How's work been?

mooosicle wrote:

So you can afford around 8 more games a year right

How about a pallet of croc repellent?

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mooosicle wrote:

So you can afford around 8 more games a year right

16 if I get Goodjers to gift in exchange for Paypal to get around regional pricing

Prozac wrote:
mooosicle wrote:

So you can afford around 8 more games a year right

16 if I get Goodjers to gift in exchange for Paypal to get around regional pricing :D

I'd gift you from NZ, but then you'd only get four ;P

You a kiwi El-Taco? Hit me up on steam (gwj_prozac) and I'll send you an invite to the GWJ ANZACs

Well, it took them long enough but I've been bumped ahead on the list of full-time conversions. I'll miss my contractor pay but it will be nice to have holidays and sick time that doesn't come directly out of my pocket. In theory I make enough that I can miss a day without any financial strain, but I can't stop thinking about the money I COULD be making.

On top of the conversion is probably going to be a promotion shortly thereafter. I have really impressed them at this job and have been busting my ass. There were three possibilities for promotion but it looks like it is down to two because we just hired three program managers and I'm pretty sure that was all of the open reqs. Still, there are two other titles I could move on from here and I know my boss is pushing to get me out of just straight project management.

Fabulous thread topic! I'm at a crossroads between doing what I'd actually want to do and sticking to my current, reasonably cushy, well-paid headhunting job that leaves me feeling empty and unbearably frustrated every single day.

You'd think it's a no-brainer but, as always, reality keeps rearing its exceptionally ugly head. My true aspiration is an academic career in the social sciences, but refinancing my life (which include's a wife-to-be and a dog) at 31 to fit a puny PhD studentship, which I haven't even been awarded yet, for 3-4 years, followed by 2-3 years on equally unimpressive post-doctoral scholarships, is just a bloody tall order.

Over the past year I've tried to combine a full-time job with doctoral studies at the side. Not being of the Energizer/Duracell Bunny calibre, I found that committing to sleep (to recover), family & friends (to stay sane), my job (to survive) and a PhD (to reach for my dreams) all at the same time was simply not sustainable. It's pretty obvious which one of those four factors was the first to be cut.

I do believe people owe it to themselves to do what they like, to engage in whatever work they find meaningful. It's just very difficult to make a decision with such economic implications that affect not only oneself but people (and four-legged friends) one cares for.

Anyone around who's taken the kind of leap I'm too chicken to take?

Prozac wrote:

You a kiwi El-Taco? Hit me up on steam (gwj_prozac) and I'll send you an invite to the GWJ ANZACs

Also, stay the fcuk away from my sheep El-Taco. I've met kiwis. I know where your eyes wander.

Work used to get on my nerves, but at the moment I can't complain. The team on the dock are working together great and work hard. The drivers still act like babies sometimes, but that is the name of the game sometimes. The company is switching from Sprint to Verizon so that will be a mess for the first week or to. I love how people complain about new technology they don't even understand. My response these days is to tell anybody who complains to sit down and write a new program out that works. Usually shuts them up.

I had to go to one of the companies outher offices in the city the other day. They had no allocatted parking, a dingy tiny building that the staff were crammed in and it was in a much uglier area in Brisbane.

Our office has 12 staff and 13 allocatted carparks (do the math) it is a brand new large open plan building with a Northern aspect and views overlooknig the river and we're in a place called The Sunshine Coast. I desperately want to send a few of my staff to that other office for a day just so that when they get back I can say to them NOW complain about the office.

Ah the joys of herding cats. No matter how good life is someone will find something stupid to complain about. Eg. The company recently introduced RDO's. Someone managed to find a way to complain about getting a paid day off! They wanted to choose which day of the week they got off. They got the same choice as everyone else. Friday, or Friday. The biggest problem they had at work was getting a paid 3 day weekend. Seriously.

Starting my new job on Tuesday. Making less money than my previous job, but at least it is related to my career focus. Bonus points for being 10 minutes from home instead of 40

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Arise dear thread.

Just had some things turn around for me since the last time I posted, and I figured I'd throw an update on here.

While I got kicked out of the last line tech class, I just recently completed it in another system, and passed the test with a 92%. Now I just gotta work on my field certification so I can apply for my 5% raise.

I got pulled to work on the project I mentioned, and haven't run a regular route in nearly a month. If any of you wonder why you can't get a decent cable guy, this is why. No decent cable guy gets stuck running a route for long.

Today I found out I'll be one of the guys that will primarily dig up feeder/trunk cable and repair it. While I'm not keen on digging, it's work I'm more interested in. However, the nearly 90VAC that jumped through my cutters today and shocked the crap outta me didn't really feel too good. Should have asked if the line tech that was there had pulled the fuse. Oh well.

So things are looking a lot better. I have three open applications, two to line positions, but even if I don't get them now I'm getting experience that will help me get that position in the future.

Well, I'm on a 5 day training course this week. 3 weeks in and already going on week long training classes. Woot!

On the plus side, I get well fed during the day and able to surf these forums while the rest of the class catch up on the labs. Winning!

One of the things I do well as a manager is find ways to help my employees reach their professional goals while helping the company overall. IT/tech folks generally like doing new things and learning, which will necessarily create some turnover (someday I'll convince a boss of this).

I was working to setup a training arrangement for a few folks in the building to develop them for probable future roles. Somehow in the process I'm supposed to start self-training to move up myself. The job I'm supposed to train for is at least a 50% raise.

Work's been thoroughly mediocre -- but it's sure as hell looking up!

