Still here

Not writing much lately. Which is a let down for some people I am sure. I have not finisht unpacking (my parents took 10+ years to do it in the house I grew up in). When you’re in an apartment, it feels like there’s no point to unpacking when you will have to move again. In a house, it feels like there is no need to unpack because you will have no deadline to do it by.

Of the 3 sheds this place had in the back, 2 are gone. First was a prefab steel sheet and frame thing that started to collapse from snow, so I had to get rid of before it fell onto the neighbors land. The entire thing I took apart by kicking it and stomping it. The pieces I am slowly taking to be recycled. The other was a play house type thing that had been used to store garden supplys in it. That one came apart with a hammer and some pulling/pushing. The wood I will have to deal with as “C&D” waste I’m sure.

The last 1 standing is a maybe stolen “U haul” trailer covered with some textureboard (“texture 1-11”) and a roof to look legit. After I have attended to the wreckage of the other 2 (somewhat neatly piled in places) I will empty this one, remove the disguise, and report it. If it is not stolen I will still get rid of it. This is the one with very dubious wiring. I’ve found where it was taken from (back of a garage) and disconnected it and removed all of it in the trailer.

No chickens yet, tho with high-path avian-influenza I am better off right now that way.

New street light

Not a huge event, but the distribution company that serves my town replaced the street light across from my apartment building.

The old one was a probably 40+ year old HPS cobra head affair that had a bad lamp or ballast and kept turning on and off all night. I put in a work order for it, and in a surprizingly short time, they not only fixed it, but replaced it with a new LED full cutoff fixture.

I like the new white light cast. To my mind, sodium yellow I always associated with ugly neighborhoods you didn’t want to be in after dark. I have no idea if there is actually any correlation or not.

Broad band: the final frontier

After an abundance of waiting, and legally mooching WiFi off by neighbors, the cable company here has connected service to my new apartment. I have a wire line high speed Internet connection! This is the last of the utilities I needed hooked up.

On a side note, I have completely vacated my old apartment now.

Sadly my productivity on side projects that I had been working on is likely to decline now. I am still hopeful I can finish a big one for a friend before I completely lose interest.

For now, I have to go and tell my neighbor to change their WiFi password to something new, since I am done using it.

Solemn dignity and sprightly rainbows

Just a short note. There seems to be a perfect balance between the imposing and impressive form of the Supreme Court1 building and courtroom, and the freewheeling free-dealing rainbows on the White House, the Empire State building, Niagara, and yes, WordPress’s header right now.

It’s just so happenin’ right now with all the celebrations. I wish I was in a big city to see them.

  1. The United States’ one. I am aware other Supreme Courts have gotten there first, but I don’t live there. 

So I’m not the only one who thinks this way!

While following links on HR pages companies have, I found this blog post:

Now, I admit that it’s a partial ad for the firm itself and their software, but it also proves my point that HR should tell people who aren’t going to get hired that they aren’t going to get hired.

In other news, I have a phone interview on Friday, for a company that has an uncertain reputation on Glassdoor. That I’m not holding against it as much as the fact that it’s an hour commute. However, a legitimate job is a legitimate job and I did apply for it knowing all of this. I hope it turns out positively.

I got a rejection letter!

I applied for a position yesterday and today got a form letter rejection!

Why can’t companies do this more often, especially when they are using highly automated HR software? I despise people who, in a professional context, let others hang on when they already know they are not going to get hired. A simple “Sorry, but we have decided not to interview/hire you.” Email is enough, and lets me mark that as “No” in my spreadsheet of job applications.

I hope it is not because they don’t want to annoy us. We’re adults applying for jobs with adults; trust us and I think you’ll find 98+ % of your job seekers are emotionally mature enough to handle a professionally worded rejection letter. In most cases, we got used to getting them from colleges, so we won’t be seeing anything new if they come from firms.

A quiet packaging evolution

Yesterday I was a-shopping for some light bulbs and found some of these:

When I got back home and went to install them, I felt illegitimately pleased more than anything by the packaging. Here is the back of it:


In the upper right of the image you can see “TEAR HERE TO OPEN” and I can report, having opened three of these packages, they do infact easily open by tearing with your hands! The cardboard strip on the right tears out and then the clamshell holding the bulb slips out of the package. Then, the two halves of plastic separate because they were just held together with the cardboard.

Almost everyone has been annoyed by the overuse of tamper evident/resistant packaging for things that really don’t need it, like lightbulbs. I highly recommend this new style of package. The lightbulbs seem to work fine too.

Again, I have no affiliation with this firm. I bought the lightbulbs at retail for full price.