Saatchi & Saatchi Auckland

It’s official – I’m moving to Auckland! I have accepted a role at Saatchi & Saatchi Auckland as a Senior Digital Producer. I start next month. I’m very excited, and can’t wait to head over there and see Louise again.

Life of Pi by Yann Martel

I just finished this Booker Prize winning novel that Louise recommended to me about an Indian kid who survives at sea in a life boat with a Bengal tiger for 7 months. If it sounds like a weird premise for a book, you’d be right. I liked the book, it was written well and was quite an engrossing narrative, but when I put the book down, I thought to myself, what the hell??

Thematically it is first and foremost about spirituality, the book claims that it is a story that will make you believe in God. I wouldn’t go that far, but I would say it’s worth reading if the opportunity presents itself. Definite Book Club fodder because it will leave you wanting to talk to someone about it and figure out exactly what the hell is going on.

Orbit

In many ways, Auckland’s Sky Tower reminds me of Sydney’s Centrepoint Tower – the comparisons are obvious. For one, they are both towers, and secondly they both have revolving restaurants. While visiting Auckland, I went to Sky Tower’s revolving restaurant, “Orbit” for dinner with Louise.

I couldn’t help but compare it with Centrepoint’s restaurant called “360”, and I’m afraid to say 360 wins. Really what let Orbit down was the food, for an expensive restaurant I have high expectations, but I was disappointed that the lamb I ordered was dry and tough. Definitely not worth the hefty price tag.

That said, it’s an awesome view from up high, especially when you’re caught in the middle of a rain cloud, that was an interesting experience.

Black

Black

Black is pure FPS fun. It has the loosest of plots that you could all but completely skip anyway, that loosely connects very disparate levels together into a single game. The gameplay is straight forward shooter and does it well.

My biggest and major issue with the game is the fact that the game only allows you to save at the end of a level. Given that each level takes at least 40-50 minutes to complete in a single attempt it means I found myself going over the same ground again and again because I wasn’t able to complete a level in a single session.

It was fine in the first few levels, which were relatively simple and good fun, but get to the final levels and it’s just plain frustrating. If you play the game you have to commit to at least two hour sessions – and even then there’s no guarantee you’ll make much headway. In end I just found it annoying.

I’m still stuck on the final level.