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By georgeha (Tue Oct 23, 2018 at 01:19:10 PM EST) MOSFET, SUNY, soldering, the Big Apple, Lovecraft (all tags)
Plus, many college visits, soldering, and conquering pie.

Poll: What happens November 7th?

It's been too long since my last diary. In my defense, there hasn't been a lot of change in my life, still most of the same lietmotifs. We've been adjusting to Mrs. Ha bringing in about $200 less a month, but the relative poverty continues. I did get a modest raise, the largest I've ever received since moving to a different corporation. After accounting for the increase in next year's benefits premiums, the increase is about $5 a month. I'd better make the most of my next five paychecks.

Also in running in place news, it's been a year since I traveled for work. I've been traveling, but it's for seventeen_year_old, doing college tours.

She has a dilemna, she's good in and likes several different fields. She wants to major in photography, or history, or illustration. So, we've gone afar to visit art schools, and visited local schools. I like road trips, and she's a good traveling companion. Coming back from Cleveland, my car started smoking, or rather the switch I used to bypass my broken fan controller module started smoking. While we were driving bumper to bumper on the I-90 bypass I was able to calmly disconnect it, and she wrapped the ends of the wire in cough drop wrappers, then wrapped the whole thing in vinyl tape. Yay, not panicking and not burning to death.

She's got good taste in music, including some 80's new wave, like Cindy Lauper and the Bangles. Everyone in the car would get their choice of music for an hour or two, and it worked out well. She does have an odd preference for Canadian bands, like The Dead South and a Tribe Called Red.

April was the busiest month, with three separate trips. There was a day trip to the Utica branch of Pratt and a quick stop at the Saranac brewery store. Then a two day trip to Cleveland with a drive through of SUNY-Fredonia for the Cleveland Institute of Art, and a two day trip to Rhode Island to visit the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD).

PrattMWP was the smallest college campus I had ever been on, at the time. There might have been seven university buildings. It's a two year program for the main campus in Brooklyn, and had about 400 students overall. Seventeen_year_old liked the Utica pizza, but didn't feel great about PrattMWP.

The Cleveland Institute of Art ended up being the smallest university campus I've been on, maybe three buildings. They share some facilities with Case-Western, and are right in the middle of many Cleveland museums. All the classrooms were in one big building, which may have appealed to seventeen_year_old. She wouldn't have to walk far.

On the way home, we visited the Cleveland Aquarium, had to exit I-90 near the Ohio Pennsylvania border for a bridge issue, and stopped on the res for less taxed gas.

In Rochester is a small city news, one of my co-worker's daughter just started in CIA.

Mrs. Ha was able to come with us to RISD. Since we drove by Utica, we stopped for lunch and macarons, seventeen_year_old really likes macarons. Like CIA, RISD shares some facilities with Brown, and it's about three times bigger than CIA. I was disappointed the campus tour didn't show any studios, which was a favorite part of the visits to PrattMWP and CIA. The library at RISD is amazing, probably the prettiest university library I've been in. I was also disappointed that RISD didn't mention the Talking Heads, are there more famous alumni?

That was my first visit to Rhode Island. I got my picture taken near REH's birthplace, found his headstone, and watched seventeen_year_old get yelled at for taking photos in that cemetary. Providence was very hilly, and the drivers were unusually polite. But, RISD isn't on her list.

I took a day off in July for us to visit the University of Rochester. She likes how easy it is to get a dual major, but doesn't think the arts are very special there. If she can get in, she would get free tuition. She would probably consider majoring in history there.

The end of July and the beginning of August was the big trip, to New York City and the surrounding area. We fit in a short visit to NYU, and longer tours of SVA (School of Visual Arts), FIT (Fashion Institute of Technology), and SUNY-Purchase. This time twentytwo_year old went along with us.

It's hard to find cheap lodging near public transportation in the NYC area. We ended up with an AirBNB for two nights in Jersey City, about a mile from a PATH station. Seventeen_year_old had always wanted to ride trains. We'd get up, hike to the station, go into Manhattan, and do college tours. Twentytwo_year_old went on her own, she met up with newspaper_girl in Brooklyn, and did some shopping.

Because Rochester is small, one of the newspaper_boys goes to SVA, and newspaper_girl attended Purchase.

Of the three Manhattan colleges, FIT is on her list, though they make it hard to graduate in four years if you switch majors. In between tours, we hung out in the air conditioned NYPL branches, rode subways, visited the Nintendo store, a big candy store, and even went to MOMA for a too short visit.

I can remove "drive the surface streets of Manhattan from my bucket list", sort of. The drive from Jersey City to Armonk took us through a corner of Manhattan along the Henry Hudson parkway. Twentytwo_year_old came through with Waze, to help us around an accident. By the time the visit to SUNY-Purchase came, we were exhausted.

Later in August I took seventeen_year_old on a tour of RIT (Rochester Institute of Technology), and she and twentytwo_year_old went on a tour of Buffalo State together.

Right now, she's leaning towards CIA, UR, RIT, FIT and Purchase, with different potential majors. I'm hoping she gets some good offers.

Mrs. Ha is still working as a cashier, and likes much of it. She gets the socialization she missed as a nanny, the chain is very professional, and she's good on a register. It's still physically
demanding, and the pay sucks, but it will do for now. If you're in her lane, keep the heavy stuff in the cart, and if you use a handbasket, empty it.

In Rochester is a small city news, one of her co-workers in the bakery is the daughter of a good friend and former roommate.

