Month: January 2015

GUILTY!

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By Grant J Everett

When I was about eight, I decided to go over to the neighbour’s house with an older child to play their NES (for those of you under thirty, this stands for Nintendo Entertainment System). Such a choice may sound pretty ordinary…except for the fact that the neighbours weren’t home at the time and we used a rear window instead of their front door. I then proceeded to enjoy Mario for a couple of hours before leaving the same way I got in. We left no sign that we’d even been there.

As soon as the neighbours got back home from their holidays I rushed over, dissolved into tears and wailed a confession about what I’d done. I was inconsolable, as I thought I was in the biggest trouble EVER. My parents would surely disown me and I’d spend the rest of my life as a tattooed preteen in Cobham juvenile detention centre breaking rocks with a toffee hammer.

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The clothes maketh the woman

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According to the Fitted for Work website, there are 350,000 Australian women currently registered as looking for work. This means there’s some serious competition, so you ladies need to give yourself as much of an advantage as possible. The answer: dress up!

Being well dressed for an interview boosts your confidence. It also has an effect on the people who are interviewing you. If you’re dressed nicely it shows that you’re a serious contender. Sure, you can’t judge a book by its cover, but in a job interview the employer only has a few minutes to get an idea of what a candidate is like. Impressions count.

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Spiritual currency spent on mental health

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A belief in religion (or its red-headed step-brother, spirituality) is almost universal across every culture within the human race. A 2005 survey published in the Encyclopaedia Britannica found that total atheists are very rare at about 2.3% of humanity. In other words, less than three people in a hundred think that life is a cosmic accident and death is the end. The rest believe in Something, even if they aren’t sure Who or What it is. Whether you belong to the Roman Catholic church or dabble in peyote and animism with a Native American tribe, humans seem naturally wired up to believe in something greater, something beyond our temporary physical shells.

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Do you still need a landline phone?

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You need to have a way for people to contact you. It’s as simple as that. Family, friends, work, your favourite shops, your bank and many other individuals and organisations will need to give you a buzz at one time or another, and living in a communications Dark Age is impossible now. Sure, you may be able to go without the Internet, or a mobile phone or a computer, but totally closing yourself off from the world is not a good idea. To make things more urgent, government agencies such as Centrelink and the tax department will have great trouble processing any of your forms or paperwork without a contact number, which will make life harder for you.

Australia’s two largest landline providers, Optus and Telstra, both claim that the landline isn’t dead yet, and still serves an essential purpose for all of their customers. Then again, this is the phone company saying you need a phone, so there may be a little bit of bias, but they do make some good points, such as:

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Celebrities on (and sometimes completely over) the edge

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The fact that many people in creative fields experience mental health issues should come as no surprise. Not only do schizophrenia, depression and other psychiatric conditions not discriminate (there’s no single demographic of people on Earth entirely free from their touch) but there even seems to be a causal link between mental health issues and creativity. Actors, in particular, seem to be even more eccentric than the average creative sort. Here are some famous people you may know and the conditions they live with. It seems that even those who have the world at their beck and call aren’t immune to mental health issues…

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The sublimely beautiful Catherine Zeta-Jones has Bipolar II, which means she has severe depressed episodes, but only suffers from a mild manic state called hypomania. Many other people with Bipolar have a more pronounced manic phase that can involve excessive confidence, euphoria and making rash decisions, and it’s a good way for a rich person to become a poor person in very little time.

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Healthy cooking methods

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Hey, put away that deep fryer! Here’s a list of simple, low-fat cooking methods you can test out if you want to avoid coming down with a lethal dose of abdominal flubber, and this list will also ensure your food keeps its nutritional goodness. If you’d like to know how to whip up something more complex than cheese-on-toast, you’ll need to know the difference between these terms before touching your oven or grill. Which of these methods you’ll like the most will depend on your own personal tastes, as one person’s delicious steamed salmon is another person’s toxic nightmare.

Steaming

Place your food on a rack, put the rack above boiling water, then cover the pan and the rack of food with a lid. Ideal for veggies, chicken, fish and much more. Steaming is regarded as the healthiest form of cooking of all because no nutrients are lost from the food itself during the cooking process.

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Don’t just get a job: keep it

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by Grant J Everett

Is your job all about getting jobs for other people? Want a better success rate? This article is for you!

Employers need employees who can get the job done. Matching the right employer with the right job seeker is a process ruled by this simple factor, and has very little to do with compassion. If a person isn’t qualified, then it’s unrealistic for them to expect to get the job in the first place. If they fail to do their job once they get it, it’s unlikely they’ll keep it. Playing the “disability card” may buy a little leeway, but such excuses will not remain effective in the long run.

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