Why Hasn’t the Hiring Manager Gotten Back to Me?

It’s a question people ask all the time regardless of where they are in the hiring process, but the answer really depends on the organization.

I’ve been responsible for hiring at multiple companies I’ve worked for and it’s never an easy job. It’s also something I’ve only taken part of in small companies and this is something all job applicants need to realize. A small company probably doesn’t have an HR department. More likely, there is some jack-of-all-trades employee that wears multiple hats trying to hire as well as do multiple other jobs. [More]

What Happened to Retail Stores?

The first big-box retail store I saw close was Circuit City. There was one right next to my college and, only being friends with strange people, everyone I knew was talking about the weird stuff you could buy during their going-out-of-business sale. (How many display shelves does a dorm room need?)

Each year it seems one more business is added to the Retail Extinction list. In just the past couple years The BonTon, Sears, Kmart, and Toys R Us all declared bankruptcy, and not the kind where you just restructure debt and move forward like nothing happened. [More]

What Does it Take to Make the World a Better Place?

You find yourself sitting at home alone saddened because, “things were so much better when I was growing up…” What if you could change the world for the better, guaranteed. In fact, you could change it to be exactly what you wanted! The thing is, you really can. It’s as simple as getting involved in your community.

Growing up in the rust belt I heard it my whole life. Another store would close, another house would be left abandoned, but you know what? The same people complaining about the movie theater closing were the ones sneaking snacks in the one time a year they visited it. [More]

Why Aren’t You Buying Appliances From Sears?

I know, this is some boring new-home owner post, but I have to ask, what do people have against Sears?

The company is doing poorly because their suppliers have been calling in debts all at once. Just imagine if you were paying all your bills, but then your student loan servicers asked you to pay back the full sum of your debt by the end of the year. People would probably be walking around talking about how poorly you were doing too. So why are their suppliers doing this? They’ve lost confidence in Sears because they think YOU have lost confidence in Sears. [More]

Patience and Equanimity


I haven’t been blogging much this year. Actually, I feel as though I haven’t done much at all this year. That’s not really true, but that’s how it feels to have a dozen or so projects in the works and nothing complete.

Earlier this year I found myself becoming stressed and overwhelmed with the amount of work I had set out to do, but as my projects edge closer to completion that’s all dissipating. I’ve watched as my friends from nearly every phase in life continue to move toward traditional milestones in society – they get married, divorced, remarried, have kids, buy homes, and so on…and I remain as I am. [More]

A Taste of New York Chips from Western New York

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It’s been some time since I posted and while I’ve thought of a number of different things I wanted to write about I haven’t found a lot of time to do so. I recently bought a house, moved back from California, started working on a startup, and in my spare time I’ve learned to code. Needless to say, busy.

That being said, I can’t ignore anything related to small businesses in New York. If you don’t know, New York Chips are the potato chip that’s 100% made in New York. The potatoes are grown, processed, and packaged right here in Western New York. [More]

Developer Week 2017 in San Francisco

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This was my first time attending the Developer Week Conference and I’ll be honest, I wasn’t quite sure what to expect. I attended a handful of talks and walked around the show floor and was overall pleasantly surprised.

I should start off saying that I’ve always found virtual reality (VR) to be a bit too gimmicky. Often applications that are released are focused around video games. While that may be fun I’ve never understood why Silicon Valley has been so in love with the technology until now.

Two specific events at this show helped me to make the jump from VR skeptic to VR advocate. [More]

TCM Falls Short with Streaming Video Service FilmStruck

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I need to confess, before I signed up for FilmStruck I already had it in my head the kind of glowing review I was going to write. I was going to talk about how FilmStruck was going to run away with a bunch of Netflix customers, but then I created an account. I used my computer and while it wasn’t a horrible experience I did take note of the bulky join flow they had.

“That’s ok,” I told myself. “It’s just a join flow. Not everyone’s spent years optimizing those like me!” The selection was fantastic. [More]

42 USA: The Free Coding College

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The past month I’ve been learning to code in Silicon Valley as part of the application process for the no-strings-attached free-tuition school called 42. If you’ve been following my twitter, you might have noticed one or two posts about the application tests and process. The owner of the French telecom network free founded the college in Paris, and this year they opened their second campus location in California. The college has no teachers, no accreditation, and has just started to build it’s reputation, but the draw of a free education that leads to a good paying job seems to be attractive to people from all walks of life. [More]

Toss Your Soylent Snack Bars

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So remember when I reviewed Soylent 2.0  and talked about the companies energy bars? As it turns out you might not want to eat those after all.

The company has vaulted production of the bars and has told anyone who still has some to throw them out. Customers around the country have been complaining of gastrointestinal distress after eating just one bar. Finding yourself stuck to a toilet for the day probably negates any time savings you got from eating a bar instead of a full meal.

The company hasn’t explained what went wrong with their snack bars yet. [More]

The Ringing Rocks of Pennsylvania

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It’s important to try and get your outdoor activities in before winter when you live someplace like New York. Naturally, this means camping in the beginning of fall! My youngest sister had pointed out that just outside Philadelphia there was a cool phenomenon known as The Ringing Rocks. In typical Kohl-sister fashion, we decided that planning a last minute trip over the weekend was do-able so we packed our things and headed out for the keystone state.

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We decided to tent camp at a campground called, The Ringing Rocks Campground, mostly because it was close to our destination. [More]

The Most Detailed Review of Soylent 2.0 in Existence

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Last week I ran into a friend I hadn’t seen in awhile. We decided to get lunch and reminisce. While we were eating one of the things he mentioned was that this was the first solid meal he had eaten in days. I was a bit shocked, but he went on to explain that he had been primarily drinking Soylent during his trip to New York. I knew he had been drinking this stuff awhile back, and even tried a little last time I visited him. That said, I didn’t think he would be able to survive on a Soylent diet very long.

As he explained, the company behind Soylent released a 2.0 version that comes pre-mixed and packaged in individual servings. [More]

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