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Winter’s Summer Day

12 Feb

Dusk of Friday
Merriment begins.

Wine flowing,
Ego’s growing,
The night will have no end.

The moon’s half-lit glow
Sets the dizzy scene,
Of men
Children
Half-breeds,
A haze of lover’s dreams.

Time moseys by,
But is deceptively quick.
Suddenly its late,
And we agree —
Nothing ever goes as planned —
Then,
The night fades into obscurity.

I rise at eleven,
And the wonderous day begins.

It is a surprise,
A warm gem,
Amidst an icy year.

The brilliant shine
Of our brilliant sun
Draws the women outside.

I see in them
The Sun, Man, and Earth’s beauty.

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Exciting industries

31 Aug

Cleantech.  Renewables, energy storage, energy production, energy efficiency, sustainable design.  Current energy sources are diminishing and negatively impacting our environment, what technologies will power the future?  How will this effect our lifestyles?

Healthcare.  Fitness, medical devices, healthcare software, neuroscience.  People are living very unhealthy lifestyles.  Many ‘outdated’ diseases still killing millions all over the world.  Cancer.  What can we do to increase life expectancy?

Entertainment.  Games, movies, music.  Technology is pushing the limits on the level of immersion we expect from our entertainment experiences, but at the heart of good entertainment lies some very fundamental concepts.

Food/Agriculture.  Growing population, especially in emerging markets and third world countries.  How can we meet the demand?  How can we feed the hungry?  How can we be healthier?

Internet.  Social networks, viral phenomenon.  The extremely powerful ability to share information in an instant.  How can we harness the internet to improve life?

Space travel.  The worlds going to blow up some day.  Where do we go?  What’s out there?

These are some of my interests.  What are you interested in???

Our Lives are Spent in Boxes

31 Jul

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We sleep in our “home-box,” we work in our “job-box,” we learn in our “classroom-box.” It seems life, nowadays, has us cubed-in, enclosed and withdrawn from the outside world; away from nature, away from others, away from our mother: Earth.

The reality of the matter is, people have become complacent that this is the way life should be spent — hurrying from one box to the next. They are told this is the right way to live, and they believe it. Being quartered off promotes productivity; companies and schools realize this. But I feel mankind has become disconnected because of this square obsession. In their boxes, people are so fixated on accruing wealth, knowledge, or success, that they forget the simple joys in life. They forget about simply living, and the entity that allowed for their boxes to be built: Earth.

I’m not advising you to sleep in a tent after reading this article, but I feel this caged lifestyle is wrong. Do you really want to spend your life in a box? Shackled by four walls. Step outside, enjoy your life with the Earth; and in doing so, prevent its destruction in the need to produce more boxes.

Why native apps will lose

21 Jul

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We live in an app universe.  We live in a mobile devices universe.  Have you seen an Apple commercial lately?  There’s an app for almost anything on our phones these days.  However, not all apps are the same.  We like to group them into two categories, native and web.

A native app is an app that is installed on the device, for the iPhone this could me Mail, Notes, or any app you download from the iTunes App Store.  These apps usually offer users a better experience, because the operating system has control over how they are presented to users.  As an iPhone user, I’ve become used to the way apps are downloaded, the way they open, the way they update, the way they present notifications, the way they close, the way they enter the background and multitask, and a multitude of other details.  It is this familiarity that makes iPhone apps so pleasant.  I know that when I open the App Store and download the latest hot app, I will interact with it exactly the same way I do with all of my other apps.

Native apps are also nice because they are closer to the hardware than mobile web apps.  Processor intensive apps such as apps with rich graphics and animations just work and perform better natively because they can interact more closely with the GPU and processor.  This is one of the biggest hurdles to the uprising of the mobile web app seeing as how 20% of apps in the iTunes app store are games.

Enter Sencha Touch and SproutCore.  These two technologies essentially make it very easy for app developers to create web apps that function just like their native app counterparts by giving them access to the hardware (I will spare the details, but feel free to ask me if interested).  Imagine I’m facebook, and I want to create an app so that people can use facebook on their phones.  I have to make an app for the iOS devices, an app for Android devices, an app for webOS devices, an app for Blackberry devices and so on…

Or I could just make a mobile-optimized web app, an app that people access through a browser like Safari, Firefox, Chrome, and Internet Explorer from their phone.  And with the addition of these new frameworks, I can make some pretty sick apps in the browser that allow me to do cool things like detect touches, drags, swipes, pans, and do graphically intensive processes across all mobile platforms (eventually).

