[rescue] looking for a Multia

Shannon shannon at widomaker.com
Thu Aug 14 12:57:05 CDT 2003

On Wed, Aug 13, 2003 at 03:06:25PM -0700, N. Miller wrote:

> Learning a trade is not necessarily a bad thing.  

Didn't mean to imply it was.

It's just that I can't pay for it, and no one else is willing either.

When I get back going again, learning one on the side will probably
be something I do.

A friend of mine is going to lose his job soon, and he's spent the last
year learning HVAC and electrician work.

> >>It's not so much that, I don't think.  I just think they know they
> >>can look at more candidates and get someone that's better.
> >
> >Better at stocking shelves or driving a forklift?
> Better, period.  Better at learning, more mature and understanding
> of business, used to working in a complex environment.  Face it,
> most 16 yo's don't know jack about customer service, for example.

No, it sounded to me like you were implying the 16 yo's were the ones
who were better, and that didn't make sense to me.

> Yes, my point was that many tech people know that there are plenty
> of us looking for work, and they can be picky.  There's nothing
> malicious about it, it's just "the best and brightest" taken to
> the Nth degree.

I'd agree with you if I saw evidence that they were indeed picking
the best.

Maybe its just going to take time to shake the wannabees out.

There were, after all, so many who flooded the computer industry who
really lacked the interest and the skills, back in the period when they
hired everything that moved.

I just wish it would happen quicker.

On a positive note, the last downsizing at NASA LaRC got rid of mostly
the dead weight, instead of the usual "fire the white males" purges of
years past.

This time they let the people go who were non-contributors to a large

If that keeps up, it will help the rest of us in the long run.

UNIX/Perl/C/Pizza__________________________________shannon at widomaker.com

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