Monthly Archives: January 2004


Well, I was made an offer, and I accepted. I still haven’t signed the paperwork yet, but that is because HR had already left for the weekend, so that should come next week.

Barring unexpected circumstances, I will now be gainfully employed at a 9-6 type job as a Bioinformatics Analyst.

It took me long enough! :D


Buying this for $13 seems ludicrous to me (even worse than buying a duct tape wallet).

Of course, the concept is interesting enough… I think I’ll make myself one of these when I go home and have access to my extra Cat5. If I make the ends modified RJ45 connectors, it will be even cooler! Of course, I still don’t have a crimper…….

Good news + Friday Five

So, I may have a job. But I’m not 100% positive yet, so I’ll avoid talking about it just now so as not to count my eggs before they hatch (Wouldn’t it be fine to count eggs? I know you’d want to avoid counting chickens….). I’ll post more later, after I know a bit more.

In other less exciting news, miraculously last night my cellphone started getting signal in the apartment- which has never happened before. w007!

BTW, in a misguided attempt at “securing” their systems, Microsoft is giving away free posters. I know, you wouldn’t expect me to be raving about this, but the “hackers” one can be pretty cool, provided one removes the bottom section and takes it in a completely opposite meaning/definition than the one intended. I wonder if the fact that the sign is on an orange “men at work” sign (as opposed to say, a yellow warning sign) was a nod to the legitimate hacker community.

Read on for the Friday Five, if you care.
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Just a silly notion….

…But maybe SCO contracted someone to write the MyDoom virus themselves, just to discredit the Linux community. It would make sense, if they thought that it could help their case….. also they would never have to worry about paying that bounty that they are offering….

I dunno. It’s probably not too likely, but it’s an interesting idea.


So, I’m living in Ithaca now, and have completed the first out of two interviews. I think it went pretty well :)

#2 is tomorrow… here’s hoping!

In other news, some #%$&ing spammer has been spoofing return addresses from my domains. I’ve gotten a few dozen bounced mails (many virus ridden) since yesterday. Bah!

Unconscious Mutterings Week 51

I’ve been packing nearly all day, and am finally almost done! Now I get to have 5 hours of sleep before I must get up, load the car, and venture forth on my merry way to Ithaca. Yay!

Anyway, here’s this week’s Unconscious Mutterings. My next post should hopefully be from Ithaca :)

  1. Political::slant
  2. Concentration::concentrate
  3. Fish::bowl
  4. Lunacy::moon
  5. Red::green
  6. Imply::goblin
  7. Recognize::see
  8. Sexist::pig
  9. Commercial::van
  10. Stricken::wound

You don’t say….

McDonald’s is bad for your health? 2+2=4? You are clearly very insane.

On a somewhat unrelated note, last night’s production of 1984 far exceeded my expectations. It pulled off the narration in a very innovative way, and kept the plotline and story almost entirely true to the book. There is only one non-soldout show left, so if you are interested in seeing it (you should be) then you are running out of time. Go, get tickets….now!

LinuxWorld plus Friday Five

Today I went to LinuxWorld, where I obtained a copious amount of swag. I tried to take a picture like I usually do, but there were no charged AA batteries about. So, here’s a (brief) tally:

  • shirts, 3 (Ok, I purchased one of them)
  • pens, 4
  • plushies, 3
  • radio/light, 1
  • scarf, 1
  • eskimo pie, 1
  • other media, countless (ok, not really)

Microsoft was there, pimping their “Windows Services for UNIX” (which seems nifty) and giving away above mentioned radio/lights. CA was also there, and they had a devious plot which literally held you captive for their presentation (which consisted of a man in a penguin suit saying nothing of any importance to people who already use Linux). Of course, they lured unsupecting geeks into their trap with eskimo pies, and then detained them with a chain stringed across the entrance. They gave out nifty scarves though, so I don’t much mind being detained for about 10 minutes. I got to talk to a guy from Pydance, and accomplished this year’s LW goal of finding out how to get a DDR mat working happily on Linux.

Suffice to say, this year’s LinuxWorld far exceeded that of the previous years. Yes,the swag is a big part of that :)

Anyway, I’m going to go see a theatrical version of 1984 in a few minutes, so read on for the Friday Five, and that’s all for now :)
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Another silly quiz

You are 56% geek56% geek

You are a geek. Good for you! Considering the endless complexity of the universe, as well as whatever discipline you happen to be most interested in, you’ll never be bored as long as you have a good book store, a net connection, and thousands of dollars worth of expensive equipment. Assuming you’re a technical geek, you’ll be able to afford it, too. If you’re not a technical geek, you’re geek enough to mate with a technical geek and thereby get the needed dough. Dating tip: Don’t date a geek of the same persuasion as you. You’ll constantly try to out-geek the other.

Take the Polygeek Quiz at

In more worthwhile news, today I got another interview at Cornell! This job is for Bioinformatics Analyst, which looks really like a very interesting position :)

Well, wish me double the luck!