Theorycraftist

A thought repository for Jeffrey Vierra

In my Radar

What I'm listening to

What music and I listening to

I often get asked what kind of music do I listen to? Other than the “what do you do for a living” question, I find this one the hardest to answer. Music is nutrition for my soul and has been a constant companion since I was a child. The music I listen to often serves a specific purpose. For example a perfect backdrop for long coding sessions, or a tapestry of uncharted soundscapes to provide escapism for the night. Here is what I am enjoying the most right now.
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What I'm Reading

What I'm reading

When I was eight years old, my Grandmother told me: if you don't carry a book in your hand at all times, the world will not take you seriously. Since then, I have been a voracious reader. I usually read about 2-3 books a week; one in audio format, one to calm my mind before I sleep, and one for personal growth. Here is my current recommended book to check out.
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What I'm watching

What films or TV I'm watching

Film have such a strong influence on me. I find that the movies I love and hold dear to my heart are my therapy films. I watch these films over and over again and they remind me of not just what I should be doing in life, but also philosophical frameworks I should be operating in. Here are the latest movies/series/films that I'm currently in to.
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Projects

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Game Projects

Chances are if you have met me or spoken to me in real life, you will understand how passionately I am about gaming and game design. As far back as I can remember, my life has been filled with gaming...from learning math through playing DnD, getting over a heart-wrenching break-up by playing weeks of Final Fantasy 7, to working in the gaming industry. I fill my free time with creating and playing games. I also have found gaming should be shared with others. I achieve this by involving my friends and students in creating games. Here is a list of projects that I am working on and have worked on.
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PALS

PALS has been the most rewarding, both spiritually and mentally. PALS has given me a platform to give back to the community and has forged me into the person I am today. Here is a list of projects I have been a part of and and overview of my class structure.
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TedX

I served as the Interactive Curator for TedX Honolulu from 2014-2016. My role was to curate noteworthy experiences inbetween speaker presentations. This is a list of my projects with TedX Honolulu
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Uncanny Hawaii

Uncanny Hawaii was a project I created to serve two aims, the first is to broadcast about unsung heroes and special locations in Hawaii to the world, and the second is to work on my interview skills and presentation voice.
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Toshiba Hawaii

It's safe to say, my home away from home is Toshiba Hawaii. I have been employed at Toshiba Hawaii since 2002. I was brought on board to take Toshiba Hawaii into a new direction. That direction was sofware intergration with multifunctional devices. Toshiba Hawaii has the right combination of Corporate backing and grass roots operations
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The Board State Podcast

The genesis of the Board State Podcast was to continue a dialogue between my friend, artist and game designer Jon Hernandez, after we left a board gaming convention years ago. Jon and I had a natural rapport and chemistry and we can talk about games for hours and hours! A little later, reknown local Hawaii artist, Alika Spahn Naihe, joined the crew. In the Board State Podcast, we review games through the lens of game design. Like all great conversations, the magic happens when we go off topic which we do tend to do 75% of the time.
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