Have you ever seen a honey badger?
More to the point: Have you ever seen a video of a honey badger on YouTube?
If you’ve got the traits of a honey badger, you’re probably a shoe-in for a high-paying job at clean-tech company Tendril Networks Inc. in Boulder.
Honey badgers are tenacious, they’re smart, and they’re good at killing snakes, as far as we can tell.
The company is desperately seeking – no, not honey badgers – but software engineers. (We nonengineering types would love to know more about the mystique of the wolverinelike creatures and those viral videos sent around by the “in-crowd” software folks and their connection with software engineers. But we digress.)
Tendril has signs on RTD buses that read Looking for Honey Badgers, Hiring Top Software Engineers; signs shrink-wrapped onto the RTD light-rail cars in downtown Denver that read Hiring Software Engineers, and it sponsors National Public Radio morning and afternoon drive-time shows in the metro area.
The company has added about 10 full-time employees per month since the beginning of the year. Tendril plans to keep up the pace through 2012 to get enough people to help it create “smart-grid” software for customers such as Origin Energy, a power company in Australia with a customer base of 4.6 million homes.
Huge billboards could be next on the recruiting front, according to a company marketing person.
Maybe your tastes run less toward animals and software and more toward creating a costume to make your alter ego into being a stoplight for Halloween.
Check out the picture at: http://www.sparkfun.com/news/710.)
SparkFun Electronics Inc. has kits to help you and all of your closest friends light yourselves up for the ghoulish holiday, or for any holiday for that matter.
Wearable electronics are hot, according to the Boulder company. SparkFun has grown quickly in recent years by offering up electronics projects popular with hobbyists, among others.
Conductive thread could turn any piece of your favorite clothing into part of an outdoor stereo system, a piece of safety equipment, or any other electronic gadget you could imagine.
The company’s new “e-textile guru” Dia Campbell is ready to help. She’ll be putting on an all-day Halloween LilyPad Costume Class on Saturday, Oct. 15, to help with costume questions. The LilyPad electronics board can help create garments that flash, buzz, start doing something with help from a sensor, and other cool stuff. Customers can come back on Saturday, Oct. 22, to showcase their designs. To sign up, go to the page we mentioned previously: http://www.sparkfun.com/news/710.
Just imagine the possibilities. Maybe you’ll be a brilliant, audio-visual-enabled Christmas tree!
Will Ted Turner dress up for Halloween in Boulder?
The media mogul came to Boulder to open the new Ted’s Montana Grill at 1701 Pearl St. in October 2010, which is run by his son Beau.
Now he’s coming back – this time to help prairie dogs.
Turner is being named the Prairie Dog Protector of the Year by the Prairie Dog Coalition in Boulder. The program of the Humane Society of the United States will hold its seventh annual Living on Borrowed Time gala on Friday, Oct. 28, at the St. Julien ballroom.
Tickets are $100 in advance when bought at www.prairiedogcoalition.org, or $150 at the door. The money raised will go directly to improve prairie dog management plans and field projects, according to the group.
Attendees will feast on a four-course gourmet vegetarian dinner and enjoy organic wines.
In addition to bison, Turner’s ranches have more than 11,000 acres of habitat that’s home to more than 150,000 prairie dogs, according to the group.
Turner also is known locally for donating buffaloes that are used as Ralphie, CU’s mascot that runs on Folsom Field before football games.
Need we say more?