19 July, 2011 - Launched StrikeSapphire.com, a full-custom Bitcoin casino with original software and 26 games.
4 October, 2010 - This is still my site, and always will be- but my work portfolio is now at www.TheStrikeAgency.com.
24 March, 2009 - Sonia from Wired just wrote a really cool followup piece over at UNPLGGD about our life working on the road in Australia!
27 November, 2009 - I was working on a way to check for collusion between players in an online game. In order to do it, I needed to recursively go through every possible pair of players in the database and analyze the actions of player A to player B and vice versa, to generate a score for suspicious behavior. I wanted to combine the actions both ways, rather than having two separate scores for each pair of players. And I wanted to do it with as few database calls and as little post-processing as possible. So for each pair of player ID's, I needed to generate a single unique key in the query that could be used to group average the scores between them at the end of the query, and rank by those.The question was, how do you generate a unique number for any two positive integers, where x!=y, such that f(x,y) = f(y,x) but the resulting combined id would not be generated by any other pair of integers. What I came up with was a way to generate a unique key from any set of positive integers which is valid no matter the order, but which doesn't key to any other set.
5 November, 2008 - Saigon. Wandering down the backstreets of the world... there's no place I've seen like this. It's hard to believe it still exists. In someone else's nostalgia. Going back to the seventies here, strangely more comfortable than the unfamiliarity of home. Glad to be out of Thailand. Rented a place out in District 3, away from the tourists. Tough-looking chain smoking artists with long hair painting brushstroke-perfect reproductions of Van Gogh and Munch in the wholesale galleries off the road, while throngs of skinny girls on motorbikes crash by over the sidewalks, swerving over every inch of pavement... red banners and flags, portraits of nameless workers working together; everyone here is your equal, no bowing, no fakery, but no hidden malevolence either. Drivers honk listlessly, but exhibit no real frustration with the traffic. Total opposite of repressed, self-hating Bangkok. People are honest, open, sweet and kind. Government excesses all right out in the open here, rare order in chaos of the third world; neither corrupt nor concealed. Populace exhibits infinitely less quotidian concern with soft authority or policing and snitching on others than in Australia or the US. People have a rare sense of self. And pride. In the few displays of hard authority -- a motorcade led by soldiers -- man, people freeze like stunned cattle. But then go back to lounging in the park. And the abuses seem negligible. Overall, there's no limit of positive freedom, if the place is a bit short on the negative kind found back home. I'm not seduced by the system, but I don't find it burdensome, either. I'm just a visitor. My beef's back home, and going away fast. Nothing to fight, nothing to fear. The American dream is right here, alive and well, in every new skyscraper and hip cafe going up. I've never seen a people so industrious and able to do so much with whatever they had at hand. And so I was wrong, about the American apocalypse. Might be time to take that shit novel offline, what's brought me nothing but grief. Thank God we got the deep-fried southern evangelicals off the national stage. But I'll wait and see. The world's center of gravity seems to move west. Rootless young post-religious diaspora castaways, confused social-anarcho grandchildren of immigrant bolsheviks and indios norteños, we go thataway, following what signs we can discern.
7 June, 2008 - The Northern Territory. We've been camped for awhile outside the town of Katherine, as it was getting too cold nights in the south...nice up here, but you gotta watch out for the saltwater crocs...
10 May, 2008 - Adelaide. By coincidence. There's no theme going on here. I'm actually here because I couldn't miss the quite literally named Abyssinian Restaurant, likely the only Ethiopian food for 8,000 miles. They make their own injera from rice flour...white, not blue, but not bad considering... and the doro wat is the best (read: hottest) I've had outside of Georgetown. $20 bucks for a complete mosab that'll feed two with leftovers. No complaints here...
Strike Site v.3
21 October, 2007 - It's finally official! After months of halted development while handling lots of other projects, large and small, I've finally managed to get the new site up and running. This is the first complete rewrite since late 2000, when the Flash 5 site went up in all its AS1 glory.
We're booked solid through January on several major new projects,
including one that'll also include some away3d code. Meanwhile, never content to sit still, we're jumping off-continent again, heading now to the South Seas.
|StrikeDisplay for JS+HTML5 Canvas
27 November, 2008 - Came across a couple posts in recent days asking for people who know LAMP. I thought, man, I really oughta know what that is. Some Ruby framework maybe? I had to wikipedia it.
19 September, 2008 - Someone at ProDevTips posted really good lightweight AS3 / AMFPHP framework that takes code from Strike Remoting; if you need something a bit less heavy...
