Rich and Famous

Oct. 17th, 2017 08:41 am
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If you had the option to be rich and famous would you take it?

Yes, I think so. I like the way certain rich and famous people play with their fans on twitter. And I'd like to be able to get a message out to millions of people at once.

the rest )

In through the Outdoor

Oct. 17th, 2017 08:16 am
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 Before I give you this little poem I did, you get this bc it's a bit wonky like I am. Say hey to Pinterest for this gem...

In Through the Outdoor
a poem by Sam

In through the outdoor they cried,
Yet still they file through the opposite door,
Are they stupid? Do they need a sign?

In through the Outdoor, even the blind know better.
In through the Outdoor of life.

- Sam 

I will freely admit this... and that is I am a terrible poet. Not like my favorite poet, God rest his soul. Um, yeah so if you like it and have pointers for me, cool even constructive criticism, is wanted. If you don't ... well try some of Sergei's poetry.

Sammi your beached poet whale. (lolz)

Counting Down the Days

Oct. 17th, 2017 05:51 am
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Eight more work days and two more dental appointments...and I'll be back on the job market.

More later this afternoon/evening...

#5 rant on work pay stuff

Oct. 16th, 2017 11:51 pm
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[spun off from the previous post]

It was my 1-year anniversary at work at the beginning of October! Time passed by, really quickly, but it also feels like it's been a year and I've gotten to learn a bit.

Sadly my cohorts and I who were hired from the same school were holding out hope that around now we'd be renegotiating salary, since we were given low offers to start out with and more or less promised salary adjustment after one year. But since I began poking around to get input and advice from co-workers and acquaintances about this, I got hints that negotiating my salary might not go as well as I hoped.

For one, it seems like they actually plan on giving us raises in February, without a formal review process (that is the time everyone in the company normally gets raises based on their performance, and we have this so-called "continuous feedback" policy, so annual reviews are no longer standard and must be specially requested). One ray of hope is that our boss did mention that "we've learned a lot" and that "would be taken into account" when we get our raises, hopefully meaning we wouldn't be capped at the normal company-wide percentage raise limit, which would do little to address our low starting salary. Also, the "raise" is retroactive and backdated to our first year anniversary, I think, so our paychecks would do catch-up for the months between now and Feb. when the raise should have been in effect.

Still sound a little weird to you? If so, I agree. It might be normal policy for this company, but it's not a lot to raise my confidence since we had to broach the topic of our salary raise ourselves (maybe normal)-- AND ALSO the friend of our boss who helped referred us to the company said he thought it was highly unlikely we would get more than a 5k raise (this was before our boss said our growth would be taken into account). He might not be part of the company and so might not know what's really up, but this offended me. Why? Because when he referred us, he also recommended that we not negotiate our salary -- this is literally the opposite of conventional wisdom! and the normal advice he offers everyone else who was not considering an offer at this company. Seems kinda shady to me...

Anyway, the point is, this mentor advised us not to initially negotiate our salary, which supposedly was "a good offer for our level of experience" (but is relatively low for the industry in general in this high-pay area for the position's role).. but it turns out that when it came down to it, he didn't think we would be able to re-negotiate our salary significantly to adjust for our growth? That means that when he gave us that advice, he was basically telling us to resign ourselves to being undercompensated for as long as we stay at this company, unless we hold out long enough for a significant promotion and pray that it will leap up to market rate at that point. ٩(`皿´҂)ง Only he wasn't actually transparent about that at the time.

He also (when we asked him for advice about renegotiating our salary) spewed some BS about how he didn't like us focusing on pay because he feels for your first software engineering job, you should focus on doing what you love, learning the most you can, and then the money will come in naturally afterwards. He made it sound like that by being concerned about our salary and compensation in the first place, we were being too focused on pay, which is not what matters for your first job. And you know what? It's not like I totally disagree. Maybe there's some reason to that. The most important thing you should care about is what you're learning and whether you like your job and the people you work with. If your job has all of those, maybe it's fine to be underpaid while you're still at your first job and still learning.

I just don't think that means your salary is unimportant and something you can just disregard completely. Actually, I think your salary is important and you should consider it as an important factor, even if it is not the most important. I just think I would rather weigh all the above factors along with my salary, and that if I take an offer where I won't be compensated at market rate for the forseeable future, I do it fully knowing what I'm getting into.

