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  1. Burton

    Best exercise for general neck hypertrophy?

    One could also argue that very reason is why you should work it hard. To better keep those body parts connected. How do you know you're not gonna run across some maniac that's decided today is the day he's gonna pull someone's head off and you get to be the victim? All until he sees your terrifyingly thick neck and he's all like "fuck, no way I'm pulling this guy's head off, may as well go try it on that old lady over there."
  2. Burton

    Best exercise for general neck hypertrophy?

    How about one of those neck harness things that people use? I would think that maybe that would be effective if you used it connected to either a band in a power rack or a cable pulley. I always hated doing them with a weight plate hanging from it because it just felt out of control for me. We had to use those in high school for football weight training and they seemed to work at the time. Also, I never really considered that having a football helmet on for 2-3 hours a day while running, changing direction rapidly and having other people run into me at a high speed could possibly be the actual cause of my significantly larger childhood neck.
  3. Burton

    Liftin' weights and other shit

    Just like the bible says, right?
  4. Burton

    Liftin' weights and other shit

    Not exactly news. 1. Ras is gay for everyone. 2. Everyone is either gay for me or don't know of me yet. So yeah, tell me something I don't already know.
  5. Burton

    Liftin' weights and other shit

    On a note unrelated to my job search, I think I'm feeling good enough to go back to working out. I have been good enough for 3-4 weeks now but you know, I'm lazy. I may upload some form videos for you fuckboxes to look at and tell me why I can't seem to stay unhurt. I'm still blaming the laundry basket but looking at all potential sources of injury is a good idea. If you'd like, I can show you form of that too but I know it's trash. I bend over on one leg like a golfer picking up a ball after a successful putt, have a rounded back and in some cases, am probably rotating my trunk to some degree. But it's a fucking laundry basket, you know? Anyway, look for that journey starting tomorrow or sometime soonish. In the meantime, here's a picture of my dog Elvis harassing me when I was trying to eat some organic southwestern style potato salad. That's what's in my left hand behind the pillow. It's not relevant to anything here, but he's very handsome and thought I'd make this place happier than it usually is.
  6. Burton

    Liftin' weights and other shit

    The shitty part is that I already asked for a week's delay so that was kind of off the table. I'm freaking out big time about the risk of losing employment but if I can get a job with this place, it's better in about 1000 different ways than what I was offered. I guess part of me also doesn't wanna become some kind of transient employee with no benefits, no real status and no hope for building an actual future. Maybe that's stupid of me but it's what I feel and I think I'm worth that.
  7. Burton

    Liftin' weights and other shit

    So I just sent an email canceling my contract for Monday. I'm taking a gamble but this is one of those nothing ventured, nothing gained situations. My phone interview went well. It was obvious they were screening me to figure out where I would be put in their seniority hierarchy. It was also with the director of R&D and one of the senior managers, which put me on edge as that's a lot of pressure and higher titles than I normally interview with. They asked me questions regarding aspects of the position that is the most senior currently available. I honestly don't have the experience for it but I do have experience that would put me mid-senior level and they asked me if I'd be interested in that. I told them I would. At the end of the call, I asked them what the process would be moving forward if they had interest and they asked me when I'd be free for an onsite interview. They also told me their HR people would contact me and I should expect a 5-6 hour interview process. So there's no fucking way that they tell me how long the interview would be and tell me their HR will contact me to discuss scheduling unless they're wanting to move forward. It puts me in a bad spot because I have to cancel my contract but I can't fucking go there next week, ask for an unpaid personal day the same week I start to go interview for a job that will likely be offered to me starting a couple of weeks later. It's bad faith if I do that. Sure, there's a possibility of me totally shitting myself at the interview but I can't start Smucker's in such a way knowing that I'll likely be leaving almost immediately after starting. It'll be easier for them to contact their #2 who will probably be able to start either this next week or the week after. They'll lose way less time this way than if I show up and pretend nothing is happening behind the scenes. If it does all fall to shit, I can just drive for amazon flex and keep looking for a few weeks because I can clear about 700 bucks a week doing that. More than I make now via unemployment. Almost double it, actually. I feel like the biggest shitbag on the planet though. Even though I shouldn't. This is just life. I am not looking forward to the follow-up email or phone call I get from the recruiter. Mostly because she seems like she might be a decent person and I know this makes her look bad. That's where my guilt is centered. But I also know some recruiters personally and they're the fakest mother fuckers on the planet. So she's probably like that as I think it's just part of that job.
  8. Burton

