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The 2010 20K: Day 50 – Sleep is for the smart

"Sleep is for the weak" – I've often heard this and lived by it for many years of the life I've lived so far. SO not true, as yesterday proved to me – sleep is really good to get, and as you get older (I know, I know – I'm only 26…), it's something you come to appreciate a whole lot more. Yesterday was a good example – me, feeling tired as hell, decided to take a trip to the nearby mall after work to get some jeans, since all of mine are either too baggy, ripped in the wrong places or just not my style anymore. So all was well until I needed to get my butt home – ONLY TO NOT BE ABLE TO FIND MY SUBWAY PASS.

Well this was a problem. With the fact that I already pay $111 monthly for the pass, I wasn't too keen on paying extra fare in order to correct my mistake. But my mistake it was, so extra fare I did pay.

$20 and one spent token later, I eventually made my way home, and emptied my bag of the day's contents. And what was at the very bottom? That's right. My April subway pass. Joy: Finding it. Not so joyous: Having bought tokens that I didn't need!

Do I chalk it up to fatigue or am I just the idiotic victim of my own disorganization? I leave that to you to deci…

Nah, here. Let's see what the magic poll says!

However, I did not write this just to whine and complain – I do come bearing gifts! Simple ones, but I hope they help some of my readers out there. I tend to skim through the main free papers in town day to day, and they're full of tons of info. The problem, though, is that they're placed in locations that're more convenient for commuters to grab and read while on the go – but the people who're looking for work tend to be home, trying to figure out the next steps that they need to take so that they can find another job. I've been there – I know that going outside wasn't a priority – in fact, it often took quite the effort JUST to get out there if the motivation wasn't there on a given day. So I'm going to try and get some of this material to the people who can actually use them. Today's material will focus on using the web as a means to find that next job!

Using the Web to Find Work

The PDF article's source: t.o.night newspaper (who've finally started getting their articles online!)

http://www.metronews.ca/toronto/learn/article/501010–take-your-job-search-to-the-internet

And for those of y'all who ARE working – are you using that money wisely? Alison Griffiths just might disagree with you. In fact, I could likely take some pointers, but that's not what this blog is about, is it 😉

http://www.metronews.ca/toronto/comment/article/501220–what-exactly-are-we-spending-our-money-on

Anyway, thanks for reading yet another of these fantabulous posts. Coming up soon:

  • My very first sponsored post – yes, I will write posts for money! Watch me do it!
  • The video post of Doomz! What's he up to and what does it look like?
  • My move from PC to Mac and how the heck it affects what I do!

The 2010 20K Running Total = $192.14

Until next time, mi lectors!

–case p.Download PDF

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The 2010 20K: Day 49 – Casey, where have you been?

Q: How do you juggle work, side projects, a girlfriend, friends, sports and social time?

A: Not very well, apparently!

Let's not kid ourselves, folks, I definitely haven't been as attentive to this blog as I'd like to be – in fact, my performance has been downright dismal at times. But I still haven't quit. Originally I was just going to put up a quick sound clip for today to talk about what I've been up to and whatnot, but I felt like it would be doing my readers a bit of a disservice as to what they might expect from this blog.

Work's been busy, to say the least. There's a lot of expectations for a lot of deliverables to land correctly, and I'm at the helm on a number of them. Unfortunately, and this is something I should have taken into consideration, it's affected a good load of my extracurriculars as well. I make an effort to fit in at least one day of sports per week, biweekly Bible study sessions, time with Sarah, hangouts with friends and other obligations that require my attention – but due to this, it seems that too many projects fall by the wayside. I know that some of my friends are experiencing much of the same when they try to balance their lives as well with the projects that they're trying to accomplish on the side.

It's not easy at all, but there is a way that one can approach it and hope to obtain any success from their endeavours whatsoever.

Discipline.

I haven't been disciplined enough, and I'll be the first to admit it. When I started this blog, I aimed to do it daily so that everyone could keep updated on the progress that was being made – but then progress wasn't happening. Things were taking longer to get done than I'd like and I was getting discouraged.

But that's far from a good reason to bow out. Do parents quit when their children make a mistake? Did some of the greatest entertainers in our history throw in the towel when they made one bad song, movie, book, etc.? I think not. It requires a paradigm shift and the dedication to get where one wants to be.

But do I have it in me? That's an entirely different question. One can always try, but this world will quickly tell you that trying is often far from good enough. I have a backlog of content to share and projects to attack, so I hope you'll walk with me this week as I try to wade my way through it all and hopefully save the 2010 20K from the gurney!

