So long and thanks for all the fish

Welp, the time has come. Four years, two degrees, one crazy dude who decided it was a good idea to go for two degrees in four years.

It’s been a heck of a ride to say the least. So many ups, so many downs, so many side to sides.

With graduation comes new beginnings and all that, so I need to start adulting more. Taking care of myself, giving myself consistent schedules and deadlines for self-imposed challenges and whatnot.

I’m forcing myself to wake up at 8:00 in the morning because I have to be an adult now. Wish me luck.

I’m going to make an effort to blog more about games, movies, ideas, anything that really comes to mind to keep this website active. I’ll be posting some of my code from previous projects, going through them and explaining my thought process at the time and how I would improve them now.

I’m looking into making a few YouTube videos because why not. The main ideas right now are tutorial videos on things like basic computer science/programming, tips and tricks for certain programs, but not in a boring slide-show-y kind of way, more in a skit/fun, energetic kind of way. Like, a guide for idiots by an idiot.

I’m going to make an effort to physically write things out, whether that be scripts for a video, a game concept, diagramming out a programming idea/flow I have, or whatever. I find that physically writing out my thought process is much more satisfying than doing so digitally, which is why I’m also interested in maybe getting a tablet or something that would let me get the best of both worlds.

Most importantly, though, I’ll be applying for jobs. Lots of them. Basically anyone who is willing to hear me out. I’ve reached out to some developers, mostly locally, for advice on setting up portfolios, showing off my skills, and generally what I should do to keep myself practiced in what the industry demands.

Some advice my friend gave me yesterday that he got from one of the main developers behind Age of Empires 2 (that lucky SOB) was “Apply for a thousand jobs. Eventually, one of them will get back to you.” It’s oddly comforting.

So, if any of you HR people or company people are here because of an application from me, hey. What’sup? Hope you’re enjoying the site and the content I’ve made over the years. Don’t be shy to email me back, even if it’s a rejection, any bit of feedback helps no matter how big or small or nitpicky.

Regardless of all that, I think I’ll take a tiny day or two break. Play a game or two that’s in my ginormous back catalog of games, because lord knows I deserve it.

Sincerely,

~Tomer Braff

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