The Migration

Every few days, a new contractor shows up at the office. All of the new people are from firms not holding a large presence at client’s office. None of the new people are Indian. All of the new people are United States citizens. It looks like the migration away from the major player has started. Unofficially, I’ve been told the company wants to reduce its reliance upon H1-B visa holders. All of the recent job posting requirements by the client include the ability to read, write, speak and understand English and the need to display professional, positive and approachable attitude/demeanor. I think that’s a good thing.


The Dreaded 404

There’s been an issue for weeks in the client’s test environment that produces a 404 error (an error message that indicates a client can communicate with a server, but the server could not find what was requested). Nobody seems too concerned about the issue. Everyone is pointing fingers but nobody want to take the lead to resolve the issue. A new version of the client’s portal launches next week. At this point it will go out the door with the 404 error unresolved. Customers will have to call the care center for assistance. Who doesn’t love calling a toll free number and getting an agent in some developing country who barely speaks English? It’s no wonder all the companies in this sector of the communications industry are universally hated.

Abstract Wonderland

Space Gallery opened a group abstract show on Friday night. The previous weekend I had met Patricia Aaron and Jeff Wenzel, two of the artist included in the exhibit. I wanted to see what type of work they were producing. This show did not disappoint. The gallery was packed with large scale abstract paintings along with sculptures. I liked every painting in this show. The gallery was crowded with art admirers, collectors and fixtures from the local art scene.

Patricia Aaron, Awash, wax and mixed media on panel, 48 x 48, $7,200.

These next two paintings were inspired by Patricia’s visit to Prince Edward Island.
Patricia Aaron, Mustad and Sky, wax and mixed media on panel, 48 x 36, $6,500 (on the left)
Patricia Aaron, Trade Winds, wax and mixed media on panel, 48 x 36, $6,500 (on the right)

Jeff Wenzel, Borrego, mixed media on wood panel, 44 x 63, $6,800

Jeff Wenzel, Angus, mixed media on wood panel, 56 x 80, $9,500

John Wood, mixed media on paper mounted on panel, 15 x 19, $,700 each.

A view from the mezzanine which demonstrates the size of some of the paintings.

Islands Influencing Art

I met an artist at a brunch last Saturday. Her work is included in a group show opening at Space Gallery tonight. The works were started two years ago on a trip to the Bahamas, continued at artist residency in Iceland and a on a visit to Prince Edward Island. I hope to snap a few pictures tonight.

A Chilling Thought

I occasionally have to remotely access mobile devices (cell phones, tablets, etc) in a lab in the building across the street using the client’s wireless network. If I try to use the client’s secure network the connection fails. If I use the unsecured network access is always granted. How crazy it that? You didn’t know mobile devices could be accessed remotely? Almost everything can be accessed remotely. I’ll leave you with that chilling thought.

Being Ignored

My team lead sits about fifteen feet from me. He has a cubicle while I sit at my table. He rolls into the office every day a few minutes before nine. He ignores me even though I’m sitting at my table working on my laptop. He has yet to acknowledge my presence this week. He has not spoken to me. It’s a rather strange feeling to be ignored by a team member day after day. He is allegedly one of my mentors yet he has never provided any mentoring. He has never asked if I needed assistance or advice. He, like all the other Indians, ignores me and my work friend. My other mentor is only slightly better.

How hard is it to say hello to a person? Is rudeness a standard in the Indian culture? I’m beginning to believe it is.

Snow On The Front Range

I snapped this pic this morning from the office lounge.
The power was restored at my house mid-morning after an outage that lasted more than 24 hours. It was challenging getting ready for work this morning.