Previously, in Trip's Life...

31 January 2009 - Saturday

Gaming: I seem to have volunteered to create a bunch of 4th ed characters. But, thanks to Bryant, I am using kiznit's 4th Edition D&D Character Sheet instead of the grotty one from WotC. Also, text-only cheat sheets are your friend.

Food: Yay chicken korma! (Ken cannot cook much with his currently-limited array of tentacles, so Ayse is threatening two weeks of "whole chicken in a pot with stuff". Hee hee.)

Silly Computer Games: Yep.

Cats: Twelve fluffy paws!

Writing: FAIL.

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30 January 2009 - Friday

Work: The Portland company has pronounced my code acceptable despite its obvious flaws and now wants to have me talk to a person in a non-technical way. If this person doesn't think I'm an axe murderer, then they'll want me to go to Portland to interview in person, and then they'll decide whether to give me money.


Gaming: Apparently there might be D&D4 on Monday because Harold needs more fun. This seems reasonable to me.

Silly Computer Games: Yep.

Cats: Twelve paws!

Writing: FAIL.

everything is tradeoffs by Graydon (Mon Feb 2 13:01:17 2009)

Because I am a rabid, frothing optimist, I figure that in the current economic times everybody is doing well to get one real job offer in a given year.

Spatial dislocation, concern for having to have your exoskeleton hard waxed to keep out the incessant precipitation, and sensible caution with respect to how long it takes cats to forgive being moved, all notwithstanding, I'd say that if it is a real job you might as well take it.

Re: everything is tradeoffs by Trip (Tue Feb 3 15:15:07 2009)

I think I could do better than that, especially since I'm in a dense cluster of people who need people to do things to their computers, but on the other hand, I don't have enough savings to fund the experiment.

There is a Clever Plan for the core group of people I associate with to all move to Portland, but this requires three jobs, which have to be obtained in the correct alignment to the gestation and birth of an as-yet-unscheduled larva. If I move up to work for this company, then perhaps everyone else will move too, and there will be happiness and Powell's for everyone... or perhaps I will be trapped a thousand kilometers away from all my friends for next several years.

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29 January 2009 - Thursday

Work: FAIL.

Visual Entertainments: Yay disc 3 of Mythical Detective Loki Ragnarok! I have only had it since the 15th of last month, but now I can watch it!

Silly Computer Games: Blargh.

Cats: Twelve paws!

Writing: FAIL.

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28 January 2009 - Wednesday


Work: I didn't actually send out my resume, but I made contact with someone I know from the old days at Taos who now works for a different yet apparently similar company.

Visual Entertainments: No xxxHolic, because Ken has a broken arm and everyone else is full of germs.

However, GreenCine has finally sent me disc 2 of Mythical Detective Loki Ragnarok, so I watched it. Tomorrow, I can watch disc 3, which I have had for like a month and a half, and then maybe move on to something else.

It is still Maho Shounen with Norse mythology, whee!

Food: No birthday cake with Earl!

Silly Computer Games: Yep.

Cats: Twelve paws!

Writing: Tiny writing, which is like fail.

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27 January 2009 - Tuesday

Work: FAIL. However, I learned that unemployment pays twice what I thought it did (the previous check was only for one week, not two).

Visual Entertainments:

  • Rose of Versailles 21: Fiendish!
  • Black Lagoon 1-2: Every pirate crew needs an idea rat!
  • Kaleido Star II 5: Still most obnoxious antagonist ever.
  • Gurren Lagann 26-27: That was quite a finale! But fitting!

Silly Computer Games: Blargh.

Cats: Twelve scampery paws!

Writing: FAIL.

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26 January 2009 - Monday

Work: Just barely not fail, and perhaps only on a technicality.

Visual Entertainments: Fifth disc of Ultramaniac. Episode 17 made me want to slap Love Interest Boy #2 upside the head with a space penguin, but I know that I would not have dealt any better when I was that age, and probably not even as well.

Silly Computer Games: Blargh.

Cats: Marmalade is so adorable when he comes to snuggle me to sleep!

Writing: FAIL.

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25 January 2009 - Sunday

Gaming: Thrace! The entire session was pretty much one big fight, partly because we did it the hard way by splitting the party, putting all the healing in one group and none in the other, and sending the cleric and paladin to fight the villains with resistance to radiant damage; partly because the space penguins secretly swapped out our d20s for d12s at crucial moments; and partly because we kept stopping to look up rules/argue over tactics/tell other people how to play their characters (this is because I suck).

