Archive for the ‘Trying to make a buck’ Category

While looking for a job …

Wednesday, November 11th, 2009

I came across this contest, co-sponsored by Monster and the NFL. You can enter once per day.

And, speaking of things you can enter once per day, there’s this.

The Hazards of Gambling

Monday, July 20th, 2009

The Cunning Plan: Go to the dog track with sufficient money to bet on every possible winning combination.

The Anticipated Result: Profit!

What could possibly go wrong?

This reminds me of a Colorado lottery jackpot some years ago … you had to choose six numbers in the range from 1 to 42 to win. If I remember correctly, the cards that you used for selecting your numbers had eight rows of five numbers, and a ninth row with the last two numbers. In the drawing in question, the numbers in each corner of the layout were drawn, along with two others that fit into an obvious and fairly regular geometric pattern.

Because the pattern was fairly regular and obvious, more than one person had the winning numbers. I couldn’t verify this with a web search, but I believe that seventeen winners shared a ten million dollar jackpot. Given the dollar amount in question, I don’t believe that any of the winners were given the annuity option; I think they were all required to take cash. They didn’t get that much, because the cash prize is the amount it would take to buy an annuity for the listed prize amount, so they were all sitting around in the interview looking somewhat glum while saying that they were happy things turned out that way.

I imagine the British couple at the dog track had the same reaction (immediate glee followed by disappointment) to their dog track escapade. They’re worse off, however, since they actually suffered a loss, which the lottery winners didn’t.

Why didn’t I think of this?

Thursday, April 23rd, 2009

I had occasion to visit the Olde Town Pickin’ Parlor this afternoon. While I was there, two young men (late teens, I think) opened the door, and one called out, “Are you guys hiring?”

Looking for a public relations position, no doubt. It’s certainly a job search technique I hadn’t thought of using.

I’m back

Thursday, January 8th, 2009

Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands were great. We were on a tour with G.A.P. Adventures that had us on four of the islands over the course of ten days. We had two days in Quito beforehand, and did a separate tour from Quito to Cuenca and back afterward. More on that later, after I sort through my photos. I think I took about 2000 pictures on the trip … I had two cameras with me, one with two 1GB cards and a 512MB card, the other with a 2GB card and a 1GB card. Lots of pictures to triage.

The bad news is that the day before we flew down, I was informed that my first day back from vacation (Monday the 5th) would be my last day at the job. If they’d let me stay until Tuesday the 13th, that would have marked my 23rd anniversary with the company. Ah, well.

So, I’m looking for work, preferably in the embedded software field (I’m not ready to be a Wal-Mart greeter yet!), and also preferably on the northwest side of Denver. Yesterday’s priority: convincing the cat that she’s not entitled to continual attention, even if I am home all day. Luckily, I have a good resource for resumé cover letters – I wrote about it some time ago.

Microsoft won’t pay you for forwarding emails

Wednesday, October 1st, 2008

They will, however, pay you to search the web (as long as you use Internet Explorer on their search site, and will accept frequent flyer miles).

Work Productivity Meter

Friday, February 16th, 2007

Of sorts. I found it here.

As far as general USB peripherals go, I’d probably get more of a kick out of this one.

You know it’s a different culture …

Friday, February 16th, 2007

when you get asked how your day was, and they don’t understand why it’s progress when you say, “It still doesn’t work, but I’m getting different error messages now.”