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I've recently been accepted on as a Junior Developer at a new startup company! I've gathered that I'll be programming in JavaScript and Cypher mainly, with maybe some Python thrown in there, as well as implementing UX and UI redesign plans. This all looks to be challenging and interesting work, and I'll have the chance to dive deeper into these programming languages to master their usage. The company is called PIR-a, and I'll be programming towards an application to be used for environmental surveys for the decommissioning of oil well sites throughout the province. At PIR-a our goal is to streamline this decomission process in order to more quickly make better use of the land in question. I'm finishing up my employment at the University of Calgary this week and next. I have had a wonderful experience working at the University and I'm sad to leave, but I am glad to be parting on good terms with everyone here and into a position where I can grow as a programmer.

In other news, my attentions have been diverted from side projects and sample code to focus on learning the machinery and application of JavaScript and Cypher. Most of my free time has been taken by this goal to better prepare for my new position. I want to be able to start going through the code base with some knowledge of what I'm looking at, and I'll be able to contribute more fully to the project with this language skill under my belt.

I have, however, seen the new Blade Runner film and I absolutely loved it. It wasn't the action-based superhero movie with explosions that we have all enjoyed over the past few years, but it was still very rich in the content that it delivered. It encompassed everything that I love about the Science Fiction novels that I read, and beautifully rendered a grim future that is all but unimaginable. The story is very centered in reality, and some of the issues portrayed in the film are not all that dissimilar from issues that we know and are growing today. The world and the mood of the original Blade Runner film was maintained quite well in this film, which is refreshing to see in a sequel made so long after its original. Not all movies achieve this sort of consistency (Blues Brothers 2000, for example). Blade Runner (the original) was based on a novel by Philip K. Dick (who happens to be my favorite author) and was the only film based on his work that he was alive to contribute to. I think that Dick would have approved of this sequel for it's mood matching that of the original work.

Apart from that I've started playing with ideas in my head about how to expand on a story that I'm currently writing. I'm just brainstorming at this stage; I wrote the story initially as part of a Fiction Writing class I took in my undergraduate degree and it was quite short, as small assignment stories tend to be. I'm looking to build a larger world for the story and I can then enrich the story and characters with that world as a framework. When I find the time though...

Well, progress is being made. Ever slowly it moves, but things are happening. Who thought life could ever get so busy? I haven't had time to start any new GitHub projects, which I'm sorry for (because I can't find the time). I'll also have to go through my movies to pick more favorites. There are definitely more than 6 or 7, but it will take me some time to find them again. I watch movies a lot (at least I used to when I had time), so there are bound to be another handful of gems in my collection.

I know I promised more content weeks ago, but life has just been too busy, what with the job hunt and cat problems and sorting bits of my life into handily compartmentalized units. I'll get there eventually, and I just wanted to say that progress is being made. It's happening. Give it time.

My very first blog post! I'll talk a little bit about the project I have going on right now. I've started getting into the 'elgg' social network engine, and have come up with an idea for a small community. I won't go too much into it, but my intention is to use this community to deploy web-based creative writing tasks. I've got the first type of task conceptualized, and I'll get to developing it in code once I can set up the site the way I need it to be. It's going to be a walled-garden type of site, so only registered users will be able to join. I'm not sure how if I'll let registered users invite more, or if registration has to go through admin. At this point this is just a side project, and will only be available to the group of writers that I know, but I'd like to be able to let it grow naturally without having to worry about trolls and the like.

Beyond that, I'm slowly starting into the Ruby programming language. My intention is to take that into Ruby on Rails eventually, but that seems like a long way off with the chaos of life going on every day.

In the personal sphere, my girlfriend and I have just purchased a Playstation 4. We went for the PS4 Pro, just because it's more future-proof (and not because we have a 4k TV, because we don't). I've started playing Horizon Zero Dawn, which is an amazing game. The story is set in a wonderfully built post-apocalyptic world, and the art in the game is very well done. I'm also playing Final Fantasy XV because I saw the movie and it looked cool.

I've just added a link to my GitHub profile in the Coding menu (top), which is sparsely populated with projects I've done over my degree. I'll add my GitLab profile (when it comes back online; the service is currently down), or maybe I'll just migrate everything to GitHub because it's convenient to have it all in one place. Either way I'll still post the link to GitLab, and continue to use that for any of the projects that will be private.
The main page of the coding section will be a little bit of info and maybe some finished and polished projects for download. I'll think about what I want to go there.

The overall template for this site will be the first thing that changes bit by bit over the next couple weeks. Really, only the framework is up currently; I've still got a lot of CSS to go through and content to organize. This is the general idea for the look of the website, but there will be little changes here and there.

Lots of work to do, so that's where I'll be. I have a Mumble server (voice chat) that I idle in whenever I'm at my PC, which I'll post info on one of these days. Until next time, keep a weather eye on the horizon.

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