Defiance

When I was splitting my time between three clients, one of them persisted in offering me a full time job every few months. I politely refused each time because one of the purposes of consulting is to not be worn down by a job. The independence and use of focused time, as well as superior…

Aggressive With Recruiters

Recruiters are like bargain hunters trying to take advantage of senior citizens at a yard sale with mispriced offerings. The recruiter recognizes market value but wants it cheap, knowing they pocket the difference when they know someone else will pay dearly to have value in their service. They betray their scheme in the first conversation,…

Idiots Replacing Experts

Google’s first contribution to debasing civilization was making information easily available to people who were utterly unsuited to interpreting it. Medical information available by search engine encouraged ignorant laymen to think their three minutes of reading a superficial description made them superior to doctors who studied the topic in detailed context, had decades of experience…

Catfishing Jobs

A hustler pays attention and sees the Corona era as just another opportunity to utilize while people are off balance and make themselves weak and confused with pointless moping about the organic world. Take ’em for a ride and grab free money to feed your family. March job posting descriptions started changing. Where previous IT…

Education Illusion

Universities have been forced to online classes, which students quickly see through as being just someone talking while giving links to documents and videos to consume. There’s maybe a hundred dollars of value there in curation, but not $50,000 a semester. Was all education always just self-education with a mediocre life coach? Many thought highly…

A Glimpse of Normalcy

Changing routine tests assumptions, and undergoing quarantine has forced a reconsideration of how our lives were ordered against our interests. Sleep is better and longer, with less stress and worries because the next day will be methodical and adhere to a plan instead of subjected to crazed chaos reacting to the urgent need of the…

Bioengineering Jobs

Zhensheng just wanted to earn a good salary for his family. He had studied for many years and earned a doctorate in bioengineering. He was a loyal citizen and properly feared the state’s power. They asked him to join a bioengineering project and he put aside ethical concerns knowing he could not resist, sabotage, or…

Neither Career Nor Good Work

We were a bunch of savages gathering random parts collected haphazardly
rather than planning to craft greatness.

Escape From Misery

One of my duties is interviewing prospects for open positions. Rather then ask detailed technical questions, I assess their skills and personalities by getting them to talk and tell me their understanding of things as well as their responsibilities. In this conversational interview format I also try to sense their daily work environment, and why…

Certification Pretense

The manager walked into the room to announce the big push for a new certification the customer requested. Two dozen developers laughed uncomfortably, knowing what was to follow. The manager asked what developers thought of the certification and after a few rounds of tepid talk, someone spoke up honestly and broke the taboo. “It’s just…