In a post I wrote several years back, outlining some of the key gift-buying guidelines you should follow when buying Christmas presents (or any presents, for that matter), I said that you should forget about the cash value. Instead, look for a gift that you think the person will like and appreciate, particularly if it’s something he or she may not necessarily buy for themselves. And it is with that kind of philosophy in mind that I present this budget-oriented holiday gift guide to you. A great gift shouldn’t have to break the bank and all of these options can be had for less than forty bucks.
“If I’ve learned one thing in the 14 years I’ve been a full-time cartoonist, it’s that you can not let anyone else define your professionalism. It has to be a personal ethos to which you adhere despite third party influence or acceptance. The old measuring sticks for professionalism are going away and now more than ever it’s time for independent creatives to set the bar. Set it high.”
Looking back, I can see how the career of a traditional cartoonist would not be all that different from that of a freelance writer. You create your content and then you hope to sell that content for a profit. The key difference is that the three individuals I named above came from more a traditional print perspective. Their comics got syndicated in newspapers across the country and around the world.
Today’s industry is different. Web comics dominate the space.
Considering that a good part of what I do as a freelance writer is cover the world of technology and consumer electronics, the natural assumption is that I will always buy the newest and shiniest toy on the block. My cell phone contract just expired, so I became eligible for a hardware upgrade and was on the hunt for a new smartphone. Did I get a Galaxy Note 4? A OnePlus One? A 2014 Moto X? No. My new smartphone is actually something that came out last year: a Nexus 5.
Having a child is, quite literally, a life changing event. In many ways, it is even more profound and far-reaching of a change than moving out for the first time, getting married or starting your first career. Being responsible for a rather helpless little baby is all-encompassing and it is not a responsibility to be taken lightly. That’s a big part of the reason why we over-think everything and stress ourselves out over the matter. Everything changes.
Did you know that the predecessor to Beyond the Rhetoric was a humble Geocities site called Now That’s Entertainment? Following that fun little tidbit, this week’s speedlink has a dash of nostalgia mixed in with all sorts of ways to keep entertained.
In the case of Zach Rosenberg, he’s sad that his son will never get to enjoy playing video games at the arcade the same way that he did in his youth. I also grew up as an arcade brat and while those stained carpets and sticky controls left a lot to be desired, there is something incredibly satisfying about placing your quarter on the ledge of a Street Fighter II cabinet to indicate you’ve got next.
Here on Beyond the Rhetoric, I’ve developed the habit of reviewing a lot of restaurants. In addition to all the eateries in and around the Vancouver area, I’ve also highlighted several from more exotic locations around the world. However, we haven’t been eating out nearly as much as we usually do these last couple of months, since we’re busy taking care of our newborn daughter. Instead, we’ve been cooking most of our meals at home.
If you have a good-for-nothing acquaintance who is constantly mooching off of the people around him, if this person is always trying to extract resources from others, you might call this person a leech. Or is he a leach? Both leech and leach are pronounced exactly the same way, but just like site and cite, they have entirely different meanings and usages.
“Nobody has things just as he would like them. The thing to do is to make a success with what material I have. It is a sheer waste of time and soul power to imagine what I would do if things were different. They are not different.”
I would like to start up my own blog, but I just don’t have the time or energy to do that right now. My company would be able to make more international sales, but the current exchange rate just isn’t that favorable. My restaurant would be more popular if it were not for this odd location and if I had more advertising money.