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By jimgon (Sat Apr 20, 2013 at 09:40:16 AM EST) (all tags)
After a year of passive job searching I landed a new position.  Other than that not much going on with me.


This time last year I was assigned to a project to build out a duplicate clinical management system for a new client.  It was a horrible, horrible project.  Highest stress I've had in years.  I was totally miserable to be around for six months solid.  That project is in production and the full user base is banging against it.  Normal new project problems.  The next project I got assigned to is another mess and so far has the potential to be worse than the last project.  Basically I ended up being the guy to manage the hardest projects in the group.  If that had come with huge raises and bonuses I probably wouldn't have an issue, but come raise time I definitely wasn't targeted for retention. 

I've been on low level job searching since this time last year and as everyone knows I'm always keeping an eye out on job pages.  A few weeks ago I came across an ad for a local company and submitted my resume.  I got a call back from a recruiter and then the phone interview.  Turns out the hiring manager is someone who remembers me from a previous company though I don't remember her.  That lead to an in person interview which led to an offer the next day.  I accepted on the first go.  I could have negotiated, but they met my salary requirement which was to earn what I earn now.  The bonus for me is that I'm dropping my commute from sixty-two miles one way to four miles.  So I get a raise without getting one.  So I have one more week left at the old company and then it's on to the new. 

And yes, there's a lot more detail and information that I just won't provide.  You had to be there for the last three years.  And those who were know the details.

In economics news Reinhart-Rogoff turned out to have some issues beyond those that were already known.  Selective editing of the data set and then not extending the cells in the Excel sheet to include all the data in the calculation.  Really, they didn't review their formulas?  Anyway, this is just the most easily understood error in their calculations.  There were other problems in their assertions, but you actually had to have some knowledge of history.  According to them slow growth in the US after WWII was caused by high debt.  There was nothing else happening at the end of WWII that could have been a drag on growth.  I don't expect the austerians to rethink their positions, but they did just lose a big crutch. 

In January I stopped writing my public blog. January 1, 2013 was the last entry.  About a month ago I deleted it.  It's gone from Google search now.  The other day I got an anonymous email, "what happened to your blog? Why aren't you writing anymore?  Bring it back."  Interesting that that would come as an anonymous email and I don't even have a clue how someone would have that email address.  Too bad the person didn't include a return address.  The reason I stopped writing it is that few people read it.  

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Work by jw32767 (4.00 / 2) #1 Sat Apr 20, 2013 at 09:55:36 AM EST
It blows my mind how hard it is for companies to really pay people what they are worth.  Given how much effort is involved in the hiring process plus training time I can't imagine that a company that paid well would come out behind when you added it all up. 

Congrats... by ana (4.00 / 2) #2 Sat Apr 20, 2013 at 01:20:31 PM EST
on the new job, and the extra couple-three hours a day you get to not be burning oil. 

I now know what the noise that is usually spelled "lolwhut" sounds like. --Kellnerin

congratulations <nt> by aphrael (4.00 / 1) #3 Sun Apr 21, 2013 at 01:31:17 AM EST

If television is a babysitter, the internet is a drunk librarian who won't shut up.
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