Employment, Summers, and other Ramblings

For those of you who haven’t heard yet I am officially employed again. Crispin Porter + Bogusky extended an offer of employment and after a little negotiation I accepted. The salary is, as expected, lower than my consulting income, but it comes with a full benefits package and more job security than consulting would have.

At the end of the day it isn’t the salary that matters as much as being at a good company and on a good team. I really enjoy working with all the folks here and the team I’m on is great. Our team lead / manager is pretty darned awesome and no where near the stick-in-the-mud that most managers at corporations can be. In fact he’s about as opposite of a stick-in-the-mud as you can get!

That was one thing that kept me at LSI for so many years was the excellent team of people I worked with. When they were all whittled away by RIFs (Reduction in Force) and I was the only one left, I was fairly ready to move on. Which is why the lay-off was no where near as devastating to me as it could have been.

So now “Summer” is supposedly here but it seems like the warm-up in the weather is taking its sweet time. We’ve had more cool, overcast, rainy days in a row than I can count now. It does look like that might be clearing up a little and we are getting warmer weather finally (it’s about time!). I really want warmer, sunnier weather. This winter-like overcast has my body clock all confused. And I want to go out and hike and play golf and other fun, outdoorsy stuff.

Alienware M17x
Alienware M17x

Well in the event this Summer turns out to be a dud, I have been looking into gaming laptops – the one I have has been adequate but the graphics card is slowly failing due to overheating issues. It just was not designed for hours-long gaming sessions. So before the card dies entirely I want a new system – I’ve decided on the Alienware MX17x. I’m configuring it with:

  • Intel® Core™2 Quad Q9000 2.0GHz (6MB Cache, 1066MHz FSB)
  • Dual NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 260M, 2GB – SLI® Enabled)
  • 4GB Dual Channel DDR3 at 1333MHz
  • 320GB HD – 2x 160GB 7,200RPM – RAID 0

It should be overkill for World of Warcraft and Sims3, which is what I want. I’d like to be able to max out all my graphics settings and still get a decent frame rate. I will hold off getting it until my first paycheck clears but then its game on! *grin*

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