Archive for February, 2007



February 24, 2007

Sometime between 4:00 and 5:00 pm yesterday I got a call from VMware. Long story short: I didn’t get the job. Actually, that’s the whole story; I guess it wasn’t all that long.

The good news is: I get to go ahead with my original plan to move to Boston. This is something I’m pretty excited about, and so I think a part of me is glad I didn’t get the job. VMware would be a really cool place to work, no doubt, so if they’d offered me a job I would have taken it. But as much fun as I had out there with Micah, David, and Christian, I still had my heart set on Boston.

The flip side is that it was quite a blow to my ego. It is somewhat disheartening to know that my friends were good enough to get jobs there and I wasn’t. But, “this, too, shall pass,” as they say. I’ve always known that David and Micah were better programmers than I was, it’s only hard because now I’m presented with some pretty solid evidence. But that’s OK. I keep reminding myself that just because there’s someone better doesn’t mean I’m no good at all. And I’ll get over it eventually; a couple of days from now I’ll probably be fine with it and completely excited about Boston again.

In the mean time I’ve got to buckle down and keep job searching out that way. That’s the real pain in the butt. In the next couple of days I’ll probably try to do a couple of posts that finish up my trip out there, because it was a lot of fun.


New Header

February 17, 2007

I hope you like it.


If You Don’t Listen to This I Hate You

February 16, 2007

Listen to Stuck With You ruf. It’s a track Amanda Palmer of Dresden Dolls fame recorded with Voltaire. If you don’t love them both, seek immediate medical help.


Fancy Hotel the Second

February 16, 2007

To begin, I didn’t get the job at Google. I had two interviews this morning, after which I was told by the recruiter that I had, “done well, I just wasn’t a good fit.” I’m not entirely sure what that means, but OK. She said she was going to pass my resume around to some other recruiters which is nice.

So Google got me a cab to take me to the hotel that VMware was kind enough to arrange for me for the weekend. Something which I was quite surprised by. Like last night’s hotel, this one is pretty swanky. More photos can be found in the usual place.

And now I sit here trying to decide what to do with my afternoon until Micah, David, and hopefully Christian are free of their vocational obligations. Probably I will end up wandering around to find a place to eat, as I’m somewhat hungry. Fortunately, I was smart enough to toss an apple in my bag this morning courtesy of the breakfast provided by Hotel Avante.

Honestly, I’m pretty disappointed about the whole Google thing. I’m not sure if it would be less disappointing to have made it all the way through the interviews today and then not get the job, or not. But I was really starting to look forward to the possibility of working there. Especially after I arrived at the building. They had a projector set up in the reception area projecting a bunch of, as far as I could tell, random strings onto a screen. When I couldn’t decipher the meaning of this projection I asked the receptionist. Turns out, those were some (very filtered) real-time Google queries. It doesn’t sound that interesting, but for some reason watching this screen of actual searches, knowing that at that very moment someone is perusing the results of that search, is completely captivating.

Tonight I shall hopefully have more interesting pictures than just the stills of my hotel rooms, as I should be getting to see Micah and David.


Learning to Love Airports

February 16, 2007

Today I flew out to Mountain View, California for my terrifying interviews. But before that happened, I got to spend some quality time with Denver International Airport.

As usual, much of the morning was spent running around like crazy trying to get ready to leave for my trip. After a short breather to go to my fiddle lesson I raced home again to frantically finish preparations. I raced out the door and drove to the Table Mesa Park ‘n’ Ride—because I am not walking home again like last time because the stupid 206 quits running at 8 o’clock—fearing that I would miss my bus. I, of course, chose the less efficient route for some reason and then had trouble finding a parking space. Fortunately, I didn’t miss the bus. Check-in at DIA was long and painful—I guess the last few times I traveled I somehow managed to miss those lines. And there was something odd when the machine printed my ticket: “Flight delayed until 7:25pm.”

“Huh,” thought I, as I took my ticket. I wandered down to the enormous security line. There, I had the privilege to stand behind a college hippy who decided to give the security lady a hard time about why he wasn’t allowed to bring his half-full Nalgene through security. Seriously, dude, she doesn’t make the rules, she’s just doing her job; fill the goddamn thing back up at a water fountain on the other side of security and get over it. Again, I had great fortune here.

