“Be kind to yourself, Be true to yourself, And always move forward.”
— Drekken Pownz, Chatting with Casey, Episode Seven: “SEE Each Other.”
When my friend Marie Nicola heard I was doing my podcast, she congratulated me on putting something together with such high production value but thought me nuts to do it without the help of a producer.
And she was right. She’d know—having run The Nat & Marie Show with Nat Atubanos for years—that podcasting’s quite the fickle friend.
You need to be in the groove—people can spot uninspired drivel a mile away, and if your heart’s not in it, it’s probably not worth posting. You need the time and space to record because no one wants to listen to a podcast with an unnecessary background soundtrack. The mechanics of podcasting aren’t hard in themselves—anyone can hit record on a mic and post the audio online—but to make a podcast worth listening to is another matter entirely.
And out of nowhere, like a dreaded cold that chills your bones, The Months of Ber have fallen upon us, signalling the time to check on our affairs and tie up loose ends wherever we can.
With summer wrapped up but a wealth of work still sitting on my plate, I looked at my desk and didn’t even know where to start. When I added cleaning my desk to The 2014 100 back in January, it was no joke — the pressed wood of my 2% stake in my home has long vanished under piles of unfinished ideas, half-read books, and a plethora of resources I got with good intentions, but ultimately used them so seldom that all they do is take up space.
It’s time to figure out what really needs doing in my life, and with luck, I can enter 2015 much farther ahead than I was a mere 9 months ago.
Every year, April 22nd is Earth Day. Which is good, because I totally forgot about Earth Hour a little while back, apparently choosing to sit around and watch TV with Sarah instead. I’m going to go about it a little differently this time, though. I’m a big fan of making our world a greener place: I cringe when I see coworkers throw items in the trash instead of recycle them; I try to reduce my physical footprint by having less things so that I can use up less resources; I’m a regular public transit rider — in a lot of ways, I’d like to think that I contribute to the solution.
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 properties 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?”:
Standing out in phone interviews and setting “SMART” career goals:
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…
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)
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