Your time is valuable

I think it was Bill Clinton who said “If you’re good at something never do it for free” or maybe that was the Joker.

Anyway this past week I was approached for contract work so I’ve had some numbers on my mind. I’ll share my opinion on selling your services and pricing your work.

A race to the bottom

There’s no getting around the fact that there are plenty of people who are working for far too little pay. Whether that’s a lack of confidence in themselves and their work or just wanting to be “nice” and giving their clients a deal they both have the same effect. Every time you take on a job for free, accept lower rates, or work for additional unbilled time you are actively devaluing yourself and those with a similar skillset. Expectations of hourly rates for whatever it is you do is important to have a steady stream of clients. If the competition is willing to work for half of what their time is worth you may find yourself dropping to their level to stay competitive. The quality of work some freelancers push out for minimum wage when they can set their own prices for their time is really sad.

You’re skilled at what you do. You have worked for years to learn what you know and practice to become an expert. That’s why people seek out your work. They value your time. They trust your track record and know they can have a great product delivered. If you have a skillset of any kind you should at the absolute least be charging 2.5x minimum wage.

If you’re an artist professional and self employed I know the business side of things can be hard. I hate email and I hate talking money with clients. Of course hating something doesn’t mean it’s not important. Spend the time to learn to manage your business. Spend the time to REALLY think what your time is worth. In both the long run and the short run higher rates make it easier to turn down work or clients you don’t like. Pricing yourself appropriately helps you and everyone else in your field push for a better quality of life inside and outside of work.

When sifting potential clients have a keen eye to spot any questioning of your prices. An “OUCH! Very expensive” comment immediately drops you to low priority brain processing and 1 to 3 business days for email communication. These are the people you waste time thinking about. These are the people who find someone who’s services fit their budget last minute after you’ve sent 10 emails back and forth. By spending less time on people who are less willing to step up and pay a fair price for great work you’re going to have a lot less stress in your life

Find a number that’s higher than what you as a professional in the field would be willing to pay your competitors. If it feels too high you’re in the right ballpark.

Anyway whatever I just needed to write something here to fill the gap. Thanks!

OSRS Jad Practice Tool

Yo.

Thought I should just post this here because it was something that I worked on for a few hours two weeks ago. Might be useful to other people that had or are having difficulties figuring out Fight Caves.

 

What is this?

 

In Old School Runescape the best in slot cape for melee excluding the Infernal cape is the Fire Cape. The Fire Cape is a reward for completing a 63 Wave Player vs Monster challenge in the TzHaar Fight Caves. Most players want to get this done as quickly as possible due to its dominance in the cape slot. Although the Fight Caves have no level requirements a prayer level of 40 for Protect from Missiles and Protect form Magic is essential for completion without utilizing advanced mechanics like Tick eating.

The final monster and by far the hardest part of the Fight Caves it a level 703 TzTok-Jad. Jad has both a ranged and magic attack which he switches between at random. Failing to react to Jad’s attack switch even once will be the end of your Fight Cave run. Worst of all to even have a chance to see or practice Jad you’re going to need to climb all the way to Wave 63. This can take around 2 hours depending on your combat  stats. Here is a clip of me getting dumpstered last year on my 4th/5th attempt https://clips.twitch.tv/WrongLazyDootHumbleLife

To help other players practice the sounds and animations of Jad I created a practice tool for the OSRS Fight Caves. It’s missing a lot of things and is a really basic mod of some decent RSPS source. Jad doesn’t have healers. Collision for units is completely off for the other waves. Sound effects are only in for Jad.

 

 

Demo: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FuPFbeX_UWw

 

Forum post: https://www.rune-server.ee/runescape-development/rs2-server/downloads/679199-jad-fight-cave-practice-tool-w-sounds.html

 

 

Cost of Living in Korea.

