Thursday, December 31, 2015

15 Dating Tips From 'Game of Thrones'

15 Dating Tips From 'Game of Thrones'

If you're looking for advice on where to take your girlfriend on a romantic dinner or how to surprise your boyfriend for your anniversary, you can consult traditional dispensaries of dating wisdom, like Cosmo or your older brother.
If you're more concerned about overcoming the rough patches, then you should turn to Game of Thrones for relationship advice.
Sure, not all the unions on GoT are ones you want to imitate. (Looking at you, Lannisters.) However, every couple on the show is dealing with obstacles way bigger than your lover's Polka passion. If Daenerys and Drogo can work past a language barrier and an arranged marriage (his death notwithstanding) you can probably get through your girlfriend's semester in Italy.
  • 1. Be willing to try new things for them.

    Raw hearts might not be your thing, but just think of it as repayment for taking him to that chick flick.
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  • 2. Don't feel pressured to be exclusive.

    Sure your father might be forcing you to take a bride, but that doesn't mean you have to break up with your girlfriend right away.
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  • 3. Always give the benefit of the doubt in a pop culture reference argument -- even when you know for a fact that you're right.

    No on likes a know-it-all.
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  • 4. Don't be too proud to ask for help.

    You might be self-sufficient, but if your girlfriend understands the culture and terrain of your new surroundings, take her up on a crash course.
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15 Dating Tips From 'Game of Thrones'

Monday, December 28, 2015

"We now, as a whole, have a one-second-shorter attention span than a goldfish. Isn’t that interesting?"

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Thursday, December 24, 2015

Unemployment Sucks

Yes, unemployment sucks.
It is a Bad Thing.
It will mean A More Difficult Future.
It is often the End of A Dream,

Fortunately, it’s not the end of the world.

Getting a leg blown off in Afghanistan sucks,
your kids flunking out of school sucks,
getting sued for a couple of million because your dog bit a downtown lawyer sucks,
discovering you have cancer sucks,
discovering that your wife or your kids have cancer sucks even worse.

Listen, I cried in public two of the times I was canned, I wake up in the middle of the night and start going through all the terrible things that could happen to me and my family now that I’m without a job, I’m pretty well defined by my work so being without a job with responsibility and respect takes a big chunk out of my ego; if I wasn’t raised by a raging alcoholic, I’d probably have one or two nights of solid drinking and bemoaning the unfairness of the universe.

So give yourself a break, rend your garments, cover your head with ashes and bemoan your fate. Bitch and moan, tell the family dog how your boss is a moron and how everyone was after you and how no one understood what a great job you did and how it’s all just so unfair.

OK, all done?

Now suck it up and deal with it.

Monday, December 21, 2015

Should the long-term unemployed receive advice or help which differs from the advice or help for the newly unemployed

 Should the long-term unemployed receive advice or help which differs from the advice or help for the newly unemployed

Terry IrvingTerry IrvingWriter

Being unemployed at all is a black mark with Human Resources managers. It is far better to see the layoff coming and find a new job--even if it turns out that there wasn't a layoff--than it is to apply as an unemployed person. 

However, being unemployed for a long period of time is an enormous black mark and in today's recovery--where there is far too little hiring anyway--it could easily guarantee not being hired, or certainly not being hired in a job equivalent to the one you left. 

So, what do you do? 

I would seriously suggest lying. 

OK, perhaps not an out-and-out falsehood. I wouldn't argue against lying to a new employer on a moral basis (they aren't people, just corporations) but the odds are heavily weighted in favor of them catching you in a complete fabrication and blackballing you all over your industry. 

I talking about changing the nature of all that time you've spent not at a desk from 9 to 5.  Stop being "unemployed."  Become a "freelancer" or a "small business entrepreneur" or a "manager in the non-profit sector." Whereas all of these things essentially mean that you don't have a regular 9 to 5 job, they sure sound better and your life will be considerably better if they are, in fact, true. 

If you don't get a new position in the first rush--whether it's a week or a month--don't stop looking, but start doing something else as well. I know that freelancing is a common practice in my industry (television journalism) but, in these tight times, it's the quick and dirty answer to every manager in every industry who finds he or she is short-handed. 

