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Comment: Think local (Score 1) 332

by mhrivnak (#38850365) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Money-Making Home-Based Tech Skills?

Focus on networking in your local area. Even if you mostly work from home, many employers value the fact that you could come in once in a while for meetings and such. This is what differentiates you from someone overseas. Join local user groups for whatever languages interest you, and any other tech topics that interest you. I see quite a bit of professional networking happen in linux user groups, for example.

Few employers will advertise for a part-time developer, but if you have a chance to make a pitch (hopefully based on a personal introduction from the professional network you're trying to grow), many employers will go for it. But it's up to you to make the case for why it will work.

In the mean time, a great way to get some experience for the resume and learn a lot about how to design software is to work on one or more open source projects.

Comment: 2009 is the International Year of Astronomy (Score 1) 315

by mhrivnak (#26366355) Attached to: The Illuminati Project Pushes For Dark Skies In 2009

http://www.astronomy2009.org/

2009 is also the International Year of Astronomy.

From their website... "The International Year of Astronomy 2009 is a global effort initiated by the International Astronomical Union and UNESCO to help the citizens of the world rediscover their place in the Universe through the day- and night-time sky, and thereby engage a personal sense of wonder and discovery."

Comment: Successful part-timer (Score 1) 396

by mhrivnak (#26184981) Attached to: Is Finding Part Time Work In IT Unrealistic?
I am fortunate to be working part-time on a small development team. I target 20 hours per week, but that fluctuates with other things in my life. We have three full-time developers and two part-time. For me, the key is staying engaged on our project's email list. Even when I'm doing other things, I check that list many times a day and respond to issues as they come up. I get to do a lot of the design work, and that comes with the responsibility of making myself available and communicating well, even when off-site.

Comment: Re:Les Mis is pretty terrible anyway... (Score 1) 411

by mhrivnak (#8280185) Attached to: Computers Replace Musicians In West End Musical
As a classical musician, I'll play just about any gig that pays the bills. It's a very tough industry, and these sorts of changes in society are making it even more difficult for ensembles to survive.

It all comes down to a lack of arts in schools. We are breeding fact-crunchers with no creativity or appreciation for artistic expression.

Take your work seriously but never take yourself seriously; and do not take what happens either to yourself or your work seriously. -- Booth Tarkington

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