I’ve got a cold. Grr. Looking back on my blog, I see that I whined about having a cold at the beginning of the year, too. I think I’ll blog every time I get sick. It might give me a useful record about how often I get colds, and why.This time (like last time) I’ve just come back from traveling, this time to Austin. I had a great time with George, Linda, Brian, and Carl. I met Brian’s roommate, who really impressed me with his Toyota Matrix, but I’m still leaning towards a new Scion xB. George (coincidentally) had Ian and Harry (Harriet) over from Plymouth, England; they were a lot of fun to hang out with, too.
Carl really had some neat projects he’s working on. He’s building a new house on their farm, and now that they’re ready to sheetrock it all, he’s putting cat5 and other wires everywhere, to future-proof the place. He’s gonna build a central Linux server to control the environment and security systems. He’s also eager to get his hands on a new completely open-source Linux cell phone; cool!
Carl really had some good advice for me. He suggested that if I’m starved for peer contact, I should be attending every game development conference I can. I’ll be looking into that.
George also had some cool things to say. We found time to continue our discussion about my future. I told him I enjoyed being the guru on the mountaintop here in Cleveland, but at the same time I’m not ready to stop climbing. He re-iterated that I’m the best Thom he knows. Aww.
I presented my "How to Make a Game Like Space Invaders" talk to Brian; he appreciated it, and felt he’d learned some new things. But he’s squeezed like everyone else in this economy, so he focused on work and doesn’t have free time to act on it.
Now that I’m back in Cleveland, everything’s okay, except for the cold (travel virus, standard, 1 each). Anyway, I had fun, and I’m looking forward to the next time!