Pipeline: A few things therein

22 07 2009

Hello, sorry to not have been more active in the past few weeks, but I have been working on several things simultanously and have found it difficult to find time and post an update.

I am excited to announce that in the coming week I will be finalising and launching one of the websites I have built for one of my customers. He is happy with the work I have done, and I am happy that it suits his up-and-coming business’s needs for the foreseeable future.  Watch this space for more information.

I have also been been dedicating some of my spare time to personal projects I can use to bulk up my portfolio. I have come to the conclusion that I would very much like to pursue my interests in the current wave of user-experience/user interface design interlaced with various aspects of rich media (audio, video and imagery). The future of these my interestes in this sphere of technologies opens up a whole realm of possibilities, particularly with the current technological trends pointing towards more natural interactions with machines,  as demonstrated by the iPhone and the Nintendo Wii. The future of these technologies? Well, lets just say that in the future i’d like to work on a brain/reality interface. For these reasons, I have been trying to capitalize on my interests by spending time on the following projects;

– Compiling/Mixing/Mastering a mix of my favourite electronic music.  I rarely mention to anyone in fact that I am an avid fan of eletronic music and techno, and have moonlighted as a DJ in the past because more often than not, it is misinterpreted. Since I have realised that what people think of me is not important, but rather my actions that count,  I have decided to compile this mix and feature it as a part of my portfolio.  Since I am 12,000 miles away from my mixer and turntables, I am going to pursue this venture using software production software (Ableton Live amongst others) . This project is something I have had planned in my head for many years, and am still sorting through 100+ tracks on the shortlist. Watch this space.

– New website/blog/portfolio. I am fond of this WordPress blog, but I feel I have outgrown it now, and feel that by showcasing my own design, it will give prospective employers a good idea of what I am capable of. I am in the process of designing and a new blog/portfolio from scratch. I am enjoying learning about different styles of design. I am particularly fond of the use of minimalism combined with strong iconography and clean typography to achieve strong visual impact.  I still plan to base it around the WordPress CMS, because I admire it’s simplicity and ease of use compared to other CMS systems.  This project is also proving to take more time than previously thought, due to the fact that I am my own worst customer. I change my mind every 5 minutes, and I find myself being too much of a perfectionist. I hope to finish it soon. In the meantime, I am enjoying sharing and discussing all things web related with my contacts on Twitter.

TTFN

– Dave

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Job hunting using Social Media

31 05 2009

Looks like I am not the only one looking at alternative methods of finding a job. After much research, I found many blogs and articles describing how to best use social media to maximize your exposure  across a variety of  social networking sites, and establishing useful contacts. I even found a ‘How to get a job using Twitter’  how-to on Mashable with several stories of success in the comments section.  I wonder how long it will take for this job-searching methodology to trickle down to other non-technlogical  industries, if it does at all?





Looking for work, with a twist..

25 05 2009

Since my arrival back in Melbourne, I have been looking for work, without much success. I’m sure there are plenty of people out there in much the same situation as me. Luckily I was put in contact with a recruitment expert called Phil Webster at Align Recruitment who very kindly offered me a great deal of very good advice. He told me that most employment in some select industries (IT in my case) works on a referral basis, often bypassing the advertising of the role altogether, which explains why proportionately few IT jobs are advertised, compared to other skill areas. This might not be news to some, but I find it an interesting trend that correlates with the increased usage of social networking tools in high-tech business circles such as Linked In and Twitter. Just goes to prove that it is in fact more about who you know, than what you know. On this basis, I am going to modify my strategy and hopefully, land myself a job! Watch this space.





Goodbye Gatton!

13 05 2009

Gatton in the Twilight, originally uploaded by a3396717.

I took this the afternoon prior to us leaving Gatton. I really enjoyed my time in Gatton doing farmwork. At first is was hard, but after a while it was OK. Our coworkers were friendly and genuine. It’s something I believe very few people of my generation will ever get to experience.

The world has changed so much in the past 50 years, and living a simple life, working outdoors in the fresh air and sunshine looking after the land, and reaping what you sow (pardon the cliche!) is a very rewarding experience. Best of all, your work stays at work, and your time at home is your own. No pressure from deadlines or stresses about climbing the ladder. I guess its certainly a good way to lead your life. However, our feet were getting itchy, and we knew it was time for a change.





Welcome to my new office….

21 04 2009

Missouri Tractor – HDR, originally uploaded by crsaze.

After not finding much work in Brisbane, we took a risk and headed to a small country town called Gatton, 90 kms west of the city. We managed to find work and accomodation within the space of 24 hours which was very fortunate. We are now working for a company called Winpack, which runs a farm and vegetable packing & distribution business, and we are employed as casual labourers doing all kinds of odd jobs.

For the past few days we have been mainly planting Broccoli and Lettuce. Its not hard work, but the days are long (usually 10 to 12 hours) and the work is repetitive. However, we do get to spend all day outside in the fresh air and sunshine (and occasional shower!) and I have been feeling my body begin to thank me for subjecting it to some hard work for once! I feel very fit, and am having no trouble getting up at 5am every morning which is very odd indeed.

I shall try and get some pictures of the farm if I get a chance, as there is hardly a moment when we’re not put to good use!

Also some pecularities about the local dialect in and around Gatton:

Broccoli is pronounced ‘Brock-ol-aye’

and

Every statement is followed by an ‘ey’ (which sounds like eeyy) at the end, much like the following;

“These plants are pretty small eh”

Ps Will look into getting my twitter feed fixed, as i’m not entirely sure what is wrong with it. Fixed!

TTFN