I'd like to talk about work here, but people in my real life know my handle, and I don't want anyone to trace anything I may or may not say back to me! (Not you, Adam, we're cool )

Aries wrote:

I'd like to talk about work here, but people in my real life know my handle, and I don't want anyone to trace anything I may or may not say back to me! (Not you, Adam, we're cool )

Is this the same Adam that you said was a giant baby-eating douchewaffle?

Jonman wrote:
Aries wrote:

I'd like to talk about work here, but people in my real life know my handle, and I don't want anyone to trace anything I may or may not say back to me! (Not you, Adam, we're cool )

Is this the same Adam that you said was a giant baby-eating douchewaffle?

:)

No, no. It's the Adam who he called a douchey-baby waffle-eating giant.

Britain must be nuts with those douchey-baby waffle-eating giants or as you may know them, the welsh.

boogle wrote:

Britain must be nuts with those douchey-baby waffle-eating giants or as you may know them, the welsh.

Actually, that's the Scots you're thinking of. The Welsh are douchey-welshing takey-backey valley-farming teenage-pregnancy under-educating British-film-making leafy-lefty curley-wurley celtic-talking singers.

Translated as Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch.

In English, it tends to be shortened to "Tom Jones".

Spoiler:

I actually love the Welsh! :)

Well lots of stuff has been happening here at work. I've been more involved with the network management team and the other day my manager asked for volunteers to help with another dept on network security. Naturally, I volunteered along with another guy from the NetMan team. We went through a quick training on monitoring network traffic and investigating malware reports. Afterwards my manager informed me that he wanted to start up a Security team within our dept starting with me and the other guy. Then after we get the PC software team assimilated into our department to start training people who are interested in being part of the security team with me running lead tech.

We're almost done getting the other team assimilated. We've been including those guys on our troubleshooting runs and random group events and despite having to come to a basement and not having moved to our area completely, they seem to enjoy being included in the events. Granted who wouldn't mind getting free food or an after-work bar meet?

This morning I got forwarded a "network connectivity issue" call from the helpdesk, so I went down to their office and the receptionist is like "oh they are going to be in a meeting most of the day." Immediately I thought "Well then why the frak did you put in a call and say that it had to be done right away?" the time stamp showed that the call was placed only 15 minutes before I showed up so neither I nor the helpdesk were taking our sweet time. When a client makes a call sound like it's extremely urgent and then I have to wait until the end of the day to get them back online just because they think that a tech is going to free his day up and wait until you're done is probably my biggest annoyance with my clients. Of course that's really what they're thinking, it's just my flawed and annoyed reasoning for their behaviors.

You forgot sheep buggering.

Spoiler:

My first name is welsh

boogle wrote:

Britain must be nuts with those douchey-baby waffle-eating giants or as you may know them, the welsh.

Sure makes for an interesting Saturday night out on the town, mind.

boogle wrote:

You forgot sheep buggering.

Spoiler:

My first name is welsh

I never knew "Welsh" was a male first name? Personally, i've only every known people with the surname "Welsh".

In this case its an adjective.

muttonchop wrote:

"Hey, remember that feature we removed from our product? We're adding it back in for no apparent reason. However, we're not going to use it the way it was originally intended, and everyone who knows how it works is in India. Figure out how to make it work again, and then figure out how to make it do what we want. Did I mention that the front end is all done in Flash even though the rest of our UI is all HTML? Have fun with that."

"Hey muttonchop, remember that feature we asked you to re-add a couple months back? You know how it's been causing problems ever since, and we keep making you fix those problems? Well, we finally realized that it causes too many problems and we never really had a good reason for adding it in the first place, so we're removing it again."

The good news is that I won't have to support this piece of crap any longer and removing it will greatly improve our product. Of course, if I'd been involved in the original decision and/or if we'd properly elaborated our requirements back when this was first suggested, maybe I wouldn't have wasted the last couple months wrestling with this thing only to see it removed again.

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muttonchop wrote:

mayhem

Yay for job security?

clover wrote:
muttonchop wrote:

mayhem

Yay for job security?

As I'm fond of saying to my colleagues "If it was easy, we'd all be unemployed!"

Jonman wrote:
clover wrote:
muttonchop wrote:

mayhem

Yay for job security?

As I'm fond of saying to my colleagues "If it was easy, we'd all be unemployed!"

It's not all bad, but every so often we run afoul of the fact that we work for a big bureaucratic company with way too many standards and requirements that get applied to every product whether it makes sense or not. Then we scramble to implement some required feature that no customer will ever actually use. At least this time sanity eventually prevailed.

I was thinking about a work thread and thought I'd dig around for one.

Today was just a series of emails that required more thought and effort than I wanted. I was hoping to get my Inbox down to under 100 today, but only managed a -4 change to about 162. Frustrating. Isn't this supposed to be a snow day??

How was everybody else's Friday?

Infuriating. Our ILS seems to be extra-slow today. Normally it's around irritating-level, but I've been here two hours and am ready to break my keyboard in half. Maybe it doesn't sound like much, but every click takes between 6 and 16 wasted seconds before Evergreen responds. I know, because I have nothing better to do than count. Click "Actions for this record", count "One Mississippi, two Mississippi..." Pop-up menu appears. Click "MARC Edit", count. Click "Holdings Maintenance", alt-tab over to GWJ. Check BGG. Look up on Wikipedia which Star Trek films Nicholas Meyer was involved with. Is there really a curse of the odd-numbered films, or is it rather that Meyer + Nimoy = excellent film (and First Contact gets in by default for being the least-worst TNG film)?

Or right, I was cataloguing in that awful, awful program.

Sounds frustrating. I hate the IT infrastructure at work, so I know where you're coming from. Problem was ours is a Government framework contract and its been in place for about 9 years.