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my ride to work [Jun. 10th, 2008|09:53 pm]
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In case you forgot what day it is [Apr. 1st, 2008|11:40 am]
Full summary:

My Highlights:
WoW Bard Class
WoW Molten core
Gmail sends emails to the past
BMW Dog Electrocutor
DnD 1ed shoutout
Star Wars Romance Novels

This one is actually for real:

more to come....the day is young.
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From Russia With Love (Observation) [Mar. 25th, 2008|01:21 pm]
A defector from the Russian sector steals the Lektor to give to SPECTRE.

The cat was probably named Hector.
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I've got good news and I've got bad news... [Mar. 5th, 2008|01:43 pm]
[music |Bishop Allen]

Tom Waits is going on tour (European dates yet to be announced)

Gary Gygax died yesterday


An update:

I submitted my first first author paper to the journal Classical and Quantum Gravity last week. Preprint here

Next week I will be in Switzerland on my annual work group ski trip.

I missed getting tickets to Portishead's Berlin performance....looks like I'll be going to see them in Paris on my B-day.

I finally got my bike repaired!!! Currently going to pick it up...then going to run to a masters defense.

It's been a long time since I posted, but that's all I can think of.
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Late for Work [Jan. 16th, 2008|12:16 pm]
It is normal that I come in at strange hours, or on days when nobody else is around. I like having the office to myself. But the best time is when I sneak in just after the group meeting starts, because everyone has set up their laptops, their bags are on the floor, and their desks look like someone ought to be there. Their wallets are still on the desk so it doesn't even look like everyone went to lunch.
I like Wednesday mornings because I get to pretend that I am a ghost. Everyone is at their desks, but I can't see them. I am at my desk, but they can't see me. It is like I am in a parallel universe.....that is until the meeting gets out and my boss tells me that I ought to participate more and I shouldn't be afraid to come into the meeting 10 minutes late, and people jokingly say good morning to me when it is after 12 :-/.
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Video Killed the Radio Star by The Wrong Trousers [Dec. 21st, 2007|04:30 pm]

I wish I could be this cool.
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Ed, Dave you guys should really apply to this: [Nov. 24th, 2007|11:15 am]
[Current Location |Home]
[music |Modest Mouse]

Penny Arcade: Want to work for Bioware?

They are advertising a writer position for rpgs:


Hey Guys,

So here's the situation we're in. BioWare games require a great deal of
writing. Storylines, world building, characters, journals - and about a
bazillion lines of dialogue. What makes my job harder is not only does
all of this writing have to be high quality - something not always
demanded in our industry - it can only be done by writers who understand
the complexities of interactive fiction. Take the average screenwriter
who doesn't play RPGs, place him in front of the writing tool from
Neverwinter Nights and you'll get a linear story with a complete lack of
Player agency and no interesting decisions. Just trying to explain the
concept behind writing without a protagonist to someone who has never
even been a dungeon master can be like showing card tricks to a dog.

Which brings me to the current problem. The BioWare MMO is the largest
thing we've ever done by leaps and bounds. We're talking a double digit
writing staff working for years (yes we've already been working for well
over a year). Now I've realized I need even more writers and I've got no
reliable way of predicting where they're going to come from. In the
history of the company, we've had published fantasy authors,
screenwriters and editors all wash out of BioWare's training program. On
the flip side, we've had fantastic kids right of college, an ex CNN
producer and a former gift wrapping clerk from Singapore all succeed in
the BioWare writer family.
Previous job of lead writer for Baldur's Gate
2, the highest rated PC RPG in history? Travelodge manager.

So yes, we're shaking the usual trees and our HR folks are turning over
all the rocks they can think of but I had to go through over three
hundred qualified candidates to find the team I have now so a lot of
those trees have done already been shook. With that level of challenge
around finding writers, I want to throw out an open invitation for
anyone out there that thinks might be the strange combination of RPG
fiend and talented writer to grab a copy of Neverwinter Nights and start
putting together a writing sample. I don't care if you can script, just
put three guys in a field and attach conversations to them. Make the
plot compelling, write the NPCs as real people who could exist in a
believable world even if the PC wasn't there, give me an interesting
choice or two and you're done
-- easily something can be done over a
weekend and there's a ton of great community support online if you're
really tech deficient.

Anyone out there want to write for the game company with hree of the
top five rated RPGs
of all time on their biggest project ever?

Head here: BioWare Jobs


Daniel Erickson
Principal Lead Writer
BioWare Austin
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Looking for alternatives [Nov. 15th, 2007|03:31 pm]
A recent PhD comic inspired me to take a Myers Brigg personality test to see what job it thought suited my personality. The result was INTP. Similar to the conclusion of the comic, I am apparently doing what I ought to be doing. Physicist is one of the options.

"INTP: 'Architect'. Greatest precision in thought and language. Can readily discern contradictions and inconsistencies. They are good at logic and math and make good philosophers and theoretical scientists, but not writers or salespeople. 1% of the total population. "

So no new ideas.
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Sci-Fi Crews [Oct. 31st, 2007|08:52 am]

Which sci-fi crew would you best fit in with? (pics)
created with QuizFarm.com
You scored as Moya (Farscape)

You are surrounded by muppets. But that is okay because they are your friends and have shown many times that they can be trusted. Now if only you could stop being bothered about wormholes.

Moya (Farscape)


Galactica (Battlestar: Galactica)


Serenity (Firefly)


Heart of Gold (Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy)


Babylon 5 (Babylon 5)


Deep Space Nine (Star Trek)


SG-1 (Stargate)


Millennium Falcon (Star Wars)


Bebop (Cowboy Bebop)


Nebuchadnezzar (The Matrix)


Enterprise D (Star Trek)


Andromeda Ascendant (Andromeda)


FBI's X-Files Division (The X-Files)

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Procrastinate to feed the poor [Oct. 20th, 2007|12:27 pm]
[music |Islands - Rough Gem]

"For every word you get right we donate ten grains of rice to an international aid agency."
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