Jul 31, 2012

How To Get Paid More Now

Employment ExhibitionEmployment Exhibition (Photo credit: Modern_Language_Center)
If your goals in 2012 are in line with getting ahead financially, you really only have two ways to do that. Save more money (by cutting down on some expenses) or two, make more money. Although we often look at a multitude of ways to do both, let’s look for the quick hit in the form of a raise from an employer.

When looking for a raise you must concentrate and three main things.

1. It is assumed that you deliver good quality work. But don’t overlook attitude. Call it “team player” or “likeable” - whatever the description don’t underestimate that people need to like you. It cannot only make the different on if you get a raise or not, but how much.

2. Oftentimes people fail to know what their position is worth. There are many resources online such as www.bls.gov that will allow you to look for similar position (and area). By knowing what an “industry average” is may better help you case.

3. Sometimes you need to simply look elsewhere. Ok, we are usually more comfortable staying in the same place but sometimes you need to make a move to another company. When looking at such a move be sure to focus on benefits such as health care and other employee benefits – they can really add up.

Jun 22, 2012

A day at Texas A&M

Water tower on the campus of Texas A&M Univers...
Water tower on the campus of Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
So last year I had my first chance to take in a game at College Station and it was quite the experience. Since I was a little kid watching the Sam Adams led defense terrorize the old Southwest Conference (okay, that doesn't seem that long ago, but now I really feel like I"m dating myself) I've always sort of held Texas A&M as one of those teams I have no reason to like but do anyway.

As a weird aside, there are a handful of teams at the NFL and college level that fall into this category. For no reason whatsoever and in a tangent that means nothing to this post I will subject you to those right now:

  1. Clemson (I think I loved the purple jersey/orange pants combo and the name "death valley" just seemed appropriately intimidating).
  2. North Carolina State (I was a little brother, and I feel like few schools play little brother more than NC State does. Go Wolfpack!)
  3. UCLA. No explanation, I just did, so deal with it.
  1. Dolphins (Dan Marion to Mark Super Duper was impossible not to cheer for)
  2. LA Rams (Eric Dickerson was just the man. That is all.)
  3. The Indianapolis Colts (the Rams traded Dickerson, so my fandom followed).
Anyhow, it was a fabulous day in College Station on my first trip there, I went with my brother and his wife who happened to be in the area on business and we brought nothing but ourselves. We're all fairly outgoing so before we knew it we were getting sucked into tailgates and offered beverages and all sorts of delicious eats. We made a lot of fast friends and had a blast while we were there, then headed inside and experienced one of the more raucous crowds that I can remember as the Aggies put it on the Baylor Bears. Little did we know we'd be watching the eventual Heisman Trophy winner in Robert Griffin III, but he was no match for the Aggies and their fans this day as they rolled over the Bears 55-28.

Needless to say, the venue was one of the best I've ever been to and the fans were fantastic. I'd definitely recommend any college football fan take a trip to Texas A&M to take in a game.

Here's some useful Texas A&M links for current or prospective fans!

May 11, 2012

A Book Baton

I really hate blogging (at the moment a least). But I kinda love books, so here I (at last) pass on the book baton I received from Prabhath,

Number of books on the shelf:

Not many really, though I used to be a big book addict, I mostly read from libraries. So, say about 100 here - for 10 months ;) - and couple of hundreds at home.

Last book(s) purchased:

The Elements of Typographic Style - Robert Bringhurst

DHTML Utopia Modern Web Design Using JavaScript & DOM - Stuart Langridge

Book reading right now:

Building Accessible Websites - Joe Clark

Last 5 books read:

Zen Poems - Manu Bazzano

Designing with Web Standards - Jeffrey Zeldman

Web ReDesign 2.0: Workflow that Works - Kelly Goto

Don't Make Me Think - Steve Krug

Open Source and Free Software Licensing - Andrew M. St. Laurent

Books that mean a lot to me I enjoy a lot:


The God of Small Things - Arundhati Roy

Funny Boy - Shyam Selvadurai (read Sinhalese ranslation by Sugathapala de Silva)

Passing the baton to





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