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For some reason the Gunnar-man is obsessed with my hands and arms as I try to type this, I think he's trying to tell me breakfast is overdue. In case he has the need to pass along a message, I'll give him a shot at the keyboard. Here's what he says: ""dsefvrd." I'll leave that in case it's a coded message... hopefully I'm not helping set off some sort of doggie revolution.

Revolutionary Links: Thanks Ant and Mike Martinez and Acleacius.
Play: Johnny Upgrade.
Gem Cave Adventure.
Links: The water slide so dangerous it was shut down immediately. and Your Action Park Stories. Thanks nin.
Ezra's cardboard pinball machine.
Food & Wine: The World's Best Cities for Street Food.
Stories: News Helicopter Catches Ferris Bueller-Wannabes Abusing Valet-Parked Corvette. Thanks nin.
Science: College Dropout Became Mathematical Genius After Mugging. Thanks Neatorama.
Lung ''cancer'' may have been fruit pit from 1984. Thanks Boing Boing.
Where electricity comes from.
Images: 'Game Of Thrones'-Inspired Beer Logos Excite Fans.
School of Fail: Forever an Engineer.
Like bunnies. Thanks Morris.
Media: Harrison Ford Watches Indy For The First Time. Seemingly in character the whole time.
INSANE Fairground Ride.
Great counterattack from Goalkeeper. Thanks Dark Roasted Blend.
The Funnies: Monday Thru Friday: Coffee Drinking Skill Increased to (100).
Parenting Fails: Punishment.

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21. Re: IT Interview May 3, 2012, 17:20 Rigs
 
xXBatmanXx wrote on May 3, 2012, 09:30:
Also don't forget to have questions FOR THEM.
They always allow for your own near the end, be knowledgable about the organization, news about them, etc. I always like to ask "What do YOU not like about the organization and what are things that YOU would change". There are many variations of that, always good things to ask. Anyone that says "nothing" is lying.

Yeah, yo! True dat my nig...uh, I mean, Yes, very true, kind sir.

I had someone say that to me yesterday and I came very close to decking him right there where he stood (not to mention his 'look at how ripe my ass is for the raping' jeans down to his knees and obligatory 'wife-beater' shirt, silver chain and 'K-N-O-W-P-A-I-N' tat across the knuckles) but he was under 18 and I didn't feel like getting arrested before Saturday anyway (heck, I don't care about waking up in a cell on Saturday morning for something utterly stupid I did the night before, I'll just be sleeping it all off anyway, so long as no one touches my ass)...


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20. Re: IT Interview May 3, 2012, 09:30 xXBatmanXx
 
Rigs wrote on May 2, 2012, 20:48:
Don't forget the famous, 'What's the one thing you'd say needs improvement' or the twisted little brother of that question, 'What are your bad habits?'. I absolutely hate those because I end up being honest and saying, 'Well, I need to lay off the tentacle porn for a while, my hard drive's almost full'...


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Also don't forget to have questions FOR THEM.
They always allow for your own near the end, be knowledgable about the organization, news about them, etc. I always like to ask "What do YOU not like about the organization and what are things that YOU would change". There are many variations of that, always good things to ask. Anyone that says "nothing" is lying.
 
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19. Re: IT Interview May 3, 2012, 00:55 Prez
 
Here's what he says: ""dsefvrd." I'll leave that in case it's a coded message... hopefully I'm not helping set off some sort of doggie revolution.

Screw that - I hope he does just that. This worlld would be SO MUCH BETTER if dogs ran it. Dogs are better than people in every conceivable way. Viva La Revolution!!!
 
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18. Re: IT Interview May 2, 2012, 22:58 Capella
 
Great answers guys thanks a ton. He has already been on one phone interview and a face to face with the local HR person. If he passes the IT phone interview they are going to fly him out for a face to face. He did tell me they asked him about a co-worker that was slacking and what would he do. I told him to be honest and be his self. He has a great personality and lots of real world experience, but with a small company.

I kind of wish I had applied. From what he has told me it's a great company with loads of benefits.

Thanks again!
 
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17. Game of Thrones Beer May 2, 2012, 21:38 jdreyer
 
Heh, would that these were real brews. I'd have a mug for dinner along with a leg of lamb, a hunk of dark bread, and a sourapple.  
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16. Re: IT Interview May 2, 2012, 20:48 Rigs
 
Don't forget the famous, 'What's the one thing you'd say needs improvement' or the twisted little brother of that question, 'What are your bad habits?'. I absolutely hate those because I end up being honest and saying, 'Well, I need to lay off the tentacle porn for a while, my hard drive's almost full'...


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15. Re: The water slide so dangerous it was shut down immediately. .. May 2, 2012, 20:47 jdreyer
 
Great story Rigs.

So, the questions is, How was the wave pool? That one sounds the most dangerous. We have a water park here that I go to every year, and my kids love it. But there are always six lifeguards watching the pool and enforcing the rules quite strictly.
 
