Friday, November 26, 2010

Googling yourself

Besides the adolescent urge to giggle at the subject line, have you ever Googled yourself?

I've written before about googling an ex but this is closer to home.  As I build my personal brand - another buzz-phrase related to job seeking, I decided to Google myself - not CharliePATpk of course, but my real name - to see what a potential employer would see.  People have asked me over the years why I use a pseudonym online, and here's the perfect case in point. 

My skills and abilities are what should drive whether I should be hired or not (of course, how I present myself in the interviews, etc., but that falls under ability as well).   Whether I am a Conservative or not has nothing to do with whether I can meet/exceed the job description.  I've worked for people who are more Right-wing than I am, and I have worked for a Left-winger who said, to my face, if you are a Republican you must naturally be a racist.   I can work for anyone (although in the interest of full disclosure, I did seek a transfer from that idiot right after he called me a racist.  I had worked for him for over 2 years but could not get over his blatant hatred from that point forward), and while I obviously have strong political convictions I curb the expression of them when the job is at hand.      But my hire shouldn't be judged by whether you like or hate my politics. 
So while I expected to find a number of comments I posted to blogs under my real name - none dealing with politics - I was genuinely taken back to see a post penned by first-initial,lastname praising the passage new Healthcare Reform law!   Not a comment, but an actual post, 2 pages long, from the Spring of 2010, extolling the virtues of the law, and how we'll all be better off in the future because of it.

After checking and rechecking to see if I was misreading the blogger's name, the only thing that gave me relief was determining:

  • No one had commented on the particular post
  • No one had commented on the previous post
  • There were only two posts in the entire blog
So it's safe to assume I've probably given this guy (gal? no gender identification was provided) more traffic than previously recorded in a 2 day period.  It's also good that this post appears on Google's page 3 of results, meaning it's not likely to show up in any pre-employment search.  

But it is a wake-up call for you: Google yourself.  Find out what people with similar names to you (or same call-signs) are doing.  You may be surprised!

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Tuesday, November 23, 2010

TSA Screenings... some questions

While I am probably not the first to pose these, please indulge me:

  • New York is the only state in the country where women can be topless legally, after a 1992 ruling in the state's highest court. That means any woman can walk around the city at any time with no shirt on. (Link: NY Daily News).  That means my much-better-half can present herself topless at the LGA or JFK TSA screening line in order, you know, to speed things up, right?
  • If I am online and either I object to the scanner or I am selected (for whatever reason) to go on the pat-down line, what if I am wearing those track pants with snaps up and down the legs, and underneath I wear only a Speedo and two pasties (say, the Obama logo) on my tits?  Won't that speed things up?  (In the interest of full disclosure: even during the height of my Taekwondo training I was not a pretty site au natural.  While I still try to work-out on my own, I am probably the pastie-white nightmare you imagine).

    OH LOOK!  Someone (much better looking) beat me to it:
    My TSA Stripdown: Nov 21 at Seatac from Furry Girl's Feminisnt.com on Vimeo.
  • Typically, we have restroom/dressing room attendants or pat-down agents of the same gender of the customer.  Say a gay person says I don't want any same-gendered agent frisking me because that I am uncomfortable with anyone of the same gender touching me there!  Would the TSA accommodate the request? 
  • What if a person (myself, or anyone else) insists on a specific-gendered TSA agent conduct the search?  Say I want that gal over there to frisk me, as opposed to that guy.  Or could I say anyone but him/her ?  
Your thoughts/comments are invited.

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Thursday, November 18, 2010

Good news for Philly Boy Scouts of America!!

PHILLY.COM Philadelphia would stop trying to evict the Cradle of Liberty Council Boy Scouts from its headquarters near Logan Square and instead sell the building to the organization at a cut-rate price, thereby ending a nearly decade long dispute, under a proposed settlement.

The city-owned building, which the scouts have occupied for 80 years, would be sold for $500,000. Both sides agree its appraised value is at least $1 million. In return, the scouts would not seek $1 million in compensation from Philadelphia that they are entitled to under federal law.
This is a story I've followed here on my humble blog for 7 years.  It involved the City to unilaterally decide to renege on it's 80 year old contract with the local BSA organization, and has caused unnecessary stress and monies spent in an attempt to change the values of the now 100 year old organization.  This is a case that clearly should never have been brought to trail, and in the end the BSA was vindicated.

I look forward to the National and local Council's public statement on this.  As near as I can tell, this was a best-case win for BSA.  And I, for one, will contribute to the fund to purchase their building back from the City.


