While We R Playing (Poking Tobril with a Stick)

The first While We R Playing podcast is live on my google drive @ My goggle drive

EDITED: Paid for the upgrade to host from here and there was much rejoicing.

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Day 11, Sleepless Mornings.

Sometime in the wee hours of the morning my sleeping brain decided to get back to the task at hand of writing a cover letter for one of the Turbine positions i plan to apply. When it jumped forward to the interview process where i was trying to explain why i was let go. That thought is better then coffee or a million pounds of crack if you don’t ever want to sleep again.  I spent the rest of the night calming myself down, clearing my mind of the bull shit then going back to sleep where my brain would shoot right back to that same problem once again shaking me awake.

Repeat until 6:30 where it is time to start making progress on the day. Grumble, Frumble, shit fuck balls motherfucker dog kicker…. I might be in a bit of a foul mood. Worse of all i still don’t think i have an answer to the problem and i know that i am too brain dead to make a dent now.

 

Homework?

Today’s chapter was about looking at doing something on my own vs looking for another job.

11.1, Do i know anyone that was fired then started their own business, successfully?

I don’t know. I can’t think of anyone. I know a few people that could have but i can’t think of anyone that did. Do any of you fit the bill?

11.2, What skills do i have that could be the basis for a creative business?

Well i think i have covered the whole writer/storyteller idea. I have been working on ideas, some are good and others are less then good. I could also do that podcasting thing, but i would be one of the totally unknown podcasters trying to make a living poding. Very unlikely to happen.

11.3, Do i have any ideas that would fall into the “peacemakers, storytellers or healers” category?

Not sure what this is asking. I know that he means like mediation/health businesses when he says peacemakers/healers category. I don’t think i really have an idea there…

11.4, Do i have an SWISS income idea?

SWISS means Sales While I Sleep Soundly, aka he wants to know if there is something i could do then generate cash flow while i am doing something else. He talks about digital book sales. Sound familiar?

11.5, Do i give myself time to “sit of ideas”?

By this he means take time to let your imagination run wild. I want to say fairly often, i mean you all have seen my writing it is mostly about being in my head. 🙂

11.6, “Take delight in the Lord, and He will give you your heart’s desires”. How does this apply to being content in a job you hate?

Think the point is you can’t be content in something you hate and delight in the Lord. But if you do something you love then good things will happen for you. This is a lot like a self fulfilling prophecy.

11.7, How does my culture/environment/expertise limit my being able to see new opportunities?

Right now i am kind wallowing in the “no on loves me and i don’t love no body” mind set. That is blocking out a lot of my field of view. But my father worked himself to the bone for 20+ years the plant he worked at for so many years shut down and he has struggled ever since. Think he is now happily unemployed, knowing him he is running a “gun store” out of the house. That was always his dream, by the way. Opening his own brick and mortar shop… I really need to get my shit together and get on at Turbine and or knock out a few of these book ideas.

 

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Day 10, Entrepreneur?

If any of you were waiting I am sorry for the late update, i had to drive out of town to take the assessment test for the post office and i think it went fairly well. Most of it was fairly easy but i think i might have been a little slow in places. Any way that is not important right at the moment.

Today’s reading was all about getting your mind looking at other job models like starting your own business. I have lots of ideas and but i am lacking some skills to get some things rolling. Others i do have the skills for but i wonder if i can make them happen and still support my family?

Okay lets jump to homework then maybe look at some of the options i have been mulling over.

10.1, What do i think of the word Entrepreneur?

It is a good fine word. I have always wanted to have my own business. But i often feel i am great with ideas but often feel that i am missing on some skills. But while i am thinking on it why do i spend time on learning/working on other skills vs the ones i need to make some of these ideas real…?

10.2, Do i have what it takes to be on my own?

This question might be a big part of the answer to how i left of the last question. I just don’t know. I have a family to help support and what if i fail more then a few times. I can’t let Torrance carry the bag because I am riding on the fail train…

10.3, Are you an “accidental” entrepreneur?

Maybe, think i am more motivated to work on some of my ideas more now then ever before. But i still want that traditional X$ a year JOB.

10.4, What service or product could i promote?

