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     The history of Disneyland
    Filed under: — David @ 6:27 pm

    I went to Dinseyland last weekend. I enjoyed the 50th anniversary celebrations because I’ve always been interested in the history and evolution of Disneyland, especially as I’ve noticed the rides change over the years.

    I’ve only been there a handful of times, but it’s been enough to notice how things have changed. I remember going on the Adventure Through Inner Space ride before it was replaced by Star Tours. I remember the stage in Tomorrowland where they would show 3D movies at night, which was replaced by Captain E-O, and then Honey I Shrunk the Audience. One visit I went on the Mission to Mars; the next time, they were promising the Alien Encounter… which didn’t last long enough for me to see it. That space was finally taken by the Buzz Lightyear ride, which I think is pretty fun. I wish more rides would e-mail you your picture instead of charging ridiculous amounts for a print. And then, of course, I miss the PeopleMover and the Skyway.

    I had hoped to find a good book about Disneyland’s past. There was one at the park, but it wasn’t as detailed as I’d hoped. Finally I searched around the Internet and found that was a much better resource for what I was looking for. Here are some of my finds:

    • Yesterland - Contains pictures and descriptions of old rides and attractions, as well as current attractions as they used to be.
    •’s Disneyland Timeline - It only goes up through 2000, but it’s a pretty thorough list of changes to the attractions since the beginning.
    • Wikipedia’s List of past Disneyland attractions - For some reason they don’t mention the Alien Encounter, but some of the other rides have detailed pages of their own.

    It seems that Disneyland had more of an educational theme than it does now, especially Tomorrowland. The way technology is moving these days it would be very difficult to keep Tomorrowland “up-to-date”, but I think they should be able to return to the original spirit of it. Rumor has it the PeopleMover is coming back too. I hope so.

     Fantastic opportunity
    Filed under: — David @ 4:56 pm

    I got an e-mail this morning from a recruitment company. I’ve been employed for only 10 moths now, so my resume is still floating around the Internet in various places.

    The first problem with the description of this position was that the location was listed in the e-mail as “Nationwide, US”. I’m not sure what that means. Looking at the listing on their web site, I saw that the location was also listed as Fremont, CA - in addition to still saying “Nationwide, US” on the same page.

    Then there’s the description of the company:

    Our client is a Billion dollar plus global corporation with over 46,000 employees. Working with large global corporations and new generation technology companies, they pioneer not only building new products and services but also help implement prudent business and technology strategies in today’s dynamic digital environment.

    Yes, that’s Billion with a capital B. So the first sentence tells me it’s a big company. The second sentence, on the other hand, is all marketing fluff and tells me nothing.

    Then there are the requirements:

    • Macintosh Operating System/MAC OS X and knowledge of Coco/Cocoa language.
    • Bachelors or Masters in Computer Science with 3 to 5 years of expert knowledge on graphic technologies.
    • Strong analytical skills.
    • Good Communication skills.

    My responses:

    1. It’s called Cocoa, and it’s not a language. If you can’t decide how it’s spelled, and you don’t know what it is, how do you know your potential employee can do it? And if he/she can, why would they apply for a position with this kind of description?
    2. “Knowledge on”?
    3. This appears in practically every job description I see. It seems redundant. What good is a programmer with weak analytical skills?
    4. Yes, that’s Communication with a capital C. This one, I think, is the most ironic.

    To be honest, I feel a little insulted when I get a message like this one. Am I really expected to see marketing fluff, generic requirements, and no apparent understanding of my field as a “fantastic opportunity”? Maybe if I were the type of employee who likes to take advantage of his boss’ ignorance, which I’m not.

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