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Conquering The Job Interview Anti-Loop Process

By Steve Yegge

“Oh no, not the Interview Anti-Loop!

Yes, I’m afraid you have to worry about this.

What is it, you ask? Well, back when I was at Amazon, we did (and they undoubtedly still do) a LOT of soul-searching about this exact problem. We eventually concluded that every single employee E at Amazon has at least one “Interview Anti-Loop”: a set of other employees S who would not hire E. The root cause is important for you to understand when you’re going into interviews, so I’ll tell you a little about what I’ve found over the years.

First, you can’t tell interviewers what’s important. Not at any company. Not unless they’re specifically asking you for advice. You have a very narrow window of perhaps one year after an engineer graduates from college to inculcate them in the art of interviewing, after which the window closes and they believe they are a “good interviewer” and they don’t need to change their questions, their question styles, their interviewing style, or their feedback style, ever again.

It’s a problem. But I’ve had my hand bitten enough times that I just don’t try anymore.

Second problem: every “experienced” interviewer has a set of pet subjects and possibly specific questions that he or she feels is an accurate gauge of a candidate’s abilities. The question sets for any two interviewers can be widely different and even entirely non-overlapping.

A classic example found everywhere is: Interviewer A always asks about C++ trivia, file systems, network protocols and discrete math. Interviewer B always asks about Java trivia, design patterns, unit testing, web frameworks, and software project management. For any given candidate with both A and B on the interview loop, A and B are likely to give very different votes. A and B would probably not even hire each other, given a chance, but they both happened to go through interviewer C, who asked them both about data structures, unix utilities, and processes versus threads, and A and B both happened to squeak by.

That’s almost always what happens when you get an offer from a tech company. You just happened to squeak by. Because of the inherently flawed nature of the interviewing process, it’s highly likely that someone in the loop will be unimpressed with you, even if you are Alan Turing. Especially if you’re Alan Turing, in fact, since it means you obviously don’t know C++.”


What Is The Purpose of Life?

What is the purpose of life? Why are we here? The purpose of life is to learn to truly love ourselves and each other. If we could love one another, there would be no need for the tragedies of wars and the atrocities of prejudice would not exist.

What most of us yearn for throughout our life, what we seek is to complete our life and existence through love. Love, in all its forms, is indeed our ultimate goal. That is why a life without love is a lonely existence that no amount of money, success, and other diversions can fill.

Love comes to us in many forms every day even when we are not able to recognize it as we are absorbed in our daily tasks and routines. It manifests itself in our daily life with a smile from a child, kindness from a stranger, caring friends, a wagging tail, a purr, and the excitement of our loved ones when they see us – among other ways. Try to observe love manifesting itself for you today, count the ways, pay attention, and let your heart rejoice.

Therefore, we must strive to love each other as we love ourselves or better. For ultimately, the big question we might have to answer when we pass on to the next life is how much and how well did you love, not just one person but everything and everyone that crossed your path.

The Genius And Wisdom Of George Carlin


A Message by George Carlin

The paradox of our time in history is that we have taller buildings but shorter tempers, wider Freeways , but narrower viewpoints. We spend more, but have less, we buy more, but enjoy less. We have bigger houses and smaller families, more conveniences, but less time. We have more degrees but less sense, more knowledge, but less judgment, more experts, yet more problems, more medicine,
but less wellness.

We drink too much, smoke too much, spend too recklessly, laugh too little, drive too fast, get too angry, stay up too late, get up too tired, read too little, watch TV too much, and pray too seldom.

We have multiplied our possessions, but reduced our values. We talk too much, love too seldom, and hate too often.

We’ve learned how to make a living, but not a life. We’ve added years to life not life to years. We’ve been all the way to the moon and back, but have trouble crossing the street to meet a new neighbor. We conquered outer space but not inner space. We’ve done larger things, but not better things.

We’ve cleaned up the air, but polluted the soul. We’ve conquered the atom, but not our prejudice. We write more, but learn less. We plan more, but accomplish less. We’ve learned to rush, but not to wait. We build more computers to hold more information, to produce more copies than ever, but we communicate less and less.

These are the times of fast foods and slow digestion, big men and small character, steep profits and shallow relationships. These are the days of two incomes but more divorce, fancier houses, but broken homes. These are days of quick trips, disposable diapers, throwaway morality, one night stands, overweight bodies, and pills that do everything from cheer, to quiet, to kill. It is a time when there is much in the showroom window and nothing in the stockroom. A time when technology can bring this letter to you, and a time when you can choose either to share this insight, or to just hit delete…

Remember; spend some time with your loved ones, because they are not going to be around forever.

