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Haven't wrote here in ages :D

I am doing fine, actually you can read a little here blog.wonderwhy-er.com/blogging…

Just wanted to drop by to wish you well :)

And in short, am still having fun doing lot of things that are not that different from what you can find in my gallery here.
It just that DevArt is not really a place for applications as art -_- No Unity, no HTML5 support so yeah.

And I still can't get to making my own portfolio gallery on my hosting to share this kinds of stuff there...

Anyways, here this year decided to remake my interactive snow things but in HTML5/JS www.wonderwhy-er.com/LetItSnow…

And how you've being doing?
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Hey guys, haven't wrote here anything for a LOOOONG time :)
Am participating in LudumDare 26 if anyone cares
www.ludumdare.com/compo/2013/0…

Contest ended
Well made a game, will upload to DA soon,
in meanwhile here is my my entry www.ludumdare.com/compo/ludum-…
And here you can find my blogposts during the event
www.ludumdare.com/compo/catego…
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Hey guys.
I mentioned before a little that trough venture-lab.org do a project with the team. Well we are slowly progressing and lunched a beta subscription page recently
33quotes.com/
Any suggestions? Does not work on your device? Or may be you even want to become a beta tester and get early access to prototypes?
Your feedback would be welcome ;)
And if you have questions feel free to ask :) Will use those to make page better, may be add FAQ later too :)

Percussive guitar from the guy who invented it (and someone he inspired): Preston Reed and Usman Riaz at TEDGlobal2012
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Sooooooo...

Help needed, take this survey
Hey guys, I mentioned before that I am taking US university level free online courses, I am addicted :D
One of them is technology entrepreneurship by Stanford venture-lab.org
Its about hmm startups. You have a hypothesis about a business model and problem and solution that would work in current conditions. They teach how to make it happen more efficiently.
So I am in 3-5 week of it and currently they teach about value proposition validation/testing.
Part of it is interviews, part making surveys.

So guys, here is open public survey from my team
docs.google.com/spreadsheet/em…

Please!!! Do it ;)
Ahm, if you have questions of feedback I would love to hear it too :) THANKS!

other stuff

Okay... Where do I start... I am still freelancing part of the day,
other then that am taking Python web programming and this venture lab course. Loads of fun, not enough time ;(

My first elevator pitch
As part of that validation homework last Thursday went to TechHub Riga, a local variation of startup incubator. They have an open free to attend meeting once a month with some talks + open for volunteers elevator pitches.
Elevator pitch came from "You have 3 minutes of time inside the elevator with some boss to tell and hook him to your idea".
So 3-6 volunteers do it there once a month in Riga.
As part of homework decided to go, pitch, collect feedback. but they cut it from 3 minutes to 90 seconds ;( And I prepared for 180 seconds :D Ups... So did not went as well as I would have liked but was fun :)
Still waiting for video to be put online of it.

Pirate Part of Latvia

Ok guys, one another thing. Finally a pirate part of Latvia started to form. Went to small meeting around Creative Commons state in Latvia, in short CC is illegal here ;( Artists do not have a choice in how their work public exposition rights will work. For example, you can't tell Radio to play your song for free, in Latvia by law all public music performance including Radio in shops is taxed, no meter if it is free, copyrighted or anything.

Anyways, there are number of issues in Latvia like this, and there is no public opposition to industry groups here to make things balanced. But now PP is forming to step in and provide an opposition to find better solutions, not ones that benefit only some small interest groups at expanse of wider audience.
www.piratupartija.lv/ here is their site

And if some of you remember I was very very interested in this years back, was writing journals here or on my blog etc. Sadly I came to conclusions that nothing can be done unless some interest group like Pirate Party is formed, but now does form. And probably I finally can return to talking and exploring this + now finally also trying to do something too.


Guess that's it for now :)

P.S I made a post on my experience with the course if someone wants to read more blog.wonderwhy-er.com/stanford…
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Just continuing joke of undead deviants who write journal "I am not dead" :D

Anyways, little status journal.
Firstly, I haven't really left the DA, I still check it almost every day, though I mostly check comments, on a more rare occasion journals and even on a rarer occasion deviations in my message center.
And I almost not submitting for reasons that follow.

Big journal haha :) Tried to break it to sections so that you can choose if you are interested in any.

So, what's I am up to.

In short. I am freelancing. Doing flash mostly on that side. But its half time at best that allows me to stay a float with money.
Other half time? Learning new stuff. Server side technologies. HTML front end, basics mostly. So expanding to be a more broad web developer then just interactive Flash based RIA.

And now more elaborate parts.

Flash platform

I guess I haven't done any for fun flash since last October.
But I still am doing as I mentioned above some freelance stuff with it.

So why?
I somewhat lost interest at the moment and concentrated on other stuff. Am thinking to do some things with Flash but mostly am finding more interesting or useful things to do elsewhere at the moment so Flash projects and ideas are not at the top of the list.

Also, Flash is aether dying or is in transitional state to something else:
a) Adobe discontinued support for mobile browser Flash last year. And last year there were more smartphones sold then PCs. What that means in long run that Flash is not ubiquitous anymore, and never will be, so its unprofessional to pick it for simple projects. But I am web developer, don't like platform stores ideas etc so... Flash is not enough anymore if I want to stay in web application segment and participated in projects of all kinds.

b) Flash right now is repositioned as game platform in desktop browsers. Here it is still ubiquitous, and has chances to stay that way. Also now it has hardware 3D with great tools support like Unity and Unreal engine. So cool. Flash is good games platform for web. And that's almost only thing that is left for Flash.
I love games so why I don't like it all? Well Unity and Unreal engine. I haven't seen and probably never will see native Flash developers tools to compete with Unreal engine. What this means is that great games will come to Flash platform almost passing native Flash developers in a "slow lane". I mean those games will be developed using C# and C++ which are better languages for high profile games, and they will use incredible tools and pipelines for development that Unity and Unreal have.
So good for Flash as a platform but not good for Flash developers.

