Re: [IxDA] HTML 5 Design and Development Rock Stars Wanted!

8 Oct 2010 - 8:50am
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DrWex
2006

Excuse me, as it is Friday and I must rant

On Fri, Oct 8, 2010 at 10:20 AM, eloehfelm wrote: > Job title: HTML 5 Design and Development Rock Stars Wanted! > Date posted: October 8, 2010 - 9:05am Location: San Francisco, CA United States > Employer:  Universal Mind From a recruiter:

I am not a rock star. Rock stars are temperamental and moody. Rock stars demand that things be Just So and force you to adhere to their demands and their schedules.

Me? I'm the guy you go to in order to get stuff done. I'm the guy who overcomes the challenges created by temperamental, stubborn rock stars. I'm the guy who works the hours to make the show a success. I'm the guy who gets his hands dirty, who wears a vest with 40 pockets to carry all the tools I have and I'm the guy who knows which pocket to dip into to get just the right tool to solve this problem right here, right now. I'm the guy who makes sure every connection is where it should be, every important bolt is tightened down, and every piece of necessary equipment is in just the right case to make sure it arrives safe and undamaged where you need it to be.

Me? I'm the roadie.

Where are the job ads for people like me? Am I just fantasizing when I think that employers would rather have folk around who focus on getting things done - getting product out the door - rather than focusing on their own egos?

Here endeth the rant. I don't have time to rant too much; I have problems to solve and product to ship.

--Alan

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8 Oct 2010 - 9:25am
Dave Malouf
2005
I love rock stars! Rock stars are immensely more profitable than non rock stars. They don't get any shit done, they get the BEST shit done. They are prima donnas b/c their process while not deconstructible/understandable but they have high rates of successful repetition. Rock stars bring me fame & notoriety in my organization. Unlike ninjas who succeed equally well but hide themselves from others. Rant all you like, and maybe rock stars don't fit your cultural needs, but don't be all self-righteous and indignant to our peers with real thoughtful needs.
8 Oct 2010 - 10:05am
david.shaw6@gma...
2004

Now THIS really makes my Friday. XD

On Fri, Oct 8, 2010 at 8:35 AM, DrWex <awexelblat@gmail.com> wrote:

Excuse me, as it is Friday and I must rant

On Fri, Oct 8, 2010 at 10:20 AM, eloehfelm
wrote:
> Job title: HTML 5 Design and Development Rock Stars Wanted!
> Date posted: October 8, 2010 - 9:05am Location: San Francisco, CA United States
> Employer:  Universal Mind From a recruiter:

I am not a rock star. Rock stars are temperamental and moody. Rock
stars demand that things be Just So and force you to adhere to their
demands and their schedules.

Me? I'm the guy you go to in order to get stuff done. I'm the guy
who overcomes the challenges created by temperamental, stubborn rock
stars. I'm the guy who works the hours to make the show a success.
I'm the guy who gets his hands dirty, who wears a vest with 40 pockets
to carry all the tools I have and I'm the guy who knows which pocket
to dip into to get just the right tool to solve this problem right
here, right now. I'm the guy who makes sure every connection is where
it should be, every important bolt is tightened down, and every piece
of necessary equipment is in just the right case to make sure it
arrives safe and undamaged where you need it to be.

Me? I'm the roadie.

Where are the job ads for people like me? Am I just fantasizing when
I think that employers would rather have folk around who focus on
getting things done - getting product out the door - rather than
focusing on their own egos?

Here endeth the rant. I don't have time to rant too much; I have
problems to solve and product to ship.

--Alan

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8 Oct 2010 - 10:13am
Mat Rosa
2009

Alan - you just keep rockin' it!  I think it's awesome that you know what you're capable of and what value you really have - in so many organizations and situations, it is always the rock stars that get the praise but while 10-20% of the design is pressed forward with rock star work, there's still an enormous base that just needs to get the s--- done!

So everyone always advertises for rock stars but read between the lines and learn how to approach your potential clients and employers - a lot more of them just want some one solid who can take it day in and day out and produce consistently.

