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Friday, July 28th, 2006
7:50 am
In the Zone
I can't believe it... during the last few hours of my workday yesterday, I was on FIRE ! No, not literally. This whole summer I've been using the metaphor that my wheels have been spinning. Well, yesterday the wheels stopped spinning. Rather, the wheels hit the ground, and now I'm taking off! Anybody care to see me enter the San Jose Gran Prix with my project?

After conferring with Earl and the hundreds of machine owners over the past few days, I came to the consensus that the best way to note the differneces in package procedures would be to have actual hard or soft copies readily available for the owners. Earl brought to my attention that I could extract all the content from the respective manuals from the 1Stop database, paste them into a Word document, turn on the Track Changes function, and them send them out to the owners. When they reply back with any changes, eliminations, or additions, I'd still have an idea of what was on the original document because Track Changes would indicate what has been modified.

So after this revelation, I was on my computer grabbing manuals from the database and turning them into Word documents. There's roughly about a thousand (more or less) manuals, and (with very clear instructions in my head) the direction I took was definitely in the right direction. And I was off !!!

When I put my headphones on and got on a roll, I was unstoppable. The automatic ergo-advice pop-ups actually started to beome distracting... I had to close the program so that I didn't have to bother with the every 20-minute reminders. I kid you not, I was on fire... or "in the zone" as some would say.

Now that it's a new day, I'm ready to finish up on the remainder of the thousand documents. If it weren't for the fact that I carpooled yesterday , I would've stuck around for hours working on my project. Funny, it's as though my project took a 180'.

Current Mood: rejuvenated
Wednesday, July 26th, 2006
4:43 pm
finally... some professional respect !
After spinning my wheels for the past several weeks, I now feel like I've finally made some progress in my assignment ! I still haven't grasped the finer details of my assignment, but at least I'm definitely making strides in the right direction in understanding the big picture.

See, week after week I've been waiting for responses from the owners of the machines on the FAB floor. Thinking that e-mail would be the best way to get return replies, I was somewhat successful. However, it wasn't until today - when I had one-on-one face-to-face meetings with engineers and owners - that I felt more confident about my project. They were able to provide me some insight, despite being flooded with things to do already. One engineer jokingly asked, "Did I just give myself more work to do?" We both laughed it off.

I started off by taking the Mother of All Spreadsheets and made plenty of Save As files. For each worksheet, I went to the Intel database to find out the office locations of each of the owners. After doing that simple task a few hundred times, I sorted the cells by owners' office locations.

And then I was off ! It took me several HOURS to get a hold of many of the owners, but persistence paid off. I still have many to contact... amazing how many owners were out of office, on sabbatical, in a meeting, on vacation, or on the FAB floor. What was really discouraging was hearing from associates that "oh... XXX isn't here anymore" followed by silence. Victims of the corporate-layoffs axe, no doubt. Well, after running around like a headless chicken trying to talk to the right people, I finally made some progress. And in the process, I learned quite a lot about my project after conversing with the owners.

There's still a lot to do, and I don't have a lot of time to do it in. I still don't see how my mentors expected this project to take 8 weeks. Well, I can only do what I can do. The rest of it is beyond my control.

After being cooped up here in Intel, a wonderful and accomodating company for teacher fellows, I know that education is my career. At one time, I thought that I might have jumped ship, leaving education for the tech field. But with all the bureaucracy, instability, and confusion from the past several weeks, I have developed a finer appreciation for the profession of teaching. While I may not necessarily be a teacher forever, I will certainly stay in the area of education.

I've often toyed with the idea of combining my passions for education with technology. Perhaps children's television could be in my future. Or edusoftware. After all, I am passionate about teaching. I have a knack for multimedia. And I certainly have some technology background. Hmmmm.... children's television.......

- Ken

Current Mood: content
Tuesday, July 25th, 2006
2:15 pm
I'm like a parent volunteer that needs constant guidance
Earl returned from his vacation yesterday. Upon his return, there was very little conversation regarding his vacation. He knocked on my office and wanted to know about my progress right away.

