I'll be staying in Redmond, and now instead of a software tester at the Evil Empire, I'll be developing a wide and creative variety of things for a grant-funded not-for-profit cancer research institute in Seattle. I didn't even let the other interviews I was in the middle of finish; I've already handed in my decision, and stopped the other interview processes.
I'm not sure why I'd been considering the other jobs. This was a matter of "here is a job that is everything you wanted: academia; a real chance to improve the state of the art of computer science, algorithmically, because this work will be published; a chance to make people suffer less by helping the research succeed; enough money to live comfortably off of". Throwing it away for a high-stress job requiring me to move cross-country to a city with worse air quality seems ridiculous, even with the compensation differences.
I've offered to start tomorrow. It's kind of late in the day to sort that out, though; I suspect I'll be back to work extremely soon, at any rate.
I've migrated to DreamWidth. The original post is at http://kistaro.dreamwidth.org/467680.html. View comments at http://kistaro.dreamwidth.org/467680.html#comments; go ahead and use OpenID to post your own.