A Little Trip

This week in the War on Sloth:

So I didn’t do as much productive hobbies this week, though I did learn the chords to the main theme from Legend of the Seeker (the show somewhat loosely based on the Sword of Truth novels by Terry Goodkind) on the guitar, and later on piano.

Really, I spent my time here:
Harper's Ferry WV

This year, since leaving taking a 10 day vacation out of the country isn’t an option given the craziness going on at work, Mikah and I decided to take a jaunt out to West Virginia to celebrate Valentine’s day with a weekend at a nice B&B. Mikah found us the Hillbrook Inn in Charles Town, a place which is exactly as it looks in the photos–remote, secluded, gorgeous. We spent most of Saturday wandering around Harper’s Ferry, even exploring a Flea Market.

We were there only two nights, and I wish we could have been there longer, but I feel greatly refreshed, and am glad to have had the time to reset myself.

I did briefly stop at Micro Center and took a look at books for getting myself into a new development skill. I’ve been talking and talking about several things, including 3d game development, and mobile app development, specifically for webOS. Game development is very different from my actual development path, and it would almost certainly take a long time to learn to use the tools of that particular trade; therefore I decided a few weeks back to work on making an app for webOS. Now I’m running into some rough patches with that, because, while I can easily get through the various tutorials I’ve found and get some pretty pictures displaying on the screen, I don’t actually know certain best practices for code organization and, well, mainly, how to fetch new information from an outside server.

This is certainly something that, with a little more time and patience, I could learn from the documentation and from reading through more examples, but to assist me on the path, I was thinking of buying a book on webOS development. Unfortunately, Micro Center only had one which had very low ratings online, so I left it. I’ll just have to keep looking, and reading.

The War on Sloth Begins

I think I had a pretty successful first week in the War on Sloth–despite having a particularly rough week at work (60 hours!) I managed to get in some music, a bit of drawing, and a personal coding project that I think is rather nifty. As I said, I’m going to be scatter-shot for a while as I figure it all out. If things at work calm down, maybe I’ll keep it diverse and start doing a post per pursuit, but for now each one is relatively small.

For music, I sat down at the piano long enough to learn the introduction to Ben Folds’ “Still Fighting It”. It will take a bit more time to commit the whole song to memory, but the song is fairly simple, short, and calm–which is a good recipe for a song I can pick up fast and feel good about playing for others. Didn’t spend any appreciable time on the guitar, but this is a good start.

I also spent a bit of time playing with Inkscape and drew a new pig. Here’s the old one for comparison:

The Old Pig

Phlox, the Phlying Pig

And here’s the new one:

The New Pig

Phlox, the Phlying Pig

I still like the old one better (it’s just a better drawing to start), but I like the new one’s open eyes and more comic-like lines. I need a sharper version of Phlox for an icon anyway, for upcoming projects.

This is the biggest thing I’ve started: I’m making a Palm webOS app. There’s a few of them that I have in mind, so my plan is to start with a very simple app and work my way up to more awesome ones after I get the gist of how webOS development really works. So I pulled down the Palm SDK and started tinkering. So far, I’ve got very little that I want to show off, but I’ve learned a lot! So we’ll see what I can come up with for next week.

Until then, what’s your free time like?