So I shared my progress with him. I made printouts of all the spreadsheets I'd been working on. I showed him the mass amount of e-mails that I've received and sent. We logged on to the database so I could show him how much progress I made in his absence. I thought that I made some serious progress on this cleanup project.

Not so. In his absence, he realized that I did work. However, it's as if though I've been receiving responses from engineers that lead very little towards our project. Earl kept asking me questions as to why I did such and such. When I did these things, I had the impression that I was going down the right path.

Earl's a nice guy, and I have no personal issues with him. However, as a teacher, he is flawed. True, he knows a lot and is very smart. But just because one is an expert in his field does not make him a good teacher. It's the ability to transfer those skills and knowledge onto others that makes a good teacher. I feel all that I've been doing all summer is spinning my wheels, even though I'm making serious effort in trying to help the company with this project.

When I go back into the classroom next month, I'll have to reflect back upon this moment I'm experiencing when I have to face a struggling student. Things may be crystal clear to me as a teacher, as they are to Earl as an engineer, but the learner needs clarity and confidence boosting. Here at Intel, I feel like I'm one of my struggling students not understanding a concept and not understanding its importance.

Coming into this fellowship, I wanted to be a major help to this company. I wanted to be used for my skills and be respected as a professional. Now I feel like one those parent volunteers that need much guidance... good intentions but little productivity. I didn't want to be a gopher or coffee boy for Intel. I wanted to be utilized as a professional... but I needed tasks that could be carried out. Give me some word-processing. Give me spreadsheets and PowerPoints. No problem.

But don't hire me, an intern for eight weeks, as a project manager for something that will likely need 8 months to complete.

- Ken

Current Mood: rejected
Friday, July 21st, 2006
9:04 am
the waiting game
My assignment here at Intel, at least this phase of my assignment, has become clearer. And I'm only at the end of my fifth week! (sarcasm)

For each function area of the CTM group (Litho, Planar, Etch, C4, Automation, Thin Films, Diffusion, Implant, and Yield), I've met with the TSMs (Danny, Fran, Rebeca, Sovandary, Theresa, Sovandary, Rick, Rick, and Fran respectively). During my initial conference with them, I asked them about status of each of the thousands of machines.

After updating the spreadsheet containing the names of the machines, the current proccess being used, the differences (if they existed) for each of the machines, and identifying whether or not they belong in the Virtual Factory, I then was assigned to contact each owner of all the machines to see if any changes are necessary before continuing on with the renaming process.

This process took a lot of grunt-work. In order to contact each owner, I had to customize a new page for each one in order to receive a quick turnaround. I know that if I were an owner, and I had to find my machines under my ownership amongst a thousand other owners, I'd be very frustrated and put the file on the bottom of my priorities. So, for each owner, I extracted data from the "mother of all spreadsheets" which were specifically appropriate to each one of them. By chunking them into small manageable tasks, I was able to send out customized spreadsheets to each owner. For each e-mail I sent out, I asked for their responses - simple yes/no responses with optional comment areas - I was hoping to expect a simple reply... the spreadsheet returned to me with the cells appropriately filled in.

But everything didn't come back to me as expected. Many engineers were out on vacation. The spreadsheet I had contained old data... as old as four years old. I received an e-mail from one former owner... "I moved from D2 to IMO four years ago. I no longer have any association with the Nikon Optistations."

And the waiting game continues. While I've sent out hundreds of e-mails to the thousands of machine owners (many of them are multiple machine owners), I've received replies from only a few dozen or so. I appreciate that most of them did what they were asked to do (complete the cells with missing information), but I was stuck at a standstill when they replied with empty cells... and worse, questions of why I'm going about doing this.

And to make matters even worse, the managers I report to (Louis and Earl) are both out on vacation.

Sigh... we'll see what happens. They anticipated that my project would be completed in 8 weeks, but that's probably under the assumption that there wasn't going to be much down-time. If everything went smoothly, and we know that the real-world doesn't run smoothly, then there's the possibility that this project could've been completed in 8 weeks. I'm still on Phase 2 out of five phases, and I'm here for only another three weeks.

