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Kiva is hiring a software engineer in San Francisco.

(I just joined; more on that later. Probably much later. But in case you hadn't heard, "What is Kiva?")
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Touchy topics that well-meaning outsiders unwittingly bring up that are actually hot-buttons for your occupation or other group .... an interesting thread on AskMetafilter, bringing out the cranky librarians, linguists, media people, Buddhists, guitarists, archaeologists, etc.

Some of the answers are just cliched responses that people give on learning your occupation (e.g., lawyer jokes, "you don't look like a librarian") but others are things that really can spark off unwanted firestorms. Very entertaining! (And cautionary! I'm sure I've committed some of these sins.)

For simpler lulz, someone linked to Oh, so you're a [insert profession here]! How [insert whacky generalization and misguided curiosity here]? (Man, there are a lot of librarians on Metafilter.)

Etsy

Feb. 7th, 2008 08:16 pm
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SFWoW posted some engineering job listings at Etsy, for those of you who appreciate art and are technical too. The jobs are in Brooklyn.
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Hey, [livejournal.com profile] cleolinda mentioned that Victoria magazine is back, which I thought would make some of you happy.


Someone elseweb mentioned the Nemi comic strip, which is Norwegian but published in the UK's Metro in English, and ... has an LJ feed! [livejournal.com profile] daily_nemi is full of goth giddiness, cynicism, snark, and random weirdness. I think it's a lot of fun. Go check out the archives at the first link!


Students respond negatively to red ink--to the extent that they'll miss one more question on a short test if it comes to them with a number or label in red on it. More about why this might be tomorrow.

This is not the same study that my advisor cited, so there's more than one bit of evidence for it.

Don't use red ink. It (probably) freaks people out subconsciously. Really, would it kill anyone to switch out colors once in a while?


[livejournal.com profile] assaultdoor's second interview is tomorrow! Thanks for all the good wishes already!
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[livejournal.com profile] hoshizora pointed out this post about a Japanese Rolling Stone list of the 100 best Japanese rock albums. It was kind of timely because I was just talking with a couple of Japanese friends about rock music, and their definition was really, really different than mine. The list is actually closer to my definition than theirs, so I have no idea if they represent the ordinary Japanese conception of genres and the list is a specialists' conception which is closer to an American framework, or that's just their own personal definition and the list is mainstream Japanese, or what.

Anyway, there's a lot of older stuff on the list that I've never heard and would like to. Actually, I've heard very few groups that are on the list--the ones that I am pretty sure of are just X, the Boredoms, Yano Akiko, Southern All Stars, Dir en Grey, Shonen Knife, Kahimi Karie, Guitar Wolf, Buffalo Daughter, Tei Towa, Ken Ishii (OH HEY I OWN THIS ALBUM LIKE ON A DISC AND EVERYTHING!), Pizzicato Five (I thought they'd been neglected in Japan!), Puffy (seen them live, randomly enough), Tokyo Ska Paradise Orchestra, Mr. Children, Supercar, Thee Michelle Gun Elephant, Shiina Ringo, Rip Slyme, Number Girl, Spitz, V.A., Quruli, and Utada Hikaru (buh?). And I must have heard Char at some point, but I don't recall. I can't say that I like all of the above by any means, but I do like several of them. Quruli is probably my favorite of this lot.

Spitz and Mr. Children were among the groups that we discussed, actually--I think Spitz is rock; they don't. I find Mr. Children so bland that I usually forget what the hell they sound like as soon as I finish hearing it. (Like a lot of British and American bands these days...)

In other news, I got [livejournal.com profile] assaultdoor a second dress shirt for his second interview. Macy's doesn't carry his neck size (said the barrel-chested suit-area salesman regretfully) but Sears does. I need to remember this! I went into Sears totally at random. (Our Macy's sucks--they carry no party or formal dresses in plus sizes, no socks for over a size 12 men's shoe, and no big & tall dress shirts!) I really wanted to get this heathered plum color that they had, but it wasn't big enough, so I went with a kind of garnet color--he already did blue for the first interview. Now I need to find a tie. Everything was on sale! Most excellent. Also, GameStop had Dragon Quest VIII for $14.99, so we may grab it when we go look for ties tomorrow.

