Education

Textbook Selection Committee Should Be Fired. Then Re-Hired, and Fired Again.

Okay, I just got a preview of what my daughter’s math textbook will be next year. I was looking over thin, soft, thermally-bound books. They were almost entirely empty space, usually two or three problems per page with abundant empty space. I was a bit confused, because the paper was much heavier and glossier than I would expect from a workbook. In fact, it felt like it was practically dripping from all those glossy pages, and the smell of glossy paper was in the air. So I asked about them. “That must be the workbook that goes with the textbook”. Surprise! Nope, it is the actual “book”. The class has two sets, part 1 and part 2, with thermally bound softback books. The books are set to be reused for as many years as possible. (Based on the construction, I’m thinking the second year they’ll be thoroughly trashed.) When I grew up, this was what I could expect from a textbook: Every section started with a description of the new material. After the brief discourse …more

Musings on pigeonholes.
Work

Musings on pigeonholes.

A recent forum post over on gamedev.net just inspired me to write a bit. The question is about owning features, …more

Game Development with Unity, 2nd Edition
Books

Game Development with Unity, 2nd Edition

Those who know me personally have heard that Cengage contacted me looking for someone to help update a book on Unity. …more

Ocean Lost, a new YA novel
Books

Ocean Lost, a new YA novel

Sarah has finished her latest book, Ocean Lost. You can find the book on Amazon, and you can find more …more

Making a Game in Two Weeks: Day 9
Games

Making a Game in Two Weeks: Day 9

Day 9 and of my Game in Two Weeks and things are starting to come together nicely. All the parts …more

Making a Game in 2 Weeks: Day 8
Games

Making a Game in 2 Weeks: Day 8

Day 8 of my Game in Two Weeks brings to me to animation. It is also a good day to …more

Making a Game in 2 Weeks: Day 6
Games

Making a Game in 2 Weeks: Day 6

Day six of my Making a Game in 2 Weeks schedule has me building the models. As I mentioned on …more

Making a Game in 2 Weeks: Day 5
Games

Making a Game in 2 Weeks: Day 5

Day 5 of my Game in Two Weeks is the a simple front-end scene, configuring the game with the front …more

Making a Game in 2 Weeks: Day 4
Games

Making a Game in 2 Weeks: Day 4

Day 4 of my Game in Two Weeks brings the next 3 lines on the schedule. Simple flight controls, a …more

Making a Game in 2 Weeks: Day 3
Games

Making a Game in 2 Weeks: Day 3

So I’m continuing with my game in two weeks. Read the previous article if you missed it. On to Day …more

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