Recruiting, college, and such

So I went back to Rice yesterday to work the career fair there. Going back to Rice has always been weird for me for a number of reasons. Going back brings strong memories (which are less strong the longer I’ve been away) of being in college – for how busy I was and whatnot, I really enjoyed it a lot and miss it from time to time. Especially when I’m back there 🙂

I also just plain like being on college campuses. The college environment is very appealing to me – I guess a lot of it is camaraderie, which is almost forced when you live with people for that long. (it’s difficult to separate this feeling from the memories of Rice, but I feel this way even at other colleges) This is one of the reasons that grad school appeals to me on an emotional level, even though I know (and people tell me all the time!) that it’s very different from undergrad.

My first year after Rice I really liked going to the career fair, because I knew so many people still there. Now that I’ve been out for 1.5 years, I know fewer and fewer people, which is really kinda depressing, and made me enjoy this trip less than the previous few. I did see a few people I knew recruiting, though, and met some cool people who will be interning at the company this summer, which is nice, especially since I’m not so good at getting to know people.

In the end, though, it was a fun trip, although it was quite tiring (drive down to Houston in the morning, standing from 2-5 and 7-9, then driving back to Austin really gets to you…), and I had a nice drive down getting to know a fellow alum and employee.

darn crossword puzzles

So David and I were working on a crossword-like puzzle in an old Games magazine, and one of the clues was “It’s wicked”. So my first guess was “sin”, which ended up not fitting (it was a kind of crossword in which you don’t know the length of answers, which is hard of course), and then we were out of ideas for a while, and it ended up being one of the last clues we got. And the answer was…

“candle”. At first I was like, “Well, candles can be kinda evil, I guess…”, and then we looked at each other and burst out laughing.

Darn crossword puzzles!

TiVoless!

For those of you that haven’t experienced the wonder that is TiVo, allow me to explain. TiVo is a Digital Video Recorder, which means that it records all the shows David and I watch for me when they come on, and we can watch them at our leisure. I’ve had my TiVo for around 2.5 years now, and I can’t imagine going back. We just sit down later in the week whenever we feel like it to watch our shows that have come on earlier. It also records all sorts of random stuff that we only sometimes watch in case we feel like it. It is very magical! Hopefully the company will live long and prosper.

So, anyway, over the last 6 months or so, we’ve seen some random skips and stutters in playback that have been getting a little worse as time goes on. Nothing too serious, although sometimes it would stutter for a few seconds, but that’s a pretty good indication that one of the hard drives is dying. (it came with a 60 GB hard drive, and I added a 120 GB drive soon after I got it) Since David was gone this weekend, I decided to go ahead and replace one of the hard drives. I assumed the problem was the 60 GB hard drive, since that was the older one, so I went to Fry’s, picked up a 60 GB hard drive, and did the replacing on Sunday. It took a while (since I wanted to keep all of our recordings, I had to copy 60 GB’s from one drive to another, which took around 4 hours), but no biggie. Watched a Futurama episode Sunday night, and things seemed to be fine.

Unfortunately, this was not the case. On Monday, David watched a program or two, and said the skipping and stuttering was worse than ever. When I got home, we watched an old Newsradio episode (the one with the suggestion box…good stuff!) and it was still skipping and stuttering. When we tried to watch the Futurama episode I had watched Sunday night, it played for about 9 minutes, got stuck, and eventually rebooted, which is pretty unheard of for a TiVo (they’re very stable). After doing this a few times, we got the dreaded Green Screen of Death, which I looked up and found out that the filesystem was messed up, and it was trying to fix it. Which it eventually did, but there were still all sorts of resetting problems and such.

So we figured the 120 GB drive must be the problem, bought another 120 GB drive and set it up to copy over overnight. Got up this morning, and the copy had failed. When I checked the logs, there were all sorts of read errors trying to read the 120 GB drive.

Anyway, we’re pretty sure that’s the problem, and we’re still trying to copy the data over (skipping sectors that can’t be read). But the upshot is that I can’t get to my computer (since the TiVo drives are in it), which means I can’t listen to music or anything (although I did listen to some in the car on the way to lunch). And there’s no TiVo. And I want it to get better!

On Weight Watchers

So I joined Weight Watchers today – they started meetings at work, which is very cool. It worked for me before, and I was within spitting distance (10 pounds or so) of my goal weight, and then I graduated college, and getting to meetings got more inconvenient and getting high-calorie foods became easier. So I’m back up to around where I was where I started. But I’m gonna make it work this time!

Anyway, one thing that I don’t like about Weight Watchers is the female/male ratio – there were 25ish people at the meeting today, and exactly 2 guys (myself included). It makes me…uncomfortable, I guess. I dunno.

new cd’s!

So I got some Christmas money from my grandparents (thanks!), so I bought a bunch of CDs from Amazon.com, and then David went through and converted a bunch of them to used CDs to save money. That means this week I’m going to get like 10 different packages, most of them containing one CD each. Which is exciting to me 🙂

I love getting a CD of a group that I like, and then discovering that a song that I’ve heard before and liked is by them (for example, the music I’m listening to now). It happens reasonably often given the number of CDs I get. Good stuff!