Monthly Archives: November 2008

What I’ve Been Up To

I can’t say I’ve been exactly busy over the past few months, but I’ve certainly been occupied by things that keep me from updating this blog. I figure it’s past time for an update, so I shall discuss said things in ascending order of awesomeness.

Work – My responsibilities at work keep growing, which is both cool and stressful at the same time. I am now supervising four subordinates and am much more involved with our product development process as a whole. All the while, I’m still doing many of the tasks I’ve been doing for a long time, along with the endless list of new tasks that come along. The people on my team are quite easy to manage for the most part, but I’m still getting accustomed to worrying about the work flows of four other people, rather than just focusing on my own. I’m sure it’s something I’ll get better with over time, but I still find myself struggling with it.

EVE Online – A few buddies from work got me into this game over the summer, and it’s become something I spend a lot of time on. There are a lot of things about EVE that make it really neat in my eyes (its server technology being one of them), but the one that stands out the most is the fact that the intensity of the game is pretty much what you want it to be. If you want to spend crap loads of time playing, you can surely do that, but if you’re low-key, the game allows you to advance your character with very little interaction. It also reminds me of a game I played a lot as a kid – Privateer. A lot of the concepts and pursuits are similar, but instead of it being limited to a rather small single player environment like is present in Privateer, EVE has literally thousands of solar systems to explore, each with planets, moons, asteroids, and other things that you can interact with alongside of tens of thousands of other players from around the world, simultaneously (the most I’ve seen online was just short of 40,000, this past weekend). I could probably talk about EVE in great length, but suffice it to say that I think it’s quite cool.

A Girl – Yep, you read that right. Fortune has smiled upon me and given me the gift of an awesome girlfriend. We shall call her Erin, for that is her name. Erin started up working where I work in the middle of the summer, and our paths crossed for the first time at a party thrown by a coworker. She was instantly taken with me (yes, instantly), but it took me a bit longer to come around. I’m really glad I did though, because this is easily the most healthy and rewarding relationship I’ve been in. I’m well aware that I have my fair share of quirks, idiosyncracies, and downright annoying behavior. She is very patient with me in those regards, doesn’t try to change me in ways that she knows I won’t change, and instead does her best to adjust her expectations accordingly. This is a stark contrast to some of my past relationships, and I can’t describe how much I appreciate that. I’m doing my best to reciprocate. At this point, the list of things about her that I would change is pretty much non-existent, so it’s not too hard for me. 🙂 Long story short, we both make each other very happy, which is pretty damn awesome.

Tales Of The Voting Booth

The American election system is in trouble. Why you ask? The strings holding the pens to the voting booths are attached at the right side, and are much too short! How is a lefty supposed to vote if he can’t mark the right areas on the ballot!?

I kid, I kid.

A funny/odd coincidence happened to me after I filled out my ballot. I placed the ballot in the scanner machine, and it registered the number “666”, which I assume means that I was the 666th person to vote. Some of the older ladies running the voting area were like “uh oh! 6-6-6!” After I got back to the car, I turned on my iPod, which was on random. The Slayer song “Cult” came on as I was buckling my seat belt, which, oddly enough, has the following lyrics..

I've made my choice. Six six six

While I doubt they were referring to the voting process, the coincidence struck me as funny. I guess that means I’ll be voting Slayer in 2012.