@haz: I worked nearby and absolutely hated it. The job itself wasn't great but the commute to and from the east end was just atrociousness and made it seem a lot worse than it was. It wasn't until I moved out of Toronto entirely, where I am able to afford to live like an actual human being, that I started feeling a lot better about the job situation.
Long term my goal is to become self-employed but, for now, I'm very happy with my job and actually look forward into going into the office most days.
I just finished graduate school and took up a non-academic position with the same university (which fortunately just ended). So I was, for a brief time, attending conferences and attempting to get published in a few journals before I realized it wasn't the lifestyle for me.
I'm now working in a research capacity on a government funded project. I may end up writing part of our published findings but it's still up in the air.
Just finished up a contract at my university and decided to spend a week brushing up on my web skills before jumping back into the working world. As a Dota player I know how awful it is to roll into ranked without having at least one other player so I thought I'd attempt to make something so players of similar levels of seriousness and skill could find each other. I turned email verification off for the time being until it populates a bit more.
If you want to check it out it can be found here and I'd appreciate any bugs/feedback as I literally threw this together in a week and haven't had time to test it out. Depending how it goes (ie if people use it) I'll add more features in the future.
Also if anyone wants to help out send me a message with your ideas.
The writing isn't Tolkien but, by video game and JRPG standards, it's not bad at all based on a recent replay. There is enough going on with the interplay between the various factions to keep an adult entertained. On top of that I really love the world building in this game, the art style/pre-rendered backgrounds are great and some of the best music you'll find in games from that generation. On the other hand it's really stupid, clunky and ham-fisted at spots but manages to maintain its charm.
I think the fans of the game have done its reputation a bit of disservice over the years but if you can approach it for what it is I can't see anyone not enjoying their time with the game unless they go out of their way not too. I'd go into playing this the same way you would for watching a Bond film or something like Big Trouble in Little China.
I still Xenogears is the best thing Squaresoft has ever made though.