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29 April 2006 @ 06:21 pm
Lookit the shinies! Ruby and the like  
Saw ellie yesterday, woohoo! That was fun, as always. =) New Dr. Who episode will be downloaded soon, and Numb3rs, for the first time in ages, didn't suck. Huzzah.

So, I did get a nice raise- about 10% all-told. Despite that, I'm not dissuaded from checking out other job prospects. There's this game developer in Troy, for instance, that needs someone for web-based programming. Specifically, Ruby on Rails, about which I knew jack and shit an hour ago. But I read through a few tutorials, and damn, does it look fun. You can get a database-driven website up and running with two command line statements, no joke. Of course, you have to get the database set up and then you'll probably want to play around with web templates, but so much of the setup crap is abstracted. It's really a beautiful thing.

Anyway, I was kinda surprised, because when I applied, they wrote back asking if I knew RonR, PHP, things like that. And I was honest- I told them no, but that I was good at picking up new languages. Usually, this means I don't ever get a response back- they don't want someone who can learn, they want someone who knows. I knew I was shooting myself in the foot there, and I wasn't bothered about it. This looks like a neat place to work, but I'm not desperate to work there- and besides, if I lied and they hired me, they'd find out pretty damn fast that I didn't have a clue, heh. But, to my immense surprise, they wrote back and asked me to look into RonR, see what I think.

I wonder if they're having a hard time filling that position, and if so, why? Just a lack of people with that sort of experience, or might it perhaps be indicative of that place not being so great to work at? I dunno, and really, I'm not worried about it right now. I'm going to see if I can get Zaal set up for development (just need to get Rails and MySQL, I think; Ruby ships with OS X), slap together something quick and simple in SQL/RonR tomorrow, and send it off to them to prove my worthiness, heh. ; )

I was good today, because I got a lot of the cleaning of my apartment and car out of the way in anticipation of the parental units visiting Albany next weekend. Remy was a huge help in this endeavor, and I'm of course very grateful for that.

I was bad today, because I splurged on a Photoshop book. It is, I believe, the one Photoshop book in all the universe that concentrates on using the program for drawing/painting and not for photo manipulation. Realistic portrait-like painting, even- the kind of shit you see in museums and on the front cover of old AD&D books. My style has always been far more comic-bookish, heh, but I certainly wouldn't mind picking up new techniques- particularly on coloring hair and fabric. I'll be keeping the receipt, as Remy made a very valid point: I can probably write the book off with next year's taxes, as the book relates to my job. I do teach Photoshop every now and then (kinda rarely, actually, and it's all photo manipulation... shut up, you).

So, to sum up my free time lately, I've been rediscovering old pasttimes (like drawing- really should get more of my artwork off the Windows box and into my LJ gallery) and getting into new ones (like Ruby on Rails- although, technically, getting back into programming in general is an old pasttime too). And cleaning like there's no tomorrow. =)
Current Mood: contemplativecontemplative
Current Music: Ayumi Hamasaki
Angeldeathslilsister on April 30th, 2006 03:01 am (UTC)
Yay raise!

And the pirate bay doesn't have the new Dr. Who episode yet. Poo.
Miusherimiusheri on April 30th, 2006 01:58 pm (UTC)
I think Remy snatched his copy from UKNova. It's a nice British torrent site, but there's a cap on the number of people who can be registered for it at a given time, so you have to be patient and keep applying for an account. You also have to keep your account active by downloading/seeding files. The more you seed, the better!

Anyway, if you still have difficulties obtaining the episode today, let us know and we'll be happy to rectify that. I'll warn you, this is probably my least favorite episode so far, though there are some really good parts with old friends coming back and whatnot. =)
Angeldeathslilsister on April 30th, 2006 02:14 pm (UTC)
I found it, at last :) And yeah, I'm not liking this season as much as I did the last season (but at least there's no Slitheen!), but I think I'll like this one with SJ a lot better now that she's older and probably less annoying.

Oh yeah, and Tony Head. Mm.
Miusherimiusheri on April 30th, 2006 02:25 pm (UTC)
She's not one bit annoying, thankfully- quite a change from back in the day, where she was a total PMSing hosebeast to the poor Doctor!
K: bri keraurra_sing on April 30th, 2006 03:47 pm (UTC)
i found it right after it aired :-D heh
Angeldeathslilsister on April 30th, 2006 06:07 pm (UTC)
:p I found it, thepiratebay just won't let me search for whatever reason, prob'ly a cookie thing. Have to wait for Jason before I can watch it, though... damn him. Thank God Sarah Jane is more tolerable this time around... and doesn't dress anymore like someone who belongs on HR Puffnstuff.
K: doctor who glassesaurra_sing on April 30th, 2006 06:35 pm (UTC)
i've had more like with mininova :0) but i had random good luck this week. I usually have to have two or three downloads going until i get one that works.

i haven't watched it yet either, but i of course had to test it to see if it works before passing it on ;) I love 10, I can't help it, he's nutters and he puts on his cute little glasses to see and think lol
Miusheri: geekmiusheri on April 30th, 2006 08:41 pm (UTC)
He is definitely a good doctor- but I'm stuck on Patrick Troughton, Chris Eccleston, and Tom Baker as my favorites ;)
sky: linux drinks windowsibesky on April 30th, 2006 09:53 am (UTC)
Minna, Dear, you're such a geek. It's fantastic. :)
Miusheri: bluescreenmiusheri on April 30th, 2006 02:01 pm (UTC)
Hehe! I'm a completely unmotivated geek though, sadly. I get all these grand dorky ideas of things to do and then I never get around to actually doing them. Unlike you- I commend your dedication to getting Gentoo up and running, hehe. How is that Linux box treating you?
skyibesky on April 30th, 2006 06:49 pm (UTC)
ust dandy. My blog's on that box, as is the new site :)
Miusherimiusheri on April 30th, 2006 08:42 pm (UTC)
I try to keep up on both when I get the chance! =)