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Blog post (by someone else though I'm also a member) on Toptal's blog, about Process-oriented Programming in Elixir and OTP: https://www.toptal.com/elixir/process-oriented-programming-elixir-and-otp

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    T his seems not very far off the mark from how closely the vast majority of the "recruiters" I've dealt with read (or at least understand) a resume: http://www.smbc-comics.com/comic/resume

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Not too far off the mark from how closely most "recruiters" read (or at least understand) your resume: http://www.smbc-comics.com/comic/resume

In another freelancing group, I mentioned that a client had once thanked me for having late-fees in my contract. There was amazed curiosity, so I'm sharing the story. Enjoy.

Once upon a time, I was a subcontractor to someone, let's call them XYZ, via a prime contractor, let's call them Someguy Corporation. Someguy had a lazy incompetent subcontract administrator (her name wasn't Lisa but let's call her that for the backronym). For months on end, Lisa paid me late, sometimes just overnight, sometimes over three weeks.

Fortunately, I had a late-fee clause in the contract. Normally they just use their own stock subcontracting contract, which of course has no such clause. But I always try not to work without one (having been burned by a mofo who has owed me almost $10k for five years). So, I had stuck it into their contract (the rest of which was OK), and they had signed it.

I racked up about $2,000 worth of late fees charged, and almost $900 of it paid by then, when Someguy submitted their invoice to XYZ -- including my late fees. Luckily, they were broken out and labeled as such! (Or at least I ass-u-me that's what happened, as XYZ somehow knew that a non-trivial chunk of it was for late fees.) XYZ objected in no uncertain terms -- those late-fees were purely Someguy's fault, and XYZ was absolutely not going to pay them!

Soon, Lisa was gone. She was quickly replaced with another, who was much more responsive, accurate, and punctual! She always paid me at least a full week before the due date, as much as ten (calendar) days.

Recently, I met the person in charge of the project, at XYZ's end. He literally thanked me for having late-fees in my contract! Apparently, XYZ had been having trouble with Lisa too, and was also pleased with her replacement.

And we all lived happily ever after. The End. :-)

In another consulting group, I mentioned that a client had once thanked me for having late-fees in my contract. There was amazed curiosity, so I'm sharing the story. Enjoy.

Once upon a time, I was a subcontractor to someone, let's call them XYZ, via a prime contractor, let's call them Someguy Corporation. Someguy had a lazy incompetent subcontract administrator (her name wasn't Lisa but let's call her that for the backronym). For months on end, Lisa paid me late, sometimes just overnight, sometimes over three weeks.

Fortunately, I had a late-fee clause in the contract. Normally they just use their own stock subcontracting contract, which of course has no such clause. But I always try not to work without one (having been burned by a mofo who has owed me almost $10k for five years). So, I had stuck it into their contract (the rest of which was OK), and they had signed it.

I racked up about $2,000 worth of late fees charged, and almost $900 of it paid by then, when Someguy submitted their invoice to XYZ -- including my late fees. Luckily, they were broken out and labeled as such! (Or at least I ass-u-me that's what happened, as XYZ somehow knew that a non-trivial chunk of it was for late fees.) XYZ objected in no uncertain terms -- those late-fees were purely Someguy's fault, and XYZ was absolutely not going to pay them!

Soon, Lisa was gone. She was quickly replaced with another, who was much more responsive, accurate, and punctual! She always paid me at least a full week before the due date, as much as ten (calendar) days.

Recently, I met the person in charge of the project, at XYZ's end. He literally thanked me for having late-fees in my contract! Apparently, XYZ had been having trouble with Lisa too, and was also pleased with her replacement.

And we all lived happily ever after. The End. :-)

In another consulting group, I mentioned that a client had once thanked me for having late-fees in my contract. There was amazed curiosity, so I'm sharing the story. Enjoy.

Once upon a time, I was a subcontractor to someone, let's call them XYZ, via a prime contractor, let's call them Someguy Corporation. Someguy had a lazy incompetent subcontract administrator (her name wasn't Lisa but let's call her that for the backronym). For months on end, Lisa paid me late, sometimes just overnight, sometimes over three weeks.

Fortunately, I had a late-fee clause in the contract. Normally they just use their own stock subcontracting contract, which of course has no such clause. But I always try not to work without one (having been burned by a mofo who has owed me almost $10k for five years). So, I had stuck it into their contract (the rest of which was OK), and they had signed it.

I racked up about $2,000 worth of late fees charged, and almost $900 of it paid by then, when Someguy submitted their invoice to XYZ -- including my late fees. Luckily, they were broken out and labeled as such! (Or at least I ass-u-me that's what happened, as XYZ somehow knew that a non-trivial chunk of it was for late fees.) XYZ objected in no uncertain terms -- those late-fees were purely Someguy's fault, and XYZ was absolutely not going to pay them!

Soon, Lisa was gone. She was quickly replaced with another, who was much more responsive, accurate, and punctual! She always paid me at least a full week before the due date, as much as ten (calendar) days.

Recently, I met the person in charge of the project, at XYZ's end. He literally thanked me for having late-fees in my contract! Apparently, XYZ had been having trouble with Lisa too, and was also pleased with her replacement.

And we all lived happily ever after. The End. :-)

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Consultants, contractors freelancers, and other independent workers: Learn how to plan now to make next tax season less painful, at May’s joint meeting of the "DC Computer Consultants" and "Independent Consultants of NoVa, DC, and MD" Meetups, Tuesday May 23, 7-9 PM, in Tysons Corner VA. Further details at https://www.meetup.com/DC-Computer-Consultants/events/239611321/ - please spread the word!

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Consultants, contractors freelancers, and other independent workers: Learn how to plan now to make next tax season less painful, at May’s joint meeting of the "DC Computer Consultants" and "Independent Consultants of NoVa, DC, and MD" Meetups, Tuesday May 23, 7-9 PM, in Tysons Corner VA. Further details at https://www.meetup.com/DC-Computer-Consultants/events/239611321/ - please spread the word!

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Consultants, contractors freelancers, and other independent workers: Learn how to plan now to make next tax season less painful, at May’s joint meeting of the "DC Computer Consultants" and "Independent Consultants of NoVa, DC, and MD" Meetups, Tuesday May 23, 7-9 PM, in Tysons Corner VA. Further details at https://www.meetup.com/DC-Computer-Consultants/events/239611321/ - please spread the word!

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Consultants, contractors freelancers, and other independent workers: Learn how to plan now to make next tax season less painful, at May’s joint meeting of the "DC Computer Consultants" and "Independent Consultants of NoVa, DC, and MD" Meetups, Tuesday May 23, 7-9 PM, in Tysons Corner VA. Further details at https://www.meetup.com/DC-Computer-Consultants/events/239611321/ - please spread the word!
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