Beta beard after 3 days

Say welcome to the beard

Our latest project at Social Game Universe has been extremely exciting.  Excited because we are innovating and creating something totally unique and fun in a social game.  I look forward to announcing what this project is, in the meantime, I will talk about this growth I now have on my face.

Unfortunately I was blessed with unusually fast growing facial hair.  As you can see in the picture, that is only after 3 days.  You can only imagine what it is now at 6 days.  If  you cannot imagine it, pay attention to future posts.

As much as I hate this beard, it is my commitment to the project and the team behind it.  This thing is irritating, itchy and I can’t stop getting food pieces stuck in it! I want to get this shaved off fast, any delays will result in my irritation increasing.

Needless to say, the date is set and I will do anything within my capabilities to ensure no delays!

Scaling – boy I’ve matured

Sometimes I like to think of the past as a good example of how much I have learned.  Scaling is a particular domain that I have learned a lot over the past year.  2 years ago, I had always assumed that scaling merely consisted of upgrading servers.  The concept of putting servers together to work side by side was baffling to me.

I do like to poke some fun at my past, only because today I am proud of my accomplishments, proud to say I have scaled a product that can easily handle hundreds of thousands / millions of users with a very small pool of servers.

However, the point of this post is not so much to poke fun at myself, but to teach some of the places I have made mistakes and how to get around them.  Of course, without giving some of my secrets or the key to making extremely responsive APIs, like igapi.

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Evolution of Facebook Apps

I must admit, building Facebook apps is certainly not what I had envisioned I would be doing some 5-10 years ago.  What surprises me even more is how much such a platform has evolved. Nowadays, it seems that you need a degree in social behavior, be a marketing genius, along with a PHD in software engineering.  Nothing is as easy as it was, but I do like challenges.

Back when the platform just came out, I could bang an app out within a day, send some invites to friends and put links up on various websites, next thing you know I had thousands of people in my app.  One at it’s peak reaching 800,000 Daily Active Users.  Whatever happened to those days?  I miss them!   Getting those kinds of numbers on new apps will likely run you a few hundreds of thousands of dollars.   It is a shame, because now the smaller guys have absolutely no chance to compete with the bigger guys.

The complexities and the level of detail required to make a game or app function are also astonishing. Thankfully for me, I grew up with the platform and consider myself to know many of the dos and don’ts (there are a lot).  Apps and Games that you want to be successful require the love one mother would give to any child (Happy Mother’s Day Mom).   You want success?  Well you need to focus on user messaging, social behavior, providing value to your content and giving continuity to your game.  Don’t try to silo those 4, because there is a LOT of overlap between them. Continue reading…

Back to updating this blog

I’ve finally gotten around to overhauling this entire site.  Didn’t like the previous engine I had for it and I find this one to be quite fulfilling.  I’m now getting around to adding content and making this site worthwhile.  Hopefully will actually be worth visiting at some point!

Winter tires are off!

Been looking forward to this day for a while.  The day where I could finally change my wheels to my brand new ones that I bought back in November 2010.  Imagine that, waiting for 5 months until I can actually see them on my Camaro!

Say hello to my wonderful Foose Speed Rims.

Meeting some Leaf Legends!

Had the great opportunity today to meet some of the greatest Leafs Legends tonight at the Air Canada Centre all thanks to Nathon.  The event was by Project Engagement, with the goal of raising money to feed those families in need during the holidays.  Great event for a great cause.