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14. Re: IT Interview May 2, 2012, 20:31 Cutter
 
Capella wrote on May 2, 2012, 19:53:
Hey guys I am looking for some advice. I have a friend that has a huge interview with a large company for an IT position next week. It is a phone interview with the head of IT and a couple of other IT higher ups.

What do you think it will be like? Will they ask him technical questions along the line of a certification test or just some general stuff? I had an interview with the manager of the IT department for the city I live in and man he grilled me like a cert exam. I was not expecting that and I totally bombed. I told him of my experience but not real sure what else to tell him.

Thanks for any help anyone can provide.

Most likely a combination of general HR type questions and technical from their IT guys just to make sure he actually knows what he's talking about. Generally they're more concerned with if they think you'll be a good fit and they want to work with you. Id it's by phone it sounds like it's just a preliminary screening anyway. Most major corps do that, than an onsite interview and sometimes a third one with whoever would be your actual boss and maybe one or two key people from that department. Just get him to bone up on answers for the general answers for HR stuff because it'll be obvious in short order if he knows the technical stuff he needs to or not.

A few questions almost guarenteed at any interview...

1.Tell me about yourself.
2. Give me an example of a time you went over ans above company/customer expectations.
3. How do you resolve a conflict with a co-worker.
4. How do you deal with an angry customer.

It's all a load of bollocks, but you have to play the game.
 
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13. Re: IT Interview May 2, 2012, 20:21 nin
 
What do you think it will be like? Will they ask him technical questions along the line of a certification test or just some general stuff? I had an interview with the manager of the IT department for the city I live in and man he grilled me like a cert exam. I was not expecting that and I totally bombed. I told him of my experience but not real sure what else to tell him.

I've had both kinds of interviews, but the last was more practical experience as opposed to a cert questions.

Granted, that was 10 years ago. I'd like to think that any sensible IT person would value personal experience over being able to recite a book answer but not be able to put it into real world use, but it takes all sorts.

Obviously, if its a phone interview, where they can't see the person, the one thing you want to avoid is silence. You don't want to babble, either, but I would think silence would be the worse of the two.

From the other side of the table, at my company, we've hired folks that have little to no certs, but can answer all sorts of technical questions. And we've hired a few cert folks who sometimes had difficulty adapting to anything outside the book.

 
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12. Re: Action Park May 2, 2012, 20:02 Killer Kane
 
Those rides were no where near as scary as "Jamaican Drug Gang Uzi Day" at the park, now that was "thrilling"  
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11. Re: IT Interview May 2, 2012, 20:02 Rigs
 
Capella wrote on May 2, 2012, 19:53:
What do you think it will be like? Will they ask him technical questions along the line of a certification test or just some general stuff?

Well, if he knows what the hell he's doing and has been trained the correct way, with experience, then he shouldn't worry whether he gets grilled or not. Obviously you can't think of every little thing in a five minute interview, but if he knows his IT stuff, then any serious question should be easy to pass...just sayin'. I know interviews can be nerve-racking. I typically go absolutely blank during them, but that's me. If it's actually IT questions and scenarios they bring up related to the job he wants, and he knows what the job requires (and is not just trying for a rank higher than he can do yet and planning to learn as he goes) then it shouldn't be a problem...


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10. IT Interview May 2, 2012, 19:53 Capella
 
Hey guys I am looking for some advice. I have a friend that has a huge interview with a large company for an IT position next week. It is a phone interview with the head of IT and a couple of other IT higher ups.

What do you think it will be like? Will they ask him technical questions along the line of a certification test or just some general stuff? I had an interview with the manager of the IT department for the city I live in and man he grilled me like a cert exam. I was not expecting that and I totally bombed. I told him of my experience but not real sure what else to tell him.

Thanks for any help anyone can provide.
 
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9. Re: The water slide so dangerous it was shut down immediately. .. May 2, 2012, 19:20 nin
 

I think I vaguely heard something about action park when it closed, but I'd forgotten about it until I stumbled across the articles. I kept giggling as I read them, especially about the pond infested with snakes.

 
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8. Re: The water slide so dangerous it was shut down immediately. .. May 2, 2012, 19:04 Rigs
 
"We don't speak about Action Park anymore..."

Well, it was bound to become legend. Action Park was something I grew up with. I was born and raised in Sussex County, NJ, just about 20 mins south of Vernon, where Action Park was the face of the Vernon Valley - Great Gorge ski resort during the summer months (Now called 'Mountain Creek') . The stories I used to hear would 'turn your shit white!'. The 'Cannonball Loop' was well known, though before I started skiing in 1992, I had never seen it myself. During the summer of 1993, I went to Action Park with some local friends. All of us being around 14 years old, we were old enough to know some of this crap was crazy, but still young enough not to really care. We figured...I figured that if it was really that unsafe, it would have been shut down long ago. How naive I was. While I wasn't hurt during that day, one event did shake me up enough to be very wary of going on anything else and most times after I would stand and wait for my friends to finish.

