stupid economy.

  • I guess I'm looking for work again, as of August 1st. Hopefully that resolves itself quickly, or I might have some gear for sale.

  • don't sell your gear. it's a short-term gain and long-term loss.

    hope things turn around!

  • That sucks, man. Hope you find something.

    They keep laying off folks at my work and a friend got the can last week. Makes me wonder if my ass is on the line. I don't really play by the rules a lot of the time and wouldn't be surprised if my name is on a shortlist somewhere, nomatter how productive I am.

    What do you do for a living usually?

  • @matthew,
    No plans to. I just had to say that out loud and face the possibility.

  • @dm483,

    Web development. Primarily front-end work, with lots of Flash and JavaScript. Specifically, I've been working on banner ads and promotional websites for big hollywood productions these past few years. (Not sure how it ended up that specialized, but there you go.)

  • Well, maybe it's a door opening thing, man... I've been through a few of those. I was a freelance sound recordist for 10+ years (mostly documentary, some drama, news, corporate, whatever) but I decided to move base and the work wasn't there... It was at first, but shit happened and the market became real competitive.

    Because of the lack of work I agreed to help out packing boxes for my brother's friend's distro company part-time. Turned out they shared office space with a certain "leftfield electronica" label who were looking for someone to help out and I ended up there for 5 years. Lot of good gigs, lot of good folks. I even met Daeadelus :)

    Then I ended up moving across an ocean to be with the woman I met in bar one night and couldn't get out of my head. We've got two amazing kids and things are OK mostly, but way different from back then. I work at a university doing field IT support and running and building AV systems.

    Life's a journey... I'm still not sure where I'm going and I ain't young anymore.

    Good luck, brother. Don't despair. You obviously have talents and will find a place for them again.

  • unfortunately my job is pretty secure (grocery store) but i hate it with all my being so i am also looking for a job. it's so annoying though cuz people keep saying 'deal with it, a job is a job and at least you have one' but i refuse to give in and do something i have no passion towards.

    too bad the world has turned out that way and too bad i have so much student loan debt!

    but i digress, GTZ, hope things work out for you and hope you do not have to sell gear because of it.

  • Jumping subjects a bit, but in line with the question...

  • ha. I can't spell.

    Two R's, one B.

    Again, same disclaimer - there's not a whole lot to this, but it got done quick.

  • Just realized, I haven't updated my resume since 2007.

  • Yeah stupid economy. Don't how many more rounds of lay-offs i'll survive here in the casinos.

    I hope you get to keep your gear AND your spirits.

    Also don't forget to update your monome resume should you change jobs :)

  • You look into freelancing a bit to keep the cash flow coming in? It's summer so some digital ad agencies may need some quick work on banner campaigns for movies.

    If you're in the Southern California area try submitting your resume to:

    Some of my freelancer friends have gotten good work from there ^

  • Also if you MUST sell your gear, try to sell it to friends, give them good deals, and it might come back to you.

    I just sold my motorcycle to a friend (for a screaming deal) because I am pretty broke, but I found out today I am getting hired for my dream job: Municipal bus driver in Portland, OR for Trimet!

  • @sauce: really? You might be my bus driver one of these days!

    @GTZ: bummer, man. Best of luck.

  • It's all good. Change = opportunity, after all.

    Hawktopus' suggestion is a good one. I had to stop using Creative Circle (in 2007), but my skills are more valuable now than they were then, so it might work this time.

    The problems I had with them were twofold:

    1) There's always a day or two of downtime between assignments, because they can't submit you for one thing until the job you're on concludes.

    2) Their cut of your check is too high. I don't begrudge them the money, as negotiating prices and chasing down bills and withholding taxes are all things I'm no good at - Creative Circle earned every cent they made off of me. But, this factor makes jobs end very quickly. No one can afford to keep you around long-term, no matter how great a match it might be. It's also prohibitively expensive to buy you out of your contract.

    I was earning more through them than I ever had before, but only for a day or two each week. And there were several jobs that wanted me to stay on, but my cost was too high after Creative Circle's cut. I basically lived off my credit card the whole time I worked with them, and came out $17,000 in debt.

    So, yeah. Success or failure through them is strictly a numbers game. (How many hours a week am I likely to average through them, and is my hourly rate high enough to cover the bills?) I failed last time.

    My feeling is, that shouldn't be my first stop. Because any jobs they set me up with become companies I can't work for. If I have any chance of landing a job at those companies without Creative Circle, it's in my best interest to apply directly there first.

