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  1. Negrek
    12-02-2017 11:56 AM
    We already talked art, but that sleepy dragon pic you posted recently is super cute!

    I'm glad you're enjoying the mafia game! And yes, it is pretty much a big logic puzzle, just with more MF and Kratos posting big walls of text about their proposed solutions while you're working your way through it. ;) I hope people are having fun, it's nice to see there's some pretty vigorous discussion going on.

    As far as reffing, it's really not as much as I used to run back in 2010-2012 or so, considering that a lot of those battles update rarely (month-long DQs tend to do that). Preeeetty much didn't do any ASB stuff during November, but now that NaNo's over I'm looking forward to getting those Royal battles in particular wrapped up! Anyway, don't worry about having to focus on stuff other than reffing; real life always comes first, and anything you can contribute is always appreciated!
  2. Negrek
    12-02-2017 11:56 AM
    Hope you get the chance to travel soon, then! It's annoying how much hinges on employment, eh? But the job search itself is actually a great time to reflect on things like what you want to do with your life and such... it sounds like you've been doing a fair amount of that yourself after leaving that other engineering position, anyway.

    I have to admit you *did* make your floor support job sound pretty cool, heh. But constant interruptions would be awful, no matter what the position. Fortunately it's also something you should be able to find an engineering job without--or at least, to a greatly reduced extent. Energy and environment studies are definitely solid fields to go into, really relevant nowadays, heh. One of those growth areas. So again, best of luck! It's definitely aggravating, not being able to tell what a position will be like until you've been working at it for a while, but it sounds like you at least learned the kind of stuff you DON'T handle well, so hopefully you can eliminate those sorts of jobs up-front. And again, best of luck looking for work!

    My degree's in bioinformatics, but I'm interested in kind of... a lot of things, heh. I have the problem that there's a ton I could do, and that I'd like to do, at least in theory, but while there's a ton of stuff I could easily see myself enjoying for three, five years, for twenty or thirty or my entire life? Not so much. One way or another, I imagine my life is going to be kind of an interesting pastiche of experiences rather than any kind of straight-line career path (shhh don't tell my parents, heh). Sooo I've kind of been considering a lot of cool things. I'd love to work in something to do with conservation or the environment, for example... ideally something that would also make use of my actual bioinformatics abilities, but not necessary. I would be cool with being a zookeeper, like yeah I will muck out the monkey pens for eight hours a day just to get to hang out with tigers, it's cool. But, I also like the more programmy aspects of my work, and going deeper into that and searching for a more software engineering/data analysis sort of position. But that's so broad it encompasses jobs fields from journalism to, idk, historian (and still includes bioinformatics, even), so that barely counts as narrowing things down. I had considered for a while going into something like the FDA or the EPA, but hahaHaHaHAHAHA *ugly crying*. But something kind of similar in the nonprofit sector could be cool... It would be nice to have a job that feels useful, and/or like it's making the world a better place, you know? And then there are the days when I think that doing something in like cybersecurity or cyber defense would be super cool. Or game design! *motions to all of ASB* There are some super-cool positions out there to do with things like analyzing MMO economies and whatnot, and so that could be an awesome way of kind of combining cool machine learning statistics stuff with games, which I also love. So some of these are a lot more plausible than others, but honestly if I could I would live a thousand lives just to pursue a different career path in each of them. I just ain't got the time to do all the things I would love to do.

    So we have a mixture of jobs that are some kind of computers and no biology... or some kind of biology and no computers... or a mixture of both... in either the private or the public sector... yeah. I think my ideal job is one that involves working independently, with computers, with animals, outside, challenging, where tasks vary widely day to day, tending towards short-term solution-oriented projects rather than long-term campaigns. Let me know if you happen to hear of something that fits the bill. XD

    Or, you know. World-famous novelist. I guess I could live with that one, too!

    Anyway, the goal for this month is to really start the job search in earnest by kind of narrowing things down to some actual jobs that exist for real out there, rather than hypothetical ones. Going to be doing some alumni database-diving and watching of various job boards/listservs to get an idea of some real positions that I might actually be interested in, probably looking to do some informational interviews starting in January, and starting to actually apply in March/April, one-two months before I expect to return home. There is one company I've been watching in particular where they've already posted a couple of positions I think I would totally go for and am actually at least moderately qualified for (are they even remotely related jobs? no) that I'm kind of putting together a little portfolio for, and once that's ready I'm going to apply once a similar posting goes up, as early as Jan/Feb but that's one where I'd be willing to cut my travel a little short if necessary to get in on a good opportunity. May find other places I'd be willing to do that for during my research, too!
  3. Cynder
    11-13-2017 03:07 AM
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  5. Green
    11-03-2017 01:14 AM
    i'm alive! putting in a fair amount of effort to stay that way lol college is awful
  6. Porygon2
    11-02-2017 10:03 AM
    Hey thanks!

