Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Reminder to US citizens living abroad: Request your absentee ballots!

Things have been ridiculously busy here... and while there's a lot of actual Japan-related stuff to say, since I don't know when I'll get around to an actual worthwhile update, I figure I might as well at least put this up.

While most Presidential elections are basically just choosing between Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels, this one has the potential to be a choice between Donald Trump and Anyone Else, and that is an important distinction.

So request your ballots, and spread the word! If you'd like a country to go back to, should you choose to, be ready to cast your vote against profound, harmful stupidity.

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Finally, a Life in Japan update: Work visa, process and success!

Yes indeed, it turns out the Japanese government doesn't mind having me around that much, because I spent a fair chunk of last Tuesday at the immigration bureau (a pain in the ass to get to, though once you're there, it's not that bad... usually) picking up my brand spanking new resident card.

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Tech stuff: Docker, why it's a questionable choice, and more points against node.js

Docker seems pretty cool. Until you realize that the whole "super fast to start and scale" is only technically true because the platform is so neutered you're expected to run just a single process per container.

Thursday, November 19, 2015

This is why programmers can't stand (most) recruiters.

I get a lot of recruiter email, because my resume is all over the place. Most of the time they're at least coherent, even though they're very rarely any kind of match, since most of these people just shotgun their crap to anyone they have an email address for, but once in a while I get a real gem. Emphasis added.

Medium: 6+ year of work experience

Primary Skill Requirement
Software Languages , Perl, HTML, JSP, JavaScript, PHP
Framework/Platform Sencha 5, jQuery or Yii
Data Formats: JSON and XML
Technologies Web services(SOAP and REST)
Platform BEA WebLogic, Apache, J2EE, JBoss, Tomcat
IDE (s) Eclipse, Visual Studio
Database MySQL, Oracle, SqlServer
Operating Systems Knowledge UNIX (Solaris, HPUX), Linux ( RedHat, Ubuntu and Suse), Windows Server(2k3, and2k8), Windows (7 and 8)

Primary: Develop end to end web applications using Javascript (jQuery and/or Sencha 5 Extjs), Perl/Php and possibly Java 7 web services. This will include but not limited to the following activities database table development, front-end development, data integration and support hand-off documentation

  1. Perl, HTML, JSP, JavaScript, and PHP. All rolled into one! This is already a place I'm not sure I want to work at.
  2. Sencha does pretty much everything, jQuery runs in the browser, and Yii is a PHP (server-side) framework. "Or" makes exactly no sense here.
  3. UNIX, Linux, Windows Server and desktop Windows? So this is, what, a legacy sysadmin, new development sysadmin, Windows development sysadmin, and desktop Windows support job?

Job descriptions are often written by HR knobs who have no idea what's actually being hired for, but this is one of the most worthless I've ever been sent.

In case you'd like to know who doesn't have a clue or a care about their reqs, this tempting career opportunity came from the folks at Kaztronix.

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Something different: Clojure!

Rather than Japan or food (I'll get to those next time, promise!), this is about learning a new programming language: Clojure, a functional programming language and dialect of Lisp.

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Shakshuka: A cheap, easy, filling Middle Eastern specialty

This stuff is pretty good, mostly for the reasons listed in the title. Granted, the recipe I used (the site is annoying, and I'm only linking it because I wouldn't have learned about this dish if not for it) is underseasoned, but with a heavy extra dose of spices, it should be pretty good.

Homemade walnut butter: Easy and freaking wonderful

So here we have it... walnut butter! The first of my not-peanut-butter experiments in nutty condiment creation. Thus far: Excellent. I have a nice big batch of pecans on the way; this promises to be a long term shindig.

Friday, October 16, 2015

Healthy eating, good intentions, etc. feat. Lara Bars and Marinated Eggs

I've been starting to eat much better lately. I think I mentioned before that the grocery stores have pretty OK premade salad mixes; you have to opt for the ones with shredded cabbage instead of lettuce if you want to get anything like a reasonable price, but hey, for greens, carrots, and some corn with dressing and a bit of whatever meat I have lying around, I'm just glad to get salad again. They sell similar mixes for stirfry, which is pretty great. Plus, bean sprouts are unbelievably cheap here, so they're ideal filler.

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Notes from the Pickling Trenches vol. 1 (and also some more healthy eating)

Words to the wise: Japanese pickles are often made with vinegar, sugar or some other sweetener, and soy sauce. My advice, if sugar is part of your brine, is to stick with a raw sweetener.

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

A new job, an apology, and a condolence prize (and a WHOLE LOT of random pictures!)

It's been almost a freaking month since I posted here. Ugh! Sorry.

Anyway, interesting news first: I've secured a senior developer position (bit of a step down from CEO, but hey, being the CEO of two people including yourself just isn't that impressive anyway) at a social media analytics company called HubNami. My work visa is in process; once that goes through, hopefully in about a month, things can really pick up.

Now on to the well-mannered frivolity!