Friday, January 29, 2010

My Two New Blogs

Enjoy yourself here, but I'm not here anymore.

I'm either at my desktop publishing blog, Desktop Icon, or my new personal blog, The Return of Brunobaby.

See you there!

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Not All Efforts At Rebranding Are Successful

Like this one, for example.

But I'm still working on mine. In fact, I'm working on two new brands: One personal and one professional.

Watch this space. Not that it'll be here, but you'll be directed to two new spaces.

Monday, May 18, 2009

Ablated and Avulsed, and Ready for Summer

I went to the vein doctor for the follow-up and bandage removal, and I'm healing just fine if you like big purple bruises. I'm supposed to follow up again in a month.

I had a craving for a Hebrew National hot dog from the Mount Sinai cafeteria a couple of blocks away. They changed the stations around a little since the last time I was there. Also, they now have candy. Also since the last time I was there, I've lost 20 pounds and most of my varicose veins, and my job. But it's not like I've misplaced my job, and it's not even as if somebody else is doing it. The job was done, and now I'm searching for another one to do.

Monday, May 11, 2009


I haven't abandoned this blog; just posting updates to Facebook and figuring out what's next. Also trying to figure out the season finale of House (okay, so they didn't sleep together?)

At the moment, I'm recovering from the second, probably last, leg vein procedure--smaller bandage and I only have to wear it for a week.

Over at Ambiance, which Amba started because she was tired of Ambivablog, they've been blogging about "is blogging over?" No, it's just changing, like everything else. When I was interested in making sense out of politics, I followed political blogs. Now I'm following recession and job-hunting blogs. So either I'm a dilettante, or different blogs spring up at different times to fill different needs, like pop-up stores.

The next thing I'm going to do, both for income and for online presence, is taking shape. So if you're still reading this, thanks, and if you're not, then you're not reading this.

Friday, May 01, 2009

I Did A Word Cloud of My Resume In Wordle

Wordle: Melinda's ResumeAnd this thumbnail should take you to a size you can read.

Monday, April 27, 2009

Some Genius Thought This Would Be A Good Idea

A low-flying plane over Lower Manhattan.

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

They Need Java

And so do I.

O'Reilly--the tech manual company, not the right-wing talk show host--has this snapshot of IT job market trends. It only goes up to last November, when the economy fell apart, but these trends are expected to continue for the two or three jobs that are still left.

The second most popular skill is SQL, which is database programming, which is the computer job thing I'm considering learning next. When I've told some people this, they've said, "Oh, you don't want to do that, you're creaaaaaaative!" which you'd think would be a compliment, but it's said in a tone of voice that indicates, "Oh, you're not smart, you're Giggles the Clown."

I've also had creative people say to me, "Computers, oh, you'd be good at that. You're smart." And you'd think that would be a compliment, too, but it's said in that tone of voice that means, "Oh please stop trying to be creative, you're an unimaginative geek and you're only causing painful embarrassment to everyone but yourself."

The work I've been doing for the past nineteen years, desktop publishing, was something I got into because there was a growing need for it in companies and a growing need for me to make a living other than trying to make drunks laugh at two in the morning and then getting up four hours later to temp at law firms. My college degree was in graphic design, and I'd already been working with computers since 1983. (Those articles telling Baby Boomers to acquaint themselves with that-there newfangled technology are bogus; most 50-ish people have been using computers for most, if not all, of their working lives.)

But over the past few years, desktop publishing has gotten, excuse the expression, dumbed down. Consumers who've never taken a graphic design class in their lives have a home computer, a desktop printer and a million fonts, and often try to use all of them in the same piece. One of the reasons that I'm currently unemployed is because the department I was working in was becoming obsolete. We found ways to automate the production process so that managers and their assistants could download pre-made presentations off the company intranet. It became apparent to me, although apparently not soon enough, that in order to stay employed, the next thing I would have to learn to do would be to program the company intranet. Either that or stay home and write that novel. And I've found from past experience that when I stay home to write that novel, I don't write...I go window-shopping every day for stuff I don't buy.

So here are some possibilities for me right now:

1. Sign up at temp agencies so I'll have something to make money from, even if it's a day of word processing;

2. Sign up for an IT certificate at a reputable place of higher learning;

3. Join some kind of writers' group so that I will have to show up with some printed matter once in a while and can listen to something other than the sound of my own voice babbling prose like a lunatic.

I've got plenty of fine whines about wanna-be writing workshops, but they'll have to wait for another post. Meanwhile, I think NYU has an open house next week for their data mining intensive. Time to wind up my propeller beanie.

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