Don’t believe everything you think

If your life, or the life of someone you really love depended on your every thought being 100% truthful and accurate, how long would you live… really? Everyone makes up stories to give meaning or understanding to life events and to fill in for missing knowledge. Repeated over time, these become assumptions and part of our decision making process as we mov though life. They even become memes as we share this information with others. Lies, even if just told to ourselves, tend to catch up with us and may no longer serve us well at some critical moment in … Continue reading

Getting Started in WET 3.1

Ramping up on WET 3.x and HTML5 standards can be overwhelming but it is so worth it as there is a lot of new functionality that comes built-in. Here is some information that you might find helpful. The following topics are covered in this article: Share Your Ideas! Images Magically Resizing WET 3.1 Browser Widths Useful Online Resources and Tools How to Install a Bookmarklet Bookmarklet: WAVE Current Page Bookmarklet: W3C Validate Current Page Bookmarklet: Link and URL Extractor Bookmarklet: Resize this page Bookmarklet: WET 3.1 Working Examples Search Engine Making Columns and Same Height Columns in WET Wrapping DIVs … Continue reading

How to Set the Opacity of a DIV Background Using CSS

Some people call it the smoked or glass effect — it’s the ability to set the opacity or transparency of a background of an overlaying div using CSS. You might want to use this technique to ensure text is clearly legible when it overlays an image or even other text without blocking it completely. While you could use opacity:0.5 to make it 50% transparent, this has the side effect of making everything in the DIV semi-transparent, not just the background. If this isn’t your intention, save that one for another time. A better solution is to use rgba() which controls … Continue reading

Hosting a live business event (courses, seminars, classes)

Check out your local library. Many offer space for free or for a small charge. For example, at the time of this writing, the local library here charges $75 for 4 hours on a pay-as-you-go for profit basis but will let you use their facilities for free (with 4-5 months minimum advance notice) if you are doing it as a community service. The reason for the advanced notice is because they will even do free advertizing in the city’s recreation guide and website and put up posters in the libraries for you. They will also manage registrations for you. Things … Continue reading

Conducting Interviews

The purpose of an interview is to assess the skills, experience, and cultural fit of your potential employee. These articles will help you prepare to conduct an effective interview: Interview Tips and Interview Techniques — This page includes lots of great information and links on conducting the interviews including conducting powerful interviews, best practices for interviews and more. The Interviewing Cheat Sheet: 100 Resources for Interviewers and Candidates Basic Interviewing Techniques Pop Quiz: Will you be using Behavioural or Results oriented technique for your interviews and why? If you can’t answer that question, go back and read the information over … Continue reading

Distinctions in the Canadian Writing Style and Language (English, French, U.S. English)

Did You Know? Canada has its own English and French which includes its spelling and even words. For those who already knew that, the following is usually the next question to come up: Should I use the Canadian spelling when writing to an American? The answer is a definite Yes! The biggest culprit to Canadians by far, besides not knowing how to spell in our own English, is their Windows based computer. In an attempt to correct this situation, there are three places in Windows where you will need to make changes: Changing the Windows Keyboard Language (English, French and the placement of the … Continue reading