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Come on, mav. Don't say stuff like that (I have superstitious tendencies).

 

Somehow we managed to get this far without me making jokes about superstitions like that before.

 

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Originally Posted by Coq de Combat View Post

I'm not sure what a Microsoft Interview is to be honest. On the other hand though, the more think of it, the more correct you are about it being a bit weird. In their ad, they looked for someone who knew .NET, C# and Java - and that's pretty much me. Now they give me a test to see my AJAX, jQuery and HTML skills. Although, IF it is a test to see how I handle new technologies and to see if I tackle the problem ahead of me logically or not. I'm not sure if they're after the correct solution or the correct way of tackling it.

 

My mother in law got a job as a Java developer some ten years ago, and they didn't even test her Java skills, but merely her logic. Could be something like that?

 

It's basically giving you some sort of lateral thinking puzzle to try and test your problem solving.  Being assigned a task in a language you don't know seems like it might be testing for the same thing in a different way.

 

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A few random thoughts on the recent discussion:

 

1. I think people may be conflating otherkin with furries somewhat. There's a bit of crossover, but these are ultimately separate categories.

 

2. People who hold beliefs in totem animals have existed throughout history. I say 'belief' in a somewhat nuanced sense, as this can form the basis of a particular type of naturalistic spirituality (though I dislike using the term 'spirituality,' because I think it rather vapid in the contemporary sense). There has also been belief in and formative mythos involving shapeshifters---either humans assuming animal form or animals assuming human form---throughout history. In a broader sense, the idea of ego dissolution and "becoming other" has been a theme running throughout many cultures: the idea that one loses one's self and reverts to a more primal state, has a more direct connection with nature. It even expresses itself in the language of everyday in subtle ways with regard to libido (ie. "being an animal in bed") and thanatos ("the killer was an animal").

 

3. Many furries don't seem to push their self-identification with a fursona into the realm of otherkin belief. Many furries don't don fursuits, nor attend conventions. In some cases furries may be "closeted," not openly expressing it to those around them, or in other cases they may just not be into dressing up or interacting with other furries in a social context. I've talked to furries for whom the fascination is not erotic, and I've talked to those for whom it is. In the case of the latter, they aren't necessarily into fursuiting or dressing up in any form either. Or even roleplaying. I've talked to furries who clearly know they're human, but wish they were their "idealized" self, ie. their fursona; in this case, I don't see it as being that distinct from any other type of general dismorphia. In such cases, some may dress up as a means of temporary wish fulfillment, while others may never dress up and harbor a sense of melancholia. There are also those who simply like having another version of themselves, either as a means of self-expression or a means of creative expression or both, and these individuals don't necessarily dress up in costume either,

 

4. And then there are still others who themselves don't have a fursona---don't identify with or wish to be something other---who are attracted to the idea of furries and aroused by the artwork.

 

 

So in my experience, the "furry" subculture is in fact comprised of a plethora of motivations, perspectives, and approaches, and it's hard to know where the "culture" part begins and ends. Those who fursuit and / or those who are stimulated erotically by the concept (not all fursuitors find it erotic, and not all people who find it erotic dress up) are only a portion of that overall diversity, and it's honestly difficult to say anything substantive about the proportion.

 

Popular television as a medium is going to distort the reality of whatever subculture they're trying to report on, because the underlying motivation is sensationalism, and when you're talking about a phenomena which is largely informed by Internet culture in general, the network execs aren't going to likely "get it."

 

I don't really think I understand the division between the terms, if there are hard divisions to be made at all.  It could be a continuum.  To me it looks like there are several intersecting independent variable and I don't know if there exists a proper terminology to discus such things unambiguously.

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Originally Posted by Coq de Combat View Post

So, this company gave me a little thing to do. When I talked to them, I specifically said that I know ASP.NET (in C#), Javascripting and basic HTML, but not much else when it comes to web developing. Of course, I know a bit about CSS and such, but well, incredibly basic stuff. Anyway, they told me to take two json-files, create one clickable table from them, and so on and so forth. I am not allowed to use anything but HTML, jQuery and AJAX. 

 

What the heck do I know about jQuery and AJAX?

 

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Originally Posted by maverickronin View Post

Odd test for them to give you.  Do you think it's supposed to be like one of those "Microsoft interview" kinda things?

 

[fanboy]

Nice thing about jQuery is that it's pure Javascript all the way down, but with the bad parts and inconveniences abstracted away, and unbound by assumptions about environments outside of the browser executing the script. For example, addressing any arbitrary element on a page (eg, the paragraph tag wrapping this sentence) in Javascript can require anything from dozens to hundreds of lines of code. With jQuery it's just $('element'), or, at worst, $('element').has('thing'). There are plenty of other JS libraries and many of them have their strengths, but I haven't really found any as elegantly built as this one.

[/fanboy]

 

As a front-end dev who's worked with a variety of server devs, I have a fair amount of anecdotal evidence that the server-side developers who know how the front-end works can get their part of things done in about half the time that self-ordained specialists can. So it seems a bit arbitrary to ask somebody to write front-end stuff if they're applying for a back-end job, but you have to realize that basic server app development is pretty straightforward, and anybody who can get good passing grades in $language can do an adequate job; the challenge is to find somebody who has curiosity, creativity, and ability to learn on his feet, and that is usually somebody who can do his own job better than adequately.

