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I’m Glad I Left

The client I worked for last year was ordered to cease operations in New York State for failing to live up to the terms of its merger agreement with another cable company. The company has been given 60 days to handle over its operations to another provider. The state has rescinded the approval of merger.

I knew the company was a mess when I worked there. I was so glad to leave. Is it bad to feel happy about their misfortune?

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What A Week!

It was another tough week at work. A product was released earlier in the month that was not ready for market. The software development was not completed. The company laid off the product manager a few weeks ago. The product manager neglected to tell the launch committee or the new product manager the product was not ready. It was like a fuck you for laying me off.

My house guests left early. It was an odd visit. There has to more to life than hooking up with guys. The relentless online search of Grindr and Scruff was annoying. It would have been nice to have a conversation without them scrolling through images on their phones. They take having an open relationship to new level.

My brother accused my sister of embezzling from the family trust. It was a situation that got out of control. It concerned a bank account my mother hid from my father so that it would not be included in the trust. This was typical of my mother. She was always stashing money away in case she needed it. My sister was the beneficiary on the account. My father asked my sister to close the account. My sister closed the account and kept the money. My brother had a fit when he found out. My dad called me to tell me he was sending me a trust payment equal to amount in the bank account. He had already given a check to my brother. I told my father to keep the money as I did not need it. A few days later a check arrived for $3,600. I can understand my brother being upset if the amount was in the six figures but, to me, a four figure amount is not significant. The money is not going make a difference in my life, or my brother’s life, but it will for my sister who continues to struggle financially. My brother is still upset that my father supported my sister for four years while she was unemployed. It didn’t matter to me. It’s my father’s money and he can do what he wants with it. I just know that if I ever needed financial assistance my father would send money. That’s a good feeling because my father and I don’t have a great relationship.

On the bright side, it’s Friday and I’m headed out to the galleries tonight.

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A Tough Week

It’s been a tough week. The software delivery went out the door and fell on its face. The offshore testing team missed a plethora of outages. The software engineers worked overtime to fix the issues. My team lead volunteer me to test the fixes as there is no faith in the ability of the offshore team to recognize new issues. After several long days, the updated software was delivered last night. All is well so far today.

It’s a shame the company doesn’t invest in an onshore team who understands the product and knows how it should be tested. There is a lot of talent available locally, mostly in the form of associates who had been laid off from the company. Sadly, offshore contractors are cheaper. Is the offshore labor pool really cheaper when you factor in the time and effort to redeliver a software package, and the damage to the company’s reputation for quality products? One could argue the offshore team is really more costly in the long run.

I’m knocking off early today. I plan on hitting the gym and taking care of a few last minute preparations as my house guests are arriving tomorrow. They were to arrive today but their flight from Paris was cancelled. They were booked on a later flight but will miss their connecting flight. They will overnight on the east coast. Their delayed arrival means I can check out a few gallery openings tonight.

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It’s been hotter than hell here. Over 100 yesterday. It’s time to fry eggs on the driveway.

It’s also been an unrealistically difficult week at work. My client is less than nine days away from their first major product launch since exiting bankruptcy. Major outages have yet to be corrected. There’s a lot riding on this launch. The company is also entering its last fiscal quarter so this launch has high expectations regarding revenue projections and maintaining financial stability.

I’m headed out to the galleries tonight. There are two very promising shows at Space Gallery and Spark Gallery.

See you on the back side.

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You’re Fired

This morning my team lead announced the departure of the VP who runs the division. The VP was asked to leave the company. A half hour later, a friend who works in IT, called to let me know the woman, who is the director of Mergers and Acquisitions (M&A), has also disappeared. I had not seen her for a week or two. Her office is now cleaned out which usually means the person has been fired. I’m not sure what is going on. The company has started to quietly acquire small companies so there’s a lot of M&A work to do. The M&A work I do is the most interesting and challenging right behind new product introduction. I can only hope the new VP and Director, who have yet to be announced, like to employ contractors.

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Work, Media and Art

I haven’t been motivated to write a post. I’ve been overwhelmed at work as a result of my client’s team in India who don’t understand how to do their job. They have created more work for all the associates in the States. Yet all the executives see is a cheap labor pool. Never mind the fact that the cheap labor pool is creating a lot of work for the onshore expensive labor pool.

Also, the events that have been slashed across all forms of media have left me feeling like there’s no end to scandals. I been trying to limit my online time as it often leads to reading sensationalized headlines.

On the bright side, I attended the premier of a new photography exhibit at the Denver Art Museum last night. New Territory: Landscape Photography Today is a stunning exhibit. He’s a description from the museum’s website:

New Territory: Landscape Photography Today is a survey of contemporary landscape photography from around the world. The exhibition of more than 100 photographs will explore how artists stretch the boundaries of traditional landscape photography to reflect the environmental attitudes, perceptions, and values of our time.

The works revive historic photographic processes as well as use innovative techniques and unconventional equipment and chemistry to depict landscapes in surprising ways. Taken individually and as a whole, the photographs will show how about 40 artists have manipulated materials and processes for expressive purposes, blurring the distinction between “observed” and “constructed” imagery. The exhibition challenges us to see photography differently, and contemplate our complex relationship with the landscape.

Marco Breuer, Untitled 2014,Chromogenic paper, embossed and scraped.

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Watching The Kids

My client interface has started working from home in the afternoons because his wife returned to work and he needs to watch the children. His children are 18 and 21. His children were also home schooled and they are now taking college courses online. Do you think these kids will be prepared for the real world?

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