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December 31, 2009

Happy New Year!


2009 was an eventful and rich year for me with many blessings, first among them my friends and family. In the early, cold, short days of the year I started road biking with a group of people I now count among my good friends. We tackled an insane ride in April and mountain biked around Mount Hood in July. I completed my second triathlon, ran the Wildwood trail, ran around Mount Hood in a day, started cross-country skiing and went camping in an amazing wilderness.

On the business front I started developing apps for the iPhone (and iPod Touch). I am now selling four apps on the iTunes store with more to come. Wish me luck and tell your friends.

I wish you all the best in health and happiness for 2010.


Posted by Dave at 07:28 PM

December 26, 2009

More snowplay, this time with canines!


Boy Scout Ridge from White River West Snopark.

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Posted by Dave at 08:15 PM

December 23, 2009

Stenson ski trip

In what I hope will be an annual tradition I joined the Stensons and some friends for a four day stay up at Government Camp. We had a rainy first few days which didn't surprise the locals but the Alaskans had not skied in the rain before. It got colder Monday, bringing some fresh snow to play in. Thanks Jason and Elvira for planning such a fun getaway!

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Posted by Dave at 12:55 PM

December 16, 2009

Whimsy in Japan


I guess this website is popular in Japan because yesterday they mentioned my iPhone app Whimsy which resulted in 732 downloads in Japan for the day after only accruing twenty downloads total in that region since launching on the App Store. Whimsy is a free version of my Whimsy Animals app that has a dozen of the sixty animal puzzles in the paid version. Hopefully this will drive a few paid sales of Whimsy Animals.

The downloads pushed Whimsy to the #3 ranking free kids app and #34 free game and #108 free app overall in the Japan iTunes store. I couldn't make much sense of the review, some online translators claim to work for Japanese to English but here's the translation of a new 5-star user review in Japan for Whimsy: "It was very popular in the son. Furthermore type many in should have become the shank." I think his kid liked it and maybe with a few more animals it could become the "shank".

Posted by Dave at 08:51 AM

December 07, 2009

Chapter 18: Aging Effects


Mom and I have worked through four chapters of Derek Lea's book Creative Photoshop over the past week. We've learned lots of new techniques and have been inspired.

Posted by Dave at 10:06 AM

December 05, 2009

Chapter 14: Real World Collage


Our snowy day project from Woods Gap

Posted by Dave at 11:49 AM

December 02, 2009

Chapter 5 of Creative Photoshop


More rainy day Photoshop work from Derek Lea's book. Lots of pen tool drawing to "trace" this photograph.

Posted by Dave at 12:52 PM