It’s finally over

Yesterday, I officially accepted the Cisco offer.

I’m quite bitter about it. My Qualcomm offer was nearly approved but not quite, so the recruiter could only tell me what the recommended package was. My Cisco recruiter was apparently out of town, so I couldn’t ask for (yet another) extension. I basically had to make a quick decision, and I chose Cisco.

I think I probably would have chosen Cisco even if I had a longer extension and I knew my final Qualcomm offer. It was mostly about location… I’d much rather be in the bay area than San Diego. Unfortunately, everything else about Qualcomm was better.

I’m a bit sad though, because Intel was still trying to get me an interview, and he called me just today to talk about it. No more free trip to California :(

Anyway, job shit is finally done. Now I can relax! Or actually focus on school, I guess.

Video Games

I randomly watched the Penn and Teller Bullshit episode about violent video games. I never noticed this in the beginning, but in the bottom left corner there is a bunch of text chat scrolling by, including:

PRICEMSTR: WTB epics PST
ROGUEN: LF39M MC
PENN: Alright, let’s do this!
PENN: PENNNNNNNNNNNNNNN
PENN: JENKINS!
ROGUEN: DPS LFG
PENN: BOOM HEADSHOT!
and a bunch of people saying REPORTED

I can’t believe someone would put LF39M MC. That is some old school stuff.

Halloween

This is my Halloween costume.
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Based it off of Sandwraith from Heroes of Newerth.
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Had Mark take the picture outside in our yard. Used the image to enter into the Heroes of Newerth costume contest. The 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place get $100, $50, and $25 respectively. If I can place I’ll be able to at least cancel out the cost required to make this costume.

Bought a normal grim reaper hooded cloak and a plastic sword. Went to Lowe’s and bought a 50lb bag of sand and some plastic black chain. Made the hourglass out of a bunch of cardboard, glue, tape, and two 2-liter Sierra Mist containers. Took an old red shirt of mine and cut it into the front cloth thing. The mask is a piece of cardboard that I poured glue on and then poured sand. Everything else is thrown together with duct tape and string. This costume wouldn’t last 10 minutes outside of the apartment, but it’s good enough for a picture. I also couldn’t see because the eye holes weren’t lined up to my actual eyes.

For the picture, I got a spray bottle of water and completely soaked myself. Then I took a bucket (which we accidentally left in the picture) of sand and dumped it over me. The sand didn’t stick as much as I had hoped, but I guess it worked. Overall, it was a pretty amusing experience.

FF13 Again

I FINALLY finished FF13. All I can say is FF13 is a tremendous waste of a gorgeous game engine. The ending cut scene was probably one of the most beautiful things, despite the fact that I still was confused as to what was going on storywise. But it was REALLY nice looking.

Someone explain to me how this makes sense. I was getting owned by a group of trash mobs on my way to the final battle. It took me 3-4 tries to figure out the right combination to beat them. Each attempt would take 5-10 minutes of slowing grinding down 1 enemy, only to get gimped because 2 enemies teamed up on my main character and killed her before I could heal. Then when the final boss comes, I beat him in maybe 2-3 minutes, without ever getting close to dying. I basically just buff up and go relentless assault and he dies immediately. This is the worst battle system I have ever witnessed in all my years of playing games.

FF13 was a bad game. It would have been better if they released a movie of just the cut scenes so we could see the great 1080p cinematics. Then it would still suck cause the story makes no fucking sense and I still have no clue what Fal’cie are.

Renoki

Renoki has been submitted to the App Store for review.

I made this video quickly as a trailer/showcase of the game. It’s kind of simple but whatever.

Meow

While my parents have been in Hong Kong, Jack has been taking care of my cats.  Elli is still afraid of everything, but Rhomba seems to have been warming up to Jack.  Today I watched him try to steal Jack’s milk and taco on Skype… so adorable!

