What is this site?
Haggis Hell is a personal site that belongs to Robert Kiraly, also known as OldCoder, a professional software developer since 1978.
Technical note: Some readers are aware that OldCoder graduated U.C. Berkeley in 1981. The 1978 date is consistent because he started formal software work 2.5 years before graduation.
Most of the original content on the sites is distributed under CC BY-NC-SA 4.0 or other open licenses. The sites will eventually be available in the form of multi-GB tarballs.
Ideally, the content will outlive the primary author-editor and will prove to be useful to others.
Bulk copying of the sites one file at a time is discouraged and may result in IP-level blocks. Those who'd like everything at once are advised to contact the site administrator.
211006. Grace Kiraly Birthday.
Grace Kiraly of Solvang, CA is, or was, a odd case of a Fundie who strapped on a dildo made of self-delusion, raped Jesus Christ, and was pleased to imagine the praise that He offered to her in return for her selfless act.
There's little nostalgia on this side for the woman in question. Still, I'd hoped to arrange for a positive and productive 88th birthday present.
Grace was born on October 01, 1933, 88 years and 5 days ago as this
is written. So, if she's still alive, she's older than f*ck by
usual standards. The occasion should have been remarked.
I was distracted, though, because Jake aka Poikilos, a Baptist minister type on the U.S. East Coast, experienced a PTSD after-shock last week.
The issue was that Jake's parents were similar to mine. It takes something out of you when you're forced to deal with shamblers of that type.
I spent Grace Kiraly's birthday last Friday helping Poikilos to write a public letter related to his family. The last page of the letter is relevant enough to be useful to Grace. This assumes that that she's learned how to reflect, a point that is doubtful at best.
If you're located near Solvang, CA, therefore, you're invited to help to get a copy to the whore in question before she goes to the undiscovered country.
If she's already down there, singing hymns and pleasuring her new Master, no harm done and the world is better off.
I'll feel bereaved, of course, at the loss of possibilities. But I'll have Grace's husband Jim Kiraly and other family members to comfort me.
To view or download the document, click on the link below:
For the rest of Jake's story — one of my books in progress — you can visit the following link. We're pleased with how the book is coming along:
For right now, though, the goal is that Grace Kiraly ought to read the last page of the October 01, 2021 PDF. Are you able to help? If you're like to do so on a paid or unpaid basis, feel free to email this site at:
grace at oldcoder dot org
Grace's putative (putative is long for puta in this case) contact and other relevant information is as follows:
Name: Grace Violet Kiraly
DOB: October 01, 1933 | U.S. Social Security Number: 556-40-1879
Father's Surname: Kmeta | Mother's Maiden Name: Kerechanko
Last known street address: 636 Atterdag Road, Solvang, CA 93463. Unit number varies.
Phone: Grace has rarely, if ever, been permitted to have a phone or phone number of her own. (805) 556-0301 definitely used to be a landline at a previous residence. (805) 595-2890 may or may not have been one. These two numbers may or may not be valid presently.
There's a bit more.
I spent much of the past year in the State of Washington. I got to meet Quadcore IRL there and even Six Years of Dreams at the end.
Quadcore's parents — actually, his biological father and step-mother — are Fundies. So, they rejected him when he came out as “bi” at the end of High School. In fact, they threw him out of the house.
Quadcore is age 24 now and that family has unexpectedly become close again. I visited them for Christmas 2020. Quadcore's father, about a decade younger than me, gave him and his lover Calvin sex toys for gifts.
It's a modern world.
There will be no humorous outcome in the context of Jim “wife-beater” Kiraly or the victim that he could never live without; Grace Kiraly, who chose what she chose and gloried in it.
I could have visited my nephew James Kiraly, Tom's son, in Seattle, assuming that he was still there. I elected not to do so but perhaps next time.
But the short-term question is, where should I go now for legitimate and reasonable purposes that are consistent with and in some cases protected under U.S. Laws?
I should have tried Santa Barbara years ago as Grace used to urge me to do. And Solvang is certainly a nice town and area. But it may or may not be worth the effort to set up there now. We'll see.
I had a potential job offer in Winter 2021 that would have dictated Texas. Kappelin introduced me to an IBM program manager and we hit it off. He was old-ish and didn't mind the fact that I was old.
That job was going to be with IBM. It might have meant that my beloved brother Tom Kiraly of Hanger, Inc. and I would have had opportunities to become reacquainted.
However, IBM's pipes froze along with everybody else's at the end of Winter. Everything shut down for weeks and the proposed project was canceled. C'est la vie.
Austin, Texas, a city whose modern nature belies its Fundie and Donald Trump surroundings, remains a legitimate and reasonable option in the medium term.
I can say this much about the future. While I'm still in the temporal world, I'll do what's possible. And I'll make a positive promise right here to Jim Kiraly and Grace Kiraly:
I swear on Ivan's grave that I'll do what I can to make a productive difference to the world in the context of Christians. Especially Fundies. Jim and Grace inspire this vow.
The scope of the vow includes, certainly, family members who will feel bereaved subsequent to Jim's and Grace's departure. I'll contribute as positively as possible to the life of each person.
