Job Hunt Part 1

2 Nov

So this is a job description I received from a recruiter this morning:

This job description has been sent by the same company via 3 different recruiters.

The first recruiter I spoke to told me the company name and let me research them on my own.

The second recruiter wouldn’t name names but told me they were looking to pay $40,000 per year for the right candidate.

The third recruiter told me that $80K to $100K was not out of the question but would not name names, however he did confirm the name when I told him I’d heard about this position before.

The company offering this position is absolutely terrible and has a piss poor reputation here in Ottawa, however they keep trying to find developers that are going to risk their own reputation and their livelihood working for a company that is essentially a sweatshop for coders who know a little bit about writing wordpress themes / plugins.

The salary variance is what really messes me up. So either I settle for $40K and hopefully work my way up to $80K OR I start at $80K and am very unlikely to see any increase from there for a while.

Definitely not somewhere I want to work. Especially when I read about people not getting paid on time and being overworked.

Sorry to all the recruiters out there, but I can generate that kind of cash on my own without going downtown to an office every morning and fighting traffic the whole way.

Novotel Ottawa Review

18 Apr

A few weeks ago Jenn and I had the chance to have our very own little staycation here in Ottawa. We picked out a hotel and a couple of things to check out and overall had a great time. The hotel we selected was the Novotel in Ottawa on Nicholas Street.

The Low Down

Cost per night: $200 CAD + $23/Night parking.

Address: 33 Nicholas Street Ottawa, Ontario Canada

The Room

We were given room 441 to stay in which is a single king sized bed. The bed was large and comfortable and we easily fell asleep in it.


The room overall felt really cramped and small for $200 a night.

Overall

Overall the room was nice and the location was prime, but we’ve stayed in much nicer hotels for much less money in downtown Toronto.

First Experiences with Pokémon Go

13 Jul

Although Pokémon Go is not out here in Canada, there are a ton of people who have it and are playing it all over the place. That being said, I thought I would post a story that happened to me a couple of days ago that I thought was pretty funny.

The night in question I decided to meet someone from reddit at Greenbank Square to go out and hunt some Pokémon.

We walked around a surrounding neighborhood, for a bit until we hit Ben Franklin Park 1 because there was a gym there that Marco (the redditor I met up with) wanted to take over.

So here we are at about 9PM in a parking lot trying to take over a gym. We noticed that there were a couple cars full of thugged out Lebanese  guys just sitting there watching us when one of them yelled over “Yo! You guys tryin to take that gym?!?! It’s a real bitch!”.

Marco and I couldn’t stop laughing about it! It was one of the funniest things that’s happened so far playing this game. The guys came over and we were all talking shop about the server stability issues and whatnot. It was like being 10 years old again and meeting a bunch of random new people! It was a really awesome experience!

Pure Pwnage Ottawa

28 Jan

Last night was the Ottawa screening of PurePwnage teh Movie!

It was an absolute blast but is somewhat bittersweet. It was fun to see the movie, Geoff and Jarett again, but I know there won’t be more for a while. Kinda makes you sad 🙁

Either way, the turnout was great last night and everyone loved the movie and that’s all that really matters to me! So glad everything worked out!

Cineplex VIP Experience

7 Jul

This past weekend myself and a friend decided to give the Cineplex VIP theatres a try, as we had been hearing a lot about them but didn’t know what all to expect.

Our film of choice to test drive this experience? How could it be any other than Terminator: Genisys?! In this post I’ll talk about what was good, what needs work, and what was bad (spoiler: Nothing bad to say.)

Let me first start by explaining that myself and my friend Mike were a little late off the hop. The movie was to start at 1:00 PM and we arrived in our seats at 12:55 PM. We got there by the skin of our teeth and didn’t even think we would get to experience the full VIP scene. We were wrong.

Ordering Food

With precious minutes to spare, Mike and I perused the menu and found what we found to be some suitable noms for the film we were about to take in. We decided, flagged a waitress and put in our order.

The waitress was friendly and helpful and fast. Within a few minutes, our food and drink was brought to our seats well before the movie started. (Bear in mind we were there 6 minutes before show time.)

The Seating

The VIP experience lets you pick out your seats and being that Mike ordered the tickets, we sat in the back row of the theatre. The seats are super comfortable, and are so well spaced that there is plenty of leg room. I’m 6 foot tall and still had a good 3 feet or so in front of me.

The seats are also adjustable so you can recline a little if you like. They don’t fully recline, but they do recline far enough to get into a nice comfy position and the middle arm rest can be lifted if you’re in more of a cuddling mood. Mike and I were not in the cuddling mood…. lol!

The Parking

Here’s the only thing I think needs improving. The signage for the VIP theatres once you get into the underground parking isn’t great. It’s there but there’s really no obvious way of finding the entrance. What’s worse is once you do find the elevator to go up to the main floor, you’re not actually in the theatre you’re in a weird side hallway where you need to exit the building, walk around the corner, and then enter the theatre.

What I did like about the parking was the lighting. Spaces that are free are indicated on the ceiling of the parking lot with a green light. Spaces that have a vehicle in them are indicated by a red light which makes it super easy to find a spot.

Overall

The experience was fantastic! I was comfortable, fed, and entertained which is why I go to the movies. This is definitely the way I want to see movies going forward. Well done Cineplex! Well done.