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Today is quite weird. It's my last day at ZeroTurnaround RougeWave Perforce and I'm joining a new company after 8 years of working here. Last post from work laptop :)

At my new employer I will travel to San Francisco occasionally so maybe I can join some thumb meetup some time if any is happening there. Haven't been paying attention.

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5 hours ago, Erkki said:

Today is quite weird. It's my last day at ZeroTurnaround RougeWave Perforce and I'm joining a new company after 8 years of working here. Last post from work laptop :)

At my new employer I will travel to San Francisco occasionally so maybe I can join some thumb meetup some time if any is happening there. Haven't been paying attention.

ūüéČ congratulations Erkki! NorCal thumbs sometimes meet up, especially for GDC, but we are known to hang out together for other events/get-togethers.

 

Even if you don't frequent the slack, popping in to tell people you'll be in town might be the best way to get something organized. We have a '#straightwestcoastin' channel that is nice for organizing people

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Congrats on the new job! Exciting! :tup:

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I'm really stressed right now.  My wife and daughter are in China visiting my in-laws and my daughter has developed a medical condition that may require surgery.  They're going to see a specialist in the morning (which is night for me).  We'd rather have it done here if need be but that means it'll be at least a couple days, not even counting the time it will take for the doctors here to examine her.  The other issue if it needs to be done right away is the way health care in China works, you have to pay for everything up front.  I don't know if my insurance here will cover this in the first place, but I guarantee they won't pay for anything up front even if it is covered.  I'm not sure I'll be able to to pay an up front cost in addition to flying out there myself.

 

 

Right now I can't do anything but wait until they can see the specialist.  I don't know what to do.  I hate this so much.

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That's awful, hope you and your family get through it okay <3

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Geez, that's horrific. Wishing you a lot of strength, hope it works out. Even if it requires up-front payment, are medical costs as insane there as in the US?

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Thankfully, it ultimately ended up being a false alarm.  We'll need to keep an eye on her but she's ok.  I appreciate everyone's concern and support.  It really does mean a lot.

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Excellent news!

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Yeah dude, that stuff always sounds terrifying. Glad it ended up being a false alarm. When it comes to things like that I would rather that medical specialists err on the side of caution and be wrong.

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I successfully defended my dissertation yesterday. It's (almost) the end of a grueling three-month process where I was promised another year's extension on the program deadline, denied that extension by the university administration, and then given the chance to defend an abridged version of my dissertation, after much bargaining and pleading with my department. I have a lot of feelings: pride that I was able to write almost 25,000 words in the space of a month while also working full time in order to finish a draft for submission, disappointment that my dissertation couldn't be the full work that I'd envisioned, relief that I got it all done anyway, humiliation that I was forced to spend weeks begging for professors and bureaucrats to suspend arbitrary and often informal rules that they'd always tell me they didn't personally agree with, and anxiety that... well, that feels a lot like low-grade PTSD, like I'm on the plane home but I'll always be ass-deep in that jungle muck.

 

I've been incredibly lucky to have a lot of friends, not a few of them from this community, who've supported me in this decade-long process, and I owe each and every one of them my thanks. Whether or not I use my doctorate to teach, as I had planned, I'm incredibly happy to have achieved a lifelong goal of mine, against such odds.

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Good job, Gormongous! Now you can finally spend a significant amount of time on anime again!

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2 hours ago, Gormongous said:

I successfully defended my dissertation yesterday. It's (almost) the end of a grueling three-month process where I was promised another year's extension on the program deadline, denied that extension by the university administration, and then given the chance to defend an abridged version of my dissertation, after much bargaining and pleading with my department. I have a lot of feelings: pride that I was able to write almost 25,000 words in the space of a month while also working full time in order to finish a draft for submission, disappointment that my dissertation couldn't be the full work that I'd envisioned, relief that I got it all done anyway, humiliation that I was forced to spend weeks begging for professors and bureaucrats to suspend arbitrary and often informal rules that they'd always tell me they didn't personally agree with, and anxiety that... well, that feels a lot like low-grade PTSD, like I'm on the plane home but I'll always be ass-deep in that jungle muck.

 

I've been incredibly lucky to have a lot of friends, not a few of them from this community, who've supported me in this decade-long process, and I owe each and every one of them my thanks. Whether or not I use my doctorate to teach, as I had planned, I'm incredibly happy to have achieved a lifelong goal of mine, against such odds.

 

I'm so glad that you got a happy ending out of this gorm! You worked so hard and accomplished something great!

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