April 1st, 2003


State of the crs [job search]

My LJ has been erratic, to say the least, lately. Not sure why. I think for a while LJ was how I punted at work. Or else things were dramatic enough in my life that I needed to write them out, and LJ was how that was manifested... That seems a more charitable way of looking at the time I put into writing the journal at a time when I probably could have been putting more time into other things that needed the attention, such as the relationship or my job.

Well, I’ve got neither of those weighing me down lately, and I’m finding that “weighing me down” is definitely an unfair term to apply to either a job or a relationship. In some ways, they’re both work, but both uplifting, on a mental level that goes beyond mood. Self-worth.

But it seems to me that the last week or so has been really good, at least on the job hunt front. I have a very, very hot lead back in my Minnesota hometown; basically my dad ran into a friend of his who was looking, told me about it, and I sent him my resume Friday. Some phone tag later, it’s Monday night and I take a C++ aptitude test online... Expecting to hear back within a couple of days, I instead hear back 20 minutes later. “Talk to our project manager for a bit.” I do, and it all sounds very, very promising. I guess I did well on the test; it felt difficult but doable. Lots of obscure corner case questions about C++, it was kinda neatly written.

In other news, I applied for an Open CourseWare position at MIT, and have hopes of hearing good news from that at some point. Then I wouldn’t have to move to Minnesota, and would be working at MIT where I think I could take a class a semester. This isn’t a pure dev position, acting more of the enabler than developer, but that may be what I’m really suited for anyway.

It feels really good to think I could keep on doing development after all, though it feels kinda bad to be leaving behind the teaching possibility... But I guess that will always be there, waiting, right? Right? Hmm.
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Weekend Gaming

First and foremost: edamame is a great gaming table snack. Wow. Yum, and low calories. Though I need to cook it in a little more water next time; some of it was kinda undercooked.

Saturday we played two Living Greyhawk modules, with our new, rebalanced party. It worked out quite well. I balanced away from charisma, leaving that stuff to our bard, and towards fighting, which we were lean on. We gained a level in those two modules, and Leonid, my 2nd-level Elven Rogue, has a whole bunch of skills, including Tumble +10, Search +10, Disable Device +10, Open Lock +10... He’s the skill monster of the group, and deadly with a bow. I’m strongly considering taking a level of fighter next, so as to get both Precise Shot and Rapid Shot at the same time, as well as a few extra hit points, and some more base attack bonus. It would only hurt his skills, giving him 5 points to spend instead of 11... I’d have to figure out what to cut back on advancing in... probably base it on what’s in-class for a fighter.

Anyway, I think I’m happier with the new set of characters we have in our group than with what we had in group 1.0, when we died. The kill really did teach us our lesson, we’ve figured out some things we need to do to be more effective. We’ve got a wizard now (illusionist, really), and a honking-big barbarian. It all meshes together slightly better.

All in all, Bran’s skillset was a little too redundant, and he was a little too non-combat ready. The amazing success we had in The Will of the People at ConnCon was largely because of this imbalance in our party; we were extremely strong in the things that that module stresses (Gather Information type skills), and weak in things that the module that killed us stressed (dealing out lots of damage intelligently to single large targets).

To be fair, we also got fairly lucky in WotP (the main boss failed a will save against a Hold Person, making him an easy target) and fairly unlucky in Hunt in the Hool (a 3 on a Tumble check, followed by a critical hit dealing near max damage on the attack of opportunity). But really, we were totally unprepared for the monsters we fought there. I think that even with the lower levels in our party now, we’d do better in the module that killed us than our previous party did.
  • Current Mood
    chipper chipper

MTEL results

Oh yeah, I passed the MTEL with flying colors. If I’m not mistaken, this means I can get my provisional teaching license in MA at will. I should look into that.
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A Stone's Throw from Jeruselem

iTunes just kicked in with Sting’s “Mad About You”, and I was whisked back to 1993 or so, when I was head-over-heels in mad insane crush for a certain person who was unavailable, uninterested, and amazing. This was the song I listened to a lot during that time, and ... it makes me realize that I have songs like that for a number of people over the past years. Associations with specific people. Some of whom are still in my life, some of whom read this... so I won’t be listing who the songs are connected with...

“She’s an Angel,” TMBG
“Felicia,” Blues Traveler
“Mad About You,” Sting
“Don’t Let’s Start,” TMBG

I’m sure there are more, I had them on the tip of my tongue yesterday. Watch this space for edits, if you care :)
  • Current Music
    "Mad About You," Sting