Jack’s roommate was really nice and bought toys, treats and catnip for the cats.  Rhomba has been the only one to play though.  Here is a photo Jack’s roommate took of the result.

Expenses

Expenses

September is the first month completely without Allison. Therefore, I figured it would be informative to share my monthly expenses.

This month had two unusual purchases. First was the $220 at Walmart for my bicycle/helmet/air pump/lock which I now ride to work everyday. This cost, in theory, will eventually balance itself as I save 6 miles of gas and car wear per day. Given the Eclipse’s modest 18MPG city (probably worse now that it’s 9 years old) and an average $3.25/gallon, I’d say that it saves around $7 a week. There was also my plane ticket home for $240 which, although phenomenally cheap, was not a typical expense. Albeit, this was partially counteracted by the fact that I had no food expenses while I was at home.

In total though, I think that is pretty reasonable. Combined with my rent of $687.50, I hit $1508.31 total this month. If you take into account those unusual purchases, I’m sitting very close to my goal of $1200 total per month.

Free Penguins game

These last two or three weeks have been so busy and stressful, this is the first time I’ve been able to sit down and do something non-productive.  I’ve consistently had career fairs or interviews or exams or homework or ONiB preparation or some ARCC event… It’s made me so tired that I’m either working or sleeping (note the lack of eating).  Saturday night I slept for 12 hours, went to dance practice at 12:00pm, then went back to sleep 3:00pm-9:00pm!

The TOC was okay.  I talked to a lot of companies the first day, including talking to four alumni.  I was going to go again for the small window of time I had the second day, but I ended up having a Qualcomm interview during that time.

I wasn’t expecting to have interviews that quickly, so I wasn’t that prepared for the Qualcomm interview Wednesday the 15th… other than asking me about projects on my resume, he asked me to write a tweaked version of the atoi function.  The next Tuesday I had my Microsoft and Citadel interviews.  I actually studied for these, but I never needed anything I studied!  Microsoft was pretty good.  The interviewer used to work with processors, trying to improve branch prediction, so he was really interested in the 18-447 processor.  I was surprised at the coding question, because it didn’t really require any special knowledge, but I guess it was just to see how I think.  Citadel… haha.  Let’s just say I know ABSOLUTELY nothing about finance and they’ve already rejected me :P  The interviewer kept asking if I read things like the Wall Street Journal, etc. and I was just like …no…

I have a GE interview on Friday and an Exxon interview next week.  I’m feeling good after getting five interviews, but honestly… none of them are in locations I want to work and I think I would only want to work at two of the companies.  The closest location would be Qualcomm, but it’d most likely be in San Diego… Jack got to choose to go to Santa Clara, but I interviewed with QGov, the division that works with the government, so I’m not sure I’d have that choice if I got the job x.x

I’m just going to have to wait for Cisco to tell me if they’re giving me full-time.  Why do they give their offers so late??? >.<

Anyway, on to the Penguins game.

My suitemate won free tickets to the Penguins vs. Blue Jackets game on Saturday (this was the game where all tickets were given away for free), so she took me to see them.  We sat really high, but it was right in the middle between the two goals, so the view was good.  I did not expect so many fights!  There were five fights that resulted in penalties, but there were a few fights that were stopped by the referees early enough not to warrant any penalties.  After the very first fight, Letang (#58) took off his helmet and my suitemate was just like, omg so manly… I have to agree :)  I mean, look at him (as a side note, when I found this photo online, the filename was sex_hair.jpg):

Penguins won that game… although it was only a pre-season game, so it wasn’t that important.  Also, there was a couple sitting beside me that had their baby girl with them.  She was adorable – they had her decked out in Penguins clothing, and even a little Penguins hat.  They put noise-cancelling headphones on her so that she wouldn’t be too bothered by all the noise; I even saw her fall asleep at one point.  So cute!

ONiB meetings are starting up soon – I’m going to set the board application deadline to next Friday, and start meetings the Thursday after that.  I’m going to be so busy!

I ramble too much.