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The Bag of Holding

I survived! Sort of.

Posted by ApochPiQ, 02 June 2006 · 84 views

This afternoon I packed up and walked out of the Egosoft office for the last time (well, at least on this trip). I now face a weekend in Germany before flying home Monday morning.

It's been an unbelievable two weeks. In some ways, all manner of things got accomplished - design decisions, planning, inventing some really cool potential features that...

Insert Scream of Terror

Posted by ApochPiQ, 01 June 2006 · 63 views

My brain really wants to crawl out of my skull and go... someplace else.

My VS2005 task list nicely summarizes the situation:

This is going to be one heck of a massive undertaking, and the sheer power of it is just overwhelming. On the one hand, I'm rewriting technology that exists already, which means half the hard part is done - I know...

Brain asplode

Posted by ApochPiQ, 01 June 2006 · 56 views

I'm literally unable to find words to describe this past week.

Stuff has been insane. The past three days were spent in highly intense meetings, with two other team members coming in from the UK for discussions and design sessions. We've been starting around 11 every morning, and often carry on with discussions until 2 or 3 AM. Just getting through a...

Mmmm.... beer.

Posted by ApochPiQ, 27 May 2006 · 44 views

Well, I'll say one thing... us Germans sure do know how to make a beer.

Tonight's brew of choice was a nice Erdinger hefeweisse. Light, smooth, and very gentle. It's a good beer, although slightly too light for my personal taste. One thing I've noticed is that the imported shit we get in the U.S. is generally very little like the actual local...

Artist Ex Machina

Posted by ApochPiQ, 25 May 2006 · 106 views

The first word that comes to mind is "enlightening."

Actually, the first thing that comes to mind is rather a phrase, and the words typically average four letters. I won't repeat it here, as I suspect even the veteran sailors among us would be made slightly uncomfortable.

(Now I'm out of hyperbole and melodrama, so I'll just tell it straight. OK, maybe...


Posted by ApochPiQ, 25 May 2006 · 56 views



Posted by ApochPiQ, 23 May 2006 · 82 views

OK, now this is just cool.

Here at the office they've got a little mini instant espresso machine thingy. You get a little pre-sealed, individually wrapped chunk of compressed coffee, stick it into a little slot, select your preferred strength, and poke a button - and in 30 seconds you have a nice little espresso. Preheats the water to all the magical...

Whee, jetlag is fun!

Posted by ApochPiQ, 23 May 2006 · 47 views

Well, this has been a most disorienting 24 hours.

I arrived in Frankfurt yesterday (I'm pretty sure it was yesterday...) at about 6:30 AM, half an hour early. Let me tell you, these German folks really know how to run a passport control/customs line; I've been a few places and Germany has consistently (both times I've been here) been fast, efficient, and...

Hit the ground running

Posted by ApochPiQ, 23 May 2006 · 58 views

I'm here, and already busy as all get out.

More later, maybe [smile]

Mmmm... Deutschswaggen.

Posted by ApochPiQ, 21 May 2006 · 39 views

Woo... now that is the way to crash after a crunch week! I slept pretty much all day today, so really all I have to do now is throw some stuff in a suitcase and burn some time until my flight leaves.

Apparently, Germany is cold, which I do not particularly like (being a tropically-blooded kind of guy). So I have to pack lots of warm clothes, which means...

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