    And sure, it seems like an interesting battle!
  7. Negrek
    10-28-2017 11:46 AM
    Haha, "interesting and stressful," for sure! Doing "daily life" sort of stuff is definitely the best way to get a feel for a place, yeah. And often the coolest experiences on a trip happen when you're just kind of futzing around and stumble across someone or something that you weren't expecting, which is eternally frustrating when you're laying out a lot of money to schedule the things that are supposed to be the coolest experiences.

    It's always interesting to hear how people fund their travels, especially hanging around in hostels which is where you get more long-term travel types rather than people who are doing quick trips using their normal vacation days. Some people working as they go, including one guy who just started traveling but plans to do it continuously while ghostwriting as a source of income; some people who work on and off to finance their travels (one woman who's a nurse who says she'll work for a few months, then quit and travel, then look for a new position, because nurses are in such high demand that she doesn't have to worry about finding something); and one guy who previously worked as a sushi chef ("So did you have to go to school for that?" "No, I'd never actually made sushi before.") and is thinking about taking a position as a tour guide in Hawaii ("Do you... know anything about Hawaii?" "Nope!").

    Best of luck with all your job apps. And yeah, it sounds like you really ought to try something new, so I'm glad you found somebody who can help you with that transition. I'm curious, what kind of engineering work do you do? Or would you like to do, I guess.

    Good luck with your side projects too, then! It's awesome that you're trying to keep up with the creative stuff on the side. Even if you don't manage to make a ton of money off it, it's really satisfying to be able to make something and put it out there, you know? Though of course I hope you make plenty of money, too. :P You haven't posted much online, have you? I don't recall seeing much of your stuff.

    I know what you mean about freelancing. I feel like I have so many different interests that it would be nice to be able to say "I feel like programming today" or "I feel like writing today" and be able to go find something that appeals, a small project that you can finish in a few sittings and then go pick up something else when you feel like it. Unfortunately, yeah, like you say, it tends to not work out quite that neatly. :P

    That would be awesome! You're certainly welcome to join any future expeditions I do, heh. At this point I'm thinking the next one may be some sort of road trip, maybe from Alaska to Patagonia, but that might also be an overreaction to the fact that I've been frustrated at times by not being able to get places I wanted to go using public transport/tourist transport options. We'll see!
  8. Butterfree
    10-25-2017 06:28 PM
    Well, in my case I just can't go very nonlinear because I post as I go, so whatever I've already written is more or less set in stone! My own impatience becomes a surprise advantage, haha. The main reason I've been sticking with the ILCOE for a while now instead of doing more revisions is that the ILCOE was actually getting to the good parts and I wanted to write those more than I wanted to write all that previous stuff yet again. So really, there was no cool trick of self-discipline involved here, just an accident of my own whims happening to come together in a way that works. I imagine you could force yourself to proceed more linearly too if you resolved to post it somewhere as you went along.
  9. Negrek
    10-20-2017 05:02 AM
    Also, thanks for the reffing for the team battle! I noticed your little note about getting paid to do this... if only, right? If only. =/
  10. Negrek
    10-20-2017 12:45 AM
    Yeah, sometimes the best/most interesting days are the ones where you don't do any touring and are just trying to live your life in a different place. Especially with the language barrier, heh. Today I got to figure out how to buy a metro card after the machine swallowed my only five and gave me a cryptic error message. There were a lot of angry commuters in line after me this morning. -_-;

    Ooh, definitely worth it. Probably just a few years of work and I'll be able to do it all over again! :)

    Oh, cool! I'm trying to work on being able to make some money off of creative stuff, too. It is... a slow process, heh. But best of luck if you want to keep exploring it! And yeah, part of the terror of job apps is the idea that if you end up in the wrong position then you get to be miserable and potentially may not be able to easily quit/move on to something else (she says, not really having had to engage with it yet). Not to mention all that pressure about what you ~want to do in life~, like you don't want to start in on the "wrong" career and ruin your ability to maybe change to something else later. Just, yeah. Job stuff sucks. :( Best of luck getting through yours okay.


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