scraps
timeless misc
☆: Tuesday, October 15, 2019. ∆: Wednesday, November 6, 2019. Belief: confident.

Scraps are independent thoughts that might later become full entries. They’re too small right now for that, but they’re good enough that I feel like I should keep them somewhere for reference.

Not a lot of editing goes into these.

hiring in tech

  • The tech industry always needs developers but there are lots of developers who don’t have jobs. Everyone wants to use their own favorite language, but most companies want a small few. Both candidates and hiring companies filter on language, then again on location.
  • Companies are picky because they don’t know who to hire or what the jobs they need done are. Poor interviews filter both candidates and companies and leave both dissatisfied, while an irrational fear of “too senior” and “too junior” employees further complicates things. Nobody wins.
  • The most successful companies will take risks, higher in the danger zones, and accept people with atypical resumes and language preferences. Obviously, they’ll accept remote1 employees too.

job boards I’ve tried

I’ve tried several job boards or services and they all are kind of terrible. Most job boards just have the same jobs over and over again reposted from bots, which is terrible. These were all in the context of getting my first “real job” outside of running my own business and working for DoD places. My requirements were: ruby + rails, remote or California (SF Bay Area, or SoCal).

  • ZipRecruiter: Total joke. No decent jobs, lots of spam, lots of terrible spam recruiter ads.
  • Indeed: Pretty mediocre.
  • We Work Remotely: No replies, nothing good. Maybe nobody was looking for me.
  • StackOverflow Jobs: A terrible waste of time. Novel concept with very low traction movement. One call from a recruiter offering remote work in NY on a contract to hire thing with low probability of success (being the first remote). I applied through a lot of jobs through here and they all went sour.
  • Angel List: Every job I applied to through Angel List either ghosted me or declined me.
  • LinkedIn: A joke.

“reverse job board” services

These are the companies that claim to pitch you to potential employers who will then contact you.

  • Indeed Prime: Accepted me onto the platform. Got one contact from a DoD contractor based on having a security clearance and nothing else (not remote, wrong location).
  • WayUp: Seemed really promising but took a lot of work for exactly zero leads.
  • Triplebyte: Super proud of passing their interviews. They’re background blind until you finish the interview, at which point you have to reveal your years of experience according to a strict set of profile fields. At that point, only one company contacted me and that company tried to ghost me until my Triplebyte rep reached out to them for not using them properly. If I have a single service I recommend, it’s Triplebyte because they actually do care about you if you pass. Bonus points: I was able to use them to skip an interview at another company I didn’t match with because they’re well trusted.
    • If you pass, you’ve passed for good and are considered “trusted” on their platform so far as I can tell. They regularly offer to re-list me on the platform and recently said they changed their system to be more of an open job board that I can just list myself on any time.
    • Probably worth the interview to get on Triplebyte.
    • Interview questions were legitimately really good – easily the best technical questions I’ve solved.
  • Work At a Startup: Part job board, part employee board. Got an interesting interview experience from one YC company, but was ghosted by all companies I applied to.

companies that ghosted me after I applied to them directly

These companies didn’t even bother telling me “no.”

  • Booz-Allen Hamilton.
  • Lockheed Martin.
  • Boeing.
  • Raytheon.
  • Northrop Grumman. Applied to position in El Segundo / Space Park via internal job board and they didn’t even reply to me as an employee.

screen time

  • The whole idea that screen time is a quantifiable addiction and that it’s ruining kids lives is just wrong. They might be addicted to social media or to watching YouTube videos, but only in the same way that previous generations were addicted to TV and music and books.
  • It’s actually pretty well known that every generation does this. They look at new technology with fear and then judge it to be unhealthy, without any merit, and look to restrict it. Despite how well known this phenomena is, parents don’t register the screen time fascination the same way.
  • Looking at blue light at night is a totally different thing we have medical information for. Blocking blue light at night helps sleep, but you can easily accomplish this with blue light filtering glasses, and might even be able to get away with f.lux or equivalent software solutions. Most people don’t refer this, though, when they talk about screen time.

See also, from Project-Based Homeschooling:


  1. Remote doesn’t just mean location. It also means time. Companies can broaden the hiring pool by hiring in the same timezone and relatively similar timezones, but the pool is maximized when employees can work whenever they want, wherever they want. [return]