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March 18th, 2002

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Spent the weekend in the rain. Professor Staley has a "fireside chat" each year - he lives about an hour outside of Pittsburgh in a lovely home in the "mountains". He invites majors out, feeds them lots of great waffles, and then coerces them into a long hike in his "backyard". With the intense rain... we just ended up stuffed and lazy in front of the fire.

Otherwise, a lazy weekend. GameCube is a pretty platform.

Out of the blue, Seth offered me a summer job this morning. When class was supposed to start but we were the only ones there. Compiler writing... which is odd for so many reasons. I suspect it was chronic exposure to smart folks like trurl. Its somewhat nano related, and I'd suspect this role would change quickly (especially when he remembers I have a chem degree). And when I reminded him I was graduating, he realized he couldn't just hire me as a student. "Yeah, I wouldn't have a problem hiring you as an employee". WTF?

So this was presumed to be available, but its odd to have it out there. He wanted to know when I would know, so ... I said three weeks, which is about when I'll hear from NYCTF, and as I return from San Diego. Shit will be hitting the fan anyway.

Any and all advice welcome. Kind of compelling is the prospect of just a summer thing with the potential to grow. Cause I do have an apartment in PGH until July 30 regardless of what, where, and when I choose to do.

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Date:March 18th, 2002 11:52 am (UTC)

Don't normally like to offer up advice, as I'm doing a less-than-stellar job running my own life...

A staff position is a rare balance of sufficient freedom and money, if you are genuinely interested in the work. Sounds like you can choose your level of committment as well. Of course, I don't know what it is you're looking for in a job (do you?). It would allow you to postpone major relocation decisions anyway -- high convenience factor.

Best of luck.
Date:March 18th, 2002 12:06 pm (UTC)
Smart people huh. If I am really that smart would I be where I am today?

Assuming you can deal with working for Seth (which generally is not that difficult), you manage to squeeze a reasonable salary out of him, you think the projects he will assign you to will be enjoyable, and you do not require more out of a job for happiness, it is probably one of the best research-like jobs you can manage without a PhD. Probably better than some postdoc positions as well.
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Date:March 18th, 2002 12:46 pm (UTC)
Run! Run far away! Don't look back!
Well, I'm not a huge seth fan so...
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Date:March 18th, 2002 12:49 pm (UTC)
I'd love stories (probably best over email though) if you have them, time, and such an inclination. I'm presently in my third class with him and he seems a known OK... though a bit rough on his TAs.

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