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Chrono Desires

…or Undisclosed Trigger?

Am I the only one that thinks of Chrono Trigger during the intro of Undisclosed Desires by Muse? It’s those weird plucked string things…


Muse: Undisclosed Desires


Chrono Trigger: World Map Theme 1 (more…)

You Idiot.

So things are finally starting to sink in. The idiocy of my spontaneous decision to run away to a faraway land is finally catching up with me.

The stable well paying job – gone.

I’ll be apart from the lovely girlfriend.

The roof above my head substituted with a $30 a night Weekly Inn.

The familiarity, ability to converse, and cultural understandings I have of Australia replaced with the bumbling awkwardness of a gaijin (foreigner).

In exactly 2 weeks I will be stripped down to nothing. I will have little clothing. Little money. Little ability to find my way. All my skills, knowledge and talents in Game Development thrown out of the window due to my lack of ability to communicate. I’ll be standing at Hirakata station with 2 backpacks – that is all. (more…)

Evacuation Plan

So I have my list of things to do before I leave for Japan, referred to as my “Evacuation Plan”. But things aren’t moving nearly as smoothly as I’d hoped.

#1: Get rid of my belongings

So I need to get rid of my belongings. This is a new beginning for me, I plan on getting rid of everything and only bringing my 70 litre travel backpack with me to Japan. In said backpack will be clothes, medication, spare shoes and my Playstation 3. If something doesn’t make it into my backpack – it’s gone forever. I mean it. I’m getting rid of everything. Anything I haven’t required the past 6 months will be considered unnecessary. I’m travelling light. Knick-knacks: unnecessary. Memorabilia: unnecessary. Clothes: I can buy more in Japan.

Initially I was thinking of organising a garage sale to sell all my things, to scrounge out a few extra dollars.  But the evacuation date has come at me much quicker than I could have imagined, and at the worst possible time. (more…)

People never cease to amaze me

Oh do I have a story for you!!!

Ok, so this didn’t happen to me, this actually happened to my lovely girlfriend, Elinore, last Friday. This will boggle your mind.

I arrived at Elinore’s place on Friday night, we were having some drinks and eating cheese and crackers with her best friend.  As I walk through the door, Elinore says to me, “Have you seen Oscar?” Elinore has a little Maltese dog, named Oscar.

“No,” I replied before proceeding to go and examine Oscar.  I stepped outside, called him, and he came running to me.  Quickly I notice that he is cleanly shaved, “Naww so cute!” I say.

“No! No he isn’t!” She calls back at me.

As with most Malteses, Oscar has long hair, and occasionally requires grooming. So Elinore has been calling a dog groomer, let’s call her, “Not-Linda” (in an effort to respect Linda’s privacy – a poor effort, mind you).  So Not-Linda would come around, groom and bathe Oscar.  The last time Elinore had requested her services was some 6 month ago. (more…)

Working Holiday Visa Application: Submitted

Yesterday I submitted my Japanese Working Holiday Visa application.  And yes, I know what you’re thinking:

“Couldn’t help leaving it till the last minute, could you???”

Weeeeell, the application only takes 10 working days to process… 27 days till I leave… 8 of those are weekends, leaving 19 days… take away the public holidays for Boxing day, Christmas and New Years we’re down to about 15 days of potential visa processing.

So to answer your question: No. No I couldn’t help it.

Luckily enough, the sweet Japanese lady at the Consulate-General of Japan here in Brisbane informed me that it will be ready to pick up on the 5th of January – 5 days before I leave… assuming my application is accepted. (more…)

Textbooks – End to End

So I’ve started reading a textbook – at the recommendation of my work colleagues. For some reason it never occurred to me that I would learn something from a textbook, let alone learn A LOT, which is incredibly stupid on my part.  My colleagues told me that if one is able to read through a textbook, end to end, ones knowledge and skill level would increase dramatically (bearing in mind that my colleagues and I are IT/Programmers/DBA’s etc.).

