Palagpat Coding

Fun with JavaScript, HTML5 game design, and the occasional outbreak of seriousness

Whither my side projects?

Sunday, April 27, 2014

I just read last Monday's Dork Tower strip, and it reminded me just how negligent I've been here and over on my MUGEN blog:

Dork Tower 21.04.14
Oh hi there, neglected side projects.

Just like Matt in this strip, I have things I've been meaning to work on, but professional and family obligations keep me busy right up to the point of exhaustion. I'm loving it, but it means that nearly all of my side projects are on hold (there's a notable exception, but that's the topic for another day). I fully intend to get back to work on some of this stuff eventually, but only time will tell.

Meanwhile, you can always follow me on Tumblr.

I made a thing: News Fixr

Thursday, November 7, 2013


Based on this xkcd comic, I made a bookmarklet. Drag the following link to your bookmarks bar, go to a normal, boring news story, and click your new bookmarklet link to make it better:

News Fixr

Sample results:

Almost every major technology company in America is coming out with some sort of wearable technology device, but a Tumblr post suggests that the public is still "mixed" on wearable tech... When looking specifically at devices such as Virtual Boy, only 20 percent of respondents had any interest.

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If you like this, let me know on Twitter or Tumblr. Suggestions for more substitutions are always welcome, too.

Time Flies Like an Arrow...

Thursday, September 5, 2013

"... and fruit flies like a banana." Yeah, linguistics humor. Sorry.

Anyway, the truth behind the joke remains — my summer has breezed right past me, and I find myself standing on the precipice of autumn (whatever that means in northern California). To say I'd hoped to have done more here on the blog this summer is, probably, stating the obvious.

The Reason

Things at work have been as crazy as you'd expect life at a startup to be, but all in very positive ways. I feel like we're building something really cool, and I keep waiting for the green light to actually talk about why. I suspect it'll come soon. Meanwhile, we're hammering away at the mountain of backlog tasks in Jira, and it's such interesting work, I even find myself doing it in my down time at home: precisely when I used to work on Tangle, MUGEN, and my other side-projects. I kind of knew this was a possibility when I left my last job, which was secure but a little technically unexciting. My side projects were always there to give me something intellectually stimulating to work on when I wasn't always able to scratch that itch in the office. Now that I'm on a team and in a role where that itch is being constantly scratched, well, I guess you could say it's harder to task-switch.

So......?

So the big question at hand, then, is what I'm going to do about it. I do have a lot of things on my back burner, and am trying to mentally clear a place to work on some of them. I'd like to get back on the "One Game a Month" horse. I'd like to get back to work on my outstanding MUGEN projects. I would LOVE to get my groove back on Fenjin. In the interest of taking baby steps, and with the idea that incremental progress is better than no progress at all, I've updated my Games page, including links to several of the in-progress things I'm playing with.

Some of which I haven't blogged about yet — stay tuned.