And now I'm going to go listen to "Sake in the Jar" by Yano Akiko and the Chieftains.
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[livejournal.com profile] ktinga pointed out that the Wikimedia Foundation (the folks who run Wikipedia) is hiring. The only open position at the moment is Office Manager, which I know some of you here are highly qualified for. The deadline is Halloween. They will apparently be adding positions for developers, CFO, outreach/fundraising/partnerships stuff, accounting, executive assistant, and business development.

I'll be adding it to my SF Bay Area Geek Dream Jobs page, of course.
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Interesting: Jay Parkinson, MD, practices without an office. He's a year older than I am and makes house calls in the Brooklyn area, or consults over phone/e-mail/AIM. I realize some of you are shrieking in horror, but it's an idea that I think really suits a certain percentage of the population. I'd love to be able to just take a digital photo of the lump/bruise/spot/cut/whatever and discuss it over IM with a doctor. I'd also love to be able to ask all those follow-up questions that always occur to me after a consultation.

I have no idea whether this particular doctor is good or whether his referrals are as competent and inexpensive as he claims, but I do think it's an idea whose time has come.


I added Klutz to the Bay Area Geek Dream Jobs page. I think they're very geeky, anyway. And I had no idea they were based in the Bay Area. Also added a bunch of other folks including The Office of Letters and Light (they do NaNoWriMo and Script Frenzy, and I love their name!), Avalon Travel Publishing and Seal Press. If you're an editor or publicist or wannabe-intern in publishing, you should check the SF Bay Area craigslist.org right now.

Also, I changed most of the "posts at craigslist.org" entries to take you directly to a search at craigslist.


I didn't have any interest in seeing "Good Luck Chuck," but after reading the ratings advisory I have negative interest:

Advisory: This film contains nudity, sex scenes, onscreen defecation, drug use and violence. And that's just from the penguins.

Yikes.


One thing I miss about northwest Arkansas...the fall color. We have a little bit of fall here in the San Francisco Bay Area, but not much. Whereas when the setting autumn sun hits that one hill in southwest Fayetteville just right, it really does look like it's on fire.

The photos in the article are great, but they do rather overplay the porch-sittin', "gitar"-pickin' aspect. However, I'll take the "unpretentious but sophisticated and diverse" description of Fayetteville-area folks, though I'd add a big flashing red "RELATIVELY" in there after the "but." (For a look at what's going on in Fayetteville, check out [livejournal.com profile] zenandjuice--go back a page for a good snapshot of Fayetteville's contradictions.) Fayetteville is where my parents live, and it's probably the most sophisticated/intellectual/liberal part of Arkansas. Little Rock may think it is, but for the most part LR just has money and political power, which isn't the same thing.

That said, you can't get actual dim sum anywhere in the state, so I'll not be moving back. :p
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Half-time web producer position at Stanford: [we are] looking for a Web Producer to join the Web Publishing Group at the Stanford Graduate School of Business. We are responsible for the growth and maintenance of the public website as well as internal websites for the students, staff and faculty. To apply please go to http://jobs.stanford.edu/ and enter 27042 in the keyword field. This is a half-time position.



I think the information junkies and insatiable readers on my f'list will like this AskMeFi thread: What single book is the best introduction to your field for laypeople? Oh, my, good stuff! There are actually a lot of books I hadn't heard of, besides some of the obvious bestseller-types. I added several things to my Amazon wishlist.


Attn: newer Mac laptop owners!
Maybe it's old news to you, but New Pong is new to me! It uses the computer's motion-sensing capabilities to let you play Pong by tilting the computer back and forth. (On the MacBookPro with the oversized screen what I have, this is pretty good exercise. :p Just, um, don't drop it.)


