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my fan(s?) in the cs department [Dec. 6th, 2000|05:24 pm]
Brad Fitzpatrick
funny story: I went to take a piss today before our DB project demonstration and I step up the urinal, unzip, and this guy that was just leaving starts talking to me, "Brad? Hey, blah blah..." Instead of talking to him while pissing (that's too Iowa for me -- they always talk while pissing), I just zipped up and turned around and talked to him ... turns out he all knows who I am and really respects all the stuff i've done and what i post on the mailing lists and my websites, and etc etc etc... his name is jason. seems like a cool guy (and not just because he's part of the bradfitz fan club). all kinda weird, though .. especially because it was in the bathroom. i'll have to talk to him next time i see him around. he seemed really interested in learning more about programming and web development and stuff, that's what impressed me... most CS people just do the bare minimum to get by and go home everynight and play quake during every free hour they have. (no, i'm not talking about you scott.... you play starcraft. hehe. just kiddin'. scott's cool.)
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[User Picture]From: ekashp
2000-12-06 07:27 pm (UTC)

Fans

The fan club thing is OK at first, then it can get to be a Bad Thing, too. It started to slap me a bit when the guy selling me boots recognized me from WIRED. That was years ago. Now I get to overhear the buzz after I pass some guys in the hallway 'Hey, that's HIM...'. Maybe I should take up just doing what it takes to get by, and playing Quake or Ages of Empires in all my spare time ?
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[User Picture]From: jlb
2000-12-06 08:01 pm (UTC)

Re: Fans

If it helps any, I have no idea who you are! :)

Well at least not off the top of my head, if I did enough digging I might recognize you, but as a favor to you, I am not going to find out.

:)
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[User Picture]From: erik
2000-12-06 08:25 pm (UTC)

Re: Fans

The eyes in your livejournal pic make you look like Dr. Evil. =(
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[User Picture]From: angelicdestiny
2000-12-06 10:36 pm (UTC)

Re: Fans

maybe he is!!!
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[User Picture]From: erik
2000-12-06 07:32 pm (UTC)
I think this "Jason" is not who he says he is. I believe he is a man named "Zeke," cleverly disguised as a "Jason." And unfortunately for you, "Jason" has a hankerin' to get in your pants. Watch out for the bad man!
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[User Picture]From: whitaker
2000-12-06 08:20 pm (UTC)
You've gotta introduce us... we can start a REAL fan club. :-) All proceeds being contributed to BradFitz.com, Inc. of course.
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[User Picture]From: niko
2000-12-06 08:36 pm (UTC)

same thing..

first day at my new job, and one of the CS people catches me in the bathroom on my way leaving for the day. I'm already in mid-whizz and this guy Enoch decides to introduce himself (I'll even have his "talk" look like how he types)
"Hi you'RE NICK ARENT YOU,NICE TO meet you I'm Enoch iN CUSTOMER SUPPORT." For a minute I thought he was gonna try to shake my hand...

As inept and ill-informed as our CS team is, I love having 'em there. Why should I have to deal with customers directly unless it's a dire emergency? Just put what they need to know in the trouble ticket and pass it to them. ;)
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[User Picture]From: counterfeitfake
2000-12-07 01:26 am (UTC)

mini-rant

most CS people just do the bare minimum to get by and go home everynight and play quake during every free hour they have

Hearing this kind of pisses me off. Because I am genuinely interested in programming and web development and every other CS-related topic and I tried to get into the UW's program. I was rejected, presumably because my GPA wasn't high enough. But all's well that ends well, I guess- now I'm in the UW Bothell's Computing and Software Systems program and I am pretty happy there.
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[User Picture]From: bradfitz
2000-12-07 08:16 am (UTC)

Re: mini-rant

Grrr... that pisses me off, that GPA determines who gets in.... *sigh*

How many times did you apply? A lot of people don't make it in the first time, but apply the next time and do get in.

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[User Picture]From: counterfeitfake
2000-12-07 11:31 am (UTC)

Re: mini-rant

Ach, I only applied once. I didn't really figure that anything would improve my chances of getting in on a second application.
The thing that really bugs me is my GPA was around 3.2, but I got a 3.8 and a 4.0 in CSE 142 and 143 respectively. I figured this gave me a shot. But since demand for the CS/E majors so far exceeds the supply, I guess they need to reject a lot of people, and GPA is a nice easy way to do that. Besides GPA and required classes, they give you what, 250 words to persuade them? That's two paragraphs or so. I didn't even know where to start so I wrote a pretty lame-ass essay. Dumb dumb dumb.
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[User Picture]From: bradfitz
2000-12-07 11:41 am (UTC)

Re: mini-rant

I ignored their 250 word limit, told them so, and wrote a ton.
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[User Picture]From: righellis
2000-12-07 06:04 am (UTC)
Brad can't take a shit without someone standin' by it... hehe
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[User Picture]From: kothoga
2000-12-09 02:56 am (UTC)
It's things like that that make me happy I'm female, and that they remembered to put doors on the stalls in the woman's bathroom in the CS building here.
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