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Aaron N. Tubbs

Dragon chaser.

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When I was interviewing people earlier this year, one of the first things I did after reading their resumes was to google them. Many of them didn’t really exist, but every once in a while you come across something. I’m not sure what impact the information I find has. For example, one could find a blog, and realize “hey, this guy is actually interested in technology, even when he’s not at work, that’s nice to see, for a change!” Or, one may come across some stuff and think “gee, this is a bunch of really strange stuff, but at least this guy won’t be another boring gnome that hides in the woodwork.”

I think the gray area comes into play when people do things or put things on the Internet that could influence hiring decisions (be it in positive or negative ways) that would not normally be part of the consideration process, and may or may not enter into things that are illegal to consider as part of a hiring decision. I’m not sure where I stand on all of that, though the “if you aren’t comfortable with what you are writing being read by anybody on the Internet, including your family, lover, employer, and pet snake, you shouldn’t be writing it for everybody to see on the Internet” seems to be my approach to things. This leads into the whole debate of people getting fired for blogging and whatnot, but that’s not really where I’m trying to go; I’m getting sidetracked — what I’m trying to get at is that it feels refreshing to be in play, I appreciate all of the help that has been showing up, and I’d like to extend a warm welcome to my recent visitors.

And now, since I’ve not been able to make it through a week without whining about work in the last few weeks, here’s the quip of the day:

Superior: “What is your statement of work on the amount of time it will take you to implement that solution?”

Me: “Do you mean ‘how long will it take me to update this diagram?’”

Superior: “I’m just asking for your statement of work.”

uncomfortable silence

Me: “5 minutes.”

Superior: “Let’s have a checkpoint on that task at 10:00 (it’s 9:23), and make sure that we deliver on our goal by 11:00 this morning.”

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Me: “I will keep you posted.”