It wasn’t a Mac Pro TT
I fail at knowing anything…
But eh, it’s a G5 and it’s faster than my iMac so whatever, you know? It’s a good machine and I’m doing well on it I think. I spent about fifteen minutes installing some NECESSARY ITEMS on it such as Quicksilver, Camino, and the like. My mentor gave me a blanket ‘ok’ on ‘productivity-enhancers.’
Before that, though, while I was waiting for a keyboard, I met everyone in the department. A couple knew my dad, which was cool. They all seemed really friendly. And helpful. “If you have any questions”-type stuff. Then I e-mailed the program supervisors to sign in, got on my computer, and blasted away.
So one of my tasks is to hunt the web (google news) for news each morning that mentions the lab. Fairly simple, I set up Vienna with a custom RSS feed and I’ll be sifting through that rather than conducting searches in a browser. Yay alternative methods.
My overall project is to ‘upgrade the department’s web presence’ (I believe that that is how my mentor put it). This means making a podcast for the recordings of the lecture series, teaching the gang iMovie HD so that they can add short clips to the daily bulletins, making new web pages for the lab paper and news center, and so on. Along the way I’ll be doing some grunt-ish work like crunching layouts in Dreamweaver for the daily bulletin (c’mon guys, do it in plain text. The not-pretty faux-html is so unnecessary!). I may also learn some things, like how to do technical writing. Apparently, one of the reasons the department wanted me was that they’re mostly writers and none of them are too technical-minded when it comes to the internet (hence Dreamweaver. Consider yourself condescended upon, Dreamweaver!), but most of them are actually science writers. How coincidental that my interests (writing) overlap with their jobs (writing).
I may get multiple chances to do some editing/writing/etc., which would be ultra-cool.
One thing I’m still kind of worried about is my lab notebook. I’m going to talk to the program supervisor on Monday…
Today was good. Got to work earlier than I had needed to (about 8:30) and left about when everyone else in the department did (5 pm). I sat in a chair a lot, doing a lot of what I feel comfortable doing. I have no major complaints thus far, aside from the monitor being too large. There’s too much screen real estate and I can’t help but feel like I’m wasting it…