Miscellaneous

Important Free 411 Information Phone Numbers for Your Cell Phone

There are many times when I’m out and about that I think that I could really use my laptop and Internet access at that very moment. Like, what’s the phone number to the wonderful India Palace restaurant. What time does the Wal-Mart Tire and Lube close? And can I get this item cheaper online? Don’t get me wrong, I could just buy a wireless capable PDA. But, I don’t really want to spend that much money on the equipment and the service. I mean, WiMAX - let alone WiFi - is not omnipresent yet. It’s not like Visa “everywhere you want to be.”

You say, when I need a phone number I should just look in the phone book. Phone books are so archaic 1980s! Hello? We have the Internet now! Plus, who wants to walk in a place of business and ask for it? You might as well ask for directions to the place as well!
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April 12th, 2007 | No Comments | Buying and Selling, Miscellaneous

List of Fun Things to Do When You’re Out of Ideas

todo_bored.jpgThe weekend, notably Friday or Saturday night, is filled with so many high expectations for high school and the twenty-something crowd. For the under-thirty young people, it’s a time when you need to go out and/or party. Or, at the very least, stay home and watch a movie with friends. Staying home alone and not doing anything - or worse, doing homework - is a Saturday night activity synonymous with a loser!

What to Do in This Common Scenario

This is a situation has been replayed countless times by my groups of friends since high school. The time is either Saturday night or vacation. We continue asking questions to nobody in particular like “I’m so bored. Let’s do something.” or “Let’s do something tonight. What should we do?” What’s worse is when someone says, “Call me when you guys plan something!” leaving the responsibility of social event coordinating to a hapless group of young people. It’s like we’re hoping somebody will spring into action and think of something to do that is both interesting and entertaining! No one take will take the initiative to decide. So, we’re just standing there confusingly bumping into each other or just stupidly sulking in our undecided boredom.
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April 7th, 2007 | No Comments | Miscellaneous, Rants and Raves

Gig - “What Do I Want to Do When I Grow Up?” and Other Typical Career Questions

In January, I wrote about The Teenager’s Guide to the Real World by Marshall Brain. I discussed how this book could be very useful to high school students, especially with seniors. It is a great guide on living successfully in today’s society. The Teenager’s Guide to the Real World kind of touched base with advice on choosing a livelihood. But it didn’t really give any ideas on possible occupations.

gig_interview.jpgMany students today are asking classic questions “What do I want to be when I grow up?” and “What do I want to do with my life?” They usually don’t request any help from a guidance counselor. And most role-model adults would suggest the typical career track:

  1. Go to college
  2. Get scouted by corporate headhunters
  3. Interview on campus
  4. Intern at the company
  5. Work there full-time with great benefits and a decent pay
  6. Start the cycle again with the next generation

Most of the time, students want to pursue one of the common careers that we hear about everyday. I can’t count how many times that I’ve heard of somebody wanting to be a nurse, a doctor, a teacher, a lawyer, a computer programmer, an actress, or an engineer. Many times, we don’t get past these highly generalized professions. It’s almost like we didn’t get much past the typical childhood ambition, “I want to be a fireman when I grow up!”
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April 5th, 2007 | No Comments | Miscellaneous, Reviews

 
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