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Job Fair [Oct. 29th, 2001|11:04 pm]
Brad Fitzpatrick
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They make it sound fun. Fair? Gimme a break. I'm petrified. I'm only going out of guilt because Scott's going and my parents keep asking if I'm ever going to get a real job. *gulp* Do I want a real job? I guess money would be neat. I could accumulate houses, cars, furniture, clothes, and countless toys! Yippee.

I guess this means I need to write a resume. Buzzwords on dead trees, I told Scott. I think he wants a job, though.

I went to see some movie with Chuck earlier at the HUB. It was free. It was good. I forgot its name. Notice there's no apostrophe there?

Who will cuddle me and keep me warm tonight? Nobody and not even my blankets ... I've been waking up cold every day. I need a timer on my heater to turn on an hour before I wake up each day. I want to make some hardware to do that. She won't mind that it's so geeky. Notice there was an apostrophe there? Computer, cron job, perl one-liner, serial port, ??parts??, relay, vornado. I should figure out what those mystery parts are. Time to read RS232 stuff.

I want to work on operating systems too. I read about them a lot. I think they're neat. If I didn't have to work, I'd tinker with operating systems.

I want a piano too. Like Kenji's maybe. But I wouldn't play it as much as I'd want to. And I'd be lacking a place to put it. Do I need one of those house things first? With many rooms? Shit, might need a real job.

I wish I could fork ten instances of myself and work on everything interesting in parallel: programming, hardware, operating systems, linguistics & natural languages, music... or I wish I'd get blocked/bored of one thing quick enough for me to context switch to something else without getting stressed, but I don't... I want to do everything at once, and that's aggravating.

Just remembered I have some X10 stuff in a bin somewhere. Time to apt-get install x10 heyu. I might wake up to warmth tomorrow.

From: evan
2001-10-29 11:06 pm (UTC)
I have all of my X10 stuff *except* for the computer dongle, which I somehow lost just minutes after getting their "free" package. :(
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[User Picture]From: starla
2001-10-29 11:14 pm (UTC)
it's not so bad, actually. i was all scared of mine too. basically i went up to the people at the little tables, asked questions about their jobs, told them how wonderful i am, and gave them a resume. i got a bunch of interviews through it, plus all kinds of cool recruiting goodies -- bouncy balls, t-shirts, pens, food, even a mini-walkman from a consulting company.

good luck! :)
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[User Picture]From: muerte
2001-10-29 11:25 pm (UTC)
She won't mind that it's so geeky

She who? There was no reference to that she, through me off...

And #2, good lord. Leave the computers to do their jobs and go buy a $10 electric timer to turn on your heater :)

Don't get me wrong, I'm all for the geekiness, but that's overkill :)
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[User Picture]From: brad
2001-10-29 11:32 pm (UTC)

I got the X10 module working in a few minutes but discovered it's capable of only 300 Watts, 1200 below the max usage for my Vornado.
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[User Picture]From: outofmydepth
2001-10-30 01:00 am (UTC)
nah, geekiness is the best. it's so damn cute. :)
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[User Picture]From: muerte
2001-10-30 09:16 pm (UTC)
Mmmmmmmmmmmmm Redheads...
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[User Picture]From: outofmydepth
2001-10-30 10:26 pm (UTC)

glad you like what you see. ;)
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[User Picture]From: christowang
2001-10-30 06:21 am (UTC)
Thats what I was thinking...

Or you can go with the clapper and stay in your warm blankets and clap your way to warmth...
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[User Picture]From: muerte
2001-10-30 09:17 pm (UTC)
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[User Picture]From: texel
2001-10-29 11:55 pm (UTC)
vornados are rad- that shit'll heat up a room like nobody's business.

i tried to fork myself out into 10 processes, but it turns out i'm not reentrant so shit kept on getting screwed up. i guess my parents are to blame for defects in my code?
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[User Picture]From: technogypsy
2001-10-30 12:06 am (UTC)


I could accumulate houses, cars, furniture, clothes, and countless toys!

IT IS A TRAP! Don't fall for it...you'd sell your soul for money, at an hourly rate.

Who will cuddle me and keep me warm tonight? Nobody and not even my blankets ...

I will! But you have to like Oklahoma and fat girls for that to fly...

Love Ya Brad.
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[User Picture]From: linkinpunk
2001-10-30 04:45 am (UTC)


dude! YOu sound really fucking cool! Caffine is my friend and I love to blow things up! YOu're kickin' ass cool!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Lata!!!! Peace
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[User Picture]From: joggingguy
2001-10-30 05:55 am (UTC)
Have you looked at the home automation stuff at the computer stores? Pretty cool stuff. You could hook up a lamp and have a link on LJ to let people turn it on and off. Or use one of those rotating red ones :-D
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[User Picture]From: twistah
2001-10-30 06:40 pm (UTC)
>> You could hook up a lamp and have a link on LJ to let people turn it on and off.

while (1)

I like it! ;-)

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[User Picture]From: dormando
2001-10-30 06:41 am (UTC)
I guess it's not an option to turn LJ into a money-making badass?
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[User Picture]From: way2tired
2001-10-30 08:06 am (UTC)
Dude, they make thermostats you can program. They are not incredibly expensive.
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[User Picture]From: brad
2001-10-30 08:44 am (UTC)
If our house heating system wasn't broken.
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[User Picture]From: way2tired
2001-10-30 07:03 pm (UTC)
always helps to have every piece of info :)
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[User Picture]From: counterfeitfake
2001-10-30 10:20 pm (UTC)

Using cron from your computer through a serial cable to activate your heater... sounds like you'd learn a lot. Two other ideas:

1. The vornado is plugged into the wall? You can buy timers, the same kind that turn lights on and off when you're on vacation. This is a quick solution where you'd learn nothing.

2. I took an embedded systems class at the UW Bothell, and the professor (Arnie Berger, a great teacher) talked about how he built a hot tub controller using a Motorola 68000-series processor. He can telnet into it to turn it on. The 68k is a 16-bit processor and the assembly is pretty easy to learn. The 68k sells for a couple of bucks, I know you can get do-it-yourself circuit board, and I'm sure there are timers out there, or you could just cannibalize a digital clock. I guess you'd need some flash memory and a programmer... And an assembler... this is getting more complicated. Maybe a pipe dream... but I recommend taking an embedded systems class if you get the chance before you graduate, it was really interesting. OH! I just remembered you can buy an evaluation board from Motorola that has a processor and a bunch of peripherals like timers and I/O onboard. They're like $100, I think. Well, I'm just rambling now.
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