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BIG THINGS

Sunday, April 17th, 2005

Man we already did that
Now I’m into big things
No time to get sidetracked
Now I’m into big things
Get money now besides that
Some more big things
I’m into big things
The big things
The big things

Nas, “Big Things” from “I Am”

Expedia, (.commmmm)

I accepted an offer to work for Expedia, the online travel agency, as a Program Manager. My job will include drafting specifications and making design decisions for various projects and lots of meetings with marketing/business people as well as the software developers and testers in my team working on the projects I will be managing. I will not be doing much, if any, coding on the job but I will definitely be involved in the design issues and coding/testing issues my project-mates will be dealing with. I’m looking forward to the job a lot. I feel like its pretty well-suited to my interests and abilities. I can’t wait to see how it goes when I get up there. I am dreading using a PC every day at work though.

Armen in Expedia Cap

Expedia is in the city of Bellevue, in the beautiful Puget Sound area of Washington State. Apparently Berkeley wasn’t good enough and I can’t wait to go even further north from LA. That’s actually not true, but its just how things have worked out. I hear great things about the area and I’m sure that it will be just as rewarding an experience as my time here in Berkeley has been. I will be moving up to the Seattle area at the start of July.

If any of you live up there or have lived up there, know about the place, want to tell me about it, warn me about it 🙂 or whatever, please do.

Europe

Amir, my cousin Ara, and myself are planning a backpacking trip to Europe. We’ll be over there for a few weeks this June. The list of places we’ll be visiting isn’t solid yet so I’ll post that a little later. If you’ve been to some cool places in Europe that are must-see, please share them with us. This should really be an amazing trip but I’m trying not to get too overexcited about it because I still have four CS projects, an 8 page paper, and three final exams to do before I can go.

Oh and if you’d like to go its not too late (yet) to join the trip.

The Dream Team and CS162

Friday, April 30th, 2004

So for those of who don’t know, I’m enrolled in CS162 this semester. That’s the Introduction to Operating Systems course for us EECS and CS people at Cal. So far it has been an interesting class and one that I’ve enjoyed…like most of the CS classes I’ve taken. Last semester I took my first upper division EECS course and for those who haven’t heard by now, it turned out a disaster. My partner for the projects dropped the class right before the project was due and … well I’m tired of telling that story.

Luckily, this time around I’ve got a great group of partners working with me on the projects and its made the experience much better. Now last week we were working on our third project which involved adding virtual memory capability to our operating system. If that term even means anything to you, please in the future, don’t take it for granted. Its one helluva thing to program. Most of us spent almost 50 hours in Soda last week working on that project. One doesn’t spend that many hours with these guys in a basement room surrounded by computers without coming away with some funny stories to tell. These won’t make much sense so its more like I’m indulging myself with these.

Siamack saying calmly, “Bring me unloadSections().” Of course we promptly handed it to him (it hadn’t been written at that point).

Arjun suggesting, “Hey guys, we can mod it with 2.” Referring to our counter variable looping from 0-2 and manually being reset to 0 if it was greater than 2. Leave it to Arjun to take the long way around.

Lastly, we found out that its fun to say the name Siamack with a lot of oomph. Even more-so when you’re frustrated with something. SIAMACK. SIAMAAACKKKK!!! Its almost like the Wrath of Kahn thing from Star Trek from Seinfeld from…nevermind, who gets that reference? Hehe, if you do you’re cool like me.

Anyway Rahul called me yesterday to tell me we aced the project so those hours in the lab paid off. Hopefully the last project goes just as well.