Torrez 2022-12-03T09:44:00-08:00 Andre Torrez Catch Up 2022-12-03T09:44:00-08:00 2022-12-03T09:44:00-08:00 <p>A few things: I stopped making games. It was fun to dive into a new cycle of programming, really different than web development, but still could be as frustrating. I decided no programming was better for me so I stopped.</p> <p>I spent a few months with the 3d printer. I made a lot of fun things for the house and even designed a pencil extender that was copied and sold by Blackwing themselves. Doh. But again I started feeling like being on the computer was not what I wanted to be doing.</p> <p>A dream of mine had always been to make backpacks and bags. I own a lot of them and have always appreciated how much detail bag makers put into them. I bought a sewing machine and just started. I was terrible for a long time, then better, then I think finally capable to make something worth selling so I did: <a href=""></a>.</p> <p>I&rsquo;m going to keep doing this for as long as it interests me. I have the luxury of being able to try something else if I lose interest, but for now I really enjoy it.</p> Making Games 2021-01-01T21:37:00-08:00 2021-01-01T21:37:00-08:00 <p>I started a Substack (boo! hiss!) mailing list you can follow as I learn how to make games. Start here: <a href=""></a>.</p> <p>I think there&rsquo;s four posts already, so you can catch up and play the games so far. Desktop is best.</p> <p>Also, if you want to keep a five-year journal you can start here: <a href=""></a>.</p> Still Pencils 2020-11-16T13:28:00-08:00 2020-11-16T13:28:00-08:00 <p>I&rsquo;m still getting deeper into pencils. At the center of that interest is the <a href="">Erasable Podcast</a>. There&rsquo;s over 150 episodes and so I&rsquo;ve been listening to them one after another while I take care of stuff around the house. It&rsquo;s a pencil podcast first and foremost, but there&rsquo;s enough culture and media recommendations to make it much more than just pencils. I&rsquo;ve been reading and watching their recommendations over the last five years of episodes I&rsquo;ve listened to and have found some great stuff I missed the first time around.</p> <p>The podcast also prompted me to dive into my old stash of staionery. Back in &lsquo;08 to about &lsquo;13 I was deep into pens, paper, notebooks, some mechanical pencils, and bags. At some point I moved on, only keeping my fountain pen habit up until I left Slack. Not having to keep lists and meeting notes for work meant I didn&rsquo;t have a need for them.</p> <p>Fast-forward to the pandemic and I&rsquo;m writing more than ever. I&rsquo;m designing some stuff for my 3d printer and soon to arrive metal CNC as well as a daily laundry list of stuff to do around the house as well as some online projects I&rsquo;m working on.</p> <p>I would say I write more now than I ever did when at work.</p> <p>Pencils end up fitting into this perfectly. While I loved my fountain pens they were fussy, a little messy, and not great for my kind of sketching. Also pens themselves aren&rsquo;t consumable the way pencils are, and so it&rsquo;s nice to spend time with one 15¢ pencil, appreciate how it feels and writes and then move on to some other 18¢ or even 25¢ pencil. Maybe if I&rsquo;m feeling fancy I&rsquo;ll grab a $2 pencil. With pens you do consume the ink but if you want to try something else it&rsquo;s a &ldquo;whole thing&rdquo; that I don&rsquo;t really have time for.</p> <p>Current favorites:</p> <ol> <li><a href="">Generals Test Scoring 580</a></li> <li><a href="">Tennessee Red</a></li> </ol>