Thursday, March 31, 2005
For the purpose of this theoretical question we must assume that you will be able to maintain a non-poverty level lifestyle, have a car, buy clothes for your family, and possibly even take time off for a short vacation.
Imagine two possible career tracks. They are both reasonably secure positions, one career pays more, but you will enjoy the other career more. Do you go for the money or do you go for the job you will enjoy?
I know I would put up with a job I disliked for longer as the wage rises. I would also be more willing to accept less money to do a job I really enjoyed. I think I would go for the job I enjoyed. Obviously, I couldn't do a job I really loved for little to no money. Something like that can only be done as a hobby. That's why I photograph weddings for the accolades of family and not for a career.
However if I could be sure of $10/hr as a photographer I would drop my $12/hr job at the warehouse in a second. Reading that last sentence leads me to believe that I would need satisfaction and security to make up for a simple $2 drop in wage. Or at least the same amount of security that I have at the warehouse, which for me is pretty secure.
This is somewhat of a difficult question for a lot of people because there are more than two variables that can easily outweigh each other depending on amounts. I could be convinced to do a terrible position for copious amounts of money, but I could also be convinced to do accept great position for a moderate amount of money.
Security, unfortunately takes at least somewhat of a back seat, at least for the time being. For one thing, I'm planning on quitting my job in less than three months to move to the far side of the world, a place I've never even visited.
Wednesday, March 30, 2005
It's a real pleasure to work with these guys because they are in school and a lot smarter than the majority of the rest of the crew.
Somehow we got on to the topic of what is most important to us in a career. Job security, job satisfaction, or money, and how would we rank the three.
The first nine people all gave different answers. Which was somewhat of a surprise. Some of the answers weren't surpirsing at all though. One guy in particular, probably in his mid-to-late fifties gave an answer that was very predictable. He said, "Having the job is the most important", so he values security, then money, then satisfaction. It wasn't surprising to me at all because of his age and the fact that he was working in a warehouse doing labour at his age.
Another kid, younger maybe in his early twenties, an anarchist/punk rocker type said satisfaction, security, then money. Which wasn't surprising to me because that seems how he approaches just about everything.
I said Satisfaction, Money, Security, but really overwhelming amounts of any one of those could over power the others. Mainly overwhelming amounts of money could keep me in a job I was indifferent to.
There is no wrong answer though, only poorly formed reasoning. What do you think about it and why?
Tuesday, March 29, 2005
Since it will be winter in Australia when we get there, we want to go to a place that will be a little warmer, and Perth is it.
After the first three months, we will likely move on around the Southern coast of the continent.
Really the locations and dates are still a little up in the air. There has been some talk of going to New Zealand as well.
I guess we'll just have to see what comes our way.
Sunday, March 27, 2005
It looks like Tracie's little sister, Amy, is getting married in June. We'll most likely be flying out to the wedding. The cost of the ferry alone is the price of a one way ticket (not including stupid airport taxes and saftey features that don't work anyway taxes).
This photo is of me at the park where Amy wants to get married. It's a nice park not far from the capitol building in Victoria. Tracie and I went there in 2003 during our trip to BC. The Transcanada Highway starts in that park.-Gary Milner
Wednesday, March 23, 2005
I found this discussion on Plastic.com. Please keep in mind that hurting 5 year-olds is wrong.
The question: How many 5 year-olds could you take on at once?
1. You are in an enclosed area, roughly the size of a basketball court. There are no foreign objects.
2. You are not allowed to touch a wall.
3. When you are knocked unconscious, you lose. When they are all knocked unconscious, they lose. Once a kid is knocked unconscious, that kid is "out."
4. I (or someone else intent on seeing to it you fail) get to choose the kids from a pool that is twice the size of your magic number. The pool will be 50/50 in terms of gender and will have no discernable abnormalities in terms of demographics, other than they are all healthy Americans.
5. The kids receive one day of training from hand-to-hand combat experts who will train them specifically to team up to take down one adult. You will receive one hour of "counter-tactics" training.
6. There is no protective padding for any combatant other than the standard-issue cup.
7. The kids are motivated enough to not get scared, regardless of the bloodshed. Even the very last one will give it his/her best to take you down.
8. How many do you think you could handle, and what fighting styles/combat moves would be most appropriate? Do you have any tips/tricks that might be helpful for dealing with likely problems, such as (but by no means limited to) human-wave tactics, ankle biting or eye gouging?
9. Your thoughtful contributions will no doubt be of great service to the community.
Here is one of the responses:
The children, enjoying the superiority of numbers, may have better luck with a "wolf-pack" technique- surround the adult and attack from the flanks and behind. As the adult turns to address those attacks, the children she was formerly facing can attack as well.
I'm actually having a hard time understanding the presumption that the children should use human wave and frontal assault tactics, because that removes two of the children's greatest assets- nimbleness and energy.
Attempting to draw out the adult, make him swing at kids he can't hit, seems to be the wisest course for the kids. Most five-year olds can run any adult into the ground, so "keep moving" could backfire. A vicious pack of children can harry an adult into exhaustion at very little risk to themselves, and an exhausted adult is easy pickins.
Nature has had a lot of time to develop strategies for lots of small creatures to take down bigger ones. Kids could learn a lot.
Tuesday, March 22, 2005
We got a call from the first couple who came to look at the house yesterday. They want to come by Friday and discuss buying the house.
We're both pretty excited, because that means we can probably have the house conditionally sold after only having the house listed for one week.
Monday, March 21, 2005
This little dragon appears to be looking at you. But if you rotate the base this way or that the dragon's head appears to turn the other way...
There is a video you can watch and a file you can download to make your own! I'm making mine right now. It's too bad for me that I don't have any colour ink for my printer. I'm sure it will work with grey paper too.
