Light in the Tunnel
Allacrost saw its first playable demo released on October 3rd. I really wish that it could have been in a more "fun" state, but we are still without a strong art development team, and our programming team had/has a couple holes in it as well. Regardless, it was more well-received than I thought it would be, which is always a good thing. :) One thing that has really amazed me is how quickly Allacrost has self-propagated itself on the internet. I see all kinds of sites that I've never heard of that now host our demo on their own servers, write short summaries about it (in several languages), etc. Who knew advertising would be so easy! ^_^
Anyway, I visited Phoenix for a brief period of time back in late September/early October because I had a free ticket. Unfortunately I got sick right before I left, so I was incapacitated for the 3-4 days that I was there. Still, I enjoyed getting away even for a little while, and I was able to visit a couple of friends that I haven't spoken to in a while. I still haven't quite recovered from being sick either; I have been coughing for about a month now. I would love to see the doctor, but I'm uninsured right now because....well it's a long story that I don't want to get into, but its for stupid reasons that aren't my fault. In a week I'll be able to get on Freescale's insurance plan though, so its all good.
I'm enjoying my class a lot, and I'm learning a lot in it too. We had the first midterm about two weeks ago and after it was over, I felt really good. Not because I think I did really good on the exam, but because I finally feel like I have a good grasp of the concepts in modern microarchitecture that I have been unable to learn for the past two years. So I'm definitely happy that I decided to take this class, even though I don't need it to get my degree. I've also made some good friends as a result of that class as well. Even more remarkably, two of them are female! I haven't made a female friend since...jeez, I guess it would have to have been 6 years now. That's pathetic!!! And to think that in high school almost all of my good friends were girls.....EE really does change a man. :(
My thesis is coming along as well. I finished the first (of five) chapters last night and I think that as long as I have all of my results, I can finish a rough draft in two weeks. Hopefully that gives my comittee enough time. I feel bad about taking so long to get this thesis to them, but I was just lacking motivation (and I wasn't being medicated for my anxiety disorder for quite some time as well). When I have to spend all day studying and working at my job, when I come home at night the last thing I want to do is more work, you know? Speaking of that, I stepped down from my role in Allacrost temporarily until I can finish my thesis. Things have been really slow with Allacrost this month, but they typically are for us this time of year because a lot of people are busy with classes, etc. Also I took a leave of absence from my job starting this week because I don't have time to work on anything other than my thesis at this point. I'm growing more and more unhappy with my job there, for a number of reasons.
Well it looks like I'm on the final stretch now. As long as any major disasters don't happen, in exactly six weeks from today, I will start working my full-time job and graduate from my life of misery. I'm actually not looking forward to graduation (if you can believe that), because I don't see myself becomming any happier as a result of that. After all, my start date at work is the Monday after classes end!!! I can't believe the things I get myself into sometimes...