De-jobbed: Rejection

Rejection Hurts

Rejection hurts, and it takes more than one shower to remove.

As far as I can tell in my limited time spent looking for a new job, there are three kinds of rejection.

Keep in mind, these are job-related rejections. There are an infinite number of ways you can be rejected in life, and I can only assume that there again as many in death. Read more of this post

“EEG and Me” or “Wires on my head”

EEG - but not mine

This is an EEG cap, but it's not what I wore. This is actually kind of cool looking compared to mine. Maybe I'll post my own later. Maybe.

Saturday morning the neuro tech arrived at my apartment. I had showered already because I wouldn’t be able to shower again for two days. In my mind, I imagined wearing a beany with a couple of wires sticking out. No biggie. It might even be cyberpunk stylish.

The tech hooked up her equipment while I watched Mythbusters on the TV across the room.

“So I’ll be able to go about my daily life?”

She said, yes, they encourage patients to try not to change their routine just because of a 48-hour EEG test.

“Ok, good, cause Megan and I were planning on going up to Gurnee today to look around the area she’ll be reporting on. We may stop by Six Flags, too.”

She didn’t think that was a good idea. That’s not your daily routine, right? She asked.

“Actually, we have season passes, so we try to go a lot.” Read more of this post

The Pill’s in the Mail

Pills for my head

Pills for my head. I needs 'em.

My visit with the neuro’s muddled as usual. By the time I get to him, I’ve been stretching my prescription for several days. Why they can’t give me a refill over the phone, I have no idea, but now I know better to plan for the office’s ineptitudes.

What? They found nothing on the EEG that I wore all weekend? Shocking. They haven’t in ten years, so I wouldn’t expect anything to be found all of a sudden now. The pills work, though. Just gimme more pills, I guess.

Great.

Over to Walgreens.

The woman in front of me has a problem. Her cream is more expensive than she remembers it being. $230 for cream? That must be some special cream. The pharmaceutical assistant questions some anonymous head on the phone. Read more of this post

Blackberry Curve: Lose the case, lose the calls?

How to hold a phoneApple may have been on to something here.

Last week, Steve Jobs told the world that all (or many?) smart phones have these weird grip problems. If you try to hold a phone a certain way, the reception just disappears. He said that this happens on three phones specifically, one of them being the Blackberry Bold. Read more of this post

Dan in Mario’s Galaxy

Once you travel there, you're all,

Once I get there, I only kinda want to stay.

If you’ve read through my meger archives, you know that I’m trying to make it through my stockpile of games. I’m pretty backed up, hence, the Video Game Challenge!)

I played Super Mario Galaxy pretty hard for a weekend not long ago. 0-30 stars in 2 days isn’t too bad around here since I had to keep leaving for errands or chores. Not too bad at all.

My progress declined a bit since then. Now it’s two stars here, one star there. I’ll wander for a few minutes.

“A sand level? Nah.” Click. Read more of this post

iPhone 4 press conference fails to impress

Not perfect - AT ALL

Not perfect - AT ALL

I tuned in to Engadget for the surprise Apple press conference at noon (central) today.

It’s not because I have an iPhone. You know I don’t. I just have always like Apple, despite being stuck as a beta-tester with my iMac G5 years ago, so I wanted to see how they’d pull out of this reception mess.

In my opinion, they did not. Read more of this post

Killed and I don’t care

Mr. Marston goes to town

Mr. Marston goes to town

I loved Red Dead Revolver but haven’t really been a fan of any Grand Theft Autos, so when I heard that Rockstar was doing a GTA-style Red Dead sequel, my hopes were not high.

While I’m only a couple of hours in, this Gtalk should give you the idea plus a little more.

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A Windows is a Windows is a Windows: Microsoft allows downgrades from Windows 7 for 10 years

Past made present made future

Past made present made future

Surely by 2019, nobody will use Windows XP. Surely!
Microsoft isn’t so sure about that. People love a safe place to hide, you see.
According to them, even if you have purchased Windows 7 Professional, the most pro-est of the Windows 7 line, Microsoft will allow users the option to downgrade two generations to Windows XP for the next 10 years.
Even if you only have Windows 7 Ultimate, the say, users will have the same option for 5 years until 2015.
While the option may seem ludicrous to you an I to downgrade to the aged XP even now let alone in 10 years, a Microsoft spokesman says that it would be confusing to drop the option while Windows 7’s life cycle is still in effect.
More power to ya, XP-users. Enjoy all…that.

USB could stand for “Ultra Super Bride” (but it doesn’t)

You thought you had a cool paramour/significant other/blow-up doll. Ray Arifianto thinks that his bride-to-be is up there.
How cool could a woman marrying a software development engineer at Microsoft Game Studios be?
Psh, I say.
“So cool,” Ray writes, “that she ordered a custom made ring for me.”
Though she’s no nerd, Ray’s lady BFF-to-be ordered a ring made to look like a USB-drive.
Engraved inside – “For a lifetime of memories.”
I rescind my “psh.”

(Sorry, honey – it’s true, Ray’s lady’s pretty awesome.)

De-Jobbed: Going for the Tech Blog Gold

Engadget does podcasting, too.

I want to go to there.

You may be interested to know, dear blog readers, what I have been doing with my time. That’s why you’re here, is it not?

Being ejected from my previous job gave me the opportunity to go for a job I actually care about. On Monday I was in a panic applying for every job I came across. Tuesday, I focused on social media and video-related postings. Today, I really got down to it. Today I applied for jobs I actually want.

First, there was CBS, NBC, Fox, etc. I’m getting to NPR soon, though they let go of a ton of people recently. Not a safe bet.

Then came the idea, why not cold call the places I actually really want to work at? Read more of this post