This just never occurred to me! I don’t know why. But they convinced me to grab a textbook and read it – and so that’s what I’m doing.

After doing some research on the web, I’ve picked up the highly recommended “C++ Primer” (Fourth Edition) by Stanley B. Lippman, Josée Lajoie and Barbara E. Moo in an attempt to rebuild my C++ knowledgebase, from scratch, with current best practices.  I’ve been working in C# for 2 years or so now, and only dappled in C++, even though C++ is really where I want to be.  So, what better way to right my self-taught wrongs and re-educate myself? (more…)

Might have to go where they don’t know my name

Natsukashii (懐かしい) is Japanese for “dear; desired; missed” (according to jisho.org).

It is used as a way of expressing nostalgia.  Expressing desire for something lost.  Desire for something dear.

There are times I think back to my moments in Japan.  I think of the Osaka Sky Building, Kiyomizu-dera (temple in Kyoto), shopping in Shinsaibashi. But these moments do not trigger Natsukashii-ness.

Grocery shopping.  Riding home from Hirakata-shi after karaoke at 3am. Sitting in a park. Riding to my friends old apartment. Catching trains. Exploring the tiny suburban streets. The people, the traditions, the customs. These are the thoughts that transport me back to one of the most special times in my life.

It was the small things in my life in Japan that I cherished more than the large.

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Assassins Creed: Revelations

This is a faux-Game Review.  I’m not a critical writer, in fact, I’m terrible at it.  But I am using Gravity Release Me as a canvas for me to break out and try out new things – this is an example of that.  Please don’t take this as authority, however I would love to hear any and all feedback!

I love Assassins Creed. The entire franchise is the epitome of what I adore in video games.  It’s cinematic, innovative, large, narrative, stimulating, immersive, fun – it’s the total package.  I’m not usually a franchise fanatic, but I am with Assassins Creed all due to the fact that every new major instalment in the franchise offers a fresh, yet familiar, experience – even though it’s another instalment of the same game.

I recently just finished the newest instalment, Assassins Creed: Revelations.  The story was beautiful.  The gameplay as amazing as ever.  Graphically it was wonderful.

Although, there are some negatives, and so I’ll get them out of the way first so I can finish on a good note as the game ultimately did leave a deliciously good taste in my mouth once I set down the controller.

Initially, as an Assassins Creed fanboy, I thought to myself:

“Assassins Creed: Revelations, you can do no wrong”

As it would happen, it can. (more…)

Spiders

It’s no secret amongst those who know me that I am petrified of spiders. I hate photos of them. I hate them in real life. I hate everything about them.  I think their role on this earth is completely redundant.

But they eat all the bugs!

They eat *some* bugs. Like, the occasional fly.  Geckos on the other hand eat much more than spiders do and don’t put your life at risk in the progress.  Why don’t we just rid the world of spiders and have our governments launch a Baby Bonus incentive scheme for Geckos? I’ll put it forward the next time the Prime Minister and I catch up for coffee.

Actually the fact that spiders, specifically “Huntsmen” (such as the spider mentioned below), eat more than geckos is a completely fabricated fact.  It may be true. I wouldn’t know.  I tried to research how much a Huntsman could eat, but I couldn’t because of all the spider photos that are on the pages.  I. Just. Can’t. Do. It. (more…)

Movember

“Mo” (or “Moe”?) = Moustache.

November = Month of the year.

Mo + November = “Movember” = “No shave November” = During the month of November you have an excuse to look like a raggity ol’ bastard OR an 80s Porn Stud OR a Sex Offender OR just one classy mofo like this chap:

Doesn’t matter what you call it where you’re from, the message is the same: November is a month dedicated to raising awareness for mens health.  Men all over Australia (and other participating countries) grow their facial hair, specifically (but not limited to) their moustaches.  Some sign up at the Movember website as an individual or a team, documenting their Maux-Adventures to raise money for the cause. (more…)

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