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I would never dance in public for much the same reasons, although I am not from the North*
I have started dancing at home for the dog though, the way he sits and looks at me with an extreme puzzled face keeps me amused for ages, and he never seems to tire of sitting there looking at me as if I am a massive twat**
* being from The Midlands northerners call you a southerner and southerners call you a northerner. I just don't belong.
** not sure that is something I should have written on a public place.
Every man can tell how many goats or sheep he possesses, but not how many friends.
I've never heard of using organ music in acoustic warfare; but know that shrieking pipes can't be blocked by thumping bass from a huge sub-woofer.
Did you ever see history portrayed as an old man with a wise brow and pulseless heart, waging all things in the balance of reason?
Is not rather the genius of history like an eternal, imploring maiden, full of fire, with a burning heart and flaming soul, humanly warm and humanly beautiful?
Training a telescope on one’s own belly button will only reveal lint. You like that? You go right on staring at it. I prefer looking at galaxies.
-- Sarah Hoyt
Way back when I was living in the army barracks, we used to have stereo wars. My setup was a couple of onstage guitar amps(one for regular guitar and one for bass, both very high power) wired with a little boombox.
After listening to a fair amount of time to things like reggae music, I would get tired of it.
My cure would be to put in Hank Williams(senior not junior, you know, the old tear jerker stuff) crank things to max and leave the room for a few minutes(could not stand being in the room at full volume.)
Upon my return and shutting off the box, it would always be silent, at which point I would play MC Hammer's "Can't touch this" with the bass cranked up very high..
Then I would go back to normal levels of music and would not have any more problems until the next weekend when some drunken idiot would forget that my amps would completely obliterate any of their stereo systems....
There was a time or two that somebody downstairs(I was on second floor) would tell me that I vibrated a picture off of their walls.
Just for the record, I don't like Hank Williams or MC Hammer and never did. the first was just because nobody else could stand him either, and the second was for thumbing my nose at them once I blasted them into obedience.
Treat stressful situations like a dog, if you can't eat it, play with it or screw it, then just piss on it and walk away.
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I always wonder why gap in career will make it difficult to get job. Why recruiters cannot consider work experience as how many years someone worked and left non-working years? Whats the problem with gap?
A gap, in itself, can be okay, as long as you can show a legitimate reason for it. The worry for an employer is that a gap is being used to hide something unwanted, like a job that you were sacked from.
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There's nothing wrong with a gap in your career, although I guess it depends on what you were doing in the gap that will be important.
So it's probably best to have the gap in your cv populated with some(honest) information and not just left blank.
“That which can be asserted without evidence, can be dismissed without evidence.”
I assume you write this because of some personal concern about a "gap" in your own technical career, and I respect you may not wish to disclose the details of that.
I am afraid that reluctance to hire someone with "gaps," is, in general, because: people considering hiring you will think you are not a reliable "mule," who, once "in the harness," will haul your pack-load with monotonous consistency, keeping in-step with the other mules, and not paying attention to anything in the work environment except your own duties.
On a very practical level: if the company knows it will take you several months to get fully engaged, and productive, "trained up," to their projects, methods, etc.: then it's logical for them to worry that you might leave for some reason, and then: they take a tangible loss of the "engineering capital" they have invested in getting you productive. To put it simply: they're afraid to bet on you, because they might lose their investment in you, because your life is "out-of-kilter" with the norm, the mean, the mode, etc.
But, so much depends on the technical level you are at, the nature of the position you are applying for; on your own "track-record" of innovation and achievement.
Some companies, for certain positions, look for the "wild-card" individual who may "think outside the box," because: they have "lived outside the box."
Long ago, an old friend of mine was head of a division at Microsoft, in a certain area of developer support (back in the late neolithic, when we used VB5~6). He told me that an applicant had showed up, for an editorial position, who, for the last three years, had been studying Zen in Japan, but had an excellent technical-editorial record, before departing to explore "emptiness."
In the staff meeting where the final applicants were discussed, my friend told me, that the general consensus was not to hire him. The applicant had answered the question: "what is the most important thing to you in your future ?" with the statement: "contributing to world peace."
My friend over-ruled the staff, and hired him. During the few years before the division my friend was head of was re-structured into non-existence, the former Zen student was one of the most productive employees they ever had. That's probably a one-of-a-kind example ?
On the other hand, a more typical "contrarian" example might be: that you have about-box credit on a product that made some company millions of dollars: that fact may make the fact your resume's time-line is as holey as Swiss-cheese: irrelevant.
In my own personal case, the fact that I had written almost half of a multi-author technical book published by Addison-Wesley (on the market for four years, and translated into Italian), opened doors to high-paying consulting work for me, and eventual employment that turned out to be very lucrative (when Adobe acquired the company I worked for, which was a "field of dreams" long-shot start-up). Nobody who hired me gave a damn that I had done nothing technical before age 38. But, a lot of that was "luck:" I had specialized, early in the game, in a technology that was quite unusual (the PostScript language, and printer control, color separation, etc.), just because I liked it, and the rip-roaring take-off of so-called "Desktop Publishing" kind of "took me out to sea" with it.
While general advice, I believe, is generally useless, I suggest, if you do have a personal "gap" in your technical resume, to try and figure out a way to present that, in interviews and applications of any type, "pro-actively:" to make it part of your "brand." Easy for me to say: huh ?
good luck, to you, Bill
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