October 2010

Also Seen at the Bookstore Last Night

by Joey deVilla on October 17, 2010

In addition to Screw Calm and Get Angry, I also saw this at the Book City in Bloor West Village:

Sign on table of books: "It is what you read when you don't have to that determines what you will be when you can't help it"

Nice sentiment, but it scans better when the lines are broken up like this:

It is what you read
when you don’t have to
that determines
what you will be
when you can’t help it


Seen at “Book City” in Bloor West Village

by Joey deVilla on October 16, 2010

Yet another variation on the “Keep Calm and Carry On” meme:

screw calm and get angry

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A Box Full o’ Ugly

by Joey deVilla on October 15, 2010

Seen at Starbucks on Thursday:

box full of ugly

What would go into a Starbucks box whose contents label reads “UGLY” in large black letters? My guess is that it’s the “toffee” that goes into the Toffee Mochas. Those things taste terrible and led to me to quip that “toffee” must be some kind of Seattle slang for “ass”.


The Headhunter Approves

by Joey deVilla on October 13, 2010

this or this

Nick “Ask the Headhunter” Corcodilos wrote this about my recent come-work-for-Microsoft piece, Developer Evangelist. Toronto Area. Now Hiring. Maybe You?:

I still think the best way to find great people to hire is to go where they hang out and talk to them.

But if you’re gonna post something online to tell people about your organization and to get them interested… Joey deVilla over at Microsoft Canada has a good idea.

Just tell people about your business.

This ain’t rocket science. Here’s why deVilla scores major points with me. This is a guy talking about a job he loves doing himself. He’s telling you what gets him up in the morning, about his boss, about the cool gear you’d get to work with, about the team’s philosophy, and much more. The sort of stuff you wouldn’t ordinarily find out til you showed up for an interview.

And that’s the point. deVilla is telling you up front what this gig is really like. Yah, he makes it look great — there’s definitely some selling going on here. But lordy, there’s no selling at all going on in that other document. If deVilla’s posting makes it look like working with his team is a party, that HR word pile up above makes it look like life in a straitjacket!

Thanks, Nick!


Yeah, They’re Like That

by Joey deVilla on October 13, 2010

Robot telling a joke: "Three humans, of three different ethnic groups, walk into a bar. Two make statements that are intelligent and to the point. The third human says something that is to the point, but it is illogical and obviously unintelligent. His error, therefore, embarrasses his entire enthnic group."

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It Might Have Been

by Joey deVilla on October 12, 2010

I saw this hand-made poster taped to a parking meter on College Street near Caplansky’s yesterday and had to take a photo:

i wish i had kissed you

As John Greenleaf Whittier wrote:

For of all sad words of tongue or pen,
The saddest are these: “It might have been!"

All too true. The stuff I really regret – thankfully, there’s very little of that — is what I didn’t do.

Thanks to the ambiguity introduced by the word “just”, the author of the message might be expressing regret that the act had escalated beyond kissing and into serious “viewer discretion is advised” territory, which is probably something you shouldn’t be doing in a friend’s kitchen.


The Spirit of Thanksgiving

by Joey deVilla on October 12, 2010

Yesterday was Canadian Thanksgiving, and in the spirit of the holiday, I present this sign, found courtesy of Certified Bullshit Technician:

Sign in a playground that reads "Attention / Shit could be worse / You're not dead"