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Do you dream in HTML? (Yes, we do, too.)
Do you dream in HTML? (Yes, we do, too.)

Are you our next Web developer? is growing, and that means we've created a new position that needs to be filled. Call it programmer or Web developer, but this an especially exciting job, because it means you're an instrumental part in building the ever-evolving software that powers Milwaukee's best (and only) daily online magazine.

The official job description is below, but if you really want to stand out, prove to us that you're an excellent communicator, that you love Milwaukee, and you're coming in with great ideas about how to make our business even better.

Is this you? Let's talk.

Job description:

The Web Developer provides task-level development and support for the development team. Duties include front end (HTML, CSS, and javascript) and back end (Ruby on Rails, perl, PHP, mySQL, linux) development and support. The Web Developer reports to the Senior Programmer and assists the programming team. This is a full-time position.

Key Responsibilities

  • Web development
    • This position is responsible for development and maintenance, including programming, testing and documentation
    • Cross platform browser testing and troubleshooting
    • Continually seek opportunities to increase efficiencies and grow professionally and personally
  • General IT support for staff
  • Communicate effectively with fellow team members

Other Responsibilities

  • Customer contact
  • Provide support for Systems Administrator

Required Skills

  • Great communications skills
  • Experience with programming languages, preferred include: Ruby, Perl, and PHP, as well as relational databases.
  • Experience with front-end development: HTML, CSS and javascript

Preferred Skills

  • Experience with content management systems
  • Experience working with Ruby on Rails or other MVC framework
  • Knowledge of UNIX systems
  • Working knowledge of HTML5 and CSS3
  • Proficiency with social media tools

Salary is commensurate with experience. E-mails only, please.

Three tasty pizzas from SoLo.
Three tasty pizzas from SoLo.

All these years later, wood-fired pizza still delights

In the early days of my business – I'm talking at the start of this millennium – a friend of mine who's since moved to L.A. and I used to get together for lunch every few months. The plan was to talk work, to talk life, and to see how we could help each other out.

Each time, we'd go to the same place, the old Oakland Trattoria. Each time, we'd order the same lunch, the barbecue chicken pizza. For my money, it was the best of its kind in Milwaukee.

Oakland Trat is now SoLo Pizza, but fortunately, many of their recipes remain. And very fortunately, they dropped off three pizzas to the hungry staff of today. I was pretty happy that the barbecue chicken one tastes exactly the same.

The other two pizzas were good, too. Taking nothing away from the Adriatico and traditional pizzas we tried, I'm still partial to my special one.

As is the case with many flavors, it took me back. And it reminded me to figure out when my friend will visit Milwaukee again. We've got some SoLo pizza to eat and catching up to do.

Andy was correct in predicting that Ryan Braun would not serve a 50-game suspension.
Andy was correct in predicting that Ryan Braun would not serve a 50-game suspension. (Photo: David Bernacchi)

Mid-year update on my 2012 predictions

Back in December, I wrote a blog post called "Bold and not-so-bold predictions for 2012."

Almost halfway through the year, I see now that one has come true, two have not, and two are yet to be decided (but I still stand by my predictions).

Here's an update:

Ryan Braun won't serve a 50-game suspension: RIGHT. I got this one almost exactly right, except that none of us know really what happened – although I almost coaxed it out of someone close to the situation.

Scott Walker will survive the recall election: UNDETERMINED. I was right that there will be an election, but we won't know for a few weeks if Walker will still be governor after June 5. I think he'll just very narrowly squeak by, unless the Democrats really get out the vote. We'll see.

The Packers will win the Super Bowl: WRONG. I was very wrong on this one, and I'm still surprised that this 15-1 team got knocked out so early. I can't completely explain it, and I'd rather just forget about it and move on.

The Rock 'N Sole half marathon/10K will go off without a hitch: UNDETERMINED. But it's a good bet that with a new race organizer, this will be a wonderful, water-filled event.

Prince Fielder will sign somewhere for much less than originally expected: WRONG. As winter chugged along, I thought I was on to something, then, bam, the Tigers came along and emptied their coffers on him. While his departure only hurts Brewers fans, at least I can take solace that (for) now, the big guy has hit only five homers. We'll see if he was worth that $214 million 10 years from now.

Will Scott Walker be smiling on June 5?
Will Scott Walker be smiling on June 5?

Is this recall election fair?

By now, you probably know how I feel about the politics of Gov. Scott Walker, but for the purposes of this blog, the decision on who I'll vote for on June 5 doesn't really matter.

What I'm struggling with this week is whether the upcoming recall election is warranted in the first place.

As far as I'm concerned, recall elections were designed to deal with politicians who have committed acts of gross malfeasance. People like former Sheboygan Mayor Jim Ryan, who was apparently in a constant state of breaking the law, come to mind. He was tossed out office, and rightfully so.

But while some are alleging shady business on behalf of the governor, the reason most people want to recall Walker is because they don't like how he's governed in the last year and a half.

Well, they should've tried harder to keep him from getting elected in the first place.

It's true that Walker didn't really campaign on the premise that he'd make such partisan, divisive pro-Tea Party decisions right out of the gate. Compromise was never in his vocabulary, but it wasn't part of his game plan as County Executive, either.

Walker didn't exactly hide his motives, mind you. Had more people – union workers of all stripes, specifically – paid attention in the general election, Walker may not be sitting in Madison right now.

Really, had more than half of Wisconsin's voting age citizens turned out, the results could be different, too.

It's not unfair to say that Wisconsin's Democrats and independent moderates are now paying for their apathy.

That, of course, extends to Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett, who never seemed like he really wanted to be governor. That still seems to be the case. If he's trying to win, he's certainly not acting like it. Presumably talked into running by President Obama, he's the least aggressive candidate I've seen in a long time. I think he just likes being mayor, although I think he'd be a fine, moderate governor if elected.

But does Walker deserve to be recalled? If th…