My employment chances going up in smoke

Making lemonade from lemons

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So today I had an interview at 5pm for what was probably the most exciting position to come across my plate in quite a while. A company called pagerduty, based out of California but has offices in Toronto, is looking for a software developer to join their team. Now two things grabbed me regarding this position.

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“It’s designed to break your heart…”

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It breaks your heart. It is designed to break your heart. The game begins in the spring, when everything else begins again, and it blossoms in the summer, filling the afternoons and evenings, and then as soon as the chill rains come, it stops and leaves you to face the fall alone. You count on it, rely on it to buffer the passage of time, to keep the memory of sunshine and high skies alive, and then just when the days are all twilight, when you need it most, it stops.

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An open letter to those experienced in the IT telecommuting scene

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To the recruiters, telecommuters, and other IT professionals out there:

Over the past two years, I’ve been trying to acquire steady remote work. The reasons are varied (free time, need money for fun things like buying a house/getting married etc..), but the lack of success has not. So in a nutshell I’m asking anyone out there for any advice on what I’m doing wrong, if there’s any option(s) that I haven’t tried, or if what some of my contacts in the industry have stated is true, that I’m pretty much wasting my time.

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So I finally get to play the lead…

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…the Lead Developer that is.

So to get anyone that is reading this up to speed, I’ve been hired on as a the technical guru for a local startup company, the end of a trip that began soon after moving back to Ontario in early May. Long story short, a friend of a friend mentioned that a startup company near where he lived was having a hell of a time finding folks that wanted to work with them. Normally that sort of thing either says “they pay worth shit”, or “it’s a cesspool of drama and chaos”, but since it was in my 1B preferred location (1A being where I was exiled from, 1C requiring a green card), I figure “what the hey?”. Three months, two interviews, learning they’re hiring problems wee because they’re located in the “Here be Dragons” part of Ontario, and one job offer later, I’m the guy that would be taking their web application to the next level.

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Once upon a time in Prince Edward Island…

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While digging through the interwebs for historical PEI photos recently, I cam across this video that looks to be tourism footage from the 1950′s. Or at least the cars and the really oil painting colour scheme lead towards that assumption. Neat to see footage of when there was actually a railroad active, there’s no RV’s in sight, and the shoreline isn’t dotted from Malpeque to Savage Harbour with 300k cottages. In short, my kind of place.

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