Job search strangeness

July 11th, 2017

I’ve complained before about the repetition and less-than-appropriate targeting of the job-search-related emails I’m receiving. After a month of it, I can say that it’s worse than I thought back then. Not only do I receive the same (or very similar) job listings several times a day from each source, and not only do I receive the same (or very similar) job listings from multiple sources, but even the ones that don’t necessarily sound similar in the emails often turn out to be the same jobs once I look at the detailed listings.

I hope that I haven’t applied to the same job multiple times through multiple sources, but it’s possible that I have. I’ve started a spreadsheet to keep track of which jobs I’ve applied to, and which I’ve looked at and decided not to apply to (and why) to help me filter the job links I get.

Some of the messages I receive don’t actually contain links to jobs. Instead, they tell me, “click here to see the jobs we’ve found that match your description.” Unfortunately for me, there haven’t been any jobs that show up once I click the link. Unfortunately for them, I’ve stopped clicking the links in these emails. Unfortunately for me, unsubscribing from them hasn’t done anything yet. Clicking the “unsubscribe” link produced an “it may take up to ten days” notice and no cessation of messages from those sources. I’m to the point of suspecting that unsubscribing actually does nothing, and they’re hoping that the “ten days” is long enough that I’ll have forgotten which sources I’ve unsubscribed from.

Ah, well. It is what it is.

It’s been a busy week

June 9th, 2017

Among other historic events, this past week has contained:

  • The 28th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square protests,
  • The 49th anniversary of Bobby Kennedy’s assassination by Sirhan Sirhan,
  • The 50th Anniversary of the Six-Day War, and
  • The 73rd Anniversary of D-Day.

I intended to write about some of these on their anniversaries, but we’ve been busy at work, and I’ve started looking for another job. The boss has decided to retire, and the company has been kind of limping along for the couple of years. We have also experienced some problems that have had major effects. Among the biggest, we had a dispute with Intuit that messed up our accounting for almost a year, so we never quite knew just how much money we owed or had available to us. Also, customers and suppliers have caused us cash-flow problems that have had significant follow-on effects (hey, we know the economy has been pretty bad for just about everyone, but we’re a small manufacturer, not a bank!), and everything has just added up into a perfect storm.

So far, the job search has been better than the last time I was looking: back then, my applications and resumes were sent out and almost all disappeared into a void … I only got four interviews and no offers over the course of almost an entire year. This time, I haven’t had any interviews yet (one phone interview that was scheduled never happened), but I’ve at least been notified that some of my applications have been received, and received two responses that said I wasn’t a match. One of them, I’m not certain if it was snarky or merely attempting to be “hip.” It was a response, though, so I know I didn’t disappear into limbo.

Dealing with email is taking more time, as well. I normally get between thirty and a hundred spam emails a day, mostly attempts at spam comments for this site. They’re running at the high end recently, and now I’ve got all the job notification emails coming in – around thirty to forty per day. Part of that’s my fault – signing up at one site got me signed up for about nine others, including two resume services. I get what is effectively the same message with the same job listings about three times a day each from around four different job sites. I’m tempted to look into writing some sort of app to filter my emails and only allow emails with job listings through if they contain any that I haven’t seen yet. The listings in the email are short enough and vague enough that I’ve clicked through to several that I’ve already rejected as inappropriate. And almost every one says, “Posted TODAY,” even though I saw it several days ago, and clicking the link produces a “This job is no longer available” message.

I’m also finding that targeting is not necessarily their strong point. While looking for embedded programming jobs in my area, I’m receiving job listing for jobs all over the country (and the world, there’s one job listing purportedly for Denver which actually lists the job as being in Hyderabad) and for things I’m not qualified to perform or have no relation to embedded software (sewage line inspector in Illinois, among others). Not to mention the repeated unsolicited offers to work as an Uber driver open my own State Farm office.

In any case, I’ll probably not be updating this website very often for a while (so, what else is new?), because I’ll be working, trying to get the company prepared for closing down, looking for a job and networking with my various social groups, getting the company’s GitHub page and my GitHub page updated with things I’ve done (I signed up for a page, but have done almost nothing with it yet), and doing anything else useful that comes to mind.

Memorial Day

May 29th, 2017

On Memorial Day I usually repost one of two things.

Today, I’m going to link to other people.

First, the Associated Press notes that many Americans have no idea what Memorial Day is all about.

Over at Unified Patriots, Vassarbushmills talks about the Bachelor’s Corner. It’s a good story.

Woodsterman has a nice set of photographs.

Mike at Cold Fury links to this powerful photo series.

Wirecutter points to the story of “The Lone Marine,” and asks that we remember those who are not normally remembered on Memorial Day.

Finally, Peter, over at Bayou Renaissance Man, has the text of Donald Trump’s Memorial Day proclamation.

Sir Roger Moore, RIP

May 23rd, 2017

He just died at the age of 89. I realize that most people remember him as James Bond, but to me, he’ll always be Simon Templar. I used to watch The Saint as a child when my dad was stationed in England. We actually owned a car (a white 1962 Mercury Comet) that can be seen in an episode of The Saint – apparently, it contained a scene that was set in the US, and it was one of the American vehicles used to set the scene.

