May 2nd, 2001

Danger Mouse

Summer where?

I knew this was coming up, and that I'll have to make a decision soon, but I'm just not sure what I want to do.

Yesterday I had a chat with my manager, and I was asked to stay on through the whole summer (until the end of August), or at least through July if possible. In a way, this is a major ego boost, because she stated that part of the reason for the offer was because all the reports of my performance and work have been extremely positive, and I could be really helpful if I stay.

However, my best friend back home, in Omaha, is moving to Seattle sometime this summer, and I'd really like to spend some time with him before he moves. Also, I have a handful of friends that I only get to see over the summer, because they're away at school and such, and I'd hate to miss seeing them.

Also, it would be nice to be home again. I really am having a lot of fun here, and I do enjoy my job, even if it's not the job I plan to make a career out of, and I'm learning a lot. However, my apartment is a rat hole, I have no reliable Internet access at home, and most of my friends are at home. And, honestly, Poughkeepsie isn't the most exciting place in the world to live. It's a fairly small city, and while going down to New York City is a blast, it's more of a weekend activity.

One advantage of staying longer, though, is that it would increase my chances of either being offered a job with IBM, or of being offered to return for another Co-Op stint. It seems that mid-July is when they do most of their interviews and recruiting for that kind of thing, which is part of the reason that my manager suggested staying 'till then.

Well, I've currently committed until June, so I'll be here at least until then. After that. . . we'll see. ;-)
  • Current Music
    Meat Loaf - You Took the Words Right Out of My Mouth (Hot Summer Night)
Lord Yupa

Sprint PCS.

I meant to post about this a week ago, but I got caught up and forgot about it.

I have a Sprint PCS cell phone. I've got lots of minutes with it, and I've carried it for the past 3+ years, as was required for my job. I've grown accustomed to having it around, and I make good use of it, even though I no longer need it for work.

In January, when I moved to Poughkeepsie, New York, I discovered that I wasn't quite in Sprint's coverage area. In fact, service stopped about 7-8 miles South of me, which means I had to drive that far to check voice mail, make calls, etc.

Well, Sprint seems to have finally gotten their act together. As of a few days ago, I can once again make calls and use my phone. This is especially cool as my phone plan includes free long distance, which means I now have an obscene number of minutes available to me for calling friends and family and such back home.

Oh, yeah, and if you text page me, I'll actually get it in a reasonable amount of time, too. ;-)

Only bad thing, is the wiring in the building I work in prevents me from actually getting service in my office. Oh, well. Can't win 'em all. ;-)
  • Current Music
    Miranda Sex Garden - Sleeping Beauty

Sexy thoughts.

You know, I once heard it said that the average guy thinks about sex 240 times a day.

240 times. Doesn't that seem outrageous, and rather unlikely?

I thought so too, when I heard that.

So, out of curiosity, I worked out how often that was. Assuming that you're awake 16 hours a day, and not counting the 8 hours when you're asleep, that would mean that on average, a guy thinks about sex every 4 minutes.

This rather disappointed me, because that actually sounds about right, which means we do prolly really think about sex 240 times a day.
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Danger Mouse

Growing ego.

Background: I've spent the past four weeks or so working on a new tool for work. Whenever one of the server technical support engineers is called "offshift", outside of regular working hours, for a problem, they track it. Specifically, they send a copy of the problem management record to an unmanned e-mail address, and at the end of the year it is processed, by hand, and reports and tallies are generated.

As you can imagine, this is a somewhat less than ideal situation. The tool I've been working on is a web accessible database application, developed with Lotus Notes/Domino, that allows the support engineers to log into a website, enter the problem number, date, and a few other things. It also allows for real time viewing of entered callouts, report generation, editing, etc. It automates all the work that used to be manual, and makes it a lot easier to use. It also increases it's usefulness, because statistics and information can be generated on the fly, anytime, instead of being done only at the end of the year.

I'm rather proud of this callout tool, as the original project assigned to me was to fix the old process in a few places where it had broken. Scrapping it and using a whole new process was something I came up with on my own, both for selfish reasons (it seemed like a better and more interesting use of my time) and for business reasons, as it is a much cleaner, more efficient, and more scalable process.

On Monday, I mentioned the new callout tool in the department meeting. Then, this morning, I wrote up an e-mail explaining the full rationale behind this, the problems with the old tool, the benefits of the new one, some of the technical differences, and instructions on using the new tool.

Since sending that this morning, I've had three different people from my department, including a manager, stop by my office and tell me how well written the announcement letter was. And, amazingly enough, I really didn't put that much effort into it. I wrote up the whole thing, including the instructions in under a half an hour. . . prolly closer to 20 minutes.

So, my ego grows, and I am happy. ;-)
  • Current Music
    Van Halen - Everybody Wants Some