson

CNN has posted a link to the segment that they did with us on Wednesday. Things went really well, and we’re very excited about what we showed off. Go check it out, and let me know what you think.

Real Dan is pretty strong. dba

New Jorb

Posted in Life in General, Video Game Development with tags , , , on June 9, 2010 by Dan Amerson

Last week, I started a new job as VP of Engineering for Activate3D. I’m pretty excited about the change since I’ll get to build a team here in NC, and it’s a great chance to learn new things. First of those has been how to hunt for commercial real estate. It’s not rocket science, but it’s been fun to dip my fingers into new water.

Activate3D is working on some cool new software for the gaming and entertainment spaces. We’re still a bit in stealth mode, so I’ll just say that our software provides unique new experiences in the space of motion synthesis and animation blending. Stay tuned for more information. I’ll certainly share about Activate here as things progress. For now, here’s a picture of me on my third day on the job. I’m “working.”

Dan, Working

Me, Working on my third day at the job.


Recent Restaurants

Posted in Life in General, Miscellany with tags , , on May 17, 2010 by Dan Amerson

I just took a trip to Atlanta, and I ran into two really good restaurants that I figured I’d mention on here.

First up, Stats. Stats is a sports bar near the Georgia Aquarium. Theresa and I stopped in for a quick burger. The food was great, and our server, AJ, was equally good. However, Stats gets a mention because it has tables that they call Beer Heaven. Beer flows from taps on the table, and the TVs descend from the sky. (Literally. They have TVs on winches that come down from the ceiling.) I’m not sure it gets better than that. On top of it, AJ said that beer from the table taps is measured by the ounce and sold at the same price as from the bar. i.e., Take the pint price and divide by 16 to get the ounce price. It just sounds outstanding, and I hope that I get a chance to go back and partake.

Second up, Piola. We went to Piola for casual Italian one night. It’s more of a specialty pizza place than Italian/pasta, but I’m not unhappy. For example, we got the Copenhagen which had Parmesan, brie, and smoked salmon on it. It was unique and surprisingly good. Piola also has a number of locations in Brazil and has, as a result, added a mean Caipirinha to the menu. Theresa recommends it. Best of all for my local readers, they just opened a location in Raleigh with another planned in Chapel Hill. It was a very fortuitous find for this trip.


In Korea

Posted in Life in General, Miscellany, Video Game Development with tags , on February 24, 2010 by Dan Amerson

I posted a bit back that I’d be in Korea for GameTech 2010. I’ll try to get a few pictures and post them later. I’m here now enjoying the kimchi and living that surreal feeling that you get when you don’t speak the language. Being that alienated gives you a very deep appreciation for how it feels to be on the other side when folks are in America and don’t speak English, and Korea is actually pretty friendly to English speakers if you know just a few phrases in Korean.

Also, it looks like the middleware meetup will be going down. Location is TBD, but the Thirsty Bear is the current frontrunner. Drop a message if you have an opinion otherwise.


Holiday Hiatus

Posted in Life in General, Video Game Development, Video Games with tags , , , , on December 30, 2009 by Dan Amerson

I should have posted ahead of my holiday break to warn any regular readers about the way I take time off. I pretty much disconnect from the world. I don’t check email; I don’t surf the net; I sit around and read, watch movies, and play single player games. Ergo, there’s been a gap in posts. I’m back and backlogged, so here’s some link spam from my feeds and holidays to get things started back:

  • Blood Bowl, a Gamebryo title, is coming to retail in Q1 2010. For folks that are fans of the IP, this is good news.
  • Kim Pallister has an interesting discussion of Amazon ratings and reviews based off another article from Seth Godin. One or both are worth the read.
  • Our friends over at Epic showed off UE3 running on iPhone. That’s cool tech. I’m still not sure what the market/business plan for big engines is on the iPhone, but that doesn’t detract from cool tech.

Also of note, I got a video camera over the break, the Kodak Zi8. I told my wife that I wanted to do some streaming video experiments and she went out and found me a tool. A very thoughtful Christmas present that should lead to some fun.