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The usual waffling and some interview questions - Tactical Ninja

Feb. 26th, 2013

09:46 am - The usual waffling and some interview questions

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Gosh. So this morning I had a rush of blood to the head and sent off two emails:

1. Preliminary questions about applying for scholarships from Victoria (cos I didn't do all my study there and that complicates things).
2. Catch-up email to the guy who's the main researcher on the BZP study to see where it's at.

It seems that being out of academia for three months was long enough for me to start churning my brainmeats again, after dragging myself over the finish line by my tongue. Good to know. Also, it'd be really nice to have that paper published and I know that if it were entirely up to me it'd be done already, but I have no control over that situation so I'm keen to get on with research I do have control over. Still having my year off though, because I know that in the long run it'll be good for me, and also, festivals! Dance parties! Brainfart! Having a bloody life. I like this freedom..


1. What song(s) are guaranteed to improve your mood? This morning I watched a Dragon Age fanvid that was set to the song "Hurricane" by Thirty Seconds to Mars. Depsite its emo-ness, doing this never fails to make me go Yay! Also, "Star Trekkin" by The Firm makes me giggle. But actually, my brain is a bit useless at this sort of question, and both of those songs got listed because I've heard them in the last 24 hours. Fact is, there are loads but I can't remember any of them without having heard them recently. Most music makes me happy but I can't listen to it and think hard about something else at the same time because it draws me into its universe, so I only really have music going when I don't have to think too much.

2. What is one thing you can't do (or aren't comfortable with your ability to do) that you wish you could? Sing. My voice is ok, and I can sort of carry a tune, but it'll never be good for anything other than singing along with other folks to easy tunes with no real range. Tunes like "What shall we do with the drunken sailor?" And not the ones I listed above and never solo.

3. It's karaoke night, you're buzzed enough to want to sing, what song do you choose? "Mercedes Benz" by Janis Joplin. Which, incidentally, they never have on karaoke because it doesn't have any background music. I know this because of a long story involving a dare that evolved into a bet, a lot of port, and me making a dick of myself in public. Oddly enough, this might be related to question 2. Nuff said.

4. what's the first thing you do when you wake up in the morning? Turn off my alarm, cuddle Dr Wheel, go to the loo, make my lunch, eat breakfast while reading about Big Ideas, make coffee for us both, get back into bed and cuddle some more. Maybe check emails. Like clockwork, every morning. You would too if you shared a bed with Dr Wheel, he's eminently cuddle-able. Cuddle is a weird word by the way. *cough* Sometimes it changes and he makes the coffee, but it's more or less the same things mashed up a different way. Also, sometimes *censored*

5. You've won the lotto and right after you've received your money aliens land and say they are blowing up the world in 24 hours, what do you do with the money? Suggest to the aliens that if they are going to blow up the world, they probably ought to get off it first. Point out that if they're destroying us because of some perceived threat, that's a bit illogical because hey look at our crap technology, WE are not the ones doing interstellar travel any time soon, yo. Remind them that if they're here to take it over then blowing it up is a bit silly because if it's gone there's not much point them having come all this way. Hope that my reasoning actually works. If it doesn't, sneak onto the last ship before it leaves (with my friends), make ourselves indispensible, and have adventures around the universe that are better than Battlestar Galactica because it's us. So where does the money come into this?

a) bribing access to the aliens
b) gathering my friends for Plan B and laying in a stock of supplies so we don't have to eat icky alien food. Expedited shipping to New Zealand is expensive!

I think I'm supposed to ask you questions now. Five of them. So if you want, say so and I'll think some up.


Speaking of expedited shipping and expensive, did you know that to get a 1 pound package shipped from the US to NZ via international post from Adafruit is $25US? And to have any kind of tracking on it is another $25? That's.. extortion, essentially. The upshot of this is that Mah LEDs haven't arrived yet and I'm getting twitchy. It could take up to 6 weeks and it's only been 2, but *gnng* because of not being able to track it. I hate that.

Meanwhile, my body seems to have settled at 57.5 kilos. It's a bit under what I was aiming for, but it's close enough that I'm not all that concerned. I've maintained that for about a month so I figure that what I'm doing is about right. And that makes handstands 5.5 kilos easier. Yes, it's noticeable. I R PLEASED.

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From:bekitty
Date:February 25th, 2013 09:48 pm (UTC)
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I've been to karaoke clubs where they have "Mercedes Benz" on the songlist. I've also heard a version of the song that has instruments other than a stomp box. It was.... odd.

Also, with regard to postage costs to NZ, if you go through NZ Post's YouShop service, a 1lb package from the US would only cost you $NZ17.25 with tracking included. I highly recommend it -- I've used it several times and only ever really had one hiccup, where the package that they sent me wasn't actually mine. It was all sorted out and I got the cost of postage back, and they were very helpful every step of the way.