Semi-official resolution recently: Eat meat once per day or less. Actually, this isn't that hard for me most of the time; I'm always kind of stunned/amused by diet suggestions such as "Try to have one meatless dinner per week!" Uh, I 'd have to try NOT to. But anyway, it's a useful thing to keep in mind.

Plus I learned something: the vegetarian taco salad at La Pinata has grilled mushrooms, lima beans, corn, and peas (plus the regular pinto beans, guacamole, etc.). o_O Tasted better than you think, too.


Finally, this is a cute memoid--too cute to cut. However, I'm totally sure that this dream house actually belongs to [livejournal.com profile] siderealengine, not me:

Your home is a

Philanthropic Gamer's Mansion

Your kitchen is stocked with chips, dips, and assorted caffeinated beverages. There's a pantry with emergency backup caffeinated beverages. You also have some breakfast cereals in there, but you haven't had breakfast since last Spring. Your master bedroom has blankets printed with images of Mario and Link. Your study includes unread copies of various gamer magazines, each purchased for the free demo CDs. One of your garages holds your collection of ferraris, and is measured in acreage.

Your home also includes a guest wing and private quarters for your servants. Your guests enjoy your collection of every console and associated game ever made. Except the Intellivision -- those controllers drive them NUTS. Outside is your hedge maze and gardens, meticulously tended by a team of world-class botanists.

And, you have a pet -- a koopa named "Shelly".

Below is a snippet of the blueprints:


Find YOUR Dream Home!


This one sounds more like me:

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This was just mentioned on the SFWoW mailing list. It's supposed to be a new kind of job site. I am skeptical, but for those of who are looking for a new/better job (which is many, many of you right now!), you may want to give it a whirl:


http://www.jobfox.com/

C++ people

May. 1st, 2007 11:26 pm
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del.icio.us is hiring in Santa Clara, CA: http://blog.del.icio.us/blog/2007/04/we_are_hiring.html

I added del.icio.us to my SF Bay Area Geek Dream Jobs page. They're one of a handful of more mundane companies on there (along with the WordPress folks and Google). I also added a couple more companies yesterday, because they were mentioned in an article on biofeedback-based interfaces.
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If you don't live in the SF Bay Area, when you go here: http://www.sharedwing.net/geekjobs.html
in the right-hand column, do you see job listings in the Bay Area on the top, but job listings near you on the bottom?

I don't think it will work in places outside the US, but I can't even test it for non-SF-Bay-Area, because it draws from IP. I think.
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Not actually posted to my Bay Area filter because I don't recall when I last updated it. :p

"SFWOW is hosting a social event for professional women in technology to network with recruiters and hiring managers in the technical industry. Invitees include SFWoW members and guests, HR managers, corporate sponsors, and the press."

This event is TOMORROW, Wednesday, and is free for job seekers if you RSVP right away. Otherwise, $5.


http://www.sfwow.org/us/2007/01/28/canwow-march-7/

Cool!

Feb. 27th, 2007 11:31 am
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SourceForge is based in my town, or at least their parent company is. I need to add them to my Geek Jobs page.
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http://www.sharedwing.net/geekjobs.html
My San Francisco Bay Area Geek Dream Jobs page, in addition to a big update on January 26, now has a nifty Indeed.com "jobroll" on the side, that lists 10 random jobs according to the nerdy search words I put in for it. I would have put that in there anyway, because it's nifty and could come up with something useful for someone. But it also happens to be an affiliate thing where people clicking on the jobs it lists could get me a small amount of money. So, win-win-win situation if you ask me.

I could have done this months ago, but I configured my sharedwing.net mail incorrectly with Dreamhost.com, and I wasn't getting mail sent there. Oops. (One of the Indeed.com guys wrote me about it after my comparison of Indeed and SimplyHired last September. I think it's a good sign for both companies that their people are keeping an eye on posts about them, too.)
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Simplyhired.com and Indeed.com are both job search engines that search multiple job posting sites at once. If you haven't tried this kind of search, you should--this style or search is much more efficient than hitting Monster and Dice and CL and so on every day. Plus the boolean search function makes it easier to eliminate irrelevant jobs.

