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Work Stuff and a Pair of Memes


My company has a shindig every year where all of the engineers get together and share notes. This year there should be about 600 of us.

So, at my review my boss said I should 'volunteer' to present one of the sessions (about 30 people). I volunteered, I forget what the topic was but the Topic Honcho had 2 volunteers for that topic; was one of us "willing and able" to take "Successes and Pitfalls of Micro-Testing"?

O-7: I'm willing but I don't know about able.

TH: You'll be fine. But I'll dig you up some co-presenters.

O-7: Yay, less work for me.

TH: But your session is presented twice. Is that OK?

O-7: Dang! That's fine.


So, I'm presenting twice at the do. So far it's far enough away (March) that I'm more excited than nervous. I think my co-presenter and I are working well together even though he's back at corporate.

This will be my first PowerPoint and I'm working hard to avoid the issues with all the technical PowerPoints I've slept through. My co-presenter seems to be on the same page, fortunately.






Tagged by the ebulliently evil inuhanyounikkie:
Each player of this game starts off with 10 weird things/habits/little known facts about yourself. People who get tagged need to write a blog of their own 10 weird habits/things/little known facts as well as state this rule clearly. At the end you need to choose 10 people to be tagged and list their names. No tagbacks. 

  1. I drink my diet coke at room temperature. I prefer it at room temperature.

  2. I have been an atheist since before I knew there was a word for it, since I was four or so.

  3. I went through a phase a few years ago where I just randomly hissed. I don't know why except it was fun. I didn't hiss at people; I just enjoyed making an 's' sound.

  4. Unlike inuhanyounikkie, I was never in an arranged marriage but my mother did want me to marry, or claimed to, the nice Jewish boy from across the street. She seemed to find pilgham satisfactory, though.

  5. Before she was born, I named MD Audrey after the carnivorous plant.

  6. In a way this is more about Boo than me, except that I think this. I believe my neutered cat, Boo, has sexual feelings for me. Note: Despite his incredibly soft, furry tummy, I do not reciprocate.

  7. As a child, I used to read a book a day, more on the weekends. When MD was smaller, I read at least 2 or 3 a week. Nowadays, I don't think I read a book a month.

  8. At our house, it's sometimes difficult to recognize who's going up and down the stairs because our cats tread pretty heavily. However, I'm easily recognized as the one saying "Ow" at every step.

  9. When I was in high school, I wanted to sound more British so I trained myself to use "bloody" as an epithet.

  10. When I was in college, if offered a cigar I would smoke it (didn't inhale) in order to be more like Clint Eastwood. I was/am otherwise a lifelong non-smoker.



If you haven't done this mem and have interest, consider yourself tagged.

Having done similar memes in the past, some of the strange/little known habits/facts may seem familiar. Oh, and the only reason those Jewish things are odd is my family was Episocpalian.






From the inimitable rya_kelley with minor edits:

PART I

01. Can you cook?
02. What would you do if you were stuck in an elevator?
03. What talent do you wish you had?
04. Favorite place?
05. Favorite vegetable?
06. What was the last book you read?
07. Are you dirty or clean?
08. Any tattoos and/or piercings?
09. Worst habit?

PART II
01. How did we meet?
02. What's your philosophy on life?
03. Negative or optimistic?
04. What was your dream growing up?
05. Best thing to ever happen to you?
06. What was your first impression of me?
07. Tell me one weird fact about you?
08. Whats your favorite memory of us?
09. You are 09.
10. Have you ever kept anything from me?
11. What do you think of me as a person?
12. Do you think I'm sane or insane?
13. Would you cry for me if I died?
14. Would you be my crime partner or my conscience?
15. If you could change anything about me, would you?
16. How do you fall asleep?
17. Ever gotten angry with me?
18. Would you go on a blind date if I set you up?
19. If you had one day to live, what would you do?
20. A million bucks.. what would you do with it?
21. What is your worst fear?
22. Favorite thing to do in your spare time?
23. Can you sing or dance?
24. In one word, how would you describe me? Be honest...
25. Will you repost this so I can fill it out?

Mood: calmcalm
Tune: Cotton Club Orchestra - ["Nice Work if You Can Get It" #01] Jig Walk
Comments

Good luck on the .ppt. best advice is practice is so many times you don't need to look at the slides...

