Developer, Farmhand, and Other Jobs I’ve Had

Library Book Cataloger at a university library, September 2006-May 2007:

I spent about 10 hours a week my freshman year cataloging newly acquired books in a cubicled, fluorescent-lit, linoleum-tiled 70s-era wing of the otherwise breathtakingly gorgeous main library. I would grab books from a big pile, scan them in, classify them, and then place them in new piles; I have no idea what happened to the books before or after my work. The highlight of my year was the week I had to catalog an enormous collection of smutty chapbooks about transvestites. On my last day, the two full-time employees in the next cubicle admitted that they’d admired my outfits all year and wish they’d said something sooner. I felt ready for a more dynamic, involved job. Programming Intern at a small tech company, June-July 2007:

I failed to get an exciting computer science internship at Microsoft for the summer, so back I went to Oklahoma, my home state. Fortunately, the tech consulting firm of a family friend hired me as a part-time paid intern, and for two confusing months I walked to the office park about mile from my childhood home and pretended that I knew something about programming in C#, a weird, Microsoft-y variant of the C++ programming language. It was my first experience with client work, and my first experience in reading New York Times articles while I was supposed to be on the clock.

Undergraduate computer repair tech, September 2007-May 2009:

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Living Without Credit Cards

Why don’t you have a credit card?

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How Are You Spending Thanksgiving, And What Will You Spend?

We rounded up a bunch of our pals from around the Internet and asked them how they’re spending their Thanksgivings.

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Is Fake Leather Ever Worth It?

Do you buy fake leather y/n?

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What Did You Spend on Your Last Wedding Gift?

Yo, internet. What’d you spend on your last wedding gift? Why did you spend that amount of money? What is your wedding gift philosophy?

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What Water Do You Drink, How Do You Drink It?

Where does your water come from?

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Is Sephora a Dream or Our National Nightmare?

I asked many intelligent women and a few men about their experiences at Sephora. There were some strong reactions.

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How Are You Spending Thanksgiving, And What Will You Spend?

How contributors and friends are spending the holiday.

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Hey New Yorkers Who Are My Gchat List Right Now, How Are You Working Today?

How are you working in this Post-Sandy world?

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My Bread Secret

The first in a series of secrets.

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What Kind of Milk?!?!?!

Milk, but what KIND of milk?

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