Random thought…

Just finished the road back from Warsaw (Missouri), and had a thought for an improvement to Google Navigation.

I was driving MO-7 to US-71 back and the trip was putting me to sleep. Literally I had to slap myself a few times to stay awake. So I decided to take a break and get some caffeine in me. I got off at the Belton exit to visit the Quiktrip. Then my phone had a conniption. I had Google Navigation running even though I didn’t need it. It had issues with me taking a detour from it’s carefully planned path. I wasn’t supposed to exit, dammit! Take a right, she said. Do a u-turn she said. Make a left, she said.

What Google navigation was lacking was real panic and consternation at my decision to ignore it. Add a raised voice, a higher pitch, blunt orders followed up with denigrating comments. That is what Google Nav needs. “Turn around asshole!” would be appropriate. Or even a Cartmanesque “Respect my authority!”

Thank you Google. I hope you put this into the next version.

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Well, they didn’t extend us like they said they would. My interview got a bit screwed up over that – not that I did very good in it anyway. Anyway we got laid-off on Friday. I don’t feel worried about it – until I think of job hunting and then I get paralyzed with fear and anxiety. I need to get out and get started, but this three day weekend has been oppressive. I’ve heard that Friday is the worst day to lose your job, as it gives you a weekend to stew and worry and no chance to do anything about it. I fully believe that now. I just hope I can get over my anxiety and get started tomorrow.

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Extended – Dammit

They gave us a month extension on our contract so now we are working until the end of September. Nice to have more income, but I have an interview tomorrow for a full-time job. I guess that if they offer me a position I will see if I can get evenings and weekends until they cut us loose.

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Long Time, No Whine…

‘Tis been a while since last I posted, but now is as good a time as any. I am about to be unemployed. End of the week (August 31st) is the end of our contract. I am greatly bummed about this. I knew that the contract wouldn’t last forever, but I didn’t expect it to end this year. I had my money on next May.

I am expecting to take a pay-cut of at least 25%. It could be much worse. At least I am debt-free now. Wish me luck.

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Signal/Noise ratio

I feel my crotchetiness rising. I have a co-worker who cannot sit quietly. If it is silent, he feels the need to make noise. Right now he’s singing. He is all noise and no signal. Argh. It sometimes sucks being a grumpy bastard like me. Annoyances abound.

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Curse of the Geek

Yesterday I received a DVD collection from Amazon of one of my favorite animes: School Rumble. I got both seasons and the OVA in one collection for $35. Great deal and great comedy. Episode 10 brought the curse of the geek to the fore again. I laughed… and then I snorted.

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Blogging from my Smart Phone

Argh! This is too difficult! I need a bigger screen! I can’t see my formatting! Argh!
That is all.

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