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PART I

01. Can you cook? NO
02. What would you do if you were stuck in an elevator? WRITE OR EMAIL
03. What talent do you wish you had? ANY
04. Favorite place? SAN FRANCISCO & ENVIRONS
05. Favorite vegetable? MOST
06. What was the last book you read? DON'T RECAL. DON'T READ MUCH/ANY
07. Are you dirty or clean? CLEAN
08. Any tattoos and/or piercings? NO
09. Worst habit? MUST HAVE ONE....

PART II
01. How did we meet? I THINK I STALKED YOU, BUT IT COULD HAVE BEEN THE REVERSE. DON'T REMEMBER THE DETAILS.
02. What's your philosophy on life? PRETTY MUCH
03. Negative or optimistic? OP
04. What was your dream growing up? TO BE A FICTION/SCI FI WRITER
05. Best thing to ever happen to you? MY HUSBAND AND KIDS
06. What was your first impression of me? REAL
07. Tell me one weird fact about you? I'M SCHITZO
08. Whats your favorite memory of us? UH.... WRITING ZORRO!
09. You are 09. HUH?
10. Have you ever kept anything from me? PROBABLY
11. What do you think of me as a person? REAL
12. Do you think I'm sane or insane? SANE ENOUGH
13. Would you cry for me if I died? SURE - DON'T
14. Would you be my crime partner or my conscience? YES
15. If you could change anything about me, would you? WHY?
16. How do you fall asleep? QUICKLY
17. Ever gotten angry with me? NO
18. Would you go on a blind date if I set you up? NO (MARRIED)
19. If you had one day to live, what would you do? LIVE
20. A million bucks.. what would you do with it? PAY OFF MY HOUSE/COLLEGE & GIVE REST AWAY
21. What is your worst fear? CHILDREN IN PAIN
22. Favorite thing to do in your spare time? WRITE
23. Can you sing or dance? NO
24. In one word, how would you describe me? Be honest... HONEST
25. Will you repost this so I can fill it out? OH, ALL RIGHT....

My fear isn't forgetting what to say but racing though it so fast that it takes 5 minutes instead of 15. I'm merging our slides and I'm putting mine first because I sense my partner is the kind of guy who can talk ad infinitum.

04. What was your dream growing up? TO BE A FICTION/SCI FI WRITER

Mine, too, but I think you are closer to that goal than I. But that's OK, I usually enjoy my work, though today was pretty hectic.

Well, you did it for me.

PART I

01. Can you cook? yes
02. What would you do if you were stuck in an elevator? Hyperventilate
03. What talent do you wish you had? I wish I could draw. Or play piano. Or sing. There are a lot of talents I wish I had.
04. Favorite place? Home sweet home
05. Favorite vegetable? Corn
06. What was the last book you read? Johnny og this gun by Dalton Trumbo.
07. Are you dirty or clean? Depends on what you mean and who you ask
08. Any tattoos and/or piercings? Not anymore
09. Worst habit? As it turns out, I'm spineless

PART II
01. How did we meet? You stalked me. ^_^
02. What's your philosophy on life? It's never as bad as it seems
03. Negative or optimistic? Refer to three
04. What was your dream growing up? To be a writer
05. Best thing to ever happen to you? Had kids
06. What was your first impression of me? "She seems so smart. Why is she stalking me?
07. Tell me one weird fact about you? I like Ricky Martin
08. Whats your favorite memory of us? You betaed Watcher for me, and did awesome. ^_^
09. You are 09. No, YOU are.
10. Have you ever kept anything from me? Just my fics for quite some time
11. What do you think of me as a person? You're fucking great
12. Do you think I'm sane or insane? Saner than me
13. Would you cry for me if I died? Buckets of tears
14. Would you be my crime partner or my conscience? Anything you want
15. If you could change anything about me, would you? Nope
16. How do you fall asleep? On my stomach
17. Ever gotten angry with me? Not that I recall
18. Would you go on a blind date if I set you up? Can Mick drive us?
19. If you had one day to live, what would you do? Spend it with my kids and Mick.
20. A million bucks.. what would you do with it? College funds, new house, new car, get out of debt
21. What is your worst fear? Comet striking the earth
22. Favorite thing to do in your spare time? Write
23. Can you sing or dance? Not well
24. In one word, how would you describe me? Be honest... Awesome
25. Will you repost this so I can fill it out? I already did

21. What is your worst fear? Comet striking the earth

That is novel. Could you explicate this?

