Adams pops, and Melissa says yes

So, in other news, Adam and Melisa are engaged! Adam is a good friend of mine who moved to Chicago last summer from Atlanta. We certainly miss having him here in Atlanta, but it has been for a good cause (Melissa). Anyway, I can remember the very night that these two met. I could go on and on about how great each of them are, but I really can't think of many couples who mesh better and who complement each other so well. In summary, I send my best wishes to the both of you, together.

Yahoo signs photo deal with Target

I wonder what impact this deal will have on Flickr? Would be cool, now that we have a Target right down the street to be able to get copies of my pictures from Flickr and pick them up locally.

Before opening box, please be aware that it contains a shitstorm

I've seen a few posts pointing to this Macromedia job opening for a Interactive/Web Production Designer. Before I go down this road, let me say first that this post is not meant to single Macromedia out or anything. I mean, rather, to indict corporate human resources procedures as they relate to our industry. It amuses me that people were pointing to this posting. I imagine that most, if not all folks, who pointed to it did not read through the entire posting. I'm sure they saw the title, which sounds grandiose and interesting, and thought it was worth pointing out.

If they did read through the entire listing, they would have run into a list of bullet points under the "requirements" section. These requirements lead me to believe that the job is basically one where this person designs html emails to be sent out to customers. The title of the job doesn't say this at all. I believe that this disconnect, the job title that sounds good but says nothing about the job, is a huge issue in corporate America. Let me single out a couple of specific bullet points for your enjoyment. There is one that says "Skills in web publishing, FTP, etc." What does this mean exactly? Why include something so incredibly general? Do my skills building pages in Microsoft FrontPage and uploading them to a server count? (To be fair they did mention hand coding in another bullet point.) How about this fine bullet point? "Experience working in a marketing environment a plus." I'd imagine that "marketing environments vary greatly, just as Web Development ones do. Don't they do a massive disservice to both themselves and people who might apply for the job? If you want to receive a couple of hundred resumes instead of thousands wouldn't you make things a tad less general? The last bullet point under requirements says, "Demonstratable, strong verbal and grammatical skills." I checked a couple of dictionaries here, and could not find "Demonstratable" in any of them. It's ironic that the bullet point that calls for written communication skills contains a word that doesn't exist. I believe they mean Demonstrable.

It seems to me that the purpose of human resources departments is to speed the time it takes to hire employees, and to find the right resource for each individual position. In practice, I find that the lack of understanding of the actual position being hired for, and the internal processes by which HR departments tend to run and use to filter resumes, not only slow the hiring process to a crawl, but also make it very unlikely that a person with the correct qualifications will be found and interviewed. I could be wrong about this, but my anecdotal observations are that the hires I make myself/have made myself through industry networking tend to be much better fits for positions than anyone who staffing companies, technical recruiters or human resource departments manage to find me. In ten years of working in this industry, I struggle to think of a single person that has been hired through the "established channels" whose performance and skills matched those who I went outside these channels to hire. How do we fix this? How do we correct things so that a position for an "HTML Email Developer" says that, and doesn't create false expectations for the hire, or a pseudo-false entry on that person's resume in the future?

Finally, this brings me to another bullet point in the requirements section. It says "High degree of productivity and accuracy in a work setting that's characterized by frequent change, shifting priorities, delays, unexpected events, meeting commitments, and changing deadlines." As one of my co-workers here said, "Good Lord, why would anyone want to apply for that job after reading that?" It sounds as if they are apologizing in advance for a broken set of workplace processes. To some extent, this is a description of any production environment, but including it in the actual job posting is suspect in my opinion. Wouldn't it be more productive to evaluate this, and communicate it, at the interview stage of the hiring process?

I again apologize for singling this one job posting out. I make this post with the best of intentions, and I mean it to represent an issue that is very general and systemic, in my opinion. I don't mean to offend anyone in Macromedia HR. I'm sure I could have searched on Monster and found hundreds of other job postings with similar faults. It's the system in corporations that generates these faults, not the people themselves, and I recognize that fact. I'm interested in hearing other folks comments about this topic. I could be way off, and my experience could be a rare negative one. I would be happy to hear that, because the alternative is very depressing.

Ketchup time

As usual, the slow posting pace here equates with busy time in my offline life. My parents visited two weekends ago. Naturally, it was a fun visit, as my parents are fun to be around, and I think we enjoy each other's company now more than we ever have. The pacing of the visit this year was different from the pacing last year, as they had visited before, and seen the house, and so there was less to show them for the first time. I also think they had been keeping a hectic schedule in Florida, where they were for a month previous to their visit with me. We shared a lovely day at the BellSouth Classic, the local PGA Tour golf tournament, and I managed to get a severe sunburn in the process. The sunburn is, of course, gone now, and it went from painful to peeling and has now settled into a light tan. I doubt that I will be enhancing the tan this weekend, as I am feeling the sinus effects of the pollen attack on our city that occurs every Spring.

The parental visit was followed immediately by an overnight visit from my Texas friend Steve. It was fun, but brief, making me realize how much I miss having him around here in Atlanta. This led directly into our crazy week of work covering The Masters. A great tournament, with a close ending. This, of course, equates with tremendous stress in covering that ending. Immediately after the post-tournament work was done, I spent a day with my cousin Jim and his wife Fatiha. They are great, smart, interesting folks, and I wish I had been able to spend more than a day with them. We went out for a delicous and messy Moroccan dinner (Fatiha is Moroccan.) This weekend, I look forward to some decompression, catching up on my reading, and doing laundry. I also have about ten posts to write here, ranging from local stuff to Meetup.com screwing their best customers. That will have to wait though.

Code Snippets: Store, sort and share source code, with tag goodness

Code Snippets is trying to do for code snippets what Flickr did for photos. I like the idea but it would be neat to have a built in feedback comment loop for each snippet. It would mean better snippets and better context for snippets, and would eliminate some posts that would be redundant.

Safari WebDevAdditions

I haven't installed Safari WebDevAdditions yet, but they look like they might make Safari a little closer to Firefox with the mandatory Web Developer toolbar installed.

CF-Mac Mailing List

Born from a thread on one of the ColdFusion mailing lists, the CF-Mac Mailing List will be a place for Mac based CF developers to share information specific to the platform, and for folks who are switching, or thinking of switching, to the Mac for CF development.

Spring is here

It's been an extremely busy week. My parents are in town visiting this weekend, so I spent my non-work hours mainly getting ready for their visit. We also had our first softball game of the Spring season this week. Team Bad Guy, which includes no less than three bloggers on its roster, won 20-14 in a game that was encouraging from a quality of play standpoint. Next week, we have The Masters, which always means a pretty long work week for our team.