Thursday, January 28, 2016

Interviewing 101 via Stanford

Stanford Interview Pointers.pdf

Here is more from:


A job interview is your opportunity to demonstrate the value you would bring to a specific job and organization.

Before the Interview

Knowing that you have an interview coming up can be stressful. However, if you use the time before your interview to prepare yourself, you will likely look and feel more confident during the interview.
  • Research the job scope and qualifications, the company, and the interviewer.
  • Prepare a concise answer to the question “Who are you and why do I care?” The answer should be a short, memorable, and credible statement of your values that aligns with the interviewer’s needs. Construct an elevator pitch.
  • Think of persuasive examples that illustrate situations in which you had a positive, measurable impact, brought a relevant skill to bear on a task, or overcame significant obstacles to achieve a goal.
  • Have a set of 3-5 questions prepared that demonstrate authentic interest in the role and the company. At the very least, they should indicate that you have been to its website and read your interviewer’s LinkedIn profile.
  • Develop a case to present if it’s a consulting interview or a stock to pitch if it’s for an investing position.

During the Interview

Whether you get the job depends largely on how you behave at the interview — what you do, what you say, and how you say it.

Demonstrate the Following

  • Ability — focus on accomplishments that best illustrate your capability to solve complex problems and lead problem-solving activities
  • Fit — based on energy, expressed ambition, insight into the company, and respect for the interviewer’s time
  • Motivation — including the ability to summarize and align your skills and values with the needs and values of the target company, demonstrated in part by the quality and authenticity of your questions

Close Strong

  • Consider asking the interviewer if there are any areas of concern regarding your candidacy. This allows you to proactively address a concern that might not be expressed.
  • Reiterate your interest and excitement in the role.
  • Ask about next steps and timeline in the hiring process.
  • Request a business card if you do not yet have the interviewer’s contact information.

After the Interview

After a job interview, it’s important to follow up with the hiring manager. Thank the interviewer for taking the time to meet with you and to reiterate your interest in the position. Your thank-you letter, email, or call is also an opportunity to highlight your relevant qualifications and slip in important details that may not have come up during the interview.

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

How To Write A Joke

How To Write A Joke

From the article:

To understand how to write a joke, we must first understand why people laugh. Fact: the number one element that triggers human laughter is SURPRISE. It’s like magic, only with words. A magician surprises the audience when he does his trick. If there is no surprise, there is no trick. The formula for any magician is to have surprise. Without formulating surprise, you’re gonna have one hell of a boring act. Jerry Corley

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Headspace Meditation APP.

Free Headspace Meditation App.

From the site:

Say Hello to the Headspace meditation app

At Headspace we’re way more than a meditation app. But it’s important to us that the Headspace journey is accessible in as many ways as possible. So our mobile app makes practicing simple mindfulness techniques easy, from a variety of systems - helping fulfill our mission of a healthier, happier world, one mobile device at a time!

Mike Long on Comedy, Writing and Physics

Excerpt from the article above on Advice for Students:

Advice for Students

Physics is a Life Skill
“You may love physics, and just not know it,” Mike says. “If you crave order, if you imagine there is more to the world than mere opinion, it’s the way to go. What distinguishes it from other sciences is that it ultimately it teaches you how to think- if you can master the technique of learning physics, you can learn pretty much anything, and it will make you better at whatever you want to do.” 

Enjoy Your Work
“When you pick a career, the only question you should ask is ‘what looks like fun?’” Mike says. “The goal is to get up in the morning and do what you like. So many people say, ‘I’m going to find something that makes enough money so I can enjoy the rest of my time’- and that’s just a terrible mistake. You have to integrate your love with your work.” 

Don’t Rule Out Options
Mike initially ruled out writing as a career because he didn’t know if it was a practical career option. He leaned towards physics and biology because even though he didn’t know many professional scientists, he knew the sciences were thriving, mentally-challenging fields with many job opportunities. 

Regardless of what fields or subjects you are interested in, if you aren’t familiar with available career options, don’t rule them out. Research about them online and reach out to possible mentors. 
“If you really truly love it with your heart…find a way to do it,” Mike says. “The very best thing you can do is get paid to be yourself.”

