Tuesday, June 28, 2005

Batman: finally done right

First time Batman has been done right in the cinematic medium - Batman Begins.
First time Batman has been properly introduced - Generally when the Story Told in Batman Begins has been told in other films it's been glossed over so you can get to the "villian"
The Psycological part of the Batman Mythos is generally skipped.
This movie delved into his guilt, and this movie was the first time you felt for young master Bruce when his parents were gunned down in the alley.
I LOVED that Ras Algul actually made it into a movie - as important he is to the Batman Mythos, he's not very well known by non-Batman afficionados. (until now)
I LOVED how Scarecrow was depicted so Realisticly.

Friday, June 24, 2005

Waiting. . . and Waiting

This is an absolute joke.
We have been back from lunch for 50 minutes.
And there is no training going on. Apparently a class member had to go and set up a bank account so she could deposit her paycheck. So here we wait. . . this is an absolute joke - we were told people would get pointed for being late (and there are members of the class that are constantly late) x points = temination.

And here we sit.
We would have started class on time, but there was a certain member of class (someone who just isn't grasping the simple computer operations required) that we refused to wait for, because her falling behind in class is bad enough. Her trying to catch up if we got ahead of her would be. . . quite frustrating indeed.

A short time later, our instructor walks out to find her, walks back in, points at the guys and says we have to go an push her car, "out of a ditch."
We walked out and find that she drove off the edge of the blacktop of the parking-lot and high centered her car.
And here we are, no training, but I'm getting payed $60 a day.

Speaking of pay, it's payday. Our instructor, who is currently working 16-20hr days, got shorted in his pay rate AND his hours, and apparently this is the 3rd check in a row. Looks like were using the same HR department that TPUsa did - NOT A GOOD THING. He's talking about quitting and no longer feels that finding another Job is such a bad Idea.

Speaking of which. I interviewed with Supergraphics USA yesterday.
Now My Dad wanted to talk to me before my next interview - so he came over and shared the advice he paid for, with me. Also, Mom and Dad felt that my suit wasn't an interview suit and offered to buy me a suit. So on Wednesday after work Dad and I went to the Men's Wearhouse. I got a great interview suit.

The interviewer was not a good interviewer, he seemed either . . . unsure of how to interview - or overwhelmed by my vast experience. But at the end of the interview he sent some mixed signals. He read from his interviewer cheat sheet a "don't call us, we'll call you" statement. I think he reads it to everyone. . . but he did say that I had all the skills he was looking for. I got the feeling that because of the advertised salary range, he's afraid that I won't be willing to accept the position. It is a little less than what I want, but It's technically better than what I'm getting from Calltech.

Wednesday, June 15, 2005

Cool Job - Here's To Hope

I just now Submitted my application to the be the Modeller/Animator for the Clark Planetarium.

The Department of Workforce Services Sent me the Job description.
It read as following:

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: Graduation from an accredited college or university with a Bachelor's degree in Physics, Astronomy, Computer Science, Mathematics or other closely related field PLUS one (1) year of experience in a field closely related to these duties; OR an equivalent combination of related education and experience. Digistar programming experience or equivalent and ability to work in 3-D programs such as Lightwave, Maya, or 3-D Studio Max is strongly preferred.

Okay, Granted, I don't have a bachelors Degree in any of those fields, but I have 4 years of schooling.
No I've never programmed a Digistar (Evans & Sutherland Planetarium Projector), but, from what I can tell there's only about 60 installed in the U.S. so there's probably not a lot of people who have used it. Of course this is UT, home to Evans & Sutherland and the Virtual Birthplace of 3D, so there's probably a lot more people qualified to use the Device around here than I previously thought.
At least I can do 3D. I know I can do 3D. And I can Animate.

So I planned to apply in person as per the instructions on the Workforce Services Website.

BUT THEN (Queue Ominous Music)

Searching on the internet for whatever info I could find on programming a Digistar, I came across the Job listing on the Salt Lake County website, and the Requirements were worded Slightly different;and that slight difference in wording was a significant change to the Job Requirements
. It read as following:

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: Graduation from an accredited college or university with a Bachelor's degree in Physics, Astronomy, Computer Science, Mathematics or other closely related field PLUS one (1) year of experience in a field closely related to these duties; OR an equivalent combination of related education and experience.
Important Information regarding this Position: Digistar programming experience or equivalent and ability to work in 3-D programs such as Lightwave, Maya, or 3-D Studio Max is strongly preferred

See what I Mean?
I Applied anyway - worse they could do is file my application in the "Round File" or "File 13"

Tuesday, June 14, 2005

Another Interview Down

This interview stuff gets a little easier each time I do it.
I don't know if I'm going to get the job, however, I know that there were lots of applicants. They gave me the impression that they were 4 days behind in their production schedule because of the interviews they've been doing.

