Thursday, February 28, 2002

I just realized I accidently posted the same thing twice, so now I've fixed it. Aren't you happy?

I am.

I have to keep it quiet around the office, but I can tell you -- my close personal friends (and anyone else who happens to be reading this) that it looks like I'll be moving over into the game design department in the next few weeks. This is very, very cool for me, but it's going to be a little funky because I've never told my boss I was even trying to move into another department...and he's been out of the office for a while...and he's going to get some bad news next week about his job. Yikes.

Too bad for him. It's my life and I wanna do it.

I'm meeting a woman on Sunday that I've been talking with for a while. We get along well over email and the phone, but we'll see how adding physical presence changes things. It's interesting that presence makes a difference, but it really does; appearance, body language, subtle visible cues that weren't there before. I'll have to see how it goes.

Very tired now. Time for sleep.

Tuesday, February 26, 2002

Oh. Wow. This is bad.

Once again I am a slacker. But really nothing exciting has happened in my life lately. Last week I caught up on work and over the weekend I worked out, cleaned the apartment, and went to see Black Hawk Down. I thought it was okay, but it didn't really allow you to get to know any of the characters. Probably because there were so many of them. More later. Busy.

Thursday, February 21, 2002

Okay, I'm back from Vegas, recovered from staying up all Sunday night, and pretty much caught up on work.

So, now what?

Really, I don't know. I'm still killing time much of the time. Trying to meet people and do interesting things. I found this earlier today. I'm thinking of checking it out, but it's pretty expensive to take classes. Even so, it gives me hope that I may have a social life soon. And I really enjoyed ComedySportz when I did it, so I'm sure this would be cool. I'd be bummed to have to go through all the classes again, but it may be unavoidable. But considering I've already sunk $400 into this it kind of bums me.

For those of you who didn't know last weekend -- I lost my drivers license when I got to Las Vegas and actually had it returned to me by the cabbie that dropped me at the hotel. Pretty cool. I have to say I was a little worried about getting back on the plane if I didn't have the license back.

Now, time to have fun.

A gift from Seth: What I'd be as a D&D character:

I Am A: Neutral Good Elf Bard Ranger

Neutral Good characters believe in the power of good above all else. They will work to make the world a better place, and will do whatever is necessary to bring that about, whether it goes for or against whatever is considered 'normal'.

Elves are the eldest of all races, although they are generally a bit smaller than humans. They are generally well-cultured, artistic, easy-going, and because of their long lives, unconcerned with day-to-day activities that other races frequently conccern themselves with. Elves are, effectively, immortal, although they can be killed. After a thousand years or so, they simply pass on to the next plane of existance.

Primary Class:
Bards are the entertainers. They sing, dance, and play instruments to make other people happy, and, frequently, make money. They also tend to dabble in magic a bit.

Secondary Class:
Rangers are the defenders of nature and the elements. They are in tune with the Earth, and work to keep it safe and healthy.

Find out What D&D Character Are You?, courtesy ofNeppyMan (e-mail)

Hmmm, I'm not sure I'm hip on that. Bard is cool because of the magic, and elves live a long time, but I'm not convinced. Maybe I'll have to try a bard/ranger sometime to see how it might be.

Monday, February 18, 2002

I returned from Vegas today. Had a blast seeing everyone and hopefully I'll have time to write more later. Right now it's the end of the day and I've just finished a full day of work, so I'm thinking I'm going to relax at home, have something to eat, upack and go to bed.

That is all.

Tuesday, February 12, 2002

I was doing really well updating this site regularly, but then the work week started and everything was thrown off again. Clearly the answer is that I need to not work. Actually this week is really busy because I'm trying to wrap up a lot of stuff before I head to Vegas for the weekend with a devious group of monkeys.

I'm pretty excited about the trip, despite the fact that I really haven't had time to think about it or get ready for it. It'll be fun to see everyone and relax with them a bit. It'll be the first time in well over a year that I'll spend any appreciable time in the same time zone with 3/5 of the group. That's weird to think of. It'll be a good time.

Hmm, other things...I've altered my food intake slightly and if it weren't for the scale at the gym being really screwy I could say that I think it's having an effect. I think my weight has dropped a bit, but I won't know for sure until the scale is fixed. I'll keep you updated since I'm sure you're incredibly excited to hear more about the battle of the bulge.

I organized a photo shoot for an ad we're working on and I have to get up and over to the store by 9:00. That'll be a challenge. I'm interested to see how the shoot goes. I hope we end up with as cool a shot as I want.

Outside of that...there's not much to report. Nothing new on the design position although they keep asking for input and comments, so I'm still hopeful.