    Liftin' weights and other shit

    The thing is, this is how I handle my interviews in the first place. I inform them that currently I'm working on continuing education (which I am) and that I'm looking to get back to the lab if the circumstances are right and the company and the work they do interests me. I think I've used the phrase "looking for the right fit but not going to reach for something that won't be good for both parties". And my employment had nothing to do directly with Smuckers. It had everything to do with a third party recruitment agency so pretty much none of the factors surrounding the employment were negotiable in this case. In my interview tomorrow, I'll be in a much better spot as it's an interview for a real job. I swear, of all the interviews I've had in this whole process, 90+ percent of them have been through staffing agencies for either contract or contract to hire. It just seems like that's how a lot of companies are going nowadays. Either forcing you into contract work so you can get shitty staffing company benefits (and they're really, really bad) or trialing you through the contract to hire route. The benefits through astrix were so bad I told the recruiter that I hoped for her sake that the benefits they offered me weren't the ones they gave their actual employees.
  9. Burton

    Liftin' weights and other shit

    Thanks, buddy. That's what I needed. That's not me trying to stop the rest of you clowns from jumping in with tales of god knows what. I'm pretty confident about the interview. I mean, what company contacts you based on a 4-month-old resume, asks for an interview less than 24 hours after you send them a repeat copy of the same resume and has the whole thing arranged for 3 business days after the courting started if they're not interested in you immediately? Post haste and such. The guilt thing just sucks. Even though there's no reason to feel it. Adrienne nailed it with me yesterday when she was like "it's a contract organization, I'm sure they deal with this shit all the time". For me, I guess that's just the cost of doing business like this for Smucker's. I would probably have an actual reason to feel bad for them if this was a sudden, unexpected influx of work. But no, this is a position that previously existed (hence them having the budget and such already for it) so I have no reason to feel sorry for them trying to temp position a job that was once a full-time position. I think that's why I find it so shitty that they're using a contract job to do this work. It feels like they're screening me to determine if I'm good enough to allow me to work for them for real. Fuck them for that bullshit. And Ras, C I believe is "Rock out with your cock out" which is probably Sam's way of telling me to not wear pants during the interview or any point afterward with the company I'm interviewing with. I think it's a dominance thing.
  10. Burton

    Liftin' weights and other shit

    Hey guys, I need some help from you all with rationalizing things. So, as you may recall from some previous post that I have a contract job that starts next Monday that is a significant inconvenience for me. Well, I got an email Thursday last week from a company in Columbus I applied to in like October/November. At the time I had applied to some kind of entry-level/Chemist I type position because you know, out of work makes us reach a bit where we otherwise might not. I got denied for it but one of their recruitment managers informed me that they have some more senior positions opening up and told me to send her a resume and apply to one of their Chemist 1 positions again (was the only one listed by HR at the time on their site) just to get my name back in their system. It looks like they have a chemist 2, chemist 3 and a research scientist (senior chemist/chemist 4-5 type deal if you were to keep up the numbering system like some companies do). I'm in the sweet spot between chemist 3 and research scientist as far as experience goes. Maybe a little more toward research scientist but I'd feel more comfortable starting in chemist 2 or 3 (preferably 3) and working my way to research scientist as I become more familiar with this specific company. Anyway, she contacts me on Friday asking to set up a skype interview for this week. I got confirmation this morning of that happening Wednesday. So that's a pretty damn quick turn around time on all that. Moving on, I need some help rationalizing and shutting down my inner monologue. I'm starting a job on Monday, I very well may have to make up a personal emergency within a week of starting so I can come back home for a job interview. I'm hoping it goes well and if they want an onsite interview I can arrange it for Friday of this week so I don't have to find a reason to escape my new job and drive an hour and a half down here for an interview. So here's my deal, I feel kinda bad about all of this. I mean, I wasn't actively reaching out to this company so it's not like I was looking to break my agreement before it even started. And you guys remember what Ice-T told us, my word is bond. Buuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuutttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttt.......................... it's a cold world and capitalism is ice cold. This company who can't even be bothered to hire me as a real employee would expect what, loyalty from me? Fuck them, right? They would have no problem with throwing me out on the street for any reason at all, so what reason do I have to feel bad for anything that may transpire between me and this other company in Columbus? I could get a permanent job and all that comes with it (benefits, etc) in my hometown, stay in my house, stay with my family, my pets, my life. So with that in mind, why do I still feel guilt and not just happiness/excitement at the potential opening? On more of a philosophical note, how can someone like me feel some kind of guilt for looking out for my best interests at the cost of a minor inconvenience for a corporate behemoth that views me as nothing more than raw meat for the grinder of the corporate profit machine? I hate that living in this system has nurtured this pathology in me. And so many other people, for that matter. Anyway, make your arguments below. I know I'm not in the wrong here but you know, it's tough sometimes when these situations arise. It's a good problem to have I suppose. Also, it should be noted that I told the recruiter during our first phone call "I will be continuing to look in the Columbus area for jobs and as soon as something acceptable presents itself, I will be leaving Smucker's. I will give notice with a respectful time window to replace me but my loyalties lie to my family and not them due to their lack of desire to commit to me as a full-time employee." I mean, I laid it all out there up front and they still moved forward with me so if anything, I told them I was in it for me and it's their fault if they get fucked. Besides, I'm sure they can call up #2, #3, #4, or #whatever in the preference list and get one of them to take it.
  11. Burton