Running total = $192.14

Thanks always,

–case p.

P.S. Attached the sound file for posterity.

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60 Ways to Lose Your Lover

Ha, I don't normally post stuff like this, but sometimes we all need a little help. Sarah was kind enough to show this article to me from The Toronto Star (no, she wasn't dropping any hints), and I think everyone should take a look to see what they agree with, disagree with, or even think is just plain stupid.

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A few key things I'll note:
  • Outside of the Facebook item in the women list, I'll pretty much agree with everything there
  • The men's list is WAY longer than the women's list. Is this telling or just plain biased?
  • Communication = the solution to EVERYTHING
Happy reading!
–case p.

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The 2010 20K: Day 48 – The Dance Continues


"Umm… okay… yeah…"

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Sorry for the multiple posts.

I was trying to get an article up entitled "60 Ways to Lose Your Lover", but I'm guessing that something is up with the way that Posterous is rendering images tonight, so I'll have to get it posted another time.

Sorry for what seemed to be spam – it was just a frustrated Casey trying to get his blog working!
Thanks for your understanding,
–case p.
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The 2010 20K: Day 47 – Getting Back in the Game

My bad, y'all – it's been a while, I know. Here's my formal apology and promise to get back to doing what I do… well, maybe not best, but at least what I was doing before 🙂

Give it a listen and feel free to give me a piece of your mind!
The 2010 20K soon-to-be-changing running total: $192.14
–case p.
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The 2010 20K: Day 46 – The Dry Spell

So as you can tell, not much has been up as of late! Not that everything's come to a dead halt, but too much in the pipeline without enough progress 🙂

Since last post, which seems like it was ages ago, there've been talks about

  • Designing websites
  • Making logos
  • Tutoring in Excel
  • Drawing commissions

And what am I doing? Sitting here trying to get my groove back. Yeow! That's not good at all, is it? I need to get back in gear so I can handle this business!

Also, the last post seemed to suffer from a bit of poll fail since I forgot to allow for people to answer the poll online. So here it is again, and I hope you'll give me an answer 🙂

Wish me luck and send some good vibes!

2010 20K Running Total = $192.14

Thanks,

–case p.

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The 2010 20K: Day 45 – Even More Job Tips

I can feel it – the PHP flowing through my fingers as my templates come to fruition – it’s good times over here in Caseyville as “the plan” starts to show a bit more of its true colours! I’m really glad that I have coding gurus like Kev and R.T. who can help steer me right when I make rookie moves like not declaring values in an array or forgetting to close a brace when declaring some properities in CSS. But I’m better for it, and things are progressing because of the helping hands, so thank you guys!

As usual, the t.o.night paper has plenty of good tips on landing that job you want, for all my seekers out there. Et pour vous who’re currently employed, please note that it’s never a bad idea to keep your skills honed and make sure that you’re always marketable – you never know what nasty surprises could be around the corner!

References and how to answer “What is your greatest weakness?”:

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Standing out in phone interviews and setting “SMART” career goals:

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Otherwise, just working in the lab. Though, earlier this week, my dreams of making my dream MacBook Pro system actually affordable were shattered by an old friend who informed me that I was completely incorrect in thinking that the student discount for Mac systems is at 10%. In fact, and I’m sure that everybody but me knew this – they take a fixed amount off of the full price for a system – about $100 or so. Factor in how much the upper level systems are and include tax, and BAM! That’s about 3% at best. So, Stevie boy, I can wait. You’re forcing me to be patient, and I don’t like it, but for the sake of me buying a computer and not throwing a fit of rage when I find out a newer, faster model has come out the next month, I’m going to wait. I may as well get the other components I’m looking for while my discount’s still valid, though…

I hope the posting less frequently, but posts with a point system is helping you guys out there – I want to make sure I’m giving you info that’s both relevant and useful in your lives. But I guess the best way to really figure this out… is with a poll!

Righto, the bed’s a-callin’. Drop me a line! Let me know what’s on your mind!

The 2010 20K Running Total = $192.14 (as the dust’s a-setllin’ on the number)

Later all,

–case p.

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Sketchdump 03-08-2010

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So this is what you're getting for today – a sketchdump 🙂 Lots of logo, site and graphing work going on over here – I'll make sure to share whenever anything gets DONE. I was going to do a quick one related to the Tim Hortons Roll Up the Rim to Win contest, but after reading David McCandless' blog Information is Beautiful, I've been rethinking my approach to infographics. You'll still see something, but it'll probably be far more imaginative than what I'd originally envisioned 🙂

Anyway, hope you enjoy another little glimpse into my world. The PHP. It calls my name!

