Is My Blogging Motivation And Ability Returning?

My motivation to blog is increasing, since I changed from Risperdal+Zoloft back to Seroquel. For the first time in awhile, I have a bunch of drafts queued up. I feel more alert and motivated. I’d like to try to switch back to taking nothing, but my parents would panic. I’m taking a lower dose of Seroquel than before, 50mg instead of 100mg.

I had my first really popular post in awhile, “Don’t Sign An NDA Before A Programming Job Interview”. It led to a traffic spike, more than 5x my normal readers. It got a huge boost from a citation by Captain Capitalism. Overall, it’s had more than 900 total pageviews, moving it up to 47 all-time on my Best Of FSK list.

My only disappointment for that post is that the comments were mostly on stupid programming tests, and not NDAs, which was the main subject of the post. BTW, I broke my own rule and took a programming test this week. I’m pretty sure I aced it, but they haven’t gotten back to me (which usually implies a rejection).

7 Responses to Is My Blogging Motivation And Ability Returning?

  1. I don’t want to come across as someone that tells you how you live your life, but I have read about how those who have adopted a paleo diet have improved their physiological and psychological health (or rather, a non-paleo diet causes these problems in the first place.)

    You could try this diet first and see what it does to you after some time (6 months or so).

    Just a suggestion :) . You can ultimately lead your life as you see fit :) .

  2. Anonymous Coward May 25, 2013 at 8:06 pm

    Original post
    >I’ve done many programming tests and assignments, and it never led anywhere, and now I
    >refuse. What was the point of doing all that work for a CS degree, if many employers
    >demand a stupid screening test?

    FSK’s comment on comments
    >the comments were mostly on stupid programming tests, and not NDAs, which was the main
    >subject of the post.

    You did mention programming tests in your post.

    I was asked to sign a NDA twice. Once was just before a Google interview. The NDA wasn’t printed out for me. It was on a monitor (not on a desk) fixed in a position that was hard to view. I couldn’t read it properly. It should have been printed out. Anyway none of the interviewers spoke about their work. It was just an silly problem that really had nothing to do with computers and some general programming questions. As my first interview at in the morning, I only got the correct answer on my second attempt. But it was correct. Apart from that I did well, apart from one question where the interviewer spouted out the answer after giving me all of 5 seconds to answer it! At the end of it, a woman led me into an office to say Google wouldn’t contact me if I didn’t get the job! That was it.

    The second time was for a silly two man company with an idea that anybody could see would never work out. There were currently hiring two contractors to design their website. Their first problem was their website couldn’t work with the style sheet and third party company had produced for them! So they didn’t even have a rudimentary website up and running!

    At the time I was running my own small software business. They told me I should sell my business to Microsoft and make lots of cash!!!! Ha!

  3. Anonymous Coward May 25, 2013 at 8:09 pm

    > The second time was for a silly two man company wit

    I forgot to mention the two founders of this company were ex-bank employees and so obviously had connections to get them the start-up cash.

    Obviously this company must have folded since I saw them.

    • Well, Seroquel isn’t that bad. It did partially cure my color blindness. I haven’t noticed any other negative side-effects. When I was taking Risperdal+Zoloft, I wasn’t motivated to blog at all. It’s coming back now.

      I’ll try going drug-free again someday. That isn’t an option right now, because my parents would panic.

      Regarding startup founders with money, I’ve seen that a lot. Some people raise money and have an idea for a startup, but no technical co-founder. Inevitably, they hire incompetent people to implement their product and fail. That was the case at the job where I was using Ruby on Rails. By random luck, they wound up hiring me, but I was in a junior position and couldn’t set things on the right track. They did have a good business plan. In that case, having the wrong “software architect” was the difference between failure and cashing out for $500M+.

      I’ve seen some startups where they hired an outsourcing company to develop version 1.0, but when I looked at it, it was junk that I could have done myself in a few days, and done better.

      For someone with a good business plan and some seed capital, they might have a 1%-5% chance of success if they hired at random. Unfortunately, if you’re computer illiterate, you aren’t going to do better than random. If you aren’t a good programmer youself, you are almost guaranteed to hire a good liar rather than someone good at implementing.

  4. Not really related to the post, but I did encounter an odd situation which I didn’t fully describe before.

    I originally applied to Google at Location X. I filled out their questionnaire and emailed it back. Obviously they lost it because a few months later they asked me to fill it in again. I never heard back from them.

    A few years later Google in Location Y (in a different country to me) asked me to start off the interview process. After a telephone interview, they told me to attend Location X for face-to-face interviews.

    When I turn up at Location X, the interviewers were teamed up in several sets of pairs and I was told this was part of their training for interviewers. Essentially one employee would question me and would be judged by the more experienced Google employee.

    Afterwards a woman led me into an office to tell me Google wouldn’t contact me if I didn’t get the job. A bit off I thought.

    The thought did occur to me that Google were using me as a free volunteer to help them practise interview technique or to calibrate their interview questions.

    A couple of months later I got curious and emailed the recruiter, but I didn’t hear back from her.

    The strange thing is that I live very near Google at Location X. So why was I interviewed for a job at Location Y, but by people working at Location X? It is unusual to be interviewed by people you aren’t going to work with.

    On the Internet, I heard talk that Location X had a hiring freeze as they were trying to move people to Location Y. Location Y may well have ended up a token office.

    Not quite sure what to make of it.

    Many, many years later I got an email from another Google recruiter saying they missed an opportunity the last time around. I didn’t go forward with another interview process because they wanted to incidentally publish some pre-interview coding sessions i.e. ask me to write code in a public document on the Internet with my christian and surname as part of the URL. Given they wanted to ask me to program in languages I haven’t used for about 8 years, this could look bad for me.

    I did ask if they would stick with just the ability to get working code out, but not in any particular language as the main thing, but the recruiter couldn’t find that out for me. Also if the document URL didn’t contain my name, I would have been more likely to take part.

    Who wants to be quizzed about a computer language you haven’t used for 6 years or so and then have the results available to all on the Internet?

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