October 7th, 2005

Walter

I am not good at talking about politics

I am not feeling so hot today.. I didn't really get much sleep last night, and it wasn't for any fun or entertaining kind of reason.

We've improved our general policies here at work, with regards to the way we approach new clients, and it's an improvement, but I still seem to play the part of The Cleaner on most of these jobs. (You know, like the guy from La Femme Nikita (or Pulp Fiction) whose entire purpose in life is to dispose of the corpses from other people's murders.)

Not that we actually get to murder any of our clients (and I would be really jealous if we did, and I wasn't in on it), but the metaphor works pretty well. Maybe I shouldn't complain... I am detail oriented, and I have a perfectionist (or maybe just obsessive-compulsive) streak that kicks in when I deal with computers, so it is probably my strength as a project manager that I will be in the office, way past midnight, if I'm on brain detail.

Data migration work is especially annoying, even for me, but it does involve lots of 5-20 minute waits, so I can get caught up on reading in between runs, or watch bad Godzilla movies, or what have you.

Especially annoying in this case. We're basically doing a test here, like a fire drill version of what will happen for this client at some future date, and as hoped, it exposed a lot of potential (and actual) problems in their infrastructure. But knowing that I am working my ass off for a "fake" emergency makes it even less appealing. (It's not a complete waste of time, I am finding a lot of issues and fixing them, in advance, but I also really dig that whole "sleeping" thing.)

I still haven't actually snapped at any clients yet, but...

"I'm not a very graceful winner today, so if you insist that I spend hours proving this to you, and it turns out that I'm right, I will say something extremely rude about it."

That's actually funny if you say it in the right tone of voice, but I think I may have put a wee bit too much edge on it. Though I put a polite "ha, ha" afterwards so it was okay. ;-)

In other news, I don't need to actively make fun of our president anymore; The painful irony is that when he says that God commanded him to declare war on Iraq, and that's all the reasoning he needed, there are people in this country who will xenoglossiate(?) right along with him. I have never particularly wanted to kill a US president before... but regardless of any changes on that front, the good news is that it's apparently in vogue to blame any strange violent urges you may have on God, and (more importantly) get away with it.

Ha, ha.

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Tenth, M.D.

Anyway, enough depressing/angry stuff. Castlevania: Dawn of Sorrow (aka "Castlevania: Necessitating DS Purchase") was released this week, and my copy finally got here. Now, to be honest, I would probably buy a `71 Pinto station wagon if konami made an exclusive Castlevania game for it, but honestly, CDS is very, very cool. If you liked Symphony of the Night (or Aria of Sorrow), you will be very pleased at all of the good parts of those games that have snuck in here. They even have shout-outs to Castlevania III and Simon's Quest hidden inside... Good times.

I also got a copy of Trauma Center, because it is the best example of a wacky stylus-based game that I've seen so far (outside of Wario Ware: Touched), and of course it is quirky and japanese and has overdramatic anime characters. But I'm good enough with a stylus to get into trouble, and I enjoy watching House and ER, so it should be funny, if nothing else.

Funny, and Scary. House is a fun character because he is a diagnostician; Dr. House as a surgeon, doing k-bar juggling tricks with a scalpel, would be disturbing and kind of sadistic. But that is basically the character that results from me playing the game. A better subtitle might be "Careful, He's Got A Knife."

It also reminded me of the unintentionally(?) funny company website of the week:

"Dr. Richard "Dick" Chopp is well known in the Austin community for peforming Vasectomies. He also enjoys treating patients with metabolic evolution of kidney stone disease, male endocrine urology disorders, prostate disease and Peyronie's disease.

I wouldn't want to be the guy whose portrait fades to yellow on a urology website, but I guess that's why I'm a software developer and not a Proctologist who is "110% into his job at all times".
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