This is an attempt at a new style of storytelling/gaming/roleplaying. This is, at its base, a Twine game-story but I want to build it based on user input. It starts with the first passage. I will add choices and passages based on user input. Please say so in the comments. Tell me which passage and what option would you like. Don’t feel bad but whenever the comments will get too numerous, they will be pruned.

Thank you for participating in my experiment. This is it. This is The End.

4 Comments, Written on March 4th, 2015 , Art, Gaming, Programming, Role-Playing, Stories

First of all, despite the fact I’m leaving, there is no ill will. I do not regret the last two and a half years. I mean, there were a few moments that I wouldn’t mind not happening but I do consider it time well spent. I did learn a lot. I believe I made some good friends. I evolved my skills.

And while I do have some issues with the design and production flow over there, and I would definitely have made some different decisions when it comes to gameplay (Yes, also with an eye to monetisation) but I’m still willing to bet on their success. I just think that a live worldwide game with a few thousand users is still no excuse for the stress and crunch that goes on.

I only told everyone I was leaving after the deal has been set and sealed. I didn’t want to get leverage for better conditions. I wanted something new. So, instead of a back and forth negotiations, I got my managers’ opinions about my decided move.

We talked about career progression. When I came to the company and when I talked to Tal, it was almost always with an eye on professional evolution. I might not want to be a manager but I still want to lead. I want to be in charge of direction and vision and convention. But that will not happen in Seven Elements. And it will probably take time to get there in Compedia (or maybe in the next company) but, most of all, I do not consider this move a step backwards. I consider it a step forward. In technology, in my well being, in my march towards my ultimate dream of self fulfillment and self direction.

In Compedia, I plan to learn the tech, get professional at it, hopefully do some great things with it, get to know the educational side of the industry, maybe even pursue a second degree in education, who knows? This could be a whole new frontier which has yet to be properly explored.

It’s exciting.

2 Comments, Written on May 5th, 2016 , Life, Practice, Thinking Out Loud, Work

אז יש לי עוד שבוע יום הולדת.

אני חוזר על אותו השטיק כבר שנים: יש לי רשימה של דברים שאני אשמח לקבל (תחת דף ה-About) אבל, כמו שציינתי לפני כמה רשומות, גם דלי מלא בבייקון ג’רקי וצימוקים יהיה משהו שאני מאוד אוהב. רק כדאי שיהיו מופרדים. בעצם… לא חובה שיהיו מופרדים.

אבל אפילו סתם מזל טוב יהיה מאוד מוערך.

זהו. אמרתי מה שהיה לי להגיד.

’nuff said. [mic drop]

Leave A Comment, Written on April 12th, 2016 , Life, Me

אמרתי מה שהייתי צריך להגיד.

ואיך אני מרגיש?

רגיעה, שלווה, שקט נפשי.

Leave A Comment, Written on April 7th, 2016 , Life, Work

אתמול היינו בחתונה של עמית ואורטל. חתונת שישי בצהריים, שזה משהו שלא ייצא לי לראות הרבה. אבל בהחלט היה כיף כי הם גם גיקים ויש לנו הרבה חברים טובים משותפים.

לצפות בטקס שוב שלח אותי לרגע ההוא בחתונה קודמת שהיינו בה ובו לא יכולתי שלא לראות את זה מנקודת מבט אנתרופולוגית שמסתכלת על טקס מיושן ומוזר. במיוחד היה לי מוזר כי עמית אמר בעבר שהוא לא בדיוק מגדיר את עצמו כדתי כי הוא מאמין באיזה שהוא כוח עליון אבל הוא לא בהכרח אוהב את כל מה שבנו סביב זה. אני יכול לכבד את הדעה הזאת. הרי ככה פחות או יותר הגדרתי דמות שכתבתי שהיא דיי אני אם אני הייתי מאמין במשהו כזה.

בכל מקרה, הם כן עשו את הכל מגניב יותר כשלפני כן התנגנו מנגינות מהארי פוטר ומלחמת הכוכבים והם ניקדו את ה”מקודשת מקודשת מקודשת” הדתי עם צליל מציאת האוצר ממשחקי זלדה.

המוזיקה הייתה קצת לא אחידה ובעיקר מלאה בשירים שאני זוכר יותר בהקשר של בית ספר מאשר כל דבר אחר (אין לי ממש בעיה עם החלק השני. יש לי קצת בעיה עם החלק הראשון). והעוגה הייתה מאוד מגניבה רק חבל שחלק ממנה בסוף הגיע לרצפה.

סך הכל, אני אוהב את האנשים האלו ומקווה שיהיו להם חיים טובים ביחד ואני מצפה להיות חבר שלהם לאורך זמן. וזאת גם תהיה חתונה שאני בטוח שהרבה מהאורחים גם ייזכרו להרבה זמן. שזה דבר מאוד חיובי בעיניי. כי זה גם אחד הדברים שאני כיוונתי אליהם בחתונה שלנו.

Leave A Comment, Written on April 2nd, 2016 , Humanity, Life, Practice, Thinking Out Loud

I posted on the Facebook group about my situation and asked for advice before seeing the doctor and everyone pretty much said to get a blood test, that I should just rest more, etc… But nothing really helped.

