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Sweet zombie jesus!
Today has been a long day already. Like "2001" long... like watching baseball during prohibition long. I mean long. Everything I've tried to do is broken, so I can't o. Or, what's 10x worse is that it's working fine and I missed something obvious.


I could totally enjoy a day like the former. If it's broken adn not my fault, I get to watch the stream on LJ which has excellent opportunity to poke fun at assfingers (which all of you, even those that don't know him should do) or dragonflyknight. It also gives time to mention kirstygold, who defies all scottish stereotype, specifically by name since she'd get a kick out of.

But no. In the latter case, which generally is masquerading as the former, means that much of the time spent trying to fix the broken-ness interspersed with my net surfing is a really bad thing. Frustration abound. It's fixed now and work that should have taken roughly 15-20 minutes took 2 whole hours instead.

On a good note, I've become the resident usability advocate. That is, I get to use my degree. let me say that again:

I'm using my psych degree now!



Now that we're all clear on that, let me explain. Many moons ago this guy wrote this book which changed the face of human-machine interaction and revitalized the psychology created by this guy.

I am now responsible for reworking the interface, the worst part of the interface, of Epic's scheduling software. I get to work with other QAers to essentially make the program user friendly, which has recently come up as a huge issue to the user. Customers are scared of the product. <gir>It is so massive.</gir>.

Because human-computer interface is the modern equivalent, or rather the evolved form of Herr Hugo's I/O psych, I am official using my psych degree. While I was doing this before, now it's part of my job description. You really have no clue what this means to me. Nor do you realize that this is an excuse to make an ordered list :)
    This means:
  1. I have not wasted college.

  2. It will be easier to get into graduate school.

  3. I have not wasted my father's money.

  4. I am one of few Beloit graduates I know using his degree.

  5. I feel better about my situation.


That last is less important that it seems. I love and enjoy my job. Now, it just means that much more to me. Also, since I can list HCI as part of my job, grad schools will love me.

I never thought I'd work in I/O. I actually didn't much like it when I studied it, going to far as to poke fun at Schwa about it. Go figure, ne? This means, also, that I am even more successful than previously believed. I was going to bring up doing exactly this sort of thing next Monday with my team lead. I was going to ask about getting into the HCI aspects of this job and help teak the usability class (our word for HCI). Now, I've done exactly that. With this experience it will be very easy to get into the usability training.

Hmm... teaching I/O on top of current stuff? Awesome. My six month goal list is writing itself already. Good god, I feel really jazzed about this.

Now, I just need to hook up a free PhD. from epic so I can be their resident usability expert. :) That will be in the future, not within the next six months. Maybe for my 1 year.


-ABM

Very exciting... but now Ed Schultz is playing Ace of Base. This guy is the democratic Rush Limbaugh.
I also enjoy playing with the <font face> code.

Current Mood: ecstatic ecstatic

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rizzo From: rizzo Date: December 8th, 2004 01:29 pm (UTC) (Link)
Clearly you win, but not the grand prize.

Because I'm not on your friends list... yet.

So um, add me. Now. ♥
abmann From: abmann Date: December 8th, 2004 01:35 pm (UTC) (Link)
Not sure I can argue with vinyl. ;)
rizzo From: rizzo Date: December 8th, 2004 01:36 pm (UTC) (Link)
I was gonna use this one but I'm not sure I wanted to make -that- first impression. :P
abmann From: abmann Date: December 8th, 2004 01:48 pm (UTC) (Link)
Bah. I've had my first impression of you from other's journals. i also hold little opinion of a person via their icons. Icons are flavor, not personality necessarily.

I do not, for example, like Nazis.
rizzo From: rizzo Date: December 8th, 2004 02:09 pm (UTC) (Link)
Dare I ask what that impression was?