 

I had to hire my own replacement as I left my last job, and I screened out most of the qualified applicants simply because of some telling evidence that they didn't have the expansiveness of interests that would lead to being able to stay flexible and creative with their work in the ways the job required.

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New thread and a new beginning. I wonder how long it will take us to hit page 1000? This weekend between stripping file tags I think I'll amuse myself by browsing through the old thread and relive some good times and laughs.

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Originally Posted by maverickronin View Post

It's basically giving you some sort of lateral thinking puzzle to try and test your problem solving.  Being assigned a task in a language you don't know seems like it might be testing for the same thing in a different way.

 


This is actually fairly common when hiring new developers, though at the companies I've worked at it's more common to hire someone on a 6-month contract, give them some sort of project that tests their problem solving skills, and then terminate their contract at the end of the 6 months if they don't work out.

 

My first project as an associate engineer (15 years ago) was a Perl program for a binary data protocol, to take data off of a POP3 email server and send it to a satellite receiver.  I didn't speak Perl at the time, nor had I done anything with binary protocols.  It was a fun project.  The program ultimately didn't go to production, because the receiver group wouldn't give any memory up for it (embedded firmware storage is really tight), but I think the company just gave it to me as a "trial by fire" anyway.

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I know I copped out 350 pages in, but I think I'll try to stay for the long haul this time. Even if I can't play with all the shiny new toys, the sheer amount of life experiences in the Diary Threads were (and are) incredible. It's a joy to get to learn and discuss about everything like we have.

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Shoot, I was just about to post my 9 paragraph paper on the history of Jewish cultures in Babylonian Exile right when the last thread was closed. Till next time.
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Edited by music_4321 - 9/16/12 at 11:34pm
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Originally Posted by music_4321 View Post

So, MF, I'm sort of back and definitely planning to be just like I was before. So, a straight question for you: Do you mind if do just as I did in the past, ie that I can free to delete my posts whenever I see fit? If you're OK about it but the mods still decide they're not, then I guess I just won't be posting here again.
 

 

I've always enjoyed your music-related posts and the tracks you share here, along with the occasional IEM impressions, so I'm hoping you stick around.

 

You've gotta admit, the post blanking is a little idiosyncratic, but I understand you have your own reasons for doing it; often times I don't catch the posts before you've dispensed with them, but from the ones I've seen they aren't offensive or anything, as you say (I recall them being posts about music, listening impressions, and just general contributions). I admit that I thought it was unfortunate at times, because those posts seemed like really good contributions to me.

 

However I'm not bothered with your doing it personally. Like I said, you have your reasons. Don't know how the mods will feel about it, and I wouldn't like to see you banned from this thread like the old one, but you're welcome to post here as far as I'm concerned. I know a certain few individuals don't get along with you, but hopefully we can all coexist.

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Originally Posted by music_4321 View Post

So, MF, I'm sort of back and definitely planning to be just like I was before. So, a straight question for you: Do you mind if do just as I did in the past, ie that I can be free to delete my posts whenever I see fit? If you're OK about it but the mods still decide they're not, then I guess I just won't be posting here again.

For those who may wonder why I delete my posts, I'll just say that I do not do it because I've said anything nasty or offensive and then suddenly regret what I've said and decide to delete my post(s).

 

 

I know you're asking MF, but I'm going to give my opinion on this as well...

 

When I ask myself whether I should do something, I try to ponder "what if everybody acted like this?  Would it be a good thing or a bad thing?"  Well, if everybody deleted their posts whenever they saw fit, this board would be nothing but a bunch of garbage posts replaced by single characters.  And the search function would be completely useless.  So from that perspective, I think it's a complete dick move.

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Edited by music_4321 - 9/12/12 at 8:51am
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My 2 cents on it is pretty similar to barleyguy. Expanding on that a bit, I find often that your essay-posts interest me very much, but I always see it at an inopportune moment. This would lead me to either bookmark it or pin it (in Chrome) for later read. Often times when that time came, it disappeared. This usually frustrates me.

I genuinely like most of your posts, music, even if some of it are in a tone I'm not comfortable with. Actually, more that I dislike, to be perfectly honest. But that's your writing style and who am I to force you to change. It would be boring if everyone writes in the same style.
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My 2 cents on it is pretty similar to barleyguy. Expanding on that a bit, I find often that your essay-posts interest me very much, but I always see it at an inopportune moment. This would lead me to either bookmark it or pin it (in Chrome) for later read. Often times when that time came, it disappeared. This usually frustrates me.
I genuinely like most of your posts, music, even if some of it are in a tone I'm not comfortable with. Actually, more that I dislike, to be perfectly honest. But that's your writing style and who am I to force you to change. It would be boring if everyone writes in the same style.

 

Likewise I echo your sentiment.... By deleting the posts and replacing with periods it negates any benefit to the HF community. Why even bother to post at all then? It just becomes a waste of bandwidth....

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Edited by music_4321 - 9/12/12 at 8:51am
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I actually like the content of music_4321's posts. I've generally found them educational, and interesting..sometimes they're even funny.

 

I hate his tone though. It's a mix of scathing sarcasm, and the rage of a thousand year old mummy.

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