Hey, Word famous video gamer downthecrop here with some HARD HITTING information. I threw together a spreadsheet to help anyone calculate their own personal monthly cost of living. If you’re interested in that you can get that here. I’ve also included what a month of living in Korea breaks down for me to. That totals $760 CAD living in a GoshiTele with a private bathroom. If you’re interested in booking your own Korean adventure through AirBnb please sign up with my link here and get $45 off your first trip!

A Goshiwon can be considered as a (very) small, (very) minimal hotel. And we do mean small and minimal — if you really do expect hotel standards you will likely be very disappointed.

You will come across many different names for a goshiwon: Goshitel / Livingtel / Residence / One-room-tel / etc… However all of these are effectively the same kind of thing and are all registered as a “Goshiwon” business type in Korean and we will use the term Goshiwon to refer to all of them.

Goshiwons are a uniquely Korean concept, originally intended as a place where people could stay affordably and temporarily without distraction while they study for government exams. Because of this legacy, there still exist many goshiwons that only offer rooms that are nothing more than closet sized rooms with a desk, bed and internet connection. These very old-school goshiwons rarely include a bathroom/shower in the room and provide very little amenities.

https://blog.goshipages.com/housing-faq-ff5f15c7e3a7 goshipages FAQ Mar 1 2017

If you are not a minimalist or can’t live minimally obviously rent makes up a good chunk of the costs here. You can copy that Google sheet and fill in your own values to fit your lifestyle better. Another large expense that you may need to add would be a cell phone bill. If you’re planning on leaving your home country for an extended period of time I would suggest putting your phone on a temporary disabled mode through your carrier. This keeps your plan and number safe but cuts off service to your phone. These are actually really expensive for some reason ($40 a month for Telus or so which is pretty nasty). If you’re planning to buy a SIM card in Korea make sure your phone is unlocked so it can join the new network. Most plans for unlimited data are 60,000₩ or ~$70 CAD a month. If you’re close to paying off your phones balance with your plan I’d suggest a cancellation. I’ve been without a phone number for a while now, about 5 months so far and there really isn’t a big problem. If you rely on texting, Facebook Messenger is a good replacement. If you’ve hear of the Chinese love for WeeChat and Line, in Korea we have KakaoTalk. It does everything to stay in contact with anyone that you might need. If you have an iPhone iMessage and FaceTiime can be used with just WiFi but you’ll be in under your iCloud email instead of a phone number.

I am a little short of breaking even off investments to make that $760 monthly payment. Flights are around $1,000 for a round trip but can be as low as $650 if you can wait for a good deal. My accommodations are all handled through AirBnB. Might look at renting next time with a key money deposit. Communication is easy through AirBnb and you can be sure that your money is safe. If you are thinking about getting into booking your own trip please consider signing up with my link. You’ll get $45 cash or booking your first trip! www.airbnb.com/c/brycem1923

Anyway that’s the breakdown. The dream setup is obviously to make some money while living here. My investment game is really heating up and I’m hoping to get into making some YouTube content that can make a few bucks a month. Stream is steadily making progress and that will likely make a few bucks a month too.

Thanks for reading! League of Legends and Stoicism update next week.

Peace!

Been slacking.

To been slacking on these but here’s an update from my phone at 3:13 am so I don’t need to worry about not posting anything.

Games have been progressing well. I am definitely improving. MMR and rank are moving around a lot but that’s just part of the process I think. As I focus on improving my gameplay in one area my focus on the others fades for a while. Anyway we’re still hovering Gold. I’m working on getting platinum and feel that all I need is a nice win streak to bump myself out of my current place on the ladder.

There have been some FUN games. That’s not me saying fun like I normally do sarcasticly while I complain my AD Carry isn’t doing any damage. I honestly have played around 500 ranked matches so far and around 10 of them have been awesome. Everyone understands how to play. Everyone is thinking together. Teams are evenly matched. Win or lose I love these games. That’s why I want to get higher ranking. I want MORE of the evenly matched games that I can comfortably focus on my play instead of trying to organize 4 idiots. It’s awesome. My stream viewers know these games when they happen too.

