the haps
Posted by Josh at 6:14 pm on August 24, 2009
<p>Sandy Neck Beach, Barnstable, MA</p>
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The past couple of weeks have seen some exciting times for Tori and me.  Not counting our swashbuckling adventures with Guybrush Threepwood, Mighty Pirate™ or Captain Jack Harkness we attended the wedding of my friends Lenni and Sean on August 16 and then went to Sandy Neck Beach on the Cape (a beach that wasn't part of my summer challenge last year) this past weekend with some other friends (follow the last two links for pictures!). 

The wedding was a ton of fun, albeit exhausting and quite warm (sure, summer weddings are pretty, but not the best weather for wearing suits), with Tori and I getting to dance quite a bit once the dance floor was cleared of tables.  The beach was also a blast, after some misadventure driving all around Southern Massachusetts looking for a beach that was allowing swimming (most were closed due to riptides caused by Hurricane Bill).  Once there we got to enjoy the sun and surf, and I even got to fly the Spider-Man kite I bought on sale at Walgreens that afternoon.

Other things of note... District 9 is excellent but depressing.  The Ghostbusters video game is humorous for the writing, but the gameplay is bland.  Oh, and I've updated the wishlist section of my site to reflect things I would appreciate receiving for my birthday (which is coming up in less than a month!). 

Posted by Josh at 9:32 am on July 28, 2009

A quick update for those who don't follow my facebook status or who haven't talked to me in person in the past week or so - I have accepted (and subsequently started) a job with Turbine, makers of such fine MMOs as Asheron's Call, Dungeons & Dragons Online, and Lord of the Rings Online.  It should be a pretty great job working on an interesting project. 

The biggest downside is the lengthier commute that requires me going through downtown Boston twice a day, but by shifting my hours a little later I can mostly avoid the traffic associated with it.  Any questions about my new job at Turbine, just drop me a line and I'll do my best to answer (within legal reason).

Posted by Josh at 12:43 pm on July 13, 2009

The job hunt continues (having gotten 1 job offer so far and waiting to hear back on others).  That, however, isn't the purpose of this post.

This past weekend Tori and I checked out Sail Boston, which is when a whole bunch of tall ships come to Boston and anchor around Boston Harbor.  I bought a fancy new digital camera and we went to check them out.  I took a fair number of pictures which I have uploaded to my Flickr account (I was going to upload them to my gallery here except my new camera takes pictures at such high-res that they were too massive for my site to handle).  We didn't see all the ships (far from it, in fact), but it was still pretty cool.  There were a crapload of people, which detracted a bit, but it also made for great people-watching.

Other fun stuff from this weekend - Tori and I took in a couple of movies, Whatever Works (courtesy of me finally using the free movie passes I won from being Dr. Doom) which I found highly entertaining as both a Woody Allen and Larry David fan, and The Hangover after recommendations from both of our brothers named Matt.  It, too, was highly entertaining (albeit in a very different manner).  Apart from movies and sailboats (I can already hear Tori correcting me - "They're ships, not boats!") I also found myself creating a character for my first pen & paper RPG.

My descent into the darkest pits of geekdom is frightening, sometimes.

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