Last Tuesday was my last day at Seattle Central College, and I turned in my grades over the
weekend. If nothing else, this leaves me with 10-20 free hours a week. And while I'll no
doubt spend much of that time watching movies, practicing my dance moves, or catching up on
my Steam backlog, I do have some projects that I want to finally start (or restart) in my
- Rebuild Grue: back when I was leaving Big Fish Games, I spent a couple of weeks
working on a text adventure framework called Grue. The main goal of it was to make
reasonably successful: a sample world is
surprisingly readable and intuitive. It also got a bunch of things wrong (weird inheritance
system, poor module setup). I'm planning on rebooting Grue in 2016, using ES2015 and a
- Upgrade Caret's find/replace functionality: A few months ago, in one of my rare
open source success stories, a contributor added project-wide search to Caret — a
much-requested feature for years now. Unfortunately, we're still stuck with the default Ace
dialog for find/replace within a single file. This year, I want to pull that out and
re-implement it as a Caret UI widget, which (among other things) will fix a number of
- Play music: Bass took a backseat to breaking when I started dancing a few years
ago. These days, my fingers are noticeably slower on the strings than the used to be, which
seems like a shame since I bought a really nice bass before we moved to Seattle. If I can
find a laid-back open mike, I might resuscitate Four String Riot for a session or two.
- Break the web: In a recent project at the paper, I started using the
getUserMedia API to access the built-in camera from a web app. It turns out this
is, apart from some weirdness and the need to polyfill, pretty great: you don't need native
code to access the camera (of course it's not in Safari). Now I want to do some additional
mini-apps that use other future-forward web APIs, like Service Worker and gamepads.
- Write another book/article series: I've gotten a lot of really good feedback on
from inside my classes and by random readers around the Internet. Now that I have some time,
I'd like to write another book, probably this time packaging up some of the lessons I've
learned working in data journalism. I also want to pitch an article series that helps get
people from the basics of web production up to more serious news app development.
- Hacks/Hackers meetup: Finally, last year I took over the local Hacks/Hackers
meetup group, but I've been too busy to organize anything for it. Now that I have the time
to round people up and gather resources, I want to make good on my goal of holding a
day-long event one weekend — either as a hack day or a training session of some kind.
More details as I figure it out!