So today I was grinding at the same algorithm I’ve been busting at for a week, one which worked on paper but continues to demonstrate problematic behavior when implemented, and I finally had to take a breath.
Let me say, when you’re building an algorithm yourself, but cannot manage to keep track of what your code is doing or understand why it’s behaving poorly, it means two things. The first is that you may need to take a hike—literally go for a run and get some exercise—and then come back and look at it, from the beginning, with fresh eyes. There’s a good chance the problem is fundamental, and knowing this will help you get around it by applying different business logic to it.
The second thing to note is that you’re probably experiencing fatigue. I definitely am in the midst of some serious programmer’s fatigue. This is a very real thing, and if neglected (or band-aid medicated with something like excessive caffeine) it can turn into burnout, which can take years to recover from.
So, I’m breaking for the weekend and working on some artwork. Above is an idea that occurred to me on that very walk. You can get it on just about whatever you could possibly like, any kind of gadget or doohickey people personalize, right now, at Red Bubble. Do me a solid and buy one!
On my plate right now, I have two comics, a game which has gotten outstanding reviews in its pre-alpha, and a short film (arguably two) to work on, and the future is looking bright for all of them. I refuse to burn out now and am switching it up for a bit.
This weekend’s challenge is to render my vision of Tiamat, who was never precisely described in the Babylonian Enuma Elish. This is likely because of just how alien she was to our concepts. I know people usually think she was some kind of dragon, as some of her “children” were, but one, her children were a lot of different things; and two, she is plainly described as having an udder. You can’t milk a lizard. So, I’m getting creative with this one.
It may make a decent design in itself. We’ll see what happens. Hopefully in a couple of weeks I’ll have something final to put up here.