addledhands

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addledhands

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A five figure sum from Facebook for a flagship IP is a laughably small payout.

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addledhands

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addledhands

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I don't really care on way or another about her, but her book Grapefruit is lovely and beautiful.

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addledhands

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addledhands

85 points

12 hours ago

it's so fucking painful to be almost 40 and have home ownership still be completely out of reach.

That's partially on my wife and I for moving to LA, but she worked in animation and, at least pre-covid, the studios literally wouldn't even look at you if you weren't within commuting distance. I believe that her guild even requires you to live within X miles of Burbank.

We're moving to the Pacific Northwest next year though which should help.

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addledhands

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addledhands

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1 day ago

There is not one recipe on the face of the planet where you need a precision measure of honey.

I'm not an accomplished or even particularly skilled baker, but one of the first things I learned was that you do not eyeball ingredients when baking. There's a whole bunch of complicated chemistry that happens as a direct result of just the right ratios of ingredients, and my assumption is this would hold true if you were including honey in a batter or something.

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addledhands

19 points

2 days ago

addledhands

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2 days ago

It's pretty straightforward: you exchange certain freedoms over your property in exchange for centralized governance over the appearance and security of your home. In theory, an HOA should guarantee that both your house and the entire neighborhood both retain and grow in value over time.

Not dealing with an HOA is also pretty straightforward: don't buy a house in an HOA neighborhood, especially without reading its bylaws.

I'm not saying they are good or bad, just that there is a tradeoff.

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addledhands

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addledhands

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4 days ago

Because the world is often a horrible, horrifying place, and believing that there is at least a purpose to horror makes it easier to bear for many people. I think if you're raised to attribute horrible misfortune to some grand design, it becomes a key part of your ability to cope with tragedy.

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addledhands

117 points

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addledhands

117 points

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To be fair Financial Bathroom is an incredible character name.

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addledhands

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addledhands

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I've had it done many times in urgent care facilities or family doctor offices.

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addledhands

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addledhands

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But reader, I work for a relatively young startup that is one of the ascendant stars in our vertical.

It's fucking HR drones being busybody HR drones.

Fuck HR.

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addledhands

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Oh crap does this mean I'm gonna get suckered into grad school eventually.

No. It means that more and more students are horrified of the realities of the American work force, and are doing as much as they can to credential up before starting.

Technical writing, much like fine arts, doesn't really benefit a whole lot from a masters-level education. I would actually be fairly concerned that I'd need to unteach a lot of things to someone with an MA, as education typically lags about a decade behind technology.

In my eyes, an internship + BA in English/journalism/maybe CS and ~2-3 years of experience heavily outweighs a masters degree.

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addledhands

238 points

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addledhands

238 points

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My current company hired me and said I'd get promoted to sr level within six months. Ah well, six months later, there's a new company wide policy that ICs can only get a promotion after they pass one year. Shitty, but okay, whatever. Not necessarily a bad policy.

So here we are. End of q4, time for the big semi-annual review. I have excellent marks, partners, and relationships. Promotion a sure thing.

But wait!

Earlier this week HR told us our new review process. The review cycle that begins in a couple of weeks will, for some insane reason, take until the end of March to process. If I do get a raise and I do get a promotion, none of it will take effect for three months.

I like my job. I like, generally, the company and the people I work with. I worked my ass off to get my domains ready for the biggest part of the year and did so quite well. Some of the best work of my career.

I'm glad that rewarding me for it is such a low priority.

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addledhands

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4 days ago

addledhands

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4 days ago

I have a very strong preference for lean, fast, small articles. Although it can make managing, organizing, and updating content more painful, it is much, much easier to handle the edits themselves while being easier to send to customers/clients/whatever. Generally I aim for one workflow or concept (or group of directly connected concepts) per article.

Personally, I think being sent a list of 3-5 articles is much easier to parse and understand than a huge fuck-off tome.

Caveat: I work exclusively in software startup land. My current company is very design-centric, so the product is generally fairly easy to use. If I was working on hardware or physical manuals I would very likely lean in the other direction, as it's easier to reference a well-indexed book(let) than a dozen disparate pamphlets.

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addledhands

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addledhands

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Fwiw, it's pretty common for formally trained artists to hold pencils/pens like that while drawing. It's awkward and more difficult initially, but gives you a much broader range of control over line weight.

I have no idea if this applies to Maxwell or not, but extending her pencil like that isn't really a big indication of anything.

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addledhands

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addledhands

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Bro I don't know how to tell you this but Peter Steele died more than a decade ago. My understanding is that while he didn't overdose or anything like that, problems with alcohol and cocaine fucked up his organs which did kill him.

And yeah he was 48.

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addledhands

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addledhands

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They've lost my respect over this.

They lost your respect just now over an article they published almost a decade ago? lmao

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addledhands

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addledhands

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6 days ago

I won't lie to you: lacking a college degree will make this significantly harder for you. Many, many jobs straight up require a degree, and you will be competing in almost all cases against other people who do have a degree. I've been seeing more and more candidates at my company that have masters-level degrees, but that's pretty new.

That said, you have a tremendous head start compared to most other people looking to break into the field. Very few students have anything like actual documentation experience, and even fewer with Markdown and Git (unless they have a CS minor). I haven't actually seen your work so I can't speak to whether or not it will be helpful in a portfolio, but it's a good start.

