Standing Out and/or Out Standing?

Yesterday i sent off my resume/cover letter to another game company, one i think would hit all my check boxes for a really long time.  But i really wanted to stand out in a hopefully fun/good way at least i would like to get a reply this time vs just hearing nothing forever and ever. So this time i went way out of my box of tricks in hope to stand out and keep me in mind as they are reviewing applicants.

Drum Roll…..

I made a word search with lots of words describing me and my skills. Who can resist a word search? Not me, that is for damn sure.

So i thought why not make a DDo word search for you all?

 

 

L Y
O I
E S A J
G L S U
U Q M K O N
T L Q G A U
L T I K Y R E G G U D L L U K S J R R K
Q D K Z O Y R E J U V E N A T I O N Q I
T L E B V W F I E L D O P T I C S A
A A D Y T O H S L U F I C R E M
U C A M A N Y S H O T Z P K
C O C K T A I L T J X E
I F W C D E S N E F E D W Y
B A J O N E K I R U H S P K
A R R A T S G N I N R O M E H T
D N O O C O C C W N Q W L P
I D A R I H S K I L L E R L
V K N O M P I N M Z
W P T O B K C X
T K V H

 

And no i don’t think you all need a key. We are all mostly adults here.

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Lets all go on an Adventure

So if you all remember one of my goals for the year is to write and if necessary e-publish my own pnp adventure. And i have been working on it on and off in the back of my head for a while now. I have a start (the hook/how to set it) and the overall scope but i am getting fuzzy on the details. So my brain has been tooling a round a few ideas and i want to run them by you.

I think i want to tie in to the DDo setting for this module, ie i want to set things in Stormreach and use some of the npcs and some of the locations. Ideally i wouldn’t use more back story then necessary so non-ddo people could pick up the module and with a few tweaks plop it into their campaign. But i really like the idea of using a back drop that anyone can see for the cost of downloading the game and playing for free for 5 mins.

The other there is always like a mouth watering description that gets the ball rolling on opening your wallet. Like this one from on of my personal favorite quests ever.

“Lost within the ruined House Cannith citadel of Whitehearth, an arcane workshop somewhere in the perilous Mournland, is the key to constructing a terrible magic weapon. Agents of the Emerald Claw will stop at nothing to recover the ancient device. As malevolent forces hunt for the artifact, only the most resourceful heroes will reach Whitehearth first and discover the secrets that lie within.” – Shadows of the Last War

If that got you a little bothered you can buy the pdf here.

So with that in mind this is what i got.

“Magic Items are disappearing from all over the city from the mundane to the extraordinary. The Coin Lords have put out a huge bounty on anyone that can stop this horrific crime spree. The local thieves guild has an even larger prize for anyone that can give them the secret to this mysterious criminal master’s success.

Who’s side are you one?”

Thoughts?

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Job Updates

Thought I would throw out a little updatez. Think most of you know I have been job hunting for a while now and ended up taking a job at the post office. And i want to say I don’t think it is for me. As most of you know I have a little more then a hint of dyslexia. I tend to get the last few letters/numbers/words out of order. So if say i wanted to sort all the mail for 1234 green while i am sitting at their box out of my next pile i would have to extra careful not to get the mail for 1243 green out also. Or more often then not I wouldn’t get all the mail for 1234 green at once. What was happening  was i would have 5 letters for 1234, check and see 1234 1234 1234 and 1243 1243 and just put three in the mail box. Roll up to the next address and then realize that i still had mail for the last box. Once i realized i was doing that i had to be even more careful and that took even more time.

Things you might not know about the post office is that it is super time sensitive.  That is that when people send mail out in their mail box it has to be back at the post office by a given time so it can be processed and sent out to be sorted. Unless you live in a MAJOR city odds are it has to dive out of town some. Ergo a must be back time is in effect at most postoffices. Any mail you don’t deliver must be returned and taken out by the next person. Ergo extra work for them. And in my case it will be extra work on Mondays ie the craziest of the days.

Also you have to scan most packages now at the time of delivery. If the scanner is not working you have to manually enter the 16-22 digit number (like 1234 5678 1234 5678 1290 12). I had more then 5 packages that didn’t scan and again with my dyslexia manually enter packages were very time consuming.

My first solo run might be my last as i got back late even though i headed back in time, but you have to get gas on your way back if you work the Saturday shift (Mondays are too busy to get gas) but my gas card wouldn’t work, making me late for the the truck anyway. But to top things off 3 different people helped me out by taking around an hour of deliveries on top of their normal load. Even with their help i still returned with more then a third of my route. Even if i was able to double my speed I would still have tons more work for the regular. Something i can’t abide is someone else having extra work because of me.

