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Common Topic Symposium / Suck my dick and balls I'm working at NASA
« Last post by KoRo on March 16, 2022 02:01 am CDT »

Shorty hit me up a while back and I was slow to respond, but in light of a very brief conversation I had with him today I figured here is as good a place to celebrate my own personal victories as any. You all may or may not remember me being a total dork (lets be real, who here wasn't) and I always wanted to work for NASA. Well I finally did it. Almost a year ago, actually. Got a job at the Jet Propulsion Lab after interning and working on the Mars rover Perseverance. Now I'm working on the next big project Mars Sample Return and it's pretty dope to be able to say that.

But it's also not all rainbows and unicorns, and honestly I think I may have hyped it up a little too much to myself. The pay sucks compared to private industry, and the administration is a lot slower to respond to changing work norms (i.e. the large shift to work-from-home we're seeing is slower to roll out), and where other companies could offer other incentives like stock options, etc., JPL doesn't have that option to give. There's a lot of old-guard aerospace practices mixed with a lot of bureaucracy that can get in the way of just-want-to-get-malarkey-done attitudes, but there's hope. Some changes on the horizon that might offer a better balance between flexibility and mission assurance.

All told though, the worst part is that I thought being 6 hrs away from home would be fine, but i might as well be half way across the country. I miss my family and friends back home something fierce. I do still talk to them all regularly, but i miss the option of being able to walk to their house, knock on their door, then walk downtown and grab a beer at 2pm (grad school was great like that). I miss the small-town vibe and all that. I'm not a fan of LA.

All in all, it's not as dreamy or amazing as I had hoped, but there are some incredibly talented and intelligent people here who are making me feel like an idiot child for just existing in their sphere. There's so much to learn and such a wide variety of tasks to do that it's hard to be bored. I'll definitely be sticking around for a few years at least. After that we'll see.

Anyway, i still think about you all. Hope you're all doing well. I still haven't uninstalled Tribes either. Can't bring myself to do it. Maybe one day I should hop on...

*Edit:* I also feel the need to add: the biggest discovery I've made through all this is that despite my best efforts, my happiness is still not derived from my work. In fact, some days I feel pretty forking miserable and useless. I honestly can't say I know what makes me happy or fulfilled. I tried to trick myself into thinking it was work, but that only made things worse. What a forking cruel trick of life is that. There are days where I just feel empty inside and emotionally dead, like every day is just gray overcast. The best days are full of melancholy, and the worst absolute despair at the prospective life I have ahead of me. I'm alone, and some days I'm miserable.

Take my advice, kids. Don't rely on your job to bring you happiness or fulfillment. They say "Do what you love and you'll never have to work a day in your life", but those people either 1) were born into wealth and could therefore do whatever-the-fork they wanted, or 2) extremely lucky to find what they love in the first place.

fffffuuuu i missed it by a month almost to the day. I'll put it on my calendar for next year haha.
Common Topic Symposium / Re: I did it boys.
« Last post by KoRo on March 16, 2022 01:51 am CDT »
Nice, yeah I did something similar. A whoooole bunch of various checks and if one of them didn't pass -> reset and try again. Same deal with the 4 different spawn points. Never did get a bash reset working though. The challenge I was facing was that Tribes would periodically crash/disconnect from the server for no apparent reason. I couldn't get the script to work outside of the server, so i could never figure out how to have it reset the program. Nowadays of course I'd write a new script that operates entirely independently (.bat maybe? It'd be tricky but I might be able to do it in Python or C++).
I'll be there, but I'm gonna start again now  :) Can't get to RL 80085 without logging in!
In just 4 months PCRPG will be 20 years old. Maybe there will be some type of event? Ha, probably not. But I'll make a calendar event to remind me to log in that day. I encourage others who still lurk to do the same :)

Edit: I realize now that the 20th anniversary was in 2021, and has passed in silence. At any rate, I will still plan to log in for the 21st.
Common Topic Symposium / Re: I did it boys.
« Last post by DaTheif on July 7, 2021 08:59 am CDT »
I handled most problems pretty simply by just resetting. I would check if I'm hitting the mobs or not by resetting the counter every time I got a "you hit x for x damage message". If the message wasn't seen for more than 60 seconds then I decided I was no longer close enough to get exp and would reset.  Missing them was also acceptable, as long as I'm in the room with the mobs, I would level up eventually.   Other than that, if anything went wrong I would reset. I did this by teleporting back to the entrance and walking again.

If I was bashed, I would start attempting recalling. Once recalled (It would always happen eventually, and usually quickly) I would teleport back and start killing again. 

Since there are 4 possible spawn points for tenebrous cavern, I made 4 routes that met up just inside the cave. Then had 1 route that got me into the part of the zone that the mobs were at. I checked position using #trackpack and would place a pack in a spot I couldn't be shoved to. This was the only thing I had to do manually. Set the pack, face north east and let er go.

There were a handful of other fixes I had to implement along the way. Being overweight, I'd drop coins at storage. If I had too much weight I would drop anything not necessary in my inventory. 

If you have any specific questions about it I'll check back here every so often. Or hit me up on discord Ty#2296
Common Topic Symposium / Re: I did it boys.
« Last post by KoRo on May 1, 2021 12:50 pm CDT »
That's awesome! I think I stopped around RL 5000. Like you, I wrote my own auto-remort script. I think I really learned how to start thinking like a programmer thanks to Tribes. That was a good challenge. I'm interested in hearing how you implemented yours, how you handled problems, checked your position, etc.
Common Topic Symposium / Re: I did it boys.
« Last post by DaTheif on March 23, 2021 02:08 pm CDT »
Congrats ! How many years did it take?!

I believe it took just under 2 years of 24/7 remorting.
In actual time I think it was about 3 years since the server would go down, or I would crash, or go on vacation or something and not be near my machine.

Typically I'd just setup my script every few days again and let her run. And boy did she run. About 25-30 remorts a day depending if it got stuck or not.

It was a learning process in the beginning but over those few years I've smoothed out the script to where (almost) nothing can stop it from getting back on track and remorting again.

Well I'm impressed.  =)  That's absolutely nuts.

Thank you, sir!

All in all, I had a lot of fun writing the script. I love automation and writing AI's.
Common Topic Symposium / Re: I did it boys.
« Last post by Particle on February 16, 2021 10:11 pm CST »
Well I'm impressed.  =)  That's absolutely nuts.
Common Topic Symposium / Re: I did it boys.
« Last post by Riddle on February 8, 2021 01:02 am CST »
Congrats ! How many years did it take?!
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