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Sunday, November 29th, 2009
9:17 pm
More info on the end-of-year party from Akudaikan
Warning: crazy moon language ahead. Anyone that would be able to come should be able to read it anyways. I also have pics from the Outback Steakhouse visit, info. from the DDRX2 test location (It is still in Ahikabara Leisure Land 2 until the 3rd if anyone wants to try it), and some pics of my megaminx, but that will be in a separate post if I can find my USB cable.


12月5日(土)
場所:「しゃぶしゃぶどん亭」池袋東口店
(http://www.don-tei.jp/index.html)
時間:20時30分頃~
予算:2500前後
暫定予約人数:6名(変更あり)
今回のうまいもの:しゃぶしゃぶとすき焼きの食べ放題のコースがあるんだけどどっちがいいかな?


12月18日(金)
場所:「源八船頭」新小岩店
(http://r.tabelog.com/tokyo/A1312/A131204/13008029/)
時間:20時30分頃~
予算:3500円前後
暫定予約人数:8名(変更あり)
今回のうまいもの:八丈島料理
Friday, November 20th, 2009
1:17 am
I'm still alive (also, next Japan meetup with Akudaikan info.)
First up, my son is getting bigger/can grab things:



Next, the end-of-year party. Akudaikan is planning for either Dec. 5th (Sat) or Dec. 18th (Fri). Both days would be later on since Chako doesn't get off work until 9PM, so we would start around 7:30/8PM I hope to have the restaurant info. soon (if it isn't already on mixi) If anyone is available and wants to go to either of these days (or can go to either of these days), drop me or Akudaikan a line.
Sunday, October 25th, 2009
11:41 pm
Chillin with the Mayor of Wako City
...because it can be useful to have friends in high places should I ever get in a real bind.

(It was a meeting about issues concerning foreigners living in Wako, what the city can do to make their lives better, etc. I pushed Mr. Matsumoto to extend child inoculations and medical costs up to Elementary school and he seemed to agree with it (fingers crossed))

12:54 am
Full and Odd Day
Well, after moving some servers and a *really* heavy NetApp to a client's data center (don't they usually pay big $$$ for another company to do that, and not have the employees break their backs?), I squeezed in a couple rounds of DDR to pick up my spirits, found a neat "Tower Cube" which is a 2x2x3. I still like my 7x7x7 the best, though. Afterwards, I took care of Takeshi all day while my wife rested.

Tomorrow is a meeting with the Mayor of Wako city. More to come on that. I'd better charge up my camera.

Wednesday, October 14th, 2009
12:07 am
Incredible PHP transformation
I've never worked with a custom PHP framework that makes everything look like Java.

I need to get in touch with Mori-san and get him to arrange another dinner night. I could sure use one.
Sunday, October 11th, 2009
12:54 am
AJAX anyone?
Since I started my new job, I have had a few programming tasks given to me. Some of them are simple PHP routines I have done a million times before, but some of it involved AJAX, and I have never really worked with it, but like most places I have worked, this has to be ready yesterday.

Anyone know any places or sample scripts that will let me do something like dynamically manage a small table ot records (including adding/deleting records) without requiring browser navigation to other pages for each record addition/deletion or sort?
Wednesday, October 7th, 2009
12:48 am
Tuesday, October 6th, 2009
12:23 am
Job progress and other tasks
Job:

I have a solid offer now. I have until tomorrow to decide on it, but it is nice that I have something, and with work I have done before.

Trolls:

My moderators and I have just doing a bunch of bans. I'm really tired of the trolls crapping up what I put effort and time into over the years.
Thursday, September 17th, 2009
9:39 am
3 months of unemployment
I'm in a pretty miffed mood after being rejected for another position after the 2nd interview. It's getting really desperate now, so if I can't find anything soon (this is my last month to receive unemployment), I may have to take drastic measures.

