September 21st, 2009


Hmmm ... I guess I didn't mention this in here ...

Ah, the problem of multiple social media platforms ... what did I say when and where? Don't worry, L.J. is still my #1 soapbox, but the immediacy (and ephemerality) of Twitter does have its particular siren song. For some reason this got onto Twitter over the weekend and not here.

Anyway, that last post, with a link to the on-line version of the Science of Getting Rich book, came from another link that I had been meaning to share.

This is sort of a specialized search engine for on-line books ...

... I have been pleasantly surprised that a number of books (some that had bee residing on my Amazon wish list for quite a while waiting for a hard-copy version to come down in price) that I'd been "meaning to get" were available "out there" in .pdf versions. Certainly (thanks to the details of the copyright laws) pretty much everything pre-WWI is fair game for this market (as long as the books weren't "managed" over the years ... some of the more popular writers had active estates which have maintained control, such as the Burroughs' estate still owning the Tarzan books).

Figured this might be useful for some of you out there!

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Crushed ...

I had been very hopeful about this one job possibility ... a week or so back I'd had a phone interview with the person the position would be reporting to (as opposed to an HR drone), taking over an hour and seemingly having great rapport. She indicated that I was the first person that she'd talked to, so had a list to get through, and that it would likely be a couple of weeks before they were ready to do face-to-face interviews. I walked away from the call thinking that I was a lock to at least come in to pitch for the job.

I followed up last week with an e-mail (which had an "auto reply" come back indicating that she was out of town all of last week at a conference), and was figuring that I should be getting a call from her sometime this week to set up an appointment for me to come down to talk to (as we'd already discussed) her, the other manager, and their supervisor.

Instead, this morning, I find a form letter from their HR department (admittedly, a nicely formatted .pdf formletter) saying that they went with somebody else. Frankly, given the time-line that I'd been presented with, I'm guessing that they haven't picked somebody, just that I didn't make the cut for being formally interviewed.

I've been flogging this job search since May and have so far scored just two phone interviews.

As much as I'm trying to, it is VERY VERY VERY hard to try to "keep positive" and "keep believing" when faced with as little response as I've gotten. Frankly, at this point I have a hard enough time just not taking it personally ... I have a great resume, I'm an insanely hard worker, I've had people rave (on my LinkedIn profile) about my performance, but I can't even get an interview for a job that I'm suited for.

Something "miraculous" had better come through soon ... all the "plausible" stuff looks real ugly at this point.

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I feel like I was hit by a truck ...

I am so shaken by the turn-around on this job. We were all SO positive that it was going to come through, now I'm staring into the abyss again ... and The Wife still wants me to come up with some idea of what I'd like to do for my birthday. I don't think "crawl into a hole" is in the categories she's contemplating as "fun" things for the family.

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Wow ...

WitchSchool needs a new server, and to raise funds for it, they're having a $49.99 sale on their lifetime memberships! If you have ANY interest in studying Wicca, this is an awesome deal!

Heck, their "usual" lifetime deal is pretty sweet at just $99.99 ... annually it's $19.99, and monthly it's $5.00 ... but at fifty bucks you're getting "forever" for the cost of two and a half years at the annual rate (and less than a year at the monthly rate).

WitchSchool has been in business for 8 years now, so it's not a flash-in-the-pan. The problem is that they're running the school (via their proprietary software) on a server that's almost that old, and the expansion that's been being driven by the new Ning site (largely built by yours truly) has been pushing it beyond it's capabilities. They don't need a ton of money, but what they need, they need now.

If you've got "witchy" friends, you can also buy gift memberships ... do go check it out!

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