On the job search, the week was pretty much a waiting game. $COMPANY
hasn't contacted me yet, probably because the HR person was out of town
last week, and the hiring manager was on vacation this week. I did meet
with the headhunter on Thursday, and had a good conversation. So that's
pretty good. I had phone screens Thursday (with Amazon) and Friday (with
The one on Friday was interesting -- the person I was originally scheduled
to talk to was unavailable, so the call was from the CTO. Which was
great, because we were actually able to talk about why I didn't seem to be
a good fit. This probably applies to many of my other recent rejections:
PopCap, Zillow, Google, and Facebook. And my apparent success with
There are two factors: seen from their side, I simply don't have any
experience with huge web "properties" or the technologies they use. I'm
not familiar with Ruby on Rails (which WhitePages is using), have
comparatively little PHP, no database experience to speak of... I'm a
fast learner, but that's not the same.
... and on my side, I'm just not all that interested in that kind
of work. I like building websites -- small ones. I like building
infrastructure that developers can use to build the big ones. I like having
my software out in the wild where I can point to it, but apparently that
really means I want to work on stuff that developers can use. I
want to get into working inside open-source software, not just on top
of it. Or on part of some proprietary software product like a game, or the stuff
Intuitive or Tableau is doing.
I want to work on cool stuff that's appreciated by my peers, not invisible
behind the scenes at a website, no matter how popular and cool that
website may be. And, perhaps most importantly, I want to work on stuff
that I believe is making the world a better place.
... change of subject ---
Yesterday I drove down to Longview (the closest Kaiser facility) with
Colleen -- two and a half hours each way -- to see if we could get our
prescriptions renewed and Colleen could get her disability forms filled
out for DMV and ORCA. Partial success. Colleen only got 6 months of
disability, and one month of her prescriptions. Mine haven't been
transfered at all, so I'll have to go down again in a week or so.
It would never have occurred to me that Kaiser wouldn't have a nationwide,
unified computer system for medical records and prescriptions. But they
don't. GAAAK! If I'd known how much of a nightmare health care was going
to be, I might not have moved. I call it "the health don't care
system" for a reason. And I have yet to get two consecutive identical
answers about what I can do next.
Anyone have suggestions for Seattle-area HMOs? I know GroupHealth works
with Kaiser, which might be a plus, but don't know whether they have good
in-network specialists for Colleen's Crohn's disease and other problems.
We stopped in Olympia for dinner at the Oyster House. I think the last
time we were there was 20-odd years ago on the way to or from a
Westercon. It's gotten better.
Last Monday -- Labor Day -- we drove out to Leavenworth. Lovely drive.
I read the Hugo-winning novella The Man Who
Bridged the Mist -- marvelous! And re-read "The Dead Lady of Clown Town".
... And I had a couple of bouts of depression. Not really surprising
considering the health care and job situations.
Links and details below in the notes.
( raw notes )