- Ken

Current Mood: rushed
Thursday, July 20th, 2006
10:15 am
the office blues to match my cubicle greys
Tick tock, tick tock... oh wait, there's a digital clock on my monitor. Blink blink, blink blink.

For the past 4 1/2 weeks, I've been putting in my 40 hrs/wk here at Intel. "Putting in my hours" doesn't sound so exciting, does it? Simply put, I'm really not all that interested in learning about the in's and out's of the daily operations of Intel anymore. I have no interest whatsoever in learning about the big-picture of Intel's schemes and plans to take over the digital world. I'm here to serve a purpose, a function if you will... and I'll be fine to do just that.

Now I know how non-motivated students feel like.

The time cannot pass fast enough. I look outside the window, if I can get a clear view above my very drab grey cubicle, to see bright sunny skies calling out my name. I don't belong in here... I belong out there, with the trees and the birds. I think about my students from last year... most of them are probably frolicking in some kind of organized social play, getting doused by rushes of waves at some water park, or screaming their lungs out at Great America. Sigh... and I'm only 2 minutes away from hearing their screams.

I guess one of the perks of working in the summer is avoidance from this 105' weather. Cripes, it's hot out there. It's pretty sad when one has to look forward to going to work just because it has A/C. How does Maya Angelou's famous poem go.... I now know why the caged bird sings. Hey, if the caged bird gets fed and is shaded away from the sun, I guess it has something to chirp about. Me, on the other hand, I've got shelter too... but that's about it. Are these the very same thoughts that are running through the minds of my students come September?

At least they can support one another. I feel like I'm a fish out of water here in the corporate environment. A big fat juicy fish and they managers have a cleaver in their hands.

I can't wait until school comes around. True, I could use more time away from the classroom, but at least I'll be amongst "my people". I just hope that my students don't assign ME the traditional first-day-of-school assignment "What did you do over the summer?"

- Ken
Tuesday, July 18th, 2006
11:03 am
now it's Rick's turn to get some nurturing
Apparently, Rick's mom is sick in the hospital. Without getting into too much detail, his mother has a dietary disease (the same one as Doug & Wendy Whiner from SNL had from back in the 80s... I just don't know how to spell it!)

How ironic that he was the one who helped Linda cope with her problems... and now it's Linda that's taking care of him.

Although this isn't school related, it definitely has merit human value to it.

When my neighbors asked Rick how he's handling it, he was very honest. What really stood out in my mind was the way when he responded to somebody's wishes of having his dad "take it easy." Rick said, "No. I don't want him to take it easy. I want him to let us know how he's feeling and not have to hold it in. I want him to talk to us kids (Rick and his siblings) and let us know what he's going through."

Wow. I liked that honesty. To think that for years, I've always wished my widowed grandmother to "take it easy".

Anyway, Rick seems to be handling his family issues rather well. As teachers, it's in our nature to be nurturing and to take care of others... especially those teachers whom we are close to. I'm glad to see that that level of humanitarianism still holds true in the corporate environment.

- Ken
Friday, July 14th, 2006
4:05 pm
coaching position for me at IISME?
Dear Ken,

Hi Ken. How's it going, Ken? How're the wife and kids? 'Nuff chit-chat.

Hmmm... let's see. It was last summer during End of Summer Celebration when I was small-talking with Cory and Terri. The topic was, surprisingly, school. Then Arne Lin came strolling along, thanking me for taking care of the audio problem situation from the presentation.

The words that next came out of his mouth: "So, Ken, it's about time you became an IISME coach."

Sprrooinnnggg ! Whuhhhh? Doink ! Awwwuuuuggaahhhh ! What the #&^@* !!!

This came from Arne, who I know only as an acquaintence. Well, I take that back. He's part of my extended family which is my IISME family. But the nerve and audacity of him to suggest that I quit being a fellow and instead become coach. What was he thinking? What was I thinking?