    ...but it's definitely worth keeping that option open.

  • Incidentally, taking a cash advance on your credit card to cover the minimum payment on that same credit card is an intensely bad idea, and you should not do it.

    Life lessons learned from that era...

  • In the past, during hard times, I did the "credit card shuffle" for a couple of years. This was back when it seemed like a new "balance transfer offer" showed up in the mail box every few days. I would sign up with one card and transfer my other balances to it to get the low teaser promotional rate and then when that promo rate was about to expire I would transfer somewhere else. Not a sustainable lifestyle, but when necessity dictates....

  • only one thing

    60/100 bilion euro italy spend for wars in a year

    is not a good idea

    more money for culture is ok

    this economy think too much at wars than to people need

  • @desnos,

    Not to be too crass about it, but war's a better investment than culture. Even ignoring the difference between culture's intangible return vs taking what you want from someone else, there's the indirect benefit of thinning your own numbers. Dead soldiers and civilians mean less mouths to feed, and less workers competing for a limited number of jobs.

    Remember, our basic way of life is not sustainable, and the illusion that it might be hasn't held up for for hundreds of years. The hoops that we all jump through to prolong the inevitable are pretty much unthinkable, but at the same time, nothing new.

  • @GreaterThanZero


  • ha, it's incredible how fucked the whole western hemisphere is economically.

  • This model is over-

  • america will be able to put off their debt for another while.

    europe is in some kind of euro end game though. either we fiscally become the united states of europe and accept that the debt of member countries is actually a european wide sovereign debt, or we let the euro die, and have every man and woman for themselves. this will come to a head rapidly.

    either way, interesting times ahead in europe.

  • make no mistake, if the euro fails every country in europe will enter a recession that will make the last few years seem like a minor clerical error.

    i think we're fucked no matter what way you look at it. it'll be interesting to see what comes out of the eu summit next week. but probably, merkel and co will kick the can a bit further down the road biding time until the inevitable, clucking around like chickens waiting to have their necks snapped.

    to quote macbeth: "i am in blood stepp'd in so far, that, should I wade no more, returning were as tedious as go o'er"

  • sorry, i've totally derailed this thread without my unrelated maudlin shit. gtz, sucks that you lost your job. i bet you'll be back the saddle before you know it. :)

  • @oootini,

    No worries. I think I encouraged that with my own rant a few replies back.

    I spent most of this past week re-framing my resume, so it's no longer "I work with this list of buzzword technologies" (which aren't important, and become quickly outdated) or even "I proved my worth on projects you've heard of" (which feels like name-dropping), but simply "I turn your ideas into production-ready applications."

    It's a bold move, and I'm very happy with the new direction, but it sort of leads us to...


    Do you still have that mac mini you were looking to trade?

    Not to toy with you or anything; I'm extremely reluctant to break up my dual 128 setup, and I wouldn't even consider this given all the rumors that new hardware will be announced next Friday to coincide with the OSX Lion release, but... my world has changed, and I can't really buy that new machine when it's announced.

    Thing is, Apple won't let me develop iOS apps on my old G5. And I sort of feel like I'm going to fumble some important questions in my upcoming job interviews if I don't address that.

    So, I'm not sure where I stand on the potential trade. Is it a necessary evil, or am I jumping the gun?

    I, of course, welcome thoughts from the group on this. =)

  • if you've got an intel based windows laptop or whatever, you can try virtual box.

    i think there's a way to install snow leopard in a vm if that helps. it's not exactly kosher though, so i'll leave you to research that yourself.

  • @toschek,

    Interesting! Last time I looked into it, the hardware requirements for a Hackintosh were far more rigid.

    I've got a core 2 Dell desktop lying around that I don't use all that often. Definitely worth a try...

  • Side note (and probable thread derailment):

    I was literally one click away from pre-ordering an OhmRGB when the news came down. Not sure if I'm thankful or bitter about that timing.

  • Purchased a copy of Snow Leopard for this experiment, which took a surprising amount of work -- everyone's pulled it from their shelves in anticipation of Lion next week. But I found a few tutorials for setting this up that don't rely on pirated ISOs, and I'm not in this to steal from anyone, so this was the logical next step. It's only a $30 gamble, at any rate.

    Now, to clear off a hard drive for it...

  • All right, this may be premature, but I'm going to say that putting Snow Leopard on my old Dell didn't work out. There are some CMOS changes needed for settings my BIOS doesn't give me access to, and I have to draw the line at re-flashing my motherboard with an unsupported BIOS for an unsupported operating system. That just seems like a very destructive way to spin your wheels.

