My dad is awesome and I love him very much, but we have some incompatible outlooks on life. Luckily, they’re not too bad, but they do occasionally crop up out of nowhere.
Visiting my combination bedroom and GET LAMP distribution point, we were discussing a variety of subjects related to economics, net neutrality, Google projects, Sun/Oracle, the various hilarities related to current politics, when, in that 180 degree turn in the conversation that only parents can achieve smoothly, he gently enquired:
“So, when are you going to start looking for a job?”
I looked up from my desk, where on my left were stacks of GET LAMP coin-box packages, and my piles of customs forms, and my boxes of coins, and said “Dad, this IS my job.”
And seriously, it really is. I’m spending 10-12 hours a day on packaging, printing labels, filling out customs forms, tracking bounces, contacting requests, and preparing special sets of outgoing packages. It is a full-time process right now, and while I am easily going to overtake the orders, there were 8 months of backorders to fill. As a special bonus, I’m getting close to running through the initial 2000 coins for GET LAMP and a week and a half ago had to go ahead and order the next 1000. In other words, I am employed, but the jerk upstairs who signs my paychecks is in fact me, and I don’t get paychecks, although I guess if I wanted to impress my dad I could write checks to myself once a week.
I think I’ll hold out on doing that.
So here’s where we are, for people generally wanting to keep up on things.
INTERVIEWEE COMPLIMENTARY COPIES ARE STILL GOING OUT
ADVENTURERS’ CLUB COPIES ARE STILL GOING OUT
If you’re in this group and want to verify your address with me, I’d appreciate it. I’m contacting people by hand to do verification and I’m stepping through this slowly, because there’s a lot of people in both groups (over 130!)
DOMESTICS ARE SHIPPED OUT UP TO ORDERS ON AUGUST 2ND
INTERNATIONALS ARE SHIPPED OUT UP TO ORDERS ON AUGUST 2ND
That sounds pretty crazy for the Internationals, but wait:
INTERNATIONALS HAVE BEEN LABELLED AND ARE READY FOR SHIPPING UP TO AUGUST 2ND
International postage is expensive and I am doing these in huge batches, causing thousands in postage costs in a short time. Every day, I’m highly amusing my local post offices with my massive piles of DVDs, and some of the clerks have become like Rosie the Riveter with the packages. One of them hopes you all like the movie, by the way. I told her about the people posing with coins. She was happy to hear it.
I’m working to get these packages out very fast and kill the backlog. I promise I am.
Updates about this will continue, as they happen.