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Meaningful employment!


It took a bit of time, but I got there in the end! I’m back as one of the employed masses! I started at the University Campus Suffolk on the 7th of September as the Technician for the Computer Games Design course – which means I’m doing what I was doing at Lincoln but full time and with control of the labs and machines.

As such, life is currently pretty hectic – we’ve got building work going on where our labs should actaully be, so I’ve had to setup a temporary┬álab in another block so the students have somewhere to be taught, though it doesn’t have net access and it’s all very, very rough -we have 2 switches, well, 1 switch and a hub that are sat at opposite ends of the room with cables sprouting from them to provide us with a network while our projector sits on storage crates and projects onto a wall that contains a clock, coat hooks and the tops of a pair of taps.

Thankfully though, the end of the temporary setup is in sight (fingers and toes crossed) with our new labs hopefully being ready for us to get our gear into towards the end of next week, with students getting into them around the 12th.

Life is certainly interesting!

I must say Ms Piper, that is an outrageous corset!

So, just caught some “Secret diary of a call girl” on ITV3 while at my dads – I wholeheartedly approve, Billie Piper is one of my preferred bits of “eye candy” (purely because she likes red heads and guys with beer bellies, not that I have a beer belly or anything…) so a show where she spends a lot of time in lingerie / revealing clothing is a winner – boobs are an added bonus!

I can’t say I’m a huge fan of the vaseline on the lens softness they’ve got going on, but the writing isn’t terrible and the acting is reasonable so there’s not too much to complain about. Ok, so I’ve only watched an episode and a half, which means my judgement as to the quality is slightly skewed, but sod it!

In other news, christmas has come and gone, I ate way too much food and all the rest of it, as you do. I also found out that my dad and stepmum have purchased themselves two of my favourite board games, Carcassone and Settlers of Catan. They got introduced to Caracassone by some visitors who brought it with them and they enjoyed it so much that when they were in London and found a games shop of the right sort they asked after it.

Turns out they bought all the expansions they could and asked the shopkeeper for a recommendation as to anything similar – he gave them Settlers of Catan (amusingly, I instantly guessed it was catan when it came up in conversation and I found out the first game was Carcassone). Since Settlers is a four player game, they’ve not had a chance to play it – so with my sister and I here visiting them and me having played it for hours upon hours with my house mates, it seemed the ideal time to get on with it and get cracking.

It took a game to get into the swing of things and to convey the majority of the games and some of the subtleties, but everyone got the hang of it nice and quickly. Admittedly, I won the first two games, but the second was terrifyingly close. I got completely locked out in the third game, reduced to scrounging through development cards to get to five VPs (I only managed three settlements – every other route got shut down before I could get roads going). I may never forgive my sister for starting the lock out process!

I think I may try to get them to move away from the default board layout next time, it’s quite obvious that my dad is going to start being an issue with knowing the good places to be if we don’t mix it up a bit!