I am Why We Can’t Have Nice Things

Subtitled, “Guardedly Pessimistic” I have a new new job.  It’s better than the old new job.  In part because the old new job was hourly contract work, and the new new job is actually full time.  The combination of contract work and job hopping as introduced a level of instability to my life even while the income allowed me to distance myself from the poverty-cycle habits of graduate school. I graduated with a big-damn-degree about 2 years ago, and have been job-hopping ever since.  It’s not the path I thought I would take, but it makes sense in a practical way: I have experience and skills that don’t line up with the paper version of my “job skills.”  Skills like writing, listening, communicating… things that make a good grad student and a good employee but are hard to put on a resume as a core skill.  Especially when the resume is supposed to say “programmer.” The new job is in New York, but no I’m not moving there.  I like North Carolina, despite this recent (and temporary) political shift into voter suppression, teacher-bashing, and corruption.  I’m going to be working remotely, which is a new experience for me.  I’ll be a programmer for a software firm just outside The City, and they seem to have their stuff together pretty well.  What I mean is that even though they were interviewing me to see what I’m about, I was interviewing them intensely as well.  There are reasons I left my previous jobs over the last two years, and money wasn’t high on that list.  Quality of life was. There’s been...

Night of the Living Dead URL

Ten years ago, maybe longer, I registered http://dan.playsloud.com as my web address.  Last March that name expired despite my best efforts to prevent it.  See, the company that I used TEN years ago got bought up, and then that company got bought up.  On and on it went.  Eventually I couldn’t even log in anymore. And then someone bought up my domain and put up ads.  The kinds of people who do that are called domain squatters.  They are more conventionally known as jerks. I have registered a new domain name and I think it’s cool.  Yes, the dot SE is Sweden.  But I just finished reading The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo trilogy, so I feel almost like a Swedish citizen at this point.  It’s also short and sweet.  I like that. Anyway, a lot in my life has changed in the last few months, so let’s start with the big things: I’m changing jobs.  Yes, I know, I do that a lot.  Part of it is that I work in IT, and it’s just what happens.  Part of it is that despite my age, I only finished college (well, grad school) two years ago, and I’m shuffling my way up to a good wage as my resume starts to actually match my skills.  My new job is in NY: I will telecommute from my home in Winston Salem. I’m buying a house.  In Winston Salem.  I’m sure I’ll blog about it more in the future, because it’s a Victorian mansion that needs a lot of repairs.  I’ll probably do a whole series of before/after posts with photos...