I predict these two technologies and others like them will usher in a new era of web apps for mobile platforms.  The development cost for a web app will be significantly lower than that of a native app.  The potential audience of a web app will be significantly higher than that of a native app.  It therefore makes sense for companies to start focusing their development efforts on mobile optimized web apps.  Over time, the web app will dominate, the native app will lose.

A Man Cave Special

25 Jun

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Blogging lost its priority during production of “American Heretic: A Message,” my newest short film and entry for the 2010 Telluride Film Festival.

I have come to the Man Cave for the film’s World Premiere!

It is a conceptual ride, open for interpretation. I think of it more as Art than Film. The following verse offers the best synopsis:

America must stop
Its fascinated gaze.
America must slow
Its patriotic haze.
America must grow
From slick and broken Mays.
“America must know,”
Three persons always say.
America IS pride.
Mighty, strong and brave!
America’d be wise
To curtsy on its way.

I’m open for any questions and comments surrounding my film.
Write me your interpretations!

WATCH IN HD here:

Second time’s the charm

20 May

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Today, Apple finally decided to approve my second iPhone application – Beamz.  I initially submitted Beamz to the Apple App Store two weeks ago, on May 5th.  In my mind, I had sufficiently tested Beamz.  No bugs, no crashes, smooth gameplay, everything seemed great.  But one week later on May 12th, I received an e-mail from Apple saying that my application was rejected.  Apparently, I had made a very foolish oversight.  I forgot to test the app on a much older version of the iPhone OS.  Sure enough, I loaded the app on my old 1st gen iPhone and it crashed.  I made a couple of quick fixes in the code, and resubmitted the binary to Apple.

Now, one week later, Beamz has been approved – and is now on the Apple App Store.

I spent a lot of time on Beamz, which is kind of strange because it’s a very simple game.  Developing an application during the school year was very difficult.  It was hard to find a solid 1-2 hours where I could just sit down and crunch on development.  And when I did, I would spend a good bit of time figuring out where I left off the last time and what I needed to do.  As the semester went on I got better at this by keeping track of what I was working on, problems I encountered, bugs, and what I still needed to do in a spreadsheet.  This helped a lot.

You’ll note that the graphics and sound in the game are really high quality – and for this I have two guys I found over the internet to thank!  They’re names are in the credits in the App Description so you can check it out there.  We were constantly emailing each other our ideas, feedback, and progress updates throughout the semester.  We collaborated without ever talking face to face over the internet pretty effectively, and it’s fulfilling to finally see our work come to fruition.

So I hope you all go download Beamz now! I’m very excited to move on to a new project, I don’t know what it will be yet – but exciting nonetheless!

The other half…

17 May

The Man Cave gets a break for the summer

And as one good thing comes to an end(temporarily)… an even greater journey begins.  Looking forward to an eventful Summer – I will be keeping you all posted on my journeys and ideas.  So until next time, I will be sitting on my couch watching movies.

Thought.

12 May

We all love talking about ourselves in the third-person.

I can prove it.

its called a Facebook status.

3DayStartup

9 May

Seventy-two hours.  Four thousand three hundred twenty minutes.  Two hundred fifty-nine thousand and two hundred seconds.  Three days.  A lot can be accomplished in this amount of time.  In fact, a small group of people who founded the event known as ‘3DayStartup’ believe it is enough time to start a technology company.

They were right.  This past April, the semester-recurring 3DayStartup event took place.  I was an organizer for it this semester, and I ended up participating as well.  In a period of three days(one weekend) forty people from a variety of backgrounds(computer science, business, engineering, law, design, advertising, etc…) got together at the Austin Technology Incubator (an office space for start-ups) and started up a few tech companies.

It was eye-opening to see just how much work could get done in one weekend.  Servers were programmed, websites were made, business plans were written, logos were designed, all in a sleepless three day period.  This built a large amount of momentum which made all the participants excited about staying involved with the companies post-weekend.

One of the best parts about 3DS is the people.  The organizers spend a lot of time agonizing over recruitment and it shows.  Every single person that participated was extremely knowledgeable in their own realm of study, and most were smart in general.  I made a lot of great friends through my experiences with 3DayStartup and I hope to continue to meet brilliant people.

Anyways, I am very excited to see where all the companies will go in the next few months.  Unfortunately, I don’t think I can go into detail about what each company is working on, maybe in the future.  I will be an organizer for the event again for the Fall 2010 semester.  If you’re interested in start-ups, or think you have a skill set that would be valuable for the event – check out the website here.  I strongly recommend it.

I will probably post more about 3DayStartup as the next event approaches.  In the mean time – there will be a 3DayStartup in Aachen, Germany on June 4 – June 6.

Letter to the Wise.

7 May

Never eat chicken quesadillas after a helping of warm milk.

-Daniel