@werewolfbarmitzvah Seriously! Who gives a shit about those stupid hippie coworkers/roommates? No, I do not care about your idyllic and twee pastimes. Leave me alone.
@stuffisthings Slaycation -- a killing spree? Or a serial killer taking some time off? Spaycation: Probably a bad but necessary time for your dog or kitty.
I went to a design conference in June and Armin Vit had a session about designing the killer logo. The first thing he told us was to not design logos that look like a wang. And then we looked at a ton of logos, good and bad. The best ones were the simplest ones, and I think that's why a lot of people think logos are overpriced, saying 'Well I could do that,' to a simple collection of lines and shapes and occasionally color. Sometimes, they're overpriced shit (like the Pepsi monstrosity up there, or the gradient Gap logo from earlier this year). But there's still a creative process and piles of work to get to the end result, which is a bunch of lines and space broken up into a pleasing way that will convey who you are, on all of your company's material: website, letterhead, business cards, other printed media, etc. Incidentally, I had seen that BP sunburst logo out and about as early as 2005. It was a nice change from the earlier imperialist shield. No, this does not excuse them being a horrible company, etc.
@TheDilettantista You make yourself indispensable to the organization. Then, when the time is right, you schedule a meeting and present to them the work you do for them, with numbers attached whenever possible. Ex: I have created 14 reports about XYZ; handle 47 clients weekly, and reworked the ABC system to be 15% more efficient (or whatever). You include the same sort of things you would put on your resume as your experience & accomplishments at this job. You expressly say that your institutional knowledge is a value you bring to the table—because you want to emphasize that it will cost them more to train a new person than to boost your salary. You also say you want your salary to reflect your contributions and experience. I did all this at a nonprofit this year. I was underpaid before, but it worked and I am more financially comfortable now.
@moreteawesley I can do this, but not in 10 minutes. Give me a 2-hour snooze on a Sunday afternoon; it's bliss.
@Harriet Welch Thanks for this! My mom is in pretty good financial shape but my Dad is definitely not thanks to a second marriage to an insane lady + being self-employed for decades means he has no retirement (he does have health insurance which he purchases, plus he takes pretty good care of himself). Now that he's divorced from his horrible ex-wife (not my mom), I don't lay awake worrying about him, but I do wish there had been some foresight about the consequences of these choices and how they would affect his quality of life now.
@alexandria This is an absolutely terrible idea and a great way to get bedbugs. Bedbugs can live for a long-ass time without feeding. For accurate information about bedbugs, go to bedbugger.com. Don't take furniture off the street.
@dotcommie Yes! Slow cookers are your friend for lazy, cheap eats like soups and stews. I usually use mine in the winter but now I'm on the hunt for good summer crock pot recipes. They're ideal for summer cooking because they will not heat up the kitchen very much. You can also use them to make apple butter, which is delicious.
@editrickster *that is to say, Maid-Rite. <--Former Daytonian
@Killerpants What, you and I both know there's nothing like a Made-Rite.