Doing an expense report for work? Here are some tips

I recently traveled to Brazil and Mexico for work.  That’s damn cool, I admit.  I’m lucky to have that opportunity, grateful to meet so many wonderful people on my journeys and see so many awesome sights. But, as with many things in life, there’s also a downside.  In this case, I am owed thousands of… Continue reading Doing an expense report for work? Here are some tips

A very quick found-money tip

Earlier this week I spent about 45 seconds and got $134 for my effort. It went something like this: Phone rang.  Didn’t recognize number, and was going to let it go to voicemail, but for some reason I answered it. “Hi, may I speak with Adam?” [oh no… not a telemarketer!  I braced myself.] “This… Continue reading A very quick found-money tip

How to pick an apartment (with the help of a damn cool Google Spreadsheet "wiki")

I’m in apartment-hunting mode, and have amassed a set of criteria for my search that I thought you might benefit from… and be able to easily add to! With the new release of Google Docs and Spreadsheets (horrid name, super product), I can now do all sorts of cool stuff!  For instance, I’ve embedded the… Continue reading How to pick an apartment (with the help of a damn cool Google Spreadsheet "wiki")

Getting hired by Google

I recently noticed that a fellow Googler posted some thoughtful tips about interviewing at Google, and — now that I’m a bit more comfortable blogging about Work — I figured I’d contribute to the conversation a bit by offering my own, unofficial tips. Note the unofficial part. I work in Search Quality; aside from occasionally… Continue reading Getting hired by Google

Natural energy boosters guaranteed to kick your ass (in a good way)

I guarantee* that the following all-natural AdamSpecial (“CafeKeek” in honor of my now-undoubtedly-horrified French friends) will put a pep in your step, will put the mmmmm in mooove, will take the ache out of awake… Required…1) Coffee beans + grinder (ideal) OR not-terribly-fine-ground coffee (okay) OR instant coffee (will do in a pinch; can ignore… Continue reading Natural energy boosters guaranteed to kick your ass (in a good way)

Top 8 things to do before (and after) you stupidly lose your wallet

A few days ago, I lost my wallet.  Understandably, I was pretty bummed… but I was also grateful that I had taken some steps ahead of time to minimize the damage.  So, without further ado, let me share with you some suggestions so you, too, can suffer less when you stupidly lose your wallet. 1.… Continue reading Top 8 things to do before (and after) you stupidly lose your wallet

Gmail user? The new "murder," er, "mute" function will have you crying tears of joy

Lots of folks have noticed that five very cool new features debuted today in Gmail:1) Enhanced UI, with Reply and other handy features placed at the top of conversations.2) Notification when new messages have been made in the conversation since you started drafting your reply.3) Forward an entire conversation (all messages).4) Send chat messages to… Continue reading Gmail user? The new "murder," er, "mute" function will have you crying tears of joy

A blunt note to HR folks and interviewers

I wrote this quite a while ago, both to vent my frustrations and also to sincerely urge HR folks and interviewers to improve their practices.  I’ve had pleasurable experiences with most of the companies I’ve interviewed with in the past, but there has still often been quite a bit of room for improvement.  Also, I… Continue reading A blunt note to HR folks and interviewers

10 Steps Towards InfoSanity

I was suitably inspired by this commentary on “keeping up.” And so I’ll ask you what I asked myself over the last few weeks:How many undealt-with messages do you have in your inbox?How many paper magazines or newspapers do you get regularly?How many RSS feeds do you subscribe to?How many “must see” pages do you… Continue reading 10 Steps Towards InfoSanity

Thinking about going to law or business school? Here are some pointers.

Are you thinking about going to law school or business school?  Or perhaps—like crazy yours truly—both at the same time?  This blog entry covers the following: – Is law school right for me?– Is business school right for me?– How do I narrow down which school to apply to or attend?– Okay, I picked a… Continue reading Thinking about going to law or business school? Here are some pointers.