Simplyhired.com and Indeed.com appear nearly identical at first glance. Both try to give a simple interface, but SH has more bells and whistles--it automatically generates a link to LinkedIn, a social networking site you are undoubtedly not using, for each job, and stuff like that. ... Actually, Indeed does this too, but it hides these extra options by default--clicking "More Actions" shows a set of functions similar to SH's: You can send the listing to a friend, research salary, save the job, etc. In fact, Indeed actually has more of these widgets, including another networking company, another salary research link, a direct link to a map, listing more jobs from the same company, and a Google search for the company name (how lazy are you really?). Both keep a list on the side of the page of your recent searches.

Both sites let you create accounts with them. I haven't tried this, and honestly, I don't plan to. I don't think it should be necessary for a simple job search. If you get a SH account, you can do things like rate jobs so that SH can, Amazon-like, "recommend" other jobs to you. I can live without this, but maybe you'll think it's useful. Both sites try to help you by "remembering" which ones you've clicked on--Indeed puts a note saying "1 visit (date/time)". Indeed's FAQ is straightforward and businesslike; SH's FAQ is jocular and attempts to be hip.

LAYOUT AND FUNCTIONALITY: Both display text ads. Indeed.com is plain and white; Google-like in appearance. SH is trying to be more trendy, still focusing on text but using a blue and green color scheme. There are a lot of buttons and such; some of them (such as "research salary") just don't work well (i.e., it works on a Mac running Firefox but not on a PC running Firefox). There's no point to bells and whistles if they don't add anything or aren't functioning, guys! Indeed has the best of both worlds, combining a default cleaner look for spartan surfers like me with quick access to baroque embellishments for those who like 'em. WINNER: INDEED.COM

SEARCH (Advanced): Major options almost identical, but Simply Hired also includes more options for narrowing, such as part-time/contract, size of company, search within job title, etc. SH also lets you immediately create a e-mail update for that search. (Plus, the live generation of the actual boolean search string is kind of nifty, if not that useful.) Indeed allows you to search up to 100 miles away, while SH restricts you to 50 miles. Neither will let you set a search radius yourself (except by editing the resulting URL). WINNER: SIMPLYHIRED.COM

NUMBER of results for a complex search: Indeed has 47 results. SH has 35. WINNER: INDEED.COM ... but ...

QUALITY of results for the search: SH combines identical listings from multiple sources into one listing, so you don't see the same listing over and over. (EDIT: Okay, on further searches, SH is not at all perfect about this. However, it appears to be somewhat better than Indeed.) WINNER: SIMPLYHIRED.COM

PUSH VS. PULL: SH lets you post resumes to various job boards; Indeed (so far as I can tell) doesn't. I don't care about this feature, but if you do--WINNER: SIMPLYHIRED.COM

NUMBER OF SOURCES SEARCHED: Darned if I know. Neither site actually lists all of its sources that I can find.

Random interesting features: SimplyHired's GLBT-friendly variation.

OVERALL WINNER: Well, I don't know. I really prefer Indeed's interface, but SH has a few good functions that Indeed doesn't have, such as being able to require search terms to appear in the job title or company name. That could make searches much more relevant. I suspect I'll be using both for a while until I get a good feel for which, if either, actually turns up more results. I think which you prefer will probably depend on which of the various non-overlapping functions you find useful.
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If you are looking for a job in Northern California/the Bay Area, you need to know about these websites/resources:

SFWOW: join the ML, which has plenty of job postings and excellent advice, plus workshops, meetups, etc. Totally open to nonsexist men. Slightly tech-oriented but all over the place, really.
KITlist: 2 job-posting MLs, one tech-oriented, one not.
Andreas.com: A bunch of advice (research, resumes, etc.) and links for jobs in Silicon Valley and NorCal in general; plus info for contractors/entrepreneurs/consultants.
JobStar S.F.: List of generic and specific job banks.

