Even More Job Tips

Last updated on November 13th, 2020 at 09:44 am

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)

Later all,

–case p.

The good, the bad, the ugly.

Last updated on September 9th, 2014 at 10:45 pm

So a little annoyed with Apple today.
I asked for people to give me Apple store gift cards for Christmas and birthday gifts over the last couple of years—this was so it would make it easier for people so that they wouldn’t need to go online and get confused with getting a giftcard for the online store.
I went in to the Apple store today to see how customizable the computers are in-store, and they only do RAM and matte screens.
Which SUCKS, because I wanted to upgrade to a 3.06 GHz processor on the top-of-the-line 15" and a faster hard drive.
I guess the silver lining is that getting a replacement hard drive doesn’t void AppleCare, so I can always change it down the road if needs be. Just a little annoying that I’m being hampered from getting my "dream machine", but I suppose I’ll end up saving about $350 and still have a good amount of power (it’ll be 2.8 GHz).
I also picked up some trades at lunch:
  • Usagi Yojimbo vol. 20: Glimpses of Death
  • Usagi Yojimbo vol. 21: The Mother of Mountains
  • The Boys vol. 5: Herogasm
  • The Immortal Iron Fist Vol. 5: Escape from the Eighth City
I foresee great reading in my weekend!
And in a total show of faith in customers, the guys at the Hairy Tarantula gave me a copy of Usagi vol. 19 to hold on to when I complained that the copy I had had 8 pages misprinted and put in upside down. All I need to do is bring the misprinted copy in the next time I’m in. That’s pretty awesome customer service.
All in all, a fairly productive lunch. I’ll eat later—my lunch is actually defrosting on my desk.

WordPress for BlackBerry – you didn’t see it coming!

Last updated on February 18th, 2021 at 02:02 am

Ah, I’ve finally managed to get a one-up on Rene! So here I am, finally having figured out how to use the WordPress for BlackBerry app to put my posts for OLA together—this will let me get a lot more done while I’m out and about, which is awesome.

Current location: Yonge subway station, about to board the eastbound train to meet a friend. It’s packed, but not nearly as bad as the northbound train was.

No sketching today as of yet, but I reflected a bit upon the skills I’m developing at work and how they might be able to relate to OLA. The connections are loose at best at the moment, but work with me for a moment here.

Let’s take a look at what’s been going on with work lately:

  • It’s a project management office, which means I’m further developing my skills in the area of project management, a skill we’ll need to efficiently and effectively get OLA off the ground
  • mail merging: this will be a good skill to have if at some point we need to write standard letters, emails, other documents, etc. on a regular basis and we carry most of our OLA information in one place, such as a…
  • database: I’ve been in charge of making sure that our Access database is up to date and that any changes are made to the database when necessary—when we get larger and need database maintenance to make sure that our records are intact, I’ll be there
  • financial: there’s a pretty strong financial controllership component to my job as well, which will obviously come into play as OLA gets bigger and we want to do more with it

Hopefully, they’re all skills I can use for OLA in good times and bad 😉

In other news, since the MacBook Pro I want came up to $2850 (including AppleCare, the iPod Touch I’d need to buy for the student deal, student discount and the gift cards I have—though I should re-calculate without the iPod Touch—and maybe it’s a sign that I should wait until mobile quad-core tech is developed, since dual-core is SO 2001) and Apple disappointingly didn’t include a camera in their new iPod Touches as expected in their keynote release today (it went to the Nano? WTF!), I’ll be copping Drawn to Life and Locke’s Quest for the DS tonight (if I can find copies) in preparation for the release of Scribblenauts next Wednesday (which I’ve already paid for)! I’m looking forward to using all sorts of crazy item combinations to beat levels. I hope that this game will be as epic as the speculators make it out to be! My DS hasn’t been getting too much time in the spotlight lately, so this’ll be a welcome change.

In other tech news for myself, I’ve gotta replace/fix my iPods (yup, plural—one original, then another for when the first broke… but I never bothered to fix the first one… oops). One’s got a busted screen and is still under warranty at Future Shop, so we’ll see how that goes; and for the other—wait for it—wait for itttt—I’ll be fixing myself using this site: iFixit—I know, right?! Epic win! The Internet is making us self-sufficient when it comes to services that we’d often rely on experts to do for us. I’m hoping to keep one for myself and give the other to my girlfriend, but we’ll see how it all turns out 😊

Babbling, babbling, babbling.

Oh noes, a serious part!

I’ve been told that I’m the kind of person who tends to always keep certain things to myself—no matter who it is, there’s always certain elements that I choose not to share. This is very true. I have a friend who would like to see me go into business for myself. While I don’t think this is a bad idea at all, to be honest, I’m scared. I don’t know if I’d do well. I don’t know if I’d ever get to a point where I’d consider myself successful at what I’d do. It would be a massive risk to take, and I don’t know if I’m ready for that. Though, truth be told, I can’t see with any clarity where the path in my life is leading me right now, so perhaps it’s a step that needs to be taken. Any thoughts?

By the way, I guess I ended up doing a sketch after all:

2 Girls, 1 Sheet.

Right, so we just wrapped up a game of Catan: Cities & Knights and Sarah and I are walking home. Welcome to a random day in the life of Casey E. Palmer. Hope you enjoyed your stay!!!


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