Work From Home

So my company’s lease expires on August 31 for the office space we occupy. I should really say occupied, but I’ll get to that. We have a new office space all lined up across the street. Unfortunately, due to the heavy layers of beauracracy and red tape, leases and contracts needed approval after approval until every pencil pusher under the impression he has the power to make a decision had seen our contract/lease and waited a week or two to sign it. This means our new office space will not be ready for occupancy until mid-October. Thats a month and a half after our current lease expires, for those non-math majors out there.

Last week, we had to pack up and leave our office. We are temporarily renting some shared space on a couple of floors right below where we used to occupy. Since its shared space though, there isn’t enough room for the entire team. In fact, there’s really only room for about half the team. So at any given time, about half of the team is working from home. This, fortunately, includes me. It has been mandated that we need to be in the office at least 2 days a week. Which means for the next month and a half, I will be working from home 3 days a week.

I am excited about this, but not in the way you probably expect. While its definitely a more relaxing atmosphere at home, this won’t be a big party or anything. When I work from home, I am able to get a significant amount of work done. Moreso, than I am able to get done at work. So this will actually be an opportunity for me to get my work done and work on the side projects I actually enjoy working on for work. That and I won’t have to spend a small fortune on lunches in the Prudential Food Court.

August 17th

Today is my birthday.

I am officially 26 years old.

Outside of the Nintendo DS from last weekend and the giant bear hug from my roommate (thanks Nat!) this morning, its been fairly uneventful. I’ll be heading back to Braintree this evening for our weekly Uno’s gathering, but I don’t envision that being anything out of the ordinary. Ordinary pretty much describes the day so far. Noone even wanted to get McDonald’s or Wendy’s for lunch to celebrate this joyous holiday. As the kids say, “It was pretty whack.”

Now, I’m going to pass out from food coma and try to get some work done when I wake up.

Maybe I’ll open some toys when I get home.

Happy Birthday, Me.

Nintendo DS

This is the tax-free holiday weekend in Massachusetts. I didn’t realize this until about Thursday and on Friday, I had a brilliant idea! Its time for a Nintendo DS. I’m not much of a gamer. In fact, the last system I got was a Gameboy Advance circa 2002 on ebay. I have an SP, but I did not pay anything close to retail value for it. There was some ridiculous sale at a KB the day after Thanksgiving and I had a friend pick it up for me.

After being at Otakon, it was hard not to notice the sheer number of people toting the little device around. They would casually take it out to waste time while waiting in some of the incredibly long lines or pass time at a panel that wasn’t particularly interesting. The turning point was just before the awful Transformers panel. There were 3 girls sitting in the back of panel before us, all playing MarioKartDS against each other. I knew then that it was merely an eventuality that I would get one.

So after a night of merriment, I groggily awoke at 8:00 AM EST. I got my things together for the rest of the day including my frisbee, work pager, and suitcase to return to my parents. I knew I wanted to be at Toys R Us early because of the sheer crowds that come out for this holiday, but I also knew that TRU doesn’t open until 10:00 AM EST. So I went about the house gathering all the empty cans and bottles and put them neatly in the kitchen and wiped down the half of the table the bottles were not occupying. After I finished, I was on my way to TRU. The actual act of getting the DS was uneventful and trivial, albeit quite exciting. I picked up MarioKart DS and New Super Mario Bros. to start my gaming adventure with. I do wish in retrospect I had gotten a small padded case and some screen protectors, but in no way does that mean I regretted any part of that trip.

I put my prize in the car and headed to my parents house. After lugging the suitcase in, jokingly stating that I’d need it another month, my mother told me I should just hold onto it and I lugged it back out to my car. I then brought in the DS to show my mom how cool it was. After she looked at it, she said, “You know we still don’t know what to get you for your birthday. Can we give this to you?” I’m not sure she was finished speaking when I said, “Yes!”, but I was pretty excited.

I posted some gadget pr0n after the jump and I also added a gallery here.
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Otakon 2006 Picture Update 2

I am happy to report that I have added Brendan’s pictures to the gallery. You can see it in its own folder via the same link here.

He got mostly the same pictures I did at first, however, his second half differ a great deal. He snapped some pictures of the Nartuo series photo shoot, dealer room and more.


Link Dump 2006.08.11

This is a short one, but the items in this link dump contain links I came across while searching for pieces to my costume for Otakon 2006.

Roplex – “Ropes – A European term referring to the amount of physical ejaculatory contractions a man can have during orgasm.” This enhancer increases the number of ‘ropes’ a male gets.

Link. – Thick Gold Rope Necklace. Four fingah ring not included.


Grappling Hooks – for when your in a pinch and need to scale a wall and flip out and kill someone like the ninja you are.


Otakon 2006 Picture Update 1

I have returned from Otakon with lots of scwhag, dvds, books and most importantly, pictures!

I have posted all the pictures taken with my camera here in the gallery.

I will be adding more to the gallery as I get more pictures from my cohorts in conventioning. I will make a post when I make large updates.

For those waiting for it, here is this year’s group photo: