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I'm Roger Stringer: a father, writer, developer, consultant, chef, speaker. Founder of TheInterviewr.

Monthly Archives: July 2011


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Work Smart: 5 Rules for Remembering Names

 

Forgetting someone’s name in a social situation is embarrassing, but in a business setting it can be disastrous. In this week’s episode of Work Smart, I talk with memory expert Bob Gray about how to remember the names of the people you meet. Here’s a quick recap — watch the video for a more thorough explanation.1. Hear the name (really listen for it).2. Spell the name.3. Comment on the name.4. Use the name during a conversation.5. Use the name when leaving.

Filed Under: Video

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WordPress Function: Deregister widgets that won’t be used.

 

WordPress’s widgets are handy, they can simplify and also extend your site. But sometimes, you may have other widgets you want to use (for example, if you’ve built a theme that has it’s own custom widgets), or if you’re setting up a client site that uses widgets, maybe you want them to focus on specific widgets instead, so I like to add this to the theme’s functions.php file and simply remove any widgets from the list that you want to allow, or add any that you want to disallow that aren’t already on the list:

function unregister_default_wp_widgets() {
    unregister_widget('WP_Widget_Pages');
    unregister_widget('WP_Widget_Calendar');
    unregister_widget('WP_Widget_Archives');
    unregister_widget('WP_Widget_Links');
    unregister_widget('WP_Widget_Meta');
    unregister_widget('WP_Widget_Search');
    unregister_widget('WP_Widget_Categories');
    unregister_widget('WP_Widget_Recent_Posts');
    unregister_widget('WP_Widget_Recent_Comments');
    unregister_widget('WP_Widget_Tag_Cloud');
    unregister_widget('WP_Widget_RSS');
    unregister_widget('WP_Widget_Akismet');
}
add_action('widgets_init', 'unregister_default_wp_widgets', 1);

The end result, is a cleaner widget page so your users can focus exactly on the widgets you want them to use.

Filed Under: Code

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Hippos for Christmas

 

My 3 year old daughter is a huge fan of Shirley Temple, and with her own curly hair, gets told she looks like Shirley Temple all the time.

She also memorizes all of her favourite songs..

This song is one of the songs I get to hear her sing every day, so since I finally managed to catch her singing without seeing my iPhone, I decided to hit record and grab a copy to share with everyone.

So now, without further adieu, I give you “I want a hippopotamus for christmas”

Filed Under: Audio

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How a chipmunk can help you reach your goals

 

The title of this post may sound a little strange, so let me first get into a little back story of something I witnessed last week..

Driving to my office as I do every morning, I watched a chipmunk run up from the bank of the lake on one side of the four lane highway.

Moving quickly, he ran in front of my car… ducked under a truck in the next lane… Took a quick break in the meridian.. Then bolted around another car… Followed by a quick heart wrenching dash in front of a car in the last lane. Finally, as he reached the side of the road, he gave himself a celebratory leap for joy… At which time, a pickup truck swerved over the side of the road and took him out…

Ok, that wasn’t really too inspiring in the end, but it made me think about projects, and goals, and a few other things like that. Everybody has goals and projects…

As a freelancer, I work on projects all day… And just like everybody, I have goals for my various personal aspects.. Goals for my various sites… Goals for my life… Goals for my family… The cars are your average roadblocks, regardless if they’re client related… Personal related… Skill related… Or just blocks from unexpected sources.

In this case, the chipmunk knew the cars would be there, so you can take a lesson from there..

You know you will face some sort of obstacle, so keep your eye out for you, and it won’t take you by surprise. In fact, if you watch for obstacles early enough, you can even see the obstacles coming from miles away.

Now for the sad part of the story, the pickup that swerved and took the chipmunk out… That represents the obstacle you can never see coming… Maybe if that chipmunk had continued into the forest, he would have been safe, but he had to stop and get ahead of himself didn’t he? He had to shout and say “Hey everybody!! I made it!!” When he really wasn’t done… That’s like saying “Hey, this project is done… But there’s really a whole other part of it left to do that I kind of forgot about”.

So what’s the moral of this whole article? Basically… Plan ahead… Keep an eye out… Keep your focus… And don’t get too ahead of yourself til the job is done.

Filed Under: Articles

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