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All the Perl that's Practical to Extract and Report

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  • A recruiter mailed me -- unlike the last 1,000 recruiter emails, it was intelligently written and persuasive. It earned a reply. But which reply... I don't want to just say "no". Any reasonable offer will be considered. But I don't want to flop back to full-time work again as my consulting is starting to stabilize again. Last time was a disaster. But I'm really not making a living wage now...

    Anyway, for posterity, here's what I have as a reply... I'll probably tone it down a bit before I send it, but

    • And now the reply looks like this:

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      It's true. I'm spoiled rotten as a consultant. A company would have to make
      me quite an offer to lure me away from this. But I'm open to offers. I'm not
      interested in more money than I have time to use. What good is a fat salary
      if you can't ski on it?

      Working in a company, there's no prospect of getting your work done and then
      taking the rest of the day or week off. The primary incentive is missing --
      finishing. You have no veto over ill-concieved
      • You are so right. Programming is *not* pressing the buttons on your keyboard from 8am until 6pm. Programming is creativity, thinking, and then a very small amount of doing. If your hands hurt from a day of programming, you are doing something seriously wrong.

        I call this process (of 40 hour typing sessions) "bugging", since the inevitable result is 10 hours to "bug" something and 100 hours to debug it.

        "Bugs are inevitable. All software sucks."

        Sure, when you have a bugger writing your software instead of
  • You're currently #6...

    I agree with what you're saying and I know where you're coming from. As a rule of thumb, I assume working with other people yields bullshit. Even when those people are smarter than me, it yields bullshit. You know, "solitude is the beginning of all freedom," and I don't think we will ever be left alone to work as we please, especially not in this industry. I just try to be patient enough to find positions that allow me to happily balance bullshit and accomplishment.

    In the meantime, kee

    • Hey sili!

      My instinct is to find the rat who leaked the URL and punish them for it >=)

      I do enjoy working with other people. I described you-know-where as being like a Perl Mongers meeting that wouldn't end. I thought that was awesome. Probably annoyed the hell out of people though. I'd have settled down in time. But I find that the collaborations that happen are of no interest to the company. To do boring company work, I have to be locked in a room robbed of stimulus. Otherwise, I'm busily trying t

  • Crud. The Reddit crowds are here.

    Okay, look. I'm not trying to glorify consulting. Read out of context, that could seem to be the message, but really, I was just trying to rationalize not getting another proper job. That's why it's one sided. There are plenty of bad things to say about consulting too. Some of the Reddit readers flagged them, too:

    * Pay is irregular
    * You have to do the marketing -- and the collection work (one commenter commented that consulting, they found they didn't get to code much)
  • Holding a Program in One’s Head [paulgraham.com] – despite the title it’s more about working alone vs. working in a company, and his points are largely congruent with yours.