Mike Rowe Works Scholarships Awarded to Central Lakes College Students

Two Central Lakes College students enrolled in the Diesel and Heavy Equipment Technician program were recently awarded a $1,000 tool scholarship from the mikeroweWORKS Foundation.
Tommy Hoheisel, of Pierz, and Rustle Warwas, of Eveleth, are both PSEO students currently enrolled in the CLC program.
In order to receive the $1,000 tool scholarship from the mikeroweWORKS Foundation, the student must be in an AED accredited Diesel/Equipment Technology program and have the highest cumulative GPA. The candidate is chosen by the Diesel and Heavy Equipment Technician program instructor.
The mikeroweWORKS Foundation is a foundation that Mike Rowe (host of the “Dirty Jobs” TV show) started to get people interested and to help them succeed in the Diesel/Equipment technology field. For the scholarship, two students are chosen from each college or high school that is AED accredited. It’s a great honor to be chosen, CLC program staff say. The scholarship money must be used to buy tools, which quite easy to do in the Diesel and Heavy Equipment Technician industry.\  Mike Rowe Works Scholarships

Monday, January 18, 2016

Reading Pulp Fiction Online with Links Walt Coburn

Library of Congress Pulp Fiction

Pulp Magazines Project

From the site:
The Pulp Magazines Project is an open-access archive and digital research initiative for the study and preservation of one of the twentieth century's most influential print culture forms: the all-fiction pulpwood magazine. The Project also provides information and resources on publishing history, multiple search and discovery platforms, and an expanding library of high-quality, cover-to-cover digital facsimiles.

Friday, January 15, 2016

Gaby Dunn on Comedy Process Video

Gaby Dunn: Open Mics from CJ Johnson on Vimeo.

I enjoyed this video on the process Gaby Dunn uses for performing stand up comedy in LA.  The video is dated, but it was still really informative and showed the difficulties associated with putting oneself out there and trying to make an unknown crowd laugh.  

Jaycees Ice Fishing Extravaganza POSTPONED

Brainerd Jaycees $150,000 Ice Fishing Extravaganza

Extravaganza is POSTPONED to February 6, 2016!

Brainerd Jaycees contest officials and the Crow Wing County Sheriff’s Office have decided to postpone the charitable ice fishing contest held on Gull Lake until February 6 in the interest of safety. “The warm weather has had an adverse effect on the lake ice; the result being inconsistent ice thickness through-out our lakes. The safety for our volunteers, personnel and those attending the event is the Sheriff’s Office main concern. The Sheriff’s Office would like to thank the Brainerd Jaycees for all the dedication and support that has been offered and look forward to a fun and safe event in the very near future,” Lieutenant Scott Goddard stated.

“With the latest cold snap, we were optimistic the ice would be ready for us, but Mother Nature had another plan,” Chairperson Angie Nelson said, “however, it's critical that we make sure the contest site is safe. This announcement will hopefully allow our participants enough time to adjust their plans to join us in three weeks.”

Click here for the latest press release!

Thursday, January 7, 2016

Brainerd Jaycee's Ice Fishing Extravaganza: 2016

It has been a mild winter in terms of temperature in Brainerd, Minnesota, and as of my last post on the Jaycee's Ice Fishing Extravaganza, I was very doubtful the event would take place on Jan. 23 as scheduled. However, in the past two weeks, Hole in the Day Bay on Gull Lake has been covered in ice, and a few houses have sprung up in the bay.  If the meteorologists are correct, the highs this upcoming weekend will only be the in single digits above zero.   This should allow for a good layer of ice, and I am confident the event will take place on the originally scheduled date. 

This is a great ice fishing event that benefits charities, and I have been going for the last few years.  I haven't caught any fish, but attending the event is worth it just for the people watching and the unique experience. 

Here is some news from the site:


Brainerd, MN – The Brainerd Jaycees 26th Annual Ice Fishing Extravaganza is set for January 23, on Gull Lake’s Hole in the Day Bay, north of Brainerd, MN. This year’s prize list is valued at nearly $200,000. Contest tickets are available for a discounted price of $30 November 1-30 at all Mills Fleet Farm locations, and the Mills Indoor Shooting & Archery Center. As of December 1, contest tickets will be available for $50 at all ticket outlets through the event date.