I think we need a talking stick (real or virtual), and a piece of paper on which to record rulings to look up after the game. And, of course, the will to use them, which is probably what we lack most.

In conclusion, remember: HARD KORNR IZ HARD.

Silly Computer Games: Blargh.

Cats: Twelve very cute paws!

Writing: FAIL.

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24 January 2009 - Saturday

Work: FAIL.

Visual Entertainments: Finished the first disc of School Rumble. It just took a while to get going.

Silly Computer Games: Yep.

Cats: Twelve paws!

Writing: FAIL.

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23 January 2009 - Friday

Work: Phone/VNC interview with Rentrak (in Portland). They wanted me to write a program to accomplish a small task within 45 minutes. I almost succeeded, but if I had just made the damn things two-element arrays instead of trying to be clever, I would have triumphed utterly. Bah!

Food: Ayse, Ken, Carl, and Marith lured me to Chef Liu's for dinner. The fiends!

Visual Entertainments: First episode of the School Rumble anime. So far it's not grabbing me as much as the manga did. Pacing, I think.

Silly Computer Games: Yep.

Cats: I think I grievously offended Ghirardelli by not letting him help with my coding interview. I am a terrible cat-dad!

Writing: Sorta kinda but not really.

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22 January 2009 - Thursday

Work: Applied for one job, inquired about another, died in a pit.

Visual Entertainments: 4th disc of Ultramaniacs. Still enh. I feel sorry for antagonist girl, though.

Silly Computer Games: Yep.

Cats: Twelve paws!

Writing: Kinda but not really.

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21 January 2009 - Wednesday

Work: Tried to use LinkedIn to make contact with someone in a company who knows Ambar.

Gaming: The racist suckweasel elves who run the city my Earthdawn character started riots in have concluded that she must be an Evil Mastermind because a) she's the only elf among the people they've decided must be guilty, and b) she rolled a 19 on First Impression (the only time I rolled up the entire night). So far she has managed to parley this into at least two ball gowns, training to level up, and not being executed. Plus, because they're racist suckweasels, she won't feel bad when she takes all the bribes and goes about doing what she was doing anyway.

Food: Huh, people make potato soup that has chunks of potato in, rather than being puree. It's good, but unprecedented in my experience!

Silly Computer Games: Yep.

Cats: Twelve paws!

Writing: Check.

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20 January 2009 - Tuesday

Work: None of the other jobs at Stanford seem suited to whatever skills I may have. Also, I finally heard back from the people I phone screamed with on Friday, and they think I'm teh suxx0r.

Visual Entertainments:

  • Rose of Versailles 20: If humans reproduced by budding, this show would be a lot shorter.
  • Kaleido Star II 3-4: (after skipping two full episodes of recap) Last season Sora overcame one snotty prima donna, so this season she's faced with two!
  • Gurren Lagann 25: Intended moral of this episode: "Fighting spirit can overcome impossible odds". Actual moral of this episode: "Never kiss Yoko".
  • Simoun 25-26: That was pretty ending-like, although being wretched Americans we would like more answers.

Silly Computer Games: Yep.

Cats: Twelve paws!

Writing: Kinda not really.

tsk! by marith (Wed Jan 21 19:44:47 2009)

Yoko would say you have a very bad habit, and shake her finger at you! Perhaps you should edit those words before they cast ripples. :)

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19 January 2009 - Monday

Work: Jeremy passed my resume to someone he used to work with along with a recommendation.

Food: Marith suggested that I go to Chef Chu's and eat cream corn soup for my sore throat, and it was the right thing to do.

Silly Computer Games: Blargh.

Cats: Twelve paws!

Writing: Not really.

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18 January 2009 - Sunday

Work: Jeremy gave me some hints on searching for jobs on Stanford's website. I shall have to give them a try.

Gaming: I didn't expect the fight against orcish pirates to take the entire afternoon, but it did. I think we need power cards. Also, players are easily terrified by monsters that open with their big attacks or have any healing at all.

The second-string characters leveled to 3rd, which made everyone happy, because picking new powers is fun. Next session, the first-string characters will probably level to 4th, which is not as much fun but will make them noticeably tougher (feat, even-numbered level, and two stat points).

