The Caffeinated Penguin

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Interview Meme

Posted By on January 18, 2008

(From here)

asks: 1) What got you into shooting? Is it something you grew up with, or did you discover it later in life? 2) What prompted the move from rockstar programmer to your current, much superior arrangements? 3) If you don’t mind me asking, how did you and Lizzie run into each other? 4) Let’s say that you have a budget of, say, enough, to spend on one custom rifle. What would you get made? 5) What would you say are the best things about being an exurbanite teleworker? The worst? 1) What got you into shooting? Is it something you grew up with, or did you discover it later in life? A little of both, actually. My father introduced me to shooting, gun safety, etc. but he ended up doing a lot of work away from the house from about the time I was 12 until after I left for university. No adult to take me shooting, so no shooting. When in university, I went a couple of times with a .22 rifle that I had (and still have), but there were more important things to buy whilst in university (food, booze, computers) than guns. When I graduated, I took the RI safety test to get the card authorizing me to purchase handguns (RI differs greatly from NY, I’ll tell you about it sometime), and bought a 1911 and a 10/22. I joined a range, and started shooting regularly. Bought more guns, started reloading, etc. 2) What prompted the move from rockstar programmer to your current, much superior arrangements? Stress. Specifically – I didn’t like my boss calling me at 7PM because he was still working and had a question, but I clocked out at 5. I hate the telephone, so someone calling is annoying enough, but calling with work and me having to context switch into that mode is hard enough. – I didn’t like my boss calling me at 7PM to tell me that he had a late meeting with the client and the client wanted this thing done right now, so we were going to be up all night doing it. I got paid for it, of course, but I really like my plan and routine. I do not like things throwing a monkey wrench into my plans and tend to get pissed off – especially if I think it’s not worth it. – I hated running Windows. It’s like swimming with 10lbs of weight strapped to you. Sure, you can do it, but it’s not fun. 3) If you don’t mind me asking, how did you and Lizzie run into each other? A computer lab, where else? She worked here, and I worked here, and my department got a grant for some computers, but we didn’t have any space. So, the departments made a bargain – we’d get to use one of the rooms in her lab if we set it up so that the other engineers could get accounts, and such. So, we did, and I ended up spending time over there with installations, upgrades, stuff like that. 4) Let’s say that you have a budget of, say, enough, to spend on one custom rifle. What would you get made? That’s actually a tough question for me to answer, since I don’t do a whole lot of rifle work right now, and haven’t really played with enough different ones to day that “this is super badass and I want a fancy custom one”. Offhand, I’d say something like a piston driven AR-10 type design, but we can get those basically stock for

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