GO BEYOND YOUR LIMITS! (10 Years on Youtube)

Of all the YouTube channels I subscribe to, there is only one that I return to over and over again – Casey Neistat.

A recent vlog is now watched repeatedly. This one is a gentle yet constant reminder what I want to achieve on my own channel. I have watched it 5 times. It blows my mind. Which is it? Wait, it will be the last video I show in this list.

I have had a Youtube channel since 2007 – again, another 10 years with one channel – yet it’s not the longest! I digress. Back on track…

MY YOUTUBE CHANNEL HISTORY

For the longest time I did almost nothing on YouTube. I remember saying to someone in 2008“It’s just a fad, it won’t last.” Oh dear, how wrong was I! Mostly I liked and categorized videos, probably like a lot of people did. I had a U2 collection, plus some series of cartoons that intrigued me. But YouTube kept changing the privacy on stuff, and then deleted channels that somehow violated their terms – yet nobody could see why.

In early 2012, whilst working on a Government ITC Help Desk, I worked with a young guy who said “Instead of playing PS/Xbox/Wii games, I just watch their YouTube channels – it’s cheaper!” Within a month I was hooked on a few youtube gamer channels whose style was consistent, crazy-funny, and catching worldwide attention. You may know who I mean.

Late 2015, thanks to a friend on Facebook, I was advised to check out Casey Neistat Apple batteries vlog . Then he started vlogging daily. Vlogging became a word.

Early 2016 I revamped my YouTube channel, removing all the Liked videos and vlogs, and uploaded a dozen videos shot by my wife – using them to show off her honey business on Kangaroo Island, planning to use them on our GoFundMe page. The funding didn’t pan out as imagined, so that also needs a revamp! Yet I still love the bee vlogs I created…

Then I started vlogging our weekly visits to Cleland Wildlife Park … so all our Australian-Zoo visits also got uploaded!

In mid 2016, after a very long hiatus being the Dead Reds Wine Group photographer, I decided to vlog the night’s drinking – and everyone who went appreciated it. Actually, vlogging made it all the more fun – people spoke to their camera!

I found finances to buy a very decent movie editor program: Movavi. Windows Movie Maker was insufficient! Movavi has been great for creating eclectic music to go over wind-filled footage, converting and compressing, then uploading to YouTube without any problems.

Then in July 2016, I twisted my right knee so much that my vlogging took a backseat until I recovered sufficiently to get around without pain. I still shot a lot, but I was getting so tired from the exercise needed that tonnes of footage sits incomplete.

In early 2017 we moved to Kangaroo Island. Within a month I uploaded a short vlog that received 200 views in a few days – which blew my mind and reminded me of my journey. I was back on track!

Then Casey added his “DO WHAT YOU CAN’T” vlog. Wow. It was like a smack in the face for me.

It brings me back to his channel once a week to remind myself of what I am aiming to achieve.
Yet I say it is probably not the best mantra.

I prefer to say “GO BEYOND YOUR LIMITS”.

It’s true, a lot of people set limits on their goals, consequently limiting their potential. Ashamed to say I have done the same, and possibly still do on some issues.

Some people have budgetary constraints, some have fear of success or failure limits, and many put limits on themselves because they don’t believe in their ability – even though they have never had a go!

Whenever I think I have limits, I imagine living in a 3rd-world country where there is no money, life is all hand-outs from foreign aid, and living is day-to-day. You and I have a far better life than that: We have a roof over our head, a bed each night, and we know where your next meal is coming from – and it’s three times a day!

So what is your limit? Probably next to nothing by comparison!
I am not going to lie: When I had money, I bought things that I knew I would utilise and would last a long time. Good camera gear, particularly the accessories. What I didn’t forsee is how I would use them.

The planets have recently realigned for me.
Expect more vlogs over the next few months.
What will they be about now? Well, I have to thank my Radio show for revitalizing my self-confidence, particularly my speaking and writing skills. So I have a few ideas in mind. Now to create them with almost no budget!

Let’s see what I do next (week)….

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The Basic Updates to HTML over the last 15 Years

First let me say that I STILL design my sites using CSS elements and HTML tags and attributes to give my websites improved function and form. I won’t deny that sometimes they are not pretty – but I design to suit my needs now, not for anyone else.

Whilst many other designers are now using purchased templates, I enjoy writing the background code. I enjoy that little yippee-moment when the CSS works.