Hmmm.... thinking about what I was thinking got me thinking. I did agree with what he said... "the fellowships all become the same after a few years." I couldn't agree with him more. So I asked him (and Cory and Terri too) what coaching was like (workload) and why he was interested in having me as an IISME coach.

"Well, where do you live? Los Gatos you say? We need a guy in that area."

I don't think that that was all that qualified me to be a coach. He continued on... saying that it's about time for me.

I passed on the offer, knowing that grad school would be consuming a lot of my time for this summer... time which I would need in order to be a coach. But the offer was nonetheless very much appreciated.

Would I be interested in being a coach next summer? Possibly. I can't imagine what it'd be like to be a coach. Is there room in the future for a second blogging coach? Hmmmmmmmm.

But I'm getting married next summer, so I'm definitely going to have to take an IISME hiatus. Who knows... mabye 2008 would be a good year to coach.

- Ken
9:48 am
Intel cuts 1,000 Santa Clara managers
Okay... hmmm.

The buzz around the office yesterday was that there were going to be layoffs at Intel, despite the affirmation from Intel's CA Public Affairs "We're doing well. Don't believe what the Mercury News wrote about (from June 19)".

I didn't hear the details about the layoffs. I just heard buzz yesterday.

And then on my way to work today, Don Bleu announces on 101.3 morning radio during a newsflash, "The Mercury is reporting that Intel Corporation of Santa Clara is laying off 1000's of its employees due to downsizing, budget cuts, and the state of the economy." No details followed.

On the Intel Circuit (Intel's HR homepage), was there any mentioning of this wave of layoffs? That would be, "no". The Circuit is covering stories of Back-to-School drives, ergonomics reviews, and global purchases. But not a single link about this round of layoffs.

The office is quiet today. Fridays are usually a quiet telecommuter day, but it's much more quieter than usual. Hmmmm, I wonder if anybody in my department is affected by the news.

All of the thoughts and feelings I had from a few days ago with Linda's layoff are running through my head again. We're not just talking about a lost position. We're talking about 1000's of families being affected... quite possibly now having the only job in the family getting cut off. We're talking about 1000's of engineers trying to finding jobs in an already competitive market.

I hope they've got a cushy nest-egg.

- Ken
Wednesday, July 12th, 2006
3:10 pm
office mate got the Intel axe
So I'm going about my normal business, still updating the mother of all spreadsheets... when I heard some cabinets closing, doors slamming, shelves shutting, and other "moving" noises nearby.

My cube neighbor, Linda, is suspiciously quiet. Another cube neighbor, Rick, jokingly asks, "So... you're redecorating your office?"

Hardly a word was spoken. It was pretty much understood then that her time at Intel had come.

I couldn't help but overhear the conversation. After all, this is happening merely two feet away from me on the other side of a cube wall.

Right there and then, she broke down and started crying. Because of some unexpected turn-of-events going on in her personal life (broken car, shortage of medicine, absent family members, etc.), Linda had been taking some time off work. And apparently this had been going on for quite some time. Well natrually, this upset her manager. Linda put in efforts on making up for loss time by staying later or telecommuting whenever possible, but I got the impression that it wasn't nearly enough.

Rick helped ease the conversation by offering his help on anything. She took him up on his offer when they decided to go for a walk.

Of course, through hearsay I got the impression that Linda's manager didn't use the exact word "fired", but it was pretty much understood. This got me thinking... "fired".

We're not just talking about a break or a vacation here. We're talking about getting the boot. Leaving the company on bad terms. Cutting off her financial oxygen.

Boy, to have thought that this is the greener side of the grass. Being a teacher, I'm glad we have job security (well, more or less)... and that no matter where we live, there are positions for us. Intel, a blue-chip company, may lay off people here and there, or perhaps downsize. But it's more than just a loss of another engineer. To Linda, it's her livelihood. Intel is her steady shoulder... well, "was" her steady shoulder. Unluck us teachers, if she had to relocate to Desolate Town, Nebraska for whatever reason, she'd have a tough time finding a job. We, on the other hand, would probably have better luck.

