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<< Mar 12, 2005 @ 15:43 >>

So on Friday I discovered that MPR "spiked" (read: cancelled) the radio documentary that I was producing for the web. The web stuff was turning out great: I had been granted permissions for hundreds of beautiful photos, I had produced several layouts, and I had gathered excellent links and resources. The people who were doing the radio portion of the documentary (it is Minnesota Public Radio after all) decided to axe the whole thing. Since web is secondary, I had no say. My boss man said they didn't know of any other documentaries I could produce in the next two months of my internship, and that they'd have to figure that out. Figure THIS out [giving middle finger].

I've had two other "assistant" / "intern" jobs before, the both of which lasted two years. This MPR one sucks big potatoes. I highly suggest anybody looking for intern experience in the field of web to STAY AWAY FROM MPR. It is like painful regression. Most of your time is spent getting legal permissions, marking up Word docs for the web, or transcribing audio into text. All the time I spent designing: down the toilet. The problem is that boss man is a very good graphic designer and a terrible web master, and he's probably too terrified and intimidated to let anybody else show what they can do cause he'll look bad.

Boss man likes to paste high ASCII characters into his web pages rather than use the equivalent HTML entity. For shame!

Seriously, not only did his predecessor create 200-page web documentaries with statically reproduced templates but boss man also has 100-page documentaries with statically reproduced templates. Coming from the guy who has been updating the footers (the footers that come in so many variations there is no hope for one grep fix-all, the footers that are dropped into such ugly HTML that each case lends itself to new problems) ... these people are boobs. Total boobs. Great graphic artists with no right being a web master anywhere for any reason.

And I'm even starting to find some design mistakes, too. Like sloppy chunky-white-transparency-artefacts where there is no excuse for them.

Two. Week. Notice.

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March 12, 2005 @ 23:03:04

marilyn.pngsith33 (#999)

Did you really give your two week notice?

March 13, 2005 @ 00:17:21

coleco.pngxopl (#001)

I will be when I work next, yes.

March 13, 2005 @ 12:53:57

marilyn.pngsith33 (#999)

You should write your note, then pin it to your boss's eyeball...

March 13, 2005 @ 14:43:37

coleco.pngxopl (#001)

It is the future... shouldn't I make a DVD or something?

March 14, 2005 @ 12:05:29

muffin.pngxz (#1006)


i'd say you should come out here and intern for us (or our web designers, who seem to do excellent work: www.pbs.org/wnet/gperf/shows/tchaikovsky4/multimedia/) but funding is not, shall we say, physically present.

i would be very glad, however, to offer you a position helping me put together a wedding registry page. i pay in pilfered office supplies.

March 14, 2005 @ 14:49:31

coleco.pngxopl (#001)

Wow, that tchaikovsky thing is great.

Congrats on the marriage. If you need help with your registry, I'm your man!

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