Oh, also: I wrote a Tool Box review of Autodesk Maya 2012!
It's my first published work as a game professional, which is incredibly exciting! The folks over at GD were very helpful through-out the whole process and I'm really happy with how it came out.
My team is talking about adopting Google's 20 percent time concept, which is also exciting. The concept is, since most sprint planning and retrospective days turn our schedules into meeting Swiss cheese anyway, we should take those days to work on personal projects. This allows us to expand our skills, kill a few bugs, increase team bonding, implement a few small nifty-but-not-essential features, and generally become 20% cooler.
My time will probably be spent continuing to learn C++ and C#. I am rediscovering C++ syntax (it's been a while) and am remembering all the crazy shenanigans it gets up to. Yesterday I wrote a list class as a refresher; I will not tell you how many times I tried to run and said, "oh, right, I need a blank .cpp for this header," or, "I guess it's not really going to error... it thinks that variable is out of scope, but visual studio is just lying." A couple engineers on our team have volunteered to help lead this effort (much thanks!), the whole tech art team is pilling in, and it's going to be a party.
Honestly, though, that's not even the big win. I don't care if my capoeira classes ever further my career or give new insights into animation. The big win is in living a richer life and feeling like every day has something unique in it. I love drawing connections between things when it's not even useful. Today Troy was showing me a new auto-attack particle for a champion; The only thing I could think of was, "that flash and smoke trail looks just like the mini-sonic-boom a pistol shrimp makes."
And that's not useful. That's just cool.