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Friday, 21 July 2017

Why I Deleted My Tweets...Again.

Yesterday OJ Simpson was paroled.  Was this right?  No.  Is he guilty of murder?  Yes.  Is he guilty of armed robbery and kidnapping?  Yes.  Is he a reprehensible human being?  Absolutely.  However, his life is not worse because I'm saying these things, and it's not worse because I tweet these things yesterday.  Instead, my life is worse.   I waste some of my limited time on Earth discussing OJ Simpson.  I can never get that time back.

So, I deleted all my tweets and I'm starting fresh...again.  I don't want to become a negative person, but moreover, I don't want any part of me to resemble the psychopaths of the world, whether that's OJ or the disgusting teenagers to filmed...I don't want to make you sad.  It was trending on Facebook, so maybe you've already seen it, but some people haven't and I don't want to bother them.

Thanks for reading and let's all try to be positive from now on.  The world has enough terrible people in it.
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Wednesday, 19 July 2017

How I learned to stop worrying and to ignore everything SJW related.

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This is Wilco.  Wilco is a bouvier.  She's always happy. 

I think the reason for this is that Wilco ignores everything SJW related, whether it's on the news, YouTube, Twitter, or that terrible place where angels fear to tread, Tumblr.

I know that a lot of people want to focus on SJW stuff, whether it's because they are SJWs, or because they hate SJWs, but I'm just going to ignore both sides.  Life is way too short for me to care, and I'm pretty sure that constant anger and stress isn't good for anyone.

I also don't want to be part of those witch-hunts that destroy someone's life, whether that person is someone who tweets an inappropriate joke and is fired, or a preteen girl who draws fan art and is then bullied into attempting suicide

Life has presented, and will present in the future, plenty of times for me to be angry or sad about something that actually matters, but SJW issues aren't even remotely in that category.

By the way, I'm also speaking to people who are constantly angered by SJWs.  Yes, they're trying to silence free speech.  Yes, most of their arguments don't hold up under scrutiny, but like I said on my instalyrics instagram:
 

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Tuesday, 18 July 2017

Why I delete my tweets and you should too.


Today I deleted all my tweets and all of my favourite tweets. I try to do this at least once a year, or any time I get roped into some discussion on current events. Basically, when my tweets so longer represent who I am, I delete them.  For some reason, not a lot of people do this.  They keep every. single. tweet. for all eternity.

Now, if you're new to Twitter, that's one thing, but I see some people who have thousands of tweets and I think that's a big mistake.  Tweets are supposed to be snapshots in time.  They're thoughts you had that may not represent what you think now.  Even if your opinions haven't changed, past tweets are from an conversation that ended a long time ago.  Keeping these tweets is like constantly bringing up something that happen last year.  It's a waste of time.

I would also say that you should delete your tweets because no one cares about what you tweeted yesterday, but that's not true.  You should delete your tweets because almost no one who looks at what you tweeted yesterday is looking at your tweets with good intentions.  As we've seen over and over, past tweets are brought back to haunt people and they are used to destroy someone's life.  Don't make life easier for the SJWs and the Twitter witch-hunt brigade.

Finally, getting rid of clutter, whether it's offline or online is a good idea.  Make no mistake, any tweets that are over a week old, and even some that are a day old, are clutter.  They're thoughts, pictures, links, or gifs that, although potentially helpful at one time, have now worn out their usefulness.
 

Show me a Tweet that you think is timeless and I'll show you a tweet that should be shared somewhere else, like Instagram, Facebook, or on a blog.


Why keep anything that doesn't reflect who you are?  Why keep stale remnants of past conversations?  Why give SJWs ammunition to use against you later?  Why keep anything on a social media site that's quickly becoming obsolete?

Go here (no affiliate links, I promise) to delete your tweets.
Go here to delete your former favourites.
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Monday, 17 July 2017

What I Learned From My Biggest Mistake: Part One



My first attempt at adult life was a disaster.