I also liked him in The Wild Geese and ffolkes.

That took a while

May 18th, 2017

Marion and I hiked up Mt. Falcon Sunday. It took a little over 2 hours to reach the top, and a little less than 2 hours to get back down. Slower than we’ve hiked it before, but we’re both several years older since the last time, and we’ve suffered broken ankles (me) and broken feet (Marion) since then.

It was a beautiful day for a hike, and we both enjoyed it. I saw a fair number of birds, and got photos of a few. There were some Western Meadowlarks flying around near the parking lot, but they never settled down anywhere I could take a photo of them. There were several pairs of a brownish bird with a white band at the tip of their tales that were flying around the trail, or perhaps it was the same pair several times. They never perched anywhere in the open, and were more-or-less playing aerial tag like the meadowlarks. I presumed they were courting, and I don’t have enough information to identify them.

There were several pelicans flying high over the peak – at first, I thought they were balloons that someone had released at Red Rocks Amphitheater, which is just north of Mt. Falcon, but I noticed some slightly erratic motions and took a couple of photos. Out of focus, but fairly recognizable if you’ve seen American White Pelicans in flight before.

There were a few Rufous-Sided Towhees, one of which stayed in one location and sang, allowing me to get some good photos. I saw two hummingbirds, one of which stayed perched long enough for me to get a couple photos, a scrub jay, and a Scarlet Tanager that kept hopping around the interior of a couple trees, preventing me from getting any photos. I did get several photos of some Turkey Vultures that were flying around.

A good day, but I regretted the photos I missed. The title for the post references the fact that today is the first day my calves weren’t bothering me from overuse. The two hours of dance class I have tonight may bring a relapse, though. Gotta drive through the snow to get to class, though. It’s been snowing all day, and the forecast calls for snow though tomorrow. We had at least 4 inches of heavy, wet, snow at work, but it didn’t look like there was as much here at home.

I’m surprised she’s from Kentucky

May 17th, 2017

With that level of munchies, I’d have expected her to be from a state with legal marijuana.

So, I saw a photo online …

May 10th, 2017

… and thought I recognized it.

This photo is number 39 in this post (note: there are photos of scantily-clad young women on the site and in this post, just in case that either bothers or appeals to you).

I went through my photos, and found this one:

It’s a view of Cathedral Cove, in the Te Whanganui a Hei Marine Reserve on New Zealand’s North Island. The view is looking through a passage between Mare’s Leg Cove and Cathedral Cove. A beautiful location in a beautiful country. Here’s a couple more photos. Click on them if you want to see them bigger.

We’re starting to see beautiful spring-like weather …

May 9th, 2017

… but there are still some setbacks along the way. We had the snowstorm back at the end of April, then yesterday was a pretty significant hailstorm. There were reports of baseball-sized hail in a few areas, but where I was, this was about the largest (note the quarter for scale).

There was so much hail that it was piling up inches deep in some places, but it wasn’t that deep in most areas. It did cover the ground almost completely by the time the storm ended, though.

My windshield was cracked, and a taillight was broken. The amusing thing was that my roof apparently flexed enough that the dome light cover popped off and the bulb fell out. That, at least, was easily fixed.

My boss, who was parked next to me, also received a cracked windshield, as well as two broken side mirrors – on one side, just the housing was broken, but the mirror was broken on the other side.

The women in the office next to ours had windshields that were much more damaged – one had to call her husband to get home, because there were so many cracks in her windshield that she couldn’t see out it. Across the parking lot, two women had their rear windows completely shattered.

The weather report called for the possibility of more storms this afternoon, but that didn’t happen. A couple of years ago, I lost a hops bine to a snowstorm followed by a hailstorm. I’m not growing hops yet this year, but my oregano and sage seem to have come through the storm well enough. I’m going to have to cut back the oregano, anyway, because it’s trying to take over the garden. Can’t have that – I need room for other things, too.

May the 4th be with you

May 4th, 2017

A little late in the evening to post, but I had classes earlier.

The big Star Wars thing going on at the moment is all the clamor over the Sgt. Peppers/A New Hope mashup. It looks like fun, from the little I’ve been able to watch so far.

There’s also a video of Triumph the Comic Dog at a Star Wars premiere or convention, but I haven’t seen that one, either.

Don’t forget to continue your celebration into tomorrow:

A new toy and a couple of horror stories

April 18th, 2017

I recently was given an old Windows XP laptop. As XP is no longer maintained or secure, I’ve decided to play with a Linux-based OS, specifically, Elementary. It ought to be educational.

I’ve also run across a couple of horror-related items.

In the first, Warner Brothers is being sued for big money over the “Conjuring” movies, by an author who claims he has a prior, exclusive, contract with the people who provided the source information. The fun part is, apparently the only way WB can win is by proving the existence of ghosts and witches.

The other involves a family who got together to play a horror-themed desktop game, and ended up with more excitement than they expected. I have a friend who says he has a similar story about watching The Exorcist the first time while attending a conference at Walter Reed.