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Well, that was pretty cool. While I was out rabbiteering on Thursday, one of the security guys rolled up to the small field in question for a routine checkup. As he came back out, I asked if I might be able to slip in for a better view of the buns, also noting that I'll be renting a lens next week, which'll require using a tripod, so I won't really be able to just nudge it up against the metal gate and pivot myself around that axis, as I normally do. And he's cool with it. ^_^ (It's security on the honor system, as whilst the gate is quite sturdy, you can simply walk around it, on the left side) The guards have seen me there plenty of times, though, and know why I'm there. (The lens? The Sigmonster. Back in February, LensesForHire ran a 50% off sale. Even renting a supertelephoto can be expensive, so halving that made it much more tempting. It'll be my first time with anything that long or exotic, but I'm interested to find out how well something of that kind might fit in with my sort of usage. I'm not sure I'll enjoy having to use a tripod, though, as I'm very much a handheld sort - but, at 5kg, and fairly front-heavy, with a 6" front element, it's not really a lens you'll be wanting to keep held out - and steady - for very long =:)

I imagine tickets will go rapidly - fancy a steam journey.. on the Underground? =:D Got my ticket: 1425 on Aug 2, in the 1st class Carriage 353.

What's been your experience with job interviews? Any great tales or war stories? Overall, I'd have to say my experience has been oddly consistent: the more direct and up-front the interview process, the more likely they are to say yes. (The previous one was a pretty cool example, with the interview being about fifteen minutes long, and done. A fortnight later, I received the good word. And indeed, it turned out to be quite an excellent position - just, sadly, of a fixed duration) Still, my favorite probably has to remain Trilobyte, a casual chat with a few guys at the company, two of whom happened to be the founders. As they'd had to fly me in from Minneapolis, I was staying for a couple days, so the day after consisted of another to-be co-worker asking what I felt like doing for Saturday; I suggested skiing on the nearby mountain, and so it was. ^_^ The day was wrapped up with pizza and wine against ST:TMP at the to-be boss' house. The job lived up to the promise, needless to say - an amazing place to work, brimming with enthusiasm.
My favorite interview went like this:

Get home from a terrible day at the office in Connecticut, log onto furrymuck and start chatting with a friend -

Wombat: Yeah, I just got fired for hacking when all I did was point out a security vulnerability and demonstrate it to the management.
Friend: That sucks:
SHOUT: Anyone know computers and wants to work in California?
p shouter=Hi! I know computers and am free to drive to CA.
shouter pages: What's your phone number? Can you email me a resume and my manager will call!
p shouter=My phone number is XXX and I already sent the resume. I need to drop offline to take calls since I'm dialed in.

I get a call and the lady interviewing asks, "Have you worked with Windows 95?"

I said, "Yes, I beta tested it back when it was known as Chicago!"

She says, "Can you start next week Monday?"

"Yeah, I'll start driving this afternoon!"

"Oh, where are you?"

"Connecticut, but I'll be there!"

Anyway, that's how I came to be in California, I got hired in like 5 minutes after responding to a shout on FurryMUCK.

The job was testing video card drivers for S3, back when that meant video and not Amazon.