First Post of 2017

Content was light in 2016, and I hope to rectify that this year.

Instead of relfecting on what happened in 2016, I will look ahead to what I want to do in 2017.

First, I will be starting some training to prepare for my trip to Philmont Scout Ranch in New Mexico for 2018. Yes, a full year ahead of the trip. Even though I survived the trip last year, I feel that I could have still been in better shape. I plan to do much more hiking this year, and more bike cross training.

I am starting to take up small electronics as a hobby (like I need another thing), as it is quite fun, and strangely addicting. All I can do right now is control small LED's with code, but in the future I would like to run LCD screens, and do some cool projects with Raspberry Pi's and Arduino's.

Next, I have several games in development that I would like to complete this year.

Depths of Alberich, a Roguelike game where your goal is to escape a dungeon with a valuable trasure using your limited supply of Mana. This game is planned to be released on most major platforms.

Jump Jump Ninja is a fun platformer where you control a non stop bouncing Ninja trying to collect pieces to the lost Sword of Destiny.

Jetpack to Jupiter is a fun racing game where you play an Alien trying to return home to Jupiter. Each time you play it is different as each path to the planets changes from Game to Game.

Last, my youngest son and I are working on a game called ZX-346, which is the name of a cute little Robot who is stranded on Earth, trying to find parts for his space ship so he can get back home.

In addition to some Game Development, I am starting to get back into C64 programming in assembly. This is something I really wanted to do back when I was younger but just did not have the skills to do it. Now that I am older (and wiser) I want to try again. My goal is to create a simple little maze game similar to a game called Microwave back in the day.

In the Real world, I have a number of things I want to learn this year.

First, Machine Learning with Python. This is sometime that seems very interesting and I already love Python. This ties in with my Data Analytics background.

I also want to improve my skills in JavaScript, right now I am okay, but I feel there is so much more to learn.

PowerBI is the up and coming player in the Data Analytics tool space, and I really think it is going to be a great product. I just "hope" that we are able to bring in the Server

Of course in between all of that will be time spent with Family. Hoping to plan a nice summer get away this year for a few days for our family. No one else, just the five of us.


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