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WanderingEng  ·  303 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Planning for Paris

Thanks for sharing this. I enjoyed reading it. How long were you there in total?

Your pictures make me want to go, especially that shot of the Eiffel Tower with the tourist in the road. It's a reminder that this is a real thing with people and not just the same picture we always see.

How packed was the Louvre away from the Mona Lisa? I walked through the National Gallery of Canada in 2006 and enjoyed it. Those big galleries with famous artwork can be very impressive. Was the the Louvre much less busy in other areas?

I chuckled at this:

    Most of our trips are last-minute affairs, with activities and even accommodations arranged at airports or on arrival.

You and I seem a lot alike, but finally here is a clear difference. I'm the traveler who arrives with a folder of printed directions for each step, organized in order along with printed hotel and flight confirmations at the appropriate step. This has changed with data, too.

WanderingEng  ·  329 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: UTAH TRIP REPORT or: How I Learned Not To Hike Alone by Breaking My Leg

I'm glad he's sharing the story, too. Too often, and I'm guilty of this, people only share the best aspects like great pictures, but they leave out the hard, risky parts.

WanderingEng  ·  329 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: UTAH TRIP REPORT or: How I Learned Not To Hike Alone by Breaking My Leg

    I would have died if not for the help of complete strangers

Remember the search and rescue folks were strangers, too. I read about a winter rescue two years ago where S&R (both rangers and trained volunteers) had to bring a hiker out about 16 miles, including at least one full mile of breaking trail down a mountain. It took something like 40 hours. Your experience of a short distance in good weather puts in context how hard rescue is.

Question: what would you do differently the next time, other than not jump off the boulder?

WanderingEng  ·  356 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Morning, Hubski. How do you motivate yourself to do something difficult?

Remember, it isn't just dying earlier, it's also the lower quality of life at the end.

WanderingEng  ·  364 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Hubski, what are you working on?

I have a McIntosh MC30 with a bad transformer that's partially replaced. The MC30 is a mono power amplifier from the 1950s. This has been in pieces for years.

I have a second MC30 with a fault I haven't even started troubleshooting. It makes a nasty hum when I turn it on. I don't know.

But my third MC30 works! I just need to get back to two good ones.

WanderingEng  ·  374 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: July 24, 2019

I turn 39 next week. Outwardly it might seem like I have my shit together, but I do not. Don't worry what others expect of you.

And happy birthday a little early.

WanderingEng  ·  387 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Global Nuclear Arsenals 2019

Is it credible that North Korea has 20-30?

WanderingEng  ·  389 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pardeeville Triathlon race report

The idea behind running after every ride is to get your legs and body used to the idea. It's less about practicing the actual transition and more about learning how you'll feel once you're into the actual run on race day.

I should have mentioned distance. An Olympic is the next distance up at 1500 m swim, 40 km bike, and 10 km run. To that end, my event wasn't quite a proper sprint. The swim was too short by nearly half, and the bike was a little long.

For an Olympic the goal would probably be three hours but might have to adjust a bit depending on the exact course length and difficulty. I think for unsanctioned races nobody cares if the distance is a little off because a 22 mile loop is more enjoyable than adding two miles down a road, a hard U-turn, and two miles back to get the distance right.

There's a triathlon in Dousman, WI called Tri-ing For Children on the 28th, and I'm thinking about that. It has an Olympic option, but I'd do the sprint because I'd also like to do the 1.2 mile swim in Madison (called Big Swell) on the 27th. If that all goes well I may do the Lake Country Olympic in Oconomowoc, WI in August.

WanderingEng  ·  403 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: June 26, 2019

    The app is great and bug-free.

This is a major selling point, so thanks for mentioning it. I've been using Plex which has some features I like, but it also goes through broken-slightly broken-fixed-broken cycles on the app.

WanderingEng  ·  404 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: June 26, 2019

Do people like Spotify? I'm thinking about trying it but don't love the idea of another monthly expense.

WanderingEng  ·  408 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: June 19, 2019

    "I'm sorry, I can't afford to take your position."


    Full stop.

I'm borrowing this for a job I haven't been offered yet. Thank you. I expect them to offer slightly lower pay and benefits, and while I like the location and want to leave my company, I can't do it for less money, less retirement, and less vacation. I can keep looking.

WanderingEng  ·  408 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: June 19, 2019

    They're great for getting benefits programs set up, making sure that the company's health plan is competitive

That's a higher opinion of HR than I have. They're good at telling people the health plan is competitive, but is it really? It's too complicated to really understand. As for the benefits program, how hard is it to fill out some forms at Fidelity? I've never tried, but I bet it isn't hard. And while HR set these up, HR doesn't actually understand them and absolutely cannot explain them.

Otherwise, yes. If one got to the in-person interview, they think you can do the work. The one that gets hired is the one they think will fit best with the company and coworkers and not the one who best knows the specific details of the work.

WanderingEng  ·  417 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: June 12, 2019

I have a phone interview today. It's crazy thinking about leaving my current company, but nothing has improved since I started going down this path.

My supervisor is new to supervision. We were coworkers reporting to the same person. Now I report to him, and he reports to our old supervisor. I think part of the problem is my boss reports out to and gets direction from his boss, then comes and tries to do something with our group, it doesn't really do anything, goes back to his boss, rinse and repeat. He needs to be his own leader. It's been two years of him coasting by on a group that worked pretty well before, but as the wheels start to come off he has no means of righting the apple cart.

He was never a natural leader, if I'm being candid. He got the job out of persistence. He should have been more persistent in fostering leadership in himself and spend less time at leadership seminars. His biggest failing has been hiring an engineer who said they had a lot of experience but didn't, not taking an active role in coaching that person, and now left with someone who can't contribute to the group and feels slighted at any suggestion of needing to change because they now have two more years of (valueless) experience. I think he hired them wanting someone experienced, and all he got was someone dragging the group down. It's super frustrating.

I don't really want to move, but I also really don't want to work here.

WanderingEng  ·  424 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: June 5, 2019

I bought a wetsuit (ping wasoxygen). Tonight will be my first swim in it, though I've rented similar ones.

On Sunday I went and watched a triathlon like the one I'll be doing in a month. Someone died. "Medical issue during the swim not being treated as a drowning" is all they've said. It's spooky to think about. I may have watched him walk into the water as he had less than ten minutes left. He was 59.

I also went to the visitation for the spouse of a coworker last week. She was 49.

I'm going to wear my tri shorts tonight and maybe do a mini aquathon and run after. It's global running day or something.

I'm seeing Paul McCartney tomorrow.

WanderingEng  ·  430 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: May 29, 2019

I'll henceforth (try to remember to) call weasels cairn cats.

WanderingEng  ·  431 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: May 29, 2019

I passed fifteen years at my current company.

I also applied for two jobs at a different company out of state, both of which I'm very qualified for. One specifically wants someone senior, and since it's a niche job I expect my experience stands out.

The idea of moving to a new area is overwhelming, and in my personal life I feel like a lot of great right now. I have running friends, and I've been swimming a lot with my pool routine and starting to get comfortable with lake swimming. I'd start all that over in a new city. But work is no better. I can't see staying here. I have an HR screening call today.