November 26, 2002
my new actionscript technique is unstoppable

Man, I've been busy and stuff.

As you may or may not know, I'm working on a project for my erstwhile patron from the Good Old Days, Organic. Our compatriot jbelew has recently spawned a mini-geek, and is taking a month or two off to bond with the critter. Fortunately, I was available to take over the Flash project he was working on, and it's working out, uh, just fine, thanks. I put in about sixty hours last week, but it looks like it's going to be a bit lighter this week, and hopefully it'll just trickle off as launch approaches in December.

The upside of this is, of course, the money. Organic still pays fairly well, considering the current unpleasant situation, and San Francisco money goes pretty far here in Austin, Texas. I figure I'll be set for a few months after this job, so that's a load off. Hopefully, I'll still be working some, though - I'm probably going to start work on a streaming video site for one of our, uh, artistic friends back in SF, when the Organic stuff dies down. Oh! And I got a response from Steve Jackson, about a web job posting I replied to a little bit back, which would be super cool to get. And, of course, in between all that, hopefully I'll have time to work on some of the fun projects that are starting to crowd my whiteboard list again...

So, besides work, what's been going on? Well, Dave and Mel are out of town for the holidays, so our social calendar is pretty clear. (Which reminds me - call Grandma Majcher about Thanksgiving plans... I still haven't talked to her since I moved down here. So bad.) Anyway. Thursday, we all drove down to a little theater in Lockhart, about 20 miles outside of Austin. Dave and Mel have a rock star friend, Jesse Dayton, who has a girlfriend, Emily, who was performing in a play called "An Evening of Culture", about a theater company in a small town in Texas trying to put on a production of Romeo and Juliet. Of course, there is Hilarity involved. Plus, we got free BBQ dinner across the street, which ruled.

Then, there's the movies. I've been really slacking on my Netflix and Greencine queues - there's somewhere near eight DVDs sitting on top of the television, waiting to be watched. But on Friday, we got out again, this time to the Alamo Drafthouse, to see the "open screen" home movies night. This is where people in the audience bring in their own tapes, and they play them. Oh, yeah. Reeeeally good stuff in there. Good thing they serve beer. We also picked up tickets to the midnight opening night show of The Two Towers at the Alamo North, and it turns out that they're showing The Fellowship of the Ring right before that, so we're going to both shows. I'm predicting an awesome time, and a really sore butt. Also, six hours or whatever is a long time to sit still while the beer is flowing. Maybe I should invest in a stadium pal.

Of course, all the slogging through swillish actionscript takes it's toll - there was a really fun-sounding party at Jerm's house (of Mr. Sinus Theater) on Saturday night that we didn't go to, and we skipped out on - well, totally forgot about - going to a karaoke place with some friends tonight. Just keep thinking, many months of slack when this is all over. Slack, slack, slack...

So, I'm tired, my back is sore, my wrist and shoulder hurt, and my sleep schedule is completely screwed up. Not just shifted 180 degrees, but shattered and scattered across the day. But I'm starting to see the light at the end of the tunnel - my build tonight is looking pretty sweet, and the bug list is pretty short. Soon enough, I'll rest, and play more Vice City, and bust open my free Xbox from Speakeasy, and eat lots of turkey, work on my own projects, start up Tai Chi on Wednesdays, and start going to game night at Nobody's or something next week...

Hrm. Maybe this slacking thing is going to be more work than I thought it would be.

(November 26, 2002 03:40 AM)
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