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Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Dancing with the Glee Stars

I took some flack last night (No, Tina, not from you) because I voiced my opinions on two of TVs recent big-rating grabs: Glee and Dancing With The Stars

I saw the intro to GLEE, which showed a teacher pushing an obviously flu-stricken student to sneeze on the school's principal.  This, I am told, was a mechanism to get the teacher (the cheerleader coach) to become interim principal.

OK, so maybe I am getting old, but is this the story line that passes for prime time entertainment?   This show strikes me as FAME meets SAVED BY THE BELL.  I know I will be slammed by Gleeks but I think I'll pass on any more episodes.

Dancing With The Stars also took some criticism from me, in that I said I never watched an episode of the series. 

In the interest of full disclosure, let me make one thing clear: I don't dance.  I suck at it, and always have.  Days before my much-better-half and I tied the knot, I was in search of OSHA approved steel-toed white shoes so I could protect her feet. The times I have danced in public have led to no less than three public ordinances banning me from ever attempting to do so again.
This morning a co-worker in the next cube was playing a clip from access hollywood which recapped last night's episode.  I won't pretend to know the contestants - I know Brandy as a singer, and you'd have to be in coma not to have heard of Bristol Palin - so I have no horse in this race.   What surprised me was the seemingly obligatory videos of the stars recapping their most difficult times in their lives

Huh?

What the hell do testimonials have to do with dancing?  Who cares?  So if I were to compete on such a show (perish the thought!) and told a sob story, I could possibly beat any one of the other contestants?

My schedule is pretty full these days, so I don't get to watch much TV at all, but there are a few shows I won't ever go out of my way to watch.

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Saturday, November 13, 2010

Please, better series, less reality

Delaware are you? I don't know; Alaska!

OK it's a corny joke, but you're still reading, right?



I like Sarah Palin... both as a person and a politician, which I know annoys more than a few of my readers. Fine.



There's no way in hell I am going to watch Sarah Palin's Alaska, not because I dislike her, but because the whole idea of a reality series is tiring to me. I used to like THE APPRENTICE, but that jumped the shark when it moved to LA.

I watched 3 or 4 seasons of DEADLIEST CATCH, and enjoyed them immensely but became completely bored during the lead up to Phil's funeral.  Please, how can so much time be spent - during the season and with the spin-off After The Catch on a guy who abused his health the way he did?  Yes, Phil Harris was a great fisherman, loving father.... he died, next!    

And that's the point... what's next for DC?  Women on the crew, to show how well withstand the pressure of the job?   Or someone on the main crew drowning?  The show has had a good run, now let it sail off.

What's left for knowing Sarah Palin?  I read her auto biography, she's an outdoorsman, a mother, all great things, all wonderful.    So you make a series out of her summer??  I like her, but come on!

Whatever happened to TV?

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Older


You're older than you've ever been.
And now you're even older.
And now you're even older.
And now you're even older.

You're older than you've ever been.
And now you're even older.
And now you're older still.

TIME! Is marching on.
And time.. is still marching on.
This day will soon be at an end and now it's even sooner.
And now it's even sooner.
And now it's even sooner.
This day will soon be at an end and now it's even sooner.
And now it's even sooner.
And now it's sooner still.

You're older than you've ever been.
And now you're even older.
And now you're even older.
And now you're even older.

You're older than you've ever been.
And now you're even older.
And now you're older still.

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Friday, November 12, 2010

Blogging and your career

I have been waiting for the decision that will affect my career: that being whether my company will offer me to relocate to Maryland or will I be laid-off instead.   The zero-hour currently is 1-August, which is the day my role will be in Maryland - whether I will be there or not.

I have earned an IT-related certification  -  CompTIAs Security+, an important and relevant cert - and I am actively working on another, in order to firm up my resume'.  

Many so-called career experts advocate blogging to help make your brand.  How ironic that I have been blogging since 2005.  However, as I am free to speak my mind on any topic I want because I am anonymous, I cannot point to this humble blog to promote my brand.    

Probably my biggest question is how, exactly, do I promote my brand ?  As a defense contractor for the last 14 years, I have experise on a variety of platforms and systems that are largely, sad to say, heading for extinction.    This will be the big test!

I have toyed with a blog under my surname for some time, and I am getting closer to it with each passing day.   I would post the link here, but then that would make my remaining anon here a hard sell, wouldn't it?