Do your presentation while impersonating Ben Stein...hehehehehehehehe.

PART I

01. Can you cook? yes
02. What would you do if you were stuck in an elevator? sudoku
03. What talent do you wish you had? x-ray vision
04. Favorite place? my secret lab
05. Favorite vegetable? carrot
06. What was the last book you read? AFSCME Coucil 24 Collective Bargaining Agreement
07. Are you dirty or clean? depends
08. Any tattoos and/or piercings? no!!!!!!!!!
09. Worst habit? farting during a passionaite moment

PART II
01. How did we meet? *humphrey bogart voice* It was in a small bar when we first met. The rain was falling outside but i had to see what was going on. A reliable tip told me to go in there, so i did. You just sat there, smoking that long cigar while holding a Tommy gun in your hand. It was at that time i realized that things were going to get messy.
02. What's your philosophy on life?*sings* Always look on the bright side of life.
03. Negative or optimistic? An optimist? Are you calling me an optimist? Are you saying i wear glasses and here to make a spectle of my self? Is that what you are saying?
04. What was your dream growing up? Miss July
05. Best thing to ever happen to you?the kids
06. What was your first impression of me? *humphrey bogart voice* It was in a small bar when we first met. The rain was falling outside but i had to see what was going on. A reliable tip told me to go in there, so i did. You just sat there, smoking that long cigar while holding a Tommy gun in your hand. It was at that time i realized that things were going to get messy.
07. Tell me one weird fact about you? you have not figure out yet? hehehehehe
08. Whats your favorite memory of us? *humphrey bogart voice* It was in a small bar when we first met. The rain was falling outside but i had to see what was going on. A reliable tip told me to go in there, so i did. You just sat there, smoking that long cigar while holding a Tommy gun in your hand. It was at that time i realized that things were going to get messy.
09. You are 09. I thought i was 42
10. Have you ever kept anything from me?*humphrey bogart voice* I hid the package from you. I knew if you ever got your hands on it, it would not be a good thing for national security.
11. What do you think of me as a person? *humphrey bogart voice* You have a good soul, but you need to realize that you are working for the wrong man. This will lead to a terrible thing and you will not have me to bail you out next time, sweetheart
12. Do you think I'm sane or insane? If you are still reading this, i have a nice white jacket for you, extra long in the sleeves.
13. Would you cry for me if I died? *humphrey bogart voice* Yes, because you still owe me $20 from the other day.
14. Would you be my crime partner or my conscience? *humphrey bogart voice* You have a good soul, but you need to realize that you are working for the wrong man. This will lead to a terrible thing and you will not have me to bail you out next time, sweetheart

15. If you could change anything about me, would you? Switch to an AK-47, the tommy is out of style
16. How do you fall asleep? with my eyes closed.
17. Ever gotten angry with me? When you shot my leg with your tommy gun
18. Would you go on a blind date if I set you up? It would have to be, because i am 20/200
19. If you had one day to live, what would you do? run around naked
20. A million bucks.. what would you do with it? That is a lot of venison
21. What is your worst fear? you take these answers seriously.
22. Favorite thing to do in your spare time? picking my nose
23. Can you sing or dance? maybe
24. In one word, how would you describe me? Be honest...soda
25. Will you repost this so I can fill it out? Do you think this would be a good idea.

09. Worst habit? farting during a passionaite moment

*shifty eyes*

This is totally hush hush, blow your brains out stuff and if approached about it later I will totally deny it but I do that, too.

15. If you could change anything about me, would you? Switch to an AK-
47, the tommy is out of style


I'm all about the classics, see.




I confess, I have no idea what a power point is. Does it mean I have to kill you?

no, we just get to laugh as the speaker says the same thing that is on the screen.

Like Boiler1 says, it's software for taking your talk outline and making it pretty. It's then projected for all to view and laugh at your clip art.

Good Luck on the Presentation, Im sure it will be a success

I have almost 2 months to make sure it's an over-produced mess.


I went through a phase a few years ago where I just randomly hissed. I don't know why except it was fun. I didn't hiss at people; I just enjoyed making an 's' sound.
Sign of mental instability?