Silly Computer Games: Yep.


Marmalade's caption: TALKATIV KITTEH HAZ LOTZ 2 SAI



Writing: Writing is hard, let's die in a pit.

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17 January 2009 - Saturday

Work: I looked at Stanford jobs, but didn't see much that was suitable for parasitization.

Visual Entertainments: Finished the Witchblade anime. Okay, that was a reasonable ending, even though certain important issues were left unresolved.

Silly Computer Games: I made it to level 24 in Maze Stopper 2 and then stalled out. Bah.

Cats: Aspen seems to have thoroughly claimed the spot under the coffee table that used to be Ghirardelli's!

Writing: Check, kinda.

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16 January 2009 - Friday

Work: Talked to the recruiter guy about last night's phone scream. He will let me know when he gets feedback from the interviewer.

Silly Computer Games: I won NPPAngband as a half-troll warrior. Yay me.

Cats: Twelve very cute paws!

Writing: Fail.

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15 January 2009 - Thursday

Work: I have a phone interview tonight with a company that needs what sounds pretty much like my skill set and is located only a few blocks from here.


I think that went well, or at least not too badly. I had answers for most of his questions, and hardly any of them were "Duh....". Hopefully tomorrow I'll get some sort of clue as to what the interview looked like from the other side.

Visual Entertainments: First part of the 6th disc of the Witchblade anime. Things look pretty bad. I wonder if they will pull out a happy ending anyway.

Silly Computer Games: I reached the #3 position on the TWIBIK daily score chart with 80 542 points!

Cats: Twelve adorable paws!

Writing: Kinda.

phone interview by Jeremy (Thu Jan 15 17:19:10 2009)


Have you looked at Stanford jobs? Seems they're always hiring programmers for something or other. Good place to work, and easy public transportation.

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14 January 2009 - Wednesday

Work: Applied for one job. Felt lame for not applying more.

Visual Entertainments: Yay xxxHolic!

Silly Computer Games: Yep.

Cats: My cats still have twelve paws. Maddie is still beautiful and still doesn't love me.

Writing: Why yes, I do suck and should die in a pit. (It's not anyone's fault, I just do.)

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13 January 2009 - Tuesday

Work: Bought "business casual" clothes for interviewing. Poked at LinkedIn a bit. No spoons.

Food: I like clementines a lot, because they are like oranges except I can peel them without numerous tools and a large non-absorbant work surface.

Visual Entertainments: Yay! Neil is back! And he's not dead! (I guess if he were dead, he wouldn't be likely to show up at anime, though, so those are not really two independent observations.)

  • Rose of Versailles 19: Oh the interlocking circles of doom! Oh the lack of self-awareness on the part of villains that makes them villains!
  • Kashimashi 12-13: They tried to make everyone happy with the ending, but they failed to please me. Hmph!
  • Simoun 24: More wrapping up (with some unwrapping).
  • Gurren Lagann 23-24: "Impenetrable shields were strengthened, irresistable weapons made fiercer."

Silly Computer Games: I tried all the TONYPA games, but hardly any of them were my thing. Other people might feel differently, so I recommend checking them out.

Cats: Twelve very fuzzy paws!

Writing: Tried to reread old work because I sort of thought of a hook for a sequel, but it is so awful I can't finish it. Why did I ever think this was something that should have been written, let alone be shown to other people?

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12 January 2009 - Monday

Work: I went to talk to another recruiting agency, who sound promising. They may have motivated me to get actual grownup clothes, though.

Visual Entertainments: First disk of Darker Than Black. It is interesting, and at least gives the impression that it might explain some of the mysteries. Kind of violent, though.

Silly Computer Games: Yep.

Cats: Twelve paws!

Writing: FAIL.

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11 January 2009 - Sunday

Work: Today, I did nothing. On the other hand, it was Sunday.

Gaming: After too many fortnights of germs and travelling and travelling germs and people dying, we played Thrace again! This session, our "heroes" fought skeletons, more skeletons, a really big skeleton, and some kind of horrible howling ghost thing. We won, though, and none of us even went to 0 hit points (although some of us got darn close).

Food: Ken made soup with cabbage, turkey, onion, and some other stuff. It was good!

Silly Computer Games: Miserable scores on Twibik, but I think I'm starting to get the hang of it.

Cats: Twelve paws!

Writing: Nope.