Also check the websites for national and regional professional associations, even if you are not a member--many have publically-accessible job listings or links. (If you're thinking "Professional association??" you need to google "$field" and "professional association" or "organization" ASAP.)

In addition, the county and city often have interesting jobs with good benefits, including jobs at libraries, museums, and parks, as well as clerical and high-tech jobs . Most CA cities' sites are ci.$cityname.ca.us but nearly all are easy to find.

And although I'm constantly surprised by how many people find my Northern California Geek Dream Jobs page by googling for "cool jobs bay area," you can actually find relevant listings by googling for "northern california" or "bay area" and "jobs" and "$field"--for example, there are several specific websites for library positions in NorCal and the Bay Area. Sometimes you can turn up useful stuff on del.icio.us with similar tag searches.

Nationally:
Craig's List (also international; don't neglect the Gigs section which could lead to permanent work)
Indeed (search engine for Monster, Dice, local papers, etc., and also-in-theory-CL, but that doesn't always work right)
EDIT: SimplyHired--similar to Indeed but with somewhat different features. If you're not using these two, you should be.
EDIT: jobs.metafilter.com--why not?

(Only mentioned here because they are especially strong in Northern California listings.)

Also, don't forget to leave the house. I'm pretty sure several people got shiny new jobs as a result of going to the WordPress gathering (WordCamp), talking to other people, and checking the then-live wiki. If you sign up with VistaPrint and give yourself enough lead time for a) their periodic "Everything Good is Free + Shipping" specials and b) slow, cheap shipping, you can get some rather nice cards with your name and info on 'em. Very useful.
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A little foxy birdie told me that there are openings at Sega:
Community Manager
http://www.recruitforce.com/NA4/ats/careers/requisition.jsp;jsessionid=460D1CAA5D2ED49CA2F9A835F4505D02?org=SEGAUSA&cws=1&rid=37

Flash Developer
http://www.recruitforce.com/NA4/ats/careers/requisition.jsp;jsessionid=460D1CAA5D2ED49CA2F9A835F4505D02?org=SEGAUSA&cws=1&rid=31

I'm going to get back to working more aggressively on the Bay Area Geek Jobs page once I get direct Unix access through a Dreamhost account. One of these days.
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I wish there was some way that, by not buying Michael Crichton's new book, I could discourage him from writing more. If you don't feel like clicking over, he's currently blathering about how global warming is an international conspiracy. And lord knows, who better to trust than a potboiler novelist?

The sad thing is that a lot of grown-up Americans get their science knowledge from writers like Crichton. In the '90s people seemed to think that quoting Jurassic Park was an acceptable way to prove a point on chaos theory. But no. (Of course, that's not really his fault--people should know enough that if their curiosity is piqued by a topic in a novel, they should go look it up elsewhere.)


There's going to be a special election in California next month. Despite being a poll worker, I haven't had the time or energy to read up on the issues yet. But [livejournal.com profile] jedediah posted a pointed question: Does Prop. 73 attempt to define a fetus as a child?

Worth reading up on.

Anyway, if you have strong feelings about any of the other propositions, feel free to comment and tell me about it.


I made this pumpkin chocolate chip muffin recipe, but I had to substitute A LOT because I'm stupid and I didn't make sure we had everything before I started. (Well, using the Guittard Halloween chips instead of regular chocolate chips was on purpose.) I want to play with this and the lighter version and try increasing the pumpkin flavor, too. (For one thing, I wound up with 1/3 of the can left over.)

Anyway, despite all of the substitutions, they came out very tasty! I hope my Tuesday night classmates like 'em.


Tips for applying to a job from craigslist. I would add another tip: Proofread everything you submit so it's not riddled with typos and mistakes like this one is. If you can overlook that, the content is good. Includes examples. (Personally, I think the author of the "good" cover letter comes off like a smarmy blowhard, but I guess there's a reason I'm not in HR.)

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