Glowingblue

The most satisfying job I’ve ever had–was teaching.

I use to teach singing.  Pop music mostly, but that’s not the point.  The experience of peeling away the walls that everyday life has forced us to build, and sharing an experience with a stranger, was awesome.  It was tremendously satisfying.

My everyday life now, has social constraints that won’t allow me to speak at any volume greater than a strong whisper–and it sucks.  I walk in everyday void of any emotion, and numbed by the passionless, emotionless drool of work I have to do.  It’s not the works’ fault, some people are excited by the industry I work in; I’m just not one of them.

I’m being pressured to settle, and I almost lost my direction.  Enormous workloads and constant work-related depression slowly gnawed away at my wall.  It almost crumbled.

Today I realized that, it was a personal career decision that brought me to where I am.  I can still choose, and I still have options.

The only difference is that  my options need to be backed with a fat emergency fund.  There are obligations and responsibilities in life and I can’t just throw them to the wind.

Onwards!

In the left corner: Chrome. And in the right corner…was: IE.

I find IE crashes the most on sites that insist they run best on IE. 

They’re not wrong–since those sites just don’t work on most other browsers, but they do not seem optimized in any way to perform better on IE.

 

It’s time to do something uncomfortable.

It’s been a while, since I’ve challenged myself to something out of my comfort zone;  I want to do something different.

  • Browse Lynda.com to see if something peaks my interest.
  • Dig in and do some learning.

How do you schedule time for, intense working, decompressing and hobby-learning together–and not burnout?

Stuck with IE

It’s a good day when IE only crashes once.

Day-dream

It’s not really about where you work, or what you do.  Frictions start to build when the core values  do not align with your own.

Why Canada’s cult of home ownership is in trouble –The Globe and Mail writes

Why Canada’s cult of home ownership is in trouble

Despite all the financial obstacles they face, young adults have been eager believers in home ownership. Now, they’re thinking more critically about houses.

Definitely.

A few years ago I thought I decided that renting was the way to go.  I would be more mobile, and ready to leap on to any opportunities that arise.  But lately I’ve had a change in opinion.

I’ve gone through a few moves this year alone.  My parents moved and my girlfriend is moving and moving is a pain in the ass.  I am the type of person that needs a base.  I’d love to lead a life where we (as a couple) have places to be all over the world but we also have a base.  That base can be where we are now or it can be somewhere that we end up liking better.

So when we are able to afford one a small home (probably a townhouse) is where my I’m looking.

 

The incredible business card of the Chinese millionaire who wants to buy the New York Times — Business Insider

The incredible business card of the Chinese millionaire who wants to buy the New York Times — Business Insider

China Low Carbon Emission

I thought this was the best title of the bunch.  If he had to choose one title to keep, this would be it.  “Hi I’m Mr. Chen–China Low Carbon Emission.”

It’s worth a click to see the mountain of titles he has.  This man is rich; this man is probably really powerful; this man cheaped out on a business card designer.

The celebrity parties that convert the stars to Samsung — The Verge Reports

The celebrity parties that convert the stars to Samsung — The Verge Reports

It’s sort of like a Tupperware party, but with free smartphones, where Samsung reps make the conversion as painless as possible

When I read this, my brain said the following:

  • Samsung hosts smartphone parties.
  • Reps make conversions as painless as possible.

Why isn’t the general public getting the same services?  Just to be clear I’m not talking about this from the marketing perspective (convert a celebrity and get free exposure, advertising & brand recognition).

What I am wondering is why doesn’t Samsung spend more resources to do the same education(parties) and painless conversion for their customer base?  If you can show off your product and convert celebrities you can do the same thing with the general public which I believe is a better strategy anyways.

And, I am not convinced of the assumed marketing hierarchy that is being made here

  • Celebrities Use it = People Use it

Celebrities used Blackberries back in the day; that was something that accompanied their success but it didn’t create it, and it most certainly did not help Blackberry as it tanked in 2013.

So from a non-celebrity, potential customer’s perspective, I come away feeling as though I am not good enough for Samsung’s attention.  If I was interested in their products I too would like a knowledgeable sales to show and educate me; I too, would like someone to help me do a painless conversion; I too, would like a smartphone party too while they’re at it…

But I guess I’m not good enough for Sammy to deserve that.

HTC says the One X, One X+ won’t get any more Android updates — The Verge Writes

HTC says the One X, One X+ won’t get any more Android updates — The Verge Writes

The company expanded on that in a statement to The Verge:

We can confirm that the HTC One X and One X+ will not receive further Android OS updates beyond Android 4.2.2 with Sense 5. We realize this news will be met with disappointment by some, but our customers should feel confident that we have designed both devices to be optimized with our amazing camera and audio experiences.

Well it must be that they have a “new” flagship device this year, and they want Kit-kat to be exclusive to their latest flagship—lame excuse no matter what it may be.

The  14-month cut-off is like slapping your current customer base in the faces that starts a domino effect of more trickle-down-face-slapping.  Let me explain.

  • Everyone who bought one will feel stupid and the feeling will transpire over to their next purchasing decision.
  • Everyone that recommended an HTC One X and One X+ to their friends and family will feel doubly stupid now and will probably hesitate to mention HTC the next time they are asked for a recommendation.
  • This is bad press that no amount of Robert Downey Jr can fix.

Money problems are company problems. They are not your customers’ problems—so don’t make it so.

Two phrases I hate the most during holiday online shopping season.

  1. Discontinued

  2. “…sorry this item does not ship to Canada.”.

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