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Curse Flame Desktop #3

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This time I started at a much higher resolution than I normally do. This desktop looks phenomenal on a Retina display if you use the full version. Version posted below is for standard monitors. Also linked is an iPhone version.


Full Resolution
iPhone Resolution
Purple Version


Curse Flame Desktop #2

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More messing around with Curse's emblem. Enjoy!



Curse Flame Desktop

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Just playing around with Curse's emblem. Enjoy!


UITextView styling in code not taking affect (Xamarin)

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Had trouble today getting a UITextView to accept a change to background, text color and border from code. Had to set it "selectable" on the storyboard for it to work as expected.

Relevant StackOverflow:


Strange Issue: Xamarin app only partially works on iDevice

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Ran into this problem this week. I was working on an app with Xamarin.iOS in Visual Studio and it would run just fine on the iPhone simulator, but when running on a test device, only portions of the app would load correctly. The fix was simple, but I'm a little confused to why I had this issue.

To fix: add a reference to Monotouch.dialog-1 to your project and redeploy. My app doesn't use anything from Monotouch.Dialog as far as I know and I found it strange that things ran normally on the simulator but not on actual devices without that reference.



'a barren wasteland' for iOS is free this month!

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This is a little text game I made a few months ago. I've decided to make the iOS version free for the month of September! It's a navigation based story with multiple endings. Check it out and let me know what you think!


What a month! Change is coming.

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The past month goes down as one of the craziest months I think I've ever experienced. Everything that has happened has led to a change of jobs, something I'm extremely excited and ready for. At the same time, it's been very hard to leave my company of 9 years for something new. My thoughts and emotions have been all over the place for many weeks now, but things are finally settling down in there and change is coming. I'm going to really miss the group of people I work with, all of which are very talented and just plain awesome people.

Also, I'm back into gaming, something I did in fact attempt to 'quit' a month ago. Technically, I still haven't played any games for 38 days now, but that's not important. Basically, I have this thing where a lot of times I play a game, I think about stuff I could make for said game. That has led to many websites, apps and other projects, which is cool except that I end up starting a lot more than I can really handle. It took 'quitting' for a month to really understand that and see where my problem was. I'll admit, I feel foolish for the entire thing but am going to do my best to just laugh about it now.

My main projects, HaloSphere, LegacyStats and GalaxyWarfare are still running, and all are receiving updates again thanks to some awesome volunteers. None of my sites will be closing down, but my involvement in them will be minimal, at least for now. Once the dust settles I may attempt to get back involved in the sites I have.

TLDR: I temporarily went insane and got a new job.


Garmin VivoFit mini review

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Well, I actually returned the Garmin VivoFit I had last night. I liked it for the most part, but it didn't feel 'worth it' ultimately. Here are my brief thoughts:
- very comfortable
- band comes loose very easily, giving me the feeling like I'd probably lose the thing eventually
- love that you don't have to charge it
- the 'lazy meter' fills up really fast. I guess that's a good thing, but for me it was staying full most of the day
- nearly impossible to read screen at night or in dark room, no backlight
- the Garmin App is really lacking compared to the competition
- you have to sync manually, which isn't a huge deal, but the price point of the device made that sting a little

In the end, it was too expensive for what it was. The entire thing felt like it shouldn't have cost more than $100, if even that. I like the idea of it more than the actual device.


Fitbit Flex mini review

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I had a fitbit flex for 2 days. Not what I wanted, but here are my brief thoughts:
- very comfortable
- did quite a bit of tracking, probably the most of any fitness band out
- needed a screen very badly. I hated wearing something that didn't provide info on my wrist
- loved the silent alarms feature
- the companion app is pretty good, but I couldn't find a way to see friend stats for comparison from it

The bottom line was that I need a watch on something I wear on my wrist at the very least. Decided not to keep it for that reason. The fitbit force (which has a tiny screen) might come back out later on, but who knows.

Bama 2014 for iOS 3.1

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I updated Bama 2014 for iOS to include a searchable roster, thanks to @joescii. The app is 'in review' right now, so maybe it will get approved today sometime. Here's a screenshot of the new section:


It's a free download on iOS:


Doorway Photography

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I've got a thing for doors, especially on old buildings or abandoned places. I've started trekking around where I live to start getting photos of cool old doorways. I'll be posting them on my once-dead tumblr account here and there as I get time to find them. There's a link to the left and the address is


Android 4.4.4 on Galaxy Nexus

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Got Android 4.4.4 running on a Galaxy Nexus. Sweet upgrade, best version of Android yet as far as I can tell. Ran into a few problems after the flash though, including some notification issues and home button not working. The fix was easy though, in my case. Just run the setup wizard again from adb. Command:

adb shell am start -n