October 26th, 2008

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No worker left....

I was at a party awhile back, and we discovered that there were three of us who were unemployed, or about to be. We started taking bets on who would get a job first. Then one of our political friends said to me, "Oh we have a program for you now, the No worker left behind."

A few minutes later I started to fill another friend in on the conversation, and I said, "She was just telling me about this state program, No worker left employed." A slip of the tongue, but a telling one, is it not?

Today was my first sorta-real day of unemployment, because it's the first day when I didn't have other things to prepare for - java self-study, the programming conference, etc. Even today didn't really count, because I had a few things to do. Had to enroll in some Michigan Talent Bank thingie, and had to call MARVIN and ask him to give me unemployment money. Also I had to go to the dentist for a cleaning. (No cavities, woohoo!)

I contacted everyone at last week's conference who wanted my resume, and I also filled out a few online apps. There are a lot of hiring freezes right now. A few places that sounded good, asked for my resume, and then suddenly found themselves frozen. Somebody mentioned that it might be due to election uncertainty, which is hopeful - if so, then when the election is over people will start hiring.

Anyway I'm not too concerned still. There is a lot of stuff out there, and my skills are in demand, even with some freezing going on. I'll find something -- just gotta make sure it's the RIGHT something!

I took a look at the No worker left behind thing, because I noticed it said something about free tuition. Wouldn't that be handy, if I could use this time to finish up my Master's degree? But graduate work does not seem to be quite its purpose... darn. Guess I'll get a job first, then convince them to pay for it.

In the meantime, I might tackle this "Novel-Writing November" thing that everybody's talking about! All the cool kids are doing it...
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Lots o' Books

26. Blindness, by Jose Saramaco - Fiction - the world is suddenly struck by a plague of blindness, and society disintegrates. The book focuses on the fate of a handful of the first affected. They are initially quarantined, but eventually come out. It is an awful, disturbing, yet fascinating story. Translated from Portuguese, and written in a puzzling style with little punctuation and paragraphs, it still kept my interest.

25. SCJP Sun Certified Programmer for Java 6 Exam, by Katherine Sierra and Bert Bates - Technical - not exciting to read, but it did a good job of filling me in on Java essentials and preparing me for the exam.

24. There Will Be Dragons, by John Ringo - Science Fiction - a computer controls the planet, making life an easy paradise where nobody ever gets hurt or sick, and everyone does whatever they want. Then the computer shuts down, and everyone must go back to historic ways of life. There is also a big war between those who wanted the computer off, and those who don't. I enjoyed the book, and it had a cute nod to Sluggy. (this was an ebook, and I read it over a span of months - maybe that's why I never figured out what the title meant?)

23. The Redemption of Althalus by David Eddings and Leigh Eddings - Fantasy - a fun story about a guy who lives with a cat who turns out to be a goddess. The beginning was better than the ending.