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10 January 2009 - Saturday

Work: Today, I did nothing.

Gaming: My D&D4 players have some weird idea about getting input into the setting. On the one tentacle, having other people do my work for me is convenient, and having to accomodate someone else's creative vision can only build character, but on the another, this might get my DM license pulled.

Visual Entertainments: Fifth disc of Witchblade anime. Took them long enough to get around to that, sheesh. But the consequences were darn cute.

Silly Computer Games: Floribular (it's Marith's fault). I made it to a little over 4000 points once. I think they may be triffids.

Cats: I petted Aspen and she didn't flee! In fact, she dangled one paw over the edge of the cat tree, which is not even like being ready to flee! I'm sure this was just a temporary abberation, though.

Writing: Almost.

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9 January 2009 - Friday

Work: I trundled down to SJ to meet with the Insight Global people for about ten minutes. Apparently my cunning disguise fooled them, and they did not seem offended by my rejection of the job that would eat fifteen hours per day on seven days out of fourteen. Whether they'll actually contact me if they find something else in my line, or just write me off as Not a Team Player, who knows?

Also, first unemployment insurance check. It's not actually a ridiculously small amount of money, it just looks that way compared to my rent.

Visual Entertainments: Finished the disc of Witchblade anime I started days and days ago. Hey look, it's the beach episode!

Food: Celebratory eating out, bad parasite! But it was tasty and made me less hungry.

Silly Computer Games: Yep.

Cats: Twelve fluffy paws!

Writing: Check. How did that happen?

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8 January 2009 - Thursday

Work: Woo, recruiters are calling me! One wants to offer me a job in SF right away, although I am wibbling because of the strange schedule and long commute. They want to talk to me in San Jose tomorrow anyway.

Silly Computer Games: Not too much!

Cats: Ghirardelli's tummyfur is very cute, but it picks up dust bunnies like you wouldn't believe, and then tries to encyst them like an oyster with a sand grain only not so shiny.

Writing: A little bit.

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7 January 2009 - Wednesday

Work: Resumes sent out: 1. Doinking around with LinkedIn: lots.

Gaming: Yay Earthdawn! The city was not actually destroyed by the riots we precipitated, Beatrice and Tom made contact with people who have connections to books, Isidari got some hot elven action and access to a library, and Kamekane and Tharkas got... not arrested! Then the secret police (including Isidari's chick) kicked in the door to arrest everyone for being running-dog lackeys of the Dwarven Menace. Since there was an actual Throallian agent in the room at the time, things look bad.

Silly Computer Games: Over 2 000 000 on DropSum! No new messages, though.

I tried playing Ice Breaker, but although it was fun, scrolling around the play area was so broken that I had to give up after five or six levels. Maybe it was just spore being old and slow.

Cats: Twelve paws!

Writing: Hardly at all.

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6 January 2009 - Tuesday

Work: Resumes sent out: 1. LinkedIn profiles filled out: 0.7. Not my most shining day of job search, but not a complete waste.

Visual Entertainments: Still no Neil, who has been abducted by his secret corporate masters, but anime nonetheless.

  • Rose of Versailles 18: Oh the romantic French doom!
  • Kashimashi 10-11: Apparently going in a different direction than the manga! Perhaps this means the resolution will be better.
  • Gurren Lagann 22: Even for this show, that was over the top.
  • Simoun 22-23: It looks like emotional subplots are starting to get wrapped up, which is good since there are only three episodes left.

Food: I let Marith choose the form of our pizza doom at anime, but it wasn't as good as when I choose. (This is because I always choose Hawaiian, which I know I like, and at once a week or less I don't get tired of it. Boring, but successful; I guess my strategy is the microorganism of pizza ordering.)

Silly Computer Games: Yep.

Cats: I finally got to see Marmalade emerge from his Linen Closet of Solitude! So cute!

Writing: A teensy bit.

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5 January 2009 - Monday

Images: Frozen bubbles. (via uriel@too)

Work: Resumes sent out: 3. profiles set up: 1. LinkedIn accounts created: 1.

It looks like setting up a LinkedIn profile involves rehashing my resume, so I'm putting it off until tomorrow.

Random Encounters: Some guy at the coffeehouse where I went to oppress Marith, who apparently she knows.

Visual Entertainments: Couple episodes of Witchblade anime. Oh the familial doom!

