Thoughts on Mass Effect 3 (end-game spoilers)

April 3, 2012 Leave a comment

These points do not cover the ending itself, but contain spoilers for the overall game.

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Thoughts on Mass Effect 3 (mid-game spoilers)

April 3, 2012 Leave a comment

This section contains mid-game spoilers – for those who are around 15-20 hours into the game but have not yet finished it.

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Thoughts on Mass Effect 3 (spoiler-free)

April 2, 2012 Leave a comment

I recently finished Mass Effect 3, so I figured post a list of comments about it. I’ll organize them by spoiler level, so that people who haven’t finished the game can still read parts of this post without learning too much.

I’ll refrain from talking about the ending, because that has already been done to death and I have little to add to it (ending spoilers for all links). All I’ll say is that the ending is so terrible that it mades me reluctant to play through the game again, which is something I did for the first two games.

Most of these comments are negative, but overall I enjoyed myself and feel like this game was worth playing, though I think Mass Effect 2 is easily the better game.

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Things I Learned from Work Part 3: Professionalism, Organization and Lack Thereof

March 28, 2012 Leave a comment

When I was a kid, I thought most grownups knew what they were doing.  Sure, there were a few here and there that clearly didn’t, but for the most part, I thought that if someone did something for a living, then he or she must be good at it.  I thought companies were well-organized groups of skilled, well-trained people all working together toward a common goal in perfect harmony.

I also thought those spinning things outside Chinese barber shops were magic.

My mental image of the professional worker wore down as I got older, and by the time I was in university, it was pretty much gone.  Even then, it was somewhat surprising to watch the corporate environment grind that idea into dust and then set the dust on fire.

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Things I Learned from Work Part 2: Commuting and Free Time

March 1, 2012 1 comment

I took public transit to get to my job.  It was the cheapest way – not because public transit is cheap around here, but because driving to my job was prohibitively expensive.  My commute was about 1.5 to 2 hours long each way, which added up to about 3-4 hours spent in a vehicle of some sort every day.  It was pretty bad.

Commuting by public transit means you have to deal with delays, crowds, and the odd crazy/smelly person sitting close to you.  Commuting by car lets you avoid all those problems, but you have to deal with gas prices, traffic, parking, and the mental exertion of driving instead.  One way or another, long commutes can take a lot out of you – more than you might expect.

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Things I Learned from Work Part 1: Work and Fatigue

February 24, 2012 Leave a comment

I’ll be releasing this in multiple parts, because there are many main points that I want to get across.

When you’re working a full-time job, you usually sit at a desk for stretches of 5 hours or more.  This is more tiring than it sounds.

Now, I’m not saying that school isn’t stressful and tiring – it’s probably the most stressful thing I’ve dealt with up until that point in life – but the idea that work is worse is something I never believed until I started working myself.

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Taking a Step Back

February 23, 2012 Leave a comment

After giving it a lot of thought, I’ve quit my job.  My last day was almost two weeks ago, and I think I’m starting to feel better.  It’s nice to have time to recover from the grind.  I don’t regret it one bit – I was getting much too cynical and pessimistic for my own good.

It’s just not worth grinding away my life in a place that presents  absolutely no future.  I’ve decided to take some time to step back, figure out what I want to do with my life, and brush up on a few things while I’m at it.

My title as a tech writer was a bit of a misnomer; I actually spent most of my time copying and pasting rather than writing.  As a result, I feel like my writing skill has gotten worse, and I’ve gotten worse at picking out common writing errors at a glance.  Not good.

One of the things I intend to do to recover from this is to spend more time writing.  I know blogging is not the most formal, strenuous form of writing, but the way I see it, it’s as useful as you make it.  If you treat it like a serious piece of writing and check it over just as thoroughly as you would anything you would submit as a writing sample, then it could be good practice.

Over the next few days, I’m going to post a write up about things I’ve learned from my job.  It’s the result of a lot of idle thoughts regarding the shift from student life to work life, and though a lot of it may sound like common sense, I hope it’ll be at least interesting to read.

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