May 10th, 2007

Ordinary humans

A Rose of Sharon by any other name...

School is over for the semester! I'm pretty sure I pulled in A's in both classes. Mostly I'm just glad to be done! Even though other classes have had more homework and more computer projects, for some reason this semester seemed more tiring and harder than past ones. Maybe it's the job stress...

Now that school is done and I'm down to about a month and a half left at the job it's about time for me to find my resume, dust it off, and do a major update!

Seven years! It's been seven years since I last looked for a job. This just seems really surreal since before this my longest time at a job was three years.

Anywho, MySpace. I know that potential employers now days tend to do google searches and look at things like MySpace.

I don't actually use my MySpace for much of anything. I rarely even look at it. I don't like MySpace. Also, MySpace is one of the few places online that I am searchable by my real name but also have the HellZiggy name. When you search my RealFirstName RealLastName there are 28 of us on MySpace, but I am the only one in Minnesota and also there is a picture of me.

So, while there is nothing incriminating or embarassing on MySpace it could potentially lead people here. As y'all know, I'm not one of those LJ'ers who puts everything up under flock. I'm relatively open, and I do have some filters but rarely use them. I don't know that there is anything here that potential employers will have a problem with but I also don't want to lead anyone straight here.

Should I just delete my MySpace? Is there really any good reason to keep it? Will just the simple act of deleting it increase my IQ by 20 points? Feel free to put any arguements for or against deleting it in comments.

As far as going back and doing a blanket friends-only lockdown on my LJ, I don't see that ever happening. I have some friends who don't have accounts and read it. Also, I'm just not that paranoid about all the people out there on the internets. Without LJ I wouldn't have met lovely people like boliviafang, dibsy, kniblet, irish_dragon, caoilainn and all the others I knew on LJ before meeting in real life for the first time.

I don't advertise the name "hellziggy" to everyone I meet but I don't hide it either. I'm not sure my mom or dad or brother know that it is my online name, but I wouldn't freak if they found out.

I originally wanted the name "ziggy" when I got on LJ but it was, of course, taken. Now, if it became available, I know I would not buy a rename token to change my name. I may have never been HellZiggy before signing onto LJ four and a half years ago, but now that identity *is* me. I've got a wonderfully unique situation with names online. If you google "hellziggy" it is ALL me. If you google my entire full legal name there are no hits. If you google just my first and last name there are a ton of hits but most aren't me because it's a relatively common last name with a less common first name. I like my different levels of googlability. I also like the fact that if any of y'all see a HellZiggy anywhere out there on the internets and tubes it is me.

Damn. This simple "should I delete my MySpace account" has turned into quite the introspective rambling, hasn't it?

Well, I think I really must be off to bed now. 'night all!
South Pole

Holy skua, Batman!

I think there are only 2 or 3 people on my flist who know what 'skua' is...

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Skua
From wikipedia:
"Skua" is also a slang term at American Antarctic research stations such as the McMurdo Station or the Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station. It is named for the bird, and it means to salvage or scavenge for equipment or gear.



Today is spring cleaning at work and there is a common area where people bring things that still work or are in good shape that they don't want or need anymore. As people bring stuff other people scavenge through it. I've gotten some cool books and some discs of stock photos. Hard to concentrate on work now, wondering what good stuff has been brought in now...