Hmmm... now I have a better appreciation for teaching. There's one feather in the cap for teachers in the teachers vs. corporate battle.
Friday, July 7th, 2006
12:28 pm
Wednesday, July 5th, 2006
12:07 pm a sit-down with Louis & Earl July 5
So I'm spinning my wheels, practically. I'm going through the spreadsheet over again to ensure accuracy.

Now that Louis and Earl believe that Phase 1 is done (which it is, though it can contain errors which I'm slowly fixing as I'm progressing), I'm getting training on Phases 2 & 3 of the project.

Before I go on, here's a quick breakdown of my project while I'm here at Intel:

Phase 1 - Stop
Phase 2 - Audit
Phase 3 - Eliminate
Phase 4 - Collaborate
Phase 5 - Recommendation

At the stage where I am right now, I'm contacting all the TSM in the group and making appointments with each of them. I'll be asking each of them about the status of the FAB machines.... either:

1) the package can still be used for p860 and modified for p805,
2) a p860 or p805 stand-alone package will need to be created,
3) the package needs to be eliminated, or
4) unsure of status - needs following up

Even though Louis and Earl predict that my project won't be finished by Aug. 11 (my last day), they're firm on having an aggressive schedule. And I hope, I really do, that I can hold on to this aggressive schedule. But like I said in an earlier entry, they're speaking a different language to me often.

And I'm just like a tourist without a translator.

- Ken
Wednesday, July 5th, 2006
12:07 pm
a sit-down with Louis & Earl July 5
So I'm spinning my wheels, practically. I'm going through the spreadsheet over again to ensure accuracy.

Now that Louis and Earl believe that Phase 1 is done (which it is, though it can contain errors which I'm slowly fixing as I'm progressing), I'm getting training on Phases 2 & 3 of the project.

Before I go on, here's a quick breakdown of my project while I'm here at Intel:

Phase 1 - Stop
Phase 2 - Audit
Phase 3 - Eliminate
Phase 4 - Collaborate
Phase 5 - Recommendation

At the stage where I am right now, I'm contacting all the TSM in the group and making appointments with each of them. I'll be asking each of them about the status of the FAB machines.... either:

1) the package can still be used for p860 and modified for p805,
2) a p860 or p805 stand-alone package will need to be created,
3) the package needs to be eliminated, or
4) unsure of status - needs following up

Even though Louis and Earl predict that my project won't be finished by Aug. 11 (my last day), they're firm on having an aggressive schedule. And I hope, I really do, that I can hold on to this aggressive schedule. But like I said in an earlier entry, they're speaking a different language to me often.

And I'm just like a tourist without a translator.

- Ken
Monday, July 3rd, 2006
8:21 am
today and tomorrow off ! July 3
Luckily, Intel is giving us both today AND tomorrow off. Woohoo! Good thing July 4 is on a Tuesday this year. And better yet, they're PAID days !

But my department is still working. They're on 24 hrs a day, 7 days a week. Must be terrible around the long weekends... even worse around winter holidays.

When I told my mentor, Louis, that Intel gave me the days off, he was okay with it. But I think he was counting on me showing up... for both days! Apparently, Earl needs as much time with me (for training purposes) before his trip to Hawaii on Thu. So, with Mon and Tue out, that leaves only Wed.

This reminds me of last summer's internship with Applied Materials. I remember being in global meetings... having morning meetings as early as 6:30 am California time all the way up until 8:00 pm meetings, often on the same day! Applied was very generous with me taking 2 hr lunches, needless to say.

But I think the Intel environment is different. They're pretty strict on their work week. First of all, their work calendar is pretty unique. The 52-week year is broken down into 13-week quarters, of course. Each quarter is broken into a 4, 4, and 5 week span. Rather than using calendar dates as deadlines, the talk is "... is due on Work Week 27".

