Christopher just sent me this Webmaster Job Opening for National Review Online.
If only it weren’t in New York City. This is the first web design job I’ve seen in a while that isn’t requiring numerous skills I don’t have. After spending much of 2004 job-hunting, I’d love to have a good webmaster job again. And to work for NRO would be a dream. After all, it’s their Corner that inspired me to do a communal geeknews blog.
But…it’s in NYC. I once did a cost-of-living comparison for NYC when I had an offer of a $100K a year job…and found that it’s comparable to having a $40K job in Minneapolis! Yeesh. More to the point, it’s just someplace I never want to live, and that was true even before we all realized that it’s the world’s biggest target.
One of the threads on Fuzzball forum is about the states threatening to secede after this last election. It’s crazytalk, obviously. But part of me wishes it would happen. Because if California and NYC went independent or merged with Canada, then some companies would relocate to middle America where I could work for them.
Frankly, in this digital age I don’t know why anyone has to live in New York City. I mean, I realize that’s where the work is in many industries, but more and more we’re reaching the point where the things they do can be done anywhere.
In the days after the World Trade Center fell, there were descriptions of the types of business that went on there and I couldn’t figure out why you need to be three miles off the ground, paying astronomical rent, to talk on the phone and work on a computer all day long. You could do that in Des Moines, or Oconomowoc, for a relative song and the terrorists couldn’t even find you.
Could someone at DC or Marvel explain why they need to be based in New York to make comic books?
New York. Bah!