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If you can remember, I wonder if you were as wistful as your words sound. I know I am a bit. And more so because those days are gone and cannot be capture again, even by my children who cannot have those days off at all. Two working parents, my wife working at a day care (she got a college degree in early childhood development for pittance an hour - grrrr!) means when there is no school, my kids go to daycare. They will never get to experience those days at home doing whatever you want (within reason) whenever you want and staying up soooo late at night to watch grade Z 1940's, 50's and 60's sci-fi movies in a humid bedroom.
Toggle Commented Feb 24, 2012 on I'm on a boat: Summertime at WWdN: In Exile
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As I read it, it seems that auditioning is very similar to interviewing for a job, only, we don't get to practice for read lines and pretty much know what we know and have made our choices way ahead of time. Figuring out what they are looking for is a bit different. And interviewing IS a skill too. One of the reasons getting my new job, which I love, sucked was getting rejected many, many times until someone was willing to take a chance on me. It can be a demeaning process. After the first few times of thinking I did well and would get the job but not, I decided I wouldn't ever expect I would get the job again, much like I'd figure I'd get a poor grade in school so when I got a good grade I'd feel happier. When I finally did get the job, it felt great. I'd knew I'd done well in the interview; I was relaxed, answered all their questions exactly as I wanted to and sensed they were satisfied. (One job rejection still mystifies me but I knew they weren't happy with one of my answers yet I wouldn't change it even now.) Since I have no experience with how job interviews used to be, I don't know if the process is getting worse but I can tell you pay for jobs for IT people is like a race to the bottom these days. And getting a raise is impossible so if you want one, you have to change jobs. That's not good nor does it help our country competitively. Thanks for your write up. It helps me feel there is an interconnectedness between many different jobs. And yes, though there are things I'd change, I love my job and your blog helps me love my life more too!
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I never, ever could get the babelfish in my eye in the text game of Hitchhiker's Guide. It was one of the first computer games I bought, back in the days of the 8088 in an old original PC (by IBM). That, and the Star Trek game I bought were ultimately frustrating for my limited high school mind. My mind is still limited that way I think.
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If it is Ender's Game, hopefully the main character will end up looking as evil and self deluded as he was. Raise your hand if you accepted that murderer as someone who only did what was necessary.
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Hope you get a choice, if not major roll, that is kept through to release. Can someone tell me, will Chrome keep track of what I do, which firefox does not with the tools I have installed and turned on?
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On the shoes, two words: forced perspective
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All the writing about how sad and uncomfortable you felt back then makes me wonder, what did you parents say to you about that? I wonder what I'll say to my children and hope I don't forget to tell them how I faced or failed to face my angst. I survived without thoughts of suicide but sometimes just barely, growing horribly morose and wondering what others would say if I were suddenly gone. I understand this is normal. Have you written about what you parents did or did not tell you and I have not read it? I use to post as gmknobl but now that I have a pseudonym for FB, I'm using that, and my name is still not showing here. HA! I meant to be anonymous anyway.
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The photo looks like a cross between you and Corey Greenberg.
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I like writing the start to stories and have some idea about where it should go but finishing or even making some parts of the middle interesting are both not easy nor unsatisfying. I don't want to cop out and have a deus ex machina ending so don't write something at all or just don't like the end. But I feel I'm good at beginnings. What you have written, though they stand by themselves, are something I feel I can do. That's a nice inspiration, Mr. Wheaton. Thank you.
Toggle Commented Nov 15, 2011 on living in another world at WWdN: In Exile
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