    Resurrection of Blu

    I think you have your answer it sounds like. At this point, you have a long time in the workforce and doing something that would make you genuinely happy as opposed to easier seems the right course. At least it would be the route I'd take. And yeah, if you have to go back to school while flipping burgers, just keep reminding yourself of the goal while you're doing that shit job. It sucks that you don't live in a major metro area with Amazon flex. I signed up and you make between 18 and 25/hr for delivering packages to people's houses signed up in 3 hour blocks as well a random pop up options to make a pretty good chunk in a short burst if you get a food delivery run. If I were going back to school, that'd be a hella good option for money during breaks from class or down time. It won't make you rich but it'll get you by.
  12. Burton

    Resurrection of Blu

    I think this is a useful comment. I'd also like to get verification as to whether or not my assumptions are right on this or not. I have always felt like exercise science is only a degree that will really get you somewhere with graduate level studies afterward. And even then I'm somewhat confused as to what you do aside from becoming a trainer for a sports team or being a professor in exercise science. Anyway, I'm gonna try to give you a bit of insight as to how I feel about chemistry and being a chemist. I'm not meaning this to be a rant or whining or anything, just kinda an honest accounting of my view of my career so far. Fair warning that there's some incoming bleak shit for you, but I'm not trying to be a downer or anything. It's kind of a mixed bag. I've been doing it with a BS for a decade + now and I'll be lucky if I ever make more than 75k (in Ohio money, which isn't a bad life FWIW) without getting into management which makes me feel like I'd have been better off getting an MBA after the chem degree without having bothered stepping foot into a lab. Granted, jobs that are 100k+ plus are out there for lab work but unless you get really lucky with a company and have someone who really loves you in senior management, you're not likely to get a chance at them unless you have a PhD. It's just the way it goes for us lab folk. And you have to make the decision if a hellish 5-6 years of chemistry graduate school is worth it for another 45-75k/year if you're lucky. I decided no way back at the age of 22 when I realized that chem grad students basically work 16 hours a day for 6 years followed by 3 years of making 30k/year as a postdoc while also working 16 hours a day. That last paragraph is the core reason why I'm working on learning data science and programming. I love the lab part of chemistry but I fucking hate the interactions with people who don't give a fuck about science but wanna twist the numbers to fit their current goals, reality be damned. From what I understand, this is the corporate experience pretty much wherever you end up. A couple of years ago, it hit me really hard that the further I worked myself up the ladder, the more those interactions became part of my daily life. In the month before I gave my notice at Scotts, I sat through at least a half dozen meetings like that with people who "just wanted to figure all this out" while giving zero fucks about what I actually said about their projects. My boss and the most senior person in the lab had probably 5x and 3x those number of meetings, respectively. And I was about to become the most senior person in the lab in a matter of weeks when I left so I saw where my future was going. Especially after my new manager (who had no actual chem lab experience after my Ph.D. lab manager was fired for telling the truth) told me "I'm really gonna need your help with all of this after _____ retires". All for a handsome salary of 54k/year with no discussion from him about a promotion when that shift in responsibilities happened. On the good side, there's a lot of jobs in the field and if you can find the right company for you, it does give you interesting work that you can really get into. But who knows where that may take you. The positions I've been interested in lately were Albuquerque, Billings, Salt Lake City and some bumfuck town in SC that I don't even remember the name of. Not exactly awesome places to live in by most standards. A lot of other hotbeds of work are NC, Boston, NJ and So Cal. Not all bad, but not all great either. My first job ticked the interesting work I was passionate about box but it was like working in hell. The second job was boring work but a great environment. And my most recent job was a fucking nightmare in both aspects. So here I am, having worked for almost 15 years and still haven't found a job I actually love in this field. It's probably out there but I've gotten tired of the search. This unemployment has really pushed that concern front and center. I'm cautiously optimistic about my temp assignment but in the end, if I like it or hate it, it doesn't matter because I have no guarantee that they won't throw me out after my contract is up and just restart the process with someone new. Part of me assumes that I'm fooling myself into being hyped about it because I know don't have a better option. Yet And if I get into applied stats or data work, I may not like it every day, but I'll dislike it while making a lot more money and that can numb the pain quite a lot. I'm also having more fun learning it than I ever did in chemistry class. Anyway, you can take my jaded input into account if you'd like. Or you can ignore it but regardless, it's some feedback I would have loved to hear when I was about halfway through my degree. From my personal experience, if I had, chances are I would have eaten the student loan expense and started over with something different that very next quarter. Probably either business or computer science. Or maybe both.
  13. Burton