I am not sure what to do. My wife said i had to see for myself and my regular saw my issues and made some comments but i hate to quit. There are lots of good things about the job. It is a total rush, 1000% pressure all the time. I didn’t even have time to eat, drink or piss in the 12 hours i was out killing myself. I do like that rush of an impossible deadline when i have the ability to reach the goal in time. But i was totally crushed on Saturday night some things were out of my hands but most of my delays were due my limitations. And i don’t want to hurt others because of my short comings.

Anyway i am debating things maybe too much like i tend to do. But that makes content, right?

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Content?

This week has been a strange one. First of all i haven’t been playing a ton of DDo, hence the lack of While We R Playings. I hope to record a few hours worth this weekend for new week if you one enjoying the show. Second of all I got a “conditional” offer to join the USPS aka the post office. I had to go in and fill out more paperwork to be pushed up the chain a little more then assuming that last bit of red tape is cut then i can head to training then some more training and then a little more. The weather turned some and it has been cold, windy, cold and now freezing ice aka winter in Kansas, but that is fine as i learned of and applied for a job at one of GreatPlains’s competitors in their programming department. If i can get that then i can build some real QA/tester experience for when Turbine comes calling.  Then more or less right below the job at AGCO, I found my former job listed. Lots of strange ups and downs. And to top things off i got my anniversary gift from Great Plains (they like to hand them out at the office Christmas party each year). Good times.

Well that counts as content, right? At least a little i think. Here after lunch i plan to DDo some and then maybe i will have some worth wild things to say but right now i am mostly just reading or sitting around watching different shows. Not shitty day time television don’t worry about my sanity yet. I am not watching 15 hours of Oprah or anything. I am re-watching Stargate: Atlantis and just getting into Rescue Me. First time on Rescue Me, it is real good and Callie Thorne does’t hurt the old eyes if you know what i mean.

Well time for lunch,

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Life is Coming Around to the Idea of Me being Amazing.

If you have been following along you all know my personal woes in the last few weeks. But things are feeling better. To start off i got called in for an interview with the post office. I know it sounds strange but i have been doing a lot of thinking about what i want to do and what i wanted to due when i was little.

And i remembered in the way way back……. Back in first grade my school was close to the post office and one day we walked over for a field trip. I remember loving the idea of delivering letters and packages. Then later in way back when I was looking for my first job i wanted to be a postman but that finishing school thing got in the way. Then i meet my wife and my life took a lot of turns and twists. So i have the feeling that my interview will be good tomorrow and i will have that under my belt.

But I haven’t given up on a maybe moving in to QA @ Turbine. I took yesterday and started playing with perl. Yes the P in perl is lower case why i am not sure… But i can say i like it. I am a PHP guy through and through, syntax-wise any how, and perl is like the love child between Java and PHP. Or that is how i see the syntax… I am barely (less then 6 hours) into  it but i have gotten most of my simple starting scripts to work easily enough. I am missing something in the way libraries are called i think, skipping ahead on my reading some, and i am having issues sending an email but i am sure that will be explained soon enough.

What has happened that i am not please about happened in the greenhouse… During the day it has been sunny enough most days that someone (me) has to go and open it up as to take the internal temp down to a reasonable temp. But then with the last 2-4 hours of sunlight left someone (aka the son) needs to go and close it up. Well the Monday night i sent him out and reminded him that i had pulled the window and he needed to close it. Well he didn’t. Tuesday in the early hours it frosted and killed almost everything in the greenhouse. So i got to take a few hours and do some tearing the old plants out. So much waste because a window didn’t get closed. I should have checked on it myself i guess. Live and learn.  That said as i was cleaning out the aquaponics flood and drain bed i noticed that some of the cold hearty lettuces are coming in. Maybe there will be something growing in to eat the fish shit so they don’t all die to ammonia bloom… Woot?

