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I’m basically Kim Kardashian hanging side stage to Kanye right now. And I’m not just saying that because our rider states we need all white everything. Ps: he is captivating grown men right now. And one guy who looks like a girl.

stefispice:

I’m basically Kim Kardashian hanging side stage to Kanye right now. And I’m not just saying that because our rider states we need all white everything. Ps: he is captivating grown men right now. And one guy who looks like a girl.

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Extensive Vamping: Brave

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James and I decided to book our flights out of Seattle around the same time. James was off to Boston for work; I was going to Arizona to see my family.

I had an hour to kill in between the time James jetted off and my flight started to pre-board existing A- group boarding passes, existential A-…

Accurate.

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If you know me at all you will know that I love video games. I started out playing games young and as I got older I started selling games, moved to making them, and now I mostly just buy them and they sit there. Yet I still get super excited every time there is a brand new console release. I bought the GameCube, Wii, WiiU, DS, and 3DS all day one. This is a lot of Nintendo day 1 events so this year I was really excited that Microsoft and Sony were both launching awesome looking consoles, which I pre-ordered instantly on Amazon. However as launch day approaches I slowly but surely lost all excitement.

As an early adopter I am used the “year 1 drought” that most consoles seem to go through. A full year to get a handful of triple A games that you would actually play and if you bought the console on day 1 then you have to struggle as these titles slowly trickle out. One thing that was different about this launch than others is that game console makers and game makers have known for years about this drought and maybe they were going to fix it. As the days creep closer to launch I am starting to realize that this is not going to be the case again. Titles delayed, launch titles rehashes of current consoles, and nothing intriguing on any platform.

Sure each console is packed full of new features, next generation graphics, and all the bells and whistles one would expect. As my friend Jesse kept asking me which console I was going to keep this morning I finally decided that I didn’t need either. I took a good hard look at Day 1 launch titles and launch window titles and I can’t say I was intrigued or intrigued enough to drop $400 or $500 dollars.

Don’t get me wrong I am still going to be picking up most likely an Xbox One whenever Titan Fall comes out, but as far as day 1 goes nothing will be changing under the entertainment console.

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Year -5 to 0:
When I started coding back in high school I didn’t know where it would take me. It began with text based card games, simple turbo pascal visual games, and of course your classic text adventures. During college I had a dream of being a video game programmer. While doing so and working with some amazing people I quickly realized that this industry was not for me. Not to fear though as there was a programming language that I had fallen in love with making desktop applications; C# and the .Net Framework.

Year 1 to 4:
Being an assistant manager at GameStop wasn’t the life for me. As soon as the very first job offer came my way, I snatched it up immediately. I’m rich! I thought. This is the best career ever! While the former might not have been completely accurate, the latter was. Working on professional printer software might not have been the coolest thing to work on, but I was learning fast, gaining respect from my peers, and met one of my best friends who would eventually introduce me to my new best friend and girlfriend. During the span of the four years I got some very exciting opportunities to travel overseas to Romania to help train developers on our products, which was simply amazing. A true experience that I surely will never forget and would love to travel to again.

After going to a few developer conferences and seeing that these things called smartphones weren’t going away anytime soon, I saw the potential for something great. I started developing immediately in my off time and simply fell in love with the idea of small, bite size applications that focus on doing a few things really well. I had a feeling this was going to take me somewhere, and as they always say all good things must come to an end.

Year 5 to 6:
When people ask me how I got my job making awesome mobile apps for an awesome company in Seattle my answer is pretty short: “I got it off twitter.” Well sort of. I followed my boss on the social media platform and he followed me based of my podcast, and he happened to win a contest the podcast held. I had been to Seattle for a conference and became infatuated with the city and when I realized the company was close to Seattle, I had to give it a chance. Within a few weeks I was uprooting my entire life once again for a huge move across the country to live in one of the most wonderful cities I have ever traveled to.

I don’t think I could ask for more; I had free control over the design, technology, implementation, and just about everything I was doing. Going from a huge company to a smaller company was just what I needed. Getting to throw out an idea and simply just implement it and iterate quickly was great. Great and also a lot of long hours, but that is the life of a developer really. In two years I worked on some really cool projects and ideas and worked again with some really amazing co-workers. Riding my bike and bus to and from work was a great balance of exactly what I needed in my life, but I still wanted more and something a bit different.

Year 7:
My lust for C# and the ability to create mobile applications for Android and iOS in C# led to a series of blog posts, creating some really cool controls (with this awesome guy and now using this awesome mvvm framework), and helping developers out on forums and chat rooms. I have always enjoyed being extremely active in the community my companies are close to. From forums, blogs, twitter, to even chatting with customers one on one, I simply love it- especially when people are using and enjoying the products I made.

Now, this leads me to the largest career change I have made since I started this journey. That same company whose products and community I simply love and use each and every day has presented me with an opportunity of a lifetime. As I read through the developer evangelist role I kept saying “yes, I love that”; “yes, I do that”; “yes, I want to do even more of that” to every line. I have found that Xamarin makes the best cross platform tools for mobile development, of course all in C# and .Net (the loves of my life). I now have the chance to do everything I am already doing in my spare time and do it all the time every day with Xamarin supporting me the entire way. So here is to me hopefully talking to you soon at a developer conference, webinar, drink up, forums, and everywhere else!

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An extremely talented and beautiful writer named Stephanie Sparer has just has her first book Maybe I Should Drink More published and I could not recommend this book enough.

Maybe I Should Drink More, like most books about young adults trying to find their place in the world, starts with a breakup. Stephanie Sparer explores the oddities of life in a series of candid essays about dating failures and dating wins, self-actualizing, work, and the slew of anxieties that come free with your college diploma. Her prose raises questions such as, “Do five people equal a party?”; “Am I attracted to this dude or just his plaid shirt?”; Am I working hard enough?; Should I relax more?”; “Maybe I should drink more?” Maybe you should just read this book for the answers and stop looking at the synopsis.


It is available now on Amazon Kindle and Apple iBooks for $3.99!

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