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Friday, February 26, 2010

Men Who Stare At Goats(e)

Screwing with recruiters for fun.

I wish there was some way to profit from it. I need mo' monies!

J. Random Recruiter aka Paddy McFucknut cold called me so I hung up on him. It's OK for me to call recruiters. It's not OK for them to call me. Bear in mind recruiters do not represent me the job seeker; they represent their own agency's interests first followed by the interests of the company that's hiring. We, the prospective employers come in at a distant third.

Why did I hang up on the shitbird? For one thing, I was expecting another call. For two, I hate recruiters and wish them all an early, painful death. For three, the first line of my resume says, "Principals only. No third party recruiters or agencies, please."

Paddy writes me hate mail because, how dare I hang up on him?

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Thanks for hanging up on me.  I know there is a note on your resume that says you don't want to work with recruiters and I respect that, however, I know a bunch of people that work at TekTarpit and I have a few fantastic opportunities that I wanted to run by you.  Given the current economy and marketplace, it may be a huge value add for you to choose a few key suppliers to help you in your search.  If you change your mind, I can be reached at 617.555.4049, otherwise, I'll note your file to never be contacted again.


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He shows his respect for my clearly stated desire to not to be contacted by recruiters by ignoring it. And he uses a run-on sentence, the illiterate fucknut. He uses "value add" ftw! He's an economist! I'm a commodity in a pipeline like pork bellies or two-by-fours. He tries to use "I know people at your former employer" as if that would help his cause. What difference would that make? What if there was bad blood? He's willing to say anything so I guess he'll make lots of money.
He promises to flag my file with "do not contact" as if he had the ability to do so. Someone else from his office will undoubtedly call me a month from now because hey, what have they got to lose? I'm sure only his boss has the authority to flag my file with "do not call" and he's not going to bother flagging it because he has better things to do like cold call random people. Heck, they probably don't even use a database.
Or if they do it's something ultragay like MSFT Access.

stormy weather

Wow. This storm has been intense. 40+ mph winds all night. I thought my AC unit was going to be sucked out the window. I guess it's still not over.

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Boston Fried Chicken

I have been craving fried chicken this week so I started searching and the rest of the Intarwebs for hints. Today I stumbled over this:

Er-ah. They aren't exactly in Boston. Or even Massachusetts. Or North America. Heh.

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Hidden Fortress

Hidden Fortress @imdb

Too bad they couldn't afford color. Maybe they could but preferred b&w.

There's a sequence where the two peasants are chasing a woman through the forest and the woman uses saplings and tree branches to beat them off. She bends them back and lets them snap against her pursuers. Since I've done that myself, probably during a game of capture the flag, it gives the scene great authenticity. You really feel like you're in the forest with them.

I have never seen a real forest used to such effect. That scene must have taken days to shoot.

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Health Insurance

I finally got up the nerve to apply for health insurance today and guess what? The Mass Dept. of Insurance aka Mass Health Connector is closed.


The hacks get a day off because snow was forecast. I'm sure they'll use it to catch up on all that paperwork that keeps piling up.

Well, it has been snowing, off and on. The snow might have stuck to the roads if the temps were lower. We could have had an earthquake. Or a volcano might have erupted in Harvard Square. The Canada geese could have declared war on public servants. I'd like to see that.

possible solution to recruiter problem

We need to put them on a barge and ship them to Nigeria. That way we keep most of the world's scam artists in one easily nukable place.

Monday, February 8, 2010

Linus hates cell phones!

There's a new post on Slashdot about how Google's Nexus One phone is the first cellie that Linus does not hate. Weird. The most ubber of geeks hates cell phones. And here I was thinking how uncool I was for not being a part of the cell phone obsessed herd.

Friday, February 5, 2010

raw shrimp for supper?

I was invited over to my folks place tonight to feast on fresh Gulf o' Maine shrimp. It's prolly the best seafood event of the winter. Come to think of it, it's the ONLY seafood event of winter. The Maine shrimp season lasts for only four to six weeks so you better hurry.

Unlike those nasty jumbo shrimp from central American farms these little crustaceans are tender, inexpensive and mild-tasting. Yum! There was only one problem: my folks were eating them raw! They forgot that Maine shrimp are pink when raw. No wonder they said they weren't very good. My dad said they were overcooked. Strange.

I peeled my share and cooked them in a chicken stock with rice noodles, ginger, sesame oil and lime juice. Wish I'd had some scallions. They take about 20 seconds to cook. Actually, I'd like to be able to buy them with their heads on, too. I don't eat the heads but they do add lots of flavour to a broth.

Harp Lager

Harp is brewing a lager beer in Canada these days and it's damn good. I tasted none of that nasty skunk that I learned to expect from Canadian imported beer. Canadian beer is great when drunk in Canada but like European beer, it is often ruined in transit. Nice to see that at least one Canadian brewery has figured out a way to get their wares to us fresh.

Monday, February 1, 2010

Unboxing? Really?

Seems like everytime I watch a consumer review video about some new handheld or computer, the video is half about the product and half about unpacking the bloody thing.
Why the FUCK would I want to see the unboxing of anything, unless it was packed by the Pharoh's minions 3,000 years ago? I might just want to know how the product worked. Ya think?