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Could someone please explain to me the following line found in a job posting?

"Savants who use pure cognitive horsepower to barely meet deadlines should not apply. Geniuses who graffiti across their to-do lists may apply."

Puzzled,

Me

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No Aspies?
Could be. I have no idea how to interpret what they *do* want, though. (I always hid the fact that I graffiti all over my to-do lists.)
Grandstanding on the part of someone who hasn't the slightest idea what they are doing and wants to hide it from the audience.

Really, I haven't found a single job posting in that one site that works so far. Either they exclude me outright in their requirements (is there ary point in applying to the ones that do that, if the job itself looks like one I'd do well?), or the job itself is weird and scammy, or . . .

Like two identical postings for "parenting article writer," one in the US and one in India, and the job description doesn't reference parenting anywhere and doesn't ask for any knowledge on the subject, but does ask for some vaguely-defined experience in something apparently corporate? What is that?
Which site is this? (This particular job posting has been crossposted to hell and back, which is why it finally tripped my switch.)
I'm only trying Elance these days. Honestly I don't know how to make myself look like a person who can write for a website, though I actually can.

(and here I just clipped out another whine about the kinds of postings I see, but I've already complained a few times)

Why does Elance even feature personal photos of the job seekers for this kind of thing? They're bugging me to upload one.
Oh, Elance. Tons of junk on there, it's true. I've found one or two clients I like through there but it did take work (and none of them were parenting hookups -- one was adult, one was food writing). Seriously, if I were you I'd try pitching Parenting (or is it Parents? Or both?), Babble, and folks like that directly. Some of the regional newspapery things, too, like Parent's Press, Bay Area Parent, maybe?
Well, I just now this minute realized I'm never going to get anywhere with them anyway, because they keep throwing new requirements into the stupid profile. Now to get verified they want me to have a skype account, and thank you, I'm not doing that.

I used to write for some local parenting papers buut I haven't seen any in to them lately. I just have to look hjarder, I guess.

I saw some food writing postings today, and one was reasonable, so I was trying to get through all the rest of the official stuff, but no dicde with the skype. Another one wanted a 3000 word article with 30 holiday desserts. I wonder if they have the slightest idea what they really want? Because either they expect somebody to plagiarize 30 recipes, or they expect somebody to invent 30 recipes, and that's not enough money for that, and it's not enough words, unless they're not counting the recipes in the words . . . I mean, I guess you could do a recipe in a hundred words, but that leaves no room for patter at all.
Oooh, I hate the ones that want to Skype with you. I mean, one of the reasons that I'm a freelancer working at home (aside from the kids) is that I don't want to talk with you in realtime. Not even on chat if I can help it. Is Elance itself requiring Skype now? Ugh.
Not quite. You have to get verified through Aristotle, and Aristotle requires a photo and skype. To hell with it.

This mornign I am trying to figure out the query process at various magazine sites. Parenting is old fashioned: they want a paper query in the mail. I will give it to them, after I finish a couple more tasks.
Also, for unemployment, I have to fill out their resume online for their jobs system that doesn't include any of the jobs I could do, of course.

Also, I have to update my resume and activate it at Edjoin, though the only jobs are part-tiome aide positions. And I have to do something mysterious at the COunty Office of Education, and I have some other things to follow up on.

Being unemployed is hard work, even though it leaves me with nothing to do for hours at a time (at which times I do write).
Oh, btw, I just looked over my own Elance profile (they asked me to update my tax info) and I'm not verified. So that explains why I didn't know this, at least.
They mean, if you just barely meet your deadlines, you won't be a good fit, but it you beat your deadlines and therefore can doodle on your to-do lists rather than check them obsessively, they think they want you.

It could also mean either that the person they're replacing was a deadline dancer and they're tired of it, or that the hiring manager is a deadline dancer who needs someone to protect them from their own folly.

In any case, they don't have a competent editor checking their job listings for clarity.
Since this is a new venture, I will have to guess B.
An excellent translation - this was my read as well.

To me it also implies a high risk of the manic pixie management style (which is the usual management tripe with a facade of quirky, fun rebellion).

Using forced wit to convey what is likely important enough to be stated plainly (i.e. "keeping a schedule is as important as raw talent") hints that someone in charge thinks they are clever and detached when they are actually a bit rigid and controlling.
I definitely picked up on the forced hipness tone. We're edgy! We're clever! We have unreasonable expectations!
"Ideally, the Associate Editor would be capable of writing for the Economist, Believer, New Republic, Aperture, and the New York Review of Books...Feature stories should be written in the author's voice and in a manner that would not look out of place in the New York Times Magazine or the Atlantic."

For $26,000, would they settle for a manner akin to the holiday letter of a charming if alcoholic management type who lives in Walker's Point, Milwaukee but dreams of moving to Le Marais?
"Be chaotic, but not TOO chaotic." That's my only guess besides everyone's above.
They don't want someone who is incredibly intelligent but is a procrastinator and does their work at the last minute. They want someone who is incredibly intelligent, follows what amounts to a gantt chart on some level, and has structure.
"Doing your job is not enough. You must be a prima donna as well."