Conversation Between Astinus and bobandbill
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  1. Astinus
    August 8th, 2017 5:25 PM
    Not as much an aside as you might think. That was the telescope that the article (written back in the beginning of July) was about.
  2. bobandbill
    August 8th, 2017 3:28 PM
    Neat aside - there is a giant radio telescope near completion in China.
  3. Astinus
    August 7th, 2017 5:52 PM
    Okay, so I thought I found a news article related to the problem you're having with these interviews. The article was about a giant radio telescope in China, and they couldn't find anyone to run the telescope. The requirements were too high.

    Article was fake, but it reminded me of the struggle you're going through.
  4. bobandbill
    August 5th, 2017 11:37 PM
    AH, cool. Got a bit of time to prepare for them!

    Yeah, it does. Especially as that's three I've had where I've apparently done well, but in the end someone had the experience or they wanted a different direction to what I could offer to the job. =/ Bluh.

    And fair enough. Try not to get lost in there.
  5. Astinus
    August 5th, 2017 1:05 PM
    Not until September. Unless you mean another test.

    That blows about the interviews. :/ That seems to be a problem that's cropping up more often these days. I can understand places wanting more experienced people working for them, but no one can get experience if they're not hired. Shame. But keep trying!

    Skype message did send! On the night that you sent it, my phone was on the other side of the house. Then it was in another room different from the one I was in. Then I had the day off from work, and dismissed the notification as I was doing stuff on my phone. Then I was just really dumb and forgot about it.

    Or we can go with the excuse that my mind is permanently in the Minato ward of Tokyo back in April 2002. That works.
  6. bobandbill
    August 4th, 2017 6:30 PM
    Done that test yet?

    Alas, still no luck for me with interviews. :< Apparently I do well in them; just that there are people with a better background for the jobs I've reached the interview stage with so far. Ah well, I'll just keep trying.

    (Did my skype message ever send btw?)
  7. bobandbill
    July 29th, 2017 6:21 PM
    Here the minimum age is 16, and you just need to do a computer test on road rules for the learner's permit. In my state you have to have an adult drive with you for (at least when I was doing the tests) a minimum of a year and 120 hours of driving to be able to take another test, this time computer and driving. After that I can drive by myself but with a bunch of restrictions, and another 2 and 1 year wait with two more computer exams at the end of those periods later I got my full license.
  8. Astinus
    July 29th, 2017 6:17 PM
    Now I'm curious on how getting your license differs in Australia!

    Since I'm over the age of eighteen, the process is a little different. All I had to do was:
    -take a written test, where I had to answer ~25 questions about the rules of the road. These were all in my state's driver's manual, though I actually read a different state's manual! The rules are pretty much the same everywhere though. Once I passed this, I got my learner's permit, which allows me to actually drive a long as there's a licensed driver in the passenger seat with me. The learner's permit is good for two years.
    -take a eight-hour "safe driving course." This course--taken at a driving school--covers stuff like "don't drink alcohol and drive." It also went over the rules of the road again. Once this was over, the school mailed me a certificate that shows that I know not to drink alcohol and drive.
    -take an on-the-road test. This is where I head down to my local Department of Motor Vehicles and have a tester sit in the car with me as I prove I know how to handle my car on the road. They go over making sure that I know where the lights/wipers/horn/brakes are, and if I can handle the car while following the rules of the road. This is the final step, and I turn in my permit to get my license. The license is then good for five years (or six??) and expires on my birthday.

    And that's that!

    Let me know how all these interviews go for you! I don't know how Skype works on my phone yet, but send me messages and I'll check!
  9. bobandbill
    July 27th, 2017 7:23 PM
    *sends luck* Wonder what american driver tests are like actually...

    Not going to canada, but have had two interviews since, both within Australia. Not even regular job season for astronomy yet... Seems I missed out on one, but the other interview was only yesterday but we'll see.
  10. Astinus
    July 27th, 2017 6:31 PM
    Wish me luck on September 20th! I'm finally heading down that day to take my on-the-road portion of my driver's license test. If I pass that, I'm free to hit the road.

    Any exciting news for you? Have you heard back about that interview or any other ones?
  11. bobandbill
    June 10th, 2017 5:23 PM
    No trips this year yet planned; was a chance earlier to go to the US but then I didn't get a talk and also I have this thesis to finish up this year anyway. Will let you know if it happens down the track though! On that note, there's currently a non-zero chance I could move to Canada for a job too. But we'll see.

    Never been to an Outback Steakhouse but I like steak at any rate! :V

    And I am fine, just all the busy, haha. Gotta move back to parents in a couple months too (lease expiring, flatmate who started earlier and hence runs out of money earlier wants to move out, so I shall too). I still am on Skype! Discord is cool too, but not without some issues (but then nothing is). Yourself?
  12. Astinus
    June 10th, 2017 4:48 PM
    While eating out one night, my parents wanted to know if you were ever coming back to the States so we can take you out to dinner. Because they're interested in your opinion of Outback Steakhouse restaurants. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

    Also, how have you been? Do you still go on Skype, or do I finally need to sign up for Discord?
  13. bobandbill
    April 27th, 2017 5:13 PM
  14. Astinus
    April 27th, 2017 1:41 PM
    I was so confused when I saw a post from you and I'm like WHAT THE EFF THAT'S NOT MARCIN and now I am scared.

    Who are you?
  15. bobandbill
    April 21st, 2017 7:45 PM
    Ham eating is good. I had a bbq with family so had a good variety of meats. Also ham. Enjoy your vacation!

    I also met up with some friends who I haven't seen in many months so that was a good overdue catchup.

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