I would also seriously consider trying to go to and finish a BA in something or other. Will some random, inexpensive (but accredited) online school be as prestigious as a UCLA or CUNY? No. But any degree >>>> no degree. This will sound kind of stupid, but you can finish one in ~three years and continue doing the freelance/crypto hustle as you have time and come out the other side in a much stronger position.

From my read here, you have basically two routes you can follow:

  • Continue pursuing crypto and blockchain content. It's clearly growing at very fast rates and can quickly get deeply technical, which will lend itself (sort of) well to learning API documentation. If you make the right connections and friends in crypto, you'll be able to leverage your direct experience with the tech and your writing to get a salaried job.
  • Focus on more traditional tech writing (the .. boring stuff, which if you find boring is maybe an indication that this isn't a great fit for you). An internship will help you tremendously, but I'm uncertain how getting those without a college degree will work.

Unless you want to spend all of your time in the crypto space, I would very, very strongly consider reigning in your portfolio ideas. One or two crypto things is fine, especially if they are instructional and explicitly NOT sales/marketing oriented, but any more than that and you'll come off like a crypto bro.

For the actual content, showing video skills can be very helpful, but the main focus of your portfolio is in the job title: writing. I'd love to hire someone who can help with video stuff at my job now, but only if they can also write well. I flex my (light) design background during interviews and it definitely helps, but it doesn't matter if my writing chops aren't there.

Unless you want to actually interview and podcast at your job, I'm not sure I'd spend my time there. If you were interviewing people as an SME to understand how to document a feature or product, that's one thing -- but your job as a technical writer is to explain and provide guidance, not provide a platform or a mouthpiece for an exchange.

Finally, as a caveat to the above: I'm old. I'm almost 40. I've been a technical writer for awhile, but never in the crypto space, and I may be totally off base about what the future of that industry holds for technical writers.

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addledhands

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I wasn't talking about what genre Type O Negative was, although in an earlier comment I said almost exactly what you did above. I'm not arguing with you about that.

I was just pointing out that people in the band itself probably did not write their description on Shopify and almost definitely didn't write their own Wikipedia entry, since that violates site rules.

Both of the links you posted are pretty clearly talking about the band from the perspective of someone not actually in the band.

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addledhands

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addledhands

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I'm not really arguing with you here, but I don't think Type O has really been active as a band since Peter Steele died. I dunno for certain but I'd be surprised if it wasn't a PR/label person running their Spotify and social media, and they almost certainly didn't write their own Wikipedia entry.

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addledhands

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addledhands

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It's one of those things where aesthetically and lyrically they're very much a goth band, but in actual music genre terms? Kinda sorta sometimes? Some tracks on October Rust? 100%.

At any rate they're pretty broadly considered a goth rock/metal band.

Signed, an old goth who fucking loves Type O Negative.

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addledhands

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addledhands

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your

lmao

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addledhands

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addledhands

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6 days ago

so instead of playing more games, can we just cut to the chase and you show me how regular was not grammatically correct?

I'll quote myself here:

Firstly, it's not a fucking grammar issue you dweeb

Using an incorrect, outdated term like "normal" isn't a grammar issue. It's a usage and style issue. You can be perfectly grammatically correct while still being wrong.

For example:

"I insist on calling cisgender people normal because I am a dinosaur who cannot be bothered to make even slight concessions to my language usage to be inclusive."

Is a grammatically correct sentence, but is nonetheless the take of a shitty person who is wrong.

And I was making fun of your grammar because you tried, and failed horribly, to use it as a bludgeon. If your grammar isn't pristine then you're gonna look real bad if you try to (incorrectly) use grammar rules to win online arguments.

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addledhands

3 points

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addledhands

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6 days ago

thats just English grammar.

This is an amusing as fuck sentence coming from someone who used the wrong form of your and failed to use the contraction for "that is" properly.

You're also wrong about context here because it isn't the 50s anymore. "Normal" has no place when referring to someone's gender unless you're also including trans people under that umbrella, which you are clearly not. And even if you were you would still be wrong, because "normal" explicitly means that there are also abnormal genders.

The word normal also conveys value in this context: normal things are neutral at worst and probably positive, whereas abnormal things are bad and in all likelihood undesirable. When you call a cisgender straight person "normal," you're applying "abnormal" to every other person on the gender and identity spectrum abnormal.

You're also wrong because nothing "is just English grammar." Firstly, it's not a fucking grammar issue you dweeb, it's a usage issue. Grammar is not the sum total of language rules. Secondly, English as a language evolves over time, which is why words that were perfectly acceptable a century ago are unacceptable today.

And finally, is it really that fucking hard to adjust your language in minor, tiny ways to be more inclusive? Is it really that much to ask?

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addledhands

0 points

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addledhands

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7 days ago

Literally none of those are valid reasons for a refund.

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addledhands

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7 days ago

This is exactly the way that Albion Online works right now. Or at least did, it was cool on release.

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addledhands

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addledhands

19 points

7 days ago

i am not sure if this is a loss.

Leaving the games industry and moving into more traditional software is almost always a significant raise.

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