So I got a job in Austin about two months after I got home. I'm working for a small mobile games and applications studio and I really like it so far. I started at the end of October and I've only recently gotten comfortable there.
I'm part of 5-6 person team working on what is currently the studio's only application (they started as a games company). The platform for our app is BREW, which despite its small installed base is quite nice to develop for. On top of learning BREW, I've had to acclimate to the studio's dialect of C++. That and I had to come up to speed on a code base that is easily pushing 100k LOC. I think I'm doing pretty well though. The engineering leads believe in spending money for good tools, so the only source of frustration is the idiosyncrasies of mobile development.
My first month and a half back in Austin, I lived in my friend Cloin's living room (hugely grateful for that). I moved into my own apartment a couple weeks ago and it's been nice to have my own space. On the downside, I spent a crapload of money getting moved in. I didn't have any contact info for my old landlord here in Austin, so I had to pay a months rent as deposit. Then a week later I went to IKEA and got a whole bunch of furniture that I needed. Luckily IKEA is cheap.
I think the best news here is that I'm back in Austin! It's mid-December and I don't want to kill myself because the weather sucks so much. I can't even imagine living through another Beijing winter, much less early spring. I've got a car now, but I'm still biking to work just because I can. I could go on, but I'll spare the northerners among us.
As a small side note, this is my first time living alone. It's really boring.
- I made some awesome JiaoZi the other night from scratch. Then I made pot stickers with the leftovers. A couple more iterations of that recipe and I'll have a great repertoire of Chinese dishes that I can cook.
- I really want to get a Wii, but I don't have the money right now and even more crucially, I don't have a TV either. Luckily there's a crapload of great games available for the DS.
- I've had enough good beer now that I actually enjoy drinking good 'ol boring Chinese beer every now and then. My local grocery store even stocks Harbin beer, which tastes exactly like the Yanjing beer that flows like water in Beijing.
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