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#1441 d4rksabre

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Posted 18 September 2017 - 02:29 PM

I gave it my best try, but I guess I asked enough questions that my glaring inexperience was sniffed out. They're pulling back the copy/text formatting stuff to in-house. I'm still going to be replacing flat graphic elements with work I made for them in the previous weeks. I'm still kind of lost, but at least I can follow a tutorial or two to learn how to do it myself.

I did tell them this wasn't my wheelhouse. But they were in a rush and just ignored me until I asked a ton of questions. Apparently I did too good of a job with my files on the previous job that they assumed I knew how to use a different program. I have worked in it before, but very sparingly. I told them that early on, didn't seem to phase them.

This is clinical medical stuff, there's really no room for pushing things around like in a magazine. Everything is uniform in size and spacing and it's a puzzle to solve, and I don't know the rules. They brought me in initially to make it less spartan and clinical... Most of the creative team is on vacation which is why they said "hey, this freelancer did a great job on job 1, let's keep her around to knock out job 2" because all designers design...

I really feel the failure today. It's all the sort of thing that were I in the physical office with them, the director would walk over, point/click/show me stuff for 5 minutes, and I'd be rolling along. But on my own with only email and rushed phone communication, I'm just floundering.


Don't let this get you down. It can happen to anyone in any field running any kind of business. Getting asked to do things you've never done before is something a lot of companies deal with. A lot of times you have enough time to figure things out and it is a stressful but rewarding experience and you profit. But when the timeline is too urgent, it can become an irreparable crisis. Be glad they took it in house. You showed you're willing on a longer project timeline. But you probably would have been f*cked on this short schedule. It's okay.

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Posted 18 September 2017 - 02:34 PM

This sounds remarkably like the last few days for me. I get through the howto to get the basic stuff working, and then when you ask, "how do a authorize users based on what group they're in?" you get answers like membership_filter = "(|(member=%{control:Ldap-UserDn})(memberUid=%{%{Stripped-User-Name}:-%{User-Name}}))" and no directions on how to define how groups are listed and what attributes they map to. WTF.

 

All I can say is keep going and it'll get easier, that's what I keep telling myself. Unfortunately, this is already late for me.

Best of luck to you. It's just... all you can do is go forward. 

 

It sure is frustrating. And my head is just a cloud of all the crap people tell you; "Fake it till you make it" "Learn on the fly" my father telling me that's the basis of most of his job, "we have a problem, can you fix it?" "Yes!" no matter what, make it work. 

 

So now I feel like a fraud AND a failure... I realize it's not really my fault- it's a miscommunication, but if only I had more training/had some innate sense that made me amazing at everything, I wouldn't be letting these people down. I really feel terrible. This was my chance to really nail down some work of this type, expand my resume, actually get a job and make money... I know I can do it, but not on this timeframe or necessarily in this sanitized style. 


Don't let this get you down. It can happen to anyone in any field running any kind of business. Getting asked to do things you've never done before is something a lot of companies deal with. A lot of times you have enough time to figure things out and it is a stressful but rewarding experience and you profit. But when the timeline is too urgent, it can become an irreparable crisis. Be glad they took it in house. You showed you're willing on a longer project timeline. But you probably would have been f*cked on this short schedule. It's okay.

You're right. 

 

I think I know how to do the rest of it, which they said is the more time consuming part they most need my help with anyways. 

 

But man. Guess I have yet another feather I need to hunt down to put in my cap. I didn't know what I didn't know. Now i know what I don't know, and I can fill in the gaps moving forward. Just a painful/cruddy way to learn. But aren't most lessons learned through failure? 



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Posted 18 September 2017 - 02:40 PM

As someone who has been a huge failure on many occasions, yes.

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Posted 18 September 2017 - 03:03 PM

I just made the dumb mistake of telling someone I'd have work done for them today.  Usually I'm intentionally vague when it comes to timelines.  Right as I'm about to finish up... server crashes.



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Posted 18 September 2017 - 03:37 PM

I just made the dumb mistake of telling someone I'd have work done for them today.  Usually I'm intentionally vague when it comes to timelines.  Right as I'm about to finish up... server crashes.

 

Uh huh. The trouble ticket is telling me a dog ate the server.



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Posted 18 September 2017 - 05:23 PM

I just made the dumb mistake of telling someone I'd have work done for them today.  Usually I'm intentionally vague when it comes to timelines.  Right as I'm about to finish up... server crashes.

 

Under promise, over deliver.

 

You too, Josie.  Words to live by.



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Posted 18 September 2017 - 10:20 PM

Under promise, over deliver.

You too, Josie. Words to live by.


That's me 99% of the time. I learned it very early. Today was a fluke where I was done, but then suddenly couldn't access the file I needed to attack to an email.

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Posted 19 September 2017 - 09:53 AM

Under promise, over deliver.

 

You too, Josie.  Words to live by.

I normally do under promise. Constantly. It's pretty much my ethos. 

 

It was just miscommunication. They said "we loved it so much we want you to do more" and I signed on assuming that meant more of the stuff I'm good at/did for them already. After I'd signed on they told me what they wanted...which was all foreign territory.

 

Had I had time, I could've figured it out and done it. As it stands, I got an email this morning essentially firing me. 

