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  • Brenna: I'm eating an organic, whole wheat pop tart.
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I guess Rochester is pretty small. Pretty small and most of the residents have lived there for most of their lives, or at least grew up in the Upstate New York area. If you meet a stranger, you can usually drum up a conversation, bonding over your dislike of finicky Rochester weather, your knowledge of Syracuse basketball, or at the very least, you can argue over the best the place to get a garbage plate.

San Francisco is home to roughly 810,000 people as compared to Rochester’s 210,000 (thanks, Google). A large percentage of the inhabitants have migrated here from somewhere else, a phenomenon that results in an amazingly diverse culture and relatively few options for small talk. Bringing up city landmarks in an attempt to find common ground can turn you into a tourist (“OMG! I was at the Golden Gate Bridge yesterday! Sooo awesome!”) while trying referencing small, ‘local flavor’ places risks making you sound like an idiot unless you know all the details (“Have you tried that new restaurant on, um, that street kinda near the ferry building? They make good pad thai I think? Or something?”). Conversation starters are simply more difficult to come by when you can’t guess, fairly reliably, that the person you’re talking to has been to Seabreeze at some point in his or her life and can therefore discuss the merits of The Jackrabbit.

As the newbie at my company, I run into the small talk issue on a regular basis as I try to slowly find a place for myself. The other day, I spent ten minutes in the kitchen talking with a girl from marketing about the positives and negatives of contact lenses. Then yesterday I participated in a conference call with two designers from a partner company. My boss told me their names were Rachel and Rachel.

"Like Marley and Marley?" I laughed. My coworkers stared blankly. "From that movie…?"

"Oh, you mean ‘Marley and Me?" My boss asked.

"Um, no it’s a Muppet movie. It’s okay, never mind."

Then I mumbled something about my family’s regular use of old movie quotes in conversation, and I awkwardly changed the subject.

So apparently is what I need to work at my new job: not my Photoshop skills or my knowledge of HTML and CSS, but my ability to carry on interesting, witty conversations, something I know I was capable of in the past but seem to have lost a knack for. Perhaps I need to start researching aluminum bike frames and the benefits of a gluten-free diet. San Francisco small talk material.

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Since my last post (admittedly, an embarrassingly long time ago), I’ve moved 3,000 miles across the country to the San Francisco area. Though I’ve been doing some freelance work for my last employer, my mission these last two months has been to FIND AN EFFING JOB. Easier said than done. In the mean time, I’m building up my experience and my portfolio with a few pro bono jobs.
The above is the first draft for the home page of the Rainforest Partnership’s new Bootstrap-based site. A not-for-profit organization focusing on preservation, the Rainforest Partnership helps communities to produce and market goods and service that will uplift their economies so they can focus on protecting and regenerating the rainforest. I got lucky enough to help out thanks to the influence of a friend of a friend who’s programming their site.
I’d like the top section to display landscape-style photos on a rotation, with applicable captions beneath (where I currently have “Lorem ipsum” text). I need look into the restrictions regarding Twitter feeds on websites, so the example on my mock up is only an idea for now. Also, the footer obviously needs work. So far, I’m happiest with the subtle, paper fiber texture in the background (many thanks, www.subtlepatterns.com) and the drop-shadowed blocks of text and images it enhances. I’d like to continue that theme throughout the site.
Next, I need to organize their projects page into easily recognizable segments and create some relevant graphics to enhance the layout.
And send out more job applications.

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Since my last post (admittedly, an embarrassingly long time ago), I’ve moved 3,000 miles across the country to the San Francisco area. Though I’ve been doing some freelance work for my last employer, my mission these last two months has been to FIND AN EFFING JOB. Easier said than done. In the mean time, I’m building up my experience and my portfolio with a few pro bono jobs.

The above is the first draft for the home page of the Rainforest Partnership’s new Bootstrap-based site. A not-for-profit organization focusing on preservation, the Rainforest Partnership helps communities to produce and market goods and service that will uplift their economies so they can focus on protecting and regenerating the rainforest. I got lucky enough to help out thanks to the influence of a friend of a friend who’s programming their site.

I’d like the top section to display landscape-style photos on a rotation, with applicable captions beneath (where I currently have “Lorem ipsum” text). I need look into the restrictions regarding Twitter feeds on websites, so the example on my mock up is only an idea for now. Also, the footer obviously needs work. So far, I’m happiest with the subtle, paper fiber texture in the background (many thanks, www.subtlepatterns.com) and the drop-shadowed blocks of text and images it enhances. I’d like to continue that theme throughout the site.

Next, I need to organize their projects page into easily recognizable segments and create some relevant graphics to enhance the layout.

And send out more job applications.

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Results of a Myers-Briggs Personality Test

Taken just for the fun of it.

Introversion: more likely to expend energy in social interactions rather than draw energy from them

Sensing: preferring information that is present, concrete and tangible (information that can be gathered through the use of the senses) to the abstract or theoretical

Feeling: tending to make decisions by empathizing with the situation and striving to strike a harmonized balance for all involved

Perceiving: would rather keep decisions open ended rather than locking into a set plan

Apparently those with ISFP personality types are likely feel most comfortable and successful in such careers as artist or designer. Psychology says I made a good choice.