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My first time at IndieCade

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Technically T and I only attended IndieXchange Summit, which is an off-site (20 min walk) event that was held last Thursday 3rd October 2013. T didn’t have enough time off from work to attend the entire IndieCade event but made this one day really count. I went along because he didn’t want to leave me behind, it’s nicer to have someone on the 4 1/2hr drive to LA and I’m apparently “the one with the people skills” . Hahaha… I am really just a nosey parker and I do enjoy meeting new people.

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We arrived in Culver City, California close to midnight on Wednesday and spent the night at a TravelLodge. While it cost us more than twice what we paid for a room in Motel6 in Carlsbad, it is also slightly cleaner and much bigger (2 king-sized bed was all they had).

IndieXchange was an eye-opener because video games aren’t my thing to begin with. We got there early because T was unfamiliar with this place and wanted to be sure he got there ahead of time just in case we got lost. I spent a lot of time people-watching and it was quite cool. All you had to do was make eye-contact, say hello and people would tell you all about the game they were making. There were your FarmVille types, your Neopets types, there were some crazy RTS games but I realised most people worked with a team or had at least one other partner. I spend virtually everyday waiting for T to finish his time with his coding – he goes to work to code, he comes home from work and codes some more. He is a one-man show who makes the artwork, creates the narrative, composes the music and… uhm, writes lines upon lines of code.

At the summit, T had several talks that he wanted to attend, questions that had to be answered, he also had one-on-one meetings with publishers and also demo-ed his game. On top of that, T was interviewed for GameLoading, a feature length documentary on indie game makers.

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At some point in the afternoon, T set up his laptop and played his game. While people came by to ask questions, I gave out namecards. Some strangers played his game and gave him feedback, others asked if he was interested to collaborate – like musicians who were there to find a game to make music for.

The people in attendance also included those who work freelance on different game projects to make a living, those who work on their own games in their spare time while working in a completely different field for their day jobs and fresh graduates who are aspiring game developers but don’t know where to start.

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Anyway, among the many interesting gamemakers we spoke to were:

  1. Christine Love whose game (inspired by ancient Korea) T has recently started playing and was really excited to meet
  2. Henry Fernandez who just spent 3 weeks in Japan for TGS and will return to Venezuela in about a week
  3. Spencer & Trish Yip who make educational games and has invited T to a press mixer in LA sometime in November
  4. Ryan Leonski who showed us this really cute “reverse Mario” game and is also working on 3 others right now
  5. Mathew Crooks and his brother who’re making a game set in the Gaul

And there was this one French guy whose PC game just got green-lit. I forgot his name and the name of his game, I just remembered that when I asked what kind of game it was he said it was a type of RTS but his partner said it was F.A.R.T.S.

T is one of the lucky ones with a full-time job as a GameDev in a company he enjoys working at and returns home to derive more pleasure from programming in his free time making Axiom Verge. It was interesting to have met so many other types at this conference and I certainly learnt a lot.

So that was my first IndieCade. Yup!


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Fat-shionista #310

My Sunday Work ensemble

My Sunday Work ensemble

What I’m wearing today:

Dress: Garden Party – Custom Dress by LaMadeleine on etsy.com

Accessories: Pink plastic rose ring (inspired by Anna Sui) from thestreetsofbangkok; Apple of My Eye keyboard earrings from Sugarshoxcrafts on etsy.com

Leggings: Bright opaque pink leggings from mysister’sstock

Footwear: Gold ballet flats with bow from PrettyFit

I love this custom-made dress. It fits so well! I won’t hesitate to order another (when I can afford it).


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Geek Chic: Think Geek

Think Geek (http://www.thinkgeek.com) is probably one of my favourite sites to browse. All these geeky, quirky, techy things. So much to see! Lots of nonsensical and fun money wasters. There’re so many little little things I want if I had the money…

4inch Fuzzy Ninja Black Domokun

4inch Fuzzy Ninja Black Domokun

Source: http://www.thinkgeek.com/geektoys/cubegoodies/c0e0/

Kaossilator Touchpad Synthesizer

Kaossilator Touchpad Synthesizer

Source: http://www.thinkgeek.com/electronics/musical-instruments/a02a/

Scrolling LED Name Badge II

Scrolling LED Name Badge II

Source: http://www.thinkgeek.com/gadgets/electronic/7c54/

Stylophone Retro Pocket Synth

Stylophone Retro Pocket Synth

 Source: http://www.thinkgeek.com/electronics/musical-instruments/aa64/

USB Pet Rock

USB Pet Rock

Source: http://www.thinkgeek.com/geektoys/cubegoodies/c208/

Yoda Plush Backpack

Yoda Plush Backpack

Source: http://www.thinkgeek.com/geektoys/cubegoodies/817c/


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Geek Chic: Pink Gadgets from Amazon

Pink is girl friendly but let’s not do gender stereotypes. I like a STRAIGHT man who can carry off bright electro pink and electric purples! Forget the sweet powdery pink things doodes… you can still do pink though.

And who doesn’t like Amazon.com? Ok, the high shipping fees I could do without… but these are too cute!

