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  1. Eponine

    Careerchat II

    Hi John! It's been a while. Ok, now I feel like I'm typing an email instead of a post... Anyway, would either of you feel differently about the getting married hastily issue if you got the marriage license now, but planned on having a reception for friends and family later when you were ready and had time to prepare? I think you should go for it and have a year's worth of adventure and travel, because it sounds like not going for it doesn't put you any closer to where you want to be.
  2. Eponine

    Careerchat II

    I'd do a lot of prep if I had the time, but I've been in pretty much a perpetual time crunch for the last 9 months, and the preparation involves a lot of things that most programmers don't use on a daily basis and generally either wouldn't implement themselves or wouldn't implement more than once.
  3. Eponine

    Careerchat II

    Thanks, Xray!
  4. Eponine

    Careerchat II

    Hey Xray! So... yes and no. That didn't help, did it? I like the job I'm in, it's close to home, I like my boss and coworkers, but there's little opportunity for advancement. The pay is relatively not good, although it's enough for me. I might have a chance at a partial role change. I have a meeting about that in a few days and will have more information. If I got the job I'm considering interviewing for, it would be a chance to work on new products, a corporate structure where I could move up, better pay, and a good resume builder. The location isn't the best for me. If I didn't have to do the interview and was simply offered it, I'm 75% sure I'd take it. I'm 34 and I've worked most my life in smaller companies with flatter hierarchies. It's been good in terms of less bureaucracy and micromanagement - getting my own work done at my own pace and getting credit for it. There's definitely a place for people who never want to do management and simply want to become a more expert programmer. But that's not me. I don't want to become chief software engineer someday, but I do have ambitions to find a more upwardly mobile career path. So as much as I like what I do and where I work, I think I'm going to have to make some changes eventually so that I'm not feeling stuck in 5 years and realizing I took too long to develop a longterm plan.
  5. Eponine

    Careerchat II

    9 months ago, I got an interview request from a large software company known for difficult technical interviews. I said I was interested but was 8.5 months pregnant and wasn't ready to take a job until after my maternity leave. After being recontacted, I said I couldn't make any decisions until next year because of location uncertainty when my husband finished his PhD. Now it's next year, and I really have to shit or get off the pot - either take the interview or say that I'm really not interested in the position. Problem is that despite the time to prepare, I'm still completely and utterly not ready for a rigorous technical interview. I'm just not. Part of me thinks I should do it anyway, go in despite the risk of immediate failure. And part of me thinks I shouldn't waste my time and theirs with my level of unpreparedness. I feel 100% like both things are the right thing to do.
  6. Eponine

    china mieville

    As a matter of fact, it is. I'm some kind of cliche, aren't I? I like The Scar better as a novel. Some of the setup for Iron Council, particularly the middle biographical section, I find really kind of excruciating. My enjoyment of the ending might have included some personal vendetta. My take is the opposite of Solo's - the floating city is cool and the Iron Council protagonists are intolerable. Straight up intolerable. I don't actually want to be on a socialist train with them. From past threads, it seems that I'm in the minority of having really enjoyed Kraken.
  7. Eponine

    china mieville

    Glad to hear Solo liked this new book. I'd been disappointed enough with Mieville's recent offerings that I hadn't been following new releases. I didn't care for Embassytown, Railsea, or This Census Taker. None of them were terrible, but if they were the first things I'd read of Mieville, I'd have shrugged and said "ok, that was entertaining enough" and never sought him out again. The Scar is one of my favorite books, but Iron Council has grown on me a lot. I can't think of many fantasy books where the ending was more perfectly set up.
  8. In a lot of states, there's the flagship university - University of State, main campus. That university probably has a law school and medical school. Then there's the state university - State State, main campus. That one was often an agricultural school, and usually still has that tradition. If you look at Michigan State, for example, their top ranked undergrad programs include supply chain management, operations management, and biological/agricultural engineering. Each of those might have satellite campuses, like UofM, Deerborn. The satellite campuses generally do not have things like law schools and top engineering programs. These are generally not close enough to the main campus to have cross-registration or share professors. The satellite campus is for students who chose to go to school closer to home or who are non-traditional students (such as older adults going to school in the evening part time while working full time). Then there are a number of state schools which are not a secondary campus of another school, like Central Michigan University (and they often are directionals). They often have students who either did not get into a better university, chose to stay closer to home, or are there for one specific top program (for example, CMU has a top undergrad neuroscience program). Not all states follow this. You'll notice that in several mid-Atlantic/Southern schools, the State State school is a HBCU (historically black) and the more well-known state school is a different one. I think NCAA football exacerbates how well known each is. (Virginia State vs. Virginia Tech. Kentucky State vs. Louisville. Alabama State vs. Auburn. In each of these, the first school is a HBCU and the second is larger and more well-known). And Virginia is kind of a special example because a lot of colleges were founded in colonial times or soon after, and the public schools tend to have private school names (William and Mary, James Madison, etc.) On the other hand, there's Wisconsin. It seems like all the colleges are satellite campuses of UW-Madison. I don't know that I've ever heard of another type of Wisconsin public college. Now wasn't that entertaining?
  9. My husband finished his PhD this year. Don't do this to your friends and loved ones! Make better life choices! I am gradually getting over the urge to murder him.
  10. Eponine