Like i said before i have a few book ideas and have had a ton of shirt ideas as well as a few “modules/Dnd quests” in mind.

10.5,What invention could i develop?

As a “thing” I have had this idea for an “aquaponic tree” that would allow any one to grow some simple produce.

10.6, What are 3-4 ideas that i have had on the back burner or have seen others develop?

see above think i talked about 3 or 4 already.

10.7, Describe 3-4 times in my own experience when i was paid on results vs “putting in time”.

I want to go back to that time when i cleaned out the goat barn. Other then that i don’t really remember a time where i got paid via results. Maybe if you look at it from the right angle my live in nanny days could be thought of like that.

10.8,What would prevent you from doing something on my own?

Again i want to say it comes back down to profit and support of the family. Am i going to try this writer thing but that is low cost just time and doing but that doesn’t really count as on my own…

10.9, Is it exciting or frighting to think about being my own boss?

I would love it, assuming i knew i had X+ income each year. Are you kidding? Writing, poding thinking up apps and tee shirt ideas all day would be amazing. Hell i even thought about doing some standup. But at some point you have to turn ideas into realty and i have never done that with out someone paying for my time but then they get the big bucks each year, right?

Short and Hairy

I have been dancing around this idea for a while now but after reading Geoff’s article this morning i think now is the time to stand and stay this out loud. Dwarf’s are currently the master race. And if you want to have the idea low gear leveler i think you want a dwarf rouge/X build.

That feels good to say… Hope it was super controversial. It was in my mind…

I feel like i lead the curve on things like this and then jump ship right as it becomes main stream. So i half feel like there will be a huge up swing in the fat halfling characters. I remember reading a tag some were that said something like: Will play any class or race except dwarf and rangers, they are the easy buttons of DDo.

Now i dont know about the ranger thing, but i will say 6 or so ranger levels are fairly sweet. But i totally agree that the dwarf is the master race right now knocking the plastic helfs off their throne for the foreseeable future.

I currently have 4 actively being played dwarfs or fat halflings, Samius, Butterzotch, As400 and SamiusJr. And i have to say the racial line is amazing.

  • Massive amounts of Con and HP equals staying alive power, no brainer.
  • Iron Stomach is great, drink any pot and get lots of perks.
  • MORE SWEET AXE ACTION!!!!!!
  • Bonuses to Tactics, if you are a tactics person you know how important these bonuses are.
  • The dragonmark gives SR, a forcefield and an earth grab attack… Okay so SR and forcefeild bitches!
  •  And Throw your weight around, WTF? Con give HP, Con is damage, Con is HPDPS? Yes please!

And you know that mountain line is not bad either, if you have the HP do you really need reflex saves? Just twist them in.

Also my quick 2 cents on what is the best single class to level up. Is the one that had the lowest score, yep for me it was the fighter. Namely when i was doing the tank on the cheep thing he mostly leveled to cap solo at the time. All he needed was the best AC i could muster for the least amount of work all the amp i could fit in after that and a Vamp Morningstar of PG (i think) with a guild slot… I felt unkillable most of the time on Samyus back then. His Ac was always solid so i didn’t take a lot of damage what i did take i was able to heal back with a cleave/great cleave and when it was time to fight the boss i would haste up and go as big dps as i could. 9/10 times i could get them before they got me. If i were to do it again yep he would be a dwarf… They are just too good not to play right now.

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Day 9, Wow almost 2 Weeks.

Big day today, I have a few resumes to send out into those interwebs but only one or maybe two jobs i think i really want. But it is time to write those cover letters and finish updating my skills slash “Professional Experience”. I always find that finding the right level of spin to be hard; to much and you sound like you are spinning to little then you sound dumb. For example in the last 6 months i mapped out and planed roll out for my  former company’s LDAP structure; including a sweet conversion to a single user vs a shared user longing that would not only include the external users/sites but would absorb the internal personal as well. That last line was clearly too …. wordy. But that is what happened but it sounds like spin, at least it does to me.

And today’s chapter was about salaries… But i am ready to send out resumes. I haven’t worked in almost two weeks on anything besides myself and while that is a worth wild thing spending all day inside my head is weird. I like completing things. Chalk up another win for mister Skinner and his box.