And I'm a spelling nazi.. does that count? :[
abmann From: abmann Date: December 8th, 2004 04:22 pm (UTC) (Link)
Honesty? You were another crazy person like assfingers. I've given you, him and <lj user=sarkathstic" the interchangable personality of crazygonuts. I have no content to go buy for you guys, really, beyond silly comments. I guess as far as that goes, I have no real opinion. Also: beward of my journal. I post waaaaay too often.
rizzo From: rizzo Date: December 8th, 2004 06:23 pm (UTC) (Link)
Well, okay, I can see that. Pretty much that's what I am.

But beware of my journal as well, I have a tendency to let all the venting happen there.
abmann From: abmann Date: December 8th, 2004 04:47 pm (UTC) (Link)
And my spelling has been seriously lacking recently. Geez...
From: canetonlaid Date: December 8th, 2004 01:49 pm (UTC) (Link)
Using your degree? YOU ARE A GOD AMONG MEN!!!!!!!

Also, I could go talk to FACS about this, but I hate them, so I'm gonna ask you first. Realizing that there are different sections at Epic, how much computer knowledge do you need to get a job there? It's seeming like one of my best options after school, but I know that your computer knowledge greatly outshines my own, which leads me to believe I may be unqualified.
abmann From: abmann Date: December 8th, 2004 01:54 pm (UTC) (Link)
I think only a programmer job requires computer knowledge. Otherwise, they have damn good training.

If you're interested, send me your resume I can look it over and submit it. If I recommend you and you get hired, I get a bonus depending on the job type. I could get lotsa nifty coupons, or as much as $1000 .
From: canetonlaid Date: December 8th, 2004 07:13 pm (UTC) (Link)
That's sexy for you. I'll definitely do that. I'm putting a lot of time during break aside for resume work. My resume's pretty good for museum jobs; I just have to figure out how to make it good for other stuff... Any recommendations?
abmann From: abmann Date: December 9th, 2004 06:18 am (UTC) (Link)
List everything. I think one of the things that helped is that I had balanced experience, a good blend of reasoning and creativity.

Have fun with the cover letter too. I swore in mine.

Otherwise, I'm not sure how I got hired. They test you, both on paper and weird logic questions during the interview. Have fun with them.

Also, just so yuo know, Harvard has a better acceptance rate than Epic. Epic hires about 1% of people that apply and they get about 30,000 a year I guess.
From: canetonlaid Date: December 9th, 2004 10:52 pm (UTC) (Link)
Thanks. I know not to get my hopes up too much. It's definitely a good option that I'm going to try for, though.
nathan_lounge From: nathan_lounge Date: December 8th, 2004 02:14 pm (UTC) (Link)

26

You're my hero.
abmann From: abmann Date: December 8th, 2004 04:48 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: 26

Que?
feodoric From: feodoric Date: December 8th, 2004 02:21 pm (UTC) (Link)
three points:

1) Congrats on applying psych to computer stuff. Dean Burrows came in and talked to my CS class about human memory and made me want to add a psych minor.

2) The font tag should not really be used in modern web design. You really should be using style sheets instead. Simplicity and abstraction add up to being good.

3) m0R3 1337!
abmann From: abmann Date: December 8th, 2004 04:20 pm (UTC) (Link)
d00d. 1f j00 t|-|1n|< 1 (@n d0 t|-|1s q|_|1(|<ly?? ALSO: LJ takes style sheets?
feodoric From: feodoric Date: December 8th, 2004 04:24 pm (UTC) (Link)
ohh, if you're fiddling around with the lj stuff, nevermind. I don't think you get to do nifty style sheets stuff. maybe if you have a paid account, but even then I'm not sure.
abmann From: abmann Date: December 8th, 2004 04:47 pm (UTC) (Link)
I have a paid account. I know you can do some seriously nifty stuff with your LJ, but I do not understand. I;m still trying to figure how I'm going to use their crappy suggestions for exporting my LJ to my site.

MY HOST DOESN'T RUN PHP ON WINDOWS HOSTS! OMBWTFBYOB!!!eleven!q
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abmann From: abmann Date: December 8th, 2004 06:43 pm (UTC) (Link)
Thanks. Actually, I wasn't hired for my resume, really. They tested me. Apparently I passed.
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