Last Call: You Will Be Offended Edition

It’s almost always the case that those most agreeable to be in the nude are the ones the rest of us would least like seeing nude. That’s why I appreciate the ‘cheeky’ warning this vintage private road sign affords. I like to think the farm where it was hung grew nothing but prickly pear and artichokes.
Last Call indicates the end of Hooniverse’s broadcast day. It’s meant to be an open forum for anyone and anything. Thread jacking is not only accepted, it’s encouraged. 
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37 responses to “Last Call: You Will Be Offended Edition”

  1. Andrew Avatar

    Hoons, here’s something that’s way-far off topic for you. I’m not sure if this is appropriate to post here, but recently I lost my job as a graphic designer for “not being creative enough” (read: they didn’t really like my work and wanted to get someone else in there. It’s okay, my pride will recover eventually.) In this slow economy, do any of you happen to know somebody hiring in the Fraser Valley, BC area? I’m a graphic designer but I can work with my hands too.
    Obviously you can’t put in a good word for an online persona, but any leads or ideas would be deeply appreciated. I’ve found that connections are a much more successful way to find work than even the best-written of cover letters.

    1. Batshitbox Avatar

      Booo, old job! Boooo!
      I had a job let me go because they kept getting resumes from apparently awesome and qualified candidates. I was, like, I can write my resume to make me sound just as awesome and qualified. Which I did. And ended up working for the Mythbusters, while the old place hired someone my workmates described as “kind of a whiner”, which is bad in a small metal fabrication shop.
      (There were some months of unemployment in there, it wasn’t all rags to riches.)

      1. Andrew Avatar

        So I should pump up my resume? I’m always concerned this will lead to an awkward and disappointing interview. I know I do need to work on projecting a positive image though. I may err on the side of too humble in these situations.

      2. Tanshanomi Avatar

        You worked for Mythbusters? You’re officially cool.

    2. P161911 Avatar

      If you aren’t already active on LinkedIn, now is the time to get going on that. Most potential employers check it out before interviews and you can put a portfolio on there. I got canned from my job of almost 9 years last March, got another one that only lasted about 6 months and have been at my current job for about 6 months.

      1. Andrew Avatar

        I am on LinkedIn. I have an updated profile and I’ve got a couple of positive recommendations from former coworkers on there, and I’ve used it as a quick login for several job application websites. There is probably more to be gotten out of it though. I am never sure how to network properly without being self-centered.

        1. P161911 Avatar

          I’m not a networking expert either. But you can change your current position to something like “experienced graphic designer seeking new opportunity” and use it to showcase your work.

        2. 0A5599 Avatar

          Make a lot of LinkedIn connections, and then whenever you learn of an opening (whether or not via LinkedIn), look up that company. It will tell you how you are connected.
          I had one where somebody on the board of directors showed a link to a guy who used to work for the same company where I used to work. My former coworker was from a different state and I’ve never met him face to face, but from time to time we would work on the same projects. I asked my former coworker to recommend me to the BOD guy, and the next day I got a phone call from their recruiter.

      2. Tanshanomi Avatar

        The only thing I’ve ever gotten from LinkedIn is a headhunter who has been pestering me for the last six months to go to work for a local publishing company that makes technical manuals. Unfortunately, the place is ALWAYS desperate to hire people because it’s widely known to be a modern-day digital sweatshop.

    3. Sjalabais Avatar

      Oh, that sucks. Obviously, O can’t recommend anything from the other side of the world, but I’ve read a lot about freelance apps that have become popular in NA – maybe that’s something to try out, at least to bridge the gap. I remember graphic design being specifically mentioned as a active field. Anyway, fingers crossed!

      1. Andrew Avatar

        Hey that’s a good idea. Thanks!

    4. CraigSu Avatar

      Check out this website: Without sounding too effusive Dan Miller has some sound advice for people in the midst of job change. I’ve subscribed to his 48 Days To The Work You Love newsletter for many years. His website has a very active community of people from all different career backgrounds who are more than willing to share tips and tricks and support for you during this transition. You may find there are more options for you than you are currently aware of.

  2. Alff Avatar

    Suddenly low hanging fruit doesn’t sound so great.

    1. Vairship Avatar

      Be very wary of which twig and berries you harvest…

  3. BЯдΖǐL-ЯЄРΘЯΤЄЯ Avatar

    I can see the scene ahead, a curious offended person discussing with a nude farmer armed with a pitchfork.

  4. Batshitbox Avatar

    “Sunshine Farms: Where The Moon Never Sets. Everything we grow is Au Naturale!”