Korea has been cooling down a bit and my accomodations are a lot cooler now too. I’m excited to wear hoodies. I just like being comfy and although my T1 tanks ain’t bad nothing beats a hoodie and sweatpants in my book. I’ve started a daily routine of getting a snack or coffee at a convenience store just down the street because it forces me to get outside. Not that I wasn’t leaving my place much but at least I am in the habit of a little bit of movement.

Runescape was taking up a lot of my focus too and I started to notice myself straying from my objectives. I’m now signed out when in game so I don’t get distracted. No need to lose games because I’m checking my fishing in runescape.

Trying to get some tickets booked for watching World’s in October but they are still unavailable. I’ve got the pages bookmarked and check them regularly to make sure I don’t miss out.

2 more things. I’m going to make patch rundown videos starting 8.18 and do some VoD reviews of pro games. Just as some fun and extra content plus casting might be of interest to me in the future so practicing now although it might be seen as a late start is better than never.

Thanks for your time. Stay tuned 🙂

Update #2

Hey not trying to slip up on these updates I’ve been keeping them pretty good. So here’s some new information!

Sleep schedule

I have been making a couple changes to my sleep schedule. I’m on a more or less North American sleep schedule right now. Waking up around 9:00 PM KST and streaming for about 8 hours. Stream numbers haven’t been climbing quickly but my regulars are definitely growing. More familiar faces and more community building. Slow and steady and I’m keeping up a good flow of content for the stream.

League of Legends

I’ve just made it back to Gold 2. Been a bouncy boi. Ups and downs and a lot of games I could be winning lost. I’m definitely learning. My current role is support (WHAT?!) Thresh, Alistar, and Taric will be my free ticket to Platinum. I feel like the Gold 2 players are nearly my current skill level. Most understand rotation and can look at the minimap. Mechanical skill is much more commonly to an acceptable level where I can comfortably trust people to follow up. Still having a good time but I’ve been going a month straight on League with over 300 games already. Keep up the good fight!

Korean living

I attended a few matches of GSL vs the World and had a great experience. Serrel is a monster. I am keeping up with LCK and GSL and would like to make some YouTube videos around them. Loving it. Food situation is really coming together for budgeting. Not that I can’t afford food but a key part of my living here is to keep expenses to a complete minimum. So far I’ve had no difficulty in staying below 100,000 Won /$100 a month on food. All together I’m at about $600 Canadian a month. I’ll detail some more budgeting and price breakdowns soon.

Thanks homies!

League progress

So I’ve been here for just over a week now. It’s Friday the 20th. Here some information on my league climb so far.

Placed Silver 2
Failed Silver 1 promo one time
Silver 1 to Gold 5 first try
Gold 5 to Gold 4 first try
Gold 4 to Gold 3 second try
Demoted to Gold 4. Been here 3 days.
Been jumping between Gold 3 and 4 for a week. Made it to Gold 2 for one day but went on a ride.a

I currently sit with around 200 games with just over a a 50% winrate. I’ve traded down from mid to ad as my primary role. My Annie winrate is lower but with a higher KDA which to me means I’m just not familiar enough with the role to carry with a lead. Anyway I’m defaulting to Lucian and Cait on the bot lane. I’ve had great success against most mages going bottom. My largest shortcomings is CS past 100. By this is mean after I hit 100 CS around 12 minutes I seem to just stop last hitting at the same rate I was before. I’ll stick around 180 to 225 even at the 30 minute mark which is definitely a problem. Playing patient with passive or unskilled autofilled supports is another thing I struggle with. I think I just need to get into the rythem.

My goal is still D5. I’ll raise this if it looks pretty sure to be achieved. Set you sights high. I’m Gold 5 on my main in NA right now been in plat promos 3 times but went on a little whoopsie spree down the slide.

