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167 points by rbxbx on Sept 22, 2010 | hide | past | web | favorite | 29 comments

I don't mind a little whimsy, but this is the top story?!? People saw it at positions 2-30 and thought, this needs more upvotes and attention?!?

There are a nearly-infinite number of similarly fanciful digressions on the web; they have their place. But this is barely more than the 'cute animal pictures' explicitly discouraged in the HN guidelines.

People don't think about, "Let's make this number one" when up-voting. They think, "Do I like it?" (Or did it help me.)

This has everything it needs to be liked. Does it deserve it? Probably not. Does it have to? I guess every programmer needs a few laughs in a day.

Meh. Better than the personal attacks, rants, gossip and dick waving that I'm used to seeing.

I was hoping I would get a "bing!" sound when I pressed J. Sad panda.

Maybe yes, maybe no. It's his fun version of the CV which is really innovative and creative though.

I especially like the "not so boring" Atari 2600 game manual-themed CV. Pitfall 2, Asteroids, Outlaw, and Berzerk screenshots. That takes me back.

Missing a closing title tag no? You think that's on purpose?

This reminded me of _why's style! :) For a moment I even thought it is really him.

Considering the way he has guarded his identity (if only he wore masks at conferences) and his zany attitude combined with his sudden disappearance with not so much as a tweet, I tend to suspect anyone with such art as _why

I have a theory on why his site is not complete yet. :-)

Why is this on hacker news?

It's interesting marketing, also I like the mockery of future proofing and his "Ship it!" type attitude (despite his lack of shipping)


I wouldn't call it inappropriate. I don't know that it "gratifies one's intellectual curiosity," though.

I found your headline off putting, mostly because it reminded me of something I'd see on reddit now days (hyperbolic "best" and "ever"). You seem to have your reasons for sharing, and I would have liked to have seen at least some of those in the headline. I think a better headline would have made the submission more interesting and relevant to the HN audience.

I'm fine with the title being altered [mod?] if the community feels it link baity. To be honest I probably should have thought a bit more before pressing submit, just went with my heart at the moment.

This is a good example of what copywriting does in the web. The interesting part is that even though the first page says that the site is temporary, in actual fact it's not. It is a complete portfolio. It has everything a CCO needs to know about a hire. It illustrates the author's personality, and as it happens illustrates how commentors here don't get sense appeals. The comment quality and popularity of this submission is so disjointed.

If I am to write a title for this HN submission it'd be:

A CV of a text designer.

I wouldn't say it's marketing, it's just a fun placeholder with some wit.

It made me click all the way through (I laughed at several points) and impelled me to click on his CV. It is fair to say it was marketing that achieved its purpose.

Well that's fair enough, it might be the way I browse pages but I didn't notice the CV link which is probably why I think it's just a placeholder :)

everything is marketing :)

Because everyone who has sacrificed a chunk of their life to chase a dream has secretly thought these thoughts.

Because people voted it up! Pretty cool site if you ask me.

It took far too long to load, poor ux.

It's 5.5 MB worth of small images. The author has used PNGs while he should have used JPGs, compressed them badly and coded it so that they all loaded at once. Poor user experience is often result of poor engineering practices.

edit: also, the CV page won't load in my browser because of the broken markup. Not the best way to attract employers, if you asked me.

There are almost as many issues as there are lines of markup.


If his prospective employers were looking for coding skill, I'd agree - but he's not a coder.

To be honest, I didn't bother to check. The broken CV page successfully repelled me.

Specifically, it fails the very simplest thing in web UX, making the mouse cursor change to the "hand" pointer to indicate that it's clickable.

It's a cute little story, though. I'll give him that much.

It was clever at first but they definitely got carried away.

Hi Matt Shepperd, did you get any job offers today? :) Nice website btw

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