Solio Universal Hybrid Solar Charger (Pink)

Solio Universal Hybrid Solar Charger (Pink)

Source: http://www.amazon.com/Solio-Universal-Hybrid-Solar-Charger/dp/B000HHOD54/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=electronics&qid=1256435998&sr=8-1

Portable Solar Panel USB Battery Charger for Cell Phone MP3 PDA Color Pink

Portable Solar Panel USB Battery Charger for Cell Phone MP3 PDA Color Pink

Source: http://www.amazon.com/Portable-Solar-Panel-Battery-Charger/dp/B002I145Z0/ref=sr_1_6?ie=UTF8&s=miscellaneous&qid=1256435998&sr=8-6

Apollo Precision Tools DT0773N1 135-Piece Household Pink Tool Kit

Apollo Precision Tools DT0773N1 135-Piece Household Pink Tool Kit

Source: http://www.amazon.com/Apollo-Precision-DT0773N1-135-Piece-Household/dp/B000GUTJRY/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=hi&qid=1256436571&sr=8-1-catcorr

Ka-Bling 14-Feet Hot Pink Cat5e Patch Cable w/ Bling and Snagless Boot

Ka-Bling 14-Feet Hot Pink Cat5e Patch Cable w/ Bling and Snagless Boot

Source: http://www.amazon.com/Ka-Bling-14-Feet-Cat5e-Patch-Snagless/dp/B001391U42/ref=sr_1_11?ie=UTF8&s=miscellaneous&qid=1256436594&sr=1-11

Belkin High Performance - Patch cable - RJ-45 (M) - RJ-45 (M) - 15 ft - UTP - ( CAT 6 ) - molded, snagless - pink

Belkin High Performance - Patch cable - RJ-45 (M) - RJ-45 (M) - 15 ft - UTP - ( CAT 6 ) - molded, snagless - pink

Source: http://www.amazon.com/Belkin-High-Performance-molded-snagless/dp/B0014M980G/ref=sr_1_45?ie=UTF8&s=miscellaneous&qid=1256436751&sr=1-45

PINK Power Station Battery Charger Station - Three Stations to Charge Cell Phones, Games, PDA, More - By ReSource

PINK Power Station Battery Charger Station - Three Stations to Charge Cell Phones, Games, PDA, More - By ReSource

Source: http://www.amazon.com/PINK-Power-Station-Battery-Charger/dp/B001CKRZPU/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=electronics&qid=1256436939&sr=8-1-catcorr


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Geek Chic: I Love USB!!

1. Ten Best Good Looking USB Hubs We Can Live With (http://www.unplggd.com/unplggd/roundup/ten-best-looking-usb-hubs-we-can-live-with-099238)

Please get me a 4-port USB hub for Christmas...

Please get me a 4-port USB hub for Christmas...

Source: http://www.dcx.co.kr/item/item_detail.asp?itemcd=000000098025#txt04

2. PC Prankster Screws with your Co-Workers – plug it in, go off to the side and see it mess with their computers!

Computer Prankster USB

Computer Prankster USB

Source: http://www.thumbsupuk.com/products/PC-Prankster.htm?id=3&subid=&prodid=651&cc

3. Kawaii Bear Let’s You Plug Gadgets Into The Wall – forget your brick and use this to charge your USB gadgets instead!

Kawaii iPod Charger

Kawaii iPod Charger

Source: http://craziestgadgets.com/2009/10/21/kawaii-bear-ipod-charger-takes-it-from-the-rear/


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Fat-shionista #6

Today’s look…

Eyes

Eyes

  • URBAN DECAY Brow Beater – Brunette Bombshell
  • URBAN DECAY Eyeshadow – Goddess
  • URBAN DECAY Eyeshadow – Uzi
  • PAUL & JOE Glistening Eye Color – 004
  • BENEFIT Bad Gal Liner (Waterproof) – Extra Black
  • MAYBELLINE Intense XXL Volume + Length – Brownish Black
Lips

Lips

  • MAC Heatherette Satin – Hollywood Nights
Earrings - Left Side

Earrings - Left Side

Earrings - Right Side

Earrings - Right Side

Brooch

Brooch

  • Black Plastic Bejewelled Heart-shaped Brooch from Diva

Shoes
Shoes
  • CROCS Prima Ballet Flats – Silver
  • JIBBITZ – Spider Web
  • JIBBITZ – Skull & Crossbones


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Geek Chic: Assorted Computer-related Things

Homemade battery-powered iPod Charger

Homemade battery-powered iPod Charger

Source: http://www.unplggd.com/unplggd/cables-cords/diy-mintyboost-make-your-own-battery-powered-ipod-usb-charger-068961

DIY MintyBoost: Make Your Own Battery Powered iPod USB Charger!

darth vader jr. (2GB usb flash drive)

darth vader jr. (2GB usb flash drive)

Source: http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=32053434

“Asteroids do not concern me, Admiral.”

Your data sure does, however.

Darth Jr. is a handmade, handstitched mod of a 2GB USB 2.0 flash drive. Apart from being the cutest Darth Vader ever, who better to keep your data safe than the Dark Lord of the Sith himself!

Specifications:
Toshiba 2GB TransMemory™ U2K USB Flash Drive (enhanced for Windows ReadyBoost™).
For use with USB 2.0 or USB 1.1 A-type ports.
Works with Windows 2000, XP, Windows Vista, Mac OS 10.0.2 or higher.

CTRL Key Light

CTRL Key Light

Source: http://www.gadget4all.com/prod_detail.php?prod_id=01102

Product Specifications:

  • Ctrl button shape
  • Press for On/Off
  • Energy-saving LED light
  • 220-250V
  • Size: 155*130*77mm
  • Weight: 220g