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I Think I’m Allergic To Work

I have a new contract for 3 months! Yay, steady income for a while! And what happens? The thing that happens almost everytime I start a new job or contract. I get sick. This time it’s just a cold (I hope). And I’m not kidding, whenever I get a new job somewhere I get sick. Almost immediately. I don’t know if it’s just the stress of all the newness that does it, or if it’s just getting all the germs that reside in a office building after being exposed to them. I do know that it’s damned annoying.

I’m feeling a bit better today than yesterday (which was my second day on the job).

I don’t have a (work) computer yet. The one IT guy seems a bit frazzled by my sudden appearance. But I’m working with an old colleague from the last time I had a corporate gig. He recommended me and get on very well. It looks like the main person that I’ll be working on with the design team (of three including me) is based out of India. So hello late-night conference calls. And the job is in Santa Clara, so the commute is REALLY appalling. Tomorrow I may try to Caltrain/VTA it. The Baby-Bullet trains weren’t up and running yet the last time I worked down here, the schedule looks pretty promising.

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Principles

Some days, of course, are better than others. Yesterday was a really bad day. No one thing set it off, just a culmination of stuff that I deal with on every other day, yet somehow suddenly became unbearable.

Work stuff mostly. I’m really unhappy in my new position. I don’t like what I’m doing. As a “Usability Engineer” I’m not creating anything. I spend most of my time picking things apart. I’m also asked to give my opinions that I’m often forced to take back.

Getting it right isn’t the priority. Just get it good enough. But who decides what’s good enough? And on what basis is that measurement? We’re told to do it right, but when things get tough, instead of sticking to principles, it’s always, “Well, that’s just got to be good enough.”

I understand that their has to be compromise. That their must be a balance between ideals and practicality. What I don’t understand is when does compromise mean just tossing your hands in the air and saying, “just give us what you can” every single time.

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Squirrels Are Evil

The Microsoft Squirrels will not run on their wheels. They won’t talk to other squirrels that look just like them. They have been throwing their acorns at me for the past two days and smirking about it. The tree they live in is hosed and gods of IT won’t duplicate it, cause they don’t have another tree with the same leaves. So here I sit, trying my darnest to be productive in a broken down tree with evil, smirking squirrels from hell.

At least my cat sympathizes about squirrels. Although the ones he doesn’t like have bushy tails.

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