This is the best advice Casey Neistat gives to anyone who is worried about the future…
Casey: My advice is always the same , which is KEEP YOURSELF EXTREMELY BUSY. As long as you are doing something, you will find your path. It’s when you get lazy that everything becomes skewed or grey foggy.”
Louie: “It’s easier to steer something that is already moving. If you are just static and stationery, it is SO HARD to build momentum!”
It is also the adage I follow most days. Why? Because I hate not working. I really hate not doing anything. I truely hate standing still – unless it is the best thing to be doing (More on this another time). Admittedly, now that I am a parent, I am rarely without something to do.
Sidenote: Sidenote: My MIL is going to say that is rubbish, because of an incident that happened just a few days back. I failed to change our 13mo-son’s nappy when clearly it stunk like no man’s land. I explained to MIL and wife I had smelt worse, having grown up in my teenage years with a drop-toilet (the link is for the generation of kids who are lucky enough to live their whole lives with flushing toilets.) Fact is: I DO change the kid’s nappies. It is something, it is important, it has to be done. So right after MIL left, the lad climbed into my lap, and I suddenly realised how bad his nappy was. I cleaned him up, changed his nappy, had a bonding moment, and now he walks up to me any time of the day for a hug.
When we give, we recieve. If only from ourselves, i.e. self-gratification, experience, knowledge, or simple happiness. But when we do something for others, no matter what age they are, it will usually result in recprication of some kind.
I am currently giving a lot of my time to my wife. I really wish I had a day job that pays, but until then, the payoff of helping my wife whilst I am predominately homebound is triple-fold. Aha, triple-fold.
1. I am the Sales, Marketing, and Online Face of my wife’s business – LSBeez . Actually, the sales happen too easily, and my wife is working that out. It’s not difficult when we are selling the most delicious Kangaroo Island Ligurian Bee honey on the planet. Check us out on Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, and website/business-card.
2. I am a Dad, and I like to think pretty awesome. I am far from perfect, I have never done this before. Yeah, we baby/child-sat a lot kids over the years (as young as 2, as old as 13), but having your own is a whole new game. Never being without the kids is sometimes painful, no parent is going to deny that. Waking at the crack of dawn, not going to sleep when requested (4yo’s are the worst for that!), and older brothers getting angry when they are not the centre of attention, just a bunch of things that drive the average parent completly nuts.
But what makes me an awesome Dad? I never hit my child. We have time-out’s, chats about consequences and negotiable stuff. Yep, our #MrAlmostFour is pretty damn smart, he knows those words now! But I never hit him. I have nearly been tempted, but each time I simply say to myself “Violence only breeds violence. This ends now.”
Get it? Don’t hit your kids, work it out another way. I ain’t saying this is going to work for all kids, but we need to stop the reign of terrror everywhere. This ball of mud we call Earth is infinite, humans are not. If we keep fighting, eventually the earth will be returned to the animals and we will be a forgotten moment of time in the revolution of this planet. Stop hitting our kids, Start living smarter.
WHEW! Massive rant. My mind does this. It’s just great that I can type so fast that I can get it out of my head.
3. I said triple-fold didn’t I? Just trying to remember why … oh yeah…
When I help my wife, she helps me. When she makes dinner, I bathe both boys. Or the other way round. When I clean up the very small living space we have (our lounge room is also the family and media and toy room!), she is packing the dishwasher. (Actually, I am not allowed to stack the dishwasher anymore. Apparently I do it wrong. I say someone has OCD, but enough about that. I am happy to be wrong on this issue). When I spend half my night reading, researching, blogging, designing new tshirts or ideas, drawing, creating, uploading, listening to Ted.com, learning from edX.org, she lets me do it … because we need the money for our next big project. More about that VERY soon!
To ensure I am putting in the full effort necessary to achieve my goals, I spend a lot of time finding ways to earn money utilising the internet. Let me be clear here: I am not trying any g3t-r1ch-qu1ck schemes (mispelt to avoid google algorithims putting those awful adverts underneath). Instead I have countless photography galleries, two of which earn me pittance – but I enjoy it. I also have a few tshirt collections, one of them earns me a few dollars each month. It’s infuriating, yet I enjoy it.
Now that I have gym two nights a week (sometimes four times!), I am glad to be on the move more often than not. I also changed my work desk to a standup, but that may not have been totally smart. My feet hurt, but the upside is that I can simply walk away from my desk anytime.
After reading through all my words in this post, I now realise that vlogging could seriously work for me. Since I have a Youtube channel, I am working towards vlogging. The biggest challenge with vlogging is geography and internet plans. Australia has abismal internet upload/download speeds. We get roughly (unresearched, just an exaggeration that may or may not be correct) 1/25th the speed that any other country has – which is goddam crazy. If the NBN ever happens, will it fix that problem? I am yet to be impressed. On the upside, my cameras are now all setup.
This is too much words. Who is going to read all this? Did you? Leave a LIKE and a COMMENT below if you found any of this interesting, or if you like to see me try my hand at vlogging.
My DELL laptop, running Windows 8.1, started buzzing every 60 seconds during YouTube video’s earlier this evening (16 Feb 2015). It was annoying and I wasn’t sure what was doing it. Was it Youtube? Was it the laptop? Was it my gaming software?
Rather than being an average user (ie: wondering how much I would have to pay Richard Pascoe to fix my laptop), I researched online to determine if it was a known issue.
