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weather: clear
outside: 22°C
mood: giggly
music: Ben Heppner - Seul Pour Lutter (Berlioz)

I was assigned to a new project last week in anticipation of the QuarkXPress project wrapping up. Apparently, I was assigned to this new project before the contract was signed... they were going to shuffle someone else over to QXP and me over to this one, but things happened very nicely =)

This project is kind of a strange one. I'm not allowed to say what they do or what we're doing for them. It'll be really fun to try to explain to you guys. It's hilarious though that they think it's a big fat whopping secret when everyone else is already doing it. =D

The name of their thing is one of those 5-6 letter acronyms that stands for something that Marketing would be proud of. It acronymized into a very simple word, like "bike" for example (which is obviously not the real name =). But it has a bunch of extra silent letters. Like "BBBBIKE".

The first time I saw that, I went laughing to the Project Lead's office and asked if our new client had a stuttering problem =D "B-B-B-BIKE" He and I good laugh about that =D =D =D

Gag clauses aren't the weirdest thing we've had to put up with though. There was one contract where we had to write a component to interface with the client's super top secret application. It was so top secret that we couldn't even see it... AND WE WERE SUPPOSED TO INTERFACE WITH IT. Amazingly enough, it worked really well the first time they tried running their application with our stuff built in. =O =) Score!

Another funny project is we currently have a contract with one particular client to sell them exactly the same component that we did for them before. Granted it's for a different platform, but it's the same technology, integrating with the same application of theirs. And they know this. They are completely in the know about this. The reason was either that they just can't get through the red tape to do it internally or it wound up being more cost efficient to pay us to do it again. Let's see how many times we can sell the same component to the same client. =D =D That wasn't just a giggler, that was a full-on BWAHAHA.


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Aug. 30th, 2002 12:07 pm (UTC)
Apparently I missed out on something on the wedding plans board. What happened?
Aug. 30th, 2002 12:22 pm (UTC)
absolutegoddess replied to my design layout post, saying that she felt like I was strong arming her and the post was inappropriate. She felt that the community layout thing should have been between her and me until she made the decision to use it. Or that's my interpretation (not quite sure what I can and can't say anymore)...

The thing is, she's been really busy. So busy that she hasn't been around much and she hasn't had the time to do many of the suggestions that people have made. I didn't want to put more on her plate because I knew she was getting married this weekend and then would be gone on her honeymoon for 3 weeks. So, I thought I'd just post it and get feedback... my thinking at the time was that it involved everyone, so I showed everyone.

I dunno. I feel badly for rocking the boat. I honestly didn't think that something that was meant to be fun would be taken as strong arming...

Aug. 30th, 2002 12:26 pm (UTC)
I wouldn't worry about it. I didn't read the design layout post so I can't comment on that. I've seen your comments regarding other posts and you've always been positive and helpful. Maybe the stress of her wedding day got to her and she over reacted.
Aug. 30th, 2002 12:30 pm (UTC)
Maybe the stress of her wedding day got to her and she over reacted.

Yeah, maybe. =P No, it's no skin off my nose. I still have it with the changes that everyone suggested still intact. If they decide to use it, they know where to find me =)
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