...maybe I should have offered to be the slave in that position that paid 150k/month and 70~80 hours a week.
Wednesday, September 16th, 2009
1:46 am
Interviews where they google everything about you
Well, I had a very pleasant interview today. I think the only thing that was a little bit awkward was the googling of me and my history (some things caused some problems like company names changing over the years since I worked there). Also, my domain wasn't working at the time, hence some questions on that. Yay, but it was a 2+ hour interview, so I'm very tired

But in related news, this was a huge motivator to add more photos to my own site and update the AAA page a bit (last time I updated that was 2007...ouch)

http://aaronin.jp/gallery/main.php or
http://aij.ddruk.com/gallery/main.php should get you there.
Tuesday, September 15th, 2009
9:10 am
Little things
Job Hunt

I have had interviews with 4 companies over the last 2 weeks, with one yesterday and the 2nd interview with one of the others today.  Looks good so far, but the interview process takes a while with some companies wanting 3 (or possibly more).

Domain Problem

Somethink funky is happening with the domain aaronin.jp.  Using aij.ddruk.com works for now until the kinks are out (problem with the dns servers at faereal it looks like).  Of course, that means all the images I hotlink won't show here, so if you really want to see them, replace the aaronin.jp bit with aij.ddruk.com and you are good to go.  Don't ask me about when it will be fixed.  I have already contacted anyone that could help, so it is just a waiting game right now

Sister's Wedding

I was unable to attend this (Canada not being so close and all), but it sounds like everything went off without at hitch.

Big Baby

Yeah, my son is getting pretty big, and also a bigger voice.  Still sleeps at odd hours which means, of course, that I also sleep at odd hours

Friday, September 11th, 2009
1:53 am
Job Interviews Aplenty
What, did the whole country come back from vacation at once?

I have had a good number of interviews, good and bad (more the latter) recently, but I do have good feelings about one IT Manager position. I finished the first interview, and they invited me back for a 2nd (and then a 3rd will follow the next week if all goes well).

Hello Work has been pretty crappy lately. I handed in a stack of 7 "Let's see what they say" jobs for the staff to call and confirm whether or not I could apply, the position was still open, etc. 4 of them were outright "Sorry, we won't accept a foreigner", and 1 other said "We'll take your resume, but you probably won't get the job, being a foreigner and all". The other two said OK...they seem all right, I guess, but then again beggers can't be choosers, especially in this economy (which can't get much worse, to be honest). The biggest problem is that while the "unemployment" is lower compared to the U.S., there are a vast number of "underemployed" people. i.e. People working full time, but making such a terrible wage that they still can't afford the necessities of life.

...many of the Hello Work jobs seem that way at times.

The one place I had a group interview with last week contacted me to say they went with the "only candidate with realistic demands" for 150,000 yen/month, 30-40 hours a week overtime above the base 40. (If the company took the offer from the candidate at the interview as-is). To put it in perspective. I make more on unemployment than they pay that guy.
Thursday, September 3rd, 2009
9:33 pm
Train Music Remixes (Super Bell''z) (for dr4b)
Freiza might also take an interest, though only probably in the Yamanote Complete CD, since that uses all the station jingles.

This is the Keikyuu Line heading up to Shinagawa


Akihabara to Minami-Urawa (the live version doesn't sound so great):


I have the CDs if you want to listed to the full Yamanote Complete or The Chuo Line or anything.
Wednesday, September 2nd, 2009
6:26 pm
Job Interview 2 : The Quickening
(Note that with the cold rainy weather on Monday, the humidity and heat of Tuesday, and the wet coldness of today, I have a bit of cold)


So I had my 2nd interview yesterday...erm, yeah. I was given a psychological test since apparantely I must be crazy for applying there and rewriting my resume in three different formats for them on a moment's notice. 170 questions later the president came out and made small-talk with me. It didn't finish so well since he focusses on the fact my certification is not IT related, but language related (other than my degree in CS), and dismissed me after that.


Not looking too good, but it would be nice to get it, just because the office is so close to home and the offered salary was actually pretty good (The job was for a Perl programming position).


I'm trying not to get too depressed over this, but it is getting really frustrating.


