Once again Iâ€™m finding myself casting around for something to write about. Iâ€™ve got a few ideas, but I honestly donâ€™t think that I could do any of the subjects justice.
So I figure Iâ€™ll just start writing stuff and see where it goes from here.
Work has been pretty hectic lately â€“ the project that Iâ€™ve been working on for about 4 months now had its first production milestone last week and my team was involved in a last-minute scramble to get everything in place. The first milestone is now done, in that my teamâ€™s contribution is more or less over, and after my week oncall Iâ€™ve shifted over to working on our next milestone. The last few weeks have been pretty hellish because of some mistakes we made early in the project, and Iâ€™m doing my best to ensure that we donâ€™t run into the same problems on our second milestone.
As for what sort of project it is, I\’m not sure Iâ€™m at liberty to say â€“ suffice it to say that itâ€™s a company-wide initiative that will have a pretty big impact on how all the teams in my organization do their jobs.
I actually had a dream last week where I was interviewing with some other team within the company, although for some reason the team worked in an indoor playground. Not going to bother trying to interpret that oneâ€¦
Iâ€™ve started looking at apartment listings, for a number of reasons. Most importantly, Amazon is going to be moving to a new campus downtown, and Iâ€™d like to move somewhere closer to the new campus, even if it means I have to commute to work by bus for a few months. On top of that, while my current apartment is really close to work, itâ€™s not particularly close to anything else, meaning that I have to take a bus to do pretty much anything important. And letâ€™s not forget that the effective duopoly on Internet providers in my neighbourhood means that I get to choose between crappy cable and crappy DSL. I currently use the latter, and itâ€™s the #1 reason why I havenâ€™t watched any of the new anime thatâ€™s come out in the lastâ€¦2 years or so. 1.5 Mbps means that even Youtube ends up being a bandwidth hog. Not to mention my pings in TF2 and L4D are awful, even to servers that are relatively close by.
My dad suggested buying an apartment, which is probably not a bad idea seeing how prices seem to be heading lower every day, but I havenâ€™t contacted any realtors yet. Part of me is wondering if buying a property when Iâ€™m on a visa that might not be renewed in 2011 is a really good idea or not.
I guess Iâ€™ll think about it some more.
On a side note, the CEO of the OnLive service that I talked about in my previous entry has apparently been on the PR warpath, offering interviews to a lot of big gaming sites about why all the naysayers are wrong. Apparently theyâ€™ve spent seven years developing a video compression algorithm that can get frame data down to very small sizes, which is great, but that also means the stream is going to have compression artifacts, reducing image quality overall. On top of that youâ€™re apparently locked to 720p or 480p, so if your monitorâ€™s native resolution is something else, you canâ€™t play in full screen mode without blurring the image.
So yeah, itâ€™s not for me. Or for anyone with taste, Iâ€™d say.