8 Oct 2010 - 1:05pm
Bailey
2009

Maybe I just take things too literally... but I never really understood why something so vague as "Rock Star" would be an appropriate job description. I guess I need to start writing lyrics and learn to play bass if I ever want to be a TRUE developer. 
My first platinum single will start like this: 

Oh HTML 5, You're about to arrive, You might beat out Flash,If my browser don't crash...
Or I could just leave the rocking to the stars who can carry a tune and just continue being the best developer I can. 

(((Ple
8 Oct 2010 - 10:23am
smitty777
2010

Time to vent your anger by throwing some TVs out the window and trashing the hotel room  ;^)  

8 Oct 2010 - 12:05pm
craigmaxey
2010

Nicely said...
Craig

On Fri, Oct 8, 2010 at 12:04 PM, DrWex <awexelblat@gmail.com> wrote:

Excuse me, as it is Friday and I must rant

On Fri, Oct 8, 2010 at 10:20 AM, eloehfelm
wrote:
> Job title: HTML 5 Design and Development Rock Stars Wanted!
> Date posted: October 8, 2010 - 9:05am Location: San Francisco, CA United States
> Employer:  Universal Mind From a recruiter:

I am not a rock star. Rock stars are temperamental and moody. Rock
stars demand that things be Just So and force you to adhere to their
demands and their schedules.

Me? I'm the guy you go to in order to get stuff done. I'm the guy
who overcomes the challenges created by temperamental, stubborn rock
stars. I'm the guy who works the hours to make the show a success.
I'm the guy who gets his hands dirty, who wears a vest with 40 pockets
to carry all the tools I have and I'm the guy who knows which pocket
to dip into to get just the right tool to solve this problem right
here, right now. I'm the guy who makes sure every connection is where
it should be, every important bolt is tightened down, and every piece
of necessary equipment is in just the right case to make sure it
arrives safe and undamaged where you need it to be.

Me? I'm the roadie.

Where are the job ads for people like me? Am I just fantasizing when
I think that employers would rather have folk around who focus on
getting things done - getting product out the door - rather than
focusing on their own egos?

Here endeth the rant. I don't have time to rant too much; I have
problems to solve and product to ship.

--Alan

(
8 Oct 2010 - 5:05pm
craigmaxey
2010

I should have said, "Nicely said, DrWex".
The following post does a good job of describing my reaction to "rock star":
http://advice.cio.com/esther_schindler/rockstar

Craig


On Fri, Oct 8, 2010 at 12:04 PM, DrWex <awexelblat@gmail.com> wrote:

Excuse me, as it is Friday and I must rant

On Fri, Oct 8, 2010 at 10:20 AM, eloehfelm
wrote:
> Job title: HTML 5 Design and Development Rock Stars Wanted!
> Date posted: October 8, 2010 - 9:05am Location: San Francisco, CA United States
> Employer:  Universal Mind From a recruiter:

I am not a rock star. Rock stars are temperamental and moody. Rock
stars demand that things be Just So and force you to adhere to their
demands and their schedules.

Me? I'm the guy you go to in order to get stuff done. I'm the guy
who overcomes the challenges created by temperamental, stubborn rock
stars. I'm the guy who works the hours to make the show a success.
I'm the guy who gets his hands dirty, who wears a vest with 40 pockets
to carry all the tools I have and I'm the guy who knows which pocket
to dip into to get just the right tool to solve this problem right
here, right now. I'm the guy who makes sure every connection is where
it should be, every important bolt is tightened down, and every piece
of necessary equipment is in just the right case to make sure it
arrives safe and undamaged where you need it to be.

Me? I'm the roadie.

Where are the job ads for people like me? Am I just fantasizing when
I think that employers would rather have folk around who focus on
getting things done - getting product out the door - rather than
focusing on their own egos?

Here endeth the rant. I don't have time to rant too much; I have
problems to solve and product to ship.

