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Jul 10, 2002 17:41 # 4120

chris ** wants to know...

Idle Time

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I have noticed that I have some idle time lately. Usually I fill this time with reading good books, which is fun. But, as my brother is leaving on a mission to France, and my wife speaks fluent French, I figured that I could start learning French so that when we visit him at the end of his mission (in two years), I won't be totally lost.

Do any of you have any recommendations as to how to begin learning a new language? I already speak fluent Spanish, so learning another romance language should not be too difficult. I also have a lot of German experience (though not enough for fluency anymore) and quite a bit of experience with Russian.

In other words, I'm not new to learning languages. This time, however, I am not taking any classes (they usually go too slowly for me, anyway), but doing it completely on my own. How do I begin?

As an aside, how do most of you spend your idle hours? Do you even have any?

C

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Jul 10, 2002 17:58 # 4122

Hawkeye *** replies...

Re: Idle Time

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Hmm, I recommend C or C++ for languages. ;)
Just kidding of course.

If I'm not working on homework or studying, then I'm playing games (for a break) or doing self-improvement. Self-improvement is anything from exercise to reading ahead in the chapters to working on my home page.

Speaking of which, I had better start on my homework assignment. :O

"If I die of a heart attack eating bacon, I'll be a happy man." -My father

Jul 10, 2002 18:18 # 4123

ReallyCoolDude *** replies...

Re: Idle Time

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Considering the lack of time due to a lot of work at my office, if I do get idle time, I would definitely like to catch up on my sleep.

However, if I do get a lot of idle time, then what would I like to do? Well, I would probably just sleep the whole day. Sleeping is so much fun. I can see so many dreams, and then when I am fed up of sleeping (is it possible?) then I can work towards achieving my goals that I had set in my dreams!

Well, usually in my idle time I just watch movies, or go out for a drive, do window shopping, just hang around with my wife and daughter. Have got to start reading books! Books are the best time-pass in idle times for everyone else, why can't they be my time-pass? I have got to build a taste in books. Remember, I am going to right one in the future. Also, have to start working towards the script for my movie.

Well, right now, it's just sleep on my mind, I just want decent 6-8 hours of sleep every day, which I am not getting for quite some time! Sigh!

Love is blind, but marriage is a real eye opener.

Jul 10, 2002 18:27 # 4124

ReallyCoolDude *** replies...

Re: Idle Time

One of the best ways to learn a new language is start watching movies in that language. Most of the people I know who have learnt some new language or other have tried that technique. Of course, you should also buy the audio cassetes/CDs too. Also, there are many online tutorials available for most of the languages, so that can give you a head-start.

If you would like to learn Hindi, for example, there is a mailing list on the internet - "hindi" on yahoogroups (groups.yahoo.com), just send a blank email to hindi-subscribe@yahoogroups.com. People in this mailing list are from all over the world - most of them from US, Europe, and India, and the list is an excellent place to start learning Hindi or Urdu, as you will find many links and suggestions, and whenever you are stuck people there can help you out with examples from English or other languages.

And yes, one thing you can definitely do in your idle time is spend some more time on NAO, we have been missing you out here for quite some time.

One thing which I mostly do in my idle time which I forgot to mention in my previous post, is that I keep looking for ideas to launch my own company/business, it's just that my mind is completely blank on ideas, I have the means right now, but no ideas. How sad! Got to get some sleep to think about some more ideas...

Love is blind, but marriage is a real eye opener.

Jul 11, 2002 14:53 # 4130

Hawkeye *** replies...

Re: Idle Time

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Well, a friend and I have planned to start a new software business. We're thinking the name will be "Gecko Entertainment." Not to be confused with Geiko which could save hundreds on car insurance. ;)

No seriously, we've come up with some great ideas for games. Right now, we are just trying to get the name out (even though the company doesn't exist technically). We were also thinking about having a "deathmatch cafe," which is an internet cafe where you can also play games on a lan connection with each other. Those two ideas are sort of parallel, so nothing quite connects them. I can't think of why Gecko Entertainment would sponser a deathmatch cafe unless that were its business.

Anyway, food for thought. If you see a product with "Gecko Entertainment" written on it, buy it and it'll be sure to be a fun worthwhile game.

"If I die of a heart attack eating bacon, I'll be a happy man." -My father

Jul 11, 2002 16:19 # 4133

ReallyCoolDude *** replies...

Gaming Software Company

Very intersting! Have you already started coding for the games? Will these be high-end games, or low-end? I once thought of doing this, but after I did a lot of research I found out that the gaming industry is pretty huge, and coming out with a game thru a company of your own is akin to launching a hollywood movie. It involves a lot of effort in terms of production, direction, and a whole lot of other things involved in launching a high-end gaming software company.

I am not discouraging you, it is a brave effort, and I wish you luck (and hope that once you have succeeded, then probably I can apply for a job in your company ;) ). Just make sure that you have studied the market, and all the aspects in opening a gaming software company before you jump into it. Of course, you can start small, with some small freeware, written in flash or some other gaming software, and then slowly expand your company.

Though one should not give any advice unless asked for it, here are my two cents:-

0. Being under-funded is bad, so arrange for good funds before you start.

1. Do not accept a fixed amount of work for unspecified amount of work.

2. Partnerships are usually very bad in a gaming company, because of many reasons - a) amount of work you put in together may vary considerably - a programmer may put in 12 hours of work, and accountant only 2; b) every partner might have different ideas, different games, and this might result in a possible break-up of partnership later on.

3. It is very hard to find a very good Game Director, IMHO, start when you have found one such person, it is a very skilled job, and I seriously suggest that you don't take up that role yourself. If you do want to be your own Gaming Director then I suggest that you do work in some Gaming Software company for some time and learn from the experience about the intricacies of this industry before plunging on your own. The gaming director should be able to accomplish both roles at ease - a gaming designer and a gaming manager.

4. Start small and build bigger in the next game.

Whatever you do, all the best, and we here in NAO will be looking forward to play all your games!

Love is blind, but marriage is a real eye opener.

Jul 11, 2002 16:40 # 4134

Hawkeye *** replies...

Re: Gaming Software Company

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Yeah, it is still very much in its initial stages. We're making maps for mods and such so that people see the name and remember it. I was planning on joining a software company for a while. Hopefully, I can earn a good rep there and encourage people to help me run the new company. I'd probably be in incredible debt though if I didn't succeed is the problem.

I'm just leaving all my options open. If it doesn't look very feasable, I might just help out with the deathmatch cafe. I think that has enormous potential. The cost would be in the store/computers/games. Of course, it'd be convenient to allow them to get online as well, so I could probably give both services as a slighty steeper price than most ordinary internet cafes. Maybe I'll be the new Starbucks. ;)

Neil

"If I die of a heart attack eating bacon, I'll be a happy man." -My father

This post was edited by Hawkeye on Jul 11, 2002.

Jul 17, 2002 21:43 # 4260

chris ** replies...

Re: Idle Time

If you really have the means to start a business, I have the ideas. Please talk to me in a non-forum context if you get the chance.

You can use the email address in my settings to contact me.

:)

C

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