Okay looks like a worth wild post. Now i need to go do some more cleaning in the green house, it was really packed and there is a lot to remove before i can work on more recovery. Then i need to hit the stores. I need to get some not jeans for my interview and with the cold some of the hose in the aquaponics got brittle and broke when i was cleaning so i need to fix that up too. Also gives me a window to make some layout changes… Maybe get that other bed setup…

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Day 12, Baby Eagles

Today’s chapter was a short one, with the moral of never rest for long on one’s laurels. To this end the author told the story of baby eagles. How the nest is built out of thorns and then covered with not so pointy stuff. Then as the babies grow they remove the soft outer layer to motivated the little pen stickers to get them out of the nest. Then they tease the little guys by bringing them food just out of reach until the little buggers go for it and fly…. or not and we have less eagles. Okay so i added that last little bit. But you see the point, live is a unconformable struggle prompting us to grow and fly.

Wow that was good, i need to write that down…

Homework:

12.1, What can i do in the next 48 hours to put me on the path for what i want to accomplish?

Start to read up on Perl, C# and QA best practices for Turbine, get an opening and closing on the new pod i have done with Tobril and company and get that up someplace. And compose my list of topics for my adult book idea. Wow that was a lot and it didn’t that very long to have answers.  Does that mean something?

12.2, What idea have i gotten that could be worth more then a life time of hard work.

Well i don’t want to go in to too many details but have i talked about a my card sorting machine?

12.3, Am i the creator of circumstances or a their creation?

Both i think, right? I mean aren’t we all? There are times when we grab life by the horns and then times when we are getting dragged out of the arena.  Think the trick is to keep getting up after we get speared and try again.

12.4, What seeds did i plant in my mind 5 years ago that brought me here today?

Well for one i thought that i had a life time career at Great Plains, think that was some soft bedding in my nest.  I also think that i had the notion that as long as i was a certain level of profitable that i was golden. But if you challenge the wrong person while they are in the wrong state of mind then that is not true. I need that lesson in more often in less world crushing doses.

 

Oh shit that is the end of the book. Guess the time of reading and putting my mind at ease is over. Time to take what i have learned and fly.  Guess tomorrow starts a dev diary?

Day 11, Sleepless Mornings.

Sometime in the wee hours of the morning my sleeping brain decided to get back to the task at hand of writing a cover letter for one of the Turbine positions i plan to apply. When it jumped forward to the interview process where i was trying to explain why i was let go. That thought is better then coffee or a million pounds of crack if you don’t ever want to sleep again.  I spent the rest of the night calming myself down, clearing my mind of the bull shit then going back to sleep where my brain would shoot right back to that same problem once again shaking me awake.

Repeat until 6:30 where it is time to start making progress on the day. Grumble, Frumble, shit fuck balls motherfucker dog kicker…. I might be in a bit of a foul mood. Worse of all i still don’t think i have an answer to the problem and i know that i am too brain dead to make a dent now.

 

Homework?

Today’s chapter was about looking at doing something on my own vs looking for another job.

11.1, Do i know anyone that was fired then started their own business, successfully?

I don’t know. I can’t think of anyone. I know a few people that could have but i can’t think of anyone that did. Do any of you fit the bill?

11.2, What skills do i have that could be the basis for a creative business?

Well i think i have covered the whole writer/storyteller idea. I have been working on ideas, some are good and others are less then good. I could also do that podcasting thing, but i would be one of the totally unknown podcasters trying to make a living poding. Very unlikely to happen.

11.3, Do i have any ideas that would fall into the “peacemakers, storytellers or healers” category?

Not sure what this is asking. I know that he means like mediation/health businesses when he says peacemakers/healers category. I don’t think i really have an idea there…

11.4, Do i have an SWISS income idea?

SWISS means Sales While I Sleep Soundly, aka he wants to know if there is something i could do then generate cash flow while i am doing something else. He talks about digital book sales. Sound familiar?

11.5, Do i give myself time to “sit of ideas”?

By this he means take time to let your imagination run wild. I want to say fairly often, i mean you all have seen my writing it is mostly about being in my head. 🙂

11.6, “Take delight in the Lord, and He will give you your heart’s desires”. How does this apply to being content in a job you hate?

Think the point is you can’t be content in something you hate and delight in the Lord. But if you do something you love then good things will happen for you. This is a lot like a self fulfilling prophecy.

11.7, How does my culture/environment/expertise limit my being able to see new opportunities?

Right now i am kind wallowing in the “no on loves me and i don’t love no body” mind set. That is blocking out a lot of my field of view. But my father worked himself to the bone for 20+ years the plant he worked at for so many years shut down and he has struggled ever since. Think he is now happily unemployed, knowing him he is running a “gun store” out of the house. That was always his dream, by the way. Opening his own brick and mortar shop… I really need to get my shit together and get on at Turbine and or knock out a few of these book ideas.

 

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