Do you blog your brand?  How do you separate your career profile from your personal one?

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Monday, November 08, 2010

Veteran's Day Week - 8th of November

I've written other posts regarding VETERAN'S DAY, and I will again this week. Big and Rich's 8th of November commemorates often overlooked heroes, and there's no better reason to feature the song on the anniversary date of the subject event.

There's plenty of homemade videos on YouTube, but the absolute best is Big and Rich's original video, which is linked here (but not permitted to be embedded). I encourage you now to click through and watch it.

And remember to never forget.

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Thursday, November 04, 2010

Where are you going?



I realize the layout isn't very good, and there are a dozen different ways I could use to improve it, but I don't have the time today to do so. Meanwhile, click here for the toon.


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Wednesday, November 03, 2010

Those racist teabaggers

The racist teabaggers have elected Marco Rubio, and Susana Martinez, and Tim Scott, and Nikki Haley, and Bill Flores, and Allen West, and... @PatrickRuffini

I am pleased, not happy, not excited, but pleased. The beginning of the beginning is done. I predicted 60 House and 10 Senate seats. Well, with 3 Senate contests still undecided, my prediction is officially wrong, as the best that can be hoped for is 9 seats. A win is a win, but my prediction lost.

A lot of self-abuse contributed to the defeat, no doubt. As in Christine O'Donnell having to fight not only the President and the entire DNC but many on her side of the aisle as well. Imagine for a moment: had the President and Vice President not spent so much time in Delaware, what would the outcome have been??

The beginning of the beginning is done; now the new members of the House have to prove they're worthy to stay in office, else they'll be primaryed and replaced, as were their (now) predecessors. Health Care abomination will be curtailed (or so I hope!), so we neither bankrupt the nation nor ruin the greatest system in the world.

We had 2 disturbances at my polling site, both involving Democrats who were just making noise to be noticed.  Sad.   The results in my precinct echoed the tune heard across the land on the both statewide and local candidates.  It was a good evening, indeed!

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Monday, November 01, 2010

The beginning of the beginning

Days like this I miss my old blogging habit.

Tomorrow is the beginning of the beginning.   A new start.  A new Conservative start.  This won't end the administration of President Obama, but it will end a number of incumbent legislative careers that ought to have ended long ago.  It will mark the beginning of the end of the Obama Agenda, of the radical, left-wing ideology that has been thrusted on the nation during the Recession that began a little over 2 years ago.  

Historically, recessions end in about 18 months, give or take.    Reacting to the changes in the market, and often with some monetary or tax-cutting measures, the economy adjusts and the recovery begins.  In the last 18 months, the Obama Administration has done to cause the recession to deepen than anything to help assuage it.  

The people have seen the results, and they're not happy.



Tomorrow I fulfill my public service obligation in the general election since I was electedI suspect there will be more turn-out than in May's primary, but I am hopeful of no surprises.    One of the lessons I learned from May: bring a Box o' Joe and comfortable shoes.   And be ready to speak the Constitution to those who only think they know what they're talking about!


The tides are changing.  The talk 2 years ago was all about change.  But as many have said - including many times myself in this humble blog -  the GOP Congress and President Bush spent wantonly, largely because they believed they would win over their Democrat opponents.  In the end, the GOP lost the Congress 4 years ago and the White House 2 years later:  You cannot out-spend a Democrat and expect to hold on to your base.   Now the Democrats have spent far more than the GOP ever did, and that has angered the Right and the Middle. 

The Tea Party is neither Republican nor Democrat:  they are, however, pissed.  The A-#1 advice that all legislators should take heed: do not spend foolishly if you expect to be re-elected.    In the short term, the Obama Health Care nonsense will not be able to be overturned, I am sorry to admit.  But it can be defunded, delayed.   The new Congress would do well to pass bill after bill, daring the president to veto them.  Those bills ought to be be for spending cuts and for the Conservative initiative that will secure their 2012 future.

Less than 2 years ago, JamesCarville  -- a pundit and professional whom I hold in great respect, even though I am 100% opposite him politically -- predicted the GOP would spend 40 years as minority party; it seems this is a prediction that was flat-out wrong.   I won't suggest the Democrats will be a minority for any such length, but I will state, again, my prediction that the GOP will take 60 HOUSE seats and I am still optimistic they will take 10 SENATE seats.  That's net gain of each, mind you.


Check back Wednesday... while Washington state won't be decided by then, we'll have a good sense of how close my prediction will be by then.

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