Sunday, July 12, 2015

The Only Constant

I have no idea how many people read this blog, or rather I haven't looked at in depth stats recently. One thing I will tell you is that I certainly have an issue with consistently writing. So I will keep this short in order to motivate myself to write another post with more details about the specific things that have been keeping me from writing.

First and foremost: I no longer work for the Joint Astronomy Centre, it is no more. The telescopes were successfully transferred to University of Arizona and the East Asian Observatory. I did not want to transfer, and could give you many reasons which sum up to the fact that I am not enamored with Hawaii. (Nice place, but needed to move back to a larger bit of land.) I interviewed with two telescopes: NOAO in Tucson, AZ and NRAO in Green Bank, WV. Didn't get either of those jobs despite my experience, I think I definitely flubbed the NRAO one with choosing a topic I am only now becoming familiar with and of not much interest to them. But I also interviewed with Center for Open Science in Charlottesville, VA.

Despite having 7 years of pure telescope experience and seeing exactly how I could help the NOAO I didn't get an offer from either telescope organization. However, COS offered me a job despite my nearly complete lack of web development experience. To put it shortly: In the last 6 months I have learned a huge amount about the web as well as having a supportive environment to delve into interesting software engineering problems. Ironic, really.

I also started a Masters with Georgia Tech in January, and moved during my first big project for a class. I got a 20% but managed to claw my way to a B, including managing and coding for a group project at the end in which we got a 98%! I will go into more details at some point.

Oh yeah, we are set to buy a house tomorrow. Oh man, a bit of a vertigo moment. Am I finally an adult?

Maybe more on all this next time. I also read some of my sci-fi physics posts, I certainly want to edit and add more posts in that area, but homework. Hopefully soon.

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