Kahomono - It Means Lucky

Random musings on whatever subject strikes my fancy, published every other day.

Always Ask Why

Feature this scene: I am on my LinkedIn page and I have private messages from two people within minutes of each other.

In window #1, a friend of several years– and a co-worker of several jobs– who’s just been laid off due to COVID-19. They’re a star performer but only began their current job about 10 months ago. And their company followed a strict Last-In-First-Out method for making cuts. (Abysmally stupid but that is a rant for another day.)

In window #2, a recruiter looking for someone just like my friend in window #1. “In NYC”. My friend in window #1 would blow the doors off this gig, and it would be amazing to hook them up with the gig in window #2. But they are on the Left Coast.

My BS alarm goes off right away. Why “in NYC?” Are they going to an office next Monday if they get the gig? Hell, no! So they will start as a remote worker, right? Why can’t they just BE a remote worker?

But that’s just the line I got from window #2: they can start remotely but “after the lock-down” they must be onsite. I tried to get window #2 to poke at this. If a client tells you it has to be onsite, ask WHY. Especially if they are willing to onboard remotely but then switch to the onsite requirement “after lock-down ends.”

First off, I promise you, they have NO IDEA when– or if– the lock-down will end. Second, what is it about the job’s requirements that allows working from home now but magically changes if the lock-down ends? If the job’s information security requirements aren’t compatible with WFH after lock-down, they aren’t compatible with it now, either.

Recruiters, you are missing out on a lot of good prospects. People are already in enough uncertainty, THEY can’t be sure if they will be able to move. Make your clients break their old useless mental habits.

The world is changing about this issue
right freakin’ now

GOP Health Care Plan

Sometimes a picture is worth WAY more than 1,000 words.

Class Genocide

Click Thru!!

The death cult of Rethuglicans have realized that COVID-19 is going to kill WAY more minimum wage earners than lawyers. Way more brown and black people than white. Way more workers than investors.

And now you understand their random and nonsensical approach to this pandemic. Let it rage! Re-open to get Wave 2 started, quick! Tell them never to wear masks! Recommend poison to drink!

If you interpret everything this administration is doing, maximizing the US death toll from coronavirus is a thoroughly plausible rationale.

And of course, the needle is not moving on the Pumpkin’s polls as a result. It’s impossible to underestimate the intelligence of “the base.”

Coyote Rules

Do you know these guys?

Jason Kottke brought forth the rules that governed the making of all Road Runner cartoons.

  1. The Road Runner cannot harm the Coyote except by going “meep, meep.”
  2. No outside force can harm the Coyote — only his own ineptitude or the failure of Acme products. Trains and trucks were the exception from time to time.
  3. The Coyote could stop anytime — if he were not a fanatic.
  4. No dialogue ever, except “meep, meep” and yowling in pain.
  5. The Road Runner must stay on the road — for no other reason than that he’s a roadrunner.
  6. All action must be confined to the natural environment of the two characters — the southwest American desert.
  7. All tools, weapons, or mechanical conveniences must be obtained from the Acme Corporation.
  8. Whenever possible, make gravity the Coyote’s greatest enemy.
  9. The Coyote is always more humiliated than harmed by his failures.
  10. The audience’s sympathy must remain with the Coyote.
  11. The Coyote is not allowed to catch or eat the Road Runner.

These rules are making perfect sense to you, as you think over all the Road Runner cartoons you’ve ever seen and realize that they do all conform. At least, most of them do. And you can sorta think of why any violations were there. Makes it all look very well-thought-out.

It almost doesn’t matter that there were no such rules, not explicit ones, anyway.

…in an interview years after the series was made, principal writer of the original 16 episodes Michael Maltese stated he had never heard of these or any “rules” and dismissed them as “post production observation”.


Post production observation, indeed! As if the universe of Wile E. Coyote were a natural phenomenon and its governing principles could be inferred by careful observation. I agree with Kottke – this makes it better.

How do Dogs Become Racist?

This is definitely a real phenomenon. I have been seeing racist dogs ever since I can remember.

Click through, though I warn you: it’s as bad as it looks.

I firmly believe that dogs are not like this naturally.

I wonder how they learn it?

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