The greater portion of this post is going to be ranting and railing against the world. Some of it might be amusing, some of it might be disturbing, but hopefully none of it will be boring!
Warnings and caveats out of the way, shall we proceed?
First: my last contract ended April 30th. and I've been unable to find another one thus far. I get told that either (a) a Bachelors is mandatory even if I've shipped a dozen commercial products or (b) that I'm "overqualified".
No Bachelors when I have 35 years of experience and I learn a new technology for each new job? Come on, this just means you want some cheap fresh-out you can pay nothing and work to death. Good luck shipping reliable bug-free products with a newbie! Wait.. that explains why modern software ships with showstoppers.
And "overqualified" means "too old". Stop lying, I know bullshit when I smell it.And I call bullshit on this kind of statement.
This kind of thing has pushed me to the edge of my patience. I could easily teach a masters-level class in multi-threaded real-time software development in constrained-resource systems, sheesh! Why do I need a piece of paper when I have products out on the shelves RIGHT NOW?
Idiots. I'm surrounded by idiots.
Given these circumstances, I'm left with few viable alternatives. A missing foot and diabetes isn't enough to get disability. I have 10 years left before I can retire. 90% of the jobs in Austin are either networking, Web, or test with a minimum 4 years of test experience (no entry level jobs? Where does that 4 years come from, this is AFTER the degree). Full-time embedded jobs are sparse and mostly in places with no mass transit (there's that darn amputated foot issue again).
The final fallback is to sell the laptop, go out on one last mega-blowout party, then burn the local IRS office to the ground. I'll get out when I'm 67, which is retirement age, and I can find nice romm to rent where I can write for the last few years of my life.
But I'm not *quite* out f ideas yet!
So today, I throw aside everything but game development and writing, bail music creation, and focus on learning WebGL and mobile/Web-based games. This has two beneficial effects: one, I learn new skills that will get me work even if the business fails; and two, it ould possibly lead to the development of money-making mobile entertainment apps!
So now I'm off to find part-time job of any kind and spending all the rest of my time writing novels or games. Simple as that. It's my one last shot before I Plan B it.
Whee, here we go!