I remember the first time I built a sprite based header navigation in blogger.com way back in 2004! Because blogger enabled users to modify the HTML and CSS, I spent many an evening tinkering, learning, applying, reapplying, until I had a site I liked. It was also at that time that I started creating graphics for sprites.

This morning I wanted to write an explanation of what I have enjoyed over the last 15 years of coding CSS, yet felt I couldn’t easily put it into words. Thankfully I found Casadaro Shearrod’s simplified yet succinct list displaying the basic differences/upgrades of HTML over the last 20 years.

HTML 1 – linked documents
HTML 2 – linked documents with stylized text and tables.
HTML 3 – more of 1 and 2 with some Browser specific features.
HTML 4 – a re-evaluation of 3 to removes some clutter that arrived in 2 and 3.
HTML 5 – pretty much the same as 1 with the ability to specify document structures and multimedia element.

His last line below is the #1  reason I stopped designing for others. 

Knowing HTML5 in practice means we know HTML and CSS. We can do what used to be done with HTML 1,2, and 3, but we can do those things more effectively, with greater efficiency, and on a larger scale. This is what gave birth to the Web application and server side programing and scripting but, that’s a whole different talk.

HTML and CSS are not difficult to learn, but it is time consuming to both unlearn and learn as updates occur. I chose to stop. I achieved what I set out to do, so was able to tick it off my bucket list of achievements, then move onto new ventures.

And that is where I choose to end this article. Does this mean I no longer code? Are you kidding?! Reading some of the URL‘s linked above gets me fired up and interested again … so I am already pondering my website revamp!

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Quotes from What are the differences among HTML2.x HTML3.x and HTML4.x?, written 7.Nov.2014 by Casadaro Shearrod.

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Ensure your House Smoke Detectors Meet Current Regulations (AUS)

Power Up! I researched this information after our rental-home smoke-detector beeping beeped at 2.30am yesterday morning. At the time I also asked on Facebook (in a KI Q&A group) what should be done in the short term: All my good friends on Kangaroo Island suggested the 9Volt battery needed replacing. Yes, there is one inside the device.

Here’s where the issue lies:

  1. We believe the noise was the actual smoke detector noise, not the battery-dying noise.
    That was worrying, which is why I went straight to FB to ask in the forums. I imagined someone else might have experienced this and knew exactly what to do. Many great responses were provided, and I learnt a lot. There’s no saying if we were wrong or right in our decision, but I feel we did the right thing.
  2. We only moved into the house 3 weeks ago. Which got me thinking.
    Should it be responsibility of the tenant leaving OR the new tenant to replace the battery? Maybe the previous tenant should be required to indicate on the ‘final paperwork’ when they replaced the smoke-detector battery?

Short Back and Sides Mid afternoon, after all electrical problems in our house were fixed, I found these three websites – and was amazed by the information so much that I felt it prudent that all SA home owners, landlords, and renters should read and know. As I suspected we all have obligations and rights, all of which are designed to save lives:

1. CFS \ Fire Safety \ Smoke Alarms

Home owners are required, by Regulation 76B under the Development Act, 1993, to install battery powered or hard-wired (240 volt mains powered) smoke alarms.

  • Houses built since 1 January 1995 must be equipped with hard-wired smoke alarms.
  • All other houses must be equipped with at least 9 volt battery powered smoke alarms.
    [MY TWO CENTS] If you like to keep the house, or getting the rent on it, put in the hard-wired option! [/END]
  • When a house with 9 volt battery powered smoke alarms is sold the new owner has six months to install alarms which are hard-wired to the 240 volt power supply or powered by 10 year life, non-replaceable, non-removable batteries.

Heat Generator Penalties apply for non-compliance.

2. Our State Government provide a simplistic website layout for anyone, either on a computer or smartphone, to obtain the regulatory information easily and quickly provide/explain to your landlord to prove your case.

3. The Real Estate Institute of South Australia also provide quick explanations and simple tips and traps to ensure the correct information is available.

Our issue (and a few others) was resolved within 12 hours. I hope your household wiring, smoke detectors, house alarm, and any other electrical items are repaired or replaced in a timely manner to ensure your house/contents/family are not at risk!

