Answers to Brock’s Interview Questions

1. What’s the worst movie you’ve ever seen?

Without a doubt, it is Gerry. A close second is Vendredi soir.

2. What is your second most favorite beverage?

A great root beer.

3. If you could invent something to help mankind, what would it be?

Clean renewable energy, without a doubt.

4. What’s the dumbest thing you’ve ever done?

Not taking the first few months after I was laid off more seriously.. I figured I needed a bit of a vacation, and it was right before the holidays, but it was a year between when I started really searching for work in January and when I actually started getting anywhere in my job hunt.

It was also stupid to stay in Boston for as long as I did, as I ended up blowing through all of my savings and running up substantial debt. Of course, if I wasn’t in Boston, I wouldn’t have met

 , so I guess it was worth it after all…

5. Marry, boff, kill: Osama, Sadamm, Ted Kaczynski.

A) I refuse to answer a question which besmirches this glorious game by replacing the word ‘fuck’ with ‘boff’. Who the fuck says ‘boff’? It isn’t even retro-cool.

B) Who the fuck is Sadamm?


I stayed in the Mountain View Inn Best Western last night, which was crazy-nice. It had better be for $185 a night!!!!! Holy crap that is one expensive hotel. :)

Well, so my interview at “unnamed company” went rather well. As with the phone interview, there were a number of questions I had difficulty with, but this time around, the number I could answer was much greater. :P

I had to sign an NDA, which is (on one hand) cool, since I got to hear about some really cool things that I wouldn’t have heard otherwise, but OTOH, it is scary how much I am owned by various companies. :)

I took Caltrain back from the interview to Chris’ apartment, and I am currently awaiting her arrival from work. :) It was about a 40 minute train ride from “unnamed company” to here, and it was a 15 minute walk from the station to the apartment which is cool. While the public transportation here isn’t QUITE up to NYC standards, it is damn-fine.

In other out-of-order news, I met up with Kate yesterday for some pizza in downtown San Jose. It was great to see her, and to also see San Jose in the light (last time Chris and I went there, it was quite dark). It was great seeing Kate again, and if I do end up out here, we will probably hang out frequently.


Ok, this is kinda weird. Chris had to go into work early today, so I am just here chilling in her apartment. I figured I can use this time to brush up on various topics for my interview tomorrow. I also might get together with Kate today if time permits.

Anyway, so Chris left for work today, and I was here, and I kinda realized that she has already made the transition into the “Real World”, and that I am just a few weeks from doing that myself. Wow… This is kinda freaky.

She made din-din for me last night, and it all came out great! I also had to take her car to the store to fetch some gravy (since we forgot it), and it was a pretty fun car to drive. First time I had ever driven a Saturn, so..

Other than that, it should be a pretty laid-back day… I have a cut in my mouth, which is pretty bad, I must have bit down hard during a dream or something. Whatever caused it, it sucks alot. :(

The Earl

Ok. I understand that you can put just about anything between two slices of bread and call it a ‘sandwich’, but I am of the opinion that you should be able consume the entire thing without it falling apart into a slimy mess.

The interview nervousness is starting to set in. :)

pride and joy

I ordered some Stevie Ray Vaughan today…. A friend from high school turned me on to him many years ago, but I had never actually owned any of his albums. He sure could play…

So I got a phone call asking me to come out to California for an interview around Thanksgiving… Needless to say I am looking forward to going, and will be giddy with andicipation until then. :)

Work, work, work, work, work, crash, work, work..

survey says….

so my interview didn’t go wonderfully yesterday, but I don’t consider it a disaster either. I was ill, and nervous, and I stumbled on a few questions and simply didn’t know the answers to others. That could have also been the point, to see how I dealt under pressure, so… So it goes… They are going to get back to me by Monday to let me know if they want to fly me out. If all else fails, I can always apply again. :)

This plague that I have come down with is really slowing me down both productivity and thought wise. I hope it passes soon, because I don’t need the slowdown right now. :)


I took the Stat test today…. Pretty sure I did OK on it, but I probably would have done better if I wasn’t so sick. I had a wicked sinus headache before, so I took some DayQuil, which made me a little spacy…

I am now in the Computer Science labs waiting for a team meeting for our Operating Systems II project.

Still anxious about the interview tomorrow. I am going to be brushing up on all the sticky stuff in C and C++ tonight. I don’t expect any hardcore tech questions over the phone (I would expect that to be saved for the in-person), but it’s always good to be prepared.

do not disturb

It never fails: During the first few weeks of school, I come down with an annoying cold. I have always presumed that it has something to do with all these people from around the country bringing their own custom-bugs to Rochester. I have no idea if that’s the truth, but it makes me feel better. :)

I have a Prob n’ Stat exam tomorrow, and I am studying for that right now (well, not right now, but I promise I will resume after this break). I also have my big phone interview on Wednesday, and I have to admit, I am really nervous…