November 17th, 2000


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I should sleep, but I'm not quite there yet... almost. After this post, perhaps...

Got a call today from my old contract agency... they want to place me in a contract at $60ish an hour for a pre-IPO DSL company. Um... ok. I know that's not a lot for some people, but that's a lot for me. Do I even have to try? I feel like my life is on autopilot and I don't even need to drive anymore... Kinda like the Karma Police video. It will make me a lot of money, but I'm not necessarily comfortable with this...

Fiddling with RealPlayer...

In order to find the Radiohead video earlier, I stumbled into Lycos Music... they have some good videos stashed away; the only problem are those damn pop-up windows... as if I couldn't find a way around them. I did a bit of fiddling and figured out how and where they store all the raw files, which allows me to do cool things like this...


There... that should keep Del happy for awhile. (Yeah, you probably already have all the vids, but you could always save the file and watch it at work...)

Oooh... look at what else they have!



That's the reason why the record companies will never stop illegal downloading... someone will always find a way to do it, and most of us enjoy the sweet taste of things that are just a little illegal. We're all such rebels... ;)

It's official.

Autopilot definitely won out. Looks like I start Monday with Tollbridge Technologies, a very prominent pre-IPO Voice Over DSL/Cable/Network technology provider... I'll be a contractor, at least to start, at $60 an hour. That should mean that I get 10-12K a month... Currently, there are no full-time technical writers at Tollbridge... only a manager of Creative Services which I would report to... no oppressive layers of management. Direct access to engineers and QA to get stuff done... no hassles. I could practically define my job title, so long as I make sure that Tollbridge has documentation on their products. I would essentially be responsible for creating all of a major company's documentation... I feel just a tad daunted, but it's not like the technology is anything radically new for me.

Hm. I can complain about Silicon Valley at times... about the traffic, the pollution, the rush, the lack of nature, the lack of community, all of it... Still, I can only say that I am damn fortunate for someone who has only been doing technical writing full-time for a year now.

Guess now would be a good time to start planning on what it would take to move up to San Francisco. Sure, it still has the traffic, but it has less pollution, less rush, more nature, more community... and just plain more to do. I feel guilty about wanting to live there... S.F. doesn't need another dotcom sushi eater driving up the rents, right? I swear, I'd be different, really. I'd vote Green... I'd support the arts and the nightclubs... I'd even recycle!

This doesn't mean that in a few years I still won't want to be semi-retired somewhere less expensive, greener and more natural, but at least it gives me a considerable degree more hope of getting there. That's nice...