(For you Pi Kapps, I saw a car with a sticker in the window that read: "Powered by Deez Nutz". Really.) Email account is now set up. If y'all really dislike hotmail.com, I can now be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org, or alternately email@example.com ...both end up in the same mailbox. Also, I got my address book moved over to the web-based version of Hotmail, so hopefully this will still work. Anyhow, I was informed on the LokiHack mailing list that accepting a job as a developer in California, statistically speaking, reduces my chances of mating. Seeing as it's too late to quit, I figure I'll just have to forage on in my new role as the geek who makes other people look more attractive. As far as daily events go, I woke up (to screaming hellspawn children downstairs) around 8:00a.m., read some more of Cryptonomicon, hopped in the shower when it became available, and was off to Loki. The basic gist is that I spend about half my day playing video games, and half reading email. ...and I get paid to do so. Oh, yes. But finally I got set up with the code for the Might and Magic III editor...it's relatively clean, surprisingly, but it's all crufty MFC code, which means that all the cleanliness in the world won't change the fact that I'll have to rewrite most of it from scratch. Joy. Anyhow, I made a first stab at apartment hunting today. Found a studio apartment EXACTLY one mile from the office for about 700 bucks a month, which for the record, is about 50 bucks more than I was paying in Charlotte, so it's not as bad as it sounds. Oh, by the way, don't be fooled. California isn't nearly as expensive as you think. It's a little more pricey than, say, Charlotte, but it's not rediculous. Still, Andrew Henderson (another LokiHacker from Atlanta) just signed papers to work here, so I might wait to see if he wants to split an apartment...oh, wait. He's bringing his fiancee...that won't work. Anyhow. I really wanted to discuss my eating habits. Mostly I'm on what I've termed the "Friends and Family" diet, which basically means that I eat only when those around me are footing the bill. Good for weight loss, especially in foreign cities like Tustin. So after spending the better portion of the day eating (free) stale pretzels and communal coke, I finally broke down and went to find food. Sam pointed me towards a Persian restaurant, so I figured if I'm going to try something new, I might as well go all the way. Every play Russian Roulette Dining? It's fun. Basically, you find a restaurant you've never been to, go in, and point to some items on the menu. Don't even read it. Get your food to-go. When you get back to your house, or office, open the box and see what you selected. This works best in chinese restaurants. I ended up with some sort of chicken kabob with rice and a real thin torilla-wrap. It was delicious. I could have just as easily ended up with dog, but that's a chance you take when you live on the edge like me. :) Sam squashed some more SDL bugs...mouse grabbing now works in all sorts of wierd configurations. Found out that Disneyland is a little closer than I thought. Roughly five miles (not a typo) from here. Sweet. Got invited to a Jewish Casino Night. That just begs to be a good story. I'll keep y'all posted. It is confirmed, I'll be in New York from January 1st through the 5th (that should actually read "February". --Ed.), shlepping Quake 3 at LinuxWorld expo for a few days. Come visit if y'all get a chance. General expo passes are free from http://www.linuxworld.com/ Alright, going home. Sam's locking up. See y'all. --ryan.