Tuesday, December 18, 2007

At a subtle level, is this person trying to be ironic?

This ad was found on a website that is oriented toward freelance workers. I have blotted out the identifying details to spare the company some degree of embarrassment. The idea is that people who freelance go to the site and post a resume and/or view the jobs available section that describes jobs that companies are trying to fill. Unless there has been a drastic change in the English language recently (and if there was, why wasn't I sent a memo?), the project details section of the jobs available section is supposed to describe the job or at the very least list some minimum skill set that a worker would be expected to possess in order to be considered for the job. So why does this project description do neither? This is for a company that specializes in communication so in a cynical way I find it rather funny that the project description says nothing about the job requirements or what the company is looking for in a worker and instead tries to market the company to prospective workers at what is probably the most general level possible. The company wants a "Web Developer" but that job title could mean anything from a code monkey who can use HTML and CSS to translate content into a format easy to read and navigate to a person with extensive experience with database/website integration. Is the meta message here that the company is really flexible about what it requires from prospective workers to fill a given task or is it rather that the company scarcely has a clue as to what it wants?

Monday, November 26, 2007

I learn something new every day.

According to Adam Curtis, i'm a bully. The very fact that i blog makes me one. Of course, i'm prolly not as much of a bully as people who update their blogs on a daily basis, shrilly proclaiming that anyone and everyone who doesn't agree with my point of view is either stupid or evil, but that i do have a point of view and that i presume to express it in this way somehow still makes me a bully.

Or perhaps Mr. Curtis simply makes sweeping generalizations. But he does have some rather interesting ideas about the expression of ideas in the present age.

Sunday, October 07, 2007

Thinking that anti-depressant drugs will keep someone from committing suicide? Think again.

Wednesday, September 05, 2007

Normally i don't bother with the online "what kind of [fill in the blank] are you" multiple choice tests because, on the whole, they bore me.  But the results of one i tried recently actually seemed to know what it was about.  Results are below:

House Jackalopean
House Jackalopean
Take What is your true magickal house? today!
Created with Rum and Monkey's Personality Test Generator.

Jackalopean House values originality, independence, thinking outside the box, waaaaaay outside the box! Its emblematic animal is the jackalope, sometimes shown being carried by a Yeti riding the Mothman just to tick off certain types of people. Its colors are magenta and silver foil. Bugs Bunny is the house spirit, Jackalopean house corresponds roughly to the element of Chaos.

Main magickal methods, teachings, type of divination: Chaos Magick and or Synchronistic Engineering, Enlightenment via dynamic discord, Off the wall guessing while sleepy, or just making crap up.

Most potent magickal items owned by and spaces guarded by House: Apples of Chaos fruit juicer, Ethereal Bong of Timothy Leary, Library of Uncensored Forbidden Books.

Philosophy: Life is not only weirder then you think, its weirder than you can think.

Thursday, August 16, 2007

Ninety-nine U.S. soldiers killed themselves last year, the highest rate of suicide in the Army in 26 years.  What's even more interesting is this:
The Army also has been working to stem the stigma associated with getting therapy for mental problems, after officials found that troops are avoiding counseling out of fear it could harm their careers.
It would be interesting to know the specifics of how the army is trying to reduce the stigma; if its efforts are limited to the spouting of propaganda it's unlikely to work.

Monday, August 13, 2007

What did she do with her time?

The world's oldest woman died recently at the age of 114 and the thing i wonder about the most is what she did with her time the last decade or so of her life.  Did she read? Gossip with the other residents of the nursing home?  Meditate? Watch television? It's rather unlikely that she went skateboarding.

Last week i spent in West Virginia on retreat and most of the time involved me sitting around with my feet propped up, reading a book about Druids. I had hoped to spend a fair amount of the time hiking around, exploring the land, but various issues made that infeasible though it was possible to take a short walk past the cow pastures toward the end of the week. So lately i've been thinking a fair amount about time and my relationship to it. I'm nowhere near reaching any conclusions, except perhaps that i seem to waste a great deal of it playing games on the computer. I plan to do less of that, but i'm not sure that that is going to make me more efficient at getting other things done; sometimes it seems like the most appropriate thing to do is to do nothing, really.

Monday, May 21, 2007

Korea has a higher suicide rate than Japan. What especially caught my eye in a recent article about suicide in the former country, though, was this comment about people there who use the net to find partners for a suicide pact:
Now they're more careful. Once they've met each other, they shut down the site and switch to e-mail and cellphones. You need a lot of searching and hunches and luck to track down these people.
Perhaps it's naive of me to ask this, but rather than hunt down people who clearly don't want to be found, wouldn't it make more sense to figure out what it is about the present cultural conditions there that inspire so many to suicide and to change that?

Friday, May 11, 2007

The other day i read that the creator of the Dilbert comic strip starts work each day by spending two hours blogging, and then he'll spend the next 3-4 hours working on his comic strips.

Wednesday, March 28, 2007

Ever wonder what can happen to someone who steals bandwidth?
http://www.techcrunch.com/2007/03/27/john-mccains-myspace-page-hacked/ Not that his site was hacked, really.

Monday, March 26, 2007

Kinda sums up my experience with quite a number of folks:

I'd be pleased to give credit to the creator of
that jpg if i only knew who that person was.

Tuesday, February 06, 2007

CDC reports that suicide increased among children in 2004. Some people think it might be due to a decreased use of antidepressant drugs while others point out that funding has been cut for programs that give children and teens access to psychological counselling. Personally, i wonder if the spike in the suicide rate was fueled by the muck-raking, lame excuse for journalism that was being splashed all over the net about that time.

Saturday, January 06, 2007

Marin County suicide prevention office is busiest after the holiday season
the quote that caught my eye was this:

It's as much for you as the person you're talking to - in an odd sort of way.
-a volunteer at Marin's Suicide Prevention and Community Counseling program