Chris Mendla's Corner

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Bacon fat as a cheap fire starter.

Access to a cheap fire starter is a good thing. I usually have 1 or 2 strips of bacon with breakfast. I’ve been doing the bacon in the microwave. I put a paper towel in a microwave bowl, then the bacon and cover with a paper towel. Afterwards the towels make great fire starters. However, you have to be careful with how you store the grease soaked paper towels because of the danger of spontaneous combustion.

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Day 200 of my Great Job Search –

I am now into day 200 of my Great Job Search. I’m getting a steady influx of calls from recruiters. I’ve tweaked my job search a little.  I apply a principle  I call PEER to a lot of aspects of my life. It is Plan, Execute, Evaluate, Revise.   There are a lot of variations of that methodology used by many people.  Continue reading

The Great Job Search Saga – Day 184 – Some lessons learned

I’m now on day 184 of my job search. I’m getting 1-2 US recruiter calls per day and about 1-2 offshore recruiter calls.
 
The offshore recruiters are looking to fill US jobs. I’ve learned to ask where the position is located when they first call. I’m not interested in relocating at this time. 
I’m waiting on a start date for a job with a government contractor. However, some members of congress are holding things up for their own vote getting agenda. 
I’m getting more sideline work for Joomla, Ruby on Rails and WordPress. That is helping quite a bit. The more I see, the more I believe that the IT job market is semi controlled chaos. The whole process is ripe for someone to come up with a product or service to make sense of things.

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Jack Ma on failure and rejection

Jack Ma failed his primary school test twice  and failed is secondary school test twice. He was rejected for a job at Kentucky Fried Chicken. 24 people applied. He was the only one rejected. He was one of five applicants for the police force. He was the only one rejected. He applied to Harvard 10 times and was always rejected. So, who is this dismal failure?

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