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deskitty
deskitty
Des
Mon, Sep. 20th, 2004 07:02 pm
(19:00:23) <straight male friend>: You turn all the pants in the room into impromptu tents
(19:00:40) CondorDes: hahaha
(19:01:03) CondorDes: Why does that comment make me feel irrationally happy?

>>>

First day of school is done. Finally. (Actually, it was done at about 1, but I just got home an hour ago.)

They totally ripped up the comp.sci building and redid all the labs. Scary ... I think I liked the old layout better. In the old layout, the rooms were large (although there weren't as many of them), and they had some character (ceiling rafters, flourescent lights suspended from the ceiling, monstrous blue air conditioners, that sort of thing). Now they're just the usual small classroomish labs with carpeting, crappy false-ceiling tiles (which they couldn't even do right because the windows went up too high) and no clutter.

There used to be random bits of furniture upstairs, but all of that disappeared in favor of--you guessed it--more classrooms. There were couches and tables for people to sit with their laptops and use wireless, or have impromptu meetings, or eat lunch. But all of that got moved out. *sigh*.

>>>

I actually have a job now, as a grader. Yay for having spending money. I'm grading CPE X317 for Dr. Connely (yes, his name is spelled right), which is Systems Programming (more commonly known as C and UNIX).

I find it funny that every single job I've ever had, I've gotten because I know somebody. My first consulting job I had because I knew my high school computer teacher. I got lab monitor/sysadmin at Poly because I knew kithkanan, and then got to know the managers there. The grading job I got because I knew Dr. Nico, who knew that the other 317 teacher needed a grader.

When I compare this with my dismal failure to find a job this summer, I'm forced to the conclusion that actually looking for a job won't find you anything. You have a better chance (at least in this area) if you don't bother looking and just bitch and whine to those around you about your utter lack of employment. ;)

>>>

I successfully managed to waste 20 minutes writing this post, to tell you absolutely nothing of consequence. Go me.

-- Des

Current Mood: bored bored

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ferahga
ferahga
Girl of Impossible Dreams
Mon, Sep. 20th, 2004 09:20 pm (UTC)

Whew.. first day of school is always the most stressful, for me anyway. And congrats on the job!
Seems jobs now are always who you know.. both my last two jobs were cause I knew somebody, too.

Can I call you Tentboy?


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deskitty
deskitty
Des
Mon, Sep. 20th, 2004 09:40 pm (UTC)

Thanks. :)

First days are annoying, especially right after summer. I have to get back into the whole "oh, there are people here and I have to actually do something" routine.

Can I call you Tentboy?

hehehe ... if you want ...


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ferahga
ferahga
Girl of Impossible Dreams
Mon, Sep. 20th, 2004 09:41 pm (UTC)

ha ha! TENTBOY!


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deskitty
deskitty
Des
Mon, Sep. 20th, 2004 09:47 pm (UTC)

Hey now ... some of us think that's a GOOD thing ... ;)


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ferahga
ferahga
Girl of Impossible Dreams
Mon, Sep. 20th, 2004 09:49 pm (UTC)

Never said it wasnt. I rather think it's good if I make men's pants into tents, too.


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deskitty
deskitty
Des
Mon, Sep. 20th, 2004 10:08 pm (UTC)

hehehe. Yes.

If only his comment were true ... I mean, I do get the occasional glance, but I really don't think I'm that much to look at.


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queueball
queueball
Q
Tue, Sep. 21st, 2004 07:46 am (UTC)

*cough* temptresstentboy


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robbat2
robbat2
Robbat2
Mon, Sep. 20th, 2004 11:40 pm (UTC)

Yeah, jobs work that crazy way for me as well.
I've offically interviewed for exactly one job in my life, and I didn't get it.
Every other one has been word of mouth, and there have been a lot of them, each contracts for 3-9 months on various things.


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phlog
phlog
Phlog
Tue, Sep. 21st, 2004 10:13 am (UTC)

I definitely concur on the job thing. I can think of about 10 people who've gotten their jobs because of people they know. It seems to be really common.


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robsnonjournal
Rob
Tue, Sep. 21st, 2004 10:03 pm (UTC)

Dr. Connely is a good guy. He's too easy on his students though. I spent too much time in Op Systems trying not to kill 3rd year students who couldn't grasp the concept of pointers. I should see if I can find the multi-threaded app I wrote while drunk for that class. :)

Get used to the whole "getting jobs via connections" thing. Thats the way the world *really* works. Its something there really should be a 100 level class about. Its one of the things Business majors really understand that engineers don't seem to get.


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hazelrahbl
Ben
Wed, Sep. 22nd, 2004 02:14 am (UTC)

Hmm... I was about to say that I applied directly for that Lab Monitor job and got it fair and square. But then I remembered how I learned about it. The former VP from club used to work as a Lab Monitor.


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kithkanan
kithkanan
Mike Whipp
Mon, Sep. 27th, 2004 06:08 pm (UTC)

And likewise, I knew you. So if Des got a LabMon job because he knew me, I got it because I knew you, you got it because you knew the former club VP... my brain hurts now.


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