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Month: August 2007

A Weather Developer's Journey Begins!

A few months ago an idea came to me for a new domain name I should pick up. I wasn’t sure what I was going to do with the domain yet, or if I would even use it at all, but I wanted to jump on it because it was available. It struck me as a good name, and I was a bit surprised that it was still available.

Zoom forward to a couple of weeks ago, when a different idea for a new website came to mind. Oftentimes I post detailed entries here specifically about the weather or very weather-tech related articles when I run into issues while developing Seasonality. The thing is, I’m not sure my typical reader is interested in these postings, and occasionally I will refrain from posting about weather-related issues simply because I don’t think it would fit well in the *Coder blog.

But wait a second…I bought that domain awhile back, maybe that would work. Actually, it ended up being perfect for my new site idea. So I started working on it off and on. I’ve been happily using WordPress to host this blog for quite some time, so I decided to use the same platform for the new site. I set things up, customized a theme, and wrote a posting or two. I think now it is finally ready to be revealed, and I wanted to share. The domain is weatherdeveloper.com, and the site is called “A Weather Developer’s Journey.” With the full-time development of Seasonality 2 coming soon here, I thought it would be a perfect time to start a site like this, as I’ll be spending a lot of time trying to overcome issues with data hosting, manipulation, and weather visualization.

If you’re at all interested in checking it out, please do so (Website, RSS Feed). I’ll most likely post links from here to the first few articles on the new site, just to get the ball rolling. The first article talks about finding and putting to use 90 meter elevation data.

Summer Update

It’s been almost two months since I’ve posted here, so to avoid the risk of this blog becoming a dinosaur, I thought I would post an update.

Katrina and I returned from our 6-7 week road trip in the beginning of July. We drove out to California at the end of May, and stayed with family for several weeks (also hitting WWDC, of course). On the way out there, we took the northern route, hitting Mt. Rushmore, Yellowstone, the Tetons, and the Salt Flats. On the way back, we started in Santa Monica and drove Route 66 all the way through St. Louis, taking the freeway the rest of the way home after running out of time. We’ll have to drive the rest of Route 66 from St. Louis to Chicago sometime soon. Overall, it was quite a trip. Watch my Flickr stream for photos of the trip.

Been working on finishing up DynDNS Updater 2.0, which will hopefully be ready soon. The app is looking pretty good. A lot of smaller details have been improved upon since beta 5, that collectively improve the application quite a bit.

Trying to spend some time working on Seasonality’s international forecast as well. I’ll post more on this at a later point in time, but I’ve created some cool imagery and animations that I’ll be using to tweak the forecast generator to make it more accurate.

C4 is coming up this weekend! I’ll be taking off for Chicago tomorrow for a weekend of Indie fun. I’ll be showing an entry for the Iron Coder Live contest…which reminds me I still need to fix a bug or two there. Should be a blast. I’ll most likely be keeping my Twitter feed up to date more than posting here about stuff.

Speaking of Twitter, I started Twittering (is that a word?) a few months ago, and I’m hooked. If you don’t know, Twitter is a place to post Tweets, which are short bits of text (no longer than 160 characters), usually telling others what you’re up to. My first thought was how much time I would be wasting by doing this, but the whole idea is that posting a Tweet is supposed to be really quick. It provides some nice breaks throughout the day, and the community building around the site is pretty amazing. Check out my Twitter page, and if you’re interested, sign up and start using Twitter yourself.

That’s all folks…

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