The work at my job is slowly declining, which is not unexpected when your chief competitor is handed control of your product. I'm using my free time to get caught up on all the mandatory training, and to learn Python. We should still have work for another five years or so. Maybe I'll get a chance to be contracted to my chief competitor.

Also, I was a manager for a few months. It's somehow Trump related, our corporation wanted as many people onshore to report to onshore managers, so my cow-orker was my direct report. I didn't get any training, and it scared me. I was worried I would forget to do something, and he and his family would be broke, or deported. Soon enough his visa wasn't renewed and he went back, and I stopped being a reporting manager.

At my former corporation, which I am still contracted too, the layoffs and shrinkage continues.

In other skill news, I've learned some soldering and desoldering skills. The Impreza uses a fancy MOSFET transistor to control fan speed, instead of a bunch of resistors. The MOSFET died, but it took
me a while to figure that out, and then it took me a while to figure out how to fix it. Part of the problem is that NEC doesn't make that one anymore, and I found it confusing finding a valid replacement. Another part of the problem is MOSFET transistors don't work when you solder them in upside down. But, my climate control fan works now, for a cost of about $40, including a new soldering kit, as opposed to $200 for a new assembly. No more smoking switches!

I'm also conquering pie. I've been smoking chicken breasts in our Weber grill, they taste great but Mrs. Ha and I can only eat so much. The last time we were faced with excess smoked chicken breast, I decided to make a chicken pot pie. It was good. Recently she brought home a rotisserie Korean barbecue chicken, I made a second pie. It was better, I'm even getting an adequate crust.

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major in photography, or history, or illustration. by wiredog (2.00 / 0) #1 Wed Oct 24, 2018 at 06:59:24 AM EST
But what is she going to do to earn a living?

A friend of mine got a history degree from Georgetown. Fortunately his wife has a MS in some variant of microbiology as the best paying job he could get with a history degree from Georgetown, cashier at a grocery store, pays almost enough to cover day care for the kids. So he's a stay-at-home dad.

Cameras are getting good enough that professional photography is a shrinking field.

Earth First!
(We can strip mine the rest later.)

Photography is and isn't shrinking by Phil the Canuck (2.00 / 0) #2 Wed Oct 24, 2018 at 08:05:40 AM EST
Fancy, arty photo shoots are all the rage right now.  That's a limited window of opportunity though. 

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She's aware that it would be a slog by georgeha (2.00 / 0) #3 Wed Oct 24, 2018 at 08:54:39 AM EST
and she's also motivated by money, so she might figure something out.

I figure getting any four year degree is better than not getting one, especially if it's from a relatively prestigious school.

Plus, how many people stay in the major they pick in high school?

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Photography and/or illustration by ucblockhead (2.00 / 0) #6 Wed Oct 24, 2018 at 10:50:26 PM EST
A hope, skip and a jump to graphic design, which pays well
[ucblockhead is] useless and subhuman
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She has no objection to doing advertising by georgeha (2.00 / 0) #8 Thu Oct 25, 2018 at 09:42:17 AM EST
so she'd probably consider graphic design, too.

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I'm sure y'all have covered this ground but by clover kicker (2.00 / 0) #11 Tue Oct 30, 2018 at 07:49:28 AM EST
I'll have to ask her if she's checked reddit by georgeha (2.00 / 0) #12 Tue Oct 30, 2018 at 08:15:53 AM EST
though lately she's thinking more illustration than photography.

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I’m a history major by Merekat (2.00 / 0) #7 Thu Oct 25, 2018 at 01:55:38 AM EST
But I hung out with the crowd from the other end of campus;)

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Sometimes fields don't matter by lm (4.00 / 1) #9 Fri Oct 26, 2018 at 06:58:13 AM EST
The new fancy pants BA my employer just hired has a degree in English Lit.

There's a lot of position that just require a college degree, any college degree.

Kindness is an act of rebellion.
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Yeah, Mrs. Ha is upset that she didn't get by georgeha (2.00 / 0) #10 Fri Oct 26, 2018 at 10:02:58 AM EST
any four year degree, quitting after three years of college.

I don't think it's a great policy to discard resumes without a four year degree, but it's common.

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Chicken pot pie.... by ObviousTroll (2.00 / 0) #4 Wed Oct 24, 2018 at 02:46:59 PM EST
Oooo... sounds like a great way to get rid of extra sour dough starter. I'll have to give it a try this weekend.

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Yeah, rotisserie chickens are cheap by georgeha (4.00 / 1) #5 Wed Oct 24, 2018 at 02:49:54 PM EST
but that's a lot of chicken for just two.

I used the recipe in the Fanny Farmer cookbook, with a dough recipe printed on my wife's bread board.

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Talking about Rochester by yankeehack (2.00 / 0) #13 Sat Nov 03, 2018 at 11:47:57 AM EST
the last time I was in California, I started chatting on Tinder with a dude who worked at Google. As it turns out, he's from Rochester and divorced with three adult kids. He moved to Cali when the kids were old enough and now he's the lead dev on $secretGoogleproject.

He was fine enough to chat with, but after a few days he texted me and said that he was sorry because he found someone to go exclusive with. I was a little confused because I wasn't even thinking that far ahead. (Also, that move felt like high school.)
"...she dares to indulge in the secret sport. You can't be a MILF with the F, at least in part because the M is predicated upon it."-CBB

I don't think I know him by georgeha (2.00 / 0) #14 Tue Nov 06, 2018 at 07:37:17 AM EST
and I guess I assume any chatting on Tinder has the ultimate guessing of sexxing.

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