Random musings on my time here, in no particular order:
(1) People here are mean. My first indication was the aggressiveness of the drivers and the number of times you hear a car horn go off in anger (which never ends, regardless of how late). But it’s not just driving - they’re hostile in general. They have no problem being pushy to a ten year old boy who’s afraid to get on an escalator. It broke my heart a little.
(2) The 24 hour food services in Granville are disappointing, bordering on criminal. I found two bars, one noisy bar-and-grill, and one burger joint. The burger joint turned me off the least, and the food was ok, but the atmosphere was uncomfortable and the price was not right.
(3) The place is nuts with tourists right now. I guess because it’s summer. It made trying to navigate Michigan Ave. annoying.
(4) The place is also nuts with homeless. At first, I would either ignore them or politely decline to give them anything, but I’ve opted not to do that anymore. I’m not going to give away all my money or help everyone, but ignoring everyone just isn’t in me either. I don’t buy for a second that they’re all there because of their own mistakes and they could get out of their situation if they just “worked harder” or “got a job,” and even if I did, I’m still not going to deny a man food when he clearly doesn’t have any.
(5) Diversity here is interesting. I always assumed that Morgantown, a college town with people coming from all over the world to go to grad school, was a pretty diverse place. It isn’t. The people in Morgantown aren’t 1/5th as diverse as those in Chicago.
(6) Public transportation is a beautiful thing. The eL makes the PRT look like outdated rubbish. Almost everything is connected (although there is a fair bit of walking involved in getting to many places). I hear a lot of people complain about the eL. They’ve clearly never been to Morgantown or to a town lacking any public transportation at all.
(7) EA is a great place to work. I really can’t say much about the project I’m working on or the stuff in development, but it’s all Pretty Awesome.
(8) How is it that a seven story mall doesn’t have a single video game store? In fact, I haven’t seen a video game store yet in the entire city. I hope I find one soon, since I fully intend on spoiling myself when my first paycheck comes around.
I think that’s all I have to say. I purchased GPU Gems today, so I’m going to be spending a good bit of time reading that, and maybe I’ll be implementing some cool things to show off. Speaking of which, I still haven’t updated the site to show off my shadow mapping or nifty plasma effects.
“At 30 years old, a woman’s greatest fear should be choking to death alone in her apartment.” –Jack Donagee (30 Rock)