Dear Sam,

Thank you for giving us the opportunity to consider you for employment. It was a pleasure meeting you at the interview for the position of Lab Consultant for Academic Computing. I regret to inform you that you have not been selected for the above position mentioned. We appreciate your interest in Academic Computing and we wish you success in your job search.


Liz Abraham
Assistant Manager, PC Labs

Wow. Thanks. I may not have a job, but at least I’ve been “wished success” in my job search. You know what would wish me even more success? Hiring me!

Also, a half hour later, NJIT Public Safety felt they needed to inform me of this:

Today, Friday, January 9, 2004, Homeland Security announced national threat level has been lowered from High (Orange) to Elevated (Yellow). As always, you are encouraged to report any suspicious activity to NJIT Public Safety at x3111. As in the past, we will keep you advised of any changes.

Chief Michael Kirk, Director of Public Safety

Wow. Yellow. I’ll be sure to keep that in mind when I’m sitting at home not caring.


You’ve got Rejection!

Well, I didn’t get the job that I interviewed for on the 6th. They
said, “If you recieve an email tomorrow, congradulations. If you don’t,
well, don’t give up hope..” Well, I didn’t.

How do they not hire someone with over 4 years of past experience
(doing a lot more than they wanted me to do, I might add)?
The website says there are 15 openings available, so that’s pretty sad
that I didn’t get one of them. I didn’t even see 15 people there for
the interview, but I suppose the lucky people got there late.

Perhaps next time I should show up an hour late for my interview, too.
Anyway, NJIT Federal Work Study = teh suck. Now I have to find another
job. Financial aid refund checks don’t get mailed ’till February, so
I’m stuck for rent again this month.. I suppose I’ll have to sell more
of my stuff 🙁

In better news, DreamZZT can now save your game. The save files are
almost compatible with real ZZT, except I’m too lazy to calculate some
values that DreamZZT ignores and real ZZT requires (for the technical
users out there (probably just Kev), I’m ignoring the “size of board”
value, because I don’t know whether it represents just the RLE data, or
the entire board + info + objects), so ZZT just gives you a nice
runtime error 🙁 Oh well. DreamZZT can load real ZZT saves just fine,
so at least it works 1 way. A new release will be out eventually, but I
have to write a file browser first, ’cause not everyone wants to save
to “town.sav” every time..


Ok, I was browsing an uber-expensive japanese import site (hey, just ’cause I’m broke doesn’t mean I can’t window shop!) and I found the CUTEST thing ever:


Yep, it’s the iDuck, fresh from Japan! Not only is it a 16MB USB mass-storage device, BUT IT’S A FREAKIN’ DUCK! And it lights up! And comes in multiple colors!

I want one, but it costs too much. Damn expensive japanese imports.