Bundles of Fun.

[1] Interviewing is Awesome.
Watching how people are on the other side of the interviewing table really opens your eyes. There are those who blow you away and others who you wish you could take to side and prepare them. Some people say “people skills” are something we are born with. I completely disagree. No matter what, it’s still a skill and everyone should work on it, but some just haven’t had the chance. To those who are quiet, un-engaging, and give two sentence answers in interviews, please go practice. To those who ramble on-and-on-and-on-and-on, do the same. Whether it’s to a friend, professor, mentor, or (I think is the best) your career counselor.

[2] Cougars Kill Owls.
The red sea. Coogs. UH. Whatever you want to call us, we beat Rice: 74-71. It was an awesome game. I had a roller coaster of emotions. Thanks to all those who came out to support: Sohel, Vikram, Long, Dustin, Luke, and the other ~7000 coogs! And yes, I still use my student ID to get in free. Better yet, we got 2 free hotdogs, 1 bag of chips, 3 shirts, and a FREE ride back to the car (thanks Long!).

[3] FINALLY, got project working (lessons learned).
After almost 2 weeks of struggling to get a stable copy of the application, it took only about 2 more to get it setup. First I tried WSAD, then I tried Eclipse…to my pleasing with success! Sometimes free is better than paying. Wait, I’m kidding myself. Free is always better.

Lesson 1: Position titles mean nothing if you don’t do what your position says.
Lesson 2: Being too busy to produce effective documentation makes things harder for the new guy. In this case, ME.
Lesson 3: If you don’t know what you’re talking about, shut your mouth.
Lesson 4: Micromanagement is good and bad depending on the circumstances. Long-term micromanagement is always bad.
Lesson 5: Understand the co-worker. Some come from completely different backgrounds.
Lesson 6: 13 really is a bad luck number.

[4] Articles and Blogs Galore.
a. Transformers are back!
b. Art History helps. I’d never care about this article without it.
c. Bird Flu? Psshh…we cook it until we KILL the flu.
d. If you have this poster, email me. I’ll buy it.

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