21 March 2004
Submitted by eve on Sun, 03/21/2004 - 10:15pm. Beautiful
"What's something horrible that's happened to you lately? Please, let me mine your life for my personal gain."
--One guy to another at Berkeley Bowl
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Posted by marinerd on Tue, 03/30/2004 - 3:38pm.
Speaking of horrible things happening (if I might refer to the original post), it's one of those days at work. The Word of the Day actually became the Theme of My Day. Resistentialism: The theory that inanimate objects demonstrate hostile behavior against us.

If it gets any more hostile around here, I'd better arm myself. If only with my sense of humor!
Hm - as I was reading this co
Posted by Plaid Vampire on Wed, 03/31/2004 - 6:35pm.
Hm - as I was reading this comment (about resistentialism) a poster (framed in heavy material, but fortunely clear plastic rather than breakable glass) fell off my wall and onto my knee.

My cat keeps knocking her pic
Posted by jcharles on Thu, 04/08/2004 - 2:27am.
My cat keeps knocking her picture off the top of my TV. The little bastard.

Hey. Why should I be the only one to suffer?

shenme shenme shenme - It's a cat!
And, and, and
Posted by Intelligirly on Sat, 03/27/2004 - 12:52pm.
Also Girl Scout Cookies. Made of the finest quality girl scouts.

She HAD cheesecake, by the way. And she's REALLY old.


I love Mike!
Posted by paul on Sun, 03/28/2004 - 12:36am.
So then you're saying that her cake had enough candles to make it look like Downtown Richmond?

Sheesh. As if the Yankees didn't burn it well enough during the Civil War...
Pie for the elite; Cakes for wusses!
Posted by Intelligirly on Fri, 03/26/2004 - 7:38am.
Cake cannot tempt me. Mealy, thick, too sweet mess that it is. My birthday never include cake if planned by anyone who knows me.

I like pie far better. Though truth be told, not that into it either. But I believe it takes a much more subtle palate to discern the genius in its brilliant mix of solid and suspension. It's a chemical miracle!

I love Mike!
Birthday cake!
Posted by steff on Sat, 03/27/2004 - 12:22pm.
ok, i didn't have birthday cake (and i traditionally ask for cheesecake anyway), but but buuuuuut... intelligirly got me a counting sheep for my birthday! HEE! number 8!


yeah, i just wanted to share. i'm ok now. carry on.
Okay, I'll be the one to ask...
Posted by paul on Sat, 03/27/2004 - 3:54pm.
So how old are you, steff? And do I get to be the one to give you your birthday spanking?
Posted by Matt on Sat, 03/27/2004 - 6:23pm.
Get in line, Paul. It starts waaaaay back there.

No, not there. Around the corner from there.
33, 32 if i'm really a rat.
Posted by steff on Sat, 03/27/2004 - 10:59pm.
damn. i'm really gonna be a sore-ass.

and, hey, ignore all the "tim"s in line, wouldja? he thinks he can save his spot with cardboard cutouts and sneak back in. dirty old man. =P
Posted by tim on Wed, 03/31/2004 - 6:51am.
I'm not old....
: D
Happy B day....wench
I got a present for ya.....
--" The torture never stops"--
Is it wrapped?
Posted by steff on Wed, 03/31/2004 - 10:07pm.
i keep trying to tell you you're not old, tim, and you keep arguing... nice to see you've finally come to your senses and agreed with me.

Posted by tim on Thu, 04/01/2004 - 4:11am.
you're only as old as the women you feel....
I forget who said that...Julio...somebody
: D
--" The torture never stops"--
Posted by slugbuggy on Mon, 03/29/2004 - 6:52pm.
you're allowing the line, then? Count me in, if it's not too late, so I can belatedly have at the wishing of happy birthdays, retroactively.

I'm pretty sure I just relayed birthday greetings, there, and some other stuff, too (reserving my place in line w/ the other perverts).
Oh, suuuuure...
Posted by steff on Mon, 03/29/2004 - 9:29pm.
the line's fine. i don't care how long you guys stand there. *grin*

and, thanks.
Out like a lamb
Posted by Mike on Tue, 03/30/2004 - 1:31pm.
Hey, can I spank the sheep?

(*revels in the uncomfortable silence*)
Posted by Matt on Tue, 03/30/2004 - 6:21pm.
Only if you'll watch me spank the monkey.

What!? Like nobody saw that coming.

Er... couldn't predict that.

You are missed, Monk.
What, cake is too sweet but p
Posted by Cebu on Fri, 03/26/2004 - 7:43am.
What, cake is too sweet but pie isn't? They can both be sickening. But I love 'em both! Lemon cake, sweet potato pie... yummmm. I made this chocolate buttermilk pie last year that was so delicious.
I suppose...
Posted by umrguy on Wed, 03/24/2004 - 7:55am.
There's an outside chance he's trying to be a standup comedian, and is looking for material?

