Aaron Crocco
3 min readMay 16, 2023

Pardon the interruption to my stability

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This is one of the hardest editions of TimeMachiner I’ve had to write. I’ll cut to the chase instead of going on and on. Late last week I was affected by downsizing at my company. Now I find myself unemployed, like many in the tech industry right now. Frankly, it’s a bloodbath out there. And it’s scary.

I went from a stable job performing QA work I enjoyed to now having to figure out navigating incredibly tough waters. Companies ghost candidates at a moment’s notice. Promising leads go cold. At a certain point, your entire network knows you’re looking and there’s no one else to ask about openings. Each day that ticks by brings another bill that is due because job or not, the bank needs its mortgage payment and my fridge needs food.

If you know of open QA roles wherever you work, please let me know. I have 10 years of experience (this is my LinkedIn) and would be happy to talk.

My brain is processing it as a loss and is going through “The Steps” because I was certainly shocked and I’m in the tail-end of the Angry stage. Of course, there’s sadness too. The sense of loss is real because I love working remotely but now my physical space hasn’t changed while my entire mental space has shifted. It can be lonely if I’m being honest.

So, writing TimeMachiner is my 2nd full-time job now. My first is to find another job. However, this does mean I have more time to dedicate to this newsletter and to continue bringing you worthwhile curated stories you enjoy reading. My hope is to find a rhythm that allows me to write more with the expanded free time I now have. That in turn should result in more content for you to read.

If you do want to help me out in some way, this would be a really good time to consider a TimeMachiner membership. I know things are tight for many. You, dear reader, may be in a similar situation as me. I get it. I really do. If membership is not for you, leaving me a tip(AKA “buying me a coffee”) is a one-time way to help.

I am brainstorming bonus perks for members and likely will offer a few pieces of brand-new fiction. To start, I have a wonderfully-produced audiobook of my short story Chrono Virus. That will likely be the first bonus I offer to members.



Aaron Crocco

I curate the internet and send it to hundreds of people in my newsletter each week. Yes, that is my DeLorean. #BTTF, Sliders, Whovian, . Powered by coffee ☕