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The Property Ladder

Posted by , 18 June 2006 - - - - - - · 217 views

My girlfriend and I got the keys to our first house on Friday. It was somewhat strange walking around the place and finding stuff the previous owners had left behind, which included, amongst other things: a hardhat, 300 cardboard beer coasters and a flashing blue emergency vehicle light that plugs into a car's cigarette lighter socket. We looked in the attic for the first time and discovered it was both boarded and carpeted, which was a nice bonus. I also learned on Saturday that going to DIY stores at the weekend is a special kind of hell.

Of course, now the future is filled with nothing but cleaning, painting, laying laminate flooring and carpets, assembling furniture, etc.

My incentive for finishing all this is that I won't allow myself to play Resident Evil 4 on our new 32 inch flat-screen TV (which is currently sat in its box at my parent's house) until it is all completed...

Microsoft Visual Web Developer 2005 Express

Posted by , 07 June 2006 - - - - - - · 220 views

I've been asked to put together a large website at work. Microsoft Internet Explorer is the only target browser, and I've been asked to use C# and ASP.NET if possible. I'm thinking this sounds like a job for Microsoft Visual Web Developer 2005 Express Edition, but I've not used it before (nevermind the fact that I'm new to C# and ASP.NET [grin]).

Anyone have any experience with this application? What were your impressions? Any tips?

I'm excited...

Posted by , 25 May 2006 - - - - - - · 268 views

...about Nintendo's Wii. The console, the games, the price and the features are all looking very special. $250 dollars for a next gen console? Woot!

Happy Escape from the Womb Anniversary!

Posted by , 25 May 2006 - - - - - - · 485 views

Today I reached a quarter of a century. Happy Birthday to me!

Pipo, Meetings, Insurance

Posted by , 06 April 2006 - - - - - - · 212 views

I think Pipo stumbled across his early Christmas present.

On a totally different subject, I'm really enjoying the work culture of my new job (I've been there 6-7 weeks now). In the past I've worked in positions that were very closely monitored (how you are spending your time, etc). But the analyst world I am now a part of is a very laid back one. Sure, there are crunch times and you are expected to track and take responsibility for your own time, but I could really get used to these days full of meetings, conference calls and the like.

Finally, just an hour ago I was signing some insurance docs that mean I am one step closer to having my first house. Apparently, the surveyors picked up the keys to the property today, so we should have the results of that early next week.

Paint a Beard on My Avatar and Call Me Santa!

Posted by , 05 April 2006 - - - - - - · 130 views

One of the great bonuses of becoming a staff member is that I get the GDNet+ membership along with all of its benefits for free. As I'd already paid up until August '06 that meant I had 4 or 5 months of GDNet+ time going spare.

A cunning plan formed: I contacted the guys in charge and asked if I could transfer this time to someone else on the forums. Mike has kindly obliged.

So, one lucky SOB is going to log on to GDNet to find themselves unexpectedly GD Plussed! [grin]

Who put the Mock in Democracy?

Posted by , 04 April 2006 - - - - - - · 151 views

I've been a staff member on GDNet for 5 days and I didn't break it! Woohoo. Of course, if anyone wants to volunteer, I need to practise suspending and banning. I take my role in the Ministry of Propaganda seriously.

Strike back? In real life, the Empire strikes first...

Mortgage, Scrounging, Wikipedia, What News Editors Do

Posted by , 03 April 2006 - - - - - - · 190 views

We put an offer in on the house we like last week and it was accepted. On Thursday we applied for a mortgage and set the solicitor/surveyor wheels in motion. It's a big undertaking and a scary one too. Apparently it takes an average of 6-8 weeks to get from the mortgage application stage to the point where you can sign a bit of paper and get your hands on the deeds (most of which seems to consist of expensive solicitors taking their own sweet time). Despite our offer being accepted and a "sold" sign appearing on the property there is always the danger that they could try to raise the price on us at a later stage. They call it gazumping, but that seems far too cheery a word for something that is actually a fairly nasty thing to do.

Pity the poor fool who would risk my wrath…

Anyway, let's pretend the glass is half full: a fun part of buying your first house is trying to surreptitiously scrounge unwanted possessions from family and friends to use as a temporary measure until you can replace them. So far we have promises of bookshelves, a desk, beds, a side table, wardrobes, CD shelves, someone who will install phone lines/electrical sockets for free, someone who will install a fire for free… this is in addition to the stuff we have between us anyway of course.

In slightly more GD related shenanigans, my recent April fools gag is now listed on Wikipedia and in reply to Vampyre_Dark's probing/cheeky question I described what the News Editors do on a typical day.

Finally, I can't wait until I've got the website upgrade and the house hunting out of the way and I can get down to some serious game devving. It has been such a long time since I actually got a decent amount of code written. With this in mind, I'm trying to decide what exactly I should do. I'm currently an IT Analyst at work, with C++ knowledge from my spare time. There is a development team at work who are currently moving from VB to C#. So if I could get some knowledge of C# under my belt I'd be in a good position to get into the development side of things. Always thinking, see [wink]

Maybe some kind of C#/DirectX tomfoolery? Onwards and upwards!