Posts Tagged ‘work

14
Oct
08

prodigalgeekgirl

Surprisingly enough, I’m not dead. I haven’t renounced all things scifi, I still know how to turn on a computer, and my friends still laugh when I opine about Neil Gaiman.

What did happen is a long, long period of feeling completely uncreative. It seemed like everyone in my life actually had one but me, and every time I started to muster the motivation to post it seemed like I just didn’t have the mental energy.

So, here’s the short and sweet idea of how things have been for me the last few months, and then perhaps I can get back to business as usual.

  • In July I went to Las Vegas with some friends to see the Star Trek Experience before it closed. I gambled exactly 1 dollar in a casino so I could say I had, got sunburned walking the Hoover Dam, and drank something with dry ice in Quark’s bar that emitted many satisfying clouds of spacey vapor. Much fun was had by all, and I have some lovely Starfleet earrings to remember the experience by.
  • In August I applied for and obtained a new position at a VERY big company. Better benefits, better money, and I got to move back to the town I loved to live in when I was here for graduate school – and would never have left if not for the former fiance. Currently I am couchsurfing at various friend’s houses, trying to save up some money before I find a place of my own. Mom is keeping the dog and cat for me, and I really miss them!
  • I also miss my niece and nephew, both of whom turned 1 recently. Cute doesn’t even begin to describe them.
  • I’ve finally made it through all seasons of Buffy, Angel, and the comic. Almost twice in fact. How did I not know about this when it was on air originally?

Right now I’m really focused on trying to do well at my new job – it is very different from what I’m used to, and I want to make a good impression and be able to be proud of myself. I’ve already had to learn lots of new things, which is what I wanted – my old job had lost some of its challenge, even though I mostly liked it and I had some really good friends there.

And… it’s about time for me to call it a night! I’m attempting to stay off the computer for an hour before I sleep… we’ll see how long that lasts. 🙂

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12
Nov
07

beastly blogging blunders

It has been a true Monday – I swear I felt the cloud following me around all day long. Work was painful to say the least – mistakes that draw the attention of multiple people who are at a higher level than you are are never fun, and I dislike having to spend time putting out fires or answering inane questions when I could be working on something more useful. I know it all goes toward the success of the company, but I am a programmer because I like to code, not because I like to sit in meetings or try to figure out how the server got jacked up. Also, my shoes hurt my feet. Remember folks, just because they are cute does not mean you should buy them, make sure there is at least a minimum of comfort present as well!

Since I am at risk of turning this into one of those depressing posts that no one wants to read, I will instead give you a list of posts that I never want to read. Since I read a lot of blogs I use a feed reader to aggregate them, and I almost never get caught up. There are a few types of blog posts that I have learned to recognize on sight, mark as read, and move right along. If you want me to read your content then please don’t do the following:

  • Post a poem or song lyrics. If I wanted to hear lyrics I would actually play the song, and really how hard is it to find the youTube video and embed or link to it? If you really feel the lyrics of a certain song are the only possible way to express your feelings, please just quote one or two of the most relevant lines and then move on to some real content.
  • Forget to add any white space. Take a look at any book, magazine, poster, website, etc. They all have white space because your brain cannot handle a page completely full of text without wanting to kill your eyes and take a vacation. My attention span is limited, so give me small bits of text to deal with. They are called paragraphs, please look into it.
  • Only put part of your content in your RSS or Atom feed. The only excuse for this is being desperate for whatever ad revenue you get when I click over to your site – but really, if you need the money that much then find a way to embed the ad in your feed and give me the content where I want it! There is no blog so exciting that I will click through, I’ll always find something else to entertain me.
  • Post about the weather or about how bad traffic is in whatever city you live in. Some writers manage to make these topics interesting, but it is almost always by weaving an actual narrative on these themes rather than just straight-up reporting. I don’t care if it’s raining in Cleveland unless it is an intrinsic part of an interesting story, and unless you make it so I’ll be moving right along. Ditto on complaining about how tired you are.
  • Post about how you are too busy to post. For crying out loud, if you are too busy (and this is assuming you don’t have legions of fans sending you distraught e-mails) then please just don’t bother.

I know I have been guilty of many of these to varying degrees, but generally I bore even myself – sorry if you’ve been a victim of my bad blogging practices – but hey, at least I’m posting at all right?

I leave you with a fun music video starring a dancing robot. I’ll let you work out the lyrics for yourselves.




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