Part 1 of 10 of My Dreams to Achieve Series.

While I don’t consider any of my dreams small (or easy to achieve) this one is probably the easiest and the one I will achieve the soonest. In fact, I’m getting ready to start working on some soon.

I’ve been a long time fan of super heroes (especially the X-Men) and a few years back I got into the MMO game City of Heroes. But I’m also a die-hard Mac user. I was born to use Apple computers and with one exception I’ve only ever owned Macs. But the only Triple-A MMO title on Mac is World of Warcraft and I’m not terribly fond of that game. But just yesterday NCSoft announced a partnership with TransGaming to bring City of Heroes to Mac OS X.

There are a few incredibly useful utilities for City of Heroes namely HeroStats which parses chat messages from the client and tracks statistics (mostly combat) related to CoH, the Titan Network Tracker which is built on top of HeroStats to link up with CityInfoTerminal for badge tracking and the various build planners.

Utilities like these will be needed on the Mac side too and my plan is to be up and running with the release of Issue 13. The build planner will be the easiest to start because you don’t need access to the game client information. So I’ll probably start laying out an interface and the datasets soon.

This will also help me accomplish one of my smaller goals which is to learn how to program in Objective-C (the language of choice for Mac developers).

I recently finished reading Randy Pausch’s The Last Lecture. It’s an interesting read and it’s the inspiration for this post. I haven’t had time to view the actual lecture yet (I have enough lectures to watch for college) but it is something I plan on doing in the near future. Pausch considers himself fortunate for he was able to achieve most of his childhood dreams. So as sort of a checklist for myself I thought I’d share my list.

Design my own home.
Work for Apple, Inc.
Work on a computer game.
Start a charity in honor of my family.
Adopt a child.
Find my birth mother.
Run for a political office.
Own season tickets for the Baltimore Orioles.
Fly an airplane.
Write a piece of software for the gaming community.

They aren’t in any particular order. About half of them are from my early teen years and the other half are from my time in college. Over the next few days I’ll talk about each one in detail.

2008-10-30 - GPOYW

GPOYW.

Me at work. Listening to my iPod.

I know it’s a little late but I just got access to my camera and iMac.

Friday two good friends (and former roommates) of mine got married. I’ve had a lot of fun times with these two great people and I wish them the very best. They had a costumed wedding and reception so here are some pictures.

First kiss as a married couple

First kiss as a married couple

Catherine and I

Catherine and I

The Groom and His Best Man

The Groom and His Best Man

The Bride and Groom

The Bride and Groom

My best friend as the Green Arrow

My best friend as the Green Arrow

My other very good friend as The Riddler

My other very good friend as The Riddler

One of the bridesmaids as Supergirl

One of the bridesmaids as Supergirl

One of the Groomsmen and his wife as Bane and Poison Ivy

One of the Groomsmen and his wife as Bane and Poison Ivy

The Bride and Groom as Wonder Woman and Batman

The Bride and Groom as Wonder Woman and Batman

My Matrix obsessed friend and me as Trinity and a 1920’s Gangster

My Matrix obsessed friend and me as Trinity and a 1920’s Gangster

My little sister and I with our gifts. I got her a blanket and she got me a laptop case.

My little sister and I with our gifts. I got her a blanket and she got me a laptop case.

Here’s my newly expanded fraternity family. My little sisters and my little brother.

Here’s my newly expanded fraternity family. My little sisters and my little brother.

Here’s a picture of all the active and conditional members of our family that showed up for our ceremony. You can pick out my littles and me with our Gator hats.

Here’s a picture of all the active and conditional members of our family that showed up for our ceremony. You can pick out my littles and me with our Gator hats.

This is my new little sister with her blanket.

This is my new little sister with her blanket.