Well i am going to take my wins where i can and i am going to do my homework get out these resumes and then maybe write something on how Dwarfs are now the master race in DDo…

Homework:

9.1, Is negotiating on a price uncomfortable? Describe three things which i have negotiated on the purchase price.

Sometimes it unpleasant but i think it is just because we as a culture have shifted away from a barter system and more in to a list price world. That said i “trade and buy” magic cards all the time so i have that going for me I am going to count that as two. Once for dealing with a shop and once for dealing with other players. I have bought/sold a few cars over the years but most of the time it was the price is x and i moved the price just a little off x.

9.2, Have I negotiated my income in the past?

My last job i tried to move the price some but i ended up taking their original offer. Other then that i haven’t really negotiated my income and i would say that wasn’t super successful.

9.3, Do i know by changing companies that i am increase my income by 40-50% but that is unlikely to happen by “moving up” within the same company?

I do, but i also know that moving up is “safer” and i think i said it before i tend to be overly loyal only leaving a company in the past when they show me 0% chance at a future.

9.4, What are the guidelines for what is reasonable? What is fair? And is it reasonable to ask for more?

What is reasonable is relative to location and responsibilities. For example if Turbine was located here vs Boston i would be happy with a much smaller salary. Can i ask for more? Guess it depends, the book says yes. Once someone has decided to “pick you up” then they want you and there is little risk in trying to pick up options… aka salary or other perks. I know that as part of my job negotiation i plan to get GenCon off.

9.5, Read Matthew 20:1-15. How does this parable fit with what i have learned?

Wow that is a good one, I haven’t read that in a long time if ever… You will get what you agree to. If I agree to work for a dollar and then someone comes in after me and asks for and gets 2 dollars then i have no room to complain as i could have asked for 2 dollars before agreeing to the dollar.

9.6, What would i do if i tripled my current income? What could i offer that would merit that?

Assuming they mean my last income and not the now income… Triple would be fairly great. What could i offer??? I like to think that in the right place i would be worth that now. As for putting reasons as to why now…. I would need to think on that.

 

Well i got more writing to do and i need to use the pooper.

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Day 8, Mad Interview Skillz?

Today’s chapter was all about working on those interview skills. In fact in a later post, maybe today there are 20ish sample questions that we should have answers for almost with out thought. The author, Dan Miller, advises taking the time to write them out. Think i will for you all but not in this post. In this post i want to do the home work and then talk about some decisions i think i have made.

Homework:

8.1, Can i describe my strongest areas of competence?

Sure, I am excellent at mapping out complex structures be that work flows or data models. I am also good at bug fixing, both on my own code and others. And i want to say i am not a shabby programmer, in my own write. Outside of technical skills I am a fast learner, can speak publicly, explain/teach on anything with a little get myself up to speed time and am a natural entertainer.

 

8.2, Does knowing that interview means “to see about each other” make asking questions in an interview more comfortable?

I am one of those people that is fairly comfortable during an interview until you ask me a knowledge question and then my mind blanks even when i was thinking about the answer like 2 secs before. I remember one day i was out on a solo VFR flight and some low clouds rolled in over the airport. I had planed to request a special VFR landing and was about to make the call when my flight instructor jumped on the comms and asked what i was going to do? I said was was planing to request that special VFR landing. He says “Good, how do you do that?” Total mind blank. I let him know i had it right before he asked but now i am drawing a blank. He replies just ask the tower for a special VFR when you request to land… I felt so dumb but that is how my brain works sometimes. I can talk about myself or things i have done but ask me a technical question while i am nervous and brain freeze.

 

8.3, Am i aware of any annoying “filler words” that i might use?

I know i write with the word ‘so’ a lot to move from part a to part b, but i don’t think i say it out loud a lot. This might be a good question for you guys, have you noticed me using filler words too much?

 

8.4, Is my level of enthusiasm “contagious”?

Unless i am having a rough day i would say normally i am fairly contagious. I am not 100% always on but most of the time when i am talking to someone my levels are quite good.

 

8.5, What are some unusual interview questions?

