back to your regularly scheduled blogging

Posted on Tuesday 11 April 2006

sense :: taste // cold coffee

Anyway.

You know, since LifeHacker posted a link to this freelancer’s guide today (and then literally after reading it I see this set of common mistakes by freelancers), if the guide is informative at all, I would make one hell of a freelancer. The trouble with it though, is finding the kind of industry that would pay me well enough for my work and consistently enough to live off of it. To be perfectly honest, for as much as I love writing for sites like NotSoHumble and Gears And Widgets, and how much I read sites like TreeHugger, LifeHacker, and Gearlog, I really think I should be a freelance writer; maybe even a tech writer, but I don’t know the first thing about trying to land in an industry like that.

Sometimes I’ve even thought that instead of trying to break into the tech writing market, I should just start my own kind of tech publication and do it myself, but that’s even less sure. I suppose nothing about freelancing could be considered “safe,” I’m just of the mindset that I would worry about not having a steady income source or any regular income that I could depend on. But then again, as the saying goes, “Habit, laziness, and fear conspire to keep us comfortably within the familiar,” (Jane Hirschfeld) and I won’t get anywhere without taking risks, right?

Maybe it’s something I’ll be able to do on the side, now that I’m all but finished with school (this is the last week!)

So, a while back I mentioned that Spirit had lost a wheel. Luckily, NASA engineers managed to find shelter for the winter in something of a last-minute diversion. I swear, everything involving those two rovers is dramatic and exciting.

Of course, as I write all of this about freelancing and such, I get a bite on a new job. Awesome.

Anyway, last but not least, I give you the two best Cat and Girl comics ever:
National Pastime
The Dense Fog of Privilege

Utterly glorious.

PS – I got my phone! Now I just have to figure out how to use all of the features!


2 Comments for 'back to your regularly scheduled blogging'

  1.  
    pastilla
    April 12, 2006 | 4:53 pm
     

    I imagine for the scientists who control Spirit’s movements, they “know” Mars, like when someone plays a computer game and develops a mental map of the route/routes. In that way, they are its first explorers . . . even if they never set foot on the planet itself. All cerebral. So inspiring.

  2.  
    April 12, 2006 | 8:30 pm
     

    Isn’t it wonderful? Even though they may not be there in person, they’re most certainly more “there” than anyone else on Earth, and they have to do the same things that an explorer walking on the surface would do-know the terrain, know the maps, deal with the difference in time between getting information from Earth to Mars, and all that sort of thing. It’s really remarkable!

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