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April 13th, 2004

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07:21 pm - bizarre job
And yet, when my job heats up... it occurs to me just what a bizarre position it is. Specifically, since 2am I have had to:

  • Build a webpage
  • Try to diagnose a KDE / dotty snafu
  • Transform a tarball of powerpoint presentations into PDFs
  • Build a standalone tarball of GCC 2.95 that will work in an otherwise healthy GCC 3.2+ environment
  • Set up a fast 8500+ user mailing list, stat.

That's just a subset of actually what I've had to do today. Weird. Even better that the mailing list was used to promote the webpage...

What do you do all day?

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Date:April 13th, 2004 05:07 pm (UTC)
It varies every day, but today I cleaned my room. Vaccumed and dusted. Now I'm doing load after load of laundry. I don't have much feedback on your snafu stuff, but good luck.
Date:April 13th, 2004 05:33 pm (UTC)
Mailed taxes, a mix CD whose envelope I labeled "Fragile. Do not get bent!", and a document signing my soul over to MSR. I finished writing a tool to visualize DFA state equivalence. I took part in a meeting about the upcoming ICFP programming contest. Met with advisor. Invited people to a dinner and a barbecue. Tracked down a book by Knuth on typography. Started reading Girard's monograph on his "new logic" (well, new within the past few years). Went to the gym.
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Date:April 13th, 2004 05:50 pm (UTC)
That's impressive. Sometimes I get that much done, but very rarely.

Today I did meaningless stuff (managed to cross two large items of my to-do list be determining that I shouldn't do them, rather than actually doing them); certainly not as much as you.
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Date:April 13th, 2004 06:13 pm (UTC)
Walked to work. Set up a new switch on our lab network. Recabled and reconfigured two devices on our lab network that were recently reinserted. Conference call at 1:00pm (surprisingly, progress was made). Updated our lab web page. Walked home. Went running. Spoke with Caspian Networks about possible involvement in SC2004. Inquired as to whether there was anything left to finish on the article I submitted.
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Date:April 13th, 2004 08:11 pm (UTC)
wow, y'all actually work and stuff.

I drove my SO to work this morning. Came home and did a load of laundry, showered, cleaned out the dustbuster and washed the filters. Putzed on the computer for a bit. Got ready for work.

While at work I wrote up numerous charts for clients, spoke to a few anxious 'parents' on the phone and reassured them, checked clients in and out, answered many more phone calls, and when bloodwork results arrived back matched them with thier charts and put on appropriate drs desks. Stopped at the grocery store on the way home, made a roast for dinner and watched a movie.

Not a hard day.
[User Picture]
Date:April 13th, 2004 08:15 pm (UTC)
Ok, so I usually walk to work. :P
Date:April 14th, 2004 06:27 pm (UTC)
I don a respirator, lab coat, gloves, helmet, steel-toed boots, and ear muffs in order to dig through 5000 kg bags of iron powder coated with some really smelly, nasty shit. Meanwhile I must dodge cranes and fork lifts (not enough safety mirrors, in my opinion). In the afternoon, I grab red-hot pieces of metal with tongs and run across the room to quickly insert them in a die for forging. Then I write reports, usually a failure analysis for a customer who will probably ignore my advice.

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