Wednesday, September 29, 2010

City of Heroes reactivation weekend is Oct 7 - 10th

Next weekend, Oct. 7th-10th, is City of Heroes reactivation weekend, so old players can try out the new "Going Rogue" expansion.


I don't know if I'll have time to play (going to be busy with my family, but definitely not complaining!), but, um, I'm downloading the client. I still miss playing, and a bunch of my LiveJournal friends still play regularly.
Ex-calibur will live again!  Although I'll probably start someone new to try out the new content.

Monday, September 27, 2010

I really do have some great friends!

Plans are finally starting to firm up for my new career at RIM… which is good, because I start next Monday!

My friends Max and Ian have both graciously offered to let me crash at their places if I need to, which is a relief, since I didn't really want to sleep in Waterloo Park. :-)

I've only met Max in person once more than five years ago, and I haven't seen Ian in person in about eleven years. Yes I suck at staying in touch with people, but I'm certainly lucky to have such great, generous friends.

Very excited about starting the new job and moving back to Waterloo!

Monday, September 20, 2010

Cat's out of the bag: We're moving back to Waterloo so I can go work at RIM with my buddies Ian and @chezmax as a security developer.

Just tendered my resignation at Dundas; my last day will be October 1st.

A few months ago Lynette and I both had the same idea at almost the same time, that we should look at moving back to Waterloo as a sort of long-term goal. We both liked it there, we knew some folks who still lived there, and there's a fair bit of high-tech stuff going on in the area.

Literally the next day a recruiter from RIM contacted me about a Mac development job there. I mentioned this to my best man Ian (who is Director of Security Research and Response at RIM) and he suggested I apply for a job in his group.

The Mac folks weren't interested (totally understandable, my Mac development experience is really limited at this point), but the Security group apparently loved me. I went down for an interview on my vacation in August and got an offer on my birthday. :-)

RIM has a… protracted hiring process, so I've had to keep things under wraps since mid-August, which has been driving us insane and frustrating the folks I'm going to be working for. Everything is finally in place though, and we've got the house up for sale.

The next couple of weeks/months should be fairly crazy, but I'm very excited about the new job. I'm switching careers finally, moving back to a great city with some great friends in it, and making my family happier and more relaxed in the process.

And because I know you've been waiting for it: I've never been so excited about a position as I am about my RIM job.