I thought I had a telephone interview today at 08:30 – turns out it was a real live one. That’s what I get for taking calls whilst I am driving and then not opening my emails I managed, whilst still talking to the agent, to get into some interview-suitable clothing and get myself out of the door, past the time-eating hazardous swamp that is getting onto the A3 at that time of the morning and up to the Research Park. Fortunately it wasn’t bad past the hospital (for once). I got there with five minutes to spare – perfect. Nothing desperately technical with this one, general and basic C# stuff with what I assume is one of the senior devs and her minion, the only other C# head in the building. Then a few logic puzzles, a heavily influenced by the C++programmer nature of the tech crew pair doing the asking. I don’t crack one pure logic one (apparently only one person ever has). Got about 80% of the way there, not bothered about that. These things happen, they usually want to see how you attack it. I ‘hacked’ 2 practical solutions that were out of the problem box – may count for or against, depending on what they value. We’ll have to see.
Sent my brain back in time to my university days to bolt something together on the linked-list type ones (not a thing we tend to dig under the hood of these days much in my end of my line of work). Mostly successful. Got brain fatigue in the followup to one of them – think I was trying too hard for efficiency, but manage something or other that’ll probably work. The guys are the mostly serious type. The work will be pretty challenging, but gaining WPF (which’d be cool) and probably get lumbered with the whole TFS/Team Build and test automation (er, partly good… but probably quite a royal pain as TFS always is).
Got all the way through to talking to the HR lady, and I got the impression that I only skipped meeting the CEO because he was in London for a meeting. Decent pay, good location, great holidays (25 days plus ability to buy 5 more + Bank Hols). Low staff turnover. They write stuff to support financial broking providers, particularly Forex. Think it rests on a) who else turns up this week b) If they feel that my stay and not get itchy feet and jump ship after 6 months (filthy contractor scum that I have been).
I wasn’t feeling the greatest or most together in general, haven’t been for a few days. Can’t face selling off my spare gear, but I need to get it out of the way. Feeling oppressed by my possessions (again). Maybe I should do a car boot… but doubt people will buy a generator or snorkelling gear at one of those! You never know. I can’t face loading it all up again and bringing it back when it doesn’t sell, and can’t really let it go for a pittance. Guess I have to do the biggies (Laney amp/cab, gennie, preamp and compressor, Self steering) on eBay. Gouging scheming ratbastards that they are.
Got shocked by my electricity bill (ka-boom!). I thought people were just doing their usual whinging but a 33% increase is a bit of a nasty one. Not sure what to do about that, as apart from my bath-loving ways, I am not profligate with power, got (almost) all low power lights and do all the heavy stuff (bar cooking) on the overnight cheap(er) rate. Apparently UK companies rely too much on gas for power generation. Bloody scientifically ignorant population and politicians, robbed us of the sensible nuclear option. And, I guess, lowered demand for weapons grade fuel. Oh well. Maybe I’ll go back to my off-grid plans someday.
Took it really easy [again] for the rest of the day, blog writeups, bit of guitar messing, attention deficit and nostalgic DVD-watching proving that you can improvise in a blues scale in G over the Blake’s Seven theme tune. Ate not that well – too many carbs, no veg. Wine gums. Not my ideal scenario.
Went to bed early, and slept late. Sleep seems the best place to be right now.