Also, the work week is very unusual. Considering the department is made primarily of 8 or 9 people working 24/7. The typical 9-5 5 dys/wk schedule doesn't exist. Instead, they have 12-13 hr shifts for 3, 4, or 5 days each week - with the 5th-day week alternating between every other week. Very unusal. But, they still have to respect the 40-hr work week.

With grad school and the job at Intel, I feel like I'm easily putting in 13 hr days EVERY day of EVERY week.

- Ken
Friday, June 30th, 2006
2:27 pm
Turns out that I've been reading the data wrong when updating the spreadsheet. Now I have to retrace all of my steps and try to catch up on the pace Intel has set for me.

I'm SOOOOOOOOOOOOO frustrated ! There goes a couple of days worth of work !

If only I spoke their language. Then maybe I'd have a snowball's chance in hell. But as it is right now, the corporate language is going way above my head. It's like my group speaks an entirely different language... from another planet.

Luckily, I spoke with my mentor about it today. I was pleased to hear that his job isn't to make me look or feel bad. Rather, he said that we need to concentrate on how to remove these roadblocks so the project could get back on track.

I know that it's a holiday weekend, but I am SOOOOOO ready for another work day just so I can get caught up.

- Ken
Thursday, June 29th, 2006
7:39 am
So after working for a week nonstop on the mother of all spreadsheets, I shared my results with my group at the weekly meeting yesterday. After a few praises, further recommedations came from the group.

Positive feedback. Yes! I was inspired to go back to my desk, cracked my knuckles, and mentally prepared myself to keep going on this spreadsheet.

Then the wall hit me.

For Pete's sake, I could not get rolling. I've spent over a week on this (censored) spreadsheet, and now Intel wants me to do even more with this? Every piece of data in each cell needs to be processed flawlessly through a flowchart before I can even go on to the next cell? So yesterday, I sat in my office trying to get inspired to continue with this project.

I gave into the temptation of the blue IE icon. I paid my credit cards bills online. I checked my eBay bids. Hmmmm, I even read all of my school e-mail. Yahoo games kept me entertained for 20 min.

The minutes turned into hours, and I still COULD NOT get inspired to go on with the spreadsheet. And I'm sure everyone else at IISME will be feeling the same way I did/do at one point or another. What to do to pass the time away? How am I going to get past that mental breaking point yet try to look productive in the office?

Boy, I sure do appreciate the teaching profession... absolutely no boredom there!

- Ken
Tuesday, June 27th, 2006
3:23 pm
June 27 entry
So I walked into the office today extra early... around 6:45. The automatic lights aren't time to go on until 7:00 am.

I felt pretty good giving Earl an expected completion day/time on the spreadsheet and meeting that time. Now we go on to Phase 2 of the project.


After looking at the spreadsheet, Earl says that our project will likely take a drastic turn due to the results of the spreadsheet. This unexpected result catches Earl unprepared. We both go in his office and try to come up with solutions on how to maximize my time and his.

After numerous attempts and some techno glitches, we decide to wait until tomorrow after the group meeting to conclude this matter. We'll share our spreadsheet with the group first and get some input from them.

I get to go home early today. Instead, I use the time to work on IISME requirements (ETP, Community Group planning, MidSummer planning, etc.)

- Ken
Monday, June 26th, 2006
5:06 pm
Day 6 - June 26
Spend pretty much all day working on that spreadsheet.

I told Earl that I'd have it done by 5:30. Finish it at 5:26.

Tomorrow, we go beyond the spreadsheet.

- Ken
Friday, June 23rd, 2006
3:08 pm
FRIDAY !!! June 23 - Day 5
Met with Jodi, IISME Peer Coach. Had our first 1-to-1 meeting, which could be our last. Basically small talk since I'll be leaving her group because I'll be with the Blogger's group. Good chance to share my thoughts with a teacher colleague. As a veteran IISME fellow, I volunteer to make some things happen. I set up the groundwork for an IISME non-Intel employee Museum tour.

Back in the office, I continue with the spreadsheet. Cut here. Paste there. Read here. Edit there. Yawn.

