(This episode edited by Charles.)
In case you missed it in the bookmarks, my friend Zane is hiring. Zane’s been indie programming for several years now, and he’s built up enough software to bring in revenue to pay someone.
Now…I’m not going to tell you that working for Zane would be “normal.” If you’re just looking for a standard programming job, go ahead and skip it. But it’d be fun if you were a good fit.
So, if you’re into something interesting: check it out.
Obviously, the content flow has gotten shitty over here. As I explained in one of those lame “sorry for not posting” posts on PeopleOverProcess, I’ve been busy of late. It’s not all blog reading over there, brother…and I’m lovin’ it!
People keep asking me, “Coté, how can I get a beard as good looking as yours?”
No, really what they keep asking me is, “so, how is the the new job?”
In this episode, Charles and I talk about the long life of his Thinkpad, annotations in Java, and the trend of multi-lingual environments supported by a VM.
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(This episode edited by Charles, master editor.)
I know! Totally awesome, huh? I can’t tell you how excited I am ;>
A New Blog
I spent a lot of time going back and forth between starting up a new blog and using this one. In the end, even though I’m still quite attached to the name and brand of DrunkAndRetired.com, I couldn’t picture myself standing in front of a room full of people telling them, “so if you want some rock-solid analysis and advice about tech, check out DrunkAndRetired.com!”
My plan is to put most of my technical posts, and others as makes sense, on my RedMonk blog, and move this blog towards a more “personal” style one. I’ll splice links and (some) photos into the new feed.
But, yes, if you’re a true Coté fan, you’ll now have to add two whole feeds to your readers. Perhaps one day there’ll be a feed of feeds. Wouldn’t that be nice?
Kim and I got back to Austin with no problems. Even after our 8+ hour “lay over” in Alabama, we’re both fans of jetBlue: in summary, they’re a lot cooler than the regular fuddy-duddies.
We’ll upload fotes and narrations soon. At the moment, there’s some other exciting news afoot. I’ll be posting that one next ;>
We took off around 11PM from Montgomery, Alabama. We ended up there after a 7 or 8 hour delay due to a computer failure on our first flight. This new one is a snazzy AirBus with leather seats and working TV’s in the backs of the seat. I watched the last 5 minutes of Fargo, and now it’s Raising Arizona.
That, my friend, is perhaps one of the finest films ever. Well, perhaps after The Big Libowski: no one will ever figure out which one is better, so why try?
What’s remarkable (and I mean that in the Godin sense), is that the plane-full of 87 people, who’d been waiting for 8 hours in a little airport, eating only Subway and the slowly dwindling bar, broke out in genuine, appreciatory applause for The Pilot and, more importantly, how he’d handled the whole situation.
It was like a commercial version of The Stockholm Syndrome: the captors identified and befriended their captors.
“But the doctor explained that her insides were a rocky place where my seed could find no purchase.”
The whole time, The Pilot gave us frank, truthful updates along the lines of, “I have no idea what’s happening. They said the [rescue] plane would be here at 7, and it’s not. I’m sorry. I don’t know what’s going on.”
Or, “I know how you feel. The crew and I have been up since 5AM.”
The Pilot didn’t bull-shit us, or even put on a “everything is fine” face. Meanwhile, he was constantly on the phone to “The Company,” it seemed, wheeling and dealing on our behalf. I over-heard someone saying that jetBlue doesn’t have a large customer service department: The Pilot and crew are the customer service department.
“I need a baby, High! They got more than they can handle! Don’t you come back without a baby!”
To mix over naval, The Pilot made it understood that he was in the same boat, but that he had the power to make it better. Can the same be said of most any other customer service encounters? You’re always having to ask for supervisors, climbing the chain up, and making a general turd of yourself just to get what the first line of customer service should have given you in the first place.
“Yup. He’s awful damn good. I think I got me the best one.”
In the end, we got:
- A free, use anytime round-trip ticket to anywhere jetBlue flies
- A free Subway sandwich.
- Free TV access and movies (sadly, no interesting pay movies, but the Cohen brothers cam through).
- Free Taxi from JFK to hotel.
jetBlue must have blown $10,000-20,000 on this boondoggle: the overtime for the crew and the people in Montgomery, flying down a new jet, the free flights, the wasted time, the sandwiches. But, more importantly, instead of a planefull of pissed off, never gonna fly jetBlue again people, they got a “tube” full of applause.
For those of you following at home, Kim and I are stuck in Alabama due to a jetBlue computer problem. Our rescue plane was going to arrive around 7:15PM, but not it’s set to arrive around 11:15PM.
As the pilot said, “I’m sure this isn’t the jetBlue experience you were expecting.”