What I Do
- Much of my time is spent writing (whether articles, novels, or outlines of ideas
and future plans). I love to write. :)
When I can, I do photography, and videography (short
films, misc videos, etc). My photography is done with a disgustingly expensive Nikon D80, fitted with a
disgustingly expensive lens and wireless flashes. My
past videography was mostly done with an HD camcorder
(JVC Everio), but I'm switching to video Digital SLR's
now. (SLR cameras are photo cameras, like my Nikon D80,
that have removable lenses. The newer ones shoot HD
video, which is good enough that they're starting to use
them to shoot (some) scenes in movies, TV shows,
Design - Making video games is a favorite task. The
whiteboard in my brain has some video games drawn up on
it that I hope to be able to do something with in the
future. So far, I've made the UT2004 mod, Gunreal, and
some maps for a few games.
Computer Graphics - For 2D, I use Photoshop
(since version 4), a Wacom Graphire 4 tablet for digital
painting, and paper for drawings/sketches.
For 3D, I use 3d Studio Max. Ask your
doctor if 3d Studio Max is right for you, because it's
- I use Adobe Audition for most of my sound, and
advocate the belief that great sound in games/movies/etc
can be more powerful than the best visuals. (if I had to
choose between super awesome visuals with good enough sound,
or good enough visuals with super awesome sound, I'd choose the latter.) I advise all design companies that use lots of sound to hire one more sound designer, so that the load on them all is reduced enough so that they actually have the TIME to produce extra layers of awesome sound. (and they specifically have to be put to that task, because most
sound designers don't even know what their max potential is yet,
because they've never been charged with "it ain't usable
till it blows you away")
Thinking On The World's Problems - My philosophy
about the world's issues is that they're all just a
giant string knot waiting to be untied, so we all need
to get poking at it. (people are so defeatist about
large-scale problems, and that alone is what causes most
of the non-fixing that makes us hopeless in the first
place.) I run Alphaila.com; a website about trying to
find ways to poke at the knot.
Projects - If I had one of me for every project I want to do,
I'd have my own Dario race.
What I Don't
- I'm fairly addicted to trying to find purpose, and
working on projects, so, it has become hard to bring
myself to do most super-casual things. I also like to be
in control of the glowing surfaces I look at, which
means I spend most entertainment time on the computer.
One of the things I've
noticed about common,
everyday human interaction is that probably 90-something percent
of all verbal conflict (like arguing, small put-downs,
and disagreements over daily-life things) absolutely,
positively don't have to exist.
Example: When a family member knocks over a cup a water, why flip
out? You can MORE easily have
no reaction at all, and flow with it like nothing is
happening. People will really come to respect you for
it, and your life will have a LOAD less misery in the
air. It's a simple concept: Most at-home conflict quite
very simply need not exist.
Listen To Music With Lyrics
- My mental channels are always busy crunching
something, so, I just can't concentrate when I hear
lyrics. Still, I don't mind the occasional non-dark-willed song.
- All I know about money is that we always need it,
rarely have enough, and are endlessly enslaved to working
for it. As much as the people of today need a motivator in order to build up our world,
one fact about money can't be escaped: it cannot and
will not ever work for everybody... maybe not even half
the people on the planet. Because of that, I think if
the flow of things isn't reinvented soon, more endless oceans of people are going to go through life with grave, unfair deficiencies. Even for people in well-off countries, I believe money causes
9/10's of all our troubles... (you really have to think deeply about this, to uncover all the ways that it contributes to our day-to-day suffering).
Both my novels are about designing a system of collaboration,
where money does exist, but serves an entirely different psychological role. That doesn't mean I have a universal
answer, just that I think about it...
No, I Don't
Also Put Tabasco
Sauce On My Salad
...please stop asking.