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Life is good. [Nov. 16th, 2005|01:56 pm]
Rob Landley
Yes, I am definitely feeling better. (Evil soup!) First day without a headache since I brought the darn vegetables o' doom into the house. (They were leaking fumes right out of the refrigerator! I know it!)

I'm at Metro. The Beatles are playing on the speakers. (Currently "Let it be." Marvelous song.) This is because Anita is working the counter, not the guy who looks like Shaggy from Scooby Doo who has the musical taste of the urban inner-city tone deaf. Anita is one of more than a dozen cute girls in Metro right now. (Alas, Fade is not one of them. To-do: become independenty wealthy, pay off Fade's student loans.)

I've been playing with qemu, quite enthusiastically. After wasting over an hour playing frozen-bubble from the simulated knoppix (running in a window), I'm currently test-compiling my Firmware Linux build on completely simulated hardware. That's right, it does not, in point of fact, exist, and it's running my software. I am so proud of the people who made this possible
(all of 'em) that I haven't got the words. *sniff* It's so beautiful.

I would go biking, but the back tire on my bike went from "slow leak" to "flatter than kansas" (which is flatter than a pancake, as mirell can attest).

A random recruiter emailed me today, about a possible job here in Austin. (My resume's still up on computerjobs.com.) I'm torn. Yay, rah, cool, job here in Austin. But I'm already talking to these Pittsburgh guys, and they're offering to pay me for the kind of thing I do for fun anyway, when nobody's paying me to do it. Yeah, I'd have to move to Pittsburgh, but they're cool enough I'm actually willing to do it, and they were talking to me first, and Pittsburgh's up near Penguicon and Eric and my family and has a couple universities I could live near. Of course I've been talking to them for over two weeks and I'm still interviewing, and I like Austin and Fade enjoys working at SJG. I guess the rule of job hunting is "whoever manages to make me an offer first". (Do I tell them about each other? No I'm not trying for negotiating leverage here, I want to be _polite_.) Still, extra job lead (unsolicited, even) counts on the "cool things that happened today" side of the ledger, definitely...

[User Picture]From: cathyr19355
2005-11-16 08:17 pm (UTC)
Hi! So you were sick? What's this about the vegetables o' doom? I was wondering what had become of you, but spent most of the last few days being too exhausted to even think of calling.

It makes sense to go for "leverage" (to heck with "being polite", we're talking about your source of livelihood here) only if you think both companies want you equally and you just want to get the best financial deal possible. If you like one better than the other, it might make sense to let that company know that you're getting other offers so that they stop pussyfooting around.

But if you don't really have a preference, it may just pay to sit and talk to both of them, and keep looking.

Good luck!
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[User Picture]From: bunrab
2005-11-16 10:25 pm (UTC)
Pittsburgh would put you within "Steve and Kelly might drop in during a motorcycle ride" range. That might tip the balance one way or another...
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[User Picture]From: landley
2005-11-17 05:28 am (UTC)
Oh I'm keeping you in mind. :)

You guys, Eric and Cathy, my father and brother, my sister, Penguicon, and I have at least one friend actually in town (Molly)...
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[User Picture]From: cathyr19355
2005-11-20 02:08 pm (UTC)

Other Friends

There's another friend of ours who currently lives in Pittsburgh--Joe Presley, but I'm not sure if you've met him (you might have--he usually showed up at the Matuszeks' Christmas parties).
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[User Picture]From: bunrab
2005-11-16 10:28 pm (UTC)
Oh yeah, a piece of advice. Do you have a Yahoo account? On your My Yahoo page, select the weather area, and put Austin, Pittsburgh, and a couple other places you'd be willing to live in the area, so that you can check and see the high and low temperatures for the several cities simultaneously. Sometimes that alone works wonders. As, for example, all last week, when I keep seeing that Austin was still at 88 degrees when it was 68 here... it reassured me that I made the right decision. This year when I play in the band at the municipal xmas tree lighting, it will not be 80 degrees with kids drinking lemonade.
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[User Picture]From: landley
2005-11-17 05:38 am (UTC)
Cold arrived yesterday. Cold and windy. The windy wandered on through but the cold didn't.

Due to the extra sleep I got being sick my day currently starts around 2 am, and walking outside around 6 am there was the whole fog breath thing (not just visible but thick white clouds lasting over a second), and cold enough to be stiff for the first 15 minutes of typing after coming inside. (I even put on a sweater and I was still cold. Ok, I was wearing shorts and flip-flops, but still. Sweater!)

It's like the weather's trying to go "Pittsburgh. This is what it's like. Can you handle that?"

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[User Picture]From: cathyr19355
2005-11-20 02:11 pm (UTC)
We got our first day of real cold about when you did. Lots of wind, temperatures at or around freezing. I broke out my down coat (even though I was already wearing three layers of wool) and Eric put on his fleece vest beneath his leather jacket.

THAT is much closer to what Pittsburgh would be like. Though Pittsburgh is directly on rivers, and that tends to moderate temperatures somewhat.
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[User Picture]From: cathyr19355
2005-11-20 02:14 pm (UTC)
This year when I play in the band at the municipal xmas tree lighting, it will not be 80 degrees with kids drinking lemonade.

Ah, but some of us may well enjoy 80 degree temperatures over Christmas. I'm not one of them, as I grew up in the Northeast. Even so, I'd be happier if White Christmas arrived around 4:00 p.m. on Christmas Eve and melted away two days later. :-)
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[User Picture]From: kawaii_rin_kun
2005-11-17 08:25 am (UTC)
The Beatles = good stuff.
Metro = comfy couches and good music and warm drinks, good for cold nights.

like woah.

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