It seems like common sense to me that the pay you start out with establishes the baseline for the pay for the rest of your career. Maybe our mentor simply isn't the type to think that kind of stuff is important in life, but I feel like it's part of my job to look out for myself and make sure I'm being paid as much as what companies would pay others. As a woman, I hear all the time that a common reason women are not paid as much as men is because we do not negotiate enough, and I hate the idea of simultaneously undermining myself and letting others take advantage of me.

So if you're not going to pay me at market rate, I'm going to ask you why. I'd rather you be transparent about it -- whether the company can't afford it, whether it's because I haven't grown as much as you would like, etc. -- instead of making promises to adjust my salary and seeming less than committed to it when the time comes. Because as much as I would love to live in a society where jobs only reflect your passions, we actually live in a capitalist society. One where a company's lingua de franca for communicating your worth is how much they compensate you. If you do not pay me at market rate and provide no contextual reasons as to why, I'm simply led to think that you do not value me as much as other companies would.

And besides how much I'm learning, the people I work with, the endless amounts of opportunities I'm given at work... part of my happiness at work is knowing that my work is valued, and that I myself am valued at the company. I want to know my work is valued and that I am being compensated appropriately for it.

Aannnyyway, all that above rant mostly had to do with my mentor. It's not like I actually know whether the company will low-ball me again when February comes and they do the company-wide raises. It's just that... I don't know. The words of my mentor didn't do much to strike confidence in me, and the vague promises of my boss haven't done enough to inspire confidence in me so far. It's not a number; it's not anything in writing. Do they actually want me to hold out for four more months past my year anniversary to know how much they will compensate me, only to potentially find out that by "my growth being taken into consideration" I still am paid less than my peers? It's demotivating, to say in the least.

Although I could try to gain some more clarity by having a 1:1 with my boss on this topic, I know I might have more leverage in the case they aren't actually serious about adjusting my salary to market rate if I have other offers in hand and I know my worth. So because I lack total confidence in my company, I'm being prudent by researching the market and looking into opportunities elsewhere before I broach the conversation. Mostly to be well-educated about what I can negotiate for, but if it so happens another company is more appealing than my current one (even if pay were equal), I can't really help that, can I? I'd tell my boss to blame it on my mentor for not exactly inspiring faith in me, and on the company for not being more proactive to make me confident that they do want to compensate me well.

P.S. I know it was a petty rant that got spiteful towards the end. :P Gotta give in and express yourself once in a while.

#4 updates on previous posts

Oct. 16th, 2017 10:54 pm
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I read over some of my previous posts and thought it's interesting to see how things panned out in the end. So a few short updates in reference to those posts:

1) The team bonding went well enough. My presentation could have been better (humorous delivery was off for not having practiced it and feeling less at ease than when planning the jokes), but I brushed it off and acted like it was nothing because I assume that's what normal people do.

Although I hadn't gotten much sleep, I did enjoy most of the day. We watched Ironman at the end and I did enjoy the movie, thinking that I should re-watch it with Rachel and my mom sometime, and maybe start in on the Marvel material.

2) Vacation went relatively well. Lots of beautiful blue beaches. It was to the Virgin Islands, and we narrowly escaped before the hurricane hit. Now we have a bunch of pictures of the islands just before the scenery was demolished and changed for years to come. /:

There have been a lot of hurricanes. Actually, on the day we were going to fly to the islands, Harvey hit Houston, which was our connection, and we managed to get our flights re-arranged so we went through Chicago/Florida instead. It's been depressing to hear the coverage on Puerto Rico and the Caribbean.

3) For the Facebook recruiter stuff, I decided to contact her and ask for her to reach out again in a few months, after all. I couldn't put together my resume on a short notice, so two weeks (at least) had passed when I got back to her. (We had a lot of social stuff going on when we got back from vacation!) But at that timing...

[I ended up writing a rant about work pay stuff that I put in another post because it was too long]

Basically around that time I felt I had a revelation about negotiating my salary and it motivated me to apply to some other companies, so I have a phone call next Tuesday and Thursday with two different companies. I hope that it incentivizes me to study for algos a bit and brush up, but look at me here writing a blog post at 1:15 a.m... Hehe... orz

I wanted to write more about some mooniness on my mom's part that I wanted to process, and then work on work today and study for algos, but I ended up writing that long rant about salary instead. It's good to get feelings off your chest, but I'm not sure how things will go at this rate. I have to hang out with people once or twice this week, leaving mostly the weekend to study, and supposedly I'm doing some sort of casual 10k this weekend too. So that leaves one day??