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Job Hunting Requires a Honed Resume

Of the nine CV mistakes outlined in 9 Common Resume Mistakes Every Job Hunter Should Avoid, I consider these two the most important:


Mistake #1: Emphasizing tasks instead of achievements.

Those bullet points underneath each job entry? They shouldn’t read like a list of daily duties. Instead, they should emphasize the impact of those duties.

What did you accomplish in each role? How did your daily responsibilities help make or save money, boost efficiency, solve a problem, improve customer acquisition or retention, or otherwise make the company better?

If you want your resume to stand out, you need to go beyond listing tasks and highlight the achievements that make you a valuable employee.

Mistake #8: Opening with your education

If you just graduated from college or are new to the world of work, ignore this. Otherwise, include your work accomplishments before listing your education.

Employers are more interested in your achievements in the workforce than they are in your degree. So keep your work-related information at the top.


This is said after 18 years of state government employment – wherein I read, wrote and assisted people in writing effective CV’s applications. Over those years I wrote over 200 applications, 20 in my first year. (I was a contractor, so it was expected). 

It’s a daunting task, yet if done right will sell your strengths and attributes.

The best thing about a well-presented CV – it becomes your persona. You read it regularly and say “Yes, I did that, I can do that, I accomplished that, I am that which I say I am.” Breathe in and out. Do you like that feeling? That’s self-pride. There’s nothing wrong with it, so long as you don’t proclaim it too much. Have a healthy ego, just don’t over-inflate it.

Yet like many around me, I too seek employment.We have moved our small family to Kangaroo Island to support my wife’s passion and small business, an island where day-jobs are scarce. Yet I do not sit idly: I am currently working on an entrepreneurial idea that involves my photography. The outcome of that will be published on facebook within the next few months.

Happy hunting to us all, may our CVs be filled with accomplishments & pride, and give us success.

I wrote this for my own benefit as much as for anyone else. A self-reminder of value, strengths and abilities is always important when rejected from jobs you feel positive you’ve done well.

POSTSCRIPT: Iwill publish a followup post soon outlining how winning interviews is easier than winning jobs!

Giving Away Is The Biggest Reward

​In an effort to clean up my office and clean out my life, and because I believed at the time we were moving to Kangaroo Island sooner, I had a MASSIVE clean up of books in my mancave/office.

One year ago today (16th February 2016) I piled all these books because I felt I would never read them again:

But our local book-swap store didn’t accept these computer and webdesign books. Apparently they have a ‘low turnover rate’. I thought they need to ‘target market‘ their books.

When I looked through their store, I got out fast: They made hoarders look like kittens amongst lions.

So I tried to sell/swap to people who would appreciate them. I put the photo above in my Facebook and said “Take a look and see if you know someone who would like them…” – believing I could sell them.

One response got my full attention.

There is a guy down at the Little Rundle Sttreet Art Project who has a double-decker bus he is taking around Australia to teach digital literacy to rural towns. He needs donations of books! … He is James Arthur Warren and he is a TESOL teacher by training.

www.gofundme.com/j6hahs

James, wherever you are today, I hope you are either able to use my massive donation of books to teach new skills to people,who otherwise wouldn’t have the opportunity – or you were able to give/sell them to new owners. No, don’t tell me where they are.

Of all the things I regret giving away to save space for our big to Kangaroo Island, my books I miss the most. Yet I felt better for giving them to someone who would use them to teach others made me feel good inside.

It wasn’t giving up, but passing both them and myself  to a new home and life.

What are you giving away today?

Never Moving House Again!

​If you ever choose to move house, I highly recommend you do this: Don’t

If you choose to ignore me, then I recommend you follow these steps THREE months prior to removalists arrival:

1. Empty ENTIRE house into front yard.

2. Emtpy every cupboard, drawer, cabinet, shoe box, and that plastic container shoved down the back of the bed.

3. Only take back inside that which you have used in last 6 months, or has sentimental value. No, REAL sentimental value. No Troll dolls or Tupperware. 

4. Have a $1-$5 garage sale for everything in the front yard. GET RID OF IT.

5. Now ask yourself how many people live in the house, and how many of your closest friends are ever invited to your house for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. Yep, not enough to warrant having an EIGHT piece set of dishes, cups, bowls, small and big dishes. GET RID OF THE EXCESS.

I wish we’d done this. I fear one of these boxes is filled with stuff going straight to landfill upon opening.