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December 7th, 2007

quiet house, idol voting, more interview details, and my plans @ 04:03 pm

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It's a quiet house today. Catherine has headed to North Carolina to be with her husband, Jessica has left to hang out with friends, and Emily and Owen are on their honeymoon. So it's just me, Fiona, and the cats hanging out. Hopefully I can turn this solitude into a positive experience by doing some reading and scanning some books. I'm also going to try to vote earlier for therealljidol Speaking of, voting's started, vote early and often here, especially if you liked my last one. Others are well-written too, and thought-provoking. They've done some moving around of groups or tribes of people, and I've been put in the first tribe with those people who have either used up most of the "bye" week entries, or those who haven't been getting many votes. I haven't decided if this grouping is a blessing or not yet.

I got an updated interview schedule with Eastman (no longer E company because it doesn't matter now whether or not I reveal it). I'm doing a "gadget demo" toward the end of the day. It's interesting that I'll basically be hanging out on the sixth floor of one of the buildings on the plant's huge campus just waiting for people to come in and interview me. I'm sure I will get repeat questions, but one of the people who has worked for Eastman, but now works for the company I'm interning with told me that this was normal, and that I should do well. She told me that if I can just be myself, and show my true personality, that I should do well. I just want them to know that I'm willing to make accommodations to help me get the job, but that they'll probably have to do certain things as well. I just don't want them to think that they have to pay thousands of dollars for equipment that, though I may need it, is not absolutely necessary for me to get a job done. I have some ideas for suggestions that I could make, and I think that these suggestions will bode well for making them comfortable enough to work with me.

I'm not planning on doing anything too amazing tonight. Holly isn't coming until Sunday night :(, so I'll probably have a very quiet weekend here. Perhaps I can get some more thesis work done and/or prepare myself for these interviews. Must continue to think positively. More soon.
 
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From:ds4king
Date:December 8th, 2007 05:54 pm (UTC)
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i've read a couple of entries of yours and notice you are working as a chemical engineer. so was wondering what kind of gadget demo you were doing?
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From:djner
Date:December 9th, 2007 03:33 am (UTC)
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Thanks for being my new friend, and also for being curious and commenting. Sometimes, I wonder how many people are actually reading this thing.

The gadgets I'm talking about are the gadgets I use to make chemical engineering accessible to me as a blind person. I've created some of the tools, and come up with methods and such to make chemical engineering workable for me. So basically, I need to show them all of my gadgets so that I can convince them that hiring me won't be too difficult and that I will be a productive employee if given the chance. A very difficult thing to do for someone whose the first in the field who has my disability.

Thanks again, and keep commenting, haven't read too much of yours but I do like the odd person who can actually write, so keep it up and I'll be interested to read what else you have to say.
From:ds4king
Date:December 9th, 2007 06:00 am (UTC)
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Ok, first off, wow, I am beyond impressed with you right now. Honestly am. I mean the mere fact that you don't let being blind stop you from doing what you want but then to go and be an innovator in your field? I mean, if your gadget works, it could help many others down the road. I'll say it again, am honestly impressed.
I do hope that you are not offended, I am just curious, but since you are blind, how is possible to read things on the internet like live journal?
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From:djner
Date:December 9th, 2007 06:53 pm (UTC)
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I've liked chemistry since high school, and just because I'm the first blind person in my field, doesn't make me not want to do something that I want to do. Thanks for your kind words.

You don't offend me at all. As far as my gadgetry, it was either finish a masters project and internship without being able to do the job that needed to be done, or create an innovation that could make the internship workable. This system that I've made can be used for other things than just chem e, so yes, it will be useful for other scientists in the future if I can get it refined, patented, and used in different fields.

I use a program called a screen reader. It's a piece of software that uses synthetic (somewhat robotic) speech to read things that are on the screen. I use the keyboard to "ask" the program what's going on in various applications i.e. I press a keystroke, and it gives me the titlebar of the applicattion. For chemical engineering applications, I use this program, but also use my gadget, which is basically an overlay which goes over a really big tablet PC screen. Using this, I can draw out chemical plant plans which are both visually usable for the sighted and easy to navigate (relatively) for a blind engineer.

Keep asking questions, I do not mind.

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