Jim Kiraly and Grace Kiraly and what they stand for won't be forgotten.
200410. Easter 2020.
Sherrill was a neighbor of Grace Kiraly's 50 years ago. Laurie, one of her daughters, is now a woman in her 40s who I remember as a toddler. I'm old.
This post shares a 57-page story that went to Laurie in Spring 2020:
Laurie told me, “I'm no Erin Brockovich” but she found the legal details intriguing regardless.
200320. Michael Bonetto of Hoge Fenton has moved to his own site:
A mirror is available as a subdirectory of this larger site.
Haggis Hell asserts the right under Fair Use to use the photo below of Michael Bonetto here and elsewhere.
200320. Maggie Desmond has moved to her own site:
Click on the link preceding and confusion about Maggie Desmond will soon be receding :P
A mirror is available as a subdirectory of this larger site.
As a related point, updated pages will be online in the medium term for Michael Bonetto, John Perrott, Karl Chandler, Tom Kiraly, and others.
Haggis Hell asserts the right under Fair Use to use the photo below of Maggie Desmond here and elsewhere.
200320. Geolocation tools have moved.
The geolocation tools have moved to:
200229. Happy Leap Year.
<Grinch> O/ I'm stealing Christmas. Watch out and lock your children inside. ~ sing sing a song let's ring ring along ~
<Loome> reading beneath the lines, I see your inner confict
<Loome> You recognize your evil ways, but give out warnings lest you lose control of yourself and harm us all. You're a tender soul, Mr. Grinch.
<OldCoder> For Mr. Grinch, ethics are a cinch
<OldCoder> He's a practical type
<OldCoder> Mr. Grinch needn't give an inch
<OldCoder> Holidays are marketing hype
<OldCoder> Holidays from Holy Days are derived
<OldCoder> It's nonsense. I trust that you've all survived.
<OldCoder> Grinch, Phenek, Metacognician, and Loome
<OldCoder> Let not Holidays be emotional doom
<Grinch> for doom there is always room
<OldCoder> Merry Solstice!
I don't think Loome and the others have understood, over the years, how much this sort of thing has meant to me.
This post is old but will remain on the front page for the time being.
140313. Jeff Jenkins posted these questions and others recently at Ask Hacker News:
What happens to older developers? Is there a plateau in pay? Is there a drop in pay switching jobs after a certain number of years? Is becoming a specialist rather than a generalist the answer?
To read the original post, click here. Note: The link was valid as of March 2014. However, it may have broken since then.
This is my response:
Developers who go on long enough are expected to obtain high-level titles by their 50s or to retire at about that time.
I'd like to discuss an issue that you might not have thought about: What's going to happen if you lose your job?
Employment in the 50s can be problematic. If somebody is skilled and employed, and has a high-level title or is a specialist or has useful connections, they should be able to obtain a new position.
Otherwise, they might go from well-off to homeless. It happens. I'm 55, my resume is pretty good, and I was worth $1M a decade ago. I'm a transient now. I've got some medical issues, no medical care, and no dentists. Potential jobs are largely unskilled physical labor, which I'm not able to do.
I'm taking a shot at tutoring. However, I don't expect that to provide more than gas money. The head of an admin assistant firm said that I can't be a secretary unless I already am one.
Two people considered sending me to care for elderly relatives, but we didn't proceed. My title at one of those positions was going to be “poop scooper”.
Don't let this happen to you. For what it's worth, here's my advice:
1. Don't fall off of the employment ladder.
2. Become a specialist. Try to remain broad enough, though, that you don't become obsolete.
3. Build a network of people. Make it a large one.
4. Diversify your investments.
5. While you're employed, don't let medical issues, even minor ones, go untreated for long. If you lose your job and your assets, you'll lose medical care too and the issues may become serious.
6. Be kind to people. But don't be a fool. Most people that you help are not going to return the favor.
Regarding specialists, I did recruiting for a while in 2011 and I can confirm that the filters are weighted against generalists.
I've spent about 35 years myself as a generalist. My jobs called for it. The place where I spent most of my career took any project that came along, code of any type. At a dot-com that followed, after the money ran out, I handled all of the technical roles; IT, websites, development, support, documentation, etc. I was able to do a bit of everything.
Later on, none of this made a difference. There are few job listings that say “a bit of everything”.
After the dot-com shut down, 2003, I made $1M in the stock market. Lost most of it afterwards and reentered the job market. Learned that middle-age generalists were not in high demand.
In my case, there were other factors that won't apply to you. It's a story for another time. But if you're a generalist who falls off of the ladder in middle age, you can expect things like this:
“With a resume like that, why isn't he a CTO? Why doesn't he even have a job?”
You'll be asked questions about algorithms that you haven't thought about for 30 years. Or you'll go through coding tests under adverse conditions that don't allow you to show what you can do.
Plan ahead. Understand that the best-laid schemes of mice and men often go awry.
My own resume is located at:
These are my links. Yes, the technical site needs Twitter Bootstrap :P
Regards, Robert (the Old Coder)