The 2010 20K: Day 1

A new year with fresh starts, new hopes and new goals. Nice.

If you've spoken to me as of late, you've probably realized that I'm trying to figure out how to position myself financially over the coming years. Despite whatever I'd like to think, I am growing up, and will need to take care of grown-up responsibilities.

So okay, fine. What's this look like right now?

  • Getting a ring for a 2010 engagement, as promised to my girlfriend of two years
  • A hopeful trip to Europe in September and an even more hopeful trip to Australia in January 2011 for her cousin's wedding
  • Getting the last dollars I need to buy the MacBook Pro I've coveted for the last five years

So, okay. It's like conquering an addiction – the first step of beating a problem is admitting you have one. Step one taken care of.

Now for the good part – the plan of action in order to deal with the issue.

I've proposed a challenge to myself – to make $20,000 on top of my regular salary in 2010. I know, crazy, right? But it's one of those things you'll never know whether or not you can do it until you try! That's about $384.62 extra a week, or $54.80 a day. It's not an amount to sneeze at, but that won't stop me from trying to figure this out!

So what will I do to make this happen? Some ideas I've thought of include (but are obviously not limited to):

  • Singing telegrams
  • Art commissions
  • Business analysis
  • One-shot jobs that I normally wouldn't think of

The 2010 20K posts you'll see in the next 365 days will focus on my quest to make this money, how it gets spent on these big-ticket items and how I stretch out the money I do make so that this isn't all for naught. As things currently stand, my full-time job is only guaranteed until mid-April, so contingency planning is also something I'm keeping in mind. I hope you'll all come along for the ride while I try to do this 🙂

Now, for a few ground rules:

  1. Anything I pursue in trying to achieve this goal must be legal – sure, drugs and prostitution can turn a quick buck, but I'm not about to head down those paths
  2. Anything I do must be done outside of my regular work hours – I can't knowingly jeapordize my employment in trying to pull this off, but I'll try to balance out work and everything outside of it to make it all doable
  3. Any money I earn/get outside of work pay is allowable – side jobs, birthday money, change I find on the sidewalk – oh baby, it's on!

So I guess I've got my work cut out for me. Come back to the blog for daily updates 🙂

2010 20K Running Total = $0.00

Thanks all, and I hope you'll support me in this,

–Casey E. Palmer, aka case p.

What’s under your Mask?


*squee!* – this is beyond awesome! Masks through the history of pop culture 😀 The simplest design schemas at times can often be the ones that really stand out.

This might be the last post I make of 2009, so make sure you have a wicked New Year’s wherever you are, whatever you’re doing.

–case p.

The Great Debate: Real Vs. Artificial Christmas Trees


Oh, look! Another article on whether real or fake trees are the best way to go. And it’s on scientific blogging! Yup – they say that artificial trees would be the way to go – you know, having long-term usability and cost-effectiveness and all, if you know… they weren’t all potentially lined with lead.

Just saying.

–case p.

Rochester aka Juice – A New Day


My jam of the moment: Rochester – “A New Day”. I only heard this song for the first time at a party last night, and I knew I needed to find out more about it.

Reppin’ Toronto’s Islington/Finch intersection, Rochester’s had a bit of acclaim in our community, and with this, I can see why. This song’s just damn addictive. Was hard for me to believe at first that it came from the T-Dot, but you can hear the influences subtly in the undertones of the rhythm.

Listen, support and give props. I’m probably going to hunt this record down this week.

–case p.

Stats make me happy :)

So I’ve been using Google Analytics to gather stats on my Posterous account, and I’ve found out some interesting stuff:


Wow! People are reading my Posterous from all over the world! (Don’t worry, this doesn’t show me IP information or anything – just very general stats on my reader base.) I’d love to know what people from all over the world think of the stuff I’m posting on this account. You don’t even need to sign up for Posterous in order to comment (though Posterous IS pretty awesome) – you can log in using your Facebook or Twitter profile to make it easier for yourself.

Looking forward to networking with tons of people worldwide this year!

–case p.

GPOYW – @ Karaoke


@ the Fox and the Fiddle on the Danforth, sippin on a Strongbow, getting ready to sing some songs.

Tonight’s tracks:

  • Michael Jackson – Man in the Mirror
  • Bell Biv DeVoe – Poison

Let’s do this!!!

–case p.

Door Dodgers

Dear Toronto,

You have a lot of different types of people in your borders – people
often say that you’re one of the most diverse cities in the world.
However, this is not limited to the cultural background your peoples
have or the various languages they speak.

No, I’m also talking about the types of characters you have in this far city.

Today, I’m calling out the door dodgers. Yeah, you know the type. Many mornings I head out from Union GO Station with the rest of the sheep to our various places of employment. If you’ve seen me walking around, you’ll know that I often tend to be carrying my knapsack and a duffel bag, since I tend to be moving around a lot. It makes travelling a pain, but it’s something you can get used to.

However, when you’re trying to move thousands of people through three or four doors, you’d expect that people would continually hold the door for the droves coming behind them, no?

Wrong. Oh so wrong.

Door dodgers. They’ll skillfully avoid any contact with an open door
— since the world obviously revolves around them — leaving it to close in the face of the next person.

Are you serious? I barely have free hands! I’ve had to essentially
train myself to use my legs as a second set of arms so I can avoid
these horrid situations. I always glare at them from behind. I hope
one day one of them turns around to get it.

Stupid door dodgers.

–case p.

The most creative name for a vegetable EVER

How many foods are named after the action you need to take to get it?

The pickle. Most creative name ever.

I think I’ll start calling carrots growanyanks.

–case p.

Canadian Weather: A Haiku.

Dear readers,

Allow me to share my opinion of the weather this morning in the form of a short haiku.

Stupid sleet storm pounding
Soaked my clothing to the bone
Hate you, Canada

I was only walking to the train station for 15 minutes, and my clothes are two shades of colour – darker on the front, lighter on the back. Canada? FFFFFFFFUUUUUUUUUU!!!

Thank you,

–case p.


I’ve just been made aware that this morning’s haiku starts with a 6 syllable line.

As this just won’t do, I must now write an APOLOGY haiku.

Here goes:

First line, haiku sucked / Too many syllables there / Screw you, I was beat!


–case “Poet and he don’t know it” p.

For your Internet purchasing comfort, we now ship your packages with 50% more AIR!! Packaging FAIL. During Cyber Monday (which for those of you not in the know has less to do with a day reserved for the celebration of illicit activities online and more to do with the Monday following Black Friday in the US every year where all the tech sites put extra sales on their merch online) I got a few things with some extra government cash that came my way (go accidentally understating the amount of income tax you paid! w00t!). Some made total sense when they arrived, like a 4-bay hard drive enclosure, that came in a box that fit a 4-bay hard drive enclosure! Or a 1.5 TB hard drive, that came in a box only somewhat larger than itself. But this? This was just horrible.

I came home today to see this box on my computer chair.


Knowing what I was expecting and thinking there was some mistake, I opened it to find… a 4 GB MicroSD card. …but it’s tiny as hell – what do I need a MASSIVE box for? All it contained was this, a receipt and some paper – to keep it from jostling around? WTF. Use a bubble wrap envelope! This is just WASTEFUL.


In case you don’t know just how small this is, here’s a picture with a nickel for comparison. I KNOW, RIGHT?


Newegg, change your practices. This is just sad 🙁

–case p.