In July of 2012 after graduating from University, I moved to Vancouver and into an apartment on the corner of Barclay and Thurlow.

The apartment was small and it was expensive. I thought I was getting a deal, because it was "only" $1050 per month in Vancouver's West End. Of course, I also thought I would find work.

Spoiler alert: This didn't happen.

In December of 2012 after running out of money, I moved back to Calgary and back in with my parents.

The experience was devastating, but I learned several lessons.

Lesson one is:

A degree isn't worth anything if it you're not employable.

There are two types of degrees. The first type teaches you something and trains you directly for employment. Business, engineering, education, and nursing degrees are some of the degrees in this group.

The second type of degree teaches you something, but it doesn't prepare you for work or make you worthwhile to employers unless it's paired with a post-grad degree, like a law degree or an MBA.

My degree is the second type. I have a Bachelor of Arts. A girl in my sorority has the same degree, but she went to law school in England. After I graduated, I assumed that my degree would just get me work. It didn't.

I got several temp jobs, but I just wasn't trained for the kind of work I wanted. Ironically, I didn't need a degree for the kind of work I wanted. What I needed was the diploma that I'm getting from the program I'm in now.

Whenever I ask someone, "What are you studying?" and they answer anything in the arts, social science, or humanities area, and they're not planning to go to grad-school, I worry.

If you go into a degree knowing that you won't find work and you're okay with just learning, that's one thing, but if you expect certain degrees to lead to employment without additional training, that's just not going to happen.

I don't blame people who choose these degrees. There's a whole generation whose parents recommended university as the only course of action because that's what the work world was like when they were growing up. Unfortunately, life is different now. Resumes are emailed, not mailed, "pounding the pavement" doesn't happen unless you're looking for a retail or restaurant job, and university graduates are a dime a dozen. Just holding a university degree isn't enough anymore.

My degree taught me to write well, read critically, and discuss ideas, but it didn't train me directly for any job. During my time in Vancouver, I had several one-day temp jobs, one of which was just working at a clothing sale. My interview for as full-time administrative assistant with BC Health Services went well, but the position was given to someone with more experience.

Don't apply to a post-secondary program without understanding what you're likely to get out of it, and consider whether that matches with your goals.

You don't have to go to university.You can go to a college or a trade school. Given today's economy, you might be more likely to find work with those credentials.

Companies, even those hiring for entry level jobs, often want experience. Education can sometimes substitute for that, but you don't need a university education.

 


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Sunday, 16 July 2017

The One Thing You Should Never Do On Instagram

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It's taken me so long to write this, and I feel bad about that because in the time that it's taken me to get my thoughts together, yet another social-media "expert" is recommending that you do something terrible to get followers on Instagram.

They're saying you should comment on posts.


Don't.

Just don't do this.

Please don't.

Unless you know that entire context of the post, don't comment.

Do you know what spam comments do? At best, they make you look spammy, and at worst, they make you look unbelievably insensitive


I didn't realize this until January ago. My step-mum's dad passed away and, like many people would, my step-mum and her brother and sister posted pictures of their dad on social media.

People who knew the story commented, "I'm so sorry for loss," and "I'm thinking of you."

However, one commenter who will never know how stupid they seemed commented, "Awesome!"

Now, this person didn't know the picture's context, but that's the point: They didn't know the picture's context, so they shouldn't have commented.

Unless you know why a post exists, don't comment on it. Instead, spend your time creating genuine interactions with people. Quality is always better than quantity.


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Saturday, 15 July 2017

Fashion Apps: The good, the bad, and the "huh?"

While going into shops and actually trying on the clothes is still my preferred shopping method, there are a lot of awesome apps that I use for fashion inspiration.  Below are my top seven. Why seven? Because that's how many I have on my phone.  As always, these are in alphabetical order and not order of preference:

Gilt

I love the name Gilt because guilt is what I'll feel if I use this app before I pay off my student loans.  Gilt offers designer clothes at a discount, but, at best, the discount usually keeps the cost at high-end retail. Think Chanel to Banana Republic. At worst, $6,000 earrings go down to $2,000. I'm also guessing that there's a fee for Canadians that I haven't seen. Nevertheless, if you're looking for something specific and the prices don't scare you, Gilt is a great app.
 

