The Monday Hangover No. 6

Posted: March 2nd, 2009

Dealing With Blog Comment Spam

You know my blog is fairly new and not the most popuplar out there yet somehow it has already attracted an opportunist spammer hoping to get his page full of “cheap meds” links into the comments in one of my postings. I know WordPress has an excellent spam filter, but still, I find it annoying (and maybe a bit violated) that some asshole has their spamming software on auto-pilot targeting my blog in the process.

I’m sure it will eventually get to the point where I just delete everything in the WP spam queue.  For those of you with the same problem, one thing I recommend is to upgrade your WP to the latest 2.7.x which has the latest Askimet spam filtering plus much better security features.

Spam comment example

I’m sure most other blogs already have their own ways of dealing with these slimeballs, but if you have your methods that work wonders, throw them my way.

UPDATE: I guess we shouldn’t fell so bad for those spammers after all. They have their own economy to support:

The Monday Hangover No. 5

Posted: February 2nd, 2009

Routines are made to be bent (but not broken)

Well, here I am in Barcelona, Spain and I somehow managed to find some pirated access to Super Bowl coverage over the internet. It’s also just past midnight on Monday morning and the game just barely got underway. It’ll be a long night but, what the hell, I’ll type away here, too. After all, its not every day you can blog and watch football… starting at midnight.

Usually I’m in bed at this time. In fact, I make sure to get a good night’s sleep Sunday night to prepare for the Monday grind. I honestly can’t even remember the last time I stayed up late on a Sunday, even without the boozing. I had to even twist my own arm to stay up and watch this game in shitty internet quality.

You know what though? I’m glad I have routines that keep me in check. I get plenty of sleep on weekdays, save the late nights for the weekends, no happy hours… and my freelance career thanks me for it. Eventually, I guess you have to break out of your old college habits which might have allowed you to pass Chemistry but won’t you help pay the rent.

With that said, I think its time for for a little change-up. Routines help you make it to where you want to get to but they can also eliminate your spontaneity and eventually the passion you have in your work. Think about it… you are driven by your habits, good or bad. Sometimes, though, we are just too consumed by them. Can you remember everything you did at work last week? If we were that passionate about it, shouldn’t we remember?

OK, don’t get me wrong, here. We actually need good habits and  routines to succeed so let’s not throw them overboard just yet. The hardest part is even developing them, too. After all, we all should know (or at least have an idea) a good habit takes three weeks to develop and a bad habit can be learned on the spot.

Despite their importance to us, would it be SO bad to stray from them and go back to the old college habits, albeit just for a night (or four hours for me right now)? Now some people can handle doing the same productive routine at the same exact time every day of their lives and not even care. I firmly believe for the majority, routines eventually get stale and give you a feeling of “missing something” out of work or your career. At least for me, I finally realized this tonight.

So now, as I break my routines by boozing it up late on a Sunday and staying far past my normal midnight bedtime, I am happy at myself for doing so. I may not quite feel this way when I wake up, but from now on I’ll allow those little temptations to stray away from the essential routines and accept the consequences… a little piece of mind.

Go Cardinals!

The Monday Hangover No. 4

Posted: January 19th, 2009

History Happens

As you may of heard, the 44th president of the United States will be sworn in tomorrow. I can’t help but be proud that finally our society has made progress given the last eight years of  “What the fuck just happened” that left a trail of casualties from the States to Iraq. Coincidentally, (or not) there is finally a truce in Gaza and the damage is being tallied. Likewise, the new prez has a similar job to do tomorrow.

I can’t help but take one last parting shot at our outgoing leader.

The other historical events… the Arizona Cardinals made it to the Super Bowl.  How did that happen?

Well, here’s my theory: The Apocalypse is eminent and, in fact, will be on Super Bowl Sunday two weeks from now. In that time expect those four horsemen to be flying around your neighborhood anytime soon and Kurt Warner to be the second coming of Jesus Christ shortly after. If you haven’t asked Jesus to pardon you sins and become your savior, I’d suggest a trip to your local Protestant church between now and then.

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The Monday Hangover No. 3

Posted: January 12th, 2009

Who Saw This Coming? Freelancers, That’s Who!

For those of you who are fans of American football, you may have witnessed a couple of events that came out of nowhere, not even predicted to happen in a million years… or at least this season anyway. First, the always inept Arizona Cardinals upset the heavily favored Carolina Panthers on their own home turf. Second, the mistaken-for-dead Philly Eagles beat the defending Super Bowl champion Giants. Now they play each other next week for the chance to go to the Super Bowl.

Being from Arizona, it’s quite shocking that after the twenty plus years of being in Phoenix, the Cards finally put together a winning season and have made it this far, let alone are playing for the Super Bowl. I can’t even say I’m a true fan claiming to be more of the fair-weathered type. They have been, after all, perennial losers for the past two decades.

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The Monday Hangover No. 2

Posted: January 6th, 2009

#2 – Are You Scared Yet?

While I’m really not at all surprised, I am quite fascinated how the universal topic of conversation is now… wait, can you guess it? Yep, the E-C-O-N-O-M-Y. I mean, it doesn’t just come up while chatting with your mates. It comes up in EVERY conversation including your parents, neighbors, clerks and any other human with a pulse. We as humans have to interact and there’s nothing like common ground to do so. I don’t think we realize what we’re doing in the process keeping the economy as the central theme though.

How many times a day do you worry about your job now?

How often do you just worry, worry, worry now?

We seem to all look down on this as a major crisis happening in our lives. I won’t sit here and tell you hasn’t been for many. It’s likely you may be facing a layoff if it hasn’t happened to you yet. Of course, there are those who lost a whole lot more than their jobs. Give thanks if the only thing you face is no job in the future.

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The Monday Hangover

Posted: November 24th, 2008

#1 – What Really Keeps Us Back

As a freelancer, there will for sure be times where you’re left thinking ‘How can I do better?’ but continue on to do the same things as always. The goal is to keep growing… and to increase your income in the process. I have fallen into this train of thought many times and finally realized what trully can better yourself, or hold you back: the people you work with and the clients you work for.

For the sake of simplicity, I’ll lump both clients and coworkers together since this applies equally to both. All can be categorized into one of three categories:

1. Trustworthy and reliable – Both you and them are on the same page. Expectations are high as far as meeting deadlines, no delay in communication, payments are received on time. Basically a problem-free relationship.

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