you really want to know about Trevor Menagh (archived at www.trevreport.org),
and now on with the news!
Trevís Big News
I got accepted to the JET Program! That means, I will be heading off to Japan
with my lovely wife at the beginning of August for 1-3 years. It isnít set in
stone yet, I still need a physical and to send in my final paperwork for
assignment. I will find out where we will be placed in May. I am pretty excited
about this, it will be a very different experience and I am looking forward to
Signe and I are doing great. She is still looking for work, so if you have any
leads at all email her at firstname.lastname@example.org, we need all the help we can get
right now! Besides that though, things are going great. We have been NetFlixing
"Sex And The City." That is a really fun show!
Work is going well. I love it here at RedOctane (www.redoctane.com). I have a
lot of responsibilities now, not only do I do Customer Service, but I am also
doing phone systems, networking, convention table planning, trade-in program,
anime DVD rentals, not to mention working customer service for
www.privateathome.com (Not Safe For Work, this company is not related to
RedOctane). I am still only getting $12/hour, but I love it here. This is a
great company full of great people. Our first con is coming up soon. We will
have a booth at WonderCon (www.wondercon.com) in San Francisco on April 25-27,
2003! And next month is E3 (www.e3expo.com, drool) in LA.
FanimeCon (www.fanime.com) is coming together. With Andrew Tei's help we are
getting the panel schedule up and running for this year. I think that everything
will work out quite nicely this year. We will have a pretty full schedule,
although I have a hunch that this year's convention will be smaller than last
year's one, since it is 2 weeks before the biggest anime convention in America
(www.anime-expo.org), but we will see.
No-Name is also going great. You couldn't ask for a better group of guys to run
an anime club with. I am still hoping that we can do a showing at FanimeCon, but
I haven't heard back from the guys yet. We will see.
The last shows I watched were "Grave of the Fireflies" (cry) and "Castle of
Cagliostro" (sweet), but nothing much else really. Maybe I will start watching
more once I am living in Japan again. I have gotten way out of the loop.
Signe and I still play Settlers of Catan a lot with friends (you all must play
this game, it is great!). I am thinking of packing my Go set over to Japan when
I go. I think it would be cool to get some practice in while I am there. Signe
was toying with the idea of picking up "Chrono Cross" again too, I think that
sounds like a fun idea, so I might finish the game too, we will see...
Ninamori, my Linux box, is doing great. I just got my sound card (a Diamond
MonsterSound, Aurreal chipset) to work with my computer and I also got my stupid
Visor to sync with the box too, through the USB port (WOOHOO!), so I am running
jpilot (www.jpilot.org) for my palm desktop software right now. I also have
XMAME (x.mame.net) working. Roger (Kiriko) from #fansubs on EFnet hooked me up
with all his (9 gigs!) of MAME roms, so I am a happy camper right now. Now all I
need to do is figure out how to configure my USB joypad with XMAME. I also have
XMMS (it's like winamp for X) working too, it is very cool. Now I am trying to
get Wine to work well, so I can play all my cool older Windows games.
Kitsurubami, my Windows box, is as good as ever. It is pretty much Signe's
computer now, although I jump on it every now and again.
So, with a 2 hour bus commute every morning, I have a lot of free time to read
in the mornings. For the past few months I have been reading Analog
(www.analogsf.com) which is a great monthly full of cool science fiction short
stories. I have also been working through Danielle's copies of the reprints of
Robert Asprin's Myth books. I am on the 4th reprint right now (Danielle, you
have to get the 5th book, I saw it in a store yesterday!), they are some really
fun to read stories. I have also been working through the Elric saga, Ed from
No-Name is letting me borrow them. I just finished the second in that series.
After I am done with this Myth book and the latest Analog (with the exciting
conclusion to Rajnar Vajra's "Shootout at Nokai Corral"), I think I will read
"Jennifer Government," which I picked up for my birthday last month.
Well, thatís about it for this monthís exciting, yet short, Trev Report. I will
see you all again next month. With any luck we will have a better idea about
where I will be going by then as well.