Writing takes time. (ಥ﹏ಥ)

DIY Medication

Oct. 17th, 2017 01:00 am
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A new-old option is entering the field.  Remember that everyone used DIY medication until it became a viciously protected industry.  If you find the health care system accessible, affordable, and effective then by all means use it.  But if you can't access it, then studying how to do things for yourself is better than dying because some bastard decided to murder people by jacking up the cost of lifesaving medication by 6000% or whatever.

Sexual Diversity

Oct. 17th, 2017 12:52 am
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 ... is not a binary, but rather a spectrum with many variations.  They're just kind of hard to see when doctors routinely cut off genitals they find offensive.  It particularly aggravates me when people argue the "isness" of gender not based on scientific fact but a casual glance at the crotch, which is often wrong in intersex cases.  At least a chromosome reading would tell you what the sex chromosomes say.  Which is sometimes XXY, XYY, X0, or other things that aren't the standard male or female -- leaving those people legally obligated to lie about their sex on almost every form, which only offer male/female in official contexts.  Someone really needs to sue the government for rampant sex discrimination.  I mean, imagine if the forms only offered "male" and all women had to lie or go without services.  They'd be as pissed as they were back when a lot of places had only men's toilets.

Gravity and Light

Oct. 17th, 2017 12:45 am
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 ... have been sighted making waves together.  This is cool.  However, these discoveries are moving humans closer to graviton technology.  This concerns me.  While it's always exciting, it's also extremely dangerous.  They haven't even figured out how to use nuclear power safely, which could largely destroy the biosphere.  A graviton accident can crack a planet in a half, a developed weapon can pulverize one, and farther up the scale you get sunkiller bombs.  *looks at the steaming pile in the Oval Office*  I am not sanguine about Earth's survival.  :(

We should probably mail some algae and tardigrades to Mars and the water moons while we can.

Deleted scenes from iZombie

Oct. 22nd, 2017 01:35 am
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Liv talking to her mother and brother. JFC, we should've seen some of these in season 2. They should not have been deleted! But maybe we'll get some family closure, finally, next season, now that zombies are officially a known quantity.

Planetarium First Impressions

Oct. 16th, 2017 11:56 pm
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We bought a board game called Planetarium. Tonight we playtested it in preparation for playing with friends later this month. I'm not inclined to do a full review based on one round, but I want to record some preliminary observations so I don't forget them. After I've played some more, I'll add more details and clean up the descriptions.

Read more... )

Fic or Treat!

Oct. 16th, 2017 10:32 pm
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Nan's Door

DW username: [personal profile] nanslice
AO3 username: [ profile] nan

You may get: Ficlets, art!

Please leave me: A fandom, character/ship, prompt, general request. Have multiple requests? Go for it! Or just leave a 'fic or treat' and get something random. You can request original artwork if you want, just give me prompts for that as well. :3

Light is on for: Dwircle, people just passing by, whoever!

Fandoms, etc.: Final Fantasy VIII (I'm rusty but I'll try), Final Fantasy XV (stick with the main four guys), Until Dawn, Law & Order: SVU, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, Captain America, Star Wars (prequel trilogy!), Gundam Wing, Castlevania (Netflix series), Daredevil, Yuri on Ice (art only please!), original works, I feel like I'm forgetting fandoms but you know.

Other info: UH I don't really have any DNWs. Haha.

(prompts will be filled on the 31st!)

OK day

Oct. 16th, 2017 10:13 pm
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Nothing special about it. Work was normal, I did the gaming program with the teens. It was only moderately successful.

The FWiB could not call because the phone system in the nursing home was down. Hopefully they'll get it working tomorrow. We exchanged many e-mails instead.

A friend, Rae, the one I was visiting when the ex-husband moved out, lost her much loved parrot today. I am saddened by this, first because she is grieving, second because I will miss her posts about him, and third because it triggers my grief for Bjorn. I still miss him so much.

Roadkill did not have time last night to get me the info about the cats.