And in other news, I'm not sure who this is (will have to check the eAmuse network) and this was done a little while ago, but this is one of the sickest DDR accomplishments on a single song I have seen in a long while (Faxx Heavy Full Perfect Combo)
Monday, August 31st, 2009
4:10 pm
Group Interview from the Crypt
16 candidates for 1 job, interviewed by 2 people.

I was never a fan of group interviews anyways, but it felt like they put us in a Battle Royale situation, with the whole "how little can we pay to have one of you work here" and "how many hours can you really work" spiel.

I wash my hands of it.
Friday, August 28th, 2009
1:18 am
Two point five interviews
Well, I had planned on looking into continuing education (and did to a degree with the folks at Digital Hollywood), and then my phone rang

I got a call from a retirement home (Silver Life) I don't remember applying to, but they want me in for an interview on Monday.

2nd, FC-Trading wants to hire a bunch of general IT people for random things and wants me to fill out a lengthy skills sheet they have prepared which is total overkill, but I'll see what I can do. Good grief, they want *work/home phone numbers* of every staff I have ever worked together with on every project at every job...

3rd, I got a call from Robert Walters recruiting and they have a spot (possibly)...at on of the larger chain English schools, but not as an English teacher, as some back end network/systems/manager/all-in-one guy. I'll have to wait for him to get back to me on that, but the quoted salary (7M yen/year) was nice.

...now, if only I could get any of these jobs.
Monday, August 24th, 2009
10:00 pm
Being more upbeat
Well, lots of sugar rushes and food later, I am up and around (still headaches though).

Did some more job searching and contacting the folks I met at the Job Fair this past weekend...seems to be a void for replies right now, though.

Afterwards, I was feeling aggitated and frustrated so I solve my V-cube a couple of times, then stomped around on the nearest DDR pad until I AAAd something new. Then I went home and fed/changed the baby until he went to sleep for a few hours. The end.
Sunday, August 23rd, 2009
11:26 pm
Odd headaches and numbness?
Today was a weird day. Maybe I am just completely stressed out and tired trying to juggle a job search and taking care of the new son as well as the regular household tasks, but I had a pretty strong headache all day (still do), and at times, my left arm just went numb. It was really weird. Is it something to be concerned about, or am I just overexhausted?
Saturday, August 22nd, 2009
9:19 pm
So I went to the Job Fair Today...
...and found many companies and many people in suits.

Some of the big names were there (Microsoft, Oracle, Canon, JR East to name a few), but it seemed to be more about them advertising how great they were than actually showing interest in say...hiring anyone there asking about work.

The smaller companies showed promise, though I was quick to pick up on things like "We have only been around for 3 years and are still in startup-crunch mode, so we want someone that can work without break 7 days a week and can be on call when away"...erm... Still, there were 3 companies that took my resume package and contact information, so I'll keep my fingers crossed.

I filled out a giant form and entered one of the Tokyo Dome auditorium halls where they provided a "scout" service for me. It was a bit of a joke, since the two they gave me were Canon (I already spoke to them that morning), and "Ikusu" (IKS?), whom told me upon approaching that "We don't hire foreigners". Prime material for Debito, I guess.

There were a few seminars throughout the day, but the only ones I remember were the "getting a new job" seminar which was targeted at the younger (under 35) crowd and punctuated the fact "the ones older than that are going to have a very hard time finding work, so be prepared for great difficulties", and the other was Microsoft, which wasn't "come work at Microsoft" as much as "Here is Windows 7! Make sure you buy it at the end of this year :D" ... yeah... they told a room full of people, many of whom out of work, to buy it. Aren't they targetting the wrong market?
Thursday, August 20th, 2009
9:38 pm
4th DDRX Internet Ranking Over


...and I did manage to snag 2nd place on one of the courses:
http://www.konami.jp/bemani/ddr/jp/am/ddrx/ranking/data/course/data_06_03.html

( Course was Kakumei -> V -> No. 13 -> Ubertreffen )

All this does is give a shiny new necklace (accessory) to my DDR player during gameplay.

Also, have started applying to non-hardcore IT jobs, and met with some success (they want to speak with me at least). One is a translator/tech-support staff position, and one is a photographer.
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