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Help me find a programming job?

Hello excellent friends, especially local computer nerd friends. I'm looking for work. Specifically, I'm looking for work as a programmer in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Behold, a link to my resume:
https://lahosken.san-francisco.ca.us/self/resume/

Spread its fame hither and yon. And tell me about the typos that I'm overlooking because I was editing that dang thing until my eyes went wiggly-waggly. Ideally, you'd tell me about the typos before everybody else spreads its fame hither and yon, but I'll take what I can get.

If you've known me for less than 10 years, that "programmer" part might surprise you. You might know me as that tech writer who's good at coding for a writer. If you've known me roughly-forever, then you might dimly remember that I've had a programmer title on occasion. That might reassure that hiring manager who doesn't know me. Now that I think about it, though, all of my not-obsolete programming has been while I was a tech writer. Lately, I'm a programmer with a kinda weird specialization in documentation systems. I doubt I'll find regular work in that niche, though. I'll probably end up learning something else. That's probably a good thing.

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2017-03-10T19:47:06.370066

Today in 2017 Congress-calling history: I spoke to a live human. Not a voicemail, not a web form, a human. June seemed like a nice lady. She totally didn't make fun of me for hesitating while I waited in vain for a recording to tell me that the mailbox was full.

[Update] And as I write this, I've talked with a SECOND live human, Abigail. Today is weird.

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2017-03-08T21:38:32.681718

Book Report: The People's Platform

The internet was going to be this great thing that returned the voice to the people. That gave power to the people. I thought that. Like, maybe I thought that the Declaration of Independence of Cyberspace was kinda overdone/overwrought/oversomething. But I thought it was within the realm of possibility, right? This book points out the ways that the internet hasn't lived up to that ideal.

We thought the internet would route around censorship; that free speech would pop up faster than censors could quash it. But China showed that with cheap labor, a 50¢ party can keep up with censoring everything well enough.

We thought we were giving everyone a voice. But when everyone's yelling, the bozo who can afford the loudest megaphone has the easiest time being heard. So you might legislate some controls to level the megaphone-playing-field-strained-metaphor. But legislating such things without shutting down some voices is tricky. And maybe there aren't so many legislators interested in boosting the voices of those annoying folks who want to call legislators doo-doo-heads anyhow.

We thought…

We thought that better communication technology would get us better free speech "for free" as a byproduct. This book points out many many aspects in which that hasn't panned out. It's a good wake-up call.

Remember back when my website got zapped for a few weeks? The good news is that it was mostly backed up. The bad news is that my draft blog posts weren't backed up. Maybe I had a wordier book report prepped? Anyhow, now it's months since I read this book and I don't remember so much. Sorry!

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2017-03-04T22:20:53.370916

Link: Inside the Recount

Pretty interesting article about the 2016 Presidential Election recount efforts: New Republic | Inside the Recount https://newrepublic.com/article/140254/inside. The story as I understood it before reading the article:
  1. Academic notices oddities in Wisconsin vote numbers, suggests an audit there.
  2. ???
  3. 3rd party candidate Jill Stein asks for full recount in three states
  4. State governments block and/or halt recounts

It's a sad story in which computer security folks point out worth-checking-on numbers in OMG fraught political whirlpools and everything goes to hell. It turns out if a security smartie notices something odd about an election, they can't just raise an alarm to the appropriate Secretary of State or what-have-you. Instead, they have to get a polticial party—presumably the losing party—to complain. But those folks won't decide based on "If someone tampered with election results, we should find out how so that we can guard against it in the figure." Instead, they decide based on "Will this win us an election that we would have lost?" Wisconsin didn't stop its recount, but Democrats were mad: Though we learned about things that went wrong, the vote-count-result change was that Trump gained votes. They weren't glad to know more, not glad that future vote-tamperers will have a harder time… just mad that the "other side" got higher numbers.

It's kind of amazing that democracy survives in spite of politicians.

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2017-03-02T18:11:47.717189

Huh. Neither of my senators' voicemail boxes were full this morning.

Maybe I should start leaving longer messages.

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2017-03-01T18:52:40.407713

Book Report: Homeland

It's a sequel to Little Brother. Much of the action takes place during protests. Uhm, and that's pretty much all I remember.

Remember back when my website got zapped for a few weeks? The good news is that it was mostly backed up. The bad news is that my draft blog posts weren't backed up. Maybe I had a wordier book report prepped? Anyhow, now it's months since I read this book and I don't remember so much. Sorry!

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2017-02-25T15:18:20.440274

Book Report: The Intel Trinity

It's a biography of Robert Noyce, Andy Grove, Gordon Moore, and the early days of Intel.

Though Moore's Law (chip processing power you get from a chip per size per cost doubles every ~18mos.) comes off as an invevitable rule. But that's not how the Intel folks saw it. They saw it as a commitment: chips would get better at that rate, and it was up to Intel to make it happen. Later, when Intel was the local "800 pound gorilla", they could kinda force it to happen: when they set a chip's price, that was the price by golly.

I was reading this back during the Nov 2016 Presidential election. Andy Grove survived the holocaust in Europe, but had a horrible time along the way; it was grim reading while American neo-Nazis cheered their candidate to victory.

Remember back when my website got zapped for a few weeks? The good news is that it was mostly backed up. The bad news is that my draft blog posts weren't backed up. Maybe I had a wordier book report prepped? Anyhow, now it's months since I read this book and I don't remember so much. Sorry!

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2017-02-21T16:10:33.820549

Game: Troubador Tour Board

I made a phone game: Troubador Tour Board. You play it by walking around with your phone, occasionally pressing a button. Nowadays, that's not so unusual for a game. This game's unusual in that you don't press a button very often; mostly, you leave your phone in your pocket for minutes at a time as you walk around. I learned some things in programming this game. I've already had a chance to use what I learned on an art project. Plus, it was an excuse to walk most of the way around the bay again back in October.

Besides myself, I never actually heard folks complaining about Pokémon Go, "this game is nice but I spend too much time fiddling with the game instead of walking around." So I guess this here Troubador Tour Board isn't going to take over the world any time soon. But for programming exercise and leg exercise, it turned out pretty well!

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2017-02-19T18:36:41.609550

Book Report: Internal Medicine

It's a book about learning to be a doctor. All I remember now is that he works at an asylum with folks who want to self-harm. They found some horribly creative ways to carry out that self-harm which I won't repeat here. I wouldn't mind forgetting those, really.

Remember back when my website got zapped for a few weeks? The good news is that it was mostly backed up. The bad news is that my draft blog posts weren't backed up. Maybe I had a wordier book report prepped? Anyhow, now it's months since I read this book and I don't remember so much. And the part that I do remember was pretty horrifying. Sorry!

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2017-02-12T17:45:19.846740

Link: Obama's Lost Army

After Obama was elected, some of his campaign folks wanted to set up tools and organization to foster grassroots civic participation. The DNC saw this as competition and shut it down. If you wonder why I want Keith Ellison to be the new head of the DNC…

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2017-02-09T19:26:35.735329

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