To Hell and back – in a Ford GT

A sign that you are in Hell

HELL, Michigan (AP) — They’re planning a hot time in Hell on Tuesday. The day bears the date of 6-6-06, or abbreviated as 666 — a number that carries hellish significance. And there’s not a snowball’s chance in Hell that the day will go unnoticed in the unincorporated hamlet 60 miles west of Detroit.

This was the story I found on CNN recently. How many people can say they have been to Hell and back? What better vehicle to do it in than a Ford GT

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On the job

Office
My new office!

I started the new job on Monday! Wohoo! Its been a pretty crazy week! From filling out paperwork the first day – to getting a handle on the Technology Budget (that gets submitted today!) to going on-site at one of the Chicago Public Schools today – they have sure been keeping me busy! The people seem really great and the location couldn’t be better! On Tuesday we went to one of the little parks on the side of the Art Institute! The weather has been fairly nice (its a bit rainy today) as well!

It has been a great start! I’m a bit overwhelmed with everything that I have to learn and do at the new job, but I’m hoping that will pass in time. In the mean time, I get to enjoy working smack dab in the center of one of the greatest cities in the world! I can’t wait for Millennium/Grant park to get into gear!

Thanks for all of the well-wishes while I was searching and waiting to hear back! It meant a lot to me – and it payed off in the end!

To boldly go where no man has gone before

TDW demo

My parents visited the Vislab today to see “Pixzilla”, the tiled wall display that I have been working on. There were some problems with it over the weekend while I was out of town, but I think I have them resolved! As you can see, the wall is now ready to be deployed. The touch screen interface is much better than I could have expected it to be! We also have a PS2 type controller to move around the image. Once Pixzilla goes public, I’ll post up the link to the server so that you can see the super high-res images on your own PC! Its really fantastic stuff!

The reason I had them come in today is two fold. One – I have to take the friggin beast apart to move it out of the Vislab. Two – I was offered the Technology Manager job on Friday and I accepted! I start on Monday! Wohoo to full-time employment with benefits! In other words, I’ve got a LOT to do here at NU before the weekend! I will continue working odd hours here at NU until the wall is deployed in its public space. At that point, anybody who is in Evanston can head to the NU library and take a look for yourself!

I’m very excited about the new job! I can’t wait to start working downtown! It’ll be a fantastic experience for me… and the commute will be even more motivation to move! I have to apologize for my lack of posts over the weekend – I sent them from my phone, but they got lost somewhere in cyberspace. I’ll have to post more about the weekend at another time.

As far as Pixzilla is concerned – you know it has to be easy to use when your Mom can figure it out! 🙂 With the images that I had uploaded from the Hubble Space Telescope she said she felt like she was on the Starship Enterprise!

As Capt. Jean-Luc Picard would say… On screen!

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Interview

This afternoon I have my second interview with Youth Guidance, a non-profit in downtown Chicago that implements school-based programs for at-risk students. The position that I’m interviewing for is “Technology Manager” which, by the description on their webpage, sounded very much like a systems administrator. But during my phone interview last week, they told me that I would be interviewing with the Director of Research and Technology and the Network Administrator. I was a bit confused, until he told me that the Network Administrator would be reporting to me! I was actually pretty relaxed about the interview until I found that out! I’ve never really managed anybody before, not to say that I’m not capable, I just don’t have that type of job experience. Obviously they have seen my resume and are still interested, so I just have to go in knowing that. I do have to say that I’m much more excited about this job opportunity knowing that I would be a manager! It also pays accordingly, so even better! Possibly the best part is that it is across the street from the Art Institute – for those of you who are familiar with the area, its in the same building as Bennigans! I’ve always wanted to work downtown, commute on the train, ride my bike down the lake path etc… as an aside I had no idea that the Millennium Park Chicago Bike Station has showers! Good stuff!

Wish me luck!