A post! Well, a bit of one. The problem with having to go to bed early is that it doesn't always work, so, welcome to my insomnia...
I had a lovely time at E3. I got in past the Wii line and played with the system. I got to see Will Wright demonstrate Spore in front of me. I have yet another bag full of gamer swag that will assist the "help my brother be the coolest geek in school" effort. Most of it, at least.. I'm keeping the Magic core sets and the PacMan toys. I also got to (re-)meet ikarpov and P, another UT Austin fellow, who gave me company in the crowd of avid but not quite rabid gamers.
After E3, I visited neonelephant, which was also fun. I finally bought a copy of Moore's From Hell, which I have yet to read, got schooled in Apples to Apples, and realized for the 100th time that no, I really shouldn't ever drink Jaegermeister. A took good care of me, and he didn't even say "I told you so" the next morning, as much as I deserved it.
Once I finally made it back to Bay Area, other wonderful people (I'm looking at you, fabricant) helped move all my crap out of my car, so I could dump it on the floor and leave for PA. In PA, I averaged approximately 2.3 states/day. We also had 18 houseguests in 10 days, most of whom were all there at the same time. My father managed to get out a bit to escape the house (the guests were mostly my mother's relatives), but apparently even though I'm married I'm not allowed to go to my dad's teen pathi (Indian poker variant) night. He said it was because I was still "innocent". Maybe he'll believe me after I have a kid. Then again, he's the stubborn type.
Back in Bay Area, several Ikea runs later, I got 1 room of the apartment looking exactly how I like it. The rest of the apartment is a disaster still, but my roommates are being very nice about the slow speed I'm cleaning things. Part of the problem is coming home from work at a reasonable hour. It is too easy to notice its 7, but really want to finish reading a page (and everything it links to, of course) before you go. Since this grows exponentially, and most of said pages can't be accessed offsite.,one can see why its a bad idea. I really like almost everything about Google so far. The rules are strict, so I can talk about almost nothing, but at least I can say that the food sans the Indian line is indeed really good. I gave up on impressing anyone in my entering class about 10 minutes in when, during introduction, the guy right before me mentioned "Once upon a time, I wrote a little language called Befunge" as his interesting fact. My actual group is laid back by even Google standards (I have been told that I won't be given access to "real work" until Monday at the earliest, so I'm just going through tutorials and reading about the Google tech tree). Though, I do have training in the morning, and should have been asleep hours ago. I'm going to try that now ... or maybe get caught up on 8-bit theatre.