Ralph Damiano
Role Developer of Stick Nodes
Location Connecticut, USA
Birthday February 3, 1991 (Age 25)
Twitter FTLRalph
Youtube FTLRalph
Other Websites My portfolio, My dev-blog
Favorite color What am I, a child?
Favorite number
Favorite animated show Dragon Ball series for sure, but the Avatar series (ATLA and Korra) round out the top 3.
Favorite non-animated show Probably Game of Thrones, Modern Family is really great too. House gets an honorable mention.
Favorite movie Not much of a movie person, idk.
Favorite video game Probably Battlefield 4 since that’s all I play, but in terms of nostalgia there’s Tomba 1 and 2, Spyro, Ratchet and Clank, Jak and Daxter among others.
Favorite food I don’t know, tacos? They’re good. Mini hotdogs are pretty good too. Oh, and sign me up for boneless buffalo wings any day.
Ralph started making Stick Nodes one day because he was bored. He grew up practically addicted to a stickfigure-animation program called Pivot which sparked his interest in both animation and game development.

Eventually he got into Flash animation and Flash game development. He released quite a few games into the Flash gaming community, check out his portfolio for links.

Once mobile devices started taking over, he moved over to attempt Android games. After a few failed attempts, he released Plunder Peril – a quick 2-3 week project that was meant as Android-development practice.

After Plunder Peril, Ralph began work on Stick Nodes and in August 2014, Stick Nodes was released on Android with the iOS version following in November. Stick Nodes is built in Java with the LibGDX framework and uses RoboVM to port to iOS.

Sean Byrnes
Role Site administrator, comedic relief
Location NSW, Australia
Birthday January 26, 1992 (Age 24)
Twitter S_Byrnes
Youtube Sean Byrnes
Other Websites AnimationAlpha, My blog
Favorite color  Yellow.
Favorite number  42
Favorite animated show Family Guy, American Dad and, like Ralph, Dragon Ball.
Favorite non-animated show The Big Bang Theory, Limitless, Criminal Minds & The Flash.
Favorite movie The Bucket List, Zombie Land & The Matrix.
Favorite video game The latest Call of Duty, Project Cars, Battlefield & Assassins Creed.
Favorite food Pancakes, KFC & Marinated Slow Cooked Roast Beef.
Sean is the site administrator and creator of the stickfigure submission system as well as a majority of the DBZ stickfigures. He also has a funny accent.

At around age 12 he discovered Pivot, ended up on Droidz.org looking for stickfigures to use in his animations, got fairly good after about 2 years.

He decided to make a website to host his animations on after having been on the forums for a long time. That’s what got him into webdesign since the first iteration of his website was a terrible looking flash-based thing that at the time he thought was the best thing out.

After a while he realized how stupid it looked and behaved. So he looked into HTML and CSS, got it looking slightly better but it wasn’t until he found WordPress that it started looking decent.

After that he went off the grid for a bit, got his Cert IV in IT and Webdesign, cemented his understanding of the internet protocols.

Lately he’s been helping out around the Stick Nodes community and has been managing Animation Alpha. He’s also been looking into game development and has begun a project that he hopes to finish one day soon, he can’t really reveal anything about it but it’s for mobile devices and will be a 2D sidescroller.

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      • The issue seems to stem from the plugin that I use to handle the stickfigures. Long story short, it’s not optimized, mainly with the handling of the thumbnails.

        Couple that with the spike in traffic and the website explodes.

        I’m not a web developer so I’m unclear on how to go about fixing it myself, which is why this is taking a while as I have to go through my webhost.

        Reply
  1. Days random thing

    Why my picture is weird on recent comments.
    (Not the page, you know, small one, its on the left side of the page, and its small, and its only shows few comments.)

    Reply
      • Okay its better but i’ll explain it.

        Basically what happens is the recent comments show previous comments such as the newest comment will be on Teodorninja but i posted a comment on swordyl and the older comments will appear and not show the newest one.

        Investigate

        Reply
          • Okay, I see. Yeah, it’s delayed a little. I think because I’m logged in I’m not served the cached files, so it’s live for me.

            As long as the delay isn’t too long (from what you said it doesn’t seem like it is?) that’s basically the cache at work to prevent having to load the CPU with a fresh site call per every visitor.

            I may be able to play with this and tweak it as time goes on and I get a better handle on getting the site performance under control, right now it’s pretty good.

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