I sent in a proposal today for some new framework and rapid-development library code for missions in the X3 addon project. The ideas I've had are nothing new, just formalized so we as a team can finally get down to actually implementing them and benefiting.
Well, as it turns out, someone else has already been working on this for the past week... oops! I'm seriously going to have to find a solution to the out-of-office communication gap that I have right now. I basically blew two days of thought, planning, and prior-code analysis to build that document, and I was about to start implementing new code when I finally heard.
On the plus side, I'm starting to talk with the team lead and our resident web server guru/admin about implementing some new project coordination tools on our development intranet. I'm definitely going to be putting pressure on that now, since my first week of work got borked by precisely the lack of coordination that we need these tools to fix [rolleyes]
Currently it looks like my real actual project will be either in some code refactoring in preparation for Big Future Stuff (can't talk about it, use your imagination [wink]), developing a new tutorial system for the game (those who have followed my rampages in the Game Design forum probably know where I'm going to take that one), or both. Those are things I've also expressed a lot of interest in, and frankly they're more fun than building library routines anyways, so no big loss [smile]
For something not related to game development, I've been stockpiling books lately. One thing that I really hated about the Evil Day Job was being too drained to read (usually, if I tried to read, I'd fall asleep). Reading is one of my favorite activities, so I'm really happy to have a life arrangement that lets me get back to reading a lot.
I'm about 3/4 of the way through Gödel Escher Bach, which has been utterly fascinating thus far, even if I find some of Hofstaetder's beliefs a little questionable. I'm a sucker for mind-broadening literature, even if I think the author is a complete lunatic [grin]
Fiction-wise, I found a nice hardcover copy of Dune for $7 the other day. I'd intended to read Dune for quite a while, and a cheap hardcover book is just irresistable to me, so I bought it (I also had some plane flights in my future, which are always best spent with a good book.) Anyways, I just finished it the other night, and basically went out and ordered the rest of the canonical Frank Herbert Dune books (all used, and paperback, since I'm a cheap bastidge). All told I managed to get the entire set of 6 for about $22 out of pocket.
I also just picked up a copy of Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance on Sneftel's recommendation. I've heard about it previously and it sounds like the kind of stuff I'd enjoy.
It's all rather slightly expensive after a while, and I have a dangerous habit of getting a lot of books and reading them all 80% and never finishing, so this is a bit of a risk; but in any case it's great to be able to do some Real Life again.
Anyways... I'd best cut this off before I end up making one of my usual epic monolithic blobs of a post that nobody has the stamina to read [grin]
(Ooops, too late.)