Remember, say a kind word to someone who looks up to you in awe, because that little person soon will grow up and leave your side.

Remember, to give a warm hug to the one next to you, because that is the only treasure you can give with your heart and it doesn’t cost a cent.

Remember, to say, ‘I love you’ to your partner and your loved ones, but most of all mean it. A kiss and an embrace will mend hurt when it comes from deep inside of you.

Remember to hold hands and cherish the moment for someday that person will not be there again.

Give time to love, give time to speak! And give time to share the precious thoughts in your mind.


Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away.


We Are A Nation In Mourning

Once again, we are a nation in mourning. On Friday, we received the news that a 24-year old-young man had walked into a Connecticut school – after killing his mother at home – and massacred at least 20 innocent children and some of their teachers.

I read the reports…. some of them. This is too horrible to keep reading about it. I could not bring myself to read anymore. I saw the video of the President seemingly wiping away some tears. Why do so many go into killing sprees in this country? I wondered, as he mentioned the previous killings that have happened in the past few years, even this year (a movie theater in Colorado, a shopping mall, etc.) As far as I know, it does not happen as much and as often in most other countries. Why here? What is about our society that makes our children and citizens in general vulnerable to this type of actions?

I think that part of the answer is that we are an extremely self-centered and materialistic society. Compared to others, there is a huge lack of spiritual values, perceptions, and approach to life. We claim to be a nation that trusts God (‘in God we trust”) yet we don’t want to have anything to do with God in our schools and any other places (but churches).

Most people are spiritually “disconnected” from God, themselves, and others, regardless of how often they go to church. This is one of the reasons that a spiritual awakening is badly needed not just globally but particularly in America. Only a total disconnection from God, self, life, and others can lead a person to commit such atrocity.

The President said that we must do something….. There is no “practical” solution to this madness. I believe that one of the most effective ways to begin to eliminate this and other social maladies is to shift our focus from the material and egocentric ways to a more spiritual approach to life, relationships, and Self. By spiritual, I don’t mean “religious”.

We need more depth in our thinking and the way we conduct our life and interact with one another in all situations. Otherwise, this type of tragedy will keep happening to innocent civilians. Who knows? Maybe the next victim could be you or someone you love. The time for changes is now not after the fact.

The Dawn of a New Era: December 21st

English: plane of the ecliptic of the Earth's ...

English: plane of the ecliptic of the Earth’s orbit around the Sun in 3d view showing Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars and Jupiter making one full revolution. Saturn and Uranus also appear in their own respective orbits around the Sun (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

There are only a few days left before the big date.  Some people are wondering what to expect, others think that nothing will happen. They think that December 21st, 2012 will be just another “fluke” as the Y2K fiasco. However, most do not know that the Y2K phenomenon was averted because software engineers and computer technicians (I was one of them) were busy fixing and setting up the systems to prevent the catastrophe. Of course, they worked on the problem for a couple of years before the incident was supposed to happen. Coding and hardware were reconfigured. The fact is that by the time the year 2000 rolled over, we were ready!

Now, what makes the December 21st different is the fact that not only the Mayans marked this date as a critical one in Earth’s history but also the Aztecs, Egyptian, and other ancient civilizations. Moreover, most astronomers have admitted to the fact that there will be an unusual planetary alignment in our solar system on December 21st. Some geologists and other scientists say that such alignment occurs every 26,000 years and it brings about dramatic changes in climate and the Earth’s structure. Does this mean that we are about to face the end of the world? Well, yes and no.

We will face the end of the world as we know it so far but will be witnesses and participants of a wonderful rebirth of Earth. Earth is transmuting into a new state of being. It has been doing so for years – as a mother patiently undergoes the changes in her body for 9 to 10 months before giving birth. On December 21st, our mother Earth will give birth to itself in a new form. Think of it as a caterpillar turning into a wonderful butterfly. Thus, yes, it will be the end of the world as we know it but the beginning of a new one. It is up to us all to make of this new world a much better one than the one we are leaving behind.

Some people have predicted that part of this new Earth transformation is a shift in polarity, which will bring about between 30 hrs to three days of total darkness and lack of electricity. I do not like darkness and I am definitely not looking forward to this part of the rebirth. However, after that period of darkness, the sun will shine again and light will return to our lives. I believe that what it is most important to do during the time of darkness is try to be together with our loved ones and keep calm. Afterwards, when we emerge from the darkness (which I believe will also be caused by the planetary alignment since Jupiter or Venus will align perfectly with Earth, thus causing a total eclipse worldwide), our environment might be quite different and we might begin to perceive life from a different prism. It is then when we will have the opportunity to mend the wrongs that we have done to Earth and on Earth or, choose to follow the path of destruction that we have forged so far. It is like we are getting a second chance to be the best that we can be not just as individuals but as a community of beings.