After my ID and boarding pass were checked, I was asked to step over to the lady behind the counter. I thought, “Oh, maybe I’m getting fast-tracked because it’s close to my boarding time.” It wasn’t that close, but I was feeling unusually optimistic. Wrong. I was lucky enough to be one of the randomly chosen passengers to go through that GE air-puffer machine. GE, for all your air-puffing needs. But the fun didn’t stop there, dear friends. I was also pulled aside to have my belongings rifled through; thankfully I’d decided to check my other bag to avoid having to deal with bringing liquids on the plane. When it rains, it pours. Come to think of it, I probably should have bought a lottery ticket today. . .

Anyway, I got through security no problem. I arrived at my concourse and checked The Big Boardâ„¢—it confirmed that my flight was delayed until 7:25pm. Having experienced the reliability of DIA’s technology first-hand, I decided it was best to head to the gate and verify that that was indeed the case. After all, the weather was beautiful, why would it be delayed? No such luck, the fellow with the crazy afro behind the counter confirmed the flight was delayed. So I settled in for a few hours quality time at my local airport.

And that’s pretty much all there is to tell. The flight was uneventful. I read Neuromancer the whole way. The congestion in my ears proved a problem during our descent, but it wasn’t too terrible. The Super Shuttle came and picked me up at the airport and took me to my swanky hotel. And here I sit, composing this blog entry. I snapped a few quick photos of this place because it’s pretty nice. Soon I shall toddle off to my room for a quick bath and then bed, in an attempt to relax before my interview tomorrow.

These interviews have me scared out of my wits.


How I Got a Free Trip to Visit My Friends in California

February 13, 2007

Today has easily been one of the craziest days of my life. It started off with me getting stressed as I awaited my phone interview at VMware. I was nervous enough, but to make matters worse there was a scheduling mix-up. After waiting for 30 minutes, I finally contacted the hiring manager I’ve been in touch with over the last few days to find out what was going on. We got things straightened out and rescheduled my interview for later in the afternoon. It was just a simple mistake; no big deal.

Then I had my phone interview with Google. This went better than expected—of course I expected to embarrass myself miserably, so maybe that’s why. Either I was quite lucky with the questions they asked, or I know more than thought. Inevitably, after the interview I thought of an answer to a question that was better than the one I’d given—which was, “gee, uh, I really don’t know about that.” Rather than feeling optimistic about the whole thing, I chose to focus on the fact that I knew the answer to this question and just didn’t remember until after the fact. In spite of this, I was contacted just before my interview with VMware by Google:

The Web Applications Team would like to invite you to come to Google, Inc, Mountain View this Friday, 2/16/07 for Onsite Interviews.


Then my interview with VMware. This one was less terse and more fun than my interview with Google. The Google interview was basically me trying to demonstrate I wasn’t a complete idiot. The interview at VMware, however, was more of a conversation; and since it was for a team working on something I’m reasonably passionate about, it was a conversation I rather enjoyed. In fact, I’m afraid I kind of went on and on about some of the things that Phil asked me about and we began to run out of time. Even so I apparently made a good impression because at the end of the interview Phil said he was going to recommend that they continue to talk to me, he wasn’t sure whether it would be a second interview or whether they’d fly me out for an on-site, but he wanted to continue the interview process.


Later I received an e-mail and subsequently a call from the hiring manager at VMware to arrange an on-site interview.

Let me say that again: this afternoon I was asked to do on-site interviews with both Google and VMware.

The end result of all this nonsense is that I will (hopefully) be flying out to Mountain View California this Thursday to do an interview with Google on Friday and an interview with VMware on Tuesday. In the mean time, I’ll be hanging out with Micah, David, and Christian, I hope. Someone mentioned a Last Exile marathon in honor of the three-day weekend, which sounds like a lot of fun.



Happy Birthday

February 11, 2007

I just noticed that last Friday was the one year anniversary of the start of this blog. Crazy.

Edit: As a present to my blog I give it… a new theme why not!