Wow, it has been years since I visited my site, let alone posting any content. This wasn’t necessarily out of forgetfulness so first I want to explain what has happened in the intervening time.
Last time I posted I was in the final year of my PhD and I was happy with the progress of my 40k project, and I had tried to introduce my brother as a Yugioh columnist as a way of branching out into new areas. That changed quite significantly when the PhD was wrapping up. The timeline of what happened is now a little fuzzy but late 2013 I wrapped up my experimental work with my PhD, and so I moved home to my parents house in Ireland while I could write the thesis. I needed to finish experiments earlier than normal because I wanted extra time and care to write, especially something as important (to me) as a PhD.
However, during the summer 2013 I was helping my supervisor to organise a conference in our University for summer 2014. Whilst writing it became evident that more experiments were required for clarification purposes etc so I would travel to back every month or so to visit the lab to get some experiments done as well as visit my girlfriend and friends. This continued until about autumn 2014 when I finally submitted, shortly followed by the viva (defence) in late 2014. So I had achieved something I never thought I would ever do, and I cringe I little every time I see the thesis now but I am proud to have finished it.
During the conference, a colleague of my boss offered me a job in Japan starting as soon as possible. I accepted this job and once I had obtained the PhD I was set to go in the second week of January 2015. I have been here since with my girlfriend and experiencing life in a whole new way. My girlfriend and I moved in together for the 1st time in coming here, but I knew we were solid so wasn’t a problem. Scary yes, but obstacles are for overcoming. A year and a half into the journey here has been exciting and long may it continue. I don’t expect the blog to feature much on life in Japan. It is something that is hugely fascinating but I am not integrated enough to fully understand how and why things are how they are. What I will say is that I am thoroughly enjoying myself and trying to build a future which would have been difficult anywhere else.
With regards to hobbies, I kind of ditched Yugioh as it is too fast paced with ban lists changing every 3 months, and that Japanese/English versions aren’t compatible. Instead I picked up Magic, its a wonderful game and a bit more accessible than Yugioh due to its slightly more mature target audience (arguable now) and that there is no problems using different language cards. However, the tournament scene is just a tough and every changing metagames has pushed that down in the pecking order. Recently I discovered that a good friend of mine plays 40k which got the blood flowing through my veins again! What 40k does for me is combine my love for arts and crafts, sci-fi stories, and games. I also joined a rugby club which is also a blast due to the relaxed nature of all the guys (mainly foreigners too).A week ago I decided I to pick up some 40k again, which led me back here as writing here was a good outlet for self-expression. Just to note that in the move back to my parents house I have misplaced my Spartan marines! As far as I know they are tidily packed away in the carry case I had for them. The project wasn’t finished so I was pretty bummed when finding them wasn’t so straight-forward. The next time I am home I will try harder to find them.
I know this post is so brief compared to the amount of time I have been away but now I’m back!!! My life has change a lot since I last was regularly posting, but mentally I am in a similar place as before- a good place- to begin producing more content. But for now, ciao ragazzi!