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Ben Cantrick
  Date: 2006-02-21 04:51
  Subject:   Misc update, early spring.
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  Mood:ranty

I've been doing some web monkey work for mrothermel and wanted to thank him in public for throwing the work my way. It is sorely needed right now. Speaking of crap job markets, I was making some payment arrangements with my credit card company today, and the person on the phone said she was old enough to remember Reaganomics. She said that she believes, based on her experience as a credit card debt collector for the last 10+ years, that the economy today is even worse than it was under Reagan. Wow man - just wow! That's frikkin' SCARY. She made reference to the government's cooking of unemployment statistics, too - how people who run out of unemployment compensation after 6 or so months of not being able to find a job are not even counted towards the unemployment statistics any more. Well gee, I wonder what happens when you run our government into THE BIGGEST DEBT IN AMERICAN HISTORY. Apparently, the same exact thing that happened when Reagan did it...

Found out today that I ordered the wrong surface mount chips for the electronics project I'm working on. That really sucks. We only ordered 10 chips @ 70 cents each, so it was only $7 lost. (They turned out to be opamps designed to run on 0V and +V, instead of -V and +V.) But what annoys me much more than the monentary cost is the loss of time. Check the freaking part numbers next time, idiot self. :P

Been playing FlyFF a little lately, and you can probably guess from a recent entry. I think I've sunk maybe 6 hours into it so far. A lot easier the second time around. I'm up to level 12 already. I'm torn on where to go at level 15. I'd still like to eventually be a dual sword wielding Blade, which would mean slogging through 40-odd levels of being a big, dumb, magic-less Mercenary. Being an Assist would also be boring in the medium run, but allow me to eventually morph into a BillPoster, a strong melee/magic hybrid. And going to an Acrobat would be interesting in the short term and would also allow me to morph into a Ranger later on, which sounds pretty neat. We'll see...

Other than that, life's just a big pain in the tail as usual. Certain employers who keep saying they want to hire me continue to not do so, for reasons that are, to be mild about it, rather dumb. The "deafening wall of silence" is in effect just about everywhere. Even those who express interest seem to go out of their way not to talk to me, ever. F'ing obnoxious. A certain temporary service whose tests told me that I was a "master user" of Word, Excel and Powerpoint, as well as typing at 70 WPM sustained for five minutes with only 2 errors the whole time, also has failed utterly to find me any work.

(Quite the giggle about the Powerpoint mastery thing. I think I've run Powerpoint twice. In other words, I know I've run it once, and maybe there was one time I forgot. I wonder if their test isn't so accurate? Eh, could be...)

I swear to god, if the whole "we REALLY want to hire you, but because we're a bunch of COLOSSAL DUMBASSES we can't" things happens to me one more time, I'm telling tech to take its (lack of) career path and shove it as hard and deep as possible, and becoming a damn car mechanic. Then, at least MAYBE I'll have a chance at getting a job. Fucking death.
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osmium_ocelot
  User: osmium_ocelot
  Date: 2006-02-22 01:44 (UTC)
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[engage bitter sarcasm drive]

Well you could always move to India or China, I hear the tech job market there is really opening up now...

[disengage bitter sarcasm drive]
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  User: waterreflecting
  Date: 2006-02-22 01:53 (UTC)
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you should be a nanny...

I have had a similar experience w/Office Team...I have had one job so far...I also did 100% in PowerPoint, which I have actually used, but not for 2 plus years. I think the point is that any idiot who has used MS Office can figure it out, not that hard...

And, the no consooation consolation, if they don't want to hire you, you probably don't want to work there...and what do you think of Land Surveying? I used to work for Flatirons Surveying, and they, often hire people on to learn the job and many of the guys there seem like they might get a long with you...not your mainstream schmoes in any way. A day of surveying starts early, involves physical labor, but also a little engineering skill and working with computidors. Not exactly your field, but I could see if they are hiring....

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Ben Cantrick
  User: mackys
  Date: 2006-02-22 02:35 (UTC)
  Subject:   (no subject)
You should be a nanny...

Oh HELL no. You know how good I am with adults; imagine me trying to interact with kids. Raising kids is far too important a job to give to me. Save that for the smart people.

And, the no consooation consolation, if they don't want to hire you, you probably don't want to work there...

That's the really annoying thing - they do want to hire me. But because they've screwed up something else their hands are tied and they can't. It makes me feel utterly helpless, like it doesn't matter what I do, I can't get a job. Even when I do everything right, and they want to hire me, something comes out of the blue and whacks THEM to prevent it happening. I must have been Vlad the Impaler in a former life. That's the only way to build up this much negative karma.

nd what do you think of Land Surveying? I used to work for Flatirons Surveying, and they, often hire people on to learn the job and many of the guys there seem like they might get a long with you...not your mainstream schmoes in any way. A day of surveying starts early, involves physical labor, but also a little engineering skill and working with computidors. Not exactly your field, but I could see if they are hiring....

That sounds interesting. Should I send you a resume?
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Ben Cantrick
  User: mackys
  Date: 2006-02-22 02:37 (UTC)
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Well you could always move to India or China, I hear the tech job market there is really opening up now...

If I could, I would. Guess what the first criteria for immigration to most of those places is? Yes, you guessed it...

You need to have worked in a high tech industry for the three most recent years.

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAAAA!!!
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osmium_ocelot
  User: osmium_ocelot
  Date: 2006-02-22 17:56 (UTC)
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Oh, bitter irony.

Well, at least you can still laugh...

I hope that's a laugh... and not some maniacal sound made just at the moment before one breaks into a full blown psychotic episode accompanied by deserved shooting spree.

Cause, I'd be just about there if I was you.

Hell, I'm just about there and I'm me.
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