Saturday, September 29, 2007
So far so good, I've been just as lazy as week one. But can it last?
Is it possible to continue to be this lazy? Seems unlikely. I was pretty lazy last week.
But I refuse to feel bad about it at all. I was pretty exhausted and a week of nothing was just what the doctor ordered.
This next week is going to be more about having fun. I feel like I've got my energy back. It's probably time to go reintroduce myself to society. It's been a while. They've probably forgotten all about me. It's almost like a first date again.
The first step is to get out of here and go enjoy what's left of the day. Now what do you bring society on a first date?
Thursday, September 27, 2007
It's just nice to feel exhausted and know that I can just give in to that and do next to nothing.
Next week is the week to get more adventurous.
In the meantime, I'm loving my new camera...
Tuesday, September 25, 2007
Pretty much every serious task I had to accomplish today has been subverted.
Today turned into new camera day - so I'm spending the day trying to figure out all the buttons.
Between that and Halo 3 - I don't see anything else getting taken off my to-do list in the short-term. Those people can get their condo fees some other day.
Did I mention that I love vacation!
Sunday, September 23, 2007
It's kind of like summer vacation when you're a kid - the days of the week lose their meaning and you just enjoy yourself.
Until you see the first of the back to school ads - boy did those suck.
Thank goodness there's no back to work ads.
Friday, September 21, 2007
I always look forward to the fortune cookie at the end of my mongolie grill meal. Yesterday though, I got the exact same fortune as my friend. How could two people's future's be so intertwined? That would be unpossible! I felt that my future had in some way been cheapened. It was like discovering santa claus isn't real.
Damn you fortune cookie!
Wednesday, September 19, 2007
Now personally, I think that's just plain cool. And scary at the same time. Apparently it takes 150 people 3 years to tell a story these days.
They say that every story has already been told. Everything is just some variation of an archetype that has already been written. I guess that explains all the crap that comes out of Holywood these days.
I got to thinking the other night about how story telling might have started. Were stories told before there was even language? Were grunts and gestures used to pass along knowledge of a successful hunt, for instance? When did people start using their imagination? Where did these archetypes come from?As I've said before, I really need a switch to turn off my brain some nights.
Monday, September 17, 2007
It kind of feels like the last day of school/first day of school combined.
On the one hand, it feels sad to be leaving all of the friends I've worked with the for the last couple years. We've shared all the laughs and frustrations and rewards of being on a huge project like Mass Effect. We've all bonded through the shared pain and pressures of crunch these last months.
I feel like I should be getting them to sign my yearbook or something.
On the other hand, I'm excited to be starting a new project, with new challenges and new people to get to know. A chance to start out fresh again. A chance to once again be early enough in a project to effect change. A chance to be revitalized by new outlets for creativity - not be forced to compromise due to deadlines or any of the myriad other reasons that affect decisions when making games.
I hope the kids in my new office will be friends with me.
At least I have a new set of crayolas.
Friday, September 14, 2007
I didn't get up to use it as much as I'd hoped this summer, but at least we're still getting in our last gasp annual work trip. A little bit of drinking and games makes for a nice relaxing weekend away from the cares of the city.
I think my moratorium on drinking may have to wait till next week to officially start.
Wednesday, September 12, 2007
Its that time of year to dig through my clothes closet again, shove all of those summer shorts and shirts to the back and bring forth all of my winter gear.
It's these first couple weeks of fall when I am most disorganized. I have the right hand from three different pairs of gloves, 1 old toque and several unmatched wool socks. God only knows where I stuck my winter jacket.
I think I need a better system come next year other than shouting 'woohoo' and running out into the spring sunshine leaving a trail of winter items in my wake.
Tuesday, September 11, 2007
I'm thinking a quick little England trip in October to go see a soccer game (with maybe a little jaunt over to Dublin thrown in), but what I really need is a good new year's eve plan.
Where would be cool to go to for New Year's?
New York? Las Vegas? Dublin? Cuba? Australia?
Maybe somewhere as close as Vancouver...although somewhere warm really does sound appealing since I've missed out on most of this summer?)
Who has a cool new year's suggestion for me?
Monday, September 10, 2007
My brain needs an off-switch.
It's midnight - I'm lying in bed. The body is tired, but the mind is wired. Wouldn't it be nice if there was some simple off-switch you could hit. But noooo - I have to lie there for an hour while all those stupid neurons continue to fire. Stupid brain.
I must try harder to destroy you with alcohol.
Saturday, September 8, 2007
Thursday, September 6, 2007
And this was before the days of the internet. The amount of random interesting bits of knowledge available to the average internet user these days is staggering. There really is no excuse not to be learning something new every day (but it must be said that one must always consider the source - just because it's on the Wikipedia doesn't always make it 100% true).
Anyways - the most interesting thing I've come across recently is this.
The 1906 biography of Geronimo - as told by him to the superintendant of education while he was in a military reservation near the end of his life. It's quite a fascinating read and a perspective of history that probably not a lot of people have been exposed to.
Wednesday, September 5, 2007
Wow - what a difference that makes. Suddenly the roads are packed - the drive to work takes 10 minutes longer.
Since I moved I have a nice scenic route through some quiet residential neighbourhoods on my way across the river. Not so quiet any more. Wall to wall cars as parents drop their kids off at school. What ever happened to walking (or biking) to school.
It was kind of cute seeing some of the little kids clutching their parents hands as they went for their first day of class. I remember that very first day being pretty scary - but after that, it became a pretty fun day. You get to see all the friends you haven't seen all summer, find out what they got up to. Start getting into trouble at recess again.
That's what you miss out on when you get a job in the real world - that first day of school feeling.