Sam, Dany and I went to a country club last night.
Well, not really, but it kinda felt like one. We were sitting at a table in Cate Center with our O-Chem stuff spread out all over the table. Out of nowhere a lady appears: “Hi guys, my name is Anne! Let’s move you inside to a bigger table where you can spread out? Can I get you any drinks? Carry anything? Food? Here, let me open that door for you! Oh the table is dirty, I’ll clean it off!” I found out she had worked for a country club before starting to work at H&FS that day… but why? Why was she giving us the gold card super double plus club treatment? We still don’t know…
I’m in Cate now and she’s passed by several times, calling me by name, and asking if I want anything to drink / eat… it’s a welcome change, but still odd. Odd.
Speaking of O-Chem, though… I had my third test today. I think I did very well, due to the studying + all the goodies I took in with me. IM or IRC for extra details.
Mission: Become the PhotoMatt of Seths.
Status: Pagerank 4… must destroy… Seth Godin…
I can’t keep off of Digg lately; it’s too fun to search for good stories around the web and click the shiny button. I actually lurked without signing up for a couple months, but it’s worth signing up just to use the Digg button.
The concept of Digg is thus:
- User submits story into the “pool”
- All users look at the pool to find cool stories
- Users can “digg” a story to give it one point
- Stories with enough points get promoted to the front page
Basically like a user-moderated /.
(Also see DiggVsDot.)
It’s rather disturbing to see the lack of knowledge displayed by the staff members at the “official” UbuntuForums. Posts like aysiu, who has no clue what a dist-upgrade is, aysiu again showing he has no clue about .ICEauthority, daller, who asks a lot more questions than he answers, and meh, it’s hard to go searching through to find more; I just happen to come across them. Then of course, people like lovechild who actually know what they’re talking about are ignored.
At InvisionFree, we hire support staff based on their technical competence, not their postcount. If we followed the activity / postcount mantra like the Ubuntu folk do, we’d have people like Paul Ritter and Codename on staff. Fun!
That said, it’s really rather annoying to go to the UbuntuForums and I find myself frequenting IRC more and more, and the forums less. IRC + the wiki = everything you need to know.
UPDATE: Yes, I recognize the need for “moderators” who need not know about the subject of the forum at which they work, but these incidents are not of that caliber. Also, since it seems that those who are leaving comments aren’t brave enough to put their name and e-mail in, comments are now off for this entry. If you’re going to speak your mind, at least take responsibility for what you say. That’s what I’m doing.
UPDATE 2: Much of this is irrelevant after some staff changes that just happened. However, much bigger problems have now arisen at the forums. Coming soon.
Well, my RA interview is over. It went really well, and I was able to answer all the questions they put to me. If it were more competitive I might be a little bit nervous, but as it stands right now I feel really good about it, enough to just put it out of my mind until the second week of December
The four CCs took turns asking questions and writing down my responses. From what I could see, it looked like lots of them were graded on 1-5 scale. So as long as I answered the questions sufficiently, I think it should be ok
Now to pack the suit away for a long time.