Nothing much else to say.

Gratitude List:

1. The FWiB.

2. E-mail.

3. Sybil.

4. Friends.

5. Quiet day.

6. Warm bed waiting for me.

(no subject)

Oct. 16th, 2017 09:52 pm
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 Last night I stayed awake until 3:30 a.m. playing Magic cards, anyways I got enough sleep because today we didn't work.
It was a quiet day, I just did 1:20 hour workout, laundry, cook, shower and my nails. 
I'm going to do bike now while I play a match of magic cards or maybe while I read something.
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I cringe from time to time admitting I like the songs from the Snoopy musical.

In general, I'm not a musical person; I think Sondheim's Sweeney Todd has a lot of bits I like, and my brother taught me to get into Chess (even though I never saw the production), but I grew up thinking a lot of musicals are relatively cheesy (though I also admit that I wrote the script to a concept musical where all I played was Barenaked Ladies songs since I felt it was really easy to build around). The thing is that if someone found those on my playlist, I don't think people would bat an eye as much if they didn't know me.

But yeah, a musical? And The Snoopy musical at that? Whenever it hits my playlist on the street, I fidget uncomfortably in case someone else can hear it.

And then I eat it all up. "The Vigil" is probably what carries the soundtrack for me.

I may be a sucker for the orchestral background too with that horn backing the vocals. The voice of Lucy barely holding her laughter in the delivery is a nice touch too.

And by the way, it's pumpkin!

30 Days of Music )

72F - 47F : Morning Rain

Oct. 16th, 2017 07:56 pm
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Ah, finally some seasonable weather! It was comfortable this afternoon, but if I had stayed out longer than just getting the mail this evening, I would have wanted a hoodie. So it's about perfect out. Yay!

I did finally get back to sleep this morning - at 7:30. Then I had to wake up at 9:45 for Tara, but when I did that she texted me that she was going to be here at 10:30, so I went back to sleep for half an hour. She finally showed up at 11 talking about how her cats had worms and she was up all night dealing with it. I did notice she answered my text very late last night, so yeah. Anyway, she cleaned Kevin's office and worked some in mine. Kevin's office looks amazing. Mine still needs work. The bedroom still needs to be done, too. Hopefully she can make some progress on that on Wednesday.

Tara saw that today was trash day, and took all the trash including the sofa cushions up to the street. Apparently our trash guy was rather rude to her when he told her you need an appointment to pick up more trash than will fit in a trash can. Then he left it all there, including the actual trash can, and recycling bin. What an ass. And what a stupid rule. Tara said hopefully her husband will come and pick up our trash and take it to his storage unit's dumpster so it's not sitting in front of my house. I don't know what I'm going to do if he doesn't come.

I practically had to chase Tara out of my house at 2:30, which I had warned her about when she asked if she could work today. This is probably why she forgot to tell me I had a package, and the package was left on the sofa. Unfortunately, the package was a box of chocolate bars, and the dog got into it and ate about 3 snickers bars. So far he shows no ill effect (I'm not sure if I want effect or affect there. I have sent the question to my grammar guru, AKA Victor lol). I'm keeping an eye on him and will rush him to the vet if he starts puking or having diarrhea or something. Also, the dog bit me when I tried to take a snickers bar away from him when I got home. It didn't break skin, but it hurt, and there's a bruise.

But anyway, the reason I had to rush Tara out of my house is that I had to go meet Addie for bat mitzvah tutoring. We talked for a little before we got started because she said she knew nothing about me and thought that was weird - I guess it is. Usually she knows the kids she works with for years, some of them she even tutored their parents for their bar/bat mitzvahs. We learned the 3rd set of cantillation marks, which I really struggled with. She says she's going to make me a recording of herself chanting my Torah portion so I can practice with her, which will be good.

I stopped by my parents' house to make sure their pool was still full since last time they went on vacation it was sucking in air for a while. It was still at the dirty line on the edge of the pool, so I was thankful (since I didn't have a book to read while I waited for it to fill if I had to do that), and came home. I made us a pizza for dinner, which was tasty. Then I cleaned up everything Tara left on my chair in the office that she wasn't sure if I wanted to throw away or not (it was mostly empty boxes from buggy's boxes, and I threw most of it away but my bow was also there (?) and one or two other things I actually did want to keep).

