Afni - Scam?
I got a letter in the mail on Saturday from a company named Afni, Inc.,
a debt collection company. This letter informed me that my debt
of $188 to DirecTV was being collected by them. Of course, I've never
had any dealings with DirecTV (aside from interviewing for a job there a
couple of years ago), so I knew that this was a bogus notice. Come
Monday morning, I called their 1-888 number and, after waiting on hold
for 20 minutes, was connected to a bored-sounding agent. She asked me
for the last four digits of my social security number …
So, Sunday was my college graduation. I'm now a college graduate. Wow,
that's weird to write. If you're curious about we details, I hold a
Bacheleor of Science in Computer Science from Harvey Mudd College
with overall academic distinction and with departmental honors in
two departments. Woo.
It's really weird to be done. I keep expecting that this will just be a
break, that things will be back to normal soon. I'd really gotten used
to things at Mudd, I was really happy there. Mudders: I already miss
you. In retrospect, there are a lot of things that I should …
Job Search: Complete
This post is a follow-up to Real-Life Update
Well, it was brief but exhausting. My job search has now come to a
close. I interviewed at a large number of companies, got offers from a
smaller number, and accepted an offer from Yelp. I'll be
starting in June on the Infrastructure team, doing something between
software engineering and system administration. Which sounds, you know,
For the unaware, Yelp is a local search company based out of San
Francisco, CA. They've got a pretty large userbase, and lots of views,
and, in general, interesting problems to work on. There's already a
Mudder there. Plus, it's a really small company. Should be a great
atmosphere to work in coming out of Mudd's tight-knit community. And, of
course, San Francisco is an awesome city.
Real Life Update
I'm about to finish my second-to-last semester of college. That in and
of itself is perhaps a somewhat stunning thing to think about. Equally
important, of course, is the question of what I'll do once I leave. I've
been interviewing with a half-dozen companies, and just got back the
other day from a trip up to the Bay Area to do in-person interviews with
Yelp and NVIDIA. I'd forgotten how nice the Bay Area was. I
stayed in downtown San Francisco, at The Mosser Hotel, and it was,
well, really nice. Caltrain is also an awesome commuter rail system.
Newport Folk Festival
I spent Saturday at the 50th Newport Folk Festival, and it was
excellent. Some of the highlights? Well, let's see… I saw Iron & Wine,
The Decemberists, Fleet Foxes… the list goes on.
Aside from a little bit of sunburn and a lighter wallet thanks to having
my chair set up perilously close to the Del's stand, it was awesome.
The festival was held at Fort Adams State Park in Newport, RI, and
started at 11:30 in the morning. We even managed to get there for about
11:30, after waiting only about half an hour for a parking spot. Right
off the bat, the festival opened with a legendary name in folk:
Ramblin' Jack Elliott. He was fun to listen to (lots of stories,
obviously), although not quite as dynamic a musician as some of the
others. Other early acts that I took in part of were Tift Meritt and
Ben Kweller. Merritt didn't make much of an impression on me, but I
rather liked Kweller.
Around lunchtime, I watched Billy Bragg, about whom I have somewhat
mixed feelings. He was very… politicized. On the one hand, I agree
with him and his songs about why socialized medicine is good and
deregulated banking is bad. On the other hand, even a rather staunch
social liberal such as myself might want to listen to some music without
the prosthelytizing that seems to be part of his music. I also saw a
little bit of Tom Morello, who I won't even give a link to. He did not
appeal to me.
One To Go
Well, I'm done with another semester. That finishes off my third year
here in Claremont. One to go. Woo.