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Writer by trade. I makes da words purdy.

My #meetHubski interview is here.

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Oh man. I feel so called out... eeeeeesh.

goobster  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: June 12, 2019

That was a great bit of rugby! Those kids are BRINGIN' IT, man. What a way to win.

As far as Colorado Burners go, Lavendyr used to be my girlfriend, and Captain Ron and I ran Happy Camp together for many years. So yeah... we know the same people! :-)

"After a thorough internal investigation, we have determined that an intern was not following our company policies, and copied the lyrics in question. They have been terminated. We apologize to our valued partners and pledge to redouble our efforts to provide the best lyric transcription services for our clients."

They didn't say that. Yet. But they will.

goobster  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: June 12, 2019

Heh. At brunch at our favorite Saturday spot a couple weeks ago, we sat next to a lovely lesbian couple and wound up talking with them for 2.5 hours.

At some point it became clear my wife and I were MUCH older than they were. We told them we were both 50 and they FLIPPED out. Had to pull out our driver's licenses to prove it to them.

We so pretty. :-)

goobster  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: June 12, 2019

Good point.

Do you know a 20-25% turnover rate is TYPICAL for a tech company? We are at the low end of that, but after 3 years and 2 months, I am more senior than all but 3 of our C-suite residents, and more than half of the other employees in this 400-person company. It's ridiculous.

I'm actually going to be petitioning them to close down my job, and move away from the government contracting business. It's not in line with where the company is heading, and I could be a wicked-ass Key Account Manager, or Product Launch Manager. Both of which they need more than a government proposal writer, and both of which actually have a career path.

Q2 is ending right now, so I'll be meeting with my leadership next month to make plans, and put together the annual plan for next year. That'll be my opportunity to pitch a job change or move.

goobster  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: June 12, 2019

Glendale is absolutely on my list of away games to go to next season, so we will hit you up! I also have a LOT of burningman friends in Colorado, as well. So I'll need to plan several days, it seems...

And hey... the Raptors will get into it again. They just burned out the clutch the first season, and need to do some work in the off-season to get back in shape again. They'll do it.

Range: Why generalists triumph in a specialized world

This is an interesting dig into some new thoughts on education and learning, and how to improve your methods for learning new things.

Turns out repetition in sequence is bad: repetition interleaved with other unrelated activities (even other learning) has a massive demonstrable effect on long-term retention of the learned topic, as well as benefits across all aspects of your life.

This is kinda fascinating for me, who has had a 30 year career with no discernible arc or theme, and yet I have been able to slot in to almost any job or role, and quickly get up to speed and provide meaningful improvements, even in fields I am not trained in.

Fascinating book. Just came out, so hardback only, but it's worth it. (I'm about 1/2 way through.)

goobster  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: June 12, 2019


My boss was just fired/laid-off. I'm safe, though.

When the sales department doesn't hit their goals consistently for a couple of quarters, the Executive team leans out the operational costs - AKA, the non-revenue-producing middle-management layer - until the Execs remember how much they hate managing day-to-day operations, and hire a new middle-management layer to do the daily work again.

And the cycle repeats.

Fortunately, my boss was an old friend of mine, and was here long enough to get my role properly compensated, and brought visibility of my myriad contributions to the Executive Team and the denizens of the C-suites. So I'm in a good place. And without a manager. Or really anyone who understands what I do here... everyone just knows that my job is finicky and annoying and should be three people, and I do it happily as one, so they just let me do what I do, and stay out of my way.


Tomorrow the oil heating system gets replaced in my home with a ductless heat pump system. And Friday. And Saturday. (It's going to be complex.)

I think they are going to have to partially demolish all the work I did in the downstairs with the new reclaimed barn-wood ceiling and walls, because they are going to have to run electrical across the entire house. :-( I'll know more after they show up in the morning, and we talk through Their Plan.


I began the tear-down of the old VX800, in preparation for doing the airbox, spark plugs, and compression testing. Turns out someone wants all the plastic I took off the bike, so the $600 motorcycle is down to $300. I might break-even on this thing, even before I begin working on it in earnest!


Going to San Diego for the Seattle Seawolves vs San Diego Legion championship game. We are coming in VERY strong, and they have two key weaknesses that we are set up to exploit. The pundits are thinking that Seattle wins this by a slim margin (2-3 points), but that no matter who wins, it is going to be a great game.

Our mascot - Rucky the Seawolf - has transformed this season from an awkward dude in an ill-fitting suit, to a real character with a fully-developed personality, and the fans have embraced him whole-heartedly. The team can't afford to take Rucky with them, so the fans pooled together yesterday in an epic FB Messenger thread, and bought his airfare, hotel room, and meals, so he can come with us. It's fucking heartwarming. Seriously.

Mid-life Crisis.

It progresses apace, and according to all the predicted models and historical precedence. Except I'm not getting a convertible (already have a car I love and a motorcycle, so that box is checked), and don't want/need a mistress.

But I am absolutely convinced that I am going to finish writing one of the 4 books I have in the works, or finally get down to drawing seriously and refining my technique, or finding a visionary job where I am fully appreciated - and ridiculously well compensated - for pulling together the exact mixture of weird experience and history that will make some company give me a swanky corner office and a secretary and some highly conceptual job that actually doesn't require much work.

Everything is going perfectly to plan. (At least, until it isn't, of course.)

goobster  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: June 12, 2019

I saw the photo of your new doctor, and thought, "hang on... she's like, 22, right?"

And then realized I'm old.

Congrats on the watches, man. Looking forward to seeing what you do with your craft...

goobster  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: Prove me wrong

The first part of the quote is an old adage... the second part is me.

Wow. Haven't thought of Chelyabinsk in a LONG time.

So they've rebranded as Kyshtym, huh? Rebranding without improving the underlying product is a doomed effort. The Russians should have learned this by now...

goobster  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: Prove me wrong

I figure everyone here knows I'm a grumply curmudgeon who was there when it all started:

But I'm going to take the opposite tack from what you expect.

My sister is writing a book about her area of expertise. She needs a URL and web site and blog and and and... all the usual shit.

In less than 10 minutes at, I owned her entire URL intellectual property landscape (about 12 in total, I think), set up the email accounts on her domains, the blog, and got all of the privacy controls in place.

Her designer can now do the graphical work, and my sister can begin writing her content.

In a year, she will be a published author, with all the pertinent domains and social media accounts, and will be able to bring her skills to the people who need them, regardless of their preferred form of media consumption.

I feel like the internet is coming back around again... it began as a place for people to create things. Then it became a glorified TV, and just a place to consume. But now, people are empowered to create again, without needing to learn the secret handshake and coded/obscure/intentionally-obtuse language to operate the tools.

Obama won because he leveraged the earliest version of these tools.

AOC continues to set the public conversation with her ability to leverage the modern version of those same tools.

Greta Thurnberg and a whole passel of "kids" are BORN with these tools, and use them as naturally as I use a pen.

And, as legitimate voices speak their minds and find their audiences, those audiences now have an incredible ability to amplify that message to their circles.

We are juuuuuuuust at the beginning of this. The baby has just learned to crawl, and is going to be walking - then running - in no time.

I find this very exciting. I love that voices can now be heard that would have been stifled before. Even the assholes. Sunlight is the best disinfectant, and the assholes won't survive long in the blinding light of day. (Yes, they will always be there. Nazis and all the other shitweasels who have to blame others for their failure to have a meaningful life. But fuck em. They will be drowned out and left behind by everyone else as the world moves forward.)

I see a positive future.

I always do.

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