Yesterday came the announcement that Radical Entertainment (a Vancouver game programming company) has officially been acquired by Vivendi-Universal Games. It seems that all the smaller Vancouver game companies have been snapped up by bigger ones - Relic Entertainment (makers of Homeworld) was acquired by THQ Inc last year, and Rival Studios was acquired by RockStar Games (makers of Grand Theft Auto).
Went to the Canadian Rockies in April 2004, during the cool springtime. Here is a panorama of one of the mountain ranges of the Canadian Rockies, just outside of Banff. Absolutely stunning there! There is a glacier to the left of the middle of the picture. The photos were stitched up the same way I did the Maya Bay panorama, mentioned in an earlier post. The sky however, had to be replaced because of the different exposure settings (replaced it with a blue gradient). You can see the minivan me and my wife used in the bottom right of the photo.
I recently updated my version control system to Subversion from CVS, and so far I’m loving Subversion. I hated the fact that I couldn’t rename files/directories in CVS without losing my history which made refactoring a pain. And you gotta love the branching/tagging in Subversion, which makes a lightweight “copy” of the current trunk. And atomic commits!
I dual boot Windows XP Pro (Media Center Edition) with Windows 2000 Server. I use 2000 Server for development (for my contract work), and XP Pro is used for other daily use. Of course, Visual Studio.NET 2003 is installed on both OSes, and I wanted to do some development on the XP system (haven’t done this in a while), and when I hit “Ctrl-F5” (start without debugging) on one of my projects a dialog popped up (after hanging the IDE for 3 mins) with this message:
Maya Bay was a nice destination for my honeymoon on Phi Phi Island (it’s in Thailand, eh). Excellent snorkeling nearby in the other bays, but not at Maya Bay though. Extremely crowded! Got there by private boat (powered by a longtail prop). Of course, if you must know the bay has been popularized by the movie “The Beach” starring Leo DiCaprio.