Jeff Devine

I only tell you what to do because I love you

My Cover Letter That Didn’t Work

Below is a cover letter I wrote for a job I did not get.

It was February 2011, and I realized I had no desire to continue climbing the corporate IT management ladder. But I also didn’t have the confidence to turn my then-side-project into a full-time job.

The company in question was building the first off-shore IaaS cloud using OpenStack, and I desperately wanted to lead their development/product team. Two long phone conversations and a ringing endorsement from a former colleague led me to believe things were looking up; but then the conversation stopped. In truth,

I had zero experience and was an awful fit for the job, but I thought my conviction and ambition would be enough. So in place of legitimate experience, I wrote a letter to try to prove I was worth taking a chance on.

Don’t Be Mad at Twitter, Be Mad at Yourself

The collective outrage directed at Twitter due to their recent announcement of future API changes is unwarranted. Twitter is a business making changes to keep their customers happy.

I personally don’t agree with these changes, but I neither run nor work for Twitter, so my opinion is nothing more than that: an opinion. I also don’t give Twitter money, making my thoughts and feelings worth even less. Everyone is entitled to an opinion, but many are taking this as a personal insult.

Top 10 Records of 2011

When I first set out to make this list, it was surprising what a disappointing year 2011 was for albums. That being said, there were a few gems that stuck out. Using the magic of science/lasf.fm, these are the alubms I listed to the most in 2011:

  1. James Blake
  2. Ryan Adams - Ashes & Fire
  3. Bibio - Mind Bokeh
  4. Wilco - The Whole Love
  5. Joe Henry - Reverie
  6. Washed Out - Within and Without
  7. Gillian Welch - The Harrow & Harvest
  8. tUnE-yArDs - w h o k i l l
  9. Tom Waits - Bad as Me
  10. Charles Bradley & Menahan Street Band - No Time for Dreaming