School's been out for about a month, and i'm sure my half a dozen loyal readers can't wait to hear me talk about it. Chem sucks. I felt like i improved every exam (and even though i didn't see the final exam or its grade, my grade did pretty substantially every time), I still got a C. I was at least hoping for a pity C+ or even a B- if i had done well on the final. If i could do it again i would definitely not fail the first midterm. Well, i do that a lot, I have to cut back. It was also the least fun i've ever had in such a hard class. Chemistry is a hoax, complete with smoke and mirrors. Yeah, I said it. Anyhoo, I didn't do well in any class except campus band (A woo), so my GPA is down to a "becomes a question at future interviews" 3.14. As hilarious as having a GPA of pi is, it sucks too. Every semester i work harder and become a better student, not to mention just smarter. Still, the grades go down. I have a 4 credit 'easy' class in the fall, Italian, so i'm optimistic about next semester's overall grade picture. I have have HAVE (have) to at least hold it steady next year.
The last time I updated, I said I neither wanted nor received an internship. Well, that was a lie. I got one at American Axle, which is kind of on the north end of Detroit. They make axles. I make sleep-starved depression whines from a cubicle next to some kind of oil drilling site they're working on inside the factory. I took it not for love of the auto industry, but because it's a job (2x the pay and 2x the hours of DQ equals 4x the money). It's still going to go on my resume` and look positive, so what's so bad about that? Since I did this, and they somehow hired a Materials Engineer for an Electrical Engineering internship (or a "controls engineer", whatever that is), you can pretty much guess that I'm about to complain about it. On any given day, from 7am to 3pm, I might spend:
-Writing down a message that comes up on a computer screen in the factory for the entire day (this is what programmers are for!)
-Reading engineering manuals the whole day. I've always said that the best way to learn how to control robots is to just do it. This reading nonsense is absurd.
-Shadowing engineers as they "go out into the factory" and help fix broken machines, which by their own admission to me is something a mechanic or tradesman should be doing
-Trying to figure out whether lunch is not allowed or just frowned upon. On my first day I was told we get a half hour lunch, so every subsequent day i've plopped down at the four hour mark and ate a sack lunch. I'm paranoid, but this is beyond explanation. I get dirty looks from the engineers when they walk by and see me eating. I asked somebody if eating at your desk is allowed, and it is. I'm now pretty sure that they don't take actual lunches, but just eat while working, and the fact that i stop reading for 30 minutes a day is uncalled for. Also, I got yelled at for playing free cell on my 9" touch screen computer during lunch. So i'm pretty sure there's nothing close to a break during the day for them. Taking it out of the start menu doesn't delete it, who knew!
The whole thing is just uncomfortable. I'm irritable on weekdays because I am not even close to used to getting up at 5:30. This past week i was convinced for few hours that I was losing my hair, but no, I'm just completely batshit crazy when I get no sleep. The job is not fun and gives me skills in a completely unrelated discipline, if it gives me anything at all. I know how to program in this weird language that literally uses flowcharts as the programming medium. I'm not sure that it even translates to other factories. I'm pretty much ignored by the engineers that are supposed to give me work, which is fine, they're very busy, but then I just get stuck trying to read and re-read books that they've given me and die of boredom. I read the robot manual cover to cover twice, 300 pages (with pictures, but give me some credit). The past couple days have been better in terms of being occupied, but this month's barrier to happiness is definitely this job. The most important thing i've learned from this job is to not take 'this job' if i'm ever offered it. The engineers there all have stories about how once they took one manufacturing job out of college no employer in a cushy design firm would hire them because they had been pegged as "manufacturing" guys. I could write pages about this place, and I probably will at some point if I don't quit.
What else... I got a PS3, then had to send in the cable because it didn't work, then returned the system because it didn't work, and then about 3 weeks later got an actual ps3. On a side note, i have the eBay touch of death. In the past year i've bought close to 800 dollars worth of stuff online (an mp3 player, the ps3, a few textbooks, a replacement computer part) that hasn't worked and had to be returned, or was just a flat out scam. Having just typed 800 dollars makes me realize that I really need to stop buying stupid crap, like textbooks. Anyways, It was really worth the wait, the thing is beautiful. Right now it's just a few games and a ton of potential, but I don't know why you wouldn't spend the extra hundred dollars on a ps3 if you were thinking about making such a big investment in a 360 already. And the wii is fun, but not something I'd want to own. Plus dave has one. The only game I have right now, besides a bunch of demos, is Resistance: Fall of Man. It's definitely a game to mooch off of somebody (me) if you've never tried it.
That's pretty much it. I'm home, so call me if you're bored.