TIP #1: The first thing you learn on most ICT help-desk’s is that Mr Google is your best friend. Heck, every job interview I have there is nearly always this question:
Q: What do you do if you don’t know the answer to a user’s query?
A: Google it.
Bingo. I had to test a few key words; Initially I was thinking it was due to Nvidia updates, so I searched Google for ‘recent Nvidia update problems’.
TIP #2: Always seek for your issue with the word ‘problem‘ in the search. Then select ‘Search Tools‘, drop down on ‘Any time‘ to ‘Past week‘, thereby reducing search range to most recent information. If you don’t, it will default to the most common looked at page – which are often many years ago!
Initially some of the results suggested Nvidia, but most were not recent enough. I suspected the issue might be closer to home: The laptop. So I changed to the search parameters to ‘dell audio buzzing’, the answer was revealed and verified in the DELL community support forums:
1. Open ‘Control Panel\Programs\Programs and Features’
2. Remove ‘Dell Support Assist’ and ‘Dell Support Agent’
3. Reboot or Restart your machine.
4. Play youtube video to test if issue persists.
DISCLAIMER: This remedy fixed my laptop with its specifications. It may not suit every brand or computer. If you are not sure or don’t feel confident doing this yourself, I highly recommend Richard Pascoe, the Adelaide Tech Guy. I get no kickback from recommending him, we are just good friends.
Read the article. It makes sense. Talk with me, not at me. Let’s chat on one side of the table, not opposite one another.
I like proving the vocational assessment I had 3 months ago to be very wrong.
Yes, one might say a thing is either wrong or right, there’s no place for a combination of the two. To that I’d like to butcher a quote by Stuart, owner of the profitless comic book store on #TheBigBangTheory – “It is a little wrong to say I could Swim in Jello, it’d be very wrong to say I could Ski on Sandpaper.”
Yet back in early July 2013 I was assessed as being unsuited for a helpdesk or any role that included repetitive tasks.
Whilst I’d much prefer to continue to shoot abstract, architectural, landscape & vehicular photography AND have people buy sufficient artwork each week to cover my mortgage, the truth is I need to do a job that utilizes my real world skills.
So winning a 6 month contract on an IT HelpDesk has proven I do have sales, people, communication, tutoring & computer skills which help me to provide a full service to all my clients.
So I am doing a role that I not only exel in, I also enjoy doing. Talking with people at all levels, taking a moment to discuss the impact of the issue at hand on their working day, working through and resolving or escalating the issue, then doing the necessary computer based logging of the job … heck, I am smiling as I write this all done. I am in my element!
That assessment was very wrong. Which leads me to believe my response was based on utopian world, not real world.
Because now I am doing a job where I am most suited, well placed, and everything feels very right.
The first 30 minutes is Seth McFarlane beingg himself, yet worth it for all that comes after.
Consequently I have developed a LONG list of movies that I really would like to see.
Some might say that uTorrent might be my only answer, but I don’t do that. I suspect I may be spending time either on Youtube or any remaining video outlets in my neighbourhood. But with Blockbusters no longer available, I welcome advice on where else I can hire the following movies.
Anyhow, before we go any further here is my list of movies I really really want to see:
- A Royal Affair
- Amour *
- Beats of the Southern Wild *
- Buzkashi Boys
- Chasing Ice
- Death of a Shadow *
- Django Unchained *
- Five Broken Cameras
Wait, trust me, this is NOT every movie mentioned. Yet, yes, it is almost all of them. Onwards…
- Kon Tiki
- Les Miserables
- Life of Pi
- Searching for Sugar Man
- Silver Linings PlayBook
- Skyfall – both the movie AND the Adele song!
- The GateKeepers
- The Impossible *
- The Invisible War
- Zero Dark Thirty *
I should really point out that these movies are in no particular order other than alphabetical. They are all as equally amazing as each other. BUT – there are a few that I NEVER thought would interest me. So I have put an asterix next to those alone.
What I enjoyed most is the amount of Australian actors on display. All the usual crowd were there – Russell Crowe, Hugh Jackman, Nicole Kidman. Yet it was a slight shock to spot both Jackie Weaver and Naomi Watts now standing alongside the who’s-who in Hollywood.
Despite Seth McFarlane’s butcher of his pre-written lines, he did a fairly good job of hosting the show. Set doesn’t seem to be a natural comedian, nowhere in the league of Richard Dreyfuss or Robin Williams, yet has a go at it. I doubt he will get asked again. Likewise, if there is a sequel to Ted, I see a sea of cotton-stuffing and … wait, they did that in a Katy Perry video clip!
Adele performed her song ‘SkyFall” at around 100 minutes into the show, and what a performance it was! I still consider her my favourite singer/writer/artist since 2011.
One of the most important part of every Oscars is the ‘In Memoriam’ component. There have been a LOT of amazing contributors to the movies over the last hundred years, from writers to cinematographers, sound artists to composers, and so many story writers who capture the imagination and make it a visual masterpiece.
As a photographer myself, I continue to be inspired by the imagination of those who have succeeded in Hollywood. Though it is not my dream to make it that far, it is awesome and amazing to watch those that have succeeded and consequently recognised for their effort.
Three hours later. My mind is filled with possibilities.
The SkyNet Data Centre has been built. Nobody let the machines take control.