The problem with having a fairly common name is that you get email for other people. A lot. Geoff does not have this problem. I do. I have several email addresses. One of them is my name @ a common web based email provider.com. I got this email address when this particular provider first started offering email (yes, that’s how old I am) and basically use it for times when I needed something professional and/or humorless.
We’re in the middle of a family medical emergency at the moment.
We’re in the middle of a lot of phone calls back and forth. In the middle of it all Geoff’s cell phone has decided that the speaker will no longer work. So, it will accept text messages and send them and it will work with bluetooth devices. We can use it to make calls from the car, which is bluetooth enabled, and he’s currently looking for his bluetooth headset.
If you need to get in touch with us, specifically him, PLEASE call the house or my phone. Email is also good as we’re both hooked up to the internet 24/7 right now and will be for the foreseeable future. Comments here will also be answered in all haste.
Some of you may have heard that today is my Birthday. I have received some nice phone calls and a couple of nice emails and ecards.
Leave it to my brother to send me this. My brother is the best.
Kinda makes me wonder what else the day will bring?
My brother is currently doing a stint in Peru with a Habitat for Humanity like group. This is the manner in which he met his girlfriend (who is no holds barred awesome) and this is how he spends his vacation time every year. I think the last far flung destination he went to was Cambodia. Anyway, when he first arrived, I got this email from him. My brother has, um, a way with words.
Subject: not dead
I arrived safely in Lima on Monday afternoon. The flights were uneventful and shorter than I expected the flight time from Dulles to Panama was about 4 hours and the flight time from Panama to Lima was a bit over 3 hours. In the southern hemisphere I expected water the flow the other way, time to go backward and gravity to be inverted but sadly none of those things happened. The Fuller boss (for lack of a better word) has an incredibly interesting history. He used to work in Los Alamos in the 70s and for a while in the 80s he was a wanted man by Shining Path. Currently I´m in La Florida which is about 100 miles south of Lima. We got there by means of a 2.5 hour bus ride down the Panamerica highway along the Pacific coast. I´ve always been disgusted by the Porsche Panamera due purely to its looks. Now that I have been on the road (on which the race used to be run) after which the car is named I am offended that the beauty of this road has been usurped by Porsche for the monstrosity they call a car. Enough of that. La Florida is very dry and almost desert like. And although it´s not as immediately beautiful or exotic as Cambodia, it´s starkness is quite striking. We had our first build day today and it is occurring in a small village about 20 minutes away from our hotel. The construction methods are similar in that concrete columns and beams are used as is brick. Although it is built sturdier with more rebar here due to earthquake dangers. Anyway we´re about to go to dinner so I have to get going. I´ll try to write again soon.
The best part about all of this was that I got to be the one to text him with the news that bin Laden was dead. When he first got my text he thought it was SPAM. Once he realized it was from me he wrote me back for verification and then shared the news with the rest of the Americans on the work site, whereupon there was a small celebration.
Anyway, that’s the news from Peru. If he sends me another email I’ll post it here.
Well, I figured I had better put something up about the new job, so here it is.
So far, I am really, really loving it. Despite having to wear a tie every day (usually a suit in my case) it is quite laid back and everyone is just so friendly. I share an office with my coworker who is also a security analyst, and that is actually a good thing because the room is fairly large and a lot of other people have cubicles. But because of the nature of our work we have to have an office with a door that locks. But we have a fair bit of freedom, and so I will be bringing some personal touches to my office. I will probably hold back from going hog wild just yet, because we are going to be moving into another building in a couple of months and I don’t want to have too much stuff to pack. But the school is really great, and I am getting to do the kind of work I have always wanted to do in IT. They are already talking about me doing some classes for new users at some point, and they are also going to help me get more certifications. I will probably have my EnCase Certified Examiner certificate before the end of the year, as well as my Security+ and possibly my Linux+. There are some other certifications they want me to get as well, and of course I want to eventually get the big kahuna, the Certified Information Systems Security Professional, or CISSP.
Anyway, my first day (yesterday) was spent just trying to get everything set up. I have a desktop computer with 2 monitors, a laptop computer, a company cell phone (an iPhone), all sorts of software and permissions that have to be set up, plus keys, my school ID, my school employee ID, my access key card, my parking permit, and all the normal HR stuff. So far we have finally managed to get my laptop and desktop up and running but the SIM card for my iPhone seems to be missing and my voice mail for my office phone is still screwed up. But despite all the expected craziness, I am having a great time. The campus is surrounded by all sorts of interesting places – restaurants, stores, landmarks, you name it. My boss took our “department” (there are only three of us) out to lunch yesterday and it was nice. And so I will be spending a lot of time getting to know the university and all of its quirks and ins and outs. But it is really exciting. I have a lot to look forward to I think. I am going to learn so much in this job, and it is going to be so much fun.
And just think… in a couple of years I may be able to start graduate school. For free.
It’s been a month since either of us has posted here. This has largely been due to the fact that 1) my laptop caught fire, 2) Geoff has been ridiculously busy at his internship, and 3) I’ve been applying to jobs like a crazy person.
Regarding the laptop, Geoff has taken it to his internship and his coworkers, who have all the fun tools, have managed to take it apart and, upon discovering SCORCH MARKS, figured out which piece went to the big computer dump in the sky and are going to fix it once the new piece arrives in the mail.
I have been having interviews fairly regularly. This is good. The problem is that 1) I’m always the other guy, the one they don’t hire, or 2) I get there and have a great interview and then find out that they’re paying peanuts with a side of pistachios.
Geoff has an interview tomorrow at a big local university. I had an interview at the same university last week. We’re both applying for more jobs than we can keep track of hoping that something good will take. If you know of someone who’s hiring and who might want one of our charming selves on staff, send it our way.
Finally, my brother sent me this today. He’s awesome. http://obereed.net/hh/correlation.html