The 26th Anniversary has much in store, including the Catch of the Day Extravaganza Give-Away, Lindy Bounty cash prize, and a Kick-Off party featuring Dueces Wild Dueling Piano Show. If you cannot attend the event, there is also the Extravaganza raffle, with total prizes valued at $40,000. Tickets for this are $10 each and can be purchased from several Brainerd area charities and at all Minnesota ticket outlets.

The Brainerd Jaycees $150,000 Ice Fishing Extravaganza is completely volunteer run and all event proceeds are donated to area charities. The primary beneficiary is Confidence Learning Center, an outdoor recreational facility and camp for individuals with developmental disabilities. However, over 60 organizations in the Brainerd Lakes Area have received donations throughout the event’s history, which has exceeded $3.3 million in total. More information and official updates can be found at


Monday, January 4, 2016

Expert Advice: 8 Tips for Success From Freight Brokerage Owners

Expert Advice: 8 Tips for Success From Freight Brokerage Owners

Article Excerpt:

In Start Your Own Freight Brokerage Business, the staff at Entrepreneur Press and writer Jacquelyn Lynn explain how you can get started in the freight brokerage industry, from your first steps to hiring employees, marketing your business and managing your finances. In this edited excerpt, the authors share information from the trenches about how to survive in the freight brokerage industry.

Nothing teaches as well as the voice of experience. So we asked established freight brokers what has contributed most to their success and what they think causes companies to fail. Here’s what they told us:

Use Advertising and Marketing Techniques that Work

Track your marketing efforts so you can concentrate on the techniques that work and eliminate the ones that don’t.

Smyrna, Tennessee, freight broker Cathy Davis said small giveaway items, such as pens, note pads, caps and T-shirts, work well. Company newsletters with personal and industry information also get a good response. She said donations to fundraising events may be helpful (depending on the event and the degree to which it’s promoted), but the impact of website sponsorships is questionable. She recommended developing a three-panel printed brochure that's easy to include with letters, invoices and checks.

Chuck Andrews, an Indianapolis-based freight broker, builds name recognition by placing periodic ads in association newsletters as well as in annual association and industry directories.
 click the link at the topic of the page to read the entire article

Sunday, January 3, 2016

Palerider's Weekly Trucking Vlog #44-New Year/New Tires/Service

In this episode, Palerider shows the importance of patience in the trucking industry.  I could feel myself getting frustrated while watching the mix ups and disorganization he had to endure on this New Years Eve run from Dallas to Alabama.  It must take the patience of Job to keep quiet when dealing with all of the poor communication found between shippers and dispatchers. I appreciate the great attitude and videos shared by Palerider, a true professional in the commercial trucking industry.

Gerry Rafferty - Right Down the Line

Saturday, January 2, 2016

Van Bunk Bed Pictures, Links, and DIY Projects

For expediters, RV living, or any type of thrifty travel, these vans will give you an idea of how to live well on four wheels.

In this van, the owner has built in a bunk with storage underneath.   It also has some nice features including a skylight, fridge, and plenty of storage, along with a divider between the living area and cab. which allow the space to be heated or cooled easier.
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This is an example of an easy solution to using the back of your van as a sleeping quarters. The plywood can be folded out into a platform for sleeping when their is no cargo, and folded back up and put away to make room for cargo.

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This van has a built in bunk with storage underneath and a plywood sub floor. It also has an inverter and LED lighting for energy efficiency.

Read more about customizing your van at  thread on building van beds

The next two images include folding bed options for vans. to see the folding bed options they have for sale.

This is a DIY bunk based on an Airstream design.  It could be a great option for a van owner that wants to build a small sleeping bunk.

Do it yourself RV projects like the one pictured above

There are quite a few of these caravans still out on the roads.  They are dependable, and with the four cylinder option, fuel efficient.

This Astro Van pictures shows the different options available to a DIY van build.  This Astro van incorporated a folding bed/ kitchen table design usually seen in small pull behind campers.

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