The peeler and the broken coffee maker

Throughout my career I have been part of many interviews. Although I have been the interviewee a few times I have been the interviewer far more often.

Over the years I learned from others with better skills, research questions and generally read up on the process, it’s success and failures and how to avoid the latter.

One of the great articles I read on the topic was from a CIO whose stance was “you’re going to make mistakes in hiring, accept it, correct it and move on”. To be clear accepting the mistake in this case means don’t linger too long and find someone else.

But that’s not what I want to talk about today.

Today I want to talk about two interview questions I’ve come up with over the years for mostly technical positions. If anyone recognizes these from another source, apologies for the plagiarism and great minds must think alike.

What are those two questions?

  • A broken coffee maker
  • A dysfunctional peeler.

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Steve’s Flamenco A-Go-Go (no not me)

I just rediscovered a great album and felt the need to share my thoughts.

Are you familiar with Steve Stevens? Famous for being Billy Idol’s guitar player and being the player/composer of the Top-Gun theme. But he is so much more then that.

An incredible and versatile guitarist he has released many albums, solo or in collaboration with other incredible musician and he has covered many different genres from pop, EDM to Flamenco. I really want to discuss that last one.

Sadly often overlooked, Steve Steven’s album Flamenco A-Go-Go is a fantastic album that shows his pivot from a more pop sound to electronic while demonstrating his roots in acoustic guitar.

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Why does he still have his job?

Before writing anything else let me be clear this is not a political post but simply a brief thought about leadership and responsibility.

How can a leader still be left standing and in their position after so many failings?

Ajit Pai the, very controversial, chairman of the FCC just came out and officially announced that yes Russia has meddled with the Net Neutrality comment period.

The crux of the entire story is that during the comment period there was a surprisingly high number of issues ranging from the site being unavailable, according to the FCC “under DDoS attack”, something that was quickly proven to be a lie but also extended to a suspicious comment behavior that were telltale of Bots being used to flood the comments with fake comments (a vast majority of which were for the repeal of Net Neutrality.)
At the time Mr Pai had denied any allegations on both counts but after the evidence became overwhelming he threw the FCC’s CIO, David Bray, under the bus claiming to have received incorrect information. This was not done to protect the FCC but to protect himself, we’ll get back to this a bit later.

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Latin History for Everyone. EVERYONE!


I had heard that John Leguizamo was touring with a new show and I obviously got very interested. The show: “Latin History For Morons”

Cutting it down to it’s core component, this show should be required viewing for all teenagers (can’t say kids, this show is definitely not G)

I’ve always had a tremendous amount of respect for this comedian who baring a few missteps in the movie business has always been an underrated comedian.

I got hooked 20 years ago by his one man show Freak.¬†¬†Directed by Spike Lee this show is in my opinion on par with Whoopi Goldberg’s masterpiece Whoopi Goldberg: Direct from Broadway. Clearly a different tone but just as incredible a performance, in your face and thought provoking. Both will make you laugh and think.

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WordPress Jetpack is a huge pile of …

So in an effort to improve my posting I decided to try out WordPress’ Jetpack plugin and oh my what a piece of crap that is.

Sure it has very cool features, sure it supposedly helps you post and view stats.

On the other hand

Sure it slows the site down, sure it can (and likely will) break your admin dashboard and then take your site down with it.

let’s not forget that the mobile app is now worse then it was pre-jetpack.

Will I give it another shot… probably.

Do I recommend it to anyone… NO.

At least I have access to the backend CPanel since it’s my host, if I didn’t have that, no clue how I would have gotten back into my site.

PS: I ended up ssh’ing and moving the jetpack folder out of the plugins folder (wp-content/plugins) and bam everything was working again and going at a good speed.

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