Where have you been, Brian?

It’s been far too long since I last wrote anything here. Let me give you a quick summary of what I’ve been up for the last few months…

Firstly, I now have a job. I’m working for a certain FTSE 100 company based in Cambridge, England. My job title is “Software Developer” and I’m involved in quite a few projects – I’m the UK guy for a company we own in California, plus I’ve worked on Blackberry software, a Java webapp and am currently working on JSR-168 portlets. My work is challenging and interesting, so I never get too bored. Whether things go well or badly, I tend to have quite a bit of fun. What can I say? I went in search of a job that would challenge me with interesting problems and I found one.

About a month ago I spent two weeks in Vista, California for business purposes. It was AWESOME. My photos from my “holiday” can be found in the gallery on this site.

I haven’t had much chance to do anything particularly geeky recently, since I spend almost 4 hours a day getting to and from work. I have an eee PC 901 to keep me amused while travelling, though, so it’s ok.

 

Speaking of my eee PC, I’m planning on wiping the preloaded Xandros install and replacing it with Windows XP and Ubuntu soon – XP for playing Visual Novels that won’t run under Wine, Ubuntu for everything else.

 

A few months ago I bought an Xbox 360. Getting back into gaming after so many years has undeniably taken up quite a bit of my free time. What can I say? I’ve been a gamer since I was very young, and I can now finally afford to buy consoles… 🙂

 

In other news, the time to change my mobile phone has finally come. I’ve got my heart set on a T-Mobile G1, but you know what? They won’t let me! I’ve been with T-Mobile for just over three years, but they won’t let me “upgrade” to a G1 and one of the contracts that they offer to new customers for some reason. If I cancelled my current contract (I’m out of the minimum term) and started afresh as a new customer, then I could have a G1. I really want to keep my mobile number, though, so I don’t want to do that. I’ve been advised to go back in the new year in the hope of the G1 being available for me, so I guess I’ll have to do that. I’m not very happy, though – I only have two weeks off over Christmas and I wanted to hack around on a G1! Sure, I can use the emulator that comes with the SDK, but it’s just not the same…

 

In other other news (I am so bad at starting new paragraphs), I’ve started playing my guitar again recently. My third year at Uni was too busy to play much, and I rarely have time after work since I get home quite late, so I’ve lost quite a lot of my skill at the instrument. Still, I can recover what I’ve lost and intend to do so!

I was listening to some of our recordings from a few years ago recently, and even now I like what I hear. They’re all pretty rough, but many of them have real potential. I’d be a shame to leave them like this.

 

That’s all I have to say for the moment, other than that Gundam 0079 was epic and that Zeta Gundam is finally shaping up to eclipse it’s predecessor. Any fan of Star Trek or Star Wars owes it to themselves to watch at least these two Gundam series (and maybe chase them down with The 08th MS Team). Gundam is the Japanese Star Wars.

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