Silly Computer Games: Only 1212291 in timed mode on DropSum, but with the brains of Deep Blue and the reaction time of a mother hearing her baby's cry, I am a formidable force!

Cats: Ghirardelli, you must take better care of your bum or I will continue to oppress you with the cleansings!

Writing: Check, somehow.

job searching, that wretched activity... by Graydon (Wed Jan 7 06:42:42 2009)

These guys -- -- seem vaguely useful as well. (Or, at least, there are actual XSL jobs there, unlike most other places I have been looking. This might be a snare and a delusion, or it might not!)

Maternal reaction times by Jeremy (Wed Jan 7 10:44:54 2009)

Most moms roll their eyes, wait to see whether the noise stops on its own, and then wander over to see what's going on.

But maybe you have the reaction time of the other sort of mother! Seal moms can pick out their pup's cry from the hundreds in the creche, and make time over to it, knocking other pups arse over flippers as they charge through....

So, like, you've put your resume on and all that sort of thing, right?

Re: job searching by Trip (Wed Jan 7 11:30:12 2009)

The only way to find out if it's a snare and delusion is to spring the trap!


Re: Maternal reaction times by Trip (Wed Jan 7 11:31:33 2009)

I think the ambiguity is an essential part of the rating system's charm.

My resume is on Monster, but I hear all the cool kids hiring managers hang out on LinkedIn these days.

Job sites by Jeremy (Wed Jan 7 22:08:24 2009)

I dunno. I updated my monster resume, and promptly got two calls from recruiters. OTOH, they may have found me on Biospace or LinkedIn, where I updated just before the holidays.

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4 January 2009 - Sunday

Work: Resumes sent out: 1. Unemployment forms sent out: 1.

Gaming: After the extra bonus D&D of Wednesday, there was regularly scheduled D&D! Featured this session: a whole passle of broad-jumping zombies, ettercap story-telling, and Johann saves the day!

The PCs have now made it back to town and can argue over what to spend their treasure on.

The zombie fight was theoretically about four levels above the party, but was very little threat, possibly because the zombies didn't have enough room to properly swarm the PCs. The harpy fight was only about one level above the party, but would have been a wipe if I hadn't had the NPC wizard give them PCs some extra saves. (It might still have been a wipe if Johann hadn't critted with his daily.) I don't know if the lesson is that terrain makes more than three levels worth of difference, or that the XP values for monsters are bogus.

Visual Entertainments: Third disc of Ultramaniacs. Enh. Maybe someday GreenCine will send me something I like better.

Silly Computer Games: Somehow, I made it to 1547334 in the timed mode of DropSum. I have the cunning of a cat as he waits for the mouse, but the reaction time of a sliding door at the supermarket.

Cats: Twelve paws!

Writing: A tiny bit.

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3 January 2009 - Saturday

Work: FAIL.

Gaming: I guess I could afflict them with this monster, and maybe that monster. Muahahaha.

Silly Computer Games: I got up to about 450k in DropSum (in basic mode). Whee!

Cats: Twelve paws!

Writing: FAIL.

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2 January 2009 - Friday

Work: Blargh.

Gaming: There was almost Thrace, but Marith could not endure the cat fur. Instead, the rest of us(ADKT) played Carcassonne: The Discovery, a boardgame about square tiles and adventurous gnomes. Dave crushed us all.

My Palo Alto players seem to have vague ideas for what they want to do Sunday. I wonder if I can accomodate them.

Visual Entertainments: Finished the disc of Ultramaniacs. Enh.

Food: On the ninth day of Christmas my good friends gave to me A FEAST! There was brined turkey, leeks, mashed potatoes, stuffing, roasted root vegetables, cheese, bread, more cheese, gravy, and friendship!

Yay Ayse and Ken and Marith and Dave!

Silly Computer Games: I'm doing better at DropSum now that I've learned not to think about it too much.

Cats: When I got home, Aspen was all curled up on giant plush bee Melli-chan! Aww!

Later, Marmalade flung a toy up in the air and all around and attacked it fiercely, just as a cat should!

Writing: FAIL.

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1 January 2009 - Thursday

Work: Holiday.

Gaming: I guess I should create an adventure for Sunday. I wonder what my players would like?

Silly Computer Games: I got 192k on my first game of DropSum, and then couldn't break 100k for several games. Apparently, thinking is bad.

Cats: Twelve paws!

Writing: Meh.

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