Well, how about that.
When you call technical support for a full-blown computer crash&burn, the usual first step they suggest is "unplug it and let it sit for a few minutes." I always assumed this was the obligatory Step 1: Wishful Thinking of computer maintenance. But today I saw it work! I wonder if our technical support will be as surprised as everybody else to hear it.
Yesterday, I bought a laptop! HP has their Pavilion tx2500z (aka their less fancy 12" screen tablet pc model) hugely on sale. I bought mine for $768, including tax, which nets me a 2.GHz AMD X2 processor, 3G Ram, 160GB hard drive, and a dual-layer DVD burner. Free shipping. Acceptable. I'm now in that murky post-consumer realm of shock that I spent $700, that I had $700 to
spend, and turmoil over whether this was an unjustifiably hasty impulse buy that makes me a horrible person (never mind that I've been shopping for a tablet pc for two years now because I want it for my art). Am I the only one who does this?
Just finished a Simon R. Green novel (Man with the Golden Torc
) about a druidic James Bond, which was rather shallow and terribly good, pulpy fun. It was...well, Mage: the Ascension super-spies. We had Men in Black in secret helicopters, a guy who was everything but called a Virtual Adept straight out (because that's copyrighted), chaos-loving Verbena chick, Jack the Ripper (though probably that's just my
Mage), and incursions by madness-inducing hyper-dimensional beings from a higher or lower plane of reality. Good times.
Our beloved cookie-baking boss is leaving us! He has taken a job at University of Michigan, and is due to bail out the last week of September. I have until then to drain him of every bit of knowledge I can manage about our programs and projects, because he's pretty much the "the world is exploding, solve this now!" guy, and once he's gone, somebody
has to try to keep these degenerate piles of code operating. That won't be our supervisor, who's more the admin type, or our other guy in my position, who's the photography specialist and doesn't do troubleshooting on anything that's not either a camera or a printer. Panic! Chaos! Cramming on XML!
Which, ahem, is why nobody has heard much of me lately. I've been up to my elbows in actual work
, which admittedly does feel rather nice. It's good to have a challenge again. I'm setting myself up for workplace exploitation, here, I know. This is the kind of place where they will take every advantage of any skill set you show them, including those that are technically above your pay grade, without ever giving you a raise or even the least kind of consideration for going above and beyond for them; and while oh yes, the increase in pay and ability to actually go to the dentist once a year is lovely
, I do not get paid enough to take on the responsibilities of an administrator or supervisor. I am, however, willing to suck this up for a couple of years in return for 1: challenges I can sink my teeth into, 2: some awesome stuff to put on my resume when I'm ready to move on, 3: that lovely lovely tuition discount. Frankly, my skills are not
up to snuff for a job beyond my current level (I can teach myself anything technical, but it's the stuff you can only learn through experience that I'm lacking in--project coordination, effective committee work, leadership skills), and I look forward to this giving me what I need.
Oh, the other thing I wanted to publicly mope about: our performing arts venue is hosting the premiere of a concert tour by Emanuel Ax, Itzhak Perlman, and Yo-Yo Ma
. Unfortunately, I didn't find out about it until this month, and tickets went on sale in June. Needless to say, they're now sold out. I've been brooding over this since I found out, and now I invite you to lament with me!
Finally: a week till new Supernatural! I'm going to go eat a bagel and see if it makes time move faster.