Unlike inuhanyounikkie, I was never in an arranged marriage but my mother did want me to marry, or claimed to, the nice Jewish boy from across the street. She seemed to find pilgham satisfactory, though. Must be some sort of Epicopalian/Jewish connection. I used to dream of my Jewish Prince, but never happened. Ed doesn't count, though he does have a Star of David tatoo and mysterious anscestors, he was raised Catholic. ish.


In a way this is more about Boo than me, except that I think this. I believe my neutered cat, Boo, has sexual feelings for me. Note: Despite his incredibly soft, furry tummy, I do not reciprocate.

Ashlyn steals my panties and 'eats' then every chance she gets. It's a little creepy form of pet sexual harrassment.

As a child, I used to read a book a day, more on the weekends. When MD was smaller, I read at least 2 or 3 a week. Nowadays, I don't think I read a book a month. OMG we're almost twins! I was an obsessive reader as well, and have to watch it else I find myself obsessively reading crap and neglecting important 'real-world' stuff. Funny thing, I was a much more selective reader when young, didn't have the tastetolerance for crapfic that I have now.

At our house, it's sometimes difficult to recognize who's going up and down the stairs because our cats tread pretty heavily. However, I'm easily recognized as the one saying "Ow" at every step. Hidden nails?

When I was in high school, I wanted to sound more British so I trained myself to use "bloody" as an epithet. OMG another - mine was scheisse and it still slips.

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PART I

01. Can you cook? I've gotten sloppy.
02. What would you do if you were stuck in an elevator? Panic, read?
03. What talent do you wish you had? Piano.
04. Favorite place? Bath
05. Favorite vegetable? Brussel spouts
06. What was the last book you read? Uhhhh, uhhhhh, some vampire romance crap.
07. Are you dirty or clean? Uhhhh, uhhhh, depends on your standards.
08. Any tattoos and/or piercings? Nope, but like them on others.
09. Worst habit? procrastination.

PART II
01. How did we meet? fanfiction, strange love!
02. What's your philosophy on life? one day at a time (not always helpful)
03. Negative or optimistic? optimistic.
04. What was your dream growing up? a writer, archeologist or famous horse trainer, for real.
05. Best thing to ever happen to you? family
06. What was your first impression of me? sex-pot.
07. Tell me one weird fact about you? my current pants are printed with dogs in sweaters. no undies.
08. Whats your favorite memory of us? drinking cham from a pair of heels (new and lined with saran, just in case)
09. You are 09. What?
10. Have you ever kept anything from me? SS#, mother's maiden name
11. What do you think of me as a person? I LIKE you.
12. Do you think I'm sane or insane? pretty sane.
13. Would you cry for me if I died? yes, *sniff*
14. Would you be my crime partner or my conscience? crime partner does appeal...
15. If you could change anything about me, would you? No underwear. Okay, kidding. Would grant you less life-stress.
16. How do you fall asleep? Making up stories.
17. Ever gotten angry with me? Not that I recall.
18. Would you go on a blind date if I set you up? If I weren't married.
19. If you had one day to live, what would you do? spend time with family.
20. A million bucks.. what would you do with it? Are you offering?
21. What is your worst fear? death of family members. Next, roaches and overflowing toilets.
22. Favorite thing to do in your spare time? read, watch movies.
23. Can you sing or dance? Not very well.
24. In one word, how would you describe me? Be honest... Content
25. Will you repost this so I can fill it out? Maybe not, since I won't be posting anytime soon, unless you're dying for it.



n of mental instability?</>

Or I was trying to parseltongue.


Must be some sort of Epicopalian/Jewish connection. I used to dream of my Jewish Prince, but never happened. Ed doesn't count, though he does have a Star of David tatoo and mysterious anscestors, he was raised Catholic. ish.

Are you sure Ed isn't a Marrano?

Hidden nails?

Arthritis.

another - mine was scheisse and it still slips.
Why German? Thugh scheisse is good.


What was your dream growing up? a writer, archeologist or famous horse trainer, for real.
paleontology for me


rflowing toilets

We went to NY, actually NJ, when MD was 8 or 9, and had a very nice time, but taken as a group the toilets in NYC were the worst ever, kind of puts me off going back.

Successes and Pitfalls of Micro-Testing

Ewww....

*runs away and hides from all things micro ;p*

BUT, I hope it goes well. *sends guru's of powerpoint presentations wafting in your general direction*

My company has its own jargon. What we call micro-tests other companies call unit tests. It just means testing the program in isolation.