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I think I just figured out why I have such a hard time trying to write my resume.
Or anything else for that matter.

My seven years of university taught me that everything I wrote down for a paper of any sort MUST have evidence, sources, and citations to back it up, and if I couldn't prove it by citing someone else's work, I couldn't write it. Period.

This sort of thing appears to have caused me some problems in the resume and creative writing departments.
I have some sort of mental block about writing anything that isn't even partially cited.

Part of me knows that resumes don't need citations, but the problem is that it's not the part of me that actually tries to write them.

Now that I know this, however, I think I can figure out how to get around the problem.
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Boy, what a packed three days this has been!

It's all mostly over now, so I can get back to what passes for normal over here within a couple of weeks, unless I happen to get hired, of course.

I say two weeks because that's about how much time I'm estimating it'll take me to sift through everything I've picked up, file things away, submit electronic copies of my resume, and other related stuff.

The amount of stuff to pick up was astounding to me.
Each day I got around a pound of free stuff, and the vast majority of the time it was stuff I hadn't picked up previously.

There were pens, pins, screen cloths, T-shirts, optical disks with free content, bags with company logos, luggage tags, more pins, and reams and reams of information sheets.

Once I finish writing down what happened each day, I'll be summarizing what impressed me about each day so you all can find out what went on.

As for contests, it's too early to tell for most of them (as most of them will pick the winners on Friday, with notification via email), but I didn't properly win either of the ones you had to be there for.
Intel had draws from some really cool swag, such as Solid State Drives and a Netbook computer, while Renderosity had free premium memberships, texture software, flash drives, and T-shirts.
(on the last day, the people in the Renderosity booth had decided that they didn't want to have any flash drives left over, so if you handed in your ticket, you could get a free flash drive with around six free products from their marketplace on it)

There was also a job fare in one corner of the exhibit hall, and officially I handed out my resume to one company so far, with connections made with at least five more.
Again, this will take some time for me to figure out, so nothing's going to happen overnight.
(the only thing that's supposed to be happening tonight is that I go to sleep and give my feet and back some well-deserved rest)
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I'd removed AVG due to my extreme annoyances with it, then remembered that there was another anti-spyware tool I hadn't remembered to install just yet: Ad-Aware Free.

In my past history with it, I've been fairly happy with it, though it usually hasn't found anything.

Today I found signs that it just might include an antivirus tool along with the anti-spyware kit.
In the settings dialog under the "Protection Layers" heading, there's about four checkboxes, with one of them mentioning "Antivirus".

I'll be checking this rumour out later, but for now, I'm throwing this up so you guys can be aware of the possibility.

In other news, I have not yet submitted my resume to Google just yet.
Something seems to be holding me back.

It could just be the perfectionist in me, trying to get the "perfect" resume, when I have so little experience writing them.

Though it could also be the fear of the unknown.
If I did get this job, I'd be moving well out of my known sphere of the world, more-or-less on my own.

My parents would rather I moved to Seattle, where they could visit me more readily, but, given the option, I'd much prefer to go to Waterloo.
I don't think I'm ready to move to the Sates just yet. I think there's a reason I live in Canada, though I don't know what it could be just yet.

When I have time before Friday, I think I'll just throw a resume together, regardless of whether it follows any previously-preferred standard, send it off to the rep and see what happens.

I've spent almost my whole life doing things that are just slightly off the beaten track, and so far in my life, things have turned out just fine.
(for the most part, anyway)

Last week, I had the opportunity to do a last-minute playtesting session of Need For Speed: The Run before the interactive demo was sent to E3, and, due a mix-up with my list of preferred games not being available at the store at that time, will now be getting a copy of NFS: Hot Pursuit in the mail sometime next week.

If that doesn't make sense, try this: I live fairly near to an Electronic Arts location, and they have a public Playtesting program, where you sign up for emails listing the sessions available in the next week, you fill out a survey for the sessions you want, and if you're chosen, you get paid in games.
Up to a three-hour session is generally one game, while the multi-day sessions sometimes net you as many as three games!
(due to the way it works, though, you don't get to choose from every title they've released, and are limited to what they have in their store at the time. This how I got a free copy of Mass Effect 2: Collector's Edition and got introduced to the ME series)


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