2:00 rolls around and I have my 1-to-1 with Louis. He does this for all his employees anyway, but this is suitable for me too for IISME purposes. He asks how things are going and how I'm feeling about my placement. Pleasantries exchanged. Informal, yet formal. We agree that everything is off to a fine start, except for the laptop assigning. I tell him that Earl is a guy who I think I can easily work with.

Louis allocates time for me to work on my IISME paperwork. I appreciate it very much. I also plan on using this time to help me with grant-writing.

- Ken
Thursday, June 22nd, 2006
2:30 pm
Day 4 - Thu, June 22
Training Day !

Yes, the opening minutes of the training were crucial. All about hard-drive password, network password, and SoftID password. But, please, SOMEBODY SHOOT ME IN THE HEAD ! What a long 3 hr training ! At least I got to walk away with my laptop and four other boxes (dock, mouse, keyboard, security cable) . No bag to hold it all in... how ironic.

Oh yeah. Today is Intel's "Take Your Kid to Work" day. Kids were all over the place...mostly 10-14 yr olds. They looked bored out of their minds. Luckily, not too many were distracting. But they definitely had that scared deer-in-the-headlights look.

After setting up my station, I finally get to work on my project.

It was all intimidating at first, but I got a handle on it. Phase 1 was basically inputting data from the internal database into an Excel spreadsheet. A lot of monotony. Point to this link. Copy it. Paste it. If VF, then Y. If not VF, then N. P804, 805, 806, or 860? Nothing? Leave it blank.

Monotony. Monotony. Monotony.

Good thing I brought my headphones. At least I can listen to XM internet while I work.

- Ken
Wednesday, June 21st, 2006
2:07 pm
Day 3 - 06/21 Intel, another day. Blah, blah, blah
Met with Earl, who created a spreadhseet template for what I'll be working on. We started a mock project until the group meetings start.

Met the whole group at 12:00 with some familiar faces, some not familiar. Maybe about a dozen people. As we ate, a regular business meeting was held. Ground rules: no laptops open (except for presenter), limit the side talk, focus on speaker. Interesting agenda item.... after my introduction to the group, the opening minutes was titled "Happy Thoughts". People shared on their happy moments in life. And concluding the meeting was "Opens", which I found out to be anything last-minute that needs to be said to the whole group.

From one meeting to another - this time a CTM department meeting. A few more people than the last, but this one includes a telecommuter. With several years of IISME experience, I'm already familiar with the culture of a corporate environment (telecommuters, security badges, conducting meetings & procedures, restroom/snack room do's/don'ts, no recess bells, etc.) Introductions were made, and they were all very polite to me. Discussions of business happenings, and I didn't even fall asleep.

Tomorrow I'm scheduled for the computer training course and to get my hands on my own laptop. Working on a shared computer is terrible. Printer configurations, security, etc. is unstable.

- Ken
Tuesday, June 20th, 2006
1:37 pm
Day 2 at Intel - June 20
Louis meets me in the lobby of the RNB building. We go to the Peet's Coffee located next to the cafeteria within the building. Small talk happens before we begin a tour of the campus, namely the areas that I'll be working with.

The tour was mostly a hallway tour, but I did get close to suiting up in a bunny suit for the FAB. Also went under a doorway that had extremely volatile chemical circulating above me. Luckily, they're double-piped for safety. Also saw the "yard" where tanks of chemicals are stored. Unsettling, Louis says that the safest building in the event of a quake or leak is the building with all the chemicals in it. What ???

The tour concluded with introductions to the people in his group and other offices (printer station, TRC, etc.). While trying to get his hands on a video for me to view, Louis gives me access to the department website. As expected, TONS of terminology... and me without a clue! Finally, Louis pops in "Silicon Run Lite" video. Zzzzzzzzz. Interested, but bland.

Earl squeezes time in his day for me to get a briefing from him. Describes what the project is all about. I understand maybe about 10% of it. He says not to worry... I'll get the hang of it eventually.

Being without a personal computer is terrible. Can't wait to get one of my own so I can be productive. Luckily, I've got my iBook with me.

- Ken
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