When I got into the office there was no one at the receptionist desk. So I looked around at their fine display of products. It was interesting to see that they were the ones that manufactured my Missionary Journal. When the Receptionist showed up she informed me that they were in an interview still, and would be done soon.
So I got to see one of the competition. He wasn't wearing a suit, but he did have a flashy orange tie. A Tie that matched his portfolio case. I didn't have a portfolio, which might be part of why I'm not getting these jobs. I don't really have copies of a lot of the work I've done in print. Fortunately, what I do have, I had already sent to them in a PDF file.
There were two interviewers, the graphic designer (she really didn't say a whole lot) and the boss-man. He was very interested in what I had done at Friberg Fine Art and the interview started out with us just talking shop. He had asked what I did at Friberg and I started explaining that you can't really take a photograph of a painting, or something square, because it won't come out square. So we had to Digitally re-create the Framing. He started talking about how they had, had a similar problem in working on their catalog, and showed me where, and discussed their solutions. I really liked that part of the interview, because it made me sound like I really knew what I was talking about.
He was interested in what I had done at Friberg because of a project they had done for Friberg, and that they were going to be doing again soon; I think we had some rapport going on there, peradventure.
Overall it felt like a good interview.

Saturday, June 11, 2005

Another Rejection

It funny when your "Rejection, Form-Leter" contradicts what they tell you in the interview.

In the Interview - "You're Kind of Overqualified"
In the rejection letter - "The Decision has been made to fill the position with an individual whose skills more closely match the requirements for the position"

In my logic - overqualified means that your skills and experience match and exceed the requirements for the position. But Maybe that's just me.

Well, thank goodness I have a Job interview on Monday; perhaps I will be qualified enough to work for a scrapbooking company (and hopefully not overqualified because that apparently works against you).

Wednesday, June 08, 2005

The Job Search Continues

It consumes me.

I go to training for a customer support job that I don't want to do. It's excellent incentive to find something better. On my breaks and at lunch I spend time on the computers at work searching for jobs on the internet and applying to everything that I Just Might Qualify for.

I got a call about doing some contract work today, I chatted with them for a bit, and they may or may not call back (I really Do not Know) I suppose their number is in my phone and I could call them...

Still no word on the Coldwell Marketing Job, but My Wife informs me that the position hasn't been filled yet.

Monday, June 06, 2005

The Horror

Started the New "It's Cheaper to shuffle you off to a new department, rather than fire you, Job" today. In some ways this is going to be better than MSN, but in other ways it just encourages me to look harder for a new job.

First of all, I somehow ended up in the Non-Technical Support Job. I show up and check in, and I know half the people there (including my brother), but I wasn't in the same class as them. I think I was scheduled wrong, but no matter, because both the people that were "in the wrong training class" disappeared and no longer have a job, whereas, I still have a Job (as horrible as it may be).
Someone's got to pay the Bills. And I get paid the same amount to do what sounds like it's going to be an easier job. So I'll just stay put.

Hopefully the Job interview I had on Friday will pan out.
I interviewed with Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage for a Marketing Coordinator position.

Sunday, June 05, 2005


Okay, I have a problem.

I am now obsessed with a computer game that (as far as I can tell) is not slated to be released for another 12-16 months (although there is currently no official release date) essentially this is the game I was hoping to play waaaaaay back in the day when SimEarth Came out.

It has a website: Spore
But Since Screenshots Just Don't Do ANYTHING the Justice they Used to.
You MUST watch this (Beware, it is an hour long): Will Wright discusses his new game creation called "Spore"
It requires registration, but it's worth the watch. (I had problems using Firefox and had to use IE)
Also Wired Talked a bit with Wil Wright concerning Spore: Wright Hopes to Spore Another Hit

I have a feeling my computer won't be able to handle this game, so I'm definately going to need an upgrade. Some DDR Memory and A New Video Card at the very least. For I am sure all of you in the know, would Laugh Heartily if I were to post my current system specs.

Thursday, June 02, 2005

The True Horror of Star Wars

For all of you who hated the Star Wars Prequel Trilogy...

you have not suffered the TRUE HORROR: The Star Wars Holiday Special.
No really, you truly cannot understand exactly how awful Star Wars Could Be until you have endured the full 2 hour Television Event from 1978. I recently acquired a copy and Suffered through the whole Miserable Mess.

It all started when I searched for "Star Wars" on the Internet Movie Database. I was curious about an entry on that came up - The Star Wars Holiday Special.
As I read the comments about it, I thought to myself, "It couldn't possibly be that bad."
So I got a copy, I invited Brian over (because I read that you shouldn't watch alone)
And I was wrong, It was infinitely WORSE!!!

Let me hit what I think the highlights are.
Wookies screaming for 2 hours with no subtitles
Carrie Fischer and Beatrice Arthur singing songs to the tune of Star Wars Tunes
Art Carney Flirting With Bea Arthur
A Perverted Wookie "mind-porn" Film (why a Wookie's Fantasy is a Scantily Clad Human is Beyond Me)
Slow, Slow, Slow, Slow, Slow Editing
A hive of scum and villainy Crying
Truly Bad Acting
No Lightsabers, except for in a flashback to Episode IV
Mark Hamil Looks like a Girl

The Cartoon wasn't too bad though, I could watch that again. In fact, I wish the whole thing were a cartoon. I understand that the same company that did this cartoon, did the Droids and Ewoks cartoons. I'll have to pick those up sometime.

I now understand why George Lucas is quoted as having said, "If I had the time and a sledgehammer, I'd smash every bootleg copy."