17 May, 2008 - Strike Remoting 1.4 (Download) - Now available. THIS IS NOT FOR EVERYBODY. Totally unsupported; I mean, seriously, I'm not taking any responsibility for this thing. It's a miracle I scraped it together into a zip file. Have you seen my workspace? I can't find my laptop for the beer bottles. Still, this works for me, and I though it was worth sharing. New features: Automatic disconnect timer that repeats the call (but only takes the first response)! Definitely not in any other remoting package out there. Totally leak-proof! Optional (and bypassable) error handling methods and expressions locked to an individual PHPAccess instance! Fixed handling of false boolean results. Great for multiplayer games with lots of repetitive verifications. If you haven't tried 1.3 yet, start with that! If you don't know what the hell I'm talking about, hire a programmer from Pakistan for $5.20 an hour. Or if you're the DIY type, download Rosa instead, or better yet, throw away your computer and do something useful like building a small nuclear reactor in your toolshed. Known Issues: See below; they still apply.
Strike Remoting 1.3 (Download) - *New upgrade. There are significant differences from previous versions and code will need to be rewritten if you want to switch. An AS3 package that handles NetConnection calls, specifically designed for AMFPHP. It parses mysql recordsets automatically, up to one level of depth in returned arrays, and also parses other returned types into a neat result object that's roughly analogous to what you got with the AS2 remoting components. It also features an in-movie (optional) debugging panel that lets you see the calls and results.
Tween3D (Download) - A working Tween class for position and rotation with Away3D objects. This isn't the only tween class written for this site, but it's the simplest. Lets you create rotation-only or position-only tweens or combine them into one.
- Singlehandedly wrote the Flash, PHP and mySQL that powers the new SexyPolitics.com, a political strip quiz with elements of social networking, through a madly accelerated development process. Credit where due: Jordan Queen did a great job with Drupal customization and additional PHP on the blog, store and other pages, along with some nice graphics and some very tricky integration work. And J.A. de la Luz Lucero is responsible for all the candidate and issue cartoons on the site.
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Coolhaus Ice Cream
Vickman & Associates
The Barker Lounge
Lilly Anne Me
Beverly Hills Law Building
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SexyPolitics - bought out by Fox; now offline. See the CNN Video that caused a ruckus.
1 August, 2009 - Strike Productions worked over the past month with the LA Mayor's office to provide graphics support for a major upgrade they were making to their site. We art directed and designed the icons for all the various issues sections on the site (including the ones here and here), and built two flash pieces, one about LAX and another about the LED street light program.
20 April, 2009 - Another LA city project, the Flash budget calculator ...this had to be done over the weekend... (has since been taken down).
14 April, 2009 - Just finished a new site... workin' through the LA budget mess. Almost had a heart attack getting this one online with a 7-day deadline...
4 October, 2008 - Three new sites up this month!
* Angel Citycam (heavy flash: links offsite) A hot new site for my former employer. I used to do ultra-fast photoshop work for these guys and...well, not that much has changed. Lots of fun 3D stuff on this one, and a new fluid icon-based UI for AS3 / AMFPHP that'll likely see action in the future as well. Flexible galleries and other pages, a whole little CMS, you know the drill. What's cool is that this tree system can work for anything. Ever since 1996 we've been talking about the first tier, second tier, third tier...forget it. This is a whole new paradigm. The site tree is the site; the map is the message, to paraphrase a poor speller.
* Memphis Courtside is a new pay site dealing in inside recruiting information for the Memphis Tigers basketball team. What's cool about it technically is that instead of relying on a pre-made CMS and trying to tie it into both a payment system and a forum in some kind of way where users wouldn't need multiple logins and where both access to particular forums and to particular articles (and parts of articles) could be controlled live by the payment system, I just went ahead and wrote the CMS into StrikeNet, and rolled the forums, blog, and statistics-delivery system myself, with payment integration as the starting point. Screw Drupal, PHPNuke, etc. etc. ... This system's much better. And with a nifty StrikeNet back-end, which means lots of editors with different levels of access, wholesale image archiving across articles, players, schools, users, forums, etc. ... good stuff.
* Mack Winston and the Reflections - This was a quick job for Darian, pulled off in about two days and off the clock, but y'know, great artists need an audience, And I feel like a fuckin' sellout every time I remember how devoted he is to his art form, and what a goddamn corporate pawn I've turned into, whoring myself out to all and sundry. And still my brother the yuppie lawyer tells me I have too much time on my hands. Well, as long as it's time well-spent. Ain't got no youngin's running around, drooling on my furniture, suckin' my soul, and I ain't got no mortgage, I don't pay taxes, and I get to do shit like this as "work" while eating oysters drinking ice cold vodka in a bar where I can actually smoke. I even get to say what's on my mind. Priceless, really. So take your half million a year and...go buy a Yanni CD or something. I'll be listening to Mack, playing poker, and actually getting some enjoyment out of my short fuckin' life on this planet =P
Odds and ends...
- American Apocalypse is still readable online.
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