March 19th, 2003


Work Sitch

weather: light rain
outside: 7°C
mood: gloomy
music: Chopin - Prelude No. 13
*sigh* I haven't been writing much here, sorry. I have a gloomy thing and a happier thing to say today. I'll start with the gloomy thing first.

There's talk of Work not doing too well. Which means layoffs might be an option. It's likely the same everywhere. So, *yawn* no surprise, really.

It's not Impending Doom™ just yet. But the threat is there. People just aren't interested in software in unstable times. And because the economic instability after Sep. 11 lasted over a year, the big software places completely overhauled their strategies. They now outsource to India.

The Business Development aspect of our company has been stronger than ever. It's not even fair to call the Business Dev. Guys "Half Geeks" because they have very impressive geeking ability, writing their own tools and small bits of software, a lot of tracking, reporting and analysis stuff. And there has been movement on new contracts.

It sounds like one of the company partners, who is known to be a worrier and a bit of a "canary in a minefield"*, was just trying to let everyone know about the current situation in the company status meeting and a lot of staff took it as big red alarm bells. One of the Business Dev. Guys actually took offence and said that he'd been drumming up a lot of interest and there were things happening. Ruffled feathers were smoothed, so all is well.

All the same, I went to my Kinda-Boss-ish-Like-Person and said that I could offer to take a pay cut if it would help get the company through hard times. I'd rather be making less, but still employed. I guess it's partially a pride thing. I could get away with not telling anyone I took a pay cut, but it's harder to fake going to work every day. I tried it the last time I was laid off from RS... it's not easy.

Apparently, I was about the third or fourth person who had individually approached him about the same thing... =\ And he had the same thoughts himself. That's the level of dedication in this company. So, he's definitely going to go to the partners with that and see if we can't cut back in other ways rather than layoffs.

I've also been thinking about what I would do if I were laid off again. I'm not entirely sure I want another tech job. I mean, yeah, software development is my life, that's what my degree is in, this is where I know I belong. But I'm not going to get anywhere with this career if I keep getting laid off and my resumé has all these 1-2 year positions with nothing long term.

I may try to start something different, either part-time on top of this job or contract work and see what comes of it. I certainly have interests and strengths in other areas. I know I said, "no sudden moves" and it's still not a complete 180, but I think the time is right to try another path.

* — I mean no disrespect. I just thought that was the cutest quote =D


The Happier Thing

weather: light rain
outside: 8°C
mood: mild
music: Mozart - Symphony No. 38
I haven't written about our Psychotic Little Rat With Feathers in a while =)

I think he's fully grown now. His personality is certainly set - he's crusty, yet insecure; brazen, yet a big wussball. Here's a little clip of him (4M; 16s) playing one of his favorite games - he's jangling keys and singing. He was doing this for a good 5 minutes.

What he's trying to sing is "This Old Man". He has the "This old man / He plays one" part down pat, but the rest of it is a mess. It sounds like he's tone deaf. We think he was a lousy jazz pianist ("keys", get it?) in a divey lounge in his past life. =D

He also does this warbling sound. We couldn't figure out what it was at first. We thought it was to get sympathy because it sounded a bit sad-ish. But I was within earshot of his cage once and someone's cell phone rang. He warbled after every ring. He was trying to be a cell phone, it was the funniest thing =D