Therefore, don’t worry so much about what will happen on December 21st but rather focus on what you will become after you emerge. What are we going to make out of our new world and environment? In fact, those of us who grew up before the Internet and personal computers might be better prepared to survive and lead our younger generations to a new beginning. We can help them learn the basics and survive for a while without the comforts and convenience of today’s technology. Of course, we will build up the technology once again but this time, we must be more careful about the way we use it and what we sacrifice for it.

Anyway, we will know soon enough, some earlier than others considering that in some parts of the world, December 21st is coming one day earlier than in the western hemisphere. For them, “D-day” is on Thursday!

Embrace this new opportunity to define yourself, life, and values anew. The world will only end if we choose to destroy it.

How Major Religions Separate Us From God | Soulfulwriters Cosmic Lights: A New Era Of Understanding

How Major Religions Separate Us From God | Soulfulwriters Cosmic Lights: A New Era Of Understanding.

A New Era Of Understanding | Are We Making A Transition To A New Era or Is The World Ending? Current events, cosmic phenomena, global economy, ecology, climate changes, etc., how is it all connected?

Soulfulwriters Cosmic Lights: A New Era Of Understanding | Are We Making A Transition To A New Era or Is The World Ending? Current events, cosmic phenomena, global economy, ecology, climate changes, etc., how is it all connected?.

I formally invite you to participate in discussions, debates, conversations, and just plain fun exploring the mysteries of life, the universe, creation, global mess, and the human condition. You can do all this and more – such as watching interesting videos – at my hosted site. Not a “new age” site, just exploring life and issues from various angles to heighten our awareness, develop a higher consciousness, and a stronger bond to our wonderful planet.

For instance, read about a fabulous scientific discovery that states that our DNA can be influenced and programmed by words and frequencies. Additionally, discover how our DNA is affected by Earth’s Schumman Resonance and our health by our disconnection from Earth. Or, how our DNA is responsible for our yearnings!

Or, perhaps, you’d like to join a debate based on a post I wrote about the “duality” of God. It was one of my meditative, think “outside the box” moments and it might just knock your socks off! I dare you to explore the possibilities I present on the post. Join the discussion at the Challenge Topics section.

Join now, accept the challenges, and participate! 🙂

Scientists Discover The God Particle

Fabiola Gianotti, experiment spokeswoman, center, and Rolf Heuer, director of the European Center for Nuclear Research, second from right, watch a screen during a seminar on the elusive Higgs boson, known as the God particle. Scientists said Wednesday they made a discovery consistent with the particle.
Fabiola Gianotti, experiment spokeswoman, center, and Rolf Heuer, director of the European Center for Nuclear Research, second from right, watch a screen during a seminar on the elusive Higgs boson, known as the God particle. Scientists said Wednesday they made a discovery consistent with the particle. / DENIS BALIBOUSE/Associated Press
By John Heilprin
Associated Press
Near Geneva, Switzerland, high-energy collisions in the world's largest atom smasher can offer clues about dark matter, antimatter and the creation of the universe. The Higgs boson, first theorized in the 1960s, is regarded as key to understanding why matter has mass.

Near Geneva, Switzerland, high-energy collisions in the world’s largest atom smasher can offer clues about dark matter, antimatter and the creation of the universe. The Higgs boson, first theorized in the 1960s, is regarded as key to understanding why matter has mass. / 2007 photo by MARTIAL TREZZINI/Associated Press
GENEVA, Switzerland — Scientists at the world’s biggest atom smasher hailed the discovery of “the missing cornerstone of physics” Wednesday, cheering the apparent end of a decades-long quest for a new subatomic particle called the Higgs boson, or God particle, which could help explain why all matter has mass and crack open a new realm of subatomic science.

First proposed as a theory in the 1960s, the maddeningly elusive Higgs had been hunted by at least two generations of physicists who believed it would help shape our understanding of how the universe began and how its most elemental pieces fit together.

As the highly technical findings were announced by two independent teams involving more than 5,000 researchers, the usually sedate corridors of the European Center for Nuclear Research, or CERN, erupted in frequent applause and standing ovations. Physicists who spent their careers in pursuit of the particle shed tears.

The new particle appears to share many of the qualities as the one predicted by Scottish physicist Peter Higgs and others and is perhaps the biggest accomplishment at CERN since its founding in 1954 outside Geneva along the Swiss-French border.

