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01 September 2006 @ 11:02 am
The Day of w00t  
Today is just one big w00t! after the other =D

* The Tick Vs. Season One on DVD. FINALLY. I found this last night, but I include it here as I'm sure many of you who read this (all two of you) will also be jazzed. I have bootleg DVDs of all of The Tick, but my rule on buying those is that I must buy the legitimate DVDs if/when they ever come out. I plan to order this soon. God, I love this cartoon =)

* Remy arrives back in Albany sometime tonight or early tomorrow morning, which is a big relief. I don't like it when he's gone. The cats work to exact revenge upon me, thinking that I somehow misplaced Daddy, and no matter how tired I am each night, I toss and turn until 2 or 3 AM. It's not fun to have him gone, but I consider this sort of reaction to his absence a good thing. With my ex, I'd actively look for excuses not to spend time with him, heh. I should've seen that for the big fat warning clue-by-four it was, but it was my first serious relationship and I had the dumb.

* Payday. And unlike my last job, I have direct deposit here. So much less of an ass-pain.

* Tech/developer support shuts down early today. So, I get to go home two hours early and am still being paid for the full eight-hour day.

* Three-day weekend!

* My mom is a VP at a company that manages several colleges and universities throughout the US. We knew that one of her benefits of working there was the ability to send herself/immediate family to school at any of those places for free, but we'd always assumed that a) you had to attend the physical school and b) it was only for undergrad. Not so, it turns out! Not only do some of their universities offer degree programs online, they also offer masters degree programs online. Meaning yours truly can earn a masters from the comfort of home, at her own pace, free of charge.

I totally dig the online program. I've heard online courses are tough, but I'm good at self-teaching and dislike sitting through lectures (for the most part. I had some great undergrad profs whose classes were mentally stimulating and a pleasure to attend, but they were unfortunately not the majority). Of course, I'm limited by what online programs they have, and the list is pretty short and 100% non-technical. About the only viable option at this point is an MBA- and given how much I loved the Businesstardery dual-major I tacked onto my CompSci degree, heh, I'm not sure I'd want to spring for that. On the other hand, I worked tech support at the graduate business school at Pitt, so I know just how stupid the average* Business/MBA student is. I could probably earn an MBA in record time without breaking a sweat, and then go do something else later, maybe. Hrm...

* Yes, I know there are smart business students out there. I also know there are mouthbreather business students out there who are just looking for something to fill the time between keggers, and I know this from painful personal experience, sitting in class with them and fixing their computers for them. Working tech support, you don't meet many of the smart ones, because they're smart enough not to have to bother you with whinges like, "Why is my (two year-old) laptop (whose HDD has never been defragged, with 128 MB RAM) so slow?"
Current Mood: excitedexcited
Current Music: 2001: A Space Odyssey Soundtrack
Brandonprice on September 1st, 2006 04:56 pm (UTC)
Re: bullet 6:

Which dept? I actually know a few folks at that company, assuming it's the one I'm thinking of (which is quite likely -- pittsburgh aint that big :P).
Miusheri: Pittsburghmiusheri on September 1st, 2006 06:26 pm (UTC)
The company is EDMC, and my mom's VP of Purchasing. =)

As a random note, I had an internship in their IT department in 2001 (years before Mom was hired on, so it wasn't nepotism, I swear!). The guy I reported to then is now VP of the IT department, I'm pretty sure...

I know important people, lol ;)
Brandonprice on September 4th, 2006 06:42 pm (UTC)
Heh, if that's the case, your boss was Joe Wynn. One of my former coworkers was just getting certified for a GCIH with him. Small world, pittsburgh.
pine_island on September 2nd, 2006 02:08 am (UTC)
That online courses thing - about how much does something like that run? And do you have to have any special equipment (aside from a hard drive and a keyboard) to do it? (meaning, do you have to go and buy a bunch of fancy stuff like cameras or whatnot and can it be done via dialup or do you have to be on cable/DSL)

I'm asking in all seriousness because things are Very Not Good here and I need to do something asap. And if getting some sort of educational 'decor' (assuming I can find a way to cough up the dough for it) will help, well...
Miusherimiusheri on September 2nd, 2006 02:36 am (UTC)
I honestly don't know; I imagine it varies from program to program, school to school. For instance, I saw some offerings for Nursing degrees online, but I'd imagine there has to be some kind of hands-on work involved there!

My recommendation would be to check with colleges/universities in your area- see how much they're asking and what their online programs require. Hell, doesn't even have to be in your area if it's online... the University of Phoenix Online advertises aggressively, but I have no idea if they're any good.

*hugs* Regardless, I hope things improve for you, sweetie!
pine_island on September 3rd, 2006 03:50 am (UTC)
Thanks for the tidbits ^_^
Looks like you're moving right along in your plan to conquer the cosmos, eh? :D ;)