It might help with ordering those rolls of nifty-but-astoundingly-expensive gaffer tape too. Who knows?

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From:tatjna
Date:February 25th, 2013 09:52 pm (UTC)
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That is useful, thank you.
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From:richdrich
Date:February 26th, 2013 12:24 am (UTC)
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I'd concur with bekitty. The YouShop service is also great for companies that won't ship outside the US.

Also, RS and Element14 have a wide range of commodity components like LEDs, with RS doing free shipping on any package and Element14 free shipping over $45.
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From:richdrich
Date:February 26th, 2013 04:40 am (UTC)
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For $74 you could buy an Atmega CPU of your choice and an AVRISP2 programmer and free yourself from buying Arduino parts.

(The Arduino supports programming (most) bare AVRs as Arduinos).
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From:crsg
Date:February 25th, 2013 10:25 pm (UTC)
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I'll play. :)
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From:tatjna
Date:February 25th, 2013 10:55 pm (UTC)
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1. Tell me about your favourite teacher in high school.
2. If you had to flat with a celebrity, who would you pick and why?
3. You've lived in Japan for a while now - have you picked a favourite season? What makes you like it?
4. What was the first anime you watched, and what was it about anime that hooked you?
5. Vegetables you refuse to eat - what are they and what do they have in common?
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From:tatjna
Date:February 25th, 2013 11:03 pm (UTC)
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1. The singularity has happened and transhumanist technology is cheaply available to the public. Would you take advantage? If so, what would you do first?
2. At school, were you a popular kid or an unpopular kid or a nondescript kid? Or something else that you'll explain in detail, with pictures?
3. Have you ever totally lost your cool (in either a positive or negative way)? Why?
4. If you had the opportunity to change one law, what would it be and how would you change it?
5. What do you consider to be your best feature/attribute?
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From:tatjna
Date:February 26th, 2013 12:46 am (UTC)
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Femtotech should totally be the title of an electronic music genre.

That is all.
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From:tatjna
Date:February 26th, 2013 01:09 am (UTC)
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Turns out the answer to "How many Jez's in the solar system" depends quite a lot on whether Jez is a Minor Planet or a Solar System Feature.

Wolfram Alpha couldn't decide. This implies that we are not yet transhumanist enough to make femtotech.

What? It's a good argument.

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From:rivet
Date:February 26th, 2013 01:28 am (UTC)

Just dropping this here for everyone's entertainment

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http://jezebel.com/5986811/powerful-brogurt-yogurt-for-bros
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From:tatjna
Date:February 26th, 2013 01:36 am (UTC)

Re: Just dropping this here for everyone's entertainment

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That's satire, right? Just checking...

Also, I don't understand what it is about gendering yoghurt. Everyone in my house eats it, and as far as I can tell, the two blokes are still blokes despite this. Weird.
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From:pundigrion
Date:February 26th, 2013 04:10 am (UTC)

Re: Just dropping this here for everyone's entertainment

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While we are at it, I don't get man-shampoo and man-soap either. Soap?

I am shocked there isn't man-toilet paper. Well, there this stuff, but it is more a novelty item than something you find at the grocer: http://www.cabelas.ca/product/42778/rivers-edge-novelty-woods-toilet-paper

Also, speaking of shipping and computer bit and bobs, have you seen http://dx.com/ ? Freeshipping and lots of nifty little bits to play with. Plenty of junk too, so it takes some sifting, but very cheap!
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From:pundigrion
Date:February 26th, 2013 04:11 am (UTC)
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Oh yeah, and question me up!
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From:tatjna
Date:February 26th, 2013 07:17 pm (UTC)
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1. What's the biggest culture shock you've experienced between Canada and the US?
2. What's your favourite breed of sheep and why?
3. A young person is about to embark on the same life path you've taken. What piece of advice to you give them?
4. Family Guy - clever biting satire or inane childish bullshit?
5. Dinner for four, you're there. Who else?
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From:yshaloo
Date:February 26th, 2013 03:35 pm (UTC)
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sure, you can ask me questions if you want.

I learned the hard way to avoid Janis Joplin's "Me and Bobby McGee". While it is a terrific song, there are about 400 lordy lordys in the middle and I get kind of lost. Of course, I've never seen anyone not get lost in the middle of all that. Only Miss Janis can pull that one off well.

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From:tatjna
Date:February 26th, 2013 07:22 pm (UTC)
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I think you should deal with the lordy lordys the same way people deal with Gangnam Style - "*mumblemuttermumblemumble HEY HEY HEY BOBBY McGEEEEEEEEyeah!"

1. So you really liked Labyrinth. What was your reaction to Requiem for a Dream?
2. Are you allergic to anything?
3. What animal would you really like to have as a pet if you could, but you can't?
4. Sex education! Did you get it from school, from The Talk, or by osmosis?
5. What did you believe as a child that you've changed your mind about since becoming an adult?
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