Telltale Signs (Fandango’s Friday Flashback)

Yay, it is Friday again, and Fandango has just published his Friday Flashback post. The idea is that he picks a post from this day in a previous year, to give newer readers a better insight into what does and doesn’t make him tick.

I have always liked that idea, so shall also post my own reminiscence. As much as anything, it reminds me of where I was, where I am now, and how far I have come. Hopefully, you will find it entertaining along the way.

I had a bit of trouble finding a flashback post today.

I had been posting in previous years. Three years ago, I posted about having “met” a stroke buddy of mine online. Two years ago I wrote a few political essays. Politics, huh? So the post I went for is just from last year when I was trying to find a new job.

This recruitment malarchy is a load of nonsense, and unfortunately, I’m going to have to get into it again shortly. My current plan is to start working on tekkie stuff again next week, then to start looking again in a month or so. By the time anything comes through it should be safe enough to leave the house. But all of this is subject to no flare-ups, and things getting naturally quieter.

All you retired people…be grateful!

Mister Bump

When I worked in the City, people (agents) would often call me to see if I was interested in a new job. I got into the habit of asking them to sent a spec (specification) over to my email address. Why? The spec itself might go on to be important or it might not, but relly, in the first instance, I just wanted to satisfy myself that a spec existed. A spec showed that the clients had, at least, put some thought into what they wanted. Furthermore, clients often need to produce a spec internally to receive budget, so a spec helped me to know that there was a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. I’d sometimes get some bright spark of an agent saying, “this role is so new that there isn’t a spec yet”, to which I’d just say, “well, when there is one…

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