Andrew Platter on Track10.com

My best friend Andrew Platter has his new album up on Track10.com, a music download site kind of like iTunes. They recently interviewed him about his life and music, and made it available for download as a podcast. I think it’s the first podcast where my name is mentioned! Back when I was 14 (12 years ago!) I started taking guitar lessons from a hippie in Issaquah. After every lesson, Andrew and I would get together and I would show him everything I learned. He talks about that and more in the podcast, and I was honored that he credited me with laying some of the foundations of his music. Pretty soon I’m gonna help him get PlatterMusic.com going so that his music can reach even further!

Towards the end of the podcast he mentions that I took credit for one of the songs that we co-wrote together. Ok, I guess he helped out a little – I’ll admit it. 😉

*Update* – Andrew is now going on tour with Superchick!

Zach’s Back

After a long break I’ve decided to get my character Zacchaeus up to lvl 60 in World of Warcraft. I handed him over to my pal Soini for a bit and he took him up a few levels. The problem with World of Warcraft is that you need a lot of time to play it, which is hard to come by these days! Here’s a pic of Zac in his newly acquired Engineer’s Guild hat:

For some reason his bushy eyebrows always stick through his hat 🙂

To WordPress!

Over the last week I have been working on getting all of my old data over to WordPress, a very handy dandy blogging tool that has many awesome features. I don’t really feel like coding my own stuff for the blog anymore due to lack of time, and also I feel that I’ve got a good handle on PHP/MySQL which was one of my original purposes for starting the blog back in 2004. It was kind of a pain to get all of the entries from my old hand coded database tables to the WordPress tables, but I used my elite SQL skills to make it happen. I actually designed my system a lot like how WordPress does things, which encouraged me that I did some things correctly at least 🙂 Right now I am using a theme called ‘K2’ which I am going to mod more to my liking. It’s not a blog unless it’s personal! Commenting should work, and I need to add links to my gallery and what not.

Hello from Scotland!

Well we made it safely here! The flight was a long 12.5 hours. The funny part is that the plane actually flew over Scotland to Amsterdam, and then we caught another flight back to Glasgow. The airplane we flew in to Glasgow was called a ‘Fokker 100’, which is funny for those that have seen ‘Meet the Parents’. So we stayed up for 27 hours which hurt – a lot. But because we did that we are fairly well adjusted to the time change over here. So far we have seen the downtown area where there is lots of shopping. The buildings here are all old and really magnificent. So far I haven’t had too hard a time understanding the locals, contrary to what I head from people back home. Still looking for something that says ‘Roundhill’ on it, I think we’ll find something cause lots of things end in ‘hill’ here. If there’s a ‘Scotsmanhill’ and ‘Jordanhill’ there has to be a ‘Roundhill’. Cheers!

Christmas in Scotland

Sarah and I are flying to Scotland today! We’re flying from Seattle to Amsterdam and after that on to Glasgow. Gonna be a 12 hour flight all together. :O It’s going to be a wonderful time and we’ve been looking forward to it for months! I made sure that my digital camera’s memory card is wiped clean so get ready for lots of pictures! Merry Christmas to all!

FocusRight – For 3D Illusions

Back in my glory days at SPU, my senior software engineering project was a great experience for me. I was on
a four person team of fellow students in my Computer Science major. We basically had one quarter to make a full version software product.
We decided to make FocusRight, a program for making Single Image Random Dot Sterograms. Most people would better know them
as ‘Magic Eye’ illusions. I thought I’d share it out so that people
could download it and try it for themselves. It runs on windows. Enjoy!