Dec 31

End of 2016

Hey All,

It’s the last day of 2016.  What. a. year.

  • Finding out I’m going to be a Dad in 2017.  We just found out it’s going to be a BOY!!!! I’m so excited, and terrified, and excited.
  • K and I just got back from New York City.  We wanted to do one last big adventure before our next big adventure is born 🙂
  • We’ve been working on the PiPlay Advance handheld.  We think he have it down now.
  • Maker Faire Orlando was amazing!
  • I ran for Florida House of Representatives, and while I didn’t win, I received 31% of the vote!!!
  • I was able to hire a very talented student in our department as a full timer after he graduated!
  • I spoke at InstructureCon in Colorado, did a CanvasLive webinar for a bunch of schools, and spoke at the Online Learning Consortium conference here in Orlando.

I haven’t updated as much, and every Friday I look at the clock and miss the post.  So I’m hoping to do better at that again.

Thanks for reading!

Have a wonderful 2017!

 

 

Maker Faire Orlando 2016

Jan 02

Friday Post: 2015!!!!

Hey All,

Happy New Year!!! 2014 was an amazing year for me:

  • Got contracted to write a second book (almost done)
  • Ran a successful Kickstarter
  • Had YTD 64,000 downloads of PiPlay
  • Spoke at PyCon, Computers in Libraries, and EDUCAUSE conferences
  • Participated in Orlando Maker Faire
  • Was able to hire the very talented Elizabeth Williams to be part of my team at work
  • Developed software that is helping 60,000 students
  • Added a very cute and very annoying kitten to our family
  • Learned a few new technologies that I had been putting off
  • Watched my wife get a great new job
  • Watching my friends start families
  • Made some new friends

Not to say everything has been great, but the good has totally outweighed the bad.  I have to thank all of my readers as well.  I couldn’t have done without you all.  Thank you!

Amiibos

So I’ve been hit by the Amiibo bug.  I started cutting out these stands for my collection.

IMG_4653 IMG_4654 IMG_4655 IMG_4656 IMG_4657 IMG_4658 IMG_4659 IMG_4660 IMG_4661 IMG_4662 IMG_4652I may have gone a little overboard.

PiPlay

The next version of PiPlay is really coming along.

snapshot

You can see our game listing screen now shows a lot more info.  We are also moving a lot of our configs into SQLite DB files for faster retrieval.  This is going to be an awesome release!

Happy 2015 everyone!