  • Yeah, I would suggest if you're doing this for development work that you do the snow leopard install to a virtual machine. It is much easier to install because the hypervisor layer presents a consistent hardware abstraction so instead of dealing with finding drivers and kexts for everything you can just install and go.

    Sun/Oracle has a very nice free virtualization software called Virtual Box, so you would want to install windows on one of your old dell machines, then load virtual box on it and install OSX into a virtual machine there.

    This lifehacker article basically spells out how to do it -

  • @g>0 [edit: got "less than" rather than "greater than"]

    Ah man, I just got back from a short vacation and I'd sold the mini on eBay while I was away. Just shipped it out now. In a strange quirk of fate my MacBook Pro bit the dust on Friday so I have been totally off grid until just now.

    As far as virtual machines go... I did some exploring into all of that a while back, looking for solutions for deploying multi-boot/multi OS images. There are OS X (Leopard/Snow Leopard) virtual machine torrents kicking around for both Virtual Box and the Windows VMware packages but they are glitchy and not at all kosher. That doesn't mean you shouldn't explore it, but you should be aware that they can be troublesome. toschek may have had better results than me... I did all my experimenting a year or more ago and used pre-built machines I got from those torrent sites - my aim was purely to see if it was viable before building them myself and it didn't really look like it was going to work for my needs.

    You can run a virtual OS X Server on an OS X intel machine, I found, but that doesn't really help you unless you can get a cheap intel anyway.... Speaking of which, I have now killed 2 13" unibody MacBook Pros (early 2010 model A1278) which will now only run Linus distros... They won't run OS X, XP, Vista or 7 at all... There seems to be some efi level problem with that model. The 15" ones also seem to be problematic, though maybe not as terminally, from what my colleagues have been experiencing. Think twice if you see one going cheap anywhere.

    [edit 2] ROFL "Linus" distro... :P

  • Yeah, I've never had any problems running OSX in a virtual machine. There are some caveats though, specifically you will not get QE/CI so no graphic accelleration which means you will be unable to run iMovie/Final Cut/Front Row.

    That should not prevent you from writing iOS apps though for the most part.

  • ...and the new Mac Minis are out a few days earlier than predicted. I kind of thought this part would suck, and indeed it does.

    This is me not pressing the "submit" button.

    Still haven't pressed it.

    I'll play with VirtualBox tonight.

  • GTZ where you based?

  • Los Angeles, Ca.

    Relocating would be complicated, but is possible.

  • @GTZ Poke me at generalzodschicken at gmail dot com if you need any hints with virtual box osx and I'll see what I can do.

  • 1st day since my last day.

    Got some odd jobs lined up; bills will be paid while we wait for the recruiters to do their thing. I'm not freaking out about money. But to be honest... Today, right now, I'm a little bored.

  • Yeah, my current resume ended up consolidating several years of sparse contract work into a single "misc contract" entry. Within that, I can call out a few highlights tailored to whatever I'm applying for, but the gaps between one job and the next are all smudged together into a unified block of ambiguous duration.

    I think it's serviceable as something in the distant past, where no one was planning to contact my supervisors, but you're right; I don't want my most recent work to be iffy or evasive in any way.

  • I replaced some broken code in a site with this today:
    Pretty impressed with it, overall. But it has a lot of potential for abuse, and Lokey's "kill it with fire" axiom may well be appropriate.

    Tomorrow's just a bunch of jQuery work, and then Thursday, I play with this:
    ...which I will probably hate, but the demos are neat.

  • Update...

    My old boss from two jobs ago was generous and accommodating in letting me work on some projects as timing allowed, running off at a moments notice for job interviews. I don't think either of us had any idea how hectic that would become or how long it would stretch, and I hope I haven't permanently damaged that relationship.

    At the height of my job search, I was averaging four interviews a day, taking phone interviews in my car while I drove to various in-person ones at opposite ends of the city. I burned through a few hundred rollover minutes on my phone (on an average month, I speak less than ten minutes on it). And if you include the two tickets I got, I managed to hit $50 a day in parking for a few weeks. I don't want to think about how much I spent filling the gas tank.

    I accepted a new job two weeks ago, shut down the job search, and finished out my projects at work. The new job should actually start in a few days. (there were some administrative delays in clearing my background check, but I needed the time to decompress anyway)

    Next up: time to find a new apartment. =)

  • **don't forget to make time for love!!!!