Reconciling assholes for nearly a decade.

trolling for jobs

Traditional use of trolling - hoping for a bite.

I'm thinking of making a change. My current job is not so challenging so all I do most days is post on the net and read reddit.

Anywhere in the US is OK, I can board this place up for a few years.

I was looking in monster, but I'm not qualified for any of those jobs. They all have at least one acronym in the requirements that I don't meet.

Is dice.com the place to look or what do you recommend?
Permalink Practical Economist 
July 15th, 2007 10:10pm
Don't offer him any advice. We need him to continue posting his wild ravings and personal tales of woe. (How many people have you shot at, yo?)
Permalink Send private email coterie commander 
July 15th, 2007 10:15pm
Of the people trespassing here? A few.

I have a decent sized ranch with a lot of woods and what happens is guys think it is a good place for them to go deer hunting, so they appear on my property with their rifles and pickups despite all the signs that say "TRESPASSERS WILL BE SHOT NO EXCEPTIONS". When I see these guys going through my gate which is down at the bottom of the hill, I take a few shots at them. I'm a good shot so there's no risk, but they do hear the bullets whizzing past their ears, and get the message.

This is the normal way to handle trespassers in the country, by the way.
Permalink Practical Economist 
July 15th, 2007 10:21pm
yeah, that's the cool shit I'm talking about.

Realistically: HR folks put in a few extra acronyms in the description just for shits ands giggles. You know, 5 years experience with AJAX (*), etc.


(*) yes it's technically possible, but unlikely you were calling it AJAX in 2002.
Permalink Send private email coterie commander 
July 15th, 2007 10:26pm
That sounds boring. Shouldn't you shoot out their tires or radiator or something?
Permalink Send private email bon vivant 
July 15th, 2007 10:26pm
Nothing wrong with it.  I have a piece of property in Pennsylvania.  A couple hundred acres.  An active farm, lots of woods, a bit of land that I have sold the rights and access to for strip mining.  There is a private road through a lot of the woods.  I've fired the proverbial warning shot at poachers -- out of season and trespassing -- from time to time.  Not too many years ago I missed and hit the guys truck.  I don't know exactly what went wrong, but the thing came rumbling to a halt.  That was a bit embarrassing for everyone involved.  I had to give the boys a ride back to town and then help them get it towed the next day.  I don't shoot at the poachers so much anymore.  Worried about another more serious mishap.
Permalink bob 
July 15th, 2007 10:28pm
And I am sure that was the last time they came on your land too!

It's funny that out here everyone knows the rules. Poachers expect to get shot at but not hit, the off chance of accidentally getting really shot is worth their risk of trespassing in their minds.
Permalink Practical Economist 
July 15th, 2007 10:35pm
City folk don't understand this, but we have a moral obligation to shoot but not hit in order to maintain the order and balance of the universe.

When I first had a run in with trespassers, I thought it was a mistake and asked them to leave. They apologized, and a month later they were back doing the same thing! I asked one of the old timers about this and he took me to task, "Dont you have a gun? Why on earth didn't you just shoot them?"
Permalink Practical Economist 
July 15th, 2007 10:37pm
Are there enough bullet holes in your "no trespassers" sign?
Permalink Send private email Impractical Economist 
July 15th, 2007 11:06pm
I thought you used salt pellets in the shotgun and aimed to hit!
Permalink Send private email Stephen Jones 
July 15th, 2007 11:32pm
Craigslist is the only online site I've ever used to hire people. Unless you count very small short term contracts through sites like rentacoder and etc. I've avoided dice and monster because their fee's are quite high, and they tend to attract people from all over the country. My little company is in an urban area and so there are plenty of local qualified people.

But I've found most people through friends, or people who approach me at a conference and ask for a job. Some of them setup a short meeting, and others just see my badge and start chatting. Or I once contracted with someone who gave a presentation. Oh, and I once went to a meetup for web developers specifically to find a Flash guy.

My friends with companies that are much above the $1m mark have to be more formal with hiring people. I don't understand the laws, but for some reason they have to prove that they posted an ad and considered some number of people. Some of them use recruiters, even though it's more expensive, just so someone else will handle the HR formalities.

So I guess it really depends on what size of company and what kind of position you want. If you are really hot shit, I think it would be fun to chat up some VC guys and see if you can drop into a key position at something weird and interesting for a while.

Oh, and journalist types can be really good contacts for job hunting. They know practically everyone at the senior levels of whatever niche they cover, and, at least for me, it's always a very positive and chatty conversation where you're happy to do them a favor.

Then they hand off a key review of your flagship product to some retarded intern and you want to kill them.... But it's best to get over that pretty quickly.
Permalink anoneemouse 
July 16th, 2007 12:04am
I hadn't thought of the journalist thing. I know someone who runs a newspaper in another state, and I'm on friendly terms with a couple IT beat reporters. Maybe I'll chat them up. Thanks.
Permalink Practical Economist 
July 16th, 2007 1:09am
>> I thought you used salt pellets in the shotgun and aimed to hit! <<

This was disproved in one of the "Mythbusters" episodes.  It seems that with rock salt, you need to be closer in order for the less-dense salt to penetrate the skin.  But then you're close enough for the plastic wad to actually cause serious damage, so generally a bad idea.

PE -
You could always call the wildlife officers.  They actually have more power than the police in these cases -- they can consfiscate their guns & possibly their truck (but that usually only happens when the poachers are hunting from the road -- a no-no)
Permalink xampl 
July 16th, 2007 9:27am

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