 

Mixed feelings. On one hand, I have a lot of other work I put off to do this that I can now work on. Tomorrow and Thursday will be spent prepping and doing a nasty medical procedure. Takes a lot off my mind, but I also feel like an absolute worthless failure piece of sh!t now. Officially the first time I've ever been kicked off a project or done poorly. Never failed a test (ok, one math test in 10th grade, still haunts me), never failed a project, never did badly at my old job.... so this is new and terrible and just reinforces the mean part of my brain screaming "and this is why you're broke, you suck, you're not a real designer by any stretch of the imagination". 


Edited by Josie914, 19 September 2017 - 09:56 AM.


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Posted 19 September 2017 - 09:56 AM

I normally do under promise. Constantly. It's pretty much my ethos.

It was just miscommunication. They said "we loved it so much we want you to do more" and I signed on assuming that meant more of the stuff I'm good at/did for them already. After I'd signed on they told me what they wanted...which was all foreign territory.

Had I had time, I could've figured it out and done it. As it stands, I got an email this morning essentially firing me.

Mixed feelings. On one hand, I have a lot of other work I put off to do this that I can now work on. Tomorrow and Thursday will be spent prepping and doing a nasty medical procedure. Takes a lot off my mind, but I also feel like an absolute worthless failure piece of sh!t now. Officially the first time I've ever been kicked off a project or done poorly. Never failed a test (ok, one math test in 10th grade, still haunts me), never failed a project, never did badly at my old job.... so this is new and terrible.


Chalk it up to "sh*t happens". In any business you don't win every contract bid, or make every sale, or make every customer happy. Sometimes things just don't work out. On to the next stuff, specifically your bread and butter work.

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Posted 19 September 2017 - 10:00 AM

Shattered my toilet bowl yesterday trying to replace the seat. The wing nuts holding down the final latches were so rusted I couldn't get them off. Got mad and tried a hammer. Hammer > porcelain, suffice to say 



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Posted 19 September 2017 - 10:02 AM

By virtue of the exclamation point and a glitch in my brain, I hear Pink Floyd every time I see the name of the new Jennifer Lawrence film.   :doh:



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Posted Yesterday, 11:37 AM

Anyone looking for a job in WNY that involves a lot of walking? I know nothing about this other than what's on the page Someone sent it to me due to the WNY connection:

http://jobs.leidos.c...Field-Engineer/



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Posted Yesterday, 11:41 AM

Anyone looking for a job in WNY that involves a lot of walking? I know nothing about this other than what's on the page Someone sent it to me due to the WNY connection:
http://jobs.leidos.c...Field-Engineer/


LOL at the education requirements. Good grief. There are probably hundreds of qualified non-degree holders for this job.

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Posted Yesterday, 01:06 PM

LOL at the education requirements. Good grief. There are probably hundreds of qualified non-degree holders for this job.

 

Ooops, forgot to include that part. The original email I got it in was titled, "too funny". Yeah, the experience is stupid. That being said, if it were full time (with benefits) and paid right, I'd have considered it as part of a strategy to get back to WNY.



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Posted Yesterday, 05:28 PM

I had an EGD done this morning where they discovered an esophageal web that was most likely congenital. I say "was" because they stretched that mofo out......
OUCH!
Hurts like hell. The sore throat is nothing. That spot they stretched that thing though...I am embracing my inner sissy.
2 days of liquid diet and no beer.....no beer! Cruel.

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Posted Yesterday, 05:52 PM

I had an EGD done this morning where they discovered an esophageal web that was most likely congenital. I say "was" because they stretched that mofo out......
OUCH!
Hurts like hell. The sore throat is nothing. That spot they stretched that thing though...I am embracing my inner sissy.
2 days of liquid diet and no beer.....no beer! Cruel.


Ouch bro.

Is it a permanent fix?

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Posted Yesterday, 05:57 PM

I had an EGD done this morning where they discovered an esophageal web that was most likely congenital. I say "was" because they stretched that mofo out......
OUCH!
Hurts like hell. The sore throat is nothing. That spot they stretched that thing though...I am embracing my inner sissy.
2 days of liquid diet and no beer.....no beer! Cruel.

 

Wait...... you got a throat ###### that they broke?

 

Oh, man.  So much material here........

 

Edit- So apparently the mark of virginity is a filtered word.  LOL


Edited by We've, Yesterday, 05:58 PM.


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Posted Yesterday, 06:02 PM

Wait...... you got a throat ###### that they broke?

Oh, man. So much material here........

Edit- So apparently the mark of virginity is a filtered word. LOL

Hopefully using a medical device.

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Posted Yesterday, 06:03 PM

Hopefully using a medical device.

 

Keep telling yourself that.....



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Posted Yesterday, 06:11 PM

I had an EGD done this morning where they discovered an esophageal web that was most likely congenital. I say "was" because they stretched that mofo out......
OUCH!
Hurts like hell. The sore throat is nothing. That spot they stretched that thing though...I am embracing my inner sissy.
2 days of liquid diet and no beer.....no beer! Cruel.

Ughh they found a huge cyst in my throat years ago when they went in to remove my adenoids... essentially had a big ol' hole back there just full of... gunk. Removal took awhile. Haven't had a bad cold since. 

 

I'm on liquid diet right now prepping for cameras all up in my body too. I'm so freakin' weak. I keep passing out. And the worst part hasn't even started yet... God I hate being human. 







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