Outside the window, grey clouds fill the sky and raindrops stream through the air. A warm morning for an early December day, the weather being more likely for mid-November. The rain does not bother me as I am sitting in a GO train headed to downtown Toronto, and getting ready for the start of a new day.
Since I started working at Indusblue as an Android developer, my mornings involve a morning train commute to Toronto. While taking the train and streetcar to work extends my commuting time, I can not complain. I get about two hours each day of time for myself, to get work done. Amongst other things, I use this time to write or catch up on past work. Today I decided that instead of sleeping on may to work, I would update this blog.
After a summer of travelling to and from San Francisco and spending a good portion of my Fall travelling in central Europe: Poland, Germany, Austria and Italy; I finally am settling down at the end of the year. While I love travelling and visiting new places, I am glad that I have returned to Toronto. I am glad to be close to most of my friends, family and familiar settings.
Since my return, I have concentrated on catching up on overdue work. So many tasks and delayed projects have piled up, that I feel the need to make progress on them or even finish them before the end of the year. Amongst other things I started writing two pieces: a science fiction novel and an auto-biography of sorts. Also I started working on justcheckers again, which I plan to complete as part of my portfolio work. And I am working on a few other missing or lacking parts of life, that I can not comment on right now. However I am overjoyed with the progress I have made, and the opportunities that linger on the horizon.
So while the mornings are grey and rainy and sometimes quite cold, I am grateful for the new reality of life I am in now. It might rain outside, but I feel as if it were sunny.
I’m going to have to keep these next upcoming posts short. I am a bit overwhelmed at the moment, with the sheer amount of things going on at the same time. I still want to try to keep going forward on the projects already in progress. But I will not add anything new to my plate for the next few weeks. I’m seriously planning a trip to Europe this year. Planning this trip will take quite some effort. Still a short update is in order.
I got meet up my university friend Rob yesterday. Have not talked to him in ages. I did spend a long time with him. But it was great to talk to him again, and I needed someone in a similar position to my own to bounce ideas off of.
I started to compile some notes for my novel. I wrote down most of the background of the novel. Now I plan on completing my notes and sketching out the plot. Then the serious work writing can begin. As for programming, I’m working on a PHP powered website for justCheckers. Also I am slowly reading through a book on coding C++ and Qt, along with a silly application I plan on writing to learn the Qt framework.
Yesterday, I turned 24. Or 109 in dog years. I feel old when I think about it that way. But then again, reflecting back these past 24 years have been eventful. Thanks to everyone who helped, guided and positively influenced me over the course of those years. I just hope that the next 24 years will be just as fascinating, exciting and important as the past 24.
Monday, I officially received my diploma. Tired from lack of sleep, and a dentist appointment in the morning, I showed up just in time for my celebration. Now I have a real degree in my hands. I heard that someone cheered my name when my turn to shake the chancellor’s hand. That day I realized that I could achieve a dream. Further more, I was not just another name. I was a someone, at least for someone other than my own family. And again when I met up with my friends after the ceremony. Thanks Rob, Dan, Albert, Arnold, Konrad, Adwoa, Scott and Miranda for all the happy university memories, for making me feel special and for graduating together with me. Congratulations!
Today, I paid off my university loan. And the preparation for my adventure in Europe begins!
After disappearing for a few months, I went back to the justCheckers website again. Much to my horror I discovered a group of spammers decided to “borrow” my forums. Now I have to engage in anti-spamming. The forums are cleaned of NSFW content, and I began the process of deleting and banning users. Joy. I think that sailors feel the same way, when cleaning barnacles off their ships. Spammers are just as pesky, and I don’t have the online equivalent of a high-pressure water hose.
Even my brother is not as pesky. Even when he turns into the dreaded Lettuce Monster, and begins eating all the lettuce leaves before I can finish the salad, my brother is not as pesky. Nor obnoxious as a earn-a-quick-buck spammer. Bad comparison, but my brother wanted to be mentioned as the Lettuce Monster in my blog.
In other news, I need to tie up a bunch of loose ends before I leave for Europe. After a few summers of work or school, I decided that I need a vacation. But I need to finish off my work and plan for the trip. I am still figuring out the itinerary. I wonder when should I start looking for a job too. So many decisions.
My friend and fellow justCheckers admin, Chris Bellini recently switched over to Ubuntu from Windows. And he nuked his Windows too. Wow. Even I am not quite prepared to leave my Windows yoke complete due to some of the PC games I bought. But 2007 really seems like the mythical year of the Linux desktop, with all the talk of switching away from Windows. But I think we still need more commercial game studios to start making Linux clients, before we see a more dramatic exodus.