So it's only 8:30 now, which is pretty early for me to write an entry. I think I'm going to figure out what's going on in NaNoLanta chat which has been beeping up a storm the entire time I've been trying to write this, and then maybe read something, or something.

Sweetheart is getting bolder

Oct. 21st, 2017 06:37 pm
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She's been trying to get in the front door. Today she tried to slip in the back - at least until she was repelled by Callie!

Jenn referred to her being "home" the other day, meaning being on our porch.

We've got to get her moved, and fast. If we keep talking like that, she'll be our cat.

Now, last week she disappeared when it was time to grab her to go to the van. Next week, won't let her do that.

Also, Bookriot has a $500 sweepstakes to spend at whatever bookstore you like.


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'A New Rosetta Stone for Astronomy'

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Whales and dolphins have rich 'human-like' cultures and societies

Doctor's research could buy time for snake bite victims

The Surprising Problem With Star Trek’s Most Celebrated Episode (And really, why not take that character back to the future or something?)

Charlie Brown's Greatest Misses: Every 'Peanuts' Football Gag Comic

An Anarchist Is Teaching Patients to Make Their Own Medications (Sounds risky, especially if combined with self-diagnosis.)

Diwali Fireworks Are Limited In India Over Toxic Smog Concerns

Rohingya refugee influx inspires Bangladeshi aid - and worry

2-year-old denied kidney transplant from 100% match dad because of probation violation (UNFUCKINGBELIEVABLE.)

How can US rapist win joint custody of minor victim's child?

Jeff Sessions consulted Christian right legal group hate group on religious freedom memo

Before You Hit 'Submit,' This Company Has Already Logged Your Personal Data

Did Monsanto Ignore Evidence Linking Its Weed Killer to Cancer?

Iraqi forces enter Kirkuk as Kurds flee

We don't need the 2nd Amendment — we need a real debate about guns

Are Millennials Moving Right on Guns?
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This is a continuation of what I started a little while ago, a day after an admirer of John Maynard Keynes (British economist) messaged me some incredibly foolish claims; that they didn't matter, and that "all ideas require force."

Let's go over what he said a bit. All ideas require force. It's as if voluntary ideas, according to him, don't exist at all, or haven't ever existed at all! According to the Keynesian Dolt's incredibly wacky claim, it's as if everyone is forcing anything onto anyone all at once; all party invitations, all of the friendly social gatherings, all of the of plays, movies, tv shows, game developing, and so on being the result from the initiation of aggression, or defensive force.

LOL... If that were true, then humanity wouldn't have evolved to adapt and live together in groups for very long at all. Keynesian Dolt wouldn't have been born. I know I wouldn't have been born, in the year 1984. XD

It's possible that he, in part, did not mean what he said in a literal sense. However, he still rejected the basic fact that good ideas don't require the use of force. He didn't agree with the positive statement that good ideas don't require force.

Did he object to that out of fear, ignorance, or both? I'd say it was both. For some reason, being as free as one can be from aggressive force, and to fully recognize each other as self-owning human beings is scary to him.

Yeah, this is going to get lengthy... )


Oct. 17th, 2017 02:01 am
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Сейчас Саак в первых рядах агитирует за неприкосновенность.
Но если ее введут, то Порошенко посадит его в первую очередь.
И потом сядут Тимошенко, Ляшко, Симеон Насиннявич. Вобщем, все те, которые завтра будут громче всего за отмену неприкосновенности выступать. А те кто не сядет - будет плясать под дудку Порошенка.

Считаю, что неприконовенность принесет больше вреда, чем пользы. Она фактически сделает невозможной проведение независимой (от президента) политики.

Так же, вроде бы по некоторым сообщениям, будут голосовать реформу о том, чтобы отменить мажоритарку. Думаю, делать это не следует. Дело в том, что если мы вводим только партийные списки - то места в них будут продавать. Это означает, что в парламент просто пройдут самые богатые. Дальше элиты в областях скажут "нашего представителя там нет, наши интересы не учитываются, мы отделяемся!"

Например, в конституцию США отцы-основатели специально заложили механизм, в котором меньшие штаты имеют бОльший вес. При полностью партийной системе будет все наоборот: бедные регионы не будут представлены в раде - и будут становится еще беднее. А богатые - будут становиться богаче.
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