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status: not open jobs / 10 year pre-anniversary status

VISTA RECRUITING
RAMBLING OFF TOPIC INTRODUCTION
DRIFTING TOWARD THE TOPIC OF (status)
THE BIG CHANGE FROM THREE YEARS AGO
PERL SYNTAX QUIZ
FACEBOOK FANS
REAL IN PERSON EVENT
FUTURE STATUS

Last year, a few crazy saints were disappointed that we didn't have
enough below minimum wage jobs for everyone who wanted to join us in our
crowded florescent lighted basement room in front of a 10 year old
computer.

I suggested they sign up for this list to be notified about 2010 spots.

This year,  a few extra major things work against the would-be saint.

Officially our chances of getting funded for more spots are very, very
low.

Despite this warning, one of last year's zealots took vacation from his
market rate job, couched surfed in Lowell and volunteered a week with
us.  If a tech spot opens up and he manages to stay out of prison, SB
has the tech spot locked.

The other (not really) open spot is doing outreach to people who might
want to use our software or give us money.

If:
	 Our funder has a Saul ---> Damascus  Road ---> Paul experience
	 You pass through a set of arbitrary and time-consuming tests.

...you can hope toil away surrounded by stereotypical geeks and to be
micro-managed by somebody (me) who knows little about outreach and
thinks the secret to management success is to nag you about getting
enough sleep.

Drop me email if you are still interested.

If this works it will work very quickly.

RAMBLING OFF TOPIC INTRODUCTION

Last night I wanted this note to be about our 8 to 11 years of existence
(depending how you count), it hasn't worked out that way but...

For this special message, I wanted to be at the club diner [1]. Past
status messages [2] created there achieved some small critical success.
 I was encouraged by an overly dramatic warning that the diner is a
haunt of addicts and prostitutes. If I'm going to be a poser I want to
pose like Bukowski [3]

    DREAMING
    I live alone in a small room
    and read the newspapers
    and sleep alone in the dark
    dreaming of crowds.



  [1] http://www.yelp.com/biz/club-diner-lowell
  [2] http://thecsl.org/go/fake-blog/000598.shtml
  [3]
http://american-poetry.suite101.com/article.cfm/charles-bukowskis-dreaming

Since the diner was closed until midnight or so, I found my self at
D-buns [4] Their novel [5] concept is that Wifi, expensive sandwiches,
bright lights and Ikea furniture will bring in the bar crowd. So far
this isn't working out. Still they gave me a paper cup of weak black
coffee and two pieces of dry white toast for $1.86. I wonder if I can
get a roast chicken [6]
	
    [4] http://www.dharmabuns.net/
    [5] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Dharma_Bums
    [6] Free Unbutu CD to first person younger than 35 who gets the
reference.

DRIFTING TOWARD THE TOPIC OF (status)

3 years have brought some perspective to my last nighthawks [7] inspired
status message [8]

  [7]
http://www.ibiblio.org/wm/paint/auth/hopper/street/hopper.nighthawks.jpg
  [8] http://thecsl.org/go/fake-blog/000598.shtml

Google says we are #1 for the misspelling of 'marty meheen'

The other interesting bit is how few of our 2007 aspirations worked out.
The Parker Foundation rejected (2) applications. They were not impressed
with our 'bad news bears' affect. neither the original [9] or the remake
[10]. We didn't get the 10K for marketing either.

[9] http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0074174/
[10] http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0408524/

NK got a job and didn't write unit tests. For that matter so did MD (but
both did decent non-unit test work before leaving). Hindsight being
20/20 $10/hr wasn't a sustainable billable rate. Mehmed Ali has been in
Bagdad for the past couple years.

I changed the titles back on the fake-blog back to the silly ones.

Paul Hansen died [11] For that matter so did Fred Arden. Fred's (true)
story was helpful in getting us the only medium sized grant, we've ever
gotten. Paul served on our board and got money to pay the saints less
than minimum wage. Fred actually died in 2004, but since we are
remembering the saints...

# scrolling is a bit weird

[11] http://ctcvista.wufoo.com/reports/messages-and-memories/

THE BIG CHANGE FROM THREE YEARS AGO

Three years ago, our big focus was hosting. Software was a sideline. Now
we're all about writing free software and giving people practical
experience in writing software. Hindsight being 20/20 we should have
done this 8 years ago.

Thanks to Fred Martin & Daniell Krawczyk especially for pushing us (ok
me) to understand the obvious. For small organizations free hosting is a
commodity (except if a 95% email delivery rate isn't good enough for
you) Google will always do a better job at this than we do.

To my surprise, coding volunteers find us in much greater numbers than
sys-admin volunteers. Maybe it is because there are more computer
science grads than Sys Admin grads. Maybe it is more complicated. A
majority of our tech volunteers are women, software development seems
more women friendly than sys-admin.

To my surprise it has been easier to provide meaningful experience to
people as coders than as sys admins. Software development can be fitting
some small gears together to slide into a larger assembly after
inspection. Sys Admin is pushing a few small buttons on the outside of a
big black box that might put a tasty drink into a cup or might spray
corn syrup all over the room. The former requires less supervision than
the later.

Theoretically, we've not been hosting for about a year now. There are a
few websites [12] who haven't gotten off our servers yet. It isn't a big
deal to leave apache running to serve some static pages. Call me
sentimental, but if somebody has survived a genocide [13], they get
some extra time.

[12] http://lowellwaterfestival.org/
[13] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Killing_Fields

PERL SYNTAX QUIZ

 #!/usr/bin/perl

  while( <>){
    s/a/A/g;
    print;
  }

# what does this do ?
# Is dense dark power worse than light transparent power ?

__END__

FACEBOOK FANS

90% of our Face book page fans are Jim Grenier's relatives. However a
disturbing number of our fans are hip looking people that I don't know.

Who are you people?

Please write something funny on our wall so we know you aren't
working for the FBI.

REAL IN PERSON EVENT

Jim's band is doing an all ages show for our benefit. If you are in
Lowell, come & bring some change to toss into the hat.

	http://www.facebook.com/home.php?#!/event.php?eid=397101749745&ref=ts

FUTURE STATUS

Will touch on:

	Recent FAILURES
	Recent accomplishments
	Coolness of distributed version control
	10 year nostalgia vs 3 year nostalgia