  5. CherokeeOwner Avatar

    So, I’ve spent the past week in Jackson, MS working on a horror movie called “North Woods”/”House of Covered Mirrors.” I learned a lot from the experience as a filmmaker, and am writing an opinion piece for my journalism job about Jackson that I’ll share here when it gets printed, but I just thought I’d share some of my auto-focused observations of Jackson, and the trip there:
    -The Chrysler Town and Country is the perfect road trip car if you’re carrying three people and a shit-ton of gear. We drove 19 hours non-stop from Greeley, CO to Jackson and back, running through Amarillo, Dallas and Shreveport, and this thing was a beast. 25.9 MPG at one point with me behind the wheel. Draft behind a truck at 65, you can get 45 MPG, and it’ll cruise smoothly at 90. Comfy as hell. The power doors and rear hatch were annoying though; too slow to close and open.
    -I encountered gas selling for $2.07 a gallon. It was a Love’s.
    -East Texas is gorgeous. Texas, in general, was much hillier and greener than I expected. The panhandle of Texas and Oklahoma, however, were a little unnerving to drive though during the night. You have to use your brights at times to anticipate curves, and crosses and religious billboards line the road. Texans, however, drive better than Louisianans and Mississippians. I’d love to drive through Texas again. Just not at night.
    -Did not see one cop between the Colorado border and Louisiana.
    -I also want to visit Shreveport at some point. It’s a good looking city. And, aside from New Orleans, possibly the only thing worth visiting there. Louisiana is just swamps and trees.
    -Louisiana State Patrol love the Chevy Tahoe.
    -Louisiana’s roads butt up right next to swampy forests, and rain pools up on the side of the road.. There was some white knuckle driving going on during some monsoon-esque downpours.
    -Hayabusas. When the skies cleared Monday and Tuesday in Jackson, I saw tons of Hayabusas, all of which were modded/customized, and a third of the riders were women.
    -I’ll save my most cutting stuff for my opinion piece, so here’s a TLDR on Jackson: No sidewalks, potholes everywhere, where the hell’s this Airport Road Google says I need to turn onto, speed bumps, JOGGERS DO NOT BELONG IN THE MIDDLE OF THE GODDAMNED ROAD!

    1. neight428 Avatar

      I once saw a bad straight to cable movie in the 80’s that opened with a caption that stated “Somewhere in Eastern Texas” and it looked like the dude was driving through Monument Valley. This predated Google Earth, so maybe that’s an excuse, but I doubt they would have cared. I’m from Houston, so I know the area of which you speak and think of it fondly myself, though perhaps that has more to do with a certain young lass from Mabank that caught my attention during my college years.

  6. Guest Avatar

    One question. How the hell is this road legal? It has a license plate.

    Looks fun and and more than a little bit sketchy.

    1. Sjalabais Avatar

      Looks like it has rolled over more than one zombie.

    2. Batshitbox Avatar

      It’s not road legal. It may be registered, and there’s even a chance the chassis and engine numbers match the registration, but if you took that down the highway it would be impounded.

    3. neight428 Avatar

      Looks like they converted a Beetle to a Meyers Manx and then tried to go back again.

    4. mzszsm Avatar

      It has mirrors, blinkers, headlights, taillights with reflectors, windshield, exhaust, and four fenders – it should be legal in many places if it still has a VIN from the ’50s. That said, it may or may not pass a road worthiness inspection if you locale requires it and the law may harass you. I would love to drive this to an airhead show and park it next to some beautiful flat windshield bug.

      1. mdharrell Avatar

        Provided those are actually approved headlights, I agree. They look more like some sort of accessory lights or perhaps motorcycle headlights, but it’s hard to tell.

  7. Sjalabais Avatar

    Disqus business: My missing comment I complained about yesterday was indeed marked as “spam”:
    So…how do I fix this? Where’s the line for number of links to be detected as unruly? I haven’t yet found a proper preference panel. The Disqus settings page is pretty…thin.
    Apart from that and the collapsed view of images and text in the mobile version, I think it works nicely.

    1. neight428 Avatar

      Maybe it had too many links? That might be a shortcut that Disqus has for a spam filter.

      1. Sjalabais Avatar

        My thinking, too. Still weird, since I am a verified and active user – I’d hope for a more advanced algorithm.

    2. Tanshanomi Avatar

      I had the same thing happen to me. I just did a couple of images, but for some reason it didn’t hide the source URL the way it normally does, so perhaps that has something to do with it.
      EDIT: I just realized that Disqus always shows you the image URL in your profile feed.

    3. Tanshanomi Avatar

      The one thing I don’t like is that Disqus is pretty pokey about updating the feed and stats. Also, I liked the IDC “newest comments” box that used to be to the right on every page.

      1. Sjalabais Avatar

        Yeah, maybe that can be integrated again? There are personal feeds, so it would make sense if website feeds were easily available.

      2. Vairship Avatar

        And then there’s the (minor) issue that Disqus assumes you want to use the same user name on every website that uses Disqus.
        “You got Hooniverse in my GCaptain!”
        “You got GCaptain in my Hooniverse!”

    4. nanoop Avatar

      Other Dsqus (<-super ironic spelling, I suppose) news: two of the three browsers on my phone can't handle the links that jump from the front page to the full article or the comments. It will always hang on a white page with a strange address, "xvindicator" or something. Sad nanoop, looking for a low resource, Hooniverse-compatible browser again

  8. 0A5599 Avatar

    I know someone who lived on a dead end street in an agricultural area. She claimed to use the riding mower in the buff, weather permitting.
    Whenever another friend would visit, he would honk the horn all the way down the street, in order to give her fair warning to cover up.

    1. Tanshanomi Avatar

      I have to believe that someone who deliberately bares all to mow the yard wouldn’t be terribly traumatized by being caught uncovered.

      1. 0A5599 Avatar

        That’s correct. He did it for his own benefit, not hers.