August 21st, 2000


It's Monday... I can feel it.

So, I couldn't get to sleep at a regular hour last night... I'm here at work; bleary-eyed, under florescent lights, wishing I was back at home in bed, sprawled across black satin sheets.

After all the work I did on my site, I actually used it today... Yes, there is always something about your own work to dislike! I have to tweak it later so that it is less annoying to use. I even botched one of the links. I must've been drunk or something... Still, it is there and it works, so Sunday was a productive day, I guess.

I should start thinking about my plans for next week... Going off to Burning Man! I know it isn't exactly what one should do at B.M., but I wonder if I can get web access so that I can occasionally update the journal here! It's somehow feels like a moral imperative ... or perhaps I cannot relax anymore if I don't have Internet access (i.e. I am doomed.)

My cube has no personality... only my yo-yo and an Edward Gorey poster. I'm not sure that I will give it much personality either. Personality is dangerous in the corporate environment if you don't have f.u. privs... which I don't have, as yet.

Sometimes, it feels like I work with a bunch of pod people... a mid-40's group of tech writers who have been doing it for too long. Their odd quirks have, over time, become sad repressed quirks... they have strange nervous ticks, but they mean well. Let's hope they all become rich too...

... I need to stay with this company for as long as I handle it. I negotiated a salary that is quite generous and my stock at this place should me rich, at which point I can consider moving somewhere far less stressful/expensive. I live in the Silicon Valley, btw... if you don't know where that is, I can't/won't help ya. I don't do technical support anymore. ;-)

Thoreau, in Walden, observed that, "The mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation." Well, thanks to the Internet, we can all lead lives of noisier desperation! Whee! It's sadly necessary. I mean, have you seen the price of waterfront property near Walden Pond lately?!

Things that go shimmer in the night...

An amusing coincidence... looks like several of the machines at work are named after cars (or pieces thereof... Chrome, Crankshaft, Whitewall, etc.) So, what is the name of my machine? Vinyl. How'd they know??! ;-)

There are several good reasons why I have this thing about vinyl, but the primary reason is a particular torrid relationship... which I swear that I will eventually explain on my website, this not being the best format or time to get into the saga. Expect me to post letters of love, lust, and anger, a la Nick Bantock, though names may be changed to protect the not-so-innocent.

Day 4 of the new job...

Um... I swear that I did practically nothing today, with the exception of installing software on my system and reading sparse engineering docs on a forthcoming piece o' software that will ship by the end of October. If nothing is happening now, documentation-wise, I can only imagine just how hectic things will be by October. Maybe I should take the time to better familiarize myself with the pinball game in the cafeteria... free game play, of course. Wish they had an old Battlezone though.

I should have a chance to enjoy myself before things get into crunch mode... Next week is Burning Man, Friday night is the Anything That Moves "Flirt" dance, and sometime this weekend, I assume I am going on a boat trip of the bay... and there's also an upcoming trip to Vegas, which will probably be after October.

I probably pissed off my first fellow employee today. I was in the cafeteria when two marketing drones came in with VERY large, expensive looking placard that looked like it would take up a rather large wall to display. Turns out the placard had the company's mission statement on it.

"Um... I'm sure you wanted to use the word where, not were."

"Really? Ohmygod, you're right! I wonder how that got in there?" >cringe<

"Well, I checked our internal website the other day... it's misspelled there too."

Um... just for future reference, I don't think I will tell you where it is that I work. I somehow think that I will have plenty of chances to embarass my company here, but I don't want to drive the stock price down. ;)

Got shown around to the employees today... sort of a meet'n'greet so that I will be somewhat familiar with all the people here before crunch time. During the tour, I was surprised to find that one person had what could only be called a fully stocked bar in his office, replete with Bombay Sapphire gin. Apparently the bar is used for software release parties. I think I'm going to like this software release... even if it kills me.
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