Archive for the Miscellany Category


Posted in Miscellany on December 17, 2012 by Dan Amerson

I’m not much of one to post pictures and information on the Facebook machines or wherever, but I do need to share some shots of little Vivian Kathryn aka Cupcake. Here are a couple; check her out.

Vivian in the Bouncer

Vivian in the Bouncer

Vivian at 6 months.

Vivian at 6 months.

She’s so freaking cute! dba


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

Employee Retention

Posted in Miscellany, Video Game Development with tags on August 18, 2010 by Dan Amerson

When I was setting up Activate3D, I recruited Nick. Shortly thereafter, he was asked to stay on at an old job. This forced me to dig deep into my pockets to offer him a signing bonus. I dug out $29.95 which is conveniently enough to buy one of these. (They’ve apparently gone up since then.)

World's Largest Gummy Bear

World's Largest Gummy Bear

Some might wonder if such a wonderful item with its 5 lbs. of mostly sugar and its 12,000 calories would work as a signing bonus. I give you, exhibit A.

Nick With Gummy

Nick With Gummy

Nick’s still writing code and kicking butt at Activate3D. Last sprint, he optimized our software and made it more than 2X faster… come to think of it, maybe I should buy more Gummy Bears.


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.


Thread Safety Fail

Posted in Miscellany, Video Game Development with tags on January 27, 2010 by Dan Amerson

I saw this over on I Get Your Fail. This is a particularly funny thread safety fail worth sharing.


Blogs As Thought Organizers

Posted in Miscellany with tags , , on January 13, 2010 by Dan Amerson

Kim Pallister has a very interesting blog, and he’s put up a post on his five year anniversary.

That post is worth reading in general, but it has a particular interesting idea in it. He proposes that his blog is valuable to him in part because it forces him to think through a position on a topic and make sure he presents a full argument. He has to see both sides of things and make sure that he’s addressing them. That’s a very interesting analysis of the personal value of blogging, and it made me stop and think about how I post. When I look back at some of my posts, I don’t think I’m doing that which is a shame. For example, my last post was about how I think stereoscopic 3D would fail at least in the short term. There are many more reasons for my position than the few I put in the post, but I didn’t take the time to sort my thoughts out fully. As a result, I have something fairly incoherent sitting on my blog as one of my highest traffic items.  I guess people are looking for stories about 3D tech post-CES.

Kim goes on to say that blogging is even more important because of the relationship it fosters with other folks. I don’t want to discount that by not talking about it, but it didn’t have as much impact on me. It seems the more obvious point. Blogs are conversations, and I joined the conversation to talk with people and forge relationships.

Regardless of which reason resonates with you, click the link and read his post.