that's certainly a thing.
I got a job offer, rather a nice one, from this company in San
Mateo that I interviewed with. They're a bit odd for a variety of
reasons, but the first thing one notices is that they're what I
the company started, and for some reason, everybody quit, and a
skeleton crew (in this case it seems to have been the founders
plus the chief scientist) hired new staff and secured more
funding. The current crew seems to be nice and mellow and pretty
- it's in Perl, my favorite language, which I'm not quite
ready to leave if I don't have to.
- 10 minutes from home.
- hands-on experience with large (40-100 terabytes) data
storage and computation.
- lots of hard stuff to chime in on.
- folks seem dedicated to making work be fun.
- at least 18 months of funding.
- pretty good chance at success.
- co-worker (there's only one guy I'd be working with
directly, for the most part) is friendly and clueful.
- accepting of my desire to take a week off in June and 3 weeks
Obviously a lot of those aren't worth paying attention to--no job
will be like Danger was. But it'll be something else which will
probably also be fine. And really, being so close to home,
well-paid, and working in Perl, I think I can tolerate a fair
amount of things not being exactly how I might like them.
- much of the Perl is mediocre to really awful (though I think
that's how my last boss first inherited the code he passed
down to me).
- about a year ago, everybody quit or was fired.
- boss (VPEng) is nice in a disturbingly New Age way I'll need
to learn to work with. in a way he seems to lack sarcasm which
is not a conversational style I can sustain. (but we've also
only met in an interview/job search context.)
- hopes/expectations for me are high.
- not as freaky as Danger.
For Easter, I'm finishing Bart
Jesus, a nice readable description of why all our Bible
translations are bad (though he puts it in much more interesting
wording). I first heard of him
Fresh Air interview, and I recommend it, since he's an
engaging speaker and writer with an interesting personal story. It
also has the phrase "periblepsis occasioned by homoeoteleuton" in
it, which is absolutely wonderful, but he's making a joke and only
uses the words a few times.