Restored from Archives

I’ve restored some old posts from previous versions of my website in my archive directory.

Just in case you need something to read while taking a dump…

Unpleasant Truths About Culture Fit

Here’s something I’ve learned about “culture fit” from having done more job interviews than I’d prefer. If you were rejected because you’re “not a culture fit”, even though you’re qualified and nailed every aspect of the interview, it probably means one of the following:

  • you’re not young enough
  • you’re not white enough
  • you’re not the right kind of Asian
  • you’re not masculine enough
  • you’re too neurodiverse
  • you didn’t go to the right college

However, if a hiring manager gave one of these reasons, they could get their employer crucified in civil court for discrimination or (in the US) crucified by the EEOC. However, there’s no law that says they can’t select for “culture fit”.

Regardless, hiring for culture fit is increasingly seen as a bad idea. If you only hire people who share your background and interests, you’re likely to have problems with groupthink, and you can get enough of that on social media. You don’t need it in the workplace.

In fact, I’m going to go a bit further since it should be obvious to a reasonably intelligent person that I’m not speaking for anybody but myself here. Any manager who hires for culture fit should be fired, publicly named, and debarred from consideration for positions with hiring authority because they expose their employers to groupthink and legal liability.

PS: If you’re not familiar with the word ‘debar’, I’m using it because it lacks the racist connotations that have recently come to be associated with the more familiar term ‘blacklist‘.

The Aging Man

I first heard “The Aging Man” by The Great Discord in 2016 while working nights as a sysadmin babysitting a small server farm.

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The accoustic intro starting with rain and a piano with a bass guitar coming in didn’t prepare me for the onslaught that came with contralto Fia Kempe’s vocals. And being an aging man (or at least a somewhat masculine enby) myself, the lyrics hit home as well.

It's guiding my end
Leave me, I like
The quiet, the calm
Good wishes leave me cold

So, let me be
(The) Time I have left
I'll spend alone,
Down in the darkness

I highly recommend the rest of their album, Duende, but good luck getting a copy on CD.

The Enigma Men

I like my rock theatrical, and “The Enigma Men” by Marquis of Vaudeville delivers.

The music by Marquis of Vaudeville doesn’t really kick in until about 3 minutes in, but “The Enigma Men” is still a fun video if you like your rock theatrical. Also, some of the costumes are absolutely delightful.

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If you liked “The Enigma Men”, you can listen to more by Marquis of Vaudeville on SoundCloud.

Re: Kenshin’s Comeuppance

A comment on Grady Brown’s post from 2021-03-02 concerning the end of Rurouni Kenshin. Expect spoilers.

When you have wronged as many people as Kenshin has during the Bakumatsu, sooner or later, those individuals will inevitably come seeking retribution. When that happens, any friends Kenshin made would be caught in the crossfire. Kenshin can live in a fairy tale and believe that protecting the innocent and giving up killing would make his sins magically disappear, but all evil deeds stink. You can forget them for a while, but they don’t go away. Based on all of this, Enishi deserved his revenge against Kenshin and it would have been better for the story if Kenshin did not have a happy ending. People with a past as checkered as Kenshin’s don’t deserve a happy ending.

Grady Brown, “Kenshin’s Comeuppance”

I can see where Grady Brown is coming from here even though I haven’t bothered to read that far into the manga (and though it’s been a while, I don’t think the anime ended the same way).

However, I think it helps to bear in mind that Rurouni Kenshin‘s subtitle is “Meiji Swordsman Romantic Story”. Presumably the emphasis is on “romantic”, and nowadays you can’t have a romantic story in either sense if the protagonists don’t get a happy ending—even if they’ve got to suffer in order to “earn” it.

One might also bear in mind that writing serialized manga is a job wholly dependent on fandom appeal. You can even be a pedophile as long as you’re discreet about it and keep the fans happy. Why? That’s just how modern capitalism works.

Avasarala Gets All the Love

Crisjen Avasarala in the Expanse gets all the love from the writers and producers.

The writers and producers working on Amazon’s sci-fi saga, The Expanse, are not at all subtle in their favoritism. Crisjen Avasarala (played by Shohreh Aghdashloo) gets the best lines, the best costumes, and the best bling. It’s hard to complain, though, when she’s 80% of what makes The Expanse worth watching.

The lady takes no shit, gives zero fucks, and has a hell of a time doing it.

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Incidentally, readers of the Foreigner novels by C. J. Cherryh might understand what I mean when I say that while read Ilisidi’s dialogue I imagine her sounding like Shohreh Aghdashloo—but without the profanity.

Cage of Mirrors

“Cage of Mirrors” by Manilla Road is a classic heavy metal tune, but I really like the cover by Smoulder.

I have an outline for a novel based on this Smoulder cover, but I’m not ready to write it yet.

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The great thing about covers is that they can lead you to originals you might have otherwise ignored. While I love Smoulder’s version of “Cage of Mirrors”, the Manilla Road original from Metal (1982) still holds up.

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