Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Yes, I'm still alive. Even though I have to admit, that I have been even less active (due CFS*) during this year than I even feared that might happen when I posted my 2012-wrap up. But on the other hand, this year has given me couple nasty surprises that I really didn't expect to see.

Of the most important to me and the blogging have been two untimely deaths of close friends of mine. I'm not going to mention any names here, but rather try to paint on wide strokes. I'm not right person to write eulogies, so please bear with me.

Firstly, at February I happened to read from local newspaper that an long time friend and associate of mine had died at the middle of January at the age of 47 years. I didn't even knew he was ill, nor had I heard of anything about the funeral, so it was total surprise and quite a shock. And even though we have not been that close at last 10 or so years, we used to do quite a lot stuff together on, working together, hacking Amigas, even having a company of our own.

Blog related this becomes due the fact that I have had this vague idea that I could (in time) bring out those early projects we made. I know that many of them are definitely old and useless by now, but I'd expect there to be people who would have been interesting to see how the electronics etc were made back then (no Arduinos or 30usd dev boards).

Alas most of the old goodies of that time was quite randomly spitted amongst us around. So my original intent was to bring him as an repeating visitor to my Diytao channel videos for talking about those old goodies. We could  have shown then, talked about how they were made etc. Unfortunately I now lost access to bigger half of our old stuff, but the most important part definitely had been his memories and insights. We didn't bother to keep much written documentation on paper, and without his help, it's a lot more difficult to reconstruct those old devices.

Second untimely death was at the middle of April, when my local friend dies to aggressive cancer. I had known about her condition about four months, and in a way it was a bit easier to come by. But, no matter how well you think you are prepared, you are not. I'm not sure how much I should write here about her life, experiences or plans, so I'll be cautious. I can just say that she was in process of re.educating herself to become game developer, and I'm sure she had been good at those.

On personal front.. Not much of anything. I have not got any closer of solving my own health dilemma, nor gaining more hours of usefully time.

PS: *  About that CFS; I have no official diagnosis whatsoever, so I just use CFS as a self-declared status for now. As far as I can see, it seems to fit, but I'd rather like to find the real causes and perhaps even a hope for remedy or cure.