July 26th, 2006

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Musings on the new job

I've only been at my new job for three days and am liking it quite a bit.

  • There are enough people around that I actually have background noise. It helps me concentrate. Last place was so silent, I kept worrying that I was the only one around and I was abandoned.
  • The people are nice.
  • I actually have tasking! After several months of more or less twiddling my thumbs, I actually have something to do!
  • I'm remembering Perl pretty quickly as well as how various CM tools that I've used in the past work.
  • I'm happy at work and it is making me happier in general. The stress at the last place was starting to get me down.
  • The days are going by quickly again.
  • Almost everyone I work with is on a 9/80 schedule. I have the option to be and actually want to be, but I know that if I accept it, it will make dealing with school harder. So, for now, I'm sticking to a standard Monday through Friday schedule.
  • My mother felt that my email stating, "Hi, found a new job. Started today. Here's the new contact information." was a bit lacking in detail. But she didn't really know I was looking for a job, so I think it came out of the blue at her.

Other bits:
  • I showed Sa the yarn I bought in Manitou. She fell in love with the feel of the alpaca (the red/black yarn in the larger sized skein). She'd never felt alpaca yarn before.
  • I'm making a good bit of progress on Turtle while I'm waiting for Quartus to compile my school assignment.s
  • It took me three days and several iterations before I was able to develop the logic for a SIMPLE counter that wouldn't freeze Quartus.
  • I redecorated and cleaned the fish tank. I lost three fish in the process. One of the baby fish was accidentally sucked up the gravel vac and I didn't realize it he was already in the process of being flushed down the toilet. Another got stuck in a net and appears to have expired from stress. The third was hanging out hiding inside one of the decorations. I found him desiccated the next day when I picked the decoration up off a towel. I'm not heart broken over losing the first two, but am a tad annoyed at the last. The guy who was in the decoration was one of my algae eaters - and they are necessary and I'll need to buy another one.
  • The grass in my backyard ranges from 8 inches to 2.5 feet tall. It keep raining when I'm home. I'm actually hoping for a break in the monsoon season to mow my grass. Though with grass height, I'm guessing that I'm going to need a weekend day to manage it. What's wrong with me that I actually want to mow my grass?
  • Received my take home midterm on Monday. It is due next Monday and looks to be a lot of work. But there are only 3 simulation problems which is less than this latest round of homework. Unfortunately, one of them is like the problem that I'm currently stuck on. Looks like Turtle may have more opportunities arising for progress. :)
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Turtle progress

It turns out that I didn't need to worry about not getting the two simulation problems from Chapter 4 done. I was going to finish them tomorrow night and turn them in late, but apparently last Wednesday, the class decided to split Homework 3 and have the chapter 3 portion due tonight and the chapter 4 portion due on the 31st. When I was told the homework was postponed, I thought everything was due tonight. So some breathing room, yay! I was also the only to manage to successfully simulate the decrementer problem. I was thinking I was an idiot because it took me so long to do, but no one else got as far as I did, so now I don't feel so dumb.

The hours of work spent trying to get the decrement to simulate properly allowed me to finish all of the pieces of Turtle's upper shell!

I'm not sure how well it shows up in the picture, but the "squares" are actually rectangles: 16 stitches wide by 22 rows tall. The triangles are 20 stitches wide at the base by 20 rows tall. The tall side of the rectangle actually will match fairly closely with the sides of the triangle. However, I'm still stumped on how to sew the short side of the rectangles to the triangle. I may knit up a few extra pieces to practice on, because I think this finishing job will involve stretching the pieces and in my experience that doesn't look good after ripping. The pieces are nice and small (they fit great in the really limited space on my computer desk) and are quick to knit - even for me. (And I think this is why I haven't restarted the section of Catherine that I ripped out. Catherine is worsted weight yarn on size 3's, as is Turtle. However, the current piece that I'm working on for her is approximately 50 stitches wide by 100 stitches tall, so it is a much longer piece of knitting and my attention span are free time are both perilously small recently.

And just on an off tangent, why the flip are computer books so expensive. I picked up some books that will help me with work and spend $118 on three books. (I prefer to pay for them myself as that way they are actually my books.)