Hautelook 

http://www.hautelook.com

HauteLook is run by Nordstorm's and has amazing deals on both regular priced items and Nordstrom Rack items. The only problem is that if you're Canadian, you'll be spending an extra $20 on shipping. However, some items are still a good deal, even with the extra fee. And if you're American, it's even better. Besides, look at the States right now. Look what its going through. Canada can give America a win in the category of better shopping. Canada's winning at everything else.

Pinterest

http://www.pinterest.com

Pinterest, as you know, is not solely fashion, but it is amazing for fashion inspiration. Whether you want work outfits, casual outfits, going out outfits, or a way to turn ten pieces into a hundred outfits, Pinterest has got it. There's also awesome guides for people who want to dress like someone did on TV or in a film. Plus, you can pair your new fashion ideas with incredible makeup ideas. The best part of Pinterest is definitely the Polyvore sets, which is why Polyvore is my next favourite app.
 

Polyvore

http://www.polyvore.com

Polyvore is awesome, although it's less awesome since it started forcing people to make an account in order to use it. My guess is they're doing this for the advertisers. Because capitulating to advertisers always ends well, right YouTube? In any event, Polyvore is a great place to share ideas with your fellow fashionistas, and even browse some online shops. I'm not using Polyvore right now, because of the aforementioned account issue, but I can't wait until Twitter sorts out its problems with Polyvore so I can use its app again.

Reebonz

http://www.reebonz.com/ca

Reebonz is like Gilt, but whereas I could see myself ordering something off Gilt one of these years, the only thing I can afford from Reebonz is the used clothing it occasionally offers. This may be because, unlike Gilt, it doesn't promote itself as a bargain app. It has sales, but the prices are always designer. Reebonz always has the same Canadian-punishing fee as most other fashion apps, which I didn't figure out until I looked at the "Everything under $500 section" and some items were $600.

ShopStyle

 http://www.shopstyle.ca

ShopStyle has every piece of clothing and home furnishings in the entire world listed in one handy app. You can find literally anything and it will take you to the store's website. Its search function is amazing, too. You can search according to the brand, store, price, colour, and whether or not it's on sale. It also let's you filter out clothing shipped from outside Canada so Canadians can avoid those massive fees I keep having to mention. The only issue is the large amount of cheap Amazon clothing that shows up, but changing the price parametres helps prevent this.

StyleGrab


StyleGrab is similar to ShopStyle in that it lists clothes from almost every store and brand. The only issue is that it's incredibly hard to search for anything. Whereas ShopStyle let's you search with keywords, similar to Pinterest, StyleGrab only let's you search within its predesigned categories. This can be annoying if you're looking for something that StyleGrab thinks is obscure, like a work appropriate dress, since StyleGrab just has one category for that: Dresses. Still, it's a great app for finding deals on the stores' websites.

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Friday, 14 July 2017

Shelley (1980) - Alan Rickman Month

*This is a preview of next January's "Alan Rickman Month."*

What is it? Shelley.
Is it available online? Not really.
Had I heard of it before? Yes.

The episode of Shelley that Alan Rickman appears in is great. It's excellent. I wish I could have found the entire episode. As it is, all I found was the following clip. Although I'm not posting every Alan clip on each post, I'm posting this clip because it's funny and it makes me wish I could find the rest of the episode.


Alan plays a friend of the main character who stops by for dinner. If anyone in 1980 needed proof that Alan had impeccable comedic timing, this clip is it. I also like that the humour is British rather than American. I used to think I didn't like sitcoms, but now I realise that I just don't like American sitcoms; at least, I don't like American sitcoms made after 2004.

If you want to see something funny, watch the above clip and please let me know if a longer clip exists.
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