First off, congratulations to Jeff…one of my best friends in the world just popped the question and she said yes. It’s a bit scary to think that my friends are already starting to get married, but then, we all knew Jeff would be the first to go 😉
His wedding is set for August 2007. Count me in, buddy.
For those of you long-time readers, you may recall awhile back when my “friends” decided to leave me some constructive criticism regarding my wardrobe. I admit, such teasings came with good cause. I probably haven’t gone clothes shopping in over three years.
But after several cycles of gluing the soles back onto my gym shoes, losing keys through holes in my pockets, and using Sharpies to restore the black discoloration on my sunglasses, I’ve decided that it’s time for an upgrade. Big time. For as much as I despise clothes shopping (I am a guy, after all) desperate times call for desperate measures.
And thanks to the generous help of Felicia, a close friend who just happens to be a very successful fashion designer, everything has been replaced – from dress shirts right down to my wallet. You may now say hello to the new, slightly more stylish Justin.
I hope. But if not, at least you’ll no longer be peering through holes in my three-year-old STR-UCT-URE T-shirts.
Other than that, the past few weeks have been an interesting cycle of learning and revising. My initial post-Japan goal was to prepare for and take the GMAT. I wanted to secure a high score now should I choose to apply for an MBA program a few years down the road.
But a recent meeting with a cousin (who happens to be a lead programmer over at Naughty Dog, one of the most respected game development studios in the country) turned all of that around.
I learned quite a few things from that meeting. Two of the most important were:
1) The game industry’s prime hiring season is coming up in the next two to three months,
2) The last year and a half of studying Japanese hasn’t exactly worked wonders on my once sharp programming skills.
So I tossed the GMAT aside for now and cracked opened my crate of notes from college. The plan is to spend as much time as possible reviewing “concepts” – 3D vector math, advanced data structures, low-level system architecture, etc – topping it off with a small programming project to pull out and refine those skills of ages past.
It’s time to get my groove back…because if Stella did it, then so can I.
And you know, so far I’m loving it. I had a fantastic time traveling and learning Japanese, but that doesn’t mean that there wasn’t a little voice in the back of my head constantly reminding myself that I was little by little forgetting all of those engineering skills that I’d worked so hard for over the previous four years.
At last, it’s all coming back to me.
So, I now leave you to resume my studies. Hopefully all will go well and I’ll soon have landed myself a high-paying video game development job.