Friday, February 08, 2008

George Bush's Legacy

Eugene Robinson's editorial in today's washingtonpost It's quite interesting and on point. We have come to a state in this country where we are quibbling over whether simulated drowning is torture. Where the Attorney General cannot simply state whether a particular act is torture (hence illegal) or not (hence legal). Where the Director of National Intelligence says, of waterboarding:

"If I had water draining into my nose, oh God, I just can't imagine how painful! Whether it's torture by anybody else's definition, for me it would be torture."

Now some people might say "so what? we torture a few bad guys and America is safer for it". To that I say, aren't we supposed to be better? If your religious leader's claim to moral superiority is the fact that he/she isn't as bad as the Devil, that'll suck.

Tuesday, February 05, 2008

Practical Resume Don'ts

I work for a small company. One of the "perks" of doing so is having to interview potential candidates. My resume is probably not the best but still I am amazed at some of the stuff I see regularly in people's resumes. Here's a small list:
  • Do not make more than 1 typo (really!)
  • Do not list any technology that's so old even the developer doesn't support it (so don't tell me you are an expert in Windows 3.0)
  • Please do not make your resume 7 pages (no you are not that smart and I am not interested in what you did 13 years ago)
  • Don't consistently misspell the name of a technology/product in which you are an expert!
  • If you are experienced, I have no interest in your college courses. Really, what does it matter that you took assembly language in college?
  • I don't expect you to tailor your resume perfectly to my company but at least tailor it to the position you are interviewing for. If you are interviewing to be a software developer, why would you think listing that you worked as a data entry clerk will impress anyone?
  • Similarly, if you want to be hired as a software developer, don't tell me you are an expert in "pearl". Just not cool.