There was a 'ride' in the park called the 'Cliff Jump' and it was exactly what you would expect, a 30 foot drop and a higher 50 foot drop down into a (very cold) pool, lined with rocks. The pool was pretty big so the rocks weren't much of a concern, unless you didn't get enough distance when you jumped, which is what happened to me. Since I'm deathly afraid of heights, I would only go on the 30ft jump, and only after being ridiculed about being scared of going on the 50ft one. The 'attendants' were no more than slightly older high-school kids getting some extra cash at a summer job. There was a line of kids (no adults that I could see anywhere, which I thought odd at the time), you stepped up to the edge, the kid would have his hand in front of you and after the kid before cleared enough distance in the pool (they'd alternate between the two drops, though the higher one was to the right far enough not to be much of a concern), he'd pull his hand up and you jumped.

Well, everything went fine until it was my turn. The kid in front of me jumped, splashed down and swam away. The 'attendant' kid looked to the other drop for permission to let me go but no one jumped from the higher drop even though there was a line. So after a second (this all happened in seconds), he gave me the go ahead and I went to jump. At the very last second, he went to put his hand down in front of me. But my momentum wouldn't let me stop that fast and I grabbed the metal railing that was behind the kid and at the edge, trying to stop. It didn't work. I had to jump. (Like I said, this was split-second stuff) I hoped to God I had enough clearance and fell, hoping the kid on the higher drop didn't somehow come down on me too. I hit the water in not the greatest of positions, more to my side than feet first so it stung pretty bad. The water was FREEZING cold, too, especially given how hot the air was. As I swam to the edge of the pool, which slowly angled from deep to shallow, I looked up at the 'attendant' kid and he just shrugged his shoulders half-ass, like no big deal. Well, I suppose not for him. But it was for me. I was pretty much done after that. The next kid to come down from the higher drop actually did a belly-flop and when he hit the water the crack sounded like being next to a lightning strike! Everyone around said, 'Oooh!'. After what I had just experienced, I had no doubt that kid was gonna be hurting for a while...

So these stories of horror from there are no surprise to me. I'm just surprised they made 'national' attention, years after it was shut down. It was kinda ironic that the winter before I had hit a patch of ice while skiing and flipped, landing on and breaking my thumb. (I actually went down the mountain three more times after I broke it, until my thumb had swollen up so much I could not longer hold onto my skiing pole. The throbbing pain was getting 'a little' annoying too...lol) Then having this experience that summer...maybe it was a good thing I moved that September...


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7. Re: Out of the Blue May 2, 2012, 18:04 xXBatmanXx
 
Cutter wrote on May 2, 2012, 17:06:
Hey, looks like Junior Seau killed himself. Wow!

Holy crap! Just watched him last night or the one before last live talking about the draft, things going on in the NFL, etc. Spooky. He looked pretty normal - see him on NFL and ESPN all the time.
 
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6. Re: Out of the Blue May 2, 2012, 18:00 The Half Elf
 
Bat's I'd tell ya to drive on to Cincy (about 2 1/2 hours) and ya could have an entire upstairs of a house (but you will have to deal with a lap cat). If my family was still in Indy I'd set you up with them.

Also for some reason lately I'm having a MAJOR craving for Red Dead Redemption, so picked up the GOTY for the 360.
If anyone wants to play just friend me CptRanger

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5. Re: Out of the Blue May 2, 2012, 17:15 Alamar
 
College Dropout Became Mathematical Genius After Mugging

Odd 'news' story... Couldn't they have shown something I wasn't also doing when I was a teen? I can't very well dispute his 'condition' or if he's drawing some cool 'math' shit... But the pics in the article are pretty basic 'spiral' style...

Now, if he was drawing those straight lines without a ruler, I'd be impressed : )

Case in point? My logo is based on the same idea, though with not nearly as much overlap...

-Alamar
 
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4. Re: Out of the Blue May 2, 2012, 17:06 Cutter
 
dsefvrd

Haha! Yep, that's the ol' Gunnar-man for ya! What a card!

I wish we had good street food here. It's all just hot-dogs and crap.

Hey, looks like Junior Seau killed himself. Wow!
 
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3. Re: Harrison Ford Watches Indy For The First Time May 2, 2012, 15:49 wtf_man
 
Raven wrote on May 2, 2012, 14:12:
That video (and story) is fake. Here's the real one, which is Harrison Ford playing a video game:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CVlViaNxAOs

Well, that makes more sense. Heh.
 
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2. Re: Out of the Blue May 2, 2012, 14:57 xXBatmanXx
 
Anyone live in or around Indianapolis? Need a hotel to stay at this week, but don't want to stay in the ghetto. Any ideas? Thanks.  
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