-There's someone in my head, but it's not me.-
Peer-to-peer data mining?
Posted by Mike on Tue, 03/23/2004 - 6:36am.
It's only fitting that a quote like that ends up here.

(Assuming, of course, that Eve profits from this site somehow. I've been wondering about it for years and have yet to figure it out.)
Posted by ParU on Wed, 03/24/2004 - 8:04pm.
No - Eve makes no money from this site. Donations rarely cover the web hosting and certainly not the efforts of the programming. She'd probably have let it die last year or so, without the impassioned plea of her father. And look at all the thanks I get? :-(
It's Amino world without Chemists
All right! All right!
Posted by Saint on Wed, 03/24/2004 - 8:28pm.
I donated. I've been meaning to for a long time, but I just got my tax returns back. So I had money and the Unit prodding my conscience at the same time.

And believe me, Unit, we do thank you for keeping Eve from tanking the whole shebang. Even if we don't think to thank you out loud, as it were, until you shamelessly beg. ;)
Posted by Apple on Wed, 03/24/2004 - 9:01pm.
Squeaky wheel gets the grease, so to speak.

I would have said...
Posted by PGS on Thu, 03/25/2004 - 10:50am.
Cake. Cause I baked a cake yesterday, and if I'd known that Par was feeling down, I could have mailed him a piece, instead of eating all of it instead.
Thanks All...
Posted by ParU on Thu, 03/25/2004 - 6:55pm.
I wasn't shameless begging for donations, just attention... But thanks to all of you who have donated, cause Eve definitely appreciates (*as do I*).
And PGS, what kind of cake? Cause me loves cake.
It's Amino world without Chemists
Type of Cake
Posted by PGS on Wed, 03/31/2004 - 10:15am.
It was a vanilla funfetti cake. We were originally going to make cookies, but the guy who's kitchen we'd comendered didn't want to get us more flour. And after we'd already gone door to door looking for eggs.

Carrot cake is awesome too. Just throwing that out there.

"How much do I love cake? I love cake so much you can get me to go anywhere just by saying 'There might be cake.' Might!"
Cake and pie...
Posted by ParU on Wed, 03/31/2004 - 12:01pm.
Well a famous saying around here is: 'Ain't they no pie?' (Back off MGs - it's done in dialect).
It's Amino world without Chemists
Posted by Matt on Thu, 03/25/2004 - 7:34pm.
"Why do people always associate long hair with drug use? Why can't long hair be associated with something cool, like an extreme longing for cake. Then strangers would see a long-haired guy and say, 'That fucker eats cake! He is on bundt cake!' Mothers would say to their daughters, 'Don't bring the cake-eater over here anymore. He smells like flour. Did you see how excited he got when he heard your birthday was fast approaching?'"

I will take pie over cake anytime. And I mean any kind of cake. You cannot tempt me with your finely-ground wheat seed powder and egg and sugar mixture, decorated with sugar and fat goo in pretty colors. It's all about the fruit pies. And pumpkin. Any time of year is a good time for pumpkin. There's always room for a slice of good pumpkin.

Let's have it, people! Let's foment a debate! The grand, intellectual, sophisticated, literati pie eaters on one side, and the low-down, dirty, shiftless cake eaters on the other!
...Mitch Hedburg? --Trent-
Posted by Trent on Sun, 03/28/2004 - 4:53pm.
...Mitch Hedburg?

Posted by Matt on Sun, 03/28/2004 - 5:22pm.
Yup. Mitch Hedberg. Know it, love it, own it.
Posted by Trent on Mon, 03/29/2004 - 1:27am.
quote it at every possible opportunity.

great material.

I de-pie you stars!
Posted by Jon on Fri, 03/26/2004 - 7:11am.
Nope, I like both pies and cakes. Apple and pumpkin pies... mmm pie!

Chocolate, ice cream, angel food cakes... mmm, cake!
Mmmm... pie!
Posted by marinerd on Fri, 03/26/2004 - 7:34am.
I love pie. What could be finer? Once when I was a kid, I made a grape juice pie, and though it sounds really insane the whole family loved it (with whipped cream!). Fruit pies, like cherry or blackberry or apple -- no cake can match that!

I even like meat pies, but that's a different debate.
Posted by marinerd on Mon, 03/22/2004 - 3:52pm.
At least you guys all have skills. Some of us just have to get by on our personal charm.
Mine this ...
Posted by Social Neanderthal on Mon, 03/22/2004 - 2:20pm.
How about my last 3 jobs have been outsourced to someone in India?

"Why yes, I most certainly AM looking to get out of the IT field. Why do you ask?"

