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Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Insanity, Headaches, Chaos..

I know, long time no blog.  But DANG has work been insane!

The hardware guy keeps getting sucked into meetings and not designing the hardware.  We discover each day a new thing missing from the code the previous contractors left.  And in that, I get to learn to do new things that I wasn't supposed to have to.. ugh.  It'll look great on a resume!

I'd be sightseeing a bit on the weekends but it's HOT - over 105F.. and that highly de-motivates me from doing anything but either hiding at home or the local bar.  It should cool down in a couple of weeks, but we'll see if that actually happens.

This contract could go until Christmas.. good thing I like Tulsa.  Fun times.

Some 3D being done, small animation tests and such in prep for pre-production work on my Vicky's Diary Webcomic.  Yes, I'm trying the Webcomic thing again!  Just one, though.  There'll be a Blogger blog for it shortly.

Ugh, back to studying motor control theory.. my head hurts..

Friday, August 1, 2014

My But It Got Busy...

Well, I've been on my new contract a little over a month now.  It's in Tulsa, OK. and should run until close to the end of October.  It's writing firmware for an electronically-controlled security fence product, very interesting, motor control, graphics display, on an MSP430-based platform.

Tulsa is a nice town - less crowded and more laid-back than Austin.  Still some good music here, especially rock and blues.  The place I'm staying is less than 2 blocks from a nice bar that has live music almost every night, which is great!  Except for the amount of time I spent there checking out new bands (heh).

Haven't done a lot of music since the move, it was INSANE - I woke up in Austin on a Monday and woke up in Tulsa on a Wednesday!  HUGE rush of a move, I threw all I owned into one large suitcase and a backpack and made the jump.  Thankfully the bus service here is acceptable, and there are plenty of extended stay hotels that are very affordable, so I managed to drop right in and get to work.

I'm also restarting my 3D artwork, since I have lots of free time after work and on weekends.  I'm not too close to downtown, and there's no late bus service to speak of, and NO bus service on Sundays, so I get to spend a lot of time at home or at the local bar.. might as well get creative!

I'm thinking of writing an autobiography, just for fun.. nothing meant to be published before I die, though!  But half the time even I can't believe all the things I've been through.  I'd better get it all down before I forget it all, and given my current lifestyle I'm sure I'll have a bazillion experiences to write about in the future.

Ah, well, back to digesting my pizza and watching the BIOS/RTOS re-compile for a new chip model.. boring!

Take care!