While we were standing there, the Best Buy guys were holding little contests and giving away prizes such as gift cards or in one case concert tickets to some mediocre band I had never heard of.
I went in a contest that consisted of doing your impression of something. The only thing I could think of was to do an impression of Tom Cruise shouting, "Show me the money!". It was by far and away better than the first two contestants but only somewhat better than the last contestant. Unfortunately for me the last contestant was there with his university freshmen buddies (who acted more like high school freshmen, by the way) and so they cheered the loudest and I ended up not getting the $25 gift card. A little while later, the lady supervising the ordeal gave me a coupon for $5 off a $10 purchase for participating.
Then after standing there, in the freezing cold for 45 minutes, they held the draw and I didn't win. You could probably tell, because I would have posted about it three days ago if I had.
15 more minutes passed and they let us into the store. I wandered around for a little while and the lady came up to me and gave me a $10 gift card. It really made my day because I probably wouldn't have used the $5 off a $10 purchase with out it.
I decided to buy a copy of "The Three Amigos" with my free $15. We haven't watched it yet, but I'm getting excited just thinking about it.-Gary Milner
Sunday, March 20, 2005
We had our second group of potential home buyers come by today. It's exciting to know that so many people that see our ad are actually coming by to see the house.
I think having the photos along with the ad goes a long way in trying to get people to come in and see the house.Update: Another couple came to look at the house just now. That makes three groups to go through in two days.
Update #2: a third couple came to look at the house today. They seemed pretty interested but want to come back for a second viewing with one of their parents. I suppose that if they do, they want to get the house.
Saturday, March 19, 2005
A few posts down, I mentioned that I haven't purchased a new camera yet, and Adam commented that he thought I was buying one when I lost all the weight. Well I haven't lost all the weight yet. My goal was to go from 245 to 205. I weight myself today (no like yesterday, I'm cool I'm calm I'm gonna be ok so take a look at me now, cause it's your last look, your last look forever) and I weigh 212 or so. I still have about seven lbs left to lose. Unfortunately for me, the last seven pounds are the hardest to lose.
As for Robert Blake, I heard that in celebration of the NCAA basketball tourneyment, he will be taking on the winner of the Michael Jackson trial with the winner of that advancing to take on O.J. Simpson. But the most interesting thing about the Robert Blake was the gunman outside caught on video shooting a lawyer. Police said William Strier, who apparently was angry that Gerry Curry was being paid from his trust fund, fired a revolver from close range at the lawyer just outside the Van Nuys courthouse on Friday. Curry was hit several times in the upper body. Gerry Curry was the divorce lawyer for Stirer's wife.
Friday, March 18, 2005
Here are some of the photos of the living room. I stitched them together in photoshop. The top two, of the living room are the first two that I did, and are my favorites. I got quicker with practice and by the end, I could make one in about half an hour depending on the complexity/clutteredness of the rooms.
I like the photo of the basement as well.
We got a phone call about two hours after the house was put onto Welist.com. Tracie talked to the man and answered all of his questions. It has given her a lot of faith in the system.
So if you are looking for a
house for sale in Calgary go ahead and click the link.
Take a look at www.welist.com/calgary.html. Look in the drop-down "by community" section on the left hand side for Country Hills and we're the blue house at the top.
-Tracie, Soon to be homeless and happy about it!
Monday, March 14, 2005
In other news, the price of digital slr cameras has come way down from when we bought that first one at the Gauntlet. The one I'm thinking of getting is down to S1050.00 + memory card and extra battery. I get the feeling that the whole thing would come in at less than $1500. Which is a lot more realistic than the $4000 the gauntlet spent two years ago.
I guess that I just have to save up my pennies, or put it on the credit card while Tracie isn't home.
Saturday, March 12, 2005
Tuesday, March 08, 2005
I wish we were designers, but we will probably just paint them the same poopy beige that they already are.
Last night I had a really good conversation with my brother Jeff using a program called Skype. It lets you do voice communication over the internet for free. If you want to talk to someone who doesn't have a computer, you can use it to call their telephone for 0.02 per minute.
Jeff has already purchased 10euros worth of time and used some of it to call Anna in Edmonton.
I guess I'll have to pay into it when I move to Australia.
Sunday, March 06, 2005
Tracie is getting really excited about going to Australia. We are almost done painting the exterior of the house. When that is done we will do an extreme cleaning and then put our house up for sale.
I also got a flickr account. Right now there are a few pictures of some of my Brother-in-law Dann's reptiles. I will be adding more soon. Gary Milner's Flickr Account
Friday, March 04, 2005
Dear GARY MICHAEL MILNER,
This is to advise that you have been granted an Electronic Working Holiday Visa, Subclass 417.
This visa allows you to make your initial entry into Australia no later than 12 months from the date that this visa was granted. Your initial entry to Australia must not be after 04 March 2006.
This visa permits you to stay in Australia 12 months from the date that you first enter Australia. It provides you with multiple travel to Australia, which means that you can leave Australia and re-enter Australia as many times as you wish during your 12 month stay.
It looks like we'll be leaving in a little over four months.
We're in the process of painting the deck. Tracie did a lot of it yesterday. It's really surprising how long it takes to paint the railing on the deck. We're also going to paint the deck of the deck with a second coat of paint as the first coat is wearing off a little.
When the painting is done, we'll start super cleaning the house.
Wednesday, March 02, 2005
It was a pretty heavy night with 1100 pieces needing to be shipped and not the normal 800-900. The funny thing is that, we got done at the same time we usually get done with the extra people.
It's funny how you can get rid of six people, add work and still come out on time when none of the lazy people are there to get in the way.