Friday, June 10, 2005

Dog's 10 Pet Peeves About Humans

Found this here and thought it was funny. I have a post planned about getting the job, but no time to write it.
Dog's 10 Pet Peeves About Humans

1. Blaming your farts on me...not funny....not very funny at all.

2. Yelling at me for barking....I'M A FRIGGIN' DOG YOU IDIOT!

3. Taking me for a walk, then not letting me check stuff out. Exactly whose walk is it anyway?

4. Any trick that involves balancing food on my nose....stop it!

5. Any haircut that involves bows or ribbons. Now you know why we chew your stuff up when you are not at home.

6. The slight of hand, fake fetch throw. You fooled a dog! What a proud and great moment for the top of the food nitwit.

7. Taking me to the vet for the 'Big Snip', then acting surprised when I freak out every time we go back there.

8. Getting upset when I sniff your guests crotches. Sorry, but I haven't quite mastered the handshake thing yet.

9. Dog sweaters. Have you noticed the fur? Idiot!

10. How you act disgusted when I lick myself. Look, we both know the truth, you're just jealous.
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Wednesday, June 08, 2005

The Next Phone I'll Never Own

Another one for the wish list. Just when I think I'm content with what I have, Nokia has to go and make this. Don't they know that some of us have a first home to buy. Jeez.

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Saturday, June 04, 2005

Post Interview

I arrived in Cleveland, safely and soundly Thursday morning, just a few minutes before 6 AM. As I said before, I normally don't sleep well on planes, but with an impending 9 AM interview, I had to give it my best shot. Unfortunately for me and even more so the guy with epilepsy, there was a gentlemen two seats in front of me who was having a terrible night. Much worse than mine.

He was having seizures every two minutes or so.

The seizures wouldn't last long, but he would grunt through them. Every time I would start to fall asleep, another seizure would grip him, poor guy, and I would wake up again. Luckily, noone was crass enough to complain, but it did mean that I would go to my interview without rest. I've had to go through a lot worse, however, so I was not about to even act tired in my interview.

And I didn't. The interview went very well. I met with the HR director after filling out an application for employment. She then took me to a conference room to meet the IT staff, who fired questions at me that they had scripted. After that I spoke one on one with the IT director again. She then proceeded to throw a monkey wrench into my perfect world where I obtain this position. I'm going to try to quote, pretty closely at least, what she said, and then translate:
IT Director: I wanted to tell you that normally I do all the decision making when it comes to hiring. For this position, however, we're letting the staff make the decision. I will have veto power here, but because it will be their decision, it was very important to get you here to meet them. I do feel obligated to tell you that there is an in house candidate for this position, as well.
My translation:
IT Director: If it were up to me, I'd hire you, but it's not. I'm also letting you know that there is an in-house candidate, so even though you may be my first choice, if you don't get hired, you know why.
I may be giving myself too much credit with regards to her opinion of me, but that's the way it seemed to me. I still give myself a good chance to nail down this position as well, but you never can tell how in-house candidates are looked at from company to company. Some don't like to promote someone to be directly in charge of their former co-workers, while other companies pride themselves on promoting from within.

Only time will tell.

Wednesday, June 01, 2005

The Interview

Unbeleivable as it may seem, our move to Cleveland is only one month away. TheHouse is going up faster than I imagined and it's looking great. We have all of our moving arrangements planned, which leaves one more main objective; Procure employment!

I have less than 8 hours until I board a plane heading for Cleveland, for an interview tomorrow morning. My plane will arrive at 6 AM and the interview is at 9 AM. The position is in the IT department of a local university in the Cleveland area, and it's one that I would really like to have. If the first phone interview is counted, this will be the third one. From what I was told, I will be interviewing with all the staff and department directors. All good signs that they are serious about me, so I'll need to be at my best for the two hours, or so, that I'm there...and then I'm going to crash.

I have never been good at sleeping on airplanes, so when all is said and done I know I'll be done. I plan on waking up sometime before Saturday when I catch an afternoon flight back, but not much before that. I'll try to provide an update as to how the interview goes, but if I don't, just know that I am still sleeping.
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Those who have been reading this site for any length of time, can tell that when I started using blogger last month, I lost a ton of functionality that I formerly had with wordpress. I had images indexes and video indexes and all of these pages were stored in MySQL tables on my webhosts' server.

All of the pages and last two years worth of posts are all there within these tables, I can see them, I just can no longer access them with any blogging software. Even when I try a fresh install of wordpress, or movable type which also uses MySQL database tables, the tables can not be accessed to be written to. This has left me with only one real choice and that is to use Blogger, but lose functionality. (OK, so maybe I have more choices that just that, like changing my webhost and starting from scratch, which I've essentially done here anyway, but I lack the time and energy to do that right now.)

One such function I had was the ability to catagorize my posts. I could then take one catagory and make it show up on the side of my page, as a side blog. If you remember correctly, my side blog contained all of the humorous links and time-wasting games that I ran across. Since blogger does not allow me to catagorize my posts, this was not a possibility.

Enter SideBlog.

SideBlog has allowed me to regain at least this function of my website. As you will notice over there on the right hand side of my page, under the google ads, is my new SideBlog. If you enjoy visiting some of the strange sites or playing the time-wasting games I have posted in the past, make sure you keep your eyes on the sideblog.
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