Chad Perrin: SOB

21 January 2010

Wanna help Haiti?

Filed under: Geek,RPG — apotheon @ 05:25

The SigO and I decided to take advantage of a deal offered by DriveThruRPG to both donate money to aid Haiti in its time of need and get something for ourselves at the same time. DriveThruRPG has this deal linked right there on the first page of its site, but I’ll provide a direct link to the Gamers Helping Haiti order page for the lazy. I even went so far as to order a copy for a friend who was too lazy to get his wallet.

What you get is, in addition to the knowledge you contributed some money to a good cause, $1481.31 worth of roleplaying game PDFs from DriveThruRPG. Of course, that’s as measured by their usual prices — your personal estimation of what these things are worth might differ.

Anyway, if you have any interest in RPGs and want to donate $20 to relief efforts in Haiti, this is a pretty good deal, I think.

18 January 2010

Business Terms Explained

Filed under: Humor,Profession — apotheon @ 03:43

I found a list of a few common terms in job postings whose meaning you should understand before responding to the ad. I thought I’d share:

  • Apply In Person: We’ll tell you the position has already been filled if you are old, fat, ugly, or tattooed.

  • Career Minded: Female applicants must be childless, and pregnancy will not be tolerated.

  • Casual Atmosphere: We don’t pay you enough to buy nice ties and shoes.

  • Competitive Salary: We stay competitive by paying less than our competitors.

  • Duties Vary: You will be asked to serve coffee, handle the boss’ dry cleaning, or wash an executive’s car, from time to time.

  • Fast-Paced Company: We have no time to train you.

  • Good Communication Skills Needed: When management fails to communicate effectively — which is often — you will be expected to listen carefully and figure it out on your own. If something goes wrong, you will be blamed.

  • Must Be Deadline Oriented: You will already be six months behind schedule the day we hire you.

  • Must Have an Eye for Detail: We have no quality control, so if something goes wrong, we’ll blame you.

  • Must Have Leadership Skills: You will get the responsibility of management without commensurate title, pay, or respect.

  • No Telephone Calls Please: We’ve already filled the position. This posting is just a legal formality.

  • Problem Solving Skills Critical: The office is in perpetual chaos, and nobody knows how to prioritize.

  • Seeking Candidates with a Wide Variety of Experience: You will be expected to do the jobs of three people who just left.

  • Some Overtime Required: . . . each night and every weekend.

Notes from Beyond

Filed under: Miscellaneous — apotheon @ 03:10

While going through some of my old papers today, I stumbled across some notes from my late grandmother, Audrey. My favorites follow:

  • There are times when silence has the loudest voice.

  • It’s what you learn after you know it all that counts.

  • Most of us can keep a secret. It’s the people we tell it to who can’t.

  • People may doubt what you say, but they will believe what you do.

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