Would you like to uninstall 'Tribes: Ascend'?

Last night I clicked 'yes' and, poof, I was no longer a Tribes: Ascend player. It was the end of an age as my team, ACD, played the last competitive Tribes: Ascend match. I streamed it with a somewhat heavy heart, filled with sadness much like that of a long time friend who burned all his bridges and chose a destructive lifestyle despite your unwavering commitment to help him.

Shh... No tears now, only dreams.
The last 2 years have been a bumpy ride, but at the same time a (painful) learning experience. In 2 short years HiRez Studios shows us something incredibly valuable: what not to do if you want your game to be successful. Primarily, it was their lack of investment (both financially and in their efforts) in the community and introducing new players to the game. TotalBiscuit recently did a video where he explained this reasoning, but put the blame on the players rather than HiRez; something I can't even begin to understand. If an infant dies of malnutrition, the headline will not read, "Child dies, refused to feed itself."

The Fortress Series [CS:GO Skins]

Two more skins and the start of a series that could potentially grow. I am particularly pleased with the P2000. We'll see where this one goes. I'm up to 5 skins on the workshop now, and I don't plan on stopping. This is a lot of fun.

Road to Ripped

So. My journey to being not-an-out-of-shape dude actually started about 3 months ago. Ok, that's a lie, I started a year ago. I joined a program with my parents, who also wanted to get in shape, at my local YMCA that happened to meet at 5:30 AM on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. Good thing my parents offered to pay for mine if I was willing to get up that early...cause I wasn't willing.

Long story short, I dropped about 18 pounds, from 165 to 147, in 3-4 months. I'm 5'8"-5'9" or so and never been obese or 'very' overweight, but I hadn't been in shape since Sophomore year in high school. So cool, I lost weight. Not good enough for me, I want to gain muscle now. My goal is to get back to 165, but this time it'll be 18 pounds of muscle or more. I can finally start saying 'muh gainz', I suppose. I've been at the whole muscle building thing for 3 months now, though I've only been serious about it for the last month and a half. I'm up to 157, unfortunately because I wasn't serious about it in the beginning, not all of it is muscle...but most of it is, so I have that going for me. To this point I've discovered a few fundamental truths about fitness that can't be argued with:

Intelligent Query-centric Forms

I'm not exactly sure what I'm going to call this quite yet, but the scientific name I'm going with is "Intelligent Query-centric Forms", or Formus Querius for you biologists out there. (You thought I didn't know latin, fooled you.)

I almost never make a form in my daily job that doesn't get fed into a query of some sort. Often times, I have to go back and add or take away things from that form that we didn't think of during the initial development process. When I have to add a new item, this means not only creating the new form element for it, but accounting for the new element in the query following it. My idea is to create a method in which I would only have to add the form element and the query would be intelligent enough to know what to do with it without any action on my part.

Take for example I have the following form element to add to my module:

$form['textfield_1'] = array(
'#type' => 'textfield',
'#title' => 'Title',
'#size' => 25,
'#maxlength' => 25,
);

Let's say this element is going to go in the database in a field called `item_title`. Rather than giving the form element a traditional form-related name, let's instead call it the name of the field that it corresponds to. i.e., $form['item_title']

Two New P250 Skins

I've taken my first step into the Steam workshop. I don't necessarily expect any of these to get a ton of attention, I just enjoy exploring a new venue for design. The first skin I call 'Double Action' and was inspired by Valve actually implementing the fix I jokingly suggested in this video. I thought a helix design would be a good visual for such a theme. Workshop link.

The second skin I finished up this morning and is obviously a result of my love-of-state. I'm proud to be a Texan and wouldn't want to live anywhere else. This one pretty much explains itself. Workshop link.

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