I finished watching Memento and then went back and watched it in true chronological order. It's amazingly linear that way. The only thing that bothered me is how fluid his memory loss is. In one scene he can't remember what happened a few minutes before, whereas in another he seems to remember things for hours. Eh, so what, it's a damn good movie. I started watching Citizen Kane this morning. I haven't seen it in forever.

That's all from here.

Saturday, February 09, 2002

Oh, I don't know. I just thought I'd chime in and say hello. I did some errand-running today, worked out (301st) and now I'm going to do some work at 7:00 on a Saturday night. Gosh I have an exciting life!

Update on the dying plant: I picked up two plants a few weeks ago and one of them was accidently pulled out by the roots. Well, it's only mostly dead. One of the three or four stalks has managed to hang on and build some new roots. It looks anemic but I refuse to give up on it...although I may buy another plant to make the room look a bit better. So everyone say a little prayer to the Dark Lord (or your diety of choice) to save my wee bit of greenery. It and I would appreciate it.

I have to admit that I, too, have become addicted to checking the site traffic tracker for my site, join me in my addiction?

Oh, meet my friend, Seth. He's very talented. I like to think of that Seth as my actual good friend named Seth if he'd been exposed to more country music as a child instead of comics. Not that there's anything wrong with country music!


Friday, February 08, 2002

Look at this! Middle of the day and I'm writing in my blog. I'm doing well today; work is flowing well and although a couple things are screwy I'm being productive and contributing to some game design stuff. Earlier we came up with a special version of Wolverine for a future promotional piece. He's cool.

I'm also in a good mood because tonight when I go to the gym, it'll be my 300th time working out since I started at the end of June, 2000.

That's cool.

I've been stopping in every now and again to check Nothing good... and it's very cool to see the number of visits climb and climb. And honestly it makes me feel bad for not updating more regularly so people have something new to see all the time. I will endeavor to be better about it in the future.

The design position I'm interested in and that the Lead Designer wants to give me is still up in the air. It's kind of funny because the LD is starting to get annoyed by the fact that he can't just hire me. I have to admit that makes me feel pretty good. Not that he's pissed, but that he wants me there so badly that it's bugging him. He and the other designers have been very good about including me on all their notes about the game and sending me information, so I feel almost like I'm part of the team already. I turned in that project earlier today that was bothering me so much in the previous post -- and -- he liked it a lot. He actually seemed pretty excited about it. That was very good, because I had some worries about how it was going to work. It seemed to satisfy him, though. So I'll do a couple of fixes and get the updated version to him for the Big Boss.

Hmmm, otherwise...I started a D&D game tonight. Four of us wrote up characters and we'll be playing a bi-weekly, round-robin style game. I still have to work out exactly what the setting will be, but I have some ideas and it should be entertaining for everyone to build on and experiment with. I'm looking forward to it.

I finished watching Almost Famous/Untitled Bootleg Cut and I have to say that that is one fine movie. I really enjoyed it. And it was one of the few movies that really got better when I watched it with the commentary track running. Very good stuff. Lots of great stories. And Cameron Crowe seems like a nice, normal guy with a lot of talent and very little ego.

I've now moved onto one of the best movies of last year or so; Memento. Another damn fine film.

I think I may go find The Croupier this weekend, but I see it's an import and may run a couple of bucks more than I want to spend. Curses! And curses again!

See you tomorrow.

Tuesday, February 05, 2002

Dear God! I wish I could come up with the genius that the current assignment I have will take to complete. It's simple really, write some scenarios for a game that are fast, fun, and uncomplicated. But, oh, it's so amazingly complicated! I'll keep working at it.

I forgot to mention last week that I've finished Neil Gaiman's American Gods. It was good, but not on par with his Sandman stuff.

Once again it's been days and days since I've updated, but really I haven't had too much to comment on. I wish I did, but I don't. No news on the new job. The guy who would be my boss would like to bring me over right away, but the owner of the company wants to put it on hold because he thinks I might just be a quick fix that won't work out. Nice. Thanks, I appreciate it.

I've been more active on the whole dating side of life than I've ever been before, and I have to say; I know I prefer being friends first. The outgrowth of a dating relationship feels better, not so artificial, as when you go on a predertermined date. Maybe it's just that I haven't really clicked with anyone I've seen lately, but maybe I'd feel differently if I'd known any of them before. Really, it's amazing because I don't even think I'd like to be friends with these women. They all have some trait that's very offputting. Ugh. I don't want to get into it.

Actually I do, but I don't have the time or energy right now. I guess it just annoys me that I don't have any friends here and I can't even find any likely candidates.

Oh, and I'm really enjoying the Almost Famous/Untitled bootleg two-DVD set.

That's something, I guess.