An Open Letter to my Future Employer(s)…

Dear Sir/Madam,

I appreciate this wonderful opportunity that you have afforded me.  It was wonderful to see your clearly written job description, and I am eternally grateful to have finally located a company that was willing to be clear about what their expectations were as well as the salary.  I was even more pleased to note that the salary was actually commensurate with my experience, instead of offering me half of what I was worth knowing that I had little choice in the matter.

You cannot imagine how few companies exist that do not understand the nature of job-hunting for professionals that, due to their current position have little to no time to seek advancement.

I was pleased to speak with your representative, who knows what the job entails and what my expectations should be.  You would be shocked to discover that in most companies HR does the hiring and knows just about as much about IT as my dog.  I was very excited to learn that your company has a comprehensive and fair “on call” policy, with excessive overtime being repaid by way of time off.

In this day and age it was a pleasant surprise to see that you rewarded individuals with appropriate bonuses and a comprehensive retirement plan on top of the usual benefits that people have grown to rely on (medical, dental, etc).

During the interview process, when you allowed me to socialize with your employees to learn more about the company I was shocked.  Few companies have confidence in their employee’s perspective, and this helped with clearing up any confusion and laying it right out on the table.  I am inherently distrusting of companies that are unwilling to be up front and forthright about the treatment of their employees:  If you let me talk to them before accepting the job, you must not be afraid of what they have to say.

During the interview process you didn’t ask me about my personal hobbies because you don’t care what I do when I’m not at work.  You didn’t ask me any stupid questions or take me out to lunch to see if I seasoned my dish before I tasted it.   You did your due diligence in reading my resume`, so you knew exactly what I could and could not do.  You didn’t waste my time by saying, “All of the resume`s look the same, so we just bring in the top five people and see who’s a good fit”.  It was nice that you asked me relevant questions about my experience, and that you trusted my opinion of my own abilities (combined of course, with the ability to prove what I know).

I was pleased to notice that you respected honesty and forthrightness enough to actually include them in your corporate policy.  Preventing people from moving up the ladder through deception was a phenomenal decision, and I applaud your willingness to go “against the grain”, so to speak.

I realize that this letter is a bit longer than should be necessary, but I just wanted to let you know (as someone that has played this “game” more than once) that even if I had not gotten the position, your company has endeared itself to me.  For that I am eternally grateful.

R. James Petersen
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Another Year…Still no Time…

Happy birthday to me!

I know, I know, my writing has been slacking for the last few days/weeks/months whatever.  Time is a cruel master, that’s for damned sure.

This year has brought me a lot of joy with my family and a lot of clarity within myself.  I’m hoping that these things will all lead to a better life and a more reasonable existence, but hope will only get you so far.

Actually, hope won’t get you anywhere, but it can at least stave off the cynicism for awhile while you try to get shit done.

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Posts Coming

Hi folks – just a quick update while I try to get my shit in order.

We survived Costa Rica (plenty to talk about!), but my time upon returning to Portland has been somewhat less than “available”.  It was brought to my attention that the pictures I had taken (and uploaded) from my motorcycle trip a few years ago had been lost.   I have recovered the pictures, but it will take some time to associate them with the correct posts.

In other news, the purchase of roknrol.com was a success and I am in the process of trying to determine what I should put there, so, you know, if anyone has any suggestions 😉

–James

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Fedukashun

Am I the only one that’s noticed the dismal state of our Public School system?

Like most of you, I attended public school growing up.  There was nothing particularly special about my school – it was fairly small (roughly 450 total students for 9-12th grades), with teachers ranging from good to bad and students the same.  We had the usual “clicks” that most schools have – jocks, preppies, nerds and a whole lot of people that faded into the background.  I was happy to have graduated high school since as a student I wasn’t stellar, but more than that, I was glad to be done with the bullshit and (as scary as it was) try to find my own way in the world.

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Bah…Forum’s down… (fixed)

Sorry folks – forum is down…bad mod install borked the whole fucking thing.  It should be back online this evening or tomorrow…as soon as I can get it taken care of.  Nothing is lost (usernames/posts/etc)…just the interface.  Thanks for your patience…

Forum is back up, although a bit ugly while I work on configuring the front page…everything else is available and online though.

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In-ternet In-security

I’ve been asked, and while I’ve given some brief examples on Facebook I figure I should probably post something here as well – mostly because my FB account will be defunct the middle of next week today. The following article describes how I have arrived at my current state of paranoia and what I’m doing about it.  I will be posting articles in the Forum on how to secure yourself against nefarious government or marketing types in the hopes that you don’t get caught up in the same privacy bullshit that so many others have been burned by in the past.
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Forum is Live

Hey everyone – not that I expect a particularly large volume of traffic, but since the other social networking sites that I’m signed up with are going away on Feb 1 I figured I’d put a forum up for folks that want to keep in touch.  So yeah.  Forum is open, register for an account if you like – this will likely become the BEST place to reach me and keep up to date.  At least until I write it off as a bad job and shut the whole fucking thing down.  Meh.

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The End of an Error (and a New Start)

Many of you have been aware that this is coming, but for those that haven’t, I am leaving Social Networking.

Because I wouldn’t be “me” without a novel, let me give you a history of how social networking has grown over the years, and an understanding of what is pissing me off so much about the current Internet model.  Stick around, it might be fun :p

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Dis: Gust, Engenuous, Honesty

Fair warning, this will probably be another wall of text.  Hey, can I help it if I ramble (probably), type fast (probably not) and am easily distracted (oh hells to the no)?

As usual, my disclaimers and preface:  I realize that the world we live in requires deception on a regular basis.  If you told the guy at the car dealership how much money you have, then you know how much your car is going to cost already.  If you tell your girlfriend that she looks fat in her dress, you’ll be single.  If you tell the IRS how much money you made, they’ll want the rest of it.  There are plenty of occasions when deception and lying is the only way to survive in the world that we have created for ourselves, and most people will agree.  The intelligent ones, anyway. Continue reading

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Cut the Rope

No, this isn’t about the addictive game that you play on your smartphone. Nor is it a suggestion for how to get an ethnic stereotype out of a tree. It’s about an astute observation that my wife made a few nights ago.

We were talking about an article I read a couple of weeks ago that spoke at great length about some potential problems with China’s economic situation. Now, I have no vested interest in what happens in China (at least, not as far as I know), but I had read a few articles that pointed to a future economic crash for the Chinese that will apparently show us the best way to completely devastate a financial system.

There are a few reasons why China isn’t important to me – first and foremost, because we can’t trust a damn thing that we hear about them. Hell, we can’t even trust what we hear about the United States, so I tend to take what I read in the media about China with slightly less than a grain of salt.

There are some things, however, that would give me the impression China might be getting ready to jump into the same pool of shit that the rest of the developed world has been wallowing in for the last decade. First, we’re in a global economy right now. That means when America sneezes Europe gets a cold, and it’s not good when your own cash is tied directly to someone else’s productivity (or ability to manage their own funds). Second, China has been accused (more than once) of lying about their economic stability – to the point where if they did tank, we likely wouldn’t know about it until it’s “too late” (whatever that means). Continue reading

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