    Who Are We Anyway: Tracing Our History

    I am my own family history and my only biological relative. Fortunately I am sufficient unto myself. One of my aunts does genealogy for my (adoptive) father's family and I've found that I don't care beyond relatives that my father can directly remember and tell stories about. And even then, I care because it was part of the life of someone I care about and not because I feel like those people have any connection to me. I feel like if I were going to have any interest at all in my ethnic background, which I do not, it would have manifested itself in interest in what I already know. I don't see how finding out that I'm exactly 83.6% would make that any different.
  11. Eponine

    Guy Gavriel Kay

    I'm looking to see who weighed in on this so that for anyone who said Lions was good, I know never ever ever to take any recommendations from them.
  12. Eponine

    Guy Gavriel Kay

    I don't think I've been in that mindset. However, I can see why it would be appealing if for some reason, one really liked a particular character. At first I was neutral toward most of the characters, but by now I am extremely irritated by Jehane. It's the way she keeps thinking or the author keeps telling us that she's not like other women (because other women are emotional and dumb), but then she runs after Ibn Khairan like a 16 year old experiencing her first crush. Few things annoy me more in a book than when I perceive a character one way and the author bends over backwards to try to say that she's not like that at all.
  13. Eponine

    Guy Gavriel Kay

    I wanted to say something about Lions, but it seems that DP has already said it for me about Tigana. (Incidentally, I liked her Goodreads review back in January because it was funny, even though I didn't actually know what she was talking about, and I wish that I'd remained blissfully ignorant). Particularly this: "But then I realized that the worst problem the book has it that it takes itself so. damn. seriously." And this: "It may be that my loathing has grown with time, entering a positive feedback loop with my increasingly infrequent and chore-like attempts to finish the damn thing". I am halfway through and struggling to finish. it reminds me of a movie novelization. A movie intended as pseudo-historical reenactment Oscar-bait with beautiful sweeping landscapes and beautiful actors and actresses who take it all so damn seriously. The women are spunky (I hate that word, but not as much as I hate Jehane) and inappropriately modern while remaining in the margins - props to the masculine deeds of the leading men. Every fight is a show of athleticism, perfectly choreographed. A light-hearted moment that isn't actually funny. Characters don't have sex, they indulge in lovemaking (yes, the word lovemaking was actually used in the book), perfectly cleaned bodies in soft light draped by strategically placed sheets. Side-boob, half in shadow. Banter between the female lead and the men who would give their lives to protect her. Scenes open with a view of the city or enclave that the next group of characters occupy. The hint of tragedy, because without tragedy, how could the viewer not feel all the feels? But ultimately, you know that it's Joaquin Phoenix in a wig and makeup pretending to be someone who lived long ago. No matter how the book ends, this movie will end with a sweeping shot in melancholy light of the lands that these manly men fought their way across. And maybe whichever of the men ends up being the ultimate hero looking out across that land. You leave the theater feeling a little melancholy yourself, not just because of the story, but because of the beauty and unattainable perfection of the characters, and then you get a burger and coke and forget about it.
  14. I am extremely sorry that we don't get to see this side of Stannis on the show. I don't really care that Stannis is being portrayed as weak and totally whipped by Mel, but they're kind of generic bad guys right now and giving him a chance to demonstrate wrestling with his sense of justice would have been good. What I hope we see more of is multi-character King's Landing scenes. I thought those were some of the best scenes in books 2-3, as well as Sansa observing different things within the court, and I hope they're not cut out in favor of one-on-one character scenes (especially if the one-on-one is Tyrion and Shae). Were the Lannisters so young in the book? I don't remember having many feelings about it one way or the other when reading. It was a good move to show them onscreen and they should probably do it again next episode.
  15. If it weren't for the books, I wouldn't bother to watch the show every week. It's not so good that I'd make any special attempt for it.