commented on In Addition to Those 14,000 Layoffs, Microsoft Is Tightening the Screws on Its Vendors
I am glad to see this program go. As a former contractor I always felt abused by the system. While FTE's enjoyed basics like vacation, healthcare, and somewhat decent job stability, we were left feeling like others. We had desks, but didn't really move in. We never knew if we would be re-upped in 6 months and were never really fully brought into the conversation. As a consquence I never felt ownership of my work the way I do when I am fully employed. I also never felt loyal. Nor should I.
Nevertheless they put me in charge of work that was full time and needed a full time expert. More than 5 years later contractors are still doing what I did and I promise you that work will still be happening well after the layoffs. It was a mission critical job they never took seriously -- marketing and PR. That's why Apple is winning.
commented on The New York Times Weighs In on the Kudzu-Like Spread of Trigger Warnings
Whenever I read "trigger warning" I am honestly triggered to remember my trauma. I'm not even joking. I think, "God I wonder if I'm going to think about that horrible thing I lived through." And then, suddenly I'm thinking about it. It is like saying, "don't think about a pink elephant."
I would much rather process my trauma by experiencing life, art, books, film, etc without being babied. Fuck, I lived through THAT horrible thing -- I can read a damn book and be just fine.
commented on Jess Spear Running Against House Speaker Frank Chopp
Remener that time when voters were asked to pass an income tax for only the wealthiest citizens and nearly 60% of you said no? Yeah that's the dems fault. Blame everyone but yourselves.
And you know what @20, you're not alone.