Quote of the Moment

"Beep Industries currently has no openings. This is a good thing. Any number of career paths are better than game development. Lots of jobs are more lucrative and far less work. We hear marketing and animal husbandry are filled with potential."

Monday, November 21, 2011

Back in the Pattern...

Back again! It’s been another long absence, but I’m planning on being back for a while this time.

It’s hard to explain. I started this blog with the intent of giving voice to some of my general thoughts, and to chronicle my (planned) excursion into aviation. Unfortunately, the flight plan got interrupted by life and kids, and I found I didn’t want to blog for a while, because of what this place reminded me of. Then I came back for a bit, but three kids and 60 hour work weeks pretty much sapped any desire I had to blog, and what free time I had I found I much preferred to do stuff with my family, play video games, or just veg with the TV. In short, screw talking about the stuff I’m doing or thinking, I barely had time to do or think anything anyway.

So why am I back? The simplest answer is that I finally became a victim of the Obama economy, and after three years of 60 hour weeks, I have no idea what to do with myself. So in addition to looking for a new job (hopefully with slightly less brutal hours) I suddenly have free time to do all the things I’d thought about for the past few years but filed under “if I have time”.

Where does the blog go from here? I’m not sure. I’ll probably have a few political thoughts, and definitely some commentary on my job situation and search. I’m trying to catch up on a lot of the major video games that I haven’t played for the past few years while I’ve been busy making them, so I’ll probably have some quasi-reviews and reactions there. I finally have time to go shooting. Of course I now don’t have a money surplus to go shooting very often, but I have time.

I’ll probably use this to talk about some of my project ideas and progress while I’m on my “Involuntary vacation” as well. The biggest thing for me right now is not to waste this time. About eight years ago I had a three month span of being unemployed, during which I did absolutely nothing other than play video games and eat. It’s been one of my major regrets looking back that I didn’t make more constructive use of the time, and not a mistake I want to make again. How I avoid that trap, however, is a question I don’t entirely have an answer to.

“For those with wings, fly to your dreams.”