THIS, TODAY, is the day where I "finally commit" to start logging my progress as a developer and development as an overall human being. This is mostly for me, not necessarily for you, however you are. I've read and listened to many books or podcasts touting the benefits of writing daily logs. Especially in the morning, to clear your mind of distractions, set your direction, and clarify your purpose. That's my aim today, and going forward.
A short catch up in the development and business space; I'm building a business! This business's core mission is to develop quality content for licensed properties/identities. Yes, that means I need to submit for and attain licenses from license holders, for their permission to use their identity and content in my app(s). And yes, I/we/Novak Corp was granted such license from University of Miami!
I'm building an Android Live Wallpaper condensed around the Miami Hurricanes, designed to promote their brand, their tribe of fans whenever someone flips on their Android cell phone or tablet device. Why develop licensed properties vs developing unique content that I can own you ask? For one, I'm building a business for me, and later my family to join. I'm not looking for this thing to get huge. I'm not looking for investors, it's all self funded. I'm looking to build something that will support us and enable the freedom to do and go where we please, when we please, all while continuing to build business. SO, what does that have to do with licensed content? Marketing and content development mostly. That is all largely done for me/us. I don't need to create some amazing brand, spend millions of dollars to get "followers" or "fans". It's done, out of the box. UM has an existing fan base, me being one of them! I know Canes fans, lots of them. I know where they hang out, and ultimately, I know what they want. Or, at least I think I do. I guess we'll find out won't we?
I can't link to the demo just yet. But, I'll tell you it's all done in ThreeJS. And, I surely will link the demo once the final product is approved and in production on the Android Play Market.
On a personal level, over the last couple of months, I've been refocusing on my health. And slipping from time to time. But, I'm rebounding again and Blogging will help keep me honest, I think/hope. I'm currently reading Ray Kurtzweil's "The Fantastic Voyage, Live long enough to live forever". Ray is amazing in more ways then one, as is Tim Ferriss, author of the "Four Hour Work Week". These two sources combined direct most of my health and diet choices. These guys boarder on super human. I'm just trying not to suck.
One cool addition is my treadmill. It's an old Cybex treadmill "hand-me-down" from my wife's parents. I modded it into a stand-up workstation with the addition of a shoe rack from IKEA. It fit perfect! And, looks like the treadmill was manufactured this way. I used some existing screws and holes to mount the shoe rack, and added a couple more supports for good measure to hold up my Macbook Pro. The poor Macbook, the battery doesn't have much more juice to last more than an hour. Nor do I. :-/
At any rate, this helps get me active in the morning. Boosting my heart rate, getting the juices flowing. It's way better than sitting in a chair for 8 hours. I need to use it more consistently, but it's ready to go when I find the motivation to get off my ass.
I'm starting to log my food intake through MyFitnessPal. In Tim Ferriss's latest podcast, Ray... suggested that, while this is a pain in the ass, you learn where all of the hidden sugar is in your diet. Ray Kurtzweil also lays out an ideal balance of Protein vs Fat vs Carbs that should be in your diet. I think, with Ray's recommendations, and to tools available in MyFitnessPal, I can strike a good balance in my diet, as well as, stick to the routine of finding and eating quality food.