Chicken out

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Craigslist is many things to many people.

It is a centralized network of online communities, featuring free online classified advertisements. It has sections devoted to jobs, housing, personals, for sale, services, community, gigs, résumés, and discussion forums. The service has been credited for causing the reduction of classified advertising in newspapers across the United States.

But really, the main things you need to know about Craigslist are these;

– Use caution, as the site has no moderation
– Read the listings carefully. No-one is going to save you except yourself.
– The ‘Best of Craigslist‘ section is some of the funniest stuff you will ever read
– I have been told that the ‘Missed connections’ sections are also a great voyeuristic way to pass the time.


Beware the master

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The Google-Fu is strong with this one…..

“Google-Fu” is a disciplined mastery of search techniques using Google. A true google-fu master possesses many secret and awe-inspiring keyboard moves that allow him or her totally mastery of the browser and grants ultimate access to the most obscure data.
If you have strong Google-Fu, you can be a truly valuble asset to any organisation or your friends.
The same dark skills also make you a scourge to anyone that claims to have original ideas, but which have actually been sourced from anywhere online.

With the rise of Bing, the Google-Fu master now has a yin to their yang.
There is no official term for a master of Bing, that I am aware of (possibly no masters exist yet). So, I have coined the term “Bing-Do”, to compliment the “Google-Fu” terminology already being used.

It seems that mastery of these two opposing mystic arts may one day bring balance to the interwebz and the wielder of their mighty secrets.
Or, if used for impure purposes, it may be the cause for the downfall of the entire online world!

Either way, as long as there are explosions and maybe a car chase, I will be fine with it!

Virtual Fighter

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You can level up in a game, but not in real life.

If you play games a lot, you need to remember the following things:

  • Just because you are the most awesome guitarist in Guitar Hero, it does not mean you can automatically rock out on the real thing.
  • If you can get the lowest stroke count in Wii Golf, then don’t think you can join the PGA tour.
  • Resident evil is not a training film to help you handle the pending Zombie Apocalypse.
  • Wasting all the bad guys in Splinter Cell will not make you a master of espionage.

Oddly though, Mario Kart WILL teach you how to drive. Go on – Give it a go!

Dodgy Karate

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Ever had the feeling that you were being had?

The rise of the internet has allowed many unscrupulous people to suddenly become “experts” in a particular field and being touting themselves as the perfect source of knowledge for you to follow.
They tend to target industries in which the general public do not have a great deal of knowledge regarding what the profession actually even does, let alone what is required to become an expert. Professions such as Search Engine Optimisation, Web Design, Online marketing & Social Networking.

One industry that I have had experience with, and which is also prone to many fake professionals, is the world of Martial Arts.

If you want to, you can begin a martial arts school, or even an entire style, overnight. Certifications can be faked, made up or even just purchased online.
The “Master” of the art may have no formal qualifications of experience, yet appear to be a long time practicioner.
This creates a very dangerous environment for anyone that then decides to train with these “Masters” as they can get ripped off or seriously injured.

He who is taught only by himself has a fool for a master.
~ Ben Jonson

Often, these fake Martial art schools are simply a pyramid scheme, designed to make the founder as rich as possible is a very short time.
A common technique is to fast-track students through to being a teacher themselves, often with the purpose of starting their own schools and starting the process all over again.

It is a shame this occurs, be it in the Martial Arts or in any industry, as all it serves to do in the long run is to breed mistrust with the general public and confusion over what that profession or industry could truly offer them.

If you take the time, and think about the information you receive when speaking to any “expert”, then you should eventually work out the true ones from the fakes.
After all, “A man who has attained mastery of an art reveals it in his every action.”