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  1. Holy shit, this thread is four years old?

    One of the more disappointing developments over that time is that the first photo I linked to, back when this thread started, is a pretty good angle on where I suspect my hair is now starting to thin.

    Time, ladies and gentlemen. Time.


    Mine is still as bushy as ever (although not in that pic), however, I have started to go grey at the temples. Time.

  2. I wish it worked that way, but I don't really believe it does. Maybe it's different in not-San-Francisco-AKA-startup-central. It probably is.


    Agreed. It often means they're just going through the motions to show due diligence before giving the job to someone they know - who clearly was the best for the role, as no-one had the required experience etc. etc. etc. blah blah

  3. I hear you. However, I just rely on one or two agents that I trust and knowing people. I think the last job that I got from a CV was in 2000, since then it's just been a good relationship with a person at an agency who isn't a dick and knows me, and contacts that I've since made.


    I look at the job market now and really do feel sorry for people coming out of school/university and having to go through that whole rigmarole.

  4. During the earlyish (pre-teen I suppose to anthropomorphosise) days of the WWW ('93) I used to spent a lot of time on the online real-time 'talkers' based on the Ew-too code. Called Foothills, Surfers and a myriad of others, but those were the two I hung around on. Foothills was US based, Surfers UK. Anyway, it was really cool as I got to talk to actual people around the world!


    So there were a couple of meets organised, and as Reading University had a fairly large Surfers presence, the first meet was held there. I think around 30 people made it down/up/across. That was pretty weird, as you may imagine it was mostly geeky types that turned up. I found it all very uncomfortable in the main, trying to get along with people IRL when previously it was so easy to do so in text form. There was a lot of posturing and geeky showing off. Not much fun.


    Now I'm a bit older, I can appreciate meeting folk from the internet - it's a lot more common now, so people have got used to doing it and 'know' how to behave. If you follow.

  5. Ah right. Well, am building one now myself, was going to offer advice if you needed it :) Best of luck! Ours has been a non-stop rollercoaster of things not happening as they should!

  6. So I bought a house this weekend.  It's just a dirt lot right now but hopefully over the next few months a brand new house will appear.  I wish I could turn on cheetah speed and move in now.


  in you're going to build it from scratch? Or it's just tired and needs refurbing?

  7. San Antonio was one of our favourite towns that we visited while we were over there. At least you live in a lovely town to do whatever you decide in.

  8. People are such assholes about things other people don't eat and drink :(


    I think I must be quite lucky, because I have a fairly large group of friends who are variously vegan, vegetarian, pescertarian and fully carnivorous, and we can all have a meal without anyone hassling anyone else. There was one time someone argued vegetarian meat substitutes were fundamentally dishonest or something, but that quickly got shut down with "Because sausage and burger shapes are how the meat comes off the animal, right?"


    ...or perhaps just British. Having travelled all over Europe and further afield with a vegetarian friend, the choice available to veggie (and other dietary choices) is pretty thin anywhere but here. This might might be changing slowly, but was certainly true a few years ago to my experiences.

  9. Don't move to London Nach! That's the devil's territory.


    Logically, that's probably the only place for you in your chosen line of work though. I made a pact with myself years ago to never move to London, as I was at university in Reading and that was 'the thing to do' once you graduated. I never had the urge, as visiting the place always made me feel filthy, blowing horrible black shit out of my nose for days and this horrible film sticking to your skin - am willing to admit this may have been down to the areas that my friends lived in, being poor ex-students. I did end up living in London for 10 months recently, but that was with a cracking salary, so I could go where I wanted and do what I wanted whenever, with a flat in Angel. Moving there with no money can be a miserable experience.


    That said, I couldn't be bothered to go out all the time, but I enjoyed the weekends there going to all the museums and the odd show down the west end. My housemate had some kind of Tate Modern membership, so we (the g/f and I) got into loads of stuff there on the cheap using his card.


    I did notice that I became a wanker in crowds more or less immediately, with no patience at all with people dicking around being slow on pavements: to the extent where one guy, walking backwards towards me while chatting to a girl crossing the street nearly walked into me. Instead of me moving, I gave him a double-handed shove out of the way.


    Now back in the provinces, in the countryside, I have returned to my polite ways :)


    Regarding boozing - some much in this country seemed angled towards getting lashed on fridays. Of course, I used to do this but grew out of it in my late twenties, particularly the busy bars with loud crap music where you're all sandwiched in 'having a good time'. I still get lashed (though nowhere near as often or as bad as my body is getting old! :)), but in much more pleasant surroundings. Am more acutely conscious of the way booze inflicts harm on my body too.


    In short though, you should be able to feel comfortable in not ordering alcohol in a bar if you don't want to. Stick to your guns :)

  10. Any of youse planning on getting this? The beta is shaping up nicely.


    I know TychoCelchuu is playing, 'cos I see his name all over the Sega forums, Gamereplays and :)