Case in point. Recently Adobe announced "tax" on usage of premium Flash features. If you want to use high performance Alchemy features that are used by Unity and Unreal engine to expert to Flash + you want to use hardware GPU 3D you need to register a license. If your project over its lifetime earns 50K or more you need to start paying 9% of your profits as part of the license.
Why Adobe did that? Well I mentioned above. All those high profile games will not use Adobe tools for their creation. And Adobe business model always was selling tools. But world have changed. Small company who bought 10 software packets can server hundreds of millions of customers earning millions. And what Adobe gets? Couple of thousands for their software.
So Adobe envies Apple and Facebook business models where developers are taxed trough various means so that platform owner gets a cut on everything that happens.

Yoke is that 50K is not that much. Team of 10 people working for 6 months(average game project) with salary of 1000$ per month(really on a low side) will spend 60k$ only in salaries. So they will need to make it back. Including 30% tax from Facebook and now additional 9% tax from Adobe. So may be it will not touch some indies but it will touch everyone with scale reaching "small" business.

So that's all about Flash I guess.

Expanding my skills and free university level courses

I have been playing with PHP and HTML for looong time but never liked both. PHP is like some student party that is still cleaned up and HTML/CSS/JS are a mess that is cleaned up still too. Though HTML/CSS parts are almost cleaned up, I guess in few years they will become good enough for me not to swear all the time when I use some parts of them.

Anyways, with this Flash situation since summer I started to spend significantly more time playing with server side(no swearing there at least :)), and a little bit more with client side.

Soo... Half time I work, half time I do stuff for myself learning + courses.
Thing is that ice started to move in education sector. Finally :) One of those things is movement for free, open, international university level education.
There are many things happening there, Stanford Coursera platform and former Stanford teacher and Google R&D labs supervisor Sebastian Thrun venture Udacity, or already famous Khan academy that at the moment targets school education.  

Mind blowing future vision of education

I wrote before that I participated in AI class last fall which was done by Sebastian Thrun. After doing it he said that it was like Matrix moment for him. He was given blue and red pill. And after trying red pill(teaching class of 160 thousands of people from school children to elderly, from poor in Africa to rich in his own Stanford class who preferred it instead of real class) he said that he can never go back... So he left Stanford.
And he has a vision of education future. In my view a very strong and disruptive vision. Vision that in 50 years there will be only ~10 universities who will teach whole world for free.
Why?
- Such universities will hire pop teachers with clearest and brightest visions of their disciplines, giving chance anyone to learn from them for free
- Those learning tools will go trough computers giving them ability to collect, harness, analyze data on the process and allowing continued incremental improvement based on deep real data, same Google does now for search, same Facebook does for social, same last.fm for music discovery, same Amazon does for improving their trading and providing you with best things you don't knew you wanted :)
- Most curios is business model of free education. Thrun has mind blowing idea... In the end of AI class he sent emails to 10% of best students asking them to send a CV if they want a job.
Only recently I learned why. Large firms pay for talented workers. So bring them good worker for hire, if they like him they will pay you. But imagine if teachers get % of what their students earn in first years.
Imagine the implications. Now its in "university" interests to teach as many students as they can to a level for which firms will pay good salary, because that's only way they are getting payed! And firms get good worker! And you get education for free and a job in the end if you were good at it!
That's that win-win-win situation where all three sides get what they want from this!!! That's what I would call 21 century education. Its only a dream at this stage, but dream that started to try to become a reality... And its inspiring and hopeful :)

So courses I am taking
After AI I registered to:

- Courseara Human-Computer Interaction (interfaces)
  Sadly postponed :(

- Courseara Software as a Service
  In 5 weeks I learned about Ruby/Rails/Amazon web services/ Behavior driven and test driven development/bunch of other stuff
I learned a clear vision, a lot better that anything in my 6 years of real education about clean code and test drive development.
Loved Ruby. In short. Ruby is what JavaScript should have been. Clean, transparent, powerful in expression. Sadly there is price to pay, performance, issues with IDEs.
Anyways loved it a lot more then PHP.

- Technology entrepreneurship (was Courseara but for some reason is now independent now)
Just started, cool class about brainstorming business ideas, planing business, teamwork, finding funding etc. Only just started. Seems promising.
It already made me brainstorm ideas and I come up with some that I don't want to share lol :D Am thinking of starting doing one myself in summer because its that promising :D

- Udacity Web Application Engineering
Starts soon. Apparently will be "develop your own blog with Python in few weeks". Also thought by Reddit creator ;) Talking of pop star teachers :)


And I guess that's it :)

P.S Ouh and one more thing, Pinterest

Registered recently to Pinterest. Simple, clean and cool idea. At minimum its about collecting pictures as boards. Like pined to wooden board photos.
But going further its about collecting inspirations. Photos of places you want to visit, things you want to learn. Things that inspire you and make you creative.

We all do it in different forms. Like I was storing links for some such things in Evernote. But doing it in a way that Pinterest suggests... Its not only collecting what you like, its collecting it in form of inspiring, jaw dropping pictures that motivate you more then just links. And community that shares, curates and filters most awe causing pictures.
Inspiring idea for a project :)
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