I don’t remember anyone asking me any weird questions, i know Tobril has had the whole why are man hole covers round question. Which the answer is so that they can not drop in to the hole. But i play dnd so thinking on my feet quickly when it comes to riddles and other “fun questions” is a well flexed muscle.

 

8.6, How can i be humble and godly and still show confidence?

Long story short i am the person god wants me to be and how can i be anything else other then confident that i am who i am because this is how he/she/it wants me to be?

 

8.7, Would i take a position even it i knew it was not a good fit for me?

I have in the past and i think i would again in the future depending on what made it not good for me.

 

 

Okay so that was the homework think this was another good chapter. But i want to get some clear plans in place for the day. First there are some things i want to get done around the house today. Then i want to start looking more into the surrounding area’s companies and see what is around that calls to me. I have had a few friends send me some openings that i might be interested in but most are quite a drive away or even a plane ride away and while i am all for exploring what is out there i need to look and see what is closer to home then not.

Also i took the first online test for the postal service and i must have passed or maybe taking the test was the real test, idk, but i got an email to take the follow up in person. I have that scheduled for Friday morning. The test center is a short car drive away about 90 mins on a major campus which i have only been once and really don’t know my way around so i will need some time to get that all in order and planed out so i can be on time and at the right location.. I wouldn’t bother because this position is not all that great, but i was told that there was a better position was about to open up and i would very much like to look into this next position.

The other thing i really want to spend sometime on today is getting things in place to start recording more pods. I know that i can’t really expect to make money on poding or blogging but i think i can make a few bucks and what time is better then now to knock out a few pods? That said i need to look into this twitch think also. Maybe it would be worth wild…. What do you think? Would you all watch me ddo?

 

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Day 7, The Lesson of the Day.

Homework first today.

7.1 Are some job markets more secure then others?

First response was sure, but then i started to think about it and think i want to say not really. Everything can change at any time, right?

7.2, What are the best places to look for new opportunities?

According to this chapter, friends and family are the two groups with the highest percentage of landing a job, other then the walk-ins IE fast food and retail shops looking for warm bodies.

7.3, What are the biggest mistakes i have made in looking for a new job?

I feel that my loyalty has held me back, IE not looking or taking advantage of an opportunity when was given to me because i was already happily employed and i think I can be too honest for my own good during the interview process.

7.4, How do i feel about promoting myself?

Like to think i do a fair job of selling myself. But when you are this amazing it is hard not to share, right?

7.5, How do you know when to change careers?

I don’t know. My signs in the past have been when i was told there is no more for you hear other then doing what you are doing. I like to keep moving up both in salary and challenges.

7.6,  How should we apple the principles in Colossians 3:23-24 as workers in this time?

First of all here is Colossians 3:23-24: Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving. 

I think this means give it your all everyday. While there are rewards now for doing a good job they are secondary to the rewards for doing a good job in the next life.

 

 

Comments:

I am feeling a little blue today. Think it has to do with the lack of sleep coupled with i have an phone interview with the unemployment people today and that made me “dream” about how things ended at Great Plains and made me wonder if there was something i should have do

Day 6, getting to the meat

Couple of things before getting into the homework, Magic and jobs.

So this weekend was the “big” local magic  tournament. I started out strong undefeated in the Swiss even though i had to fight the mirror (aka the same deck more or less) and 3 of my worse match ups (Mono red agro).  Took everyone down, if i had to go to the game in many of the matches. Cut to the top eight and got paired up to the person i beat in the first round. It is very hard to beat the same person a second time in the same tournament statistically anyway. Out of so many game each person should win so many games and if you won the first time around the odd shift back to the other person. But that is not how i lost. Once again i lost to the top of my deck game one (mull to 5 with 2 lands keep, drew a 3rd land on turn 9ish… ). Now game two we got to play magic, think i made the wrong call when i could make her discard and it bit me. I hear she, yeah i took off i was running on 1/2 a banana i ate 6 hours ago, lost in the finals to a counter spell. Bad beats all around.

As for the job. I was at my sister-in-law’s yesterday and we were all talking and she told me that the local post office was looking for help. The post office was on my on again off again list as a place i wanted to work. I remember back in grade school going on a field trip to the post office and really wanting to be a mail man. Somewhere along the lines i lost that. So i checked that out this morning and while the current posting it is not ideal job as it is a rural as needed posting but when i called this morning i was told that there was about to be an city delivery position opening up and that sounds amazing. Seeing about getting my foot in the door. And like my wife was saying i could do this as needed thing for awhile while i work on getting on at Turbine.

