Monday, October 3, 2011

When It Feels Like a Video Game

Wow!  This was a wild week.  Someone in the Blender project gave me commit rights to one of their repositories.  Huge honor!  On top of that, the Mohegan Sun Casino hired me as a Java programmer.  Big relief!  Despite all the excitement, a lot still happened with Blender Addons. 

Here's what's happening there.

1.  Step Pyramid appears to going into the next official Blender release.
2.  Particle Tracer is in consideration for a later release.
3.  "Particle Man", "Orphan Slayer", and "Mangler Suite" are addons in development for October.
4.  Disappointing September traffic lead to new site design tweaks for Blender Addons.

Lean startup principles helped me get all this in motion.  Time with users and studying the results of my past work helped inform my next move.  Even the failures, unpleasant as they were, gave me a sweet data set to work off of. 

Of course, the most fascinating thing about this whole learn-and-build process is it feels like a video game.  There's something about it that reminds me of the hours of Civilization and Caesar that I used to put in.  I can't put it into words why that is but I'm sure not complaining.  It's intense but it's also a heck of a lot of fun.

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