And then you've got the guy who went to an engineering school and got a degree in philosophy.

The most likely way for the world to be destroyed, most experts agree, is by accident. That's where we come in; we're computer professionals. We cause accidents. -- Nathaniel Borenstein
Posted by umrguy on Tue, 03/23/2004 - 2:44am.
That was a topic of discussion that was brought up in my job interview last Tuesday. The recruiter pointed out that while it left managers and project leadership positions over here, if taken to an extreme the people in those positions wouldn't have quite the same depth of knowledge about the work, not having put in their time in the trenches. The company's goal, he claimed, is to put together a group of coding "grunts" at under the standard salary (basically at an entry level salary) to help keep the work costs down somewhat, keep 'em for two years so they get that experience, and then either promote them into open positions, or send them off with a nice bit on the resume and a positive recommendation. I'm supposed to email him back with my thoughts on the plan - personally, I think it's an interesting plan, anybody else have any thoughts?

(And if this is incoherent, it's because I'm trying to work on a 15-page paper that's due at 5pm, along with a 20-25 minute PowerPoint presentation on that paper to be given tonight, and I've been up all night, haven't gotten a lot of sleep the past several nights as I've been finishing up a month and a half+ long "procrastination dance" as my friend Sara likes to say on the paper. And on top of it, we took Sara out last night to the bar to celebrate her 21st birthday.)

-There's someone in my head, but it's not me.-
The answer is...it depends
Posted by Social Neanderthal on Tue, 03/23/2004 - 11:07am.
If you are an entry level candidate and don't mind being low balled in the salary department, then you should consider the offer.

What you need right out of school is relevant experience that will mean something to your next manager. The next manager doesn't have to be in the same company you start out with, and in many cases you are better off if you change companies.

Something I would clarify up front is the future salary scale. Typically internal promotions and moves that involve a salary increase are based on your current salary. For example, a promotion would be worth 3-10%, a good review 2-7%, and so on. If that percentage is based on what they admit is a lower than average salary, you get the shaft your entire time at that company. It is very hard to catch up salary wise if you get low balled coming in the front door.

The most likely way for the world to be destroyed, most experts agree, is by accident. That's where we come in; we're computer professionals. We cause accidents. -- Nathaniel Borenstein
How's this then?
Posted by paul on Mon, 03/22/2004 - 1:48pm.
After spending the past five years in engineering school, I got my diploma in the mail today.

Apparently I now have a Bachelors of Social Work.

I somehow think my employers will not be amused to have a social worker operating their equipment.
Posted by ParU on Mon, 03/22/2004 - 6:57pm.
Well, speaking of jobs... after having been laid off for the past 8 months, and having my unemployment run out last week, I just started my new job today (Hurrahh!!!!). In the nick of time, it was...
It's Amino world without Chemists
Posted by paul on Mon, 03/22/2004 - 9:55pm.
I suspect that we're going to be seeing a lot less of ParU from now on.

Watch out for the zombies...
You are correct...
Posted by ParU on Wed, 03/24/2004 - 8:07pm.
Paul, especially since I'm not in charge of system security and thus have to actually adhere to the policies.
It's Amino world without Chemists
Could be worse. You could have received a sociology degree.
Posted by Normy17 on Mon, 03/22/2004 - 3:31pm.
I work with a social worker who also runs his own carpentry/electrical business on the side, and he's damn good at both.

But I think he's an exception. I can barely use a hammer.

Posted by Yuri on Mon, 03/22/2004 - 5:39pm.
I resemble that remark, and ... oh. Wait. Never mind.

I am a technically adept sociologist though. I own my own hammer AND socket set. I built my own computer. And I'm going to get a masters in comp sci.

Of course, that and $2.00 will get me a cup of coffee, before tax.
Cup of coffee - better make it Java
Posted by umrguy on Tue, 03/23/2004 - 2:36am.
I have a Master's in CompSci. "That and $2.00 will get me a cup of coffee, before tax" sadly sums it up right now.

-There's someone in my head, but it's not me.-
I like that he
Posted by hypoxic on Mon, 03/22/2004 - 10:10am.
used mine. That's not something that you hear in everyday speech.
Posted by Apple on Mon, 03/22/2004 - 6:03am.
How James Spader-ish. Well, maybe not him as an actor, but his character on The Practice, sure.

Alan Shore?
Posted by matraiea on Tue, 04/13/2004 - 10:09pm.
That man is too yummy... he could say absolutely anything (it wouldn't even have to be to *me*) and I'd melt...

I heard that they're going to cancel The Practice, but give Alan Shore his own show...
Song writer or novelist?
Posted by n Guy on Mon, 03/22/2004 - 5:38am.
Playwright would be another choice.
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