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Kistaro Windrider, Reptillian Situation Assessor

Unfortunately, I Really Am That Nerdy

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So for those who missed my last post...

Later today (technically speaking... it's after midnight) I'll be heading to Redmond, Washington for a job interview with Microsoft. That telephone interview I had a while back went well, apparently, if they're going to the expense to put my scaly tail on a plane and run me through a six-hour interview process... I've got a good chance, I hope.

This will be the first time I've ever been more than 1,000 miles away from my parents, the first time I've had to deal with an airport or hotel room myself, and the first time I'll ever be in a taxi. This represents my first real chance at freedom: if I get this job, I will have the summer to myself, working, away from the control of my parents. And let's be honest- 9-to-5 five days a week is a hell of a lot less work than college has been.

I'm nervous, but not as nervous as I should be about the interview. I know what I'm doing. I'm being interviewed as a Software Design Engineer in Test; it would be my job to catch the bugs before y'all catch the bugs. I'm good at that, as evidenced by my strong challenge rate at TopCoder. I like that, as evidenced by my frequent attendence at TopCoder...

Prayer, magic, and generic "good vibes" are all appreciated here...

This is going to be an interesting experience.

As noted on my last post, I've gotten PhonePost working, so you'll get to hear my stuttering, girly voice from the airport before takeoff and probably on my layover. I'll be leaving Lambert Airport at 1:33 PM, and arriving in St. Paul, Minnesota at about 3:15. Then I'll be leaving Minnesota at 5:23, and arrive in Seattle at 7:09, which is actually nearly a four-hour flight because of time zones. Then on Tuesday (Valentine's Day), I'll be heading home, starting at 3:09 Seattle time.. and winding up in Minnesota at 8:20, losing those two hours. Home will finally be 11:30 PM. I think I'll skip class on Wednesday.

Although for making PhonePosts, I'll probably write a script first so I ramble less... not that I ramble any less in text, heh. Although I do use "y'all" about equally as much. (It's a useful linguistic construct, I say!)

Anyway, wish me luck, and if anybody can advise me where I should forage get a good meal in Seattle, I'd appreciate the advice. Too bad security checkpoint time is on the order of an hour and fifteen minutes- I can't get a good meal in Minnesota on either layover, because I won't have time to go back through security. Unless there's good food at the airport, but everybody knows how probable that is.

'Twill be an intersting task to stay on my diet given the constraints. I'll do my best; I've lost over 20 lbs. so far, and it shows- but I've got more to lose before I reach a healthy weight.

I'll be keeping y'all posted!

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Good luck to you, and I hope your interview goes well.

I wish you the best of luck in your interview and a pleasant journey.

*big hug*

Now how did you get connections at M$? I'm in generally the same field, and I'm starting to get nervous about my future. I don't want to work some shitty wage-based job fresh out of college. How much of the game is "them seeking me" versus "me seeking them"?

Microsoft came after me when James, Albert and I won the ACM ICPC Mid-Central North America Regional. (IBM has since expressed their interest, but they're too late; M$ was there first.) A Microsoft recruiter who was coming to campus to show off the XBOX 360 took the ACM team plus a number of people in the Video Game Programming course to dinner, then got our contact information to pass on to a phone recruiter; I was among those he recommended. Y'all know the rest.

MS went after me. If I wasn't 1/3 of the Mid-Central North America ACM 2005 Champion team, I'd be in the same boat as you and just looking for references from professors- and probably wind up interviewing for Boeing, actually, because of how strong their influence on-campus here is.

I'm also in ACM here but their competitions consist of "write a for loop lolol", and "you don't have to be in a team...". It is quite pathetic. They also have jack shit for turnout on a consistent basis. How can I find out about these REAL competitions? Quite honestly, if the real world is anything like the townies and brownies here, it'll be a walk in the park.

Best of luck, man! I really hope this works out for you... I know how hard you have struggled and worked...

There's a bakery (I can't remember the name, but it's something Italian, maybe "$noun Antico"?) on the edge of the food court in the central mall-ish concourse of the Minneapolis airport that has decent bread and plausible sandwiches.

Fight it! Fight it! You're going to the dark side!
(of course, I'm already there as an Army Recruiter)

Good luck with the interview.

I still find this very ironic.

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