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The move is done, the new job started. Initial thoughts...

I love the new house. It's significantly bigger than my previous residence (over double) for basically the same (within $50) monthly. The cost of living here is much lower and there are mountains (and I'm on one of them.) I also have all my arcade games in one place now, instead of in different rooms and houses (Mom and Dad were "hosting" the Tower of Doom game for a bit.)

Also, picked up some new machines during the move (literally mid-move.) Specifically, a Crystal Castles mini cabinet and a cocktail MAME cabinet. Both need some work. The Crystal Castles needs a new trackball assembly and the MAME cabinet mostly just needs some serious TLC. The previous owner didn't take very good care of it (IMO.)

Ahh, but what about the job? Well... first impressions are good. Quite good actually. It's a C# shop instead of VB.NET so there's that. Most of you know I've been dabbling with C# for a while now but hadn't had a real reason to dive in headfirst until now. As for the company itself, I'm really liking it. Everyone is very friendly and very helpful. I'm pleased to say there are no prima donnas here (that I've encountered.) It's also a smaller (< 100) company than my previous one (> 850), but not TOO small (< 5 - been there, done that, hated it.)

All of that is well and good, but the biggest reason I'm happy is that it's so... well... structured. I've never been anywhere other than the DoD that generated so much project documentation. I'm not a tree hugger, by any means, but even I was like "damn that's a lot of printed documentation." I'm a big believer in knowing exactly what it is I'm supposed to be doing, what's expected of me, where I'm going, etc... I handle change just fine, mind you, but I don't like working on a project that exists primarily on a white board, a few cocktail napkins and in someone's head. (Unless that person happens to actually be me of course... see HA! for an example of that.)

lest you think I'm completely inflexible... I do appreciate that developing from "inspired chaos" can work quite well, and if you come in at the ground floor of it you can be part of an amazing thing. Coming in to the middle of it can be pretty frustrating. When it succeeds, you're a "rock star" though...

So anyway, I think I'm going to like it here...

Other news:
The post I made earlier about DDO has been getting some responses, some good, some not. I have opted to NOT sign up at this point, even though the game is out of beta. (Ok, well it's released... whether it's out of beta is questionable.) One guy referred to my post as a bunch of lies... which I found humorous, until I followed his link and realized he was apparently a developer of some sort on the DDO project. Then it went from humorous to sadly pathetic. Also, if the comment about the Level 10 cap is accurate... that totally sucks!!

...and I just realized I missed last nights SNL w/ Natalie Portman. Did anybody happen to catch it? SNL is so hit or miss that I rarely allocate time to watch it, and tend to forget when they have a host I'm actually interested in seeing. Posted on Sunday, March 5, 2006 7:56 AM General Interest | Back to top

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Chris, dude! Shoot me an email sometime. I wanna know where you're living and stuff. Perhaps we'll be able to see eachother more than once a year now :).
Left by Jason Olson on Mar 05, 2006 11:03 AM

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email headed your way.
Left by Chris Williams on Mar 05, 2006 1:16 PM

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SNL was the typical hit and miss it's been lately. The opening monologue was somewhat funny, although it just made fun of star wars geeks. She did do a hilarious "digital short" where she gangster rapped...kinda like the LoTR rap that Chris Parnell and that other guy did.

Weekend update was pretty lame...a few good jokes, but nothing major.

I really really hate that Nuni skit.

They did that skit with the two high school kids (Rachel Dratch as Sheldon and Mya as the girl) at Sheldon's barmitsva...that was ok.

Overall not stellar though. And FallOutBoy was alright, but not great either.

Left by D'Arcy from Winnipeg on Mar 06, 2006 4:50 AM

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