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post I’m on my way…

July 10th, 2009

Filed under: General — mat @ 9:22 am

…not exactly from misery to happiness. It is with very mixed emotions that I inform my friends here in Scotland that my wife and I are returning to San Francisco. I’ve been offered a very fine job with Slide, in the siliconiest bit of the City, an offer I don’t think I can readily pass up. I’ll be pursuing several of my favourite things: Flash, games, and of course social networking.

When we first conceived the idea of moving to Edinburgh, I don’t think either of us could possibly have anticipated how much we would come to think of this place as home. We’ve made an incredible number of friends and come to feel (despite having no experience still with deep-fried pizza or ceilidhs) like locals. Thanks for everything you’ve done for us; thanks for making us feel welcome.

We’ll be hanging around until September, so please, if you see me at Edinburgh Coffee Morning, or down at Artisan Roast, or noshing at Manna House or Pani Solinska, come up and say hi, make sure we have mutual contact info, and feel free to contact me if ever you visit the great City By The Bay!

post ‘Spokesbeing’ for Wikiup

March 10th, 2009

Filed under: General — mat @ 1:33 pm

Just posted a picture of a possible ‘spokesbeing’ (spokescreature?) for Wikiup. I’d appreciate feedback.

The Spokesbeing (as a business card)

The Spokesbeing (as a business card)

Do you like the colors? The fonts? The whole concept? Got a name for our creature? I’d love to hear your thoughts.

post Wikiup Entity Editor mockups

March 3rd, 2009

Filed under: General — mat @ 12:44 am

I’m posting technical sketches of the Wikiup Entity Editor here. I encourage comments.

post Our story so far

April 21st, 2008

Filed under: Food,General,Rock Climbing,Scotland — mat @ 12:56 pm

The writer’s strike being over, I guess I can get back to some serious blogging. Mind you, I don’t really understand striking writers. Who draws up the picket signs?

The last few weeks have kept us busy with mundane bits of just plain living, but there have been a few notable events worth a mention. (more…)

post A salute to the Dungeon Master

March 5th, 2008

Filed under: Games,General — mat @ 12:20 am

Gary Gygax, creator of Dungeons & Dragons, passed away yesterday. (more…)

post The Enforcers

February 14th, 2008

Filed under: General,Scotland — mat @ 11:54 pm

Yikes! Word to the wicked: don’t try to sign up with a British cable provider until you’re sure your TV license is uo-to-date. In Britain, unlike the U.S., TVs are licensed, the funds of which go to support the BBC and (I imagine) other slushy money bits that the politicians require. We were aware of this fact, but it hadn’t occurred to us to ask the letting agency whether our telly was currently under license

It was something of a surprise, therefore, when two jack-booted, baton-wielding thugs (more…)

post Skype tales

February 4th, 2008

Filed under: General,San Francisco,Scotland — mat @ 12:35 pm

Sunday 4:45 a.m. the phone rings. No, not the phone. It’s Skype. The call isn’t unexpected, but it’s about 15 minutes early. Bleary-eyed, we stumble out of bed and vaguely assemble ourselves before answering. On the other side of the digital mirror is California, Saturday 8:45 p.m. and a sea of familiar faces welcoming us into their party. Welcome indeed. Welcome to the world of straddling two time zones through the demi-miracle that is Skype. (more…)

post Silflay by the Hrududil

January 24th, 2008

Filed under: General,Scotland — mat @ 12:04 pm

Every weekday morning I walk from our New Town flat to Prince’s Street and catch one of three bus routes out to Ratho Station. The journey typically takes 45 minutes (walk and bus inclusive) and I use the time to read. In the evening I stumble up the footbridge which traverses the A8, a four-lane thoroughfare just incrementally shy of a motorway, and stumble down the other side in the shadow of airplanes taking off and landing at Edinburgh airport. (more…)

post Silence.as

January 23rd, 2008

Filed under: Actionscript,Flash,General,Scotland — mat @ 11:34 am

Those of you among my vast readership (currently numbering about one if my mother happens to drop by) who have an interest in Flash and Actionscript might perhaps have noticed the complete absence of anything Flash or AS-related on my blog lately. (more…)

post Tales of the Puppy

January 17th, 2008

Filed under: General,Scotland — mat @ 1:37 pm

As I’ve previously mentioned, my sister breeds Labradoodles. When I phoned her this evening, she informed me that she’d just finished meeting with Armistead Maupin! who was purchasing a ‘doodle puppy. Maupin, author of Tales of the City, had a literary recommendation for us. Seems that the last time he was in Edinburgh, he met Alexander McCall Smith; Smith told Maupin that he’d based his 44 Scotland Street series on Tales, which makes a lot of sense really. I happen to have finished reading the third volume in that series this very morning.

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