Rolf Heuer, director of CERN, said the newly discovered particle is a boson, but he stopped just shy of claiming outright that it is the Higgs boson itself — an extremely fine distinction.

“We have a discovery,” he told the elated crowd. “We have observed a new particle that is consistent with a Higgs boson.”

The Higgs, which until now had been purely theoretical, is regarded as key to understanding why matter has mass, which combines with gravity to give all objects weight.

The center’s atom smasher, the 8.05€-billion Large Hadron Collider, sends protons whizzing around a circular 17-mile underground tunnel at nearly the speed of light to create high-energy collisions. The aftermath of those impacts can offer clues about dark matter, antimatter and the creation of the universe, which many theorize occurred in a massive explosion known as the big bang.

Higgs, who was invited to be in the audience, said Wednesday’s discovery appears to be close to what he predicted.

“It is an incredible thing that it has happened in my lifetime,” he said, calling the discovery a huge achievement for the proton-smashing collider.

Outside CERN, the announcement seemed to ricochet around the world.

In an interview with the BBC, the world’s most famous physicist, Stephen Hawking, said Higgs deserved the Nobel Prize. Hawking said he had placed a wager with another scientist that the Higgs boson never would be found.

“It seems I have just lost 80.46€” he said.

Marc Sher, a professor of physics at the College of William & Mary, said most observers concluded in December that the Higgs boson would be found soon, but he was “still somewhat stunned by the results.”

Joe Incandela of the University of California at Santa Barbara, leader of the team known as CMS, said the discovery is so fundamental to the laws of nature that it could spawn a new era of technology and development in the same way that Newton’s laws of gravity led to basic equations of mechanics that made the industrial revolution possible.

“This is so far out on a limb, I have no idea where it will be applied,” he added. “We’re talking about something we have no idea what the implications are and may not be directly applied for centuries.”

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Pondering About Meat Eating

I am an animal lover. I have always had a spiritual bond with animals. Perhaps, that’s the reason I’ve never been harmed by any, even some dangerous ones I’ve encountered in my journey. Animals just come into my life and settle.

Therefore, lately, I have been feeling rather guilty about eating meat. I was raised a meat eater and never gave much thought to it. I bought into the mentality that animals, at least some, were here for us to use and enjoy in our tummy.

However, a year ago, I became an animal’s welfare and rights advocate. Although my advocacy centered mostly on trying to prevent the murder of healthy and adoptable homeless pets at local pounds, their plight opened my eyes and heart to that of many other animals that we tend to take for granted and disrespect. Moreover, my deep love for animals began to make me feel guilty about enjoying a piece of chicken or a steak. I began to debate the options.

I found out that most vegans and some vegetarians refuse to eat meat mostly because they don’t want to kill anything alive for their nourishment, especially animals. However, my mind jumped to the fact that vegetables, fruits, nuts, and grains are also living beings. They were alive before they were harvested from their source. Therefore, by eating them, we are still killing to sustain our bodies. So, what’s the answer? I thought.

Through some pondering, I came to the conclusion that to fulfill the purpose, the only thing that we, animals lovers, should eat would be dairy products. However, when discussing it with my son, he made a good point: What about the microorganisms that live in dairy products? Bummer!  I had thought I had found the answer to my dilemma!

Consequently, no matter how I look at it, the only way I can avoid killing anything to nourish my body is by not eating at all. But then, my body would surely die! I resigned myself to just enjoy the food and thank each of those I eat for their sacrifice and the nourishment they provide to my body. Since I cannot stop eating, the least I can do is to thank and honor what I eat and keep advocating against the unnecessary extermination of those we don’t need to eat.

Explode Your Imagination

Imagination - HNBD

Imagination – HNBD (Photo credit: HNBD)

I would like to share with you all a video that Adam recommended to me in his comment. This particular video is an explosion of consciousness that allows everyone to ponder and consider all the possibilities that exist.

It is about the wonders of our mind and imagination. Everything that we, humans, have created has come from someone’s imagination and thought processes. This computer I am using and its components, the chair where you are sitting, and the fork you use to eat your spaghetti! We take it all for granted.

Have you ever had an idea for an invention or business just to find out that someone else miles away, whom you didn’t know, had the same idea and developed it?  It happens all the time. What about things you might know intuitively? Then, you read or hear someone express them in their own words. Is it possible that at some point we connect to a universal intelligence and that is where our ideas and creativity come from? Thus, we become co-creators of our reality.

Enjoy this video and, never mind the language, just listen to the message and allow yourself to explore as many possibilities that come to your mind, without censorship.

Expanding Your Imagination


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