On Thursday, I’ve had enough of the headaches so I decided to do pretty much the one thing I thought of doing in the last three weeks but haven’t done yet: go back to polyphasic sleeping.

On Friday, I felt much better. Just a residual kind of headache. Still there but not very bothersome. I kept Maayan company at work and then we went to meet some friends for dinner.

On Saturday, the only thing that was left of the headache was a tiny fraction I could ignore. Everything felt better. The world looked better. I had more energy than I had in a while. I felt less stressed. Then we stayed up until 4:00 to finish a puzzle. <shrug>

And Sunday I went back to work. I’m not at a 100% yet but I put in a full day with no problem. I even napped properly and benefited from it.

And now I’m sitting here writing this. Yes, it’s after 2:00. But, besides some tiredness because, well, it’s 2:00 and I’m not reacclimated yet, I feel great. I don’t even feel a headache.

I posted an update to my Facebook thread about what I did and what happened. Then someone replied and said I’m addicted to polyphasic sleeping. I’m not sure it was meant as a completely comedic comment. And I’m starting to think there might be some truth to that.

2 Comments, Written on March 14th, 2016 , Life, Me, Practice, Thinking Out Loud

אז יום ההולדת שלי עוד חודשיים וקצת. והיה סנטה סודי לפני חודשיים (פחות קצת). וזה גורם לי לחשוב קצת על מתנות.

מה שקיבלתי לסנטה הסודי היה מטורף…

לא בתמונה: עוד הרבה ממתקים ובקבוק של סיידר אגסים של ווסטון.

לא בתמונה: עוד הרבה ממתקים ובקבוק של סיידר אגסים של ווסטון

אבל, למען האמת, הייתי מסתפק בהרבה פחות. מבחינתי, אם מישהו היה יודע שאני מאוד אוהב משהו, גם אם הוא פשוט, ורק מביא לי המון ממנו, אני אהיה שמח. זאת אומרת, אם כל מה שמעין תביא לי ליום ההולדת הוא דלי אחד מלא פלאפל ועוד דלי לידו מלא בצימוקים אז אני אהיה ממש שמח.

רמז, רמז… לא, לא באמת. זאת אומרת, אני אשמח אבל זה לא משהו שאני דורש.

זהו. פריים מסטארגייט המקורי זה פשוט מדהים. אבל צנצנת של לוטוס ומשקה מארס גם היה משמח אותי מאוד.

Leave A Comment, Written on March 6th, 2016 , Life, Me, Thinking Out Loud

I’m drinking coffee. That’s how bad.

This is maybe my fourth or fifth cup of coffee in three or four years.

Coffee usually helps with headache.

I hope it will.

Leave A Comment, Written on March 5th, 2016 , Life

I’ve been out of it since roughly Thursday before last. It’s annoying. I, basically, felt shitty, tired, coughing and with a pounding headache. This is something that shouldn’t last a week. And now it’s about a week and a half since and I still feel pretty bad.

The doctor said it’s a bug. But I don’t think it’s just a bug. I think stress has something to do with it. Stress is hard to measure and I am very impervious to outside stress, very good at stressing myself out and exceedingly good at ignoring the effects. Until they bring me down.

I’ve said before that I don’t know when to quit. I still don’t (i.e. The time I stayed at work until 23:00 just because there was stuff to do. Not even urgent stuff). And so Maayan suggested something I’m seriously considering.

Maayan is working now. It’s just us and a pup. We live modestly. We don’t need much. And even moving to a new place a year from now won’t change much. Our situation is stable and quite ok. We don’t really need two full high-tech size paychecks. So, to reduce stress, I might want to dial it back a bit. About a day.

With another day a week, I could focus on the last course of the degree I just can’t seem to finish. I could work on personal projects. I could branch out a bit. Learn more. Improve my skills. And mostly, do something without a deadline.

Hopefully, it will actually help.

Update: As a less grandiose move, I’m going to try and watch my work hours first and see if it helps.

Leave A Comment, Written on February 29th, 2016 , Life

Staying home.

Will try to not die.

Leave A Comment, Written on February 18th, 2016 , Life

Yesterday was interesting. I was doing my thing, as usual. I knew there were problems with the latest store version we uploaded but I was practicing not shoving my nose in to things I probably shouldn’t. It happens to me quite a lot that I try to help but I really shouldn’t, for various reasons. So, this time, I did that.

I don’t know exactly how much time has passed but I noticed the rest of the team wasn’t getting any progress. So, I joined in, took a look at what they were doing, suggested some things that didn’t quite help, and then decide to investigate it on my own. I pushed some breakpoints in the flow and spent about 15 minutes looking at exactly what was happening. Then I said: “I can tell you exactly what is happening!”

Then everyone crowded around my station while I explained why it happens and what I think we should do to fix it. The response was stunned silence. So, I said “No objections or suggestions? Ok, I’ll do what I said.” Then some stayed to watch. :)

It doesn’t happen all the time. But it’s fun when it does.

Leave A Comment, Written on February 10th, 2016 , IT, Programming, Work

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