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Some people fall asleep to white noise. Some people listen to music while studying. Some people have the radio on or a podcast while doing chores around the house. And some programmers (me included) like to have something playing in the background while they code away.

My guilty pleasure is to have a movie playing in the background. Helps me relax and I’ve found out that I wont get as frustrated when I find bugs in my code. I tend to put on movies that are coding/programming theme. I find it extremely inspiring. Sure thing is just a movie but I can’t help to fantasize while I code.

If I need a break from coding, I literary just look at the TV and watch whatever movie is on for a few minutes. Helps me clean my head. If I am stuck trying to debug a piece of code or if I am drawing a blank trying to figure out a way to code a new feature for one of my indie video games. These movies sure do help.

The movie I want to give a shout out to and perhaps recommend to anybody who might be reading this.
Is called Ex-Machina. With Oscar Issac, Alicia Vikander and Domhnall Gleeson.

The Wikipedia’s summary is as follows:
Ex Machina is a 2014 science fiction psychological thriller film written and directed by Alex Garland in his directorial debut. A co-production between the United Kingdom and the United States, it stars Domhnall GleesonAlicia Vikander, and Oscar Isaac. It follows a programmer who is invited by his CEO to administer the Turing test to an intelligent humanoid robot.

The local and so far my favorite convention of the all is around the corner. I say is my favorite convention because it was the first con where I publicly demo my first commercial indie game. And I received nothing but praised and amazing feedback from the attendees. I also had one of the best nights hanging around with some amazing people in the voice acting world. My best friend and I hung out after hours with these incredible individuals. So yeah perhaps I am bias when I say SpaceCon is my favorite convention of the all.

This year is happening on June 11th and I will be demoing my current indie game called Haxbrygd. I am excited to see what the public has to say about this new project of mine. Another reason why I wanted to submit a new post on my blog is to test this new KeyChron K8 Pro keyboard I’ve received yesterday. aluminum plate with RGB lighting of course, and these new keycaps with the brown switches sound and feel beyond satisfying. I am going to enjoy programming and typing a lot more with this keyboard. xD

I have to start planning and designing my booth for SpaceCon 2022 and once again like I said just now, it is around the corner. Going to have LOTS of props that are “witchy” themed. I will be posting loads of photos as soon as I get back from the big day.

That being said. I like to keep my entries short and sweet lately. Who has the time to read blog posts in these crazy times. Am I right? Til’ next time.

I was one of the very few that received the SteamDeck, besides the content creators on YouTube.
At first and after watching other reviews online, I was a bit unsurprised. When I pre-ordered on Steam for five dollars I knew it wasn’t going to be a hundred percent completed. Like anything else that is brand new piece of hardware. I knew bug fixes will be needed. Luckily nothing has been wrong with the actual piece of equipment. I’ve had it for perhaps a bit over a week. Sadly some other online technology reviewers have already experienced broken buttons or malfunctioning internal parts. Not many creators have encountered these problems but still some have.

I started going to the list of what games were “certified” by Steam to be compatible with the SteamDeck and it isn’t that impressive. Steam does a very good job on “showing” everyone what games are green check marked which means, the game has been certified to work smooth without any issues on the SteamDeck. Then you have a “?” question mark and then a closed mark meaning the game is not compatible.

The thing is I ended up installing Street Fighter V on my SteamDeck even though it wasn’t meant to work on it. By my surprise the game works extremely perfect, like almost too good. I played mostly indie games but the few triple A games I’ve played have been working great. Killer Instinct, King of Fighters XIII, Back 4 Blood, Street Fighter V, MegaMan 11, Borderlands 2 and Apex have all ran without any issues, including co-op play mode and Online. I keep hearing that the StreamDeck works amazingly as a emulator machine as well but honestly at least for me I did not spend five hundred dollars on emulation. I have multiple Raspberry Pis for that.

Over all I do recommend the StreamDeck to anybody that would like to play their Steam library games laying down in their comfy bed. I literally did that all this morning. And the night before I was able to play some indie and triple A games online with my best friend. We had a blast. That’s when it hit me, spending five hundred dollars was not such a bad idea. So if you have money to burn and want to play your Steam games on the go. I do recommend to get the SteamDeck. It also works as a personal PC when you dock it to a monitor with a mouse and a keyboard.

Working late.

As I get older I understand the importance of getting a good night’s sleep. Going to bed a bit pass 2am is now OUT of the questions for me. As a parent and as a husband, I know now not to hurt my body and my mind in such childish ways.

The crazy thing is that I stayed up working on the new look for the website and the format of the blog I am currently writing. By Odin’s beard it is difficult to keep my eyes open. @_@’ <—- Me right now!

Is not like I can just ignore my daily duties either. I have plenty of stuff I want to get done today. Since it is my day off from my day job. I will see how long I can keep my eyes open today without “taking a nap”.