Updated for DEC 2015
Biggest changes in past two years. Took a year ,plus off to watch daughter grow up, bought a franchise which turned out to be bad timing re illness ,family matters ,etc so I ended up going back to work, this time for P.F. Chang’s / Pei Wei which makes Asian-inspired food. It was nice to work for a company that most people don’t hate: Same kind of work Software Quality assurance but alas my position, along with several others, was ( redacted- )
Having just made contact again with the folks back home in the UK as they come on line with Facebook et all and find that I am still alive, still haven’t changed my name to , well they don’t even know me as, haltse it’s been obvious that I needed an update post on the things that are interesting in the USA that haven’t made it over to the UK. There are people that are into Zombies that actually don’t know who Jonathan Coulton is, I know, mind blown.
So here’s a quick list of what I’ve been up to since leaving Scotland back in 1997.
Moved to GA 70 mile NW of Atlanta worked for 2 seasons at tax software co helping cheap people achieve things with hardware that was pushing obsolescence into itself , seriously I edited modem strings, printer files and more CLI DOS work than ever should be attempted with members of the public.
After GA moved to CA on the eve of the millennium. Took 4 days to move.People in the UK , sorry it’s not a long way down to the chip chop, that’s peanuts to America:)
Yep everyone has been there and I don’t mean on vacation. Not to give it away but Californication was a nice couple of years working for a dot com that turned b2c b2b and b2b2c so quickly that it had to fail. Actually,it didn’t fail , people were paid, had jobs for a couple of years and had a lot of fun with nice people while doing it.
Became permanent resident,Marriage failed, company above was bought by AOL and I moved to Arizona where I managed to lose the friend I came here to be near ( I’m good at this it’s a motif for my life apparently )
Started working for GoDaddy.com and lasted 11 years. Started as privately owned, which I liked, ok I only like it if I like the owner which in this case is a good match but GD was sold to venture capitalists that changed the nature of the Co, and it was time to go. There’s little chance I could have achieved as much in the UK than I have here because,well to be blunt, it’s not a wait till Friday to get drunk and take Monday off kinda culture. ( not true, probably 1/3 of it is:) )
All the links to my photo sites, blogs and the like can be found through the sidebar but just in case.
Besides I’m haltse everywhere that matters
That’s the precis. And just about all of it is contained somewhere in the posts to this blog.
Ice Hockey. I’ve finally found a team sport that I appreciate,or did till I realized how shitty the customer service aspect was. I still watch it but won’t pay to see the Phoenix Coyotes after they shafted us on playoff tickets. I still like watching tennis ( mainly the women’s:) ) US tv sucks for motorsport without chasing it down and paying for it. As such not really followed F1 or WSB for a while.
Watches. Mechanical, limited and free of marketing bullshit please. Ochs and Jnr as well as F P Journe are closest to where I want to be but for daily use it’s hard to beat Sinn.
Hawaii ( only been once, not enough)
Really good food. Thai Food, Mediterranean food, slow food and I’ve upped my heat capacity to stupid levels. www.extremefoods.com is my best friend:) How bad is it? Well I collect hot sauces now.
Really good cooking ( I do some things well, Erin does way more things well but )
Ghost in the Shell. I want me some cyberisation:)
Photography ( again )
Maintain an interest in things deathy,
Archery ( beginner) Traditional bow.
Media, way too much. some highlights http://www.mariancall.com a singer/songwriter that’s so good that I donated monthly to help pay for the recording of the new album which is something I encourage everyone that cares about any form of art to do.
http://www.richardcheese.com seen him so many times live and it’s never gotten old, his band kicks ass too. , www.mynameischance.com ,www.freezepop.com , http://www.amandapalmer.net/ white stripes and I started really liking the Proclaimers and some weird www.slimcessnasautoclub.com. Added Amy Macdonald, found out that as much as I disliked Eminem first time around I realized it was more the people into him that I didn’t like at the time, Regina Spektor, Lindsay Stirling and Halestorm.
R K Morgan : Sci-fi Altered carbon especially.
Daniel Keys Moran’s Continuing time series
William Gibson , which I missed when I should have read it.
Neal Stephenson , particularly Snowcrash.
G R R Martin Game of Thrones series (patiently waiting)
Grant Morrison ( Invisibles, The Filth and countless DC reinventions. )
Orson Scott Card’s Ender series.
Heinlein, yeah I was late to that party but am now in attendance:)
So much non-fiction that it hurts. Omnivore’s dilemma was good and am currently reading Life, Inc.
motorbikes,firearms , tori, but not live too many shitty experiences with bad venues. NIN, red headed women, Fish, Dick Dale , black pudding , cider and things that are sharp or light up:)
Things that are meh:)
No more buffets, fast food is the last choice , always. healthcare in the US, they can’t think their way out of a problem. Insurance is the wrong word, they don’t stop to think why an item is expensive , just that they should be able to afford it.
More in a bit:)