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Resume the resume

Posted in Personal by Will on Sunday, November 29th, 2009 ~ 3pm

Ok, I’ve got a resume from 2006 here that I can update if I need to start sending it out tomorrow…

No harm in eHarmony

Posted in Personal by Will on Saturday, November 28th, 2009 ~ 9pm

eHarmony date (or meeting, rather). That was totally easy. “I should have been doing that all along” sort of easy. So I decided to extend my subscription, even though it was due to expire tomorrow. I think eHarmony is probably one of the few things, aside from cable television, where the subscription price goes HIGHER each month. So I was reluctant. But seeing how easy it is to meet a person in-person, and chat it up, was enough to convince me.

I hope my meet-up-er isn’t reading this before she reads my email to her. I basically said that my impression was we lacked the same inner geeky core, which I believe is the core from which all things of a shared quality — interests, intellectual stimuli, etc — flow. My advisor-friend told me to trust first impressions, so I expressed them. But I’m willing to be convinced otherwise. The evening was fine, and social and she was certainly “nothing to complain about” — but that was my first impression, that true compatibility would be lacking.

Stressed

Posted in Personal by Will on Saturday, November 28th, 2009 ~ 12am

Stressed …unemployment’s “attached” status ends 11/29 according to letter received 11/27. Which means my former employer must take me back on Monday, or I must do a daily job search, which is humiliating to the point of not wanting to do it. I meet with my former employer on monday to learn whether they’ll take me back.

Thanks Colorado Dept of Unemployment for that generous 2 days notice. I think you were right to go with 2 days rather than 2 hours. Good call.

Stargate Universe

Posted in Personal by Will on Saturday, November 28th, 2009 ~ 12am

I’m giving Stargate Universe a try. It is remarkable how many shows it is imitating. There’s the strange alien ship from Farscape, the frequently shirtless Asian woman from Star Trek Enterprise, the broken-down aspect of the alien ship which is widely known as the original intention behind Star Trek Voyager (but is also similar to Farscape), the FTL drive movement mirroring the “starburst” of Farscape, and the grimness of Battlestar Galactica, including a central character scientist who, like Baltar on Galactica, perhaps cannot be trusted. Another character copied from other shows is a senator’s daughter, who physically resembles the most-popular Summer Glau from Firefly, and who even does ballet like Summer Glau did as Cameron on Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, to erase any doubt whatsoever about who they were trying to copy.

Mostly Stargate Universe is Farscape, but with a larger cast, and without the sexy women aliens.

The show lacks any originality. But you have to give SyFy Channel credit for coming up with a show made out of the parts of all the other shows that science fiction fans have enjoyed.

And I’m not entirely sure that it is a coincidence that the doctor on the ship is the spitting image of Katherine Heigl (Izzy) from Gray’s Anatomy. I don’t imagine SyFy is seeking out that demographic, so let’s just call it a coincidence.

I didn’t bother to mention that Stargate Universe uses elements from the previous Stargate series, because really aside from using the gates to arrive on planets, it isn’t really a factor. One does not need to have watched anything other than the original Stargate motion picture — and perhaps not even that — to understand the gates small part. (It delivers people from the ship to the planet-of-the-week.)

The show is enjoyable to the extent that I can watch it and admit that those people have it worse than me. Usually, no matter how bad a set of characters has it, their world is a better one, or at least one that does not involve finding a paycheck. But on Stargate Universe, everyone believes that they are doomed, and they are just scraping by. They have daily life and death crises. They have it bad.

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