 

Okay time for homework.

6.1, Do i understand the areas of my competence?

Hmm, yeah? I am a good to fair programmer, i have seen great programmers and i am not in that league but i can follow and work with them. I am great at debugging and fixing things. I am creative, entertaining, clear headed and really great at planing out workflows and tweaking them to be more efficient.

6.2, Do i feel trapped b/c of current/past work experience?

I do feel a little trapped. I more or less took the first programming job out of school and it was great for a long time. But now i am a “php guy.” But a “legacy” php guy. I was the one that not only wrote the new stuff but had to keep all the old stuff working. Then somewhere in the last few years style of programming changed for the better but i had all this legacy code to keep up and major projects i was in the middle of when i looked up and everything was different. It was like i was being boiled alive and the water in the pot was slowly getting hotter so slowly for so long i feel cooked.

6.3, Do i realize how easily my skills/abilities might transfer?

To some degree sure. Once you understand the ideas behind programming; other languages are mostly syntax changes. Mostly…. Being able to work solo or in a team is easy to transfer and these rough learned skills like planing the LDAP structure and creating the interface tools are fairly easy to port.

My main issue is most of my work was done on a private/internal only server and only a small part of my programs are accessible via the public web and those are mostly behind private accounts as well. Being ambushed like i was caught me with my pants down and i have 0 of my code base at home. Most people want to see a portfolio…

6.4, Can i see value in thing i may have done as a volunteer though church or community?

Sure, my writings and castings have value. My ability to entertain is worth wild to the right people. Question is how do i cash in on that? Also my writing has to have improved, right?

6.5, Is there skills or training i NEED for the work i want to do?

Depends, lets say I get one of the Q/A jobs at Turbine, i need to get up to speed on C#, working on it btw Turbine guys… or it is on the list anyway.

If i am going to deliver mail, i just need to get into better shape, also working on it. Cleaning up some of the exercise equipment after lunch and i will be starting some kind of regiment.

6.6a, Has God giving me abilities that do not match my desires?

I am sure there are. I am fairly good at things. Not the best at everything but who is? And there are things i can do that i don’t enjoy there has to be… Just because i can’t think of anything right this moment….

6.6b, If so how can i reconcile those?

Well i need to identify them at first. Then start to evaluate them on a one by one basis, i mean how good at something am i that i don’t enjoy. Other then kids… I am scary good with kids, young ones until about 12 then they become monsters that i am only okay with…

 

Okay all need to go. I want to that everyone that left comments this last few weeks. They all helped. But now i need to clean some stuff, get a workout in and take a gov test i guess.

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Week 1 Unemployed, review/thoughts

This week has been a strange one, as you know i have been reading and working through this really great book 48 days Until the Work You Love, and i have been really debating on what i want to do and for whom. And a few really clear thoughts have come to me.

First i want to be in entertainment as my vocation. Not that i want to be an entertainer directly, although if i could make enough money podcasting or twitch streaming that wouldn’t be the worse thing ever.

Second, all these ideas for books have been popping into my head. All kinds of books from little kids books to very much not for little kids books. And i think i will be working on some of these ideas in the future regardless of where i get a steady paycheck.

Third, a cover letter keeps entering my mind, a very specific letter to the people at Turbine… Part of the 48 day process is to open up and be completely true to yourself and find the thing/place where you will be happy to get up go to work and that drive allows you to excel. I have joked about working at Turbine before and i have even applied for and got fairly high in the interview process. I can’t help but wonder if now is my time? I will try, i have nothing to lose and everything to gain so that is a no brainier.

In other areas, this week has been a good one migraine wise, makes me wonder if that office setup was a big trigger. I am not pain free, but i have only had one flare up over what i would call level 6 and that is a great week! I still haven’t slept much but i feel fine wonder if there is another crash in my future?

Okay, i need to take care of some things and i want to try and get some ddo time in today before heading to the shop for FNM see you all on Monday if not sooner.

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