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June 3, 2005

What a draining week ()

by fluffy at 8:41 PM
So much time spent doing nothing!

Oddly enough, this is the first job I've been at where I was expected to slow down and, you know, take my time, and not burn out. It's kinda frustrating — I don't even have a specific task yet!

Anyway. It's a pretty neat place. Internal communications is all about experimenting with new ways of collaborating... Wikis, weblogs, and various ShouldExist-like things.

Things are very disorganized with a lot of tribal knowledge, but many of my coworkers have only been here for a short time and they're already the ones calling the shots on a lot of things (one of the guys who interviewed me has only been here three months! and remember that the interview was a month ago!) and I already feel like I'm absorbing a lot of stuff very quickly.

Which is good, because everything's so foreign. But amazingly cool. And everyone's so smart. It's very humbling, and I still don't feel like I'm actually worthy of working here.

Also, KDE has gotten a lot better in the last year. Which is good because the source trees are WAY too complex for using XEmacs and the commandline.

In other news, I still don't have my car (which I was originally supposed to get yesterday); it only arrived in the country yesterday (from the far-off land of VANCOUVER, CANADA) and supposedly it was going to be delivered today but I still haven't heard from the dealer. Grr. I already asked about canceling the extended warranty and the salesguy said it'd be fine but if it doesn't show up soon the stupid thing is going to be past the 10-day grace period and since they did the paperwork for the warranty starting on the day it was sold (rather than the delivery day) I bet there'll be some other bullshit and they'll prorate the refund or something stupid. Grr grr grr.

Anyway. I guess I should get some dinner right now. It's like 8:40 and I haven't eaten. I'm pretty sure I won't keep shopping at Trader Joe's though. What an aggravating experience, dodging metrosexual yuppies who would be perfect in New York for all their oblivious tendencies while looking at overpriced stuff which is either prefab package food or not-very-useful ingredients.

But, like, Flight of the Navigator is on TV, and I'd forgotten how fun this movie was... not only is it kinda creepy (at least in the first act), but it's great to see how retro things are while it's being phrased as "so much more advanced than the world of 1978," what with the FUTURISTIC REMOTE CONTROLS and the NEW COKE and the MUSIC VIDEO TELEVISION and MULLETS and the MAIL DELIVERY ROBOTS in the future world of 1986!

Comments

#5727 ucblockhead 06/03/2005 08:55 pm
You dare dis Trader Joes!?

/me scowls

So no IMing from Amazon, I gather Sad
#5728 fluffy 06/03/2005 09:03 pm
Nope, unless you know of a decent commandline client I can run from my external shell account. It's a very tight ship; they take absolutely no risks with spyware etc. (we're not even allowed to allow Java applets to escalate their privileges), with forced app updates and so on. I'm surprised I'm even allowed to ssh out.

But when I get a new smartphone I'll be able to IM from that, at least. I'm probably going to buy an Ericsson P800/P900 or something. I've already ordered a new cheapie-disposable cellphone (one which cost a negative amount of money) so I can justify spending $200 for an unlocked phone via eBay.
#5729 fluffy 06/03/2005 09:04 pm
Wow. 9PM and still hella bright out. This is even more of a Northern-exposure-shock than New York was.
#5730 fluffy 06/03/2005 09:18 pm
Oh, also, the Trader Joe's here is different than the ones I've been to in less crowded places. It's tiny. Downtown Seattle is still kinda cramped compared to, say, Walnut Creek. Smile (Not as much as Manhattan but still, kind of on that scale.)
#5731 thadk 06/04/2005 03:03 am
fluffy
Oh, also, the Trader Joe's here is different than the ones I've been to in less crowded places. It's tiny. Downtown Seattle is still kinda cramped compared to, say, Walnut Creek. Smile (Not as much as Manhattan but still, kind of on that scale.)


Heh, They seem to vary a lot in quality of stocked goods across stores. Alameda CA has a great one but the ones in Ohio seem much more lacking. I figured it was the West factor (with my sample size of two) but maybe seattle is similiar.
#5732 Duke of the Bump 06/04/2005 04:50 am
Flight of the Navigator was awesome. It, along with "WarGames", "The Last Starfighter", and, to a lesser extent, "The Wizard" (even if the whole thing was just a big ad for Super Mario Brothers 3... but it was still the coolest thing in the world when you're a little kid) were the trinity of movies that cemented the nerdening of my youth
#5733 ucblockhead 06/04/2005 07:45 am well...
ssh tunnel, baby!!!

(Ok, you probably actually like this job, and therefore have better things to do than IM...)

Anyway, just teasing about Trader Joes. We depend on it because we have no time. (Nice to be able to by things like frozen pre-cut stir fry veggies.)
#5734 dev_trash123 06/04/2005 10:02 am If a big guy who walks around barefooted....
takes you into the forest and starts cooking for ya....


fluffy
Wow. 9PM and still hella bright out. This is even more of a Northern-exposure-shock than New York was.
#5735 mkilly 06/04/2005 11:15 am
I thought about the same thing re Trader Joe's. I first went there in Seattle in March and I thought the products were pretty rad, but man, the shoppers.
#5741 fluffy 06/04/2005 09:05 pm
There's actually three TJs in Seattle... there's one in Queen Anne (near Maddog's place) and one in the U district, aside from the one in Capitol Hill, which is the (tiny) one I went to. The other TJs I've been to (one in Santa Fe, NM and one in San Francisco) are much bigger with a better selection, and I'd imagine that the other two Seattle TJs are probably much better; I only went to the Capitol Hill one because I knew where it was (since I was checking out the apartments upstairs from it) and it wasn't too far out of the way from my commute.

The Queen Anne one is pretty close to where I am, so I should probably check it out tomorrow. The Capitol Hill one mostly carries prefab cook-it-and-you're-done meal stuff, rather than ingredients and so on.