--Alan

(
9 Oct 2010 - 12:05pm
Adrian Howard
2005

On 9 Oct 2010, at 00:21, craigmaxey wrote:

> I should have said, "Nicely said, DrWex". > The following post does a good job of describing my reaction to "rock star": > http://advice.cio.com/esther_schindler/rockstar [1] [snip]

Esther's peace also reminded me of this thread on Hacker News.

http://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=1757059

Cheers,

Adrian

http://quietstars.com adrianh@quietstars.com twitter.com/adrianh
t. +44 (0)7752 419080 skype adrianjohnhoward del.icio.us/adrianh

>

24 Oct 2010 - 5:17pm
Santiago Bustelo
2010

Alan, I deeply enjoyed your post.

Now it just dawn on me.

The rockstar is the client. The product we design, is the album that must make its place on the top 40. We are the producers, the ghost songwriters, the sessionists, the set designers, the wardrobe artists, the make-up artists and the hairdressers. And the roadies.

So I guess developers would be... luthiers, arrangers, sound engineers, and best boys?

Santiago Bustelo
IxDA Buenos Aires

 

On Fri, Oct 8, 2010 at 8:35 AM, DrWex <awexelblat@gmail.com> wrote:

> I am not a rock star. Rock stars are temperamental and moody (...)

> I'm the guy you go to in order to get stuff done. I'm the guy who overcomes the challenges (...) I'm the guy who makes sure every connection is where it should be, every important bolt is tightened down, and every piece of necessary equipment is in just the right case to make sure it arrives safe and undamaged where you need it to be.

> Me? I'm the roadie.

24 Oct 2010 - 6:05pm
jason zietz
2007

Alarmingly, I'm starting to see 'Stud' instead of 'Rock Star' lately.  Eeep.


On Sun, Oct 24, 2010 at 5:28 PM, Santiago Bustelo <santiago2@bustelo.com.ar> wrote:

Alan, I deeply enjoyed your post.

Now it just dawn on me.

The rockstar is the client. The product we design, is the album that must make its place on the top 40. We are the producers, the ghost songwriters, the sessionists, the set designers, the wardrobe artists, the make-up artists and the hairdressers. And the roadies.

So I guess developers would be... luthiers, arrangers, sound engineers, and best boys?

Santiago Bustelo
IxDA Buenos Aires

 

On Fri, Oct 8, 2010 at 8:35 AM, DrWex <awexelblat@gmail.com [1]> wrote:

> I am not a rock star. Rock stars are temperamental and moody (...)

> I'm the guy you go to in order to get stuff done. I'm the guy
who overcomes the challenges (...) I'm the guy who makes sure every connection is where
it should be, every important bolt is tightened down, and every piece
of necessary equipment is in just the right case to make sure it
arrives safe and undamaged where you need it to be.

> Me? I'm the roadie.

((
24 Oct 2010 - 8:05pm
mcaskey
2008

Which is more Sr.. Ninja, Samurai, Ronin, or Monk?

I'm thinking I'll start using "Monk" in place of "Sr." in my job posts from now on... Hmmm... maybe priest, since we already have our evangelists.

That fumbled... anyone know some great Monk Designers and Developers looking for stuff to meditate on right now?

On Oct 24, 2010, at 6:18 PM, jason zietz wrote:

> Alarmingly, I'm starting to see 'Stud' instead of 'Rock Star' lately. Eeep. > > On Sun, Oct 24, 2010 at 5:28 PM, Santiago Bustelo wrote: > >> Alan, I deeply enjoyed your post. >> >> Now it just dawn on me. >> >> The rockstar is the client. The product we design, is the album that must make its place on the top 40. We are the producers, the ghost songwriters, the sessionists, the set designers, the wardrobe artists, the make-up artists and the hairdressers. And the roadies. >> >> So I guess developers would be... luthiers, arrangers, sound engineers, and best boys? >> >> Santiago Bustelo >> IxDA Buenos Aires >> >>
>> >> On Fri, Oct 8, 2010 at 8:35 AM, DrWex wrote: >> >> > I am not a rock star. Rock stars are temperamental and moody (...) >> >> > I'm the guy you go to in order to get stuff done. I'm the guy >> who overcomes the challenges (...) I'm the guy who makes sure every connection is where >> it should be, every important bolt is tightened down, and every piece >> of necessary equipment is in just the right case to make sure it >> arrives safe and undamaged where you need it to be. >> >> > Me? I'm the roadie. >> >> (( >> >

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