You don't have to show up as "Joe Smith." A nice business card can make you look like an entire corporation for about 20 bucks. In fact, with companies like Legalzoom, you can become an entire corporation for very little money. 

Act like a professional when you get work, make sure that the supervisor knows who you are and how well you work (so they'll give the right answers to the HR person who calls,) and remember to never turn down work--when you're unemployed you'll find that you can magically do anything. Keep track of everything you accomplished, how much time and money you saved your clients, and keep all those phone numbers. The fact is that you are more likely to find that next job when your client decides to make the situation permanent than you ever will by wasting your time on internet job listings and HR interviews.

If, for some reason, you can't freelance/become an entrepreneur, find a worthy cause that you actually enjoy and volunteer there. However, find one with a supervisor who is understanding enough to either pay you a pittance so you can honestly say it was a job or embellish the truth to the HR person when they call (Heck, all they really have to do is to be human enough not to say "Oh, he was just a volunteer. Certainly not a manager.")

 Again, try to manage the sales floor or organize the fund drives or become a member of the board--anything that will allow you to say, "Yes, I decided that I wanted to give back to my community and I not only found it satisfying but actually learned a whole lot of things that I can bring to your company."

The other advantage to these methods is that a) freelancing should bring money to help you survive and b) doing anything is better than sitting at home and going crazy. 

One final note: ALL of those jobs that you'll see promising that you can make money from home are SCAMS. ALL of them. 

Work for real companies who pay real money and stay within your professional field. Then you can walk into that HR office, smile and say, "I sure wasn't unemployed. Just listen to what I've been doing." 

Am I suggesting that you lie to HR interviewers? Sure, if you can do it so you don't get caught. They aren't on your side, the corporation they work for has absolutely no loyalty to you or any other employee, and you need the job.



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Sunday, December 20, 2015

You Are Not Alone

"While about 8 percent of Americans are unemployed, nearly a quarter of Americans say they were laid off at some point during the recession or afterward."

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Thursday, December 17, 2015

Zen State of "Non-Buying"

Cutting the small stuff won't save enough money to make a difference. If you're middle-class and suddenly unemployed, eating bologna sandwiches and buying day-old fruit isn't going to make up even a fraction of your deficit. Yes, if you were really poor, then buying nothing but potatoes, Wonder Bread and peanut butter will make a difference but only because your base expenses (rent, insurance, schools, etc) are already low and your previous income wasn't that high.
I'm not putting down poor people, I'm just telling you to look at the reality of the situation and not fantasize about getting your hands dirty and cutting out every expense. Yeah, cut as much as you can before it takes all the joy out of life and then treat your family and yourself to a couple of little things. Dude, this could last a while and no one can keep up monk-like asceticism forever.
What you need to do is to reach a Zen-like state of "Non-Buying." You don't want to think about stopping yourself from buying that expensive item; you want to simply never even consider it. Your desires recede to the point where you don't want to buy anything, spend any money, even go into a mall makes your stomach ache.
Then, everything you actually do buy has to pass a higher level of critique:
• Do you really need it?
• Do you really need it NOW?
• Will it make you happy?
• Will it make you happy enough to be worth spending the money?
• Will it keep your family safe, warm, fed, etc?
• Will it make your family happy?
• Does your family really need it NOW.
• How happy do you or your family really need to be?
Keep in mind that you will have enough money again and you can buy pretty much everything you want then--don't suffer and deny yourself all pleasures, just defer them a little while. If you can sell this to your family, well, then you're a much better salesperson than I am but I know you can turn yourself into a Master of Zen Non-Buying amazingly fast once you're unemployed.

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Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Hello Everyone!

First, remember to check out my “M.R. Baker/Special Announcement list postings.”  There may be something there for you to attend.

Second, remember to view the entire list and remember if you want to post an internship, job or housing announcement let me know.  The more sources I have the more this list can help every one of you!

Third, remember to take some time to check out my INDIVIDUAL SPECIAL POSTINGS below the jobs/internship lists.   

Cheers and the best of luck to you in all of your career goals!!

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