Dynamic Coding with Lua on iOS

Dynamic Coding with Lua on iOS

For all iOS developers, Apple is an important part of the process. They act as the gatekeepers of quality.. or at least, that's the theory. In practice, however, after an app makes it through the gate the first time, all it seems to accomplish is slowing down the release process. Having a 5-10 day pause in the player feedback loop is crippling to a rapidly developing game that has to react to the demands of our increasingly minute-to-minute society.

Body Image Portrait Contest

EDIT: The contest is over. Stay tuned for a possible relaunch of the contest.


I have some big news!

With the launch of my new website, I have recently started opening my photography towards portraiture clients. My mission as a portrait artist is to sift through the layers of persona that each of us pile on ourselves -- parent, partner, employee, artist, office worker, part-time unicyclist, etc -- and find that true inviolable core YOU. Bringing that YOU to the surface is nothing short of magical, and that magical moment can be transformational. Everyone deserves that experience.

For a limited time, I'm offering a contest with a free portrait session to a few lucky winners! But wait, there's a twist!


There are two ways to enter the contest!


  1. Fill in the blank, and post the following on twitter: "My ____ is/are my best feature, and deserves to be featured in a #BodyImagePortrait by @andyberdan. What's yours? http://bit.ly/body-image-portrait". You should mention your best feature, whether it's your hair, your shoulders, your smile, your infectious laughter or your rapier wit.
  2. If you're shy, or hate twitter, email me at andy@berdan.ca, with "BODY IMAGE PORTRAIT" in the subject line. In the email, you still have to tell me all about your best feature, but at least I'll be the only one reading it.

The best entries will win a photo shoot, custom tailored to highlight those features.

* Fine Print: must be local to London, Ontario, Canada.

Stop Asking for Permission

I just read this short article by Seth Godin: http://sethgodin.typepad.com/seths_blog/2011/07/a-definition-of-a-leader.html

It reminded me of our presentation at PhotoCamp, where a lot of people listened to a few of us ramble on about DSLR filmmaking and photography. I find it astonishing that so many people have a psychological barrier to beginning creative pursuits.

If you want to be a filmmaker, make a film. If you want to be a photographer, make photographs. If you want to make video games, make video games. If you want to write a novel, write. The key is to identify what you need to reach your goal, and do it. Things like training, tools, software, hardware, materials, time. You do NOT need permission.

And if you still don't believe me, fine. I hereby grant you permission to make and do anything you want. Problem solved.