I don’t yet feel I’m playing with people who are as skilled as me. Might be my perception alone but most losses are much more influenced by my teams than me. Namely people that just end up getting killed over and over or are unable to farm.

Anyway I’m still working on improving. Winning isn’t everything but it would be nice to get Plat already.

Peace.

Welcome to Korea!

Korean culture is practical. Cars are small. People are small. One thing I didn’t think was practical was not being able to use all my change to refill my subway/metro card. Only 15 coins per transaction what a fuckin crock baby! Anyway both my cards got declined when I tried to take out some bills but I’ll try again later. The cards works fine 80% of the time but keeping 50 dollars cash is always a good idea. Most ATM transaction fees are about 4 dollars Canadian ~3 US so keeping those to a minimum is preferred if you can store some in your room to restock. Most ATMs only allow 150,000 Won per transaction.

On the train right now writing this. Bought an iced coffee from the venting machine on the waiting platform. Fucking 7 hour layover in China is the worst because they don’t have wireless. Well actually they have “free wifi” free to connect to the captive portal and be asked for login credentials for a pay by the minute system.

Dropped my phone and did a little damage to it. My phone is too big to fit in the pockets of the shorts I brought to change into. I had some cool techwear long sweatpants on before I hit China but it’s a hot mess of a country. Anyway I had my phone in one of my backpacks pockets and didn’t zip it up. It was at the baggage claim so i made it 99% of the way into Korea before breaking it. Just cosmetic damage to the top glass on the Pixel 2 XLs back around the camera. I’ll be ok. Might even do that clear mod now that I have a reason to. It was about a waist high drop I’m pretty sure the glass in that window is shit because of the way it smashed. Didn’t break like a screen would have imo. I’ll be careful not to break it past here. I brought my iPhone 6s as a backup of I do something really stupid like forget it somewhere.

Last time I came I bought a 30 day pre paid simcard at the Airport. 71,000 Won for unlimited 4G data isn’t a bad deal at all compared to Canadian plans but I’m living the frugal lifestyle. Adding 85$ a month to my tab isn’t something I’m down with right now. I’m staying in a new place this time so hopefully I can find my way with some map screenshots.

I’ve been using a language learning app called LingoDeer. It’s so good. Compared to Duolingo for Asian languages it has a lot better teaching style and format. If you’re looking to get into Japanese or Korean I HIGHLY recommend it. While you’re in the app store download Blumail because it has no ads and a dark theme to make your life a little less anonying. Why Google wants to push ads in my inbox in the default Gmail app on their own phone I can’t be sure.

Posting this a week late but I’ll have a better writing schedule now that my first week is dialed in. Thanks for reading!

Why I quit my job

Yo. So last blog post detailed some goals for my trip and stated I quit my job. What’s my plan? Why’d I quit my job? Have I gone fully insane? You’re going to get bottle on B?! Anyway here some details.

Why I quit my job:

Ok. I repaired laptops and did remote and on site system administrator work at a local repair shop. We mainly focused on phone screens and battery replacements but I did PC and Mac repair. The job was alright. The guys I worked with were all enjoyable to be around. The work I did wasn’t exceptionally monotonous or stressful. Having been my first job right out of school it was basically all I could ask for. I was paid a decent salary considering my experience and was respected for my skills.

I’m a good worker. I show up on time, I’m respectful to authority, pleasant with customers, and I know my way around technology. I’m a gritty person and could force myself to stick to a job like this but it was just… boring. I don’t have a big need for money right now. I want to be fulfilled with work. Financially I’m well off for a 22 year old. My parents paid for my education and I don’t have a car payment or debt of any kind. I’ve had 3 years of some pretty great summer jobs which essentially went straight into a savings account. Again I have no debts to pay, I lived in my parents basement, I don’t have a kid, I don’t buy expensive shit. Money adds up fast if you’re spending but also adds up fast if you’re saving.

