Dan The Geek (danthegeek) wrote,
Dan The Geek

Week 1635

What a week.
Late last week, Josh contacted me to tell me about a job opportunity from somebody he met at a party. I sent them my resume and managed to get an interview with them on Tuesday morning. My anxiety was incredibly high during part of the interview, and it made things incredibly difficult. They got back to me a few days later, and I didn't get the job, but at least I did my best.
On Monday and Wednesday I took my first couple Tai Chi classes at Wu Dao Kung Fu in Cambridge. I'm really enjoying it and looking forward to taking more classes in the future.
Today, I had another interview, and this one went horribly. It started off with a written test, which wasn't much of a problem. I had an hour to write a program to compare several arrays out on paper. I came up with a pretty good algorithm and implemented it as best I could under the circumstances. The guy who came in to review it with me and continue the interview had a very different method of thinking and problem solving from me, and it was incredibly difficult to explain things to him. He was the most strictly mathematical thinker I've encountered since college and I have a much more intuitive way of doing things. At one point, after I tried to explain my algorithm to him a couple of times, he asked me point blank if I'd gotten the question ahead of time and just memorized a solution without understanding it. It didn't help that I was incredibly nervous. I felt a bit like a D&D Sorcerer trying to discuss magic theory with a D&D Wizard. I think it's safe to assume that I didn't get that one either. How exhausting!
Tomorrow, I go to western Mass to play Twilight Imperium all day.
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