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Old Yesterday, 08:59 PM   #3561
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Sometimes I drink coffee up until bedtime and then take 9 mg of Melatonin and sleep like a baby. I'm usually thinking about how amazing the modern world is as I fall asleep.
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Old Yesterday, 09:16 PM   #3562
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Sometimes I drink coffee up until bedtime and then take 9 mg of Melatonin and sleep like a baby. I'm usually thinking about how amazing the modern world is as I fall asleep.
If I do that I have ridiculously vivid dreams. I end up waking up ~6 hours later, unable to fall back asleep but still groggy. I miss caffeine


I was getting annoyed at needing caffeine to avoid withdrawal headaches, plus I want to resensitize myself to it before school starts. Sleep seems to have improved after tapering off.
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Just hit me that I've yet to secure housing for my summer internship that I've known about for months. No real reason why. I just put it on my mental 'things I should do in the near future' list and forgot about it. Cue frantic searching.
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TOMD: A friend is helping his husband in applying for a hardship waiver on his visa, and I was one of the people who got to write a letter. I really need to brush up on my writing skills.
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Old Today, 09:14 AM   #3565
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TOMD: Had my orientation today at work from 9 am to 3 pm. Now I'm trying to acclimate myself to a third shift sleep schedule so that I can go in at 10 pm Monday night. I was barely able to get a wink of sleep this evening so now I'm going to try and stay up all night and go to bed around 10 am tomorrow morning.

It's going to be a long night.
People have mentioned blackout curtains ad nauseam, but something else to consider is sleeping with a fan or other noise source going. Daytime is just so much noisier than nighttime, and that's what throws more people off, I think. I can sleep in broad daylight just as well as I can anytime else, but if it's too quiet... no chance.
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Old Today, 10:05 AM   #3567
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Just hit me that I've yet to secure housing for my summer internship that I've known about for months. No real reason why. I just put it on my mental 'things I should do in the near future' list and forgot about it. Cue frantic searching.
Knowing where you're working this summer, I'd say you're ever so slightly fucked. A thousand students and probably another 300 academics and postdocs converge on the place (with a county population of all of 18,000 people) over the summer months, leaving very few rental options open. My first summer there as a student years back, I ended up letting a room (with roommate) at the now-defunct White Rock Motor Lodge all summer.

Check out the surrounding communities. Santa Fe would be a first choice. Pojoaque and Espańola? Less desirable, though workable (and, like Santa Fe, connected by Park and Ride buses). A place up in the Jemez mountains? Great outdoors, but an hour-long drive each way. Pitching a tent in Bandelier National Monument? I've seen it done (and wouldn't recommend it).
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Knowing where you're working this summer, I'd say you're ever so slightly fucked. A thousand students and probably another 300 academics and postdocs converge on the place (with a county population of all of 18,000 people) over the summer months, leaving very few rental options open. My first summer there as a student years back, I ended up letting a room (with roommate) at the now-defunct White Rock Motor Lodge all summer.

Check out the surrounding communities. Santa Fe would be a first choice. Pojoaque and Espańola? Less desirable, though workable (and, like Santa Fe, connected by Park and Ride buses). A place up in the Jemez mountains? Great outdoors, but an hour-long drive each way. Pitching a tent in Bandelier National Monument? I've seen it done (and wouldn't recommend it).
In my defense, this is my first time doing any sort of search for housing, so the realities of the situation were very much no clear to me, and I've had a very hectic semester between starting working on research with a professor and working part time (on top of my classes of course). Still not really an excuse when the internship has been set in stone since January though...

Got in contact with 10 places yesterday, 5 of which have gotten back to me and have no availability. There has been some good news though. One of them said that if I don't find anything they could lay a cot for me in the corner of one of the rooms. Not ideal sure, but the place is in Los Alamos itself, and as long as I have a place to sleep I'll deal with the rest and take it as a lesson well learned.

EDIT: Kinda glad I got some money saved up and will have a bit of a well paying remote side thing. I think I'll just book something on Airbnb if none of the places I've contacted get back to me by the end of the week.
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My laptop's been on its last for a while - the chassis is a bit crumpled, the + key on the 10pad doesn't work... And there's a load of dead pixels. About fifteen single lines of them, in the direct centre of the screen.

So I finally bought a new one. Well, newish - I got a refurbished one from a well-known high-street seller, thinking everything would be okay.

The RAM isn't as advertised, and it doesn't do sound apart from through headphones. Which isn't as advertised (fully working, but minor cosmetic scratches).

These are REALLY simple things to test for... But how the fuck did this pass muster?
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ind anything they could lay a cot for me in the corner of one of the rooms. Not ideal sure, but the place is in Los Alamos itself, and as long as I have a place to sleep I'll deal with the rest and take it as a lesson well learned.
I'm not aware of the specifics here, but as a general life rule any place which is willing to put a cot in the corner and charge you rent for it is not a place you want to live. I'd go with the camping option before I did that.
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I'm not aware of the specifics here, but as a general life rule any place which is willing to put a cot in the corner and charge you rent for it is not a place you want to live. I'd go with the camping option before I did that.
Gave me some more details over email and it seems to be an unused room that fits a twin bed. Kind of a different pitch than they gave over phone. Could work, still have access to a bathroom and general place to stay, but yeah, I'd ask for pictures and everything before agreeing to anything.

TOMD: One of the places I called had a strange system where it asked for my name before ringing, and then didn't let me leave a full message. Thought it was odd, but moved on. They called back and left a voice message just talking between themselves (sounded like husband and wife) about how they couldn't understand my name at all (Hispanic name). Thought maybe I spoke too quickly or something, so I called them back. Woman answered, passed me to her husband, who asked who I was and why I was calling. I repeated my name and explained I was asking about the room listed for rent. He interrupted me by saying he couldn't understand my name and asked if I even spoke English. Kinda wish I'd just hung up right there, but I'm low on options so I tried again, this time pronouncing my name like an American would. He claimed to have no idea what I was talking about, warned me to stop calling them (even though I only called once?), and said I was wasting my time.

Most unpleasant phone conversation I've ever had. Don't know if I misdialed (kind of unlikely, I tend to double check unfamiliar numbers), or if he's just a racist piece of shit. Either way, I'm just glad I'm never interacting with him or his wife ever again.
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My laptop's been on its last for a while - the chassis is a bit crumpled, the + key on the 10pad doesn't work... And there's a load of dead pixels. About fifteen single lines of them, in the direct centre of the screen.

So I finally bought a new one. Well, newish - I got a refurbished one from a well-known high-street seller, thinking everything would be okay.

The RAM isn't as advertised, and it doesn't do sound apart from through headphones. Which isn't as advertised (fully working, but minor cosmetic scratches).

These are REALLY simple things to test for... But how the fuck did this pass muster?
Refund or chargeback - if it's not as advertised, even refurbished, you're entitled to a refund, especially with all those EU consumer protection laws you have.
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Refund or chargeback - if it's not as advertised, even refurbished, you're entitled to a refund, especially with all those EU consumer protection laws you have.
There's a Brexit joke or two in here somewhere, but it's too late (and I'm too lazy) to make them.
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Got in contact with 10 places yesterday, 5 of which have gotten back to me and have no availability. There has been some good news though. One of them said that if I don't find anything they could lay a cot for me in the corner of one of the rooms. Not ideal sure, but the place is in Los Alamos itself, and as long as I have a place to sleep I'll deal with the rest and take it as a lesson well learned.
Damn, I'm glad to see a young person with an attitude like that. Well put.
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