–case p.

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The 2010 20K: Day 44 – The Costs of Doing Business

A certain poll informs me that one of the things my readers would like to see is more interesting stories…

…so ask and ye shall receive – I’ve got one for you.

Sometimes a business deal just doesn’t go how you think it will. I’m posting this because I anticipate that there may be some stories sent around that paint a situation in hues that may not be entirely accurate. If the parties involved happen to come across this, I hope this will provide a better understanding of what went down.

So, a month ago, Rami and I were hipped to a potential opportunity – a restaurant that wasn’t doing all that well and could use a boost in order to get it up and going again. Sounded interesting. The owner was giving himself two months to get it up and running, or else he was going to call it a wrap. Hm, challenging. So, after getting the details from a mutual friend, Ram and I went to the restaurant to pay a visit and get a feel for the place. It was interesting – roomier than I’d expected and in a prime location. The food’s prices were low and it offered a good variety of lunch items. A good mix of factors for a successful venture if handled correctly!

So we chatted with the owner, briefly going over what it is that Team R&C could do for his business and how we could go about helping him get where he wanted to be. He introduced us to his chef, we exchanged digits, all seemed well. We even sent out an email that night to thank him for meeting us and to say we were looking forward to discussing things further with him at a later time.

This is when things took a turn for the worse, though we wouldn’t know it at the time.

HIS BAD: He didn’t reply to our email.

That’s fine, I guess – but after spending the time to send out a courtesy email, if you were actually interested in pursuing a business opportunity with someone, you’d likely try to keep the channels of communication open, no?

OUR BAD: Taking too long to get in touch with him,

To give us a little credit, we’d originally stated that we’d get back to him in two weeks – which we did. It was on Family Day, however – a statutory holiday up in these parts – and didn’t realize that his shop would be closed, as most restaurants are open every day except on Christmas. Also, there was no voicemail so that we could let him know that we’d tried to reach him and would get back to him later. Past there, our paths wouldn’t manage to cross again until this week.

In the time that had passes, Ram and I had generated a plethora of ideas that could be customized accordingly to whatever amount of money was available to him for marketing and promotion. I think I remember us working about 4-5 hours straight just blue sky braimstorming and getting all of the ideas down into a document that we’d be able to provide if the client was genuinely interested in moving forward.

HIS BAD: His reaction to the situation at hand.

Since both members of Team R&C weren’t able to both be present to contact the client through a conference call, I decided to touch base last night to see how he was doing and whether or not he was interested. After reminding him who I was, he was a little miffed that he hadn’t heard from us in a bit and to pitch him whatever it was that we’d come up with. I informed him that it would be better if we could discuss further with him the next day – either I would come in or we could give him a call together to sort it all out, to which he rather curtly agreed.

When we called today, he was pretty dismissive. Perhaps it was the way we worded it or perhaps he had already made his mind up, but when we brought up the ideas of wanting to sit down with him to go over the business and how it operated to make sure that we were giving him the best possible solution and that we’d prepared ideas at different costs, he somehow interpreted it as that we were unwilling to share our ideas unless he put some money on the table first. He quickly dismissed us and hung up, obviously wanting nothing to have to do with the entire ordeal. I don’t know if he was having a bad day, or if his money was even tighter than I’d speculated, but it was a quick end to a brief discussion.

LESSONS LEARNED:

  • If someone wants to cut to the chase without wanting to sit down and have a decent conversation over things, they’re likely far past the point where they want to deal with any niceties and you’re already facing opposition. You can’t MAKE someone listen to you if they’re making an active effort NOT to.
  • Keep your content from falling into the wrong hands. You worked hard on it, it’s yours. This could easily have turned into a situation where content was provided prior to a contract being signed, an idea gets used without consent, and then it turns into a battle of the client’s word vs the consultant’s, and that’s a sticky and possibly expensive legal situation that no one wants to get involved in.
  • Never see a defeat in one area as the be all and end all of a situation. For every 10… every 100 people who shoot you down, that’s experience. That’s content that you’re developing that with further work and diligence can be used in another situation. You did your research. You’ve seen what doesn’t work. That only means that you’re one step closer to finding something that does.

All in all, I’m not pleased that it turned out the way that it did and I’m happy to shoulder some of the responsibility for it all, but no matter how it turned out, it’s off of my plate, and I’ll just move forward as I always do – one task at a time.

The 2010 20K Running Total: $192.14

–case p.