    Resurrection of Blu

    Coming from someone who is just now getting out of the horrible situation of getting fired, keep your head up, remain calm and if you have the ability and time, imagine where you wanna be in the future and start putting in work to get there. That's been my biggest failure in life. I've had this picture in my head of where I wanna be "in five years" for at least 8 years now. But I've always been "too busy" to ever make it happen. I took a step backward after I got fired and was no longer pissed off (about 2 weeks) and started putting in a significant portion of my days working on skills to get myself where I actually wanna be in 5 years. After 6 months, I'm surprisingly 6 months worth of work closer to being there. I guess the point in my little bit of rambling there is if you can, take advantage of this time and use it to focus yourself on where you wanna be. You know, lemonade and all that bullshit. But it'll all work out in the end, even if you have to do the one step backward two steps forward dance. That shit sucks but life has a way of trying to fuck with us from time to time.
  14. Burton

    Resurrection of Blu

    I'm sorry to hear about that regarding the work situation. It's really unfortunate when you work with one crazy fuck that can burn everything down for some reason that only makes sense in their addled mind. In my experience this can be either a man or a woman. The one thing that you have going for you is that it's her vs. multiple people. It can carry a lot more weight when there's like 6 people who are claiming there's literally no truth to what some person says. Also, there may be a chance that they'll smell the crazy coming off the person. In the end, it likely comes down to how much spine your management and HR have. HR will always look to protect the company first, so if the woman seems crazy enough to end up on the evening news or in court about it, HR will almost certainly cave to her but if there's nothing to it they may side with you all due to not wanting to have to replace multiple people. It all comes down to cost/benefit for them because HR is populated almost entirely by soulless robots who are really good at pretending to be human. And if your management has a spine and say "there's no fucking way this is legit" that will carry weight, more weight than you'd probably expect. In the end, best of luck to you and hopefully good sense wins out in the end.
  15. Burton

    Liftin' weights and other shit

    Basic yet useful (I hope) answer: Very little in pharma isn't tightly regulated to the point of literally every step of every process being clearly defined in a lot of detail with strict penalties for not following them. Especially for entry level and junior scientists. For consumer safety and whatnot. The only people who escape that handcuffing are senior scientists who do the writing and developing of those methods/protocols. So what I would look for is something like a lab assistant type position. As someone who has looked at Pfizer and similar companies, junior scientist positions are 3-10 years of experience with a bachelor's. With Scientist jobs being PhD with 0-3 years experience, MS degree plus 3-5 or BS with 10+ years experience. Lab assistant jobs suck, to be frank. Ordering supplies, stocking cabinets, doing brain dead shit none of the "real" scientists wanna do (one time I made our lab assistants liquefy about 100 stool samples a day in blenders for about 2 weeks straight). But you get into a position where you can show them you work hard, show interest in both your position and the group you work in and you move forward. The lab assistants at my first job would generally go through the following progression. This is obviously for an analytical chemistry lab: About a year: do basic shit every day and learn how a lab works from top to bottom Anywhere from 1 to 3 years, depending on the person: we started teaching them what we do, why, the theory of it while at the same time having them do minor shit (mobile phase prep, sample pipetting, etc). It they prove to be good at that, they would be promoted to associate chemist and that is the very lowest tier of chemist who would be full on mentored by a chemist/senior chemist/principal investigator. For reference I started as chemist 1 and was about 4 Months from being chemist 3 so that took me 4 years or so. For a person with no scientific experience, it would take them 7-9 years to get to where I would have started by virtue of my education. 2-3 years to escape lab assistant, 5-6 to get through associate chemist 1-3 to chemist. Another 5-7 ish at chemist 1-3 if you ever had aspirations for senior chemist. My understanding is that it's a similar progression at most companies with that sort of career path. It's a hard climb but worth it in my opinion if you really wanna make it a career and it's something you care about/find interesting. If you'd like more specific info as to what the job actually entails, I can give you info but that's kinda how the career would progress and the time tables you're looking at. Just so you're fully aware of what you'd be signing onto. And if you can swing something like a quality lab job, that is a slightly different trajectory but it'd leapfrog you a couple of spots. Quality labs however have a lower career ceiling than a research lab. You can make a switch to research from quality but depending on the company culture, it can be a hard move to make happen.
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