Huh. Talk about indirect and lack of reinforcement feedback. I got a slight raise for the coming year -- inline with University constraints, so nothing spectacular. But considering how little I've accomplished over the last period of time I kind of feel like I don't deserve any. Not that I'll give it up, but... yeah. Of course we've had none of the performance reviews as discussed in my hiring papers.
Whatever. Given that my rent did not increase for the coming year, this more than compensates for the increased parking fees.
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ommkarja got kicked out of work early on Thursday (right after the market closed) and she stopped by. So we went off to Frick Park with corvisdog. And then partied with the Botrics folks Thursday night. The company is off to a good start.
Friday was a lazy day that ended up at a party of ommkarja's people. This was interlaced with an odd edition of Total Information Awareness, hosted by myself and Andrew, with no time-delay and no preparation. I had ambition, but not time, for a Best of show, and then I was just going to do the music thing, but I got the sense that Andrew really wanted to try to be part of the show he's produced for the last year. We had fun. After the party, and lame PGH fireworks, ommkarja and I went to see some real fireworks, in the form of T3. It is distinctly not bad.
Saturday, I went crazy with the Home Theatre. I moved the speaker wires underground. I built the half-finished shelving system, filled it, added the computer. Got to a point where I realized I had done sufficient engineering that I was going to get into trouble, and brought in a real Engineer (gustaf) who helped rerun the DSL connection and play with the projector. I'll probably have to hire someone to calibrate it, as I believe it is beyond our skill level -- but has so much potential. Anyway, massive activity for a typical weekend. Dinner at the Vietnamese place on Penn... which would be good if there was more diversity to the menu.
Sunday, another lazy day. I spent a lot of time out in the park with the dog. And helped gustaf determine that his 17 year old alternator was not bad -- it was his sub-year-old radio that was killing the battery. PepBoys personnel on Center Ave is of very dubious quality, and pretty slow. This is from agreement with a former PepBoys employee. Went to Alexander's Pasta Express with gustaf and fws, which is a nice hidden gem. After more time with the dog in the park, and watching ommkarja kick SimCity ass, went and played "board/bored" games with people.
Overall, pretty social weekend. Car mod of the week was that I tried playing with touchup paint to deal with a couple of "high speed on the highway" induced nicks (that were rusting). It is still a work in progress, but I'm skeptical of how good it will look -- but protection is more important, and it won't look too bad. Better than doing nothing, at least.
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One can synthesize, from an interesting discussion of hardware locks, some interesting thoughts on the RIAA. John Walker (founder of AutoDesk) records talking points on the introduction of the hardware dongle in AutoCAD 2.5, and then retraction. And then it came back. Gotten to from this contemporary cracker discussion. Which was found in a timeslice off BlogChatter.