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Dear recruiters,

I have not "sent you my resume", nor have I "recently posted it to Monster", and using boilerplate stating as such to justify your spam blast towards me warns me right from the start that you are either stupid or dishonest.

Since you claim to already have my resume, asking for a copy of it again "for reference" is suspect.

My actual resume is online and is easy to discover, directly on the web and in LinkedIn. If you claim to take a "personal touch" in finding "the perfect placement", then learn to use Google and LinkedIn.

That you then specifically demand that my resume be "Word formated" (sic) is also suspect. The main reason you would want that is so that you can edit it and thus try to turn me into a liar by proxy on a job application.

By the way, the word "formatted" is spelled with two t's.

Using the phrase "contract W2" to describe a position is, again, a lie. Employment is either W2, or it is 1099. What you really mean is that you want to resell my ass to a body shop, who will pay me mediocre wages and bennies, will resell it again at a huge markup to their one big client, and then fire me every 9 months, just so everyone can maintain the blatant fiction that I am a "contractor" for the tax man.

Nor would I be allowed to describe what I do in detail to my friends, nor would it increase my scores on ohloh, launchpad, or github.

I am not interested in sub-market-wages. Especially not in a Microsoft shop.

A "full commitment" to a "exciting high-energy and yet stable opportunity" means that I would be expected to work for a large and tediously uncaring company for 60 hours a week (with more at crunch time), with no reward other than said sub-market wages, and the occasional box of pizza. Since this is a "contract W2" position, I probably would not even get the free team and project t-shirt, nor an invitation to the release party.

If I'm going to be asked to sacrifice my health and my life to a series of projects-du-jour, I expect a more substantial set of rewards. Specifically, ones that I manage via my etrade account.

Also, as part of your commitment to finding "the perfect placement", do make some effort to only spam me with "opportunities" that are at least somewhat in alignment with my past experience, skill set, and stated objectives.

Thank you, and have a nice day.
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When They do it, it is "the mask slipped" or it is a "Freudian Slip".
When We do it, its a "mistatement" and "allow me to revise my remarks".

When They do it, it is using "code words" and "dogwhistling".
When We do it, it is "speaking to our base".

When We do it, it was a "lighthearted jest".
When They do it, it is Not Funny.

When one of "our" people" join Them, they are class/race/political traitors.
When one of "their" people join Us, they are "seeing the light" and "coming together in unity".

When one of Their people attend services in a church with a "weird" minister, they are a "nutjob".
When one of Our people attend services in a church with a "weird" minister, they are "being part of their community of faith".

When We say "You are wrong", that is "speaking truth to power".
When They say "You are wrong", it is an "ad hominem attack".

When They continue to disagree with us, that is "Getting in our face", and is bad.
When We continue to disagree with them, that is "Getting in their face", and is good.

When one of Them get caught doing something illegal, embarrassing, or hypocritical, it is a demonstration of their moral bankruptcy.
When one of Us get caught doing something illegal, embarrassing, or hypocritical, it is a "momentary lapse" that we should "Move On" from.

When We throw people off the ballot and off the election rolls by using legal technicalities, it is "defending the integrity of the democratic process".
When They throw people off the ballot and off the election rolls by using legal technicalities, it is "attacking the integrity of the democratic process".


I could keep going...

But that would probably be an "ad hominem attack" and "getting in your face" and a demonstration of my "moral bankruptcy".

I LOLed

Feb. 19th, 2008 06:09 pm
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a grim, committed drive to prove that the Peter Principle is wrong, and that, indeed, one can rise beyond one’s level of incompetence, perchance to explore heretofore unknown, virgin realms of incompetence none have ever seen before.
(John Scalzi speaking about Andrew Burt)
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A fax of a photocopy of a driver's license apparently suffices for an I-9 Employment Verification Form. So much for all the expensive holographic embossing and special paper and other such anti-counterfeiting anti-tampering document security technology.

I don't know to put my face in my hands and cry, or to point and laugh.

I used to rhetorically wonder if government bureaucratic types were as stupid as they seemed, but not so much anymore...
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Happy Imperialist Conquest of the Peace-Loving Gaia-Worshiping Indiginous Peoples Day!
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Java: The COBOL of the 21st century.
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A fun business idea I occationally mull over is to buy a high quality laminate card printer, the sort of thing that is used to make id cards, and make unofficial IDs. A general purpose ID card, with photo, name, address, number, etc. Press passes for "USENET News Service". "Member of the Right Wing Conspiracy". "Member of the Left Wing Conspiracy". "Real American". "Real Canadian". etc etc. All with pictures, holo foil, mag strip, bar codes, etc. And with carefully worded disclaimers on the back, in 1 point flyspeck.

It looks like a TV station has done something similar, making an unofficial self-created "Identity Card: Personal Travel Identification", and then used it to pass a reporter thru a TSA screen.

link

I am amused. :)

ID cards are an utterly stupid idea. Lawmakers, security consultants, and ID fetishists who require ID cards, they are utter morons. If your job requires checking IDs, for your own sanity, you need to understand that it's ineffective makework that your boss makes you do, not because it's actually useful.

