New developments.

Just a quick warning before we start. I’ve got quite a lot to post about, so this will be one of my longer posts.

The important bit of news is that I have a new job. The firm’s called AAT, and they code all sorts of SMS systems and other shiny things. They’re in the office park behind John Dory’s in Kloof, so that’s 5 minutes to and from work every morning for me (all I have to do is drive down Krantzview Road, dodge the Thomas More College traffic, and I’m pretty much there). They seem to be a pleasant bunch of people, and they’re on the same wavelength as me, which is quite important. Anyway, I start at the beginning of December. CTI is sorry to see me go, but this is quite a step forward for me, and I’m not going to let this one go.

They didn’t have a problem with my trip to Australia at the end of the year either. Which reminds me… I recently received an e-mail from SAA to say that they’d had to make some slight changes to my flight schedule. While that didn’t bother me at all, what amused me was the tag at the bottom: “This e-mail is sent subject to the disclaimer which can be found at $URL. If you don’t have Internet access, please send an e-mail to $E-MAIL.” Now, firstly if I was receiving the e-mail, I probably would have Internet access to read said disclaimer. And secondly, if I didn’t have Internet access, then I probably wouldn’t be able to send the e-mail to get the disclaimer. Idiots.

As for the Fatality LAN – we didn’t do too badly for a first time. Granted, we had our fair share of hiccups – the first being when we pulled the switches out of the boxes while we were setting up, only to discover that they used those irritating two-prong plugs and we had no adapters. So off we sped to Game in the Pinecrest Centre (the new name for the Sanlam Centre for the ex-Durban people reading this) and bought out most of their stock. Then, we had faults in our power supply and some sections of the LAN kept tripping out. We eventually sorted that out by redistributing some of the PCs, and we were all happy. We ran a few tournaments, which made everyone even happier. I didn’t do much gaming myself (spent most of the time looking after the dedicated servers and fixing nyetwork problems), but yes, I did play some Flatout 2 – had a four lap race, and by the middle of the third lap I had lapped the rest of the field. While I was impressed with that feat, there’s no fun in that – to become better, you need to be challenged to perform better (that’s actually true for most things, not just gaming). And I certainly wasn’t being challenged. The same was true for one game of DotA that I played – and bear in mind that this is one game that I don’t generally do very well at.

The next Fatality LAN is happening on the first weekend of next month. I don’t know what attendance will be like this time, especially when you consider that UberLAN is happening on the same weekend, and being more established it will probably attract more players. But we will play on. As for the next CTI LAN, I spoke to Chris and Steven this weekend (both were at Fatality), and it will only be next year.

It would have been a great weekend had it not been for a rather unpleasant experience regarding the Hillcrest Mugg & Bean. I went there last night with rooijan and some other friends from church – after eating my food I started feeling quite sick. So I hauled my sister out of there and got her to drive me home. Upon arriving, I got out of the car to open the gate, and promptly threw up on the side of the driveway. I’m not sure what they put in those Whippy Wedges, but whatever it was, it certainly didn’t agree with me. But then, I’ve eaten Whippy Wedges many times before, so I’m sure that it was a once-off event. It certainly won’t put me off having them again.

All the rest of my weekends for this month (and next month) are booked up. Next weekend is sort of free, just an important cricket scorers meeting (our lead scorer recently passed away, and we need to discuss the way forward from here). The next weekend after that is BarCamp Durban, and the weekend after that I have to do exam invigilation. Then we’re into December – first weekend is the next Fatality LAN, then the weekend after that I’m involved in a church youth camp, and then I’ll be away in Oz. Glad I’ve sorted everything out with regards to my trip now, because there probably won’t be much time to do anything that I’ve overlooked.

I think that’s quite enough for a Monday morning…

Currently listening to: Agnelli & Nelson – Holding Onto Nothing [Original Paul van Dyk Mix]

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