Friday, December 28, 2012

Job Hunt Log the Ninth: In Which There is a Job Fair and a Luncheon

A couple months ago, I attended a job fair. Very few people were looking for Web Graphic Designers, and the ones that were said they were actually looking for call center associates. I did manage to exchange a very brief contact with a startup company and someone looking for people to work on a state project. But the one place did not call back and the other place said they were not looking. (I will admit that my lack of experience with Java Script is apparently very much a handicap.)

Thursday, December 27, 2012

Checking Out My Stats...

On the list of things that I had not expected to get mega-hits, the "Amazon Link Spam" posts would probably be at the top of the list. Given the number of hits I got on those entries I am disappointed but not surprised that they did not actually result in any sales. This of course leads to the question of "should I continue doing Amazon Link posts of random items?" And the related question "will the number of links eventually lead to actual sales?" 

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Communication Problems

When someone says "you said A1 and A2," and the other person says "no, I said B, not A," then it is pretty clear that there is a communication problem.

When someone continues to say "you said A," and the other person continues to say "no, I said B," then it is pretty clear that there is still a communication problem.

When someone says "I did not know the issue was A, I thought the issue was B," they are actually saying "I did not know the issue was A, I thought the issue was B." This is a communication problem.

When someone attempts to point out that they said "B" and not "A" it extremely non-helpful to insist that they said "B," and then make fun of them because they are still trying to explain that they did not say "B." This is a communication problem.

When someone repeatedly states "no, I said B and I did not claim to have anything to do with A" but the other person keeps insisting that the first person is claiming A there still a problem.

When someone repeatedly requests clarification it is not always trolling or an exercise of "privilege" or "entitlement," it means they are not understanding something and would like clarification.

Non-neurotypical people exist. Honestly uninformed people who would like to become informed exist. They will not always know the perfectly correct mores or terminology even if they have attempted to become informed on their own. You do not necessarily have to be "nice" when explaining. Simply making sense will do. 

Notes on Universal Usability

Usability is the qualitative measure of the effectiveness of a design. In the context of web design, this means that a website must be designed to accommodate a broad spectrum of users. In other words, a website must be accessible to all users, regardless of their level of experience or physical or sensory ability.

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

No nonsense Tights and Leggings Review

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of No nonsense. All opinions are 100% mine.

I received a pair of No nonsense tights and leggings via Social Spark.

The leggings were black corduroy size XL. They were a very comfortable fit, snug but not confining. I have not worn leggings regularly since high school, so I had to do a little closet raiding to find something that would look good. I found a long black shirt and white blouse with a silver pattern. (I may possibly steal the shirt and blouse at a later date.)

The No nonsense tights were burgundy with a diamond pattern. These were size M/L with a control top and an insert in the crotch that made stretching easier. I was a little surprised to see that they fit me, because they were a size smaller than I usually wear. It was much harder to find a matching outfit for the tights. The closet that I raided had nothing that matched the tights so I grabbed a dress that I thought might be the closest match, and a black knit top.

My usual style tends toward jeans, slacks, t-shirts and blouses rather than skirts or dresses since the latter two usually lack pockets. (I have however worn tights with pants before, especially in the winter. I would probably prefer wearing tights in general. You have to keep pulling socks up.)

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Monday, December 17, 2012

Google Maps Directions Failure

So last Wednesday I need to get to a location in Tempe for an interview. I usually use Google Maps because I can't stand the Phoenix Metro website's directions. (The essential problem is that it will not always find a route for a place you are going, and they only give you one possible route. Google Maps is a lot better because it will give you several possible routes.) Usually I do not have very much trouble with Google Maps but this time around there was a very significant problem. 

The directions were fine up to the point where I ended up at a bus transit station. The directions told me I should take the North Bound Route 72 to where I needed to go. Due to a similar directions problem I had when I went to a location in Gilbert, I asked a bus driver where I should go. I was told I needed to take the South Bound bus. (The other directions problem was that the name of the route was wrong for the Gilbert trip.)

I am extremely glad I thought to ask a bus driver, otherwise I would have been extremely late for my interview instead of extremely early.

Job Hunt Log the Eighth: In Which My Feet are not Made for Walking

I got a call from a recruiter back in October. He was looking for a visual designer for an online education company. The interview I needed to get too was in Scottsdale and the job site itself was in Gilbert. Both of these places are very far away from my current location. 

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Site Architecture Basics

Once you have a clear idea of what your site is for, you are going to need to figure out how the content is arranged. The first step is to organize your content into categories. As an example, if you were going to create a cooking website, you might divide the site into sections for recipes, specific cooking techniques, reviews of kitchen equipment and so on. Make sure to keep everything consistent and orderly; do not be afraid to make revisions as necessary.

Next, you are going to plan out the site structure and navigation.

Job Hunt Log Rant: In Which I Rant a Great Deal About the Phrase ‘Reliable Transportation.’

Basically, “reliable transportation” means “you have to have a car.” This is partly because public transportation in the Phoenix area stinks. The two main reasons public transportation stinks because there are parts of the Phoenix Metro area where the bus lines do not reach, and the buses mostly do not run past 10 pm. (There are a few routes that do extend as late at 11 but not very many do.)

Friday, December 7, 2012

Building Your Own Website: Developmental Stages

Whether you are using WYSIWYG web builder templates, creating your own code, or paying someone else to design your website it is important to approach all stages of the design process in an orderly manner. Things that seem unnecessary will often prove to be things that you should have done in the first place. (Using my very first web page as an example, I ended up having to revamp the navigation multiple times because I underestimated how many pages I needed. And this was only for a simple television show fansite.) An important thing to bear in mind is that some of these stages are interchangeable.