The only provable thing that you learn when someone shows you their ID, is that they own a photograph of themselves. Wow, that's so much useful information...

When someone gives you their frikken business card, you actually learn more immediately provably true information about them then if you look at their "official" ID.
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Someone named Tony Healy in an article referenced here complains that the profession of programmers, especially open source ones, are not following the (wrongheaded, misguided, and evil) examples of older professions like Law and Medicine and selling real estate, in that we're not setting up guilds and unions, that we should impose "labour market disciplines" (aka, "join our guild, Or Else") on ourselves, and to shut out new software developers from the ranks of younger people and from other countries.

I cannot begin to start to say how angry that attitude makes me...

(note, the "labour market discipline" bullshit is in a self-comment to the article. And most of the other commentors very firmly and with better formed words than I could assemble, tore his stance and arguments apart.)
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NASA will of course polish everything anyhow, but that's because NASA is run by rich communists who are quite unclear about basic economics. The Russian space program is run by impoverished captialists, who know the value of a dollar. link
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The King County Elections folks have sent me a form to update my signature on my voter file, because the Seattle March special election is going to be entirely by postal mail. And they want to make sure that my signature is up to date, in order to verify my ballot.

Let's see. They postal mail me a form to this address, ask me to make a template signature, that I am to postal back to them, so that they can postal mail me a ballot, that I can fill out, and sign the wrapper, and post back to them. And to verify that I am really me, the registered voter, they will compare the signatures. Which they got via postal mail from the same address they sent the ballot to.


Are they really that stupid, or do they think that we are? Are we?
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Today's story, like yesterday's, didn't happen to me, but was told to me by the people it happened to. Also, like yesterday's, it doesn't exactly paint "people" in a good light. This story is very important to me, and help crystalize a lot of my opinions.




Once upon a time, in a land north of where most of you live, there was a family that owned a piece of land. When they first bought it, many years before, it wasn't worth very much. It was completely unimproved and undeveloped. No utilities reached it. Nothing grew on it except trees and moss. There were no roads to it, no trails over it, no buildings on it.

This family was not "rich". They didn't have trust fund, or a well paying job. At the beginning of this story, all they owned was a truck, a camper, their clothes, and this piece of land, which as I had said, wasn't worth much and so hadn't cost much.

Over the passing decades, they built and expanded and rebuilt a house, in which they made a home for themselves and later for their children as well. They built other structures. An outhouse, and later, a septic tank and field. They built sheds, and planted gardens, in soil that they created themselves (the native soil, while rich, needed to be heavily conditioned before it would grow anything other than the trees and moss I mentioned before). They planted fruit trees. They started raising a few goats and chickens.

They brought in the utilities. Telephone and electricity. Which they had to pay dearly for. (Utility companies make people in far rural areas pay to extend the lines, and it's very expensive.)

Eventually, they got neighbors. Which was fine, for the most part. It was good to have other people close by, to talk to, and other kids for their kids to play with and grow up with.

Some of their neighbors asked if it was ok if they cut across their property to get to get to an expanse of public land, which had a river on it, so as to go hunting, and camping, and fishing, and boating. Now, there were other ways to get to that public land and river, official roads, official rights of ways, and so forth, but cutting across this piece of private property was quicker and more convenient. And the people, not seeing any harm, and desiring to be good members of their "community", gave their assent.

All was well for a couple of years, and then the neighbors they first gave the assent to, each in turn, moved elsewhere.

More people moved in, and more homes were built (tapping into the utility extentions that these people had first paid to have installed), and more and more people were taking the "shortcut". A path was being worn across the grass, which they had had to plant and coax into growing. The trees along the path were being damaged. People's pets were romping in the garden, the fruit trees were being injured, the gates to the goats were being opened. Litter was being strewn. People started riding ATVs along the path at ungodly hours of the night.

They put up signs asking people to please not damage the land. Please stay on the path. It didn't help.

Finally, they put up "no trespassing" signs. People tore down the signs. And then, they put them up again, and built a wall, and a fence, and stood guard on their own property, and started calling the police.

And they were sued, by their "neighbors". (Yes, those ARE "sneer quotes".)

And they lost.

Not only did they have to let people tramp across their land, not only did they not have any effective recourse when people vandalized and damaged in their passing, they were required to improve the trail.

This is about the time I was told this story by the property owners.

The last time I spoke with them, they were preparing to improve the trail again, under the cloud of another lawsuit, this time under the umbrella of the ADA. Apparently some of the trespassers wish to be able to cross this rough woody terrain, in wheelchairs.

All because someone was willing to be "good neighbors".
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Actually the real question is whether we can afford to keep burning hydrocarbons, wherever we gets 'em from. x
So you do your part in conviencing the folks around you to be pro-nuke, yes? x
Indeed I do .. and yourself? x
I try. The problem is, it seems that everyone who already isn't convienced, the moment someone says "nuke", their brain turns off. Of course, it seems that for people who do think about energy and pollution and who are not already pro-nuke, the "brain turn off" function is already either on a hair-trigger, or is welded down. It's worse than the goddamn "for the sake of the children" problem. x
Atoms make baby Jesus cry. That's about the only explanation I can give for some people's reactions. x

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