The Master Plan

Last updated on November 13th, 2020 at 09:32 am

Wow. Saturday’s been pretty chill so far—I’m glad that I’ve just been able to stay in for most of the day and hack away at some of the crap lying around. But I wish that I had ideas for blog posts ahead of time. I was talking to Kev, who’d been talking to Jasmine (who now, apparently, finally got her shoutout…), and the topic had arisen of a “content calendar”—i.e. having a calendar for the future of things you’d like to write about. It would be awesome; I mean I already have vague ideas of things to talk about:

  • finances
  • health
  • dreams and aspirations

to name a few, but it bothers me that this blog has been a bit more theoretical than practical so far; it’s similar to the difference between university and college (at least around these parts—Toronto). In university, I learned a lot from a lot of books and lesson plans, but in the end, all I feel I really learned is work ethic and maybe a few things about economics to better understand the financial world. (But then again, that could all be due to 6 ½ years of working in a bank.) College, on the other hand, you work directly with the subject matter you want to dedicate your time to. It’s like you go in the trenches, learn to use the tools you’ll need, and then they release you into the world. In some ways, I’d like to be more like a college teacher at times, but I think I’ve got my brain stuck in theory mode. If it works for you, then I guess it’s all good, right? And how do I find this out? POLL TIME, BABY!!!

Poll! Please help me improve!

Last updated on November 13th, 2020 at 09:39 am

Hey all,

So I’ve put a little survey together to get an idea of how you’re enjoying the posts so far. It’s all about the A-game in 2011: good content, engaging the audience and making the days a little easier to deal with by using humour and education 😊

So with your help, let’s make a better blog! Thanks in advance for any input you’re willing to provide!

–case p.


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.

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