My boss attempted to make some win-win arrangements for me to work a few hours a week remotely but I respectfully declined. Door still seems to be open if I reach out. Being professional in dealing with higher-ups in businesses can’t be understated. 48 laws of power baby.

Anyway I’m an artist at heart. I want to be my own boss. I’m working to build an income with content creation. If it doesn’t work at least I tried. That’s a lot farther than I thought I’d get.

Removed some dark shit from the end of this but I’ll do a post on that some day too. Not the best to lead in with.

Peace

Korea Schedule and Goals

@Just some ideas for my trip. I’m leaving on July 10th for Korea and I’ll be there until December 1st. Not for business but I’ll be “working” on some projects detailed below. I’m lucky I was able to save up for the few months I worked repairing Laptops and doing Sysadmin. Mommys basement is a great place for a 22 year old but not so much for a 30 year old. I’ll detail the financial side of my travels more in another post. I think you’d be surprised at the affordable pricing. Tomorrow is my last day, I handed in my resignation 2 weeks ago.

Sticking to a schedule is pretty important. Well it’s not really the schedule that’s the important part but the commitmment to complete the tasks. I want to build a schedule that fits well with my objectives over the next 5 months and the goals I plan to achieve.

Goals:

  • Diamond 5 on KR
  • Produce weekly YouTube videos
  • Stream every day (140+ days)
  • Maintain a consistent sleep schedule
  • Gain 1,000 new subscribers on YouTube
  • Gain 1,000 new followers on Twitter
  • Gain 1,000 new followers on Twitch

I’m pretty set on making YouTube videos. I have a lot fun watching videos from a huge variety of different creators and think I have something of value to offer *tip tip*. I’ve made videos in the past but those were mostly technology tutorials. Anyway I have some experience with video editing and the basics to what makes something I’d consider above garbage. Big thing to overcome here for me is to release things in a “good enough” state. I’m terrible at spending way too much time for very little benefit. 80 – 20 rule is going to be brought up a lot I’m sure. I’m also self-conscious about things I make too so with time and releasing a bunch of content hopefully I can overcome that to some degree. I hope to touch more on that someday too.

Social media and brand building is hard but setting goals around these bars seems reasonable. It gets easier and easier to grow as you build a larger following and pick up momentum. I’d put the D5 goal on top for personal satisfaction and Twitch follows for second place there. I haven’t moved past the 300 follower mark on Twitch in the last 4 years so breaking that barrier is also something I’d like a lot.

Soft goals/good habits:

Exercise daily. I do have 99 Strength on OSRS (seriously high scores me: downthecrop) but strength training isn’t for me IRL. I think I’m more cardio focused. Stairs or a few blocks jogging just until it’s uncomfortable should be enough. Habit building is best done by taking embarrassingly small steps forward every day so it might be fun documenting that too.

Meditation. I’ve read a book on Shamatha meditation and practiced it for a while at work when I got extremely bored driving my forklift in 2016. I never experienced any extreme enlightenment or calmness. From doing more research on other meditation practice I might have been looking for the wrong results. Correct meditation is not a state of relaxation. It’s a state of extreme focus. It’s not a comfortable or easy task to stop your mind from wandering. If you’re curious I read The Attention Revolution by Dr. B. Allen Wallace. I can remember quite a funny chapter where he explained his stay at the top of a mountain. He practiced his meditation for a few months up there but his spot to sit still and meditate had a bunch of red ants that kept fucking with him. Read it here. I don’t think it was that great. All the smart fuckers I listen to try for 15 minutes a day. I probably spend 15 minutes a day trying to justify why I don’t meditate so why not give it another try. 15 minutes feels like an eternity while you’re starting. I’ll bump that to 5 minutes for the first few weeks I think.

Making videos gives me more reason to explore new topics and ideas so I’d like that too.

Anyway… I’ll be writing here at least once a week. Videos once a week with a summary here and on Reddit. I have plans for a Podcast and I’ll be streaming every day for 5 months.

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