After taking a break to catch up with our personal lives, we're now back into project development. The current iteration of Cloudskipper is going to change radically. Rather than refactor everything and then release, we're going to start simple, building upon a multiscreen platform.
In personal news - Mike recovered very well. He's been working for the past six months and now is eager to be working on CloudTV again. I've moved into a beautiful new apartment and have lived a wondrously shut-in lifestyle while working on vj.tv and Wallflower.
After five years, I'm finally retiring my old Flash-based portfolio. This portfolio has kept me well employed almost non-stop since it's inception back in 2005. The only major update was in 2006 when I converted it from static content to dynamic. It's built with Actionscript 2, XML, and SwfAddress for browser-based navigation (which was cuting edge back in the day).
Why did I keep it around so long? Two reasons - first I was busy. Very busy. Enough that I never had to make a new one. Second reason, I discovered that it was okay to keep an old portfolio around since it implies that perhaps I'm just too damn good to care anymore, liketheseguys.
Why so minimal? When I inherited the SilvaFUG website last year, I didn't have a lot of time to do a real redesign, so I cheated and threw together blue and orange text on white. Took maybe an hour. It looked fine at the time, whatever, but over the past year it has really grown on me. It just works: not only for my laptop but also really well on my iDevices.
Will I keep the look? Can't say for sure. But it's certainly something to play with...
I've completed the majority of the migration from WordPress.com to my own server and domain. I've spent the last four months managing vj.tv on my own server and feel confident that I can manage my own personal blog as well.
I feel like I've been holding my breath for the past few months, partly because of the restrictions of a hosted service, but also due to the possible pitfalls and conflicts of running a project like Mixwit. I'll explain more shortly, but I have a few more tasks to finish with this migration...
Last fall I Started working on my first blog with the determination to help Flash designers overcome the banality of programming and learn to understand and embrace OOP AS2 (Actionscript 2) programming. Without going too far into detail, many things changed that caused me to re-evaluate that plan.
I've been working like mad in AS3 and Flex and expect to tap into AIR very soon as well. There's a part of me that wants to also talk about mid-to-high level tricks and solutions, which doesn't go along with the previous focus. Finally, since my previous blog, I co-founded Mixwit - an online social media platform that has raised many eyebrows.
So if you ever wonder why my posts seem completely random, it's because I'm trying to fill in holes in many different places and trying to relate my experience of designer/developer/media-professional...
This is my third attempt at writing a blog to share useful ideas and tools with the Flash community.
The first two attempts went very well but were obliterated due to my lack of understanding (and patience) for hosting, maintaining, and updating my own WordPress blog. Between Aug '07 and now were five software updates to WordPress and I quickly lost control of my files.
After the simplicity of hosting the Mixwit Blog on wordpress.com, I've learned that stability is far more impressive that cool third-party features. I've always hosted my own sites and email, so this is a really big concession to turn it over to wordpress.com.
I've also been really busy with Mixwit and made a point of not working on any other projects during my Y-Combinator incubation period. VJTV (vj.tv) will also be re-emerging and public this week.