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Hi LJ'ers...

The great folks at Mozilla has invited me back to participate in the 2010 Mozilla Summit, which will be held in Whistler, BC from July 6th to July 10th, and like last time I'll be arriving a couple of days before in order to re-experience the sights, sounds and gentle folk of Vancouver.

I expect to be arriving in Vancouver in the afternoon on Friday, July 2nd and leave Vancouver for Whistler on the 6th.

Anyone wanna meet up / have suggestions as to what to see ;-D

*HUGS*
/Søren
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Hi LJ'ers

Although not visible in most of my user pics, I'm a wearer of glasses, and have been so for about 12 years now...

I'm slightly myopic, meaning that I'm able to function without binocular assistance, but I tend to get a headache if I'm without glasses for a longer period of time...

Some say, and this includes Ulrik, that I simply do not have that "shopping gene/urge" that most gays seem to be blessed with... I don't get a kick out of browsing through the aisles... I'd rather just go in, get what I need, and get out again...
But one place I really dislike shopping at is the optician.... Getting the eyesight checked is OK, but having to choose between myriads of frames is so exhausting... Of course, some frames can be dismissed immediately - but for the rest of the lot, it's a whole different game

All frames adds something new, and in my humble opinion, something intrinsicly foreign to your appearance... And having to decide what that new thing should be is not something that I find easy...

And why do I share these little tidbits, you might ask? ...

Well - It so happens to be that my glasses by accident fell onto my mother-in-law's tiled bathroom floor earlier today -- and although I've dropped them many times before, this surface proved to be their end...

Now - this pair of glasses have been with me for almost 11 years and were, to say the least, quite worn... Ulrik had also been pestering me about getting some new ones for quite a while, but for the reasons explained above, I've been putting that off ...

Not anymore, I'm afraid...

So I hope that some time during next week, I'm able to get an appointment at an optician for a scan (as my strength most likely have changed during the years)

And then also re-live the horror that is to choose new glasses... ;-(


Les lunettes sont morts, Vive les lunettes!
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Waiting for the car pool, originally uploaded by sskroeder.

This is how I look at 5 to 7 a.m. each morning (more or less ;-D)

Me, waiting for the car pool to pick me up for work...

Working in Fredericia, about 50 km. from Odense where I live, the ride takes about 40 minutes with normal traffic, which gives plenty of time to start the morning with jokes, gossip and the unavoidable geek-chatter...

For whom it may interest, this is the route, we drive each morning: http://tinyurl.com/sskroeder-work-route

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I was on Facebook the other day where I stumbled upon pictures from my twin brother and his girlfriend's recent trip to New York, and out of the blue I was experiencing a deep profound pride in and love for him.

We've always been on good terms but we're clearly different people...

Physically, he's tall and slender, while I'm shorter and stockier (fatter, if you ask some)... Fur-wise, he wouldn't fall into any bear-type classification. He's always been very extrovert and physical, while I'm more introvert-ish and bookish...

For many years, he had jobs that didn't need an education (although he later had training to become a polymer technician), while I've did the scholarly thing and got myself a degree in Computer Science at the University...

By the time we were 7 or 8, I was already understanding the English programmes on TV and found solace in reading novels and encyclopedias - he was struggleing even to read Danish (it turned out that he had a dyslexic disabillity, but that was not discovered for some years)... In fact, at night, before going to bed, I'd read the speech bubbles from Donald Duck comics for him...
Yet he has always been good at setting goals for himself and following through on these, even if he had to work twice as hard as the competition.  A quality, I've always admirered (even envied)...

In short, I am emensely proud of him, his accomplishments and the almost care-free way he lives his life...
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Here's a "little" story from work... (actually, It's a bit long, but do read on ;-) ....

I was employed nine months ago - basically to be a code monkey (albeit in COBOL) ... The place I work for is a data center for 15 banks and other financial institutions...

So - without much knowledge in either COBOL, mainframes or financial terms and processes, I (along with 11 other hopefuls) was sent through their "IT College" - a seven week COBOL / MVS / DB2 boot camp, and thereafter we were scattered throughout the company...

I landed as a maintainer (i.e. bug fixer) in the subsystem for registration of financial securities - stocks, bonds, options, what have you not...
Exciting area - but I had to learn it all from the ground up... I've never dabbled with trading stocks or anything like that... All i was familiar with -bank wise - was that I had a bank account, and that there more often than not would be less money in the end of a month for the budget to balance...

Now - in this maintainer post I was under the wings of a guy named Claus, the guy responsible for/managing the subsystem... He had been in the company for almost 10 years, but had only just recently (about 6 months prior to my hiring) been appointed manager for this subsystem.

But one of the things I experienced early on was that we had very different approaches to solving various issues... I would be very detail oriented, while he was more carefree in whether the issues were fixed 'below the surface'...
Some of his 'solutions' have come back to haunt us on later occasions ...

I - on the other hand - quickly became known though out the department for being one who wouldn't settle for half-baked solutions, and I also made good connections with our consultants (business advisers), who later expressed their view that I had gained more knowledge about the workings of the system (from a business perspective) than he had had - even though he'd been in the company longer....This gave me the aspiration to some day become manager of subsystem - but as long as he was interested in keeping his assignment, our department head would not reassign him (although she acknowledged that I'd be more suited for the job)

Now... There's a project that runs every year. It's business critical - has to be run - period. It concerns the statements that are sent to all customers, IRS, state etc. about peoples financial standing... It has a planning period of about 6 months - is run on January 1st - and usually use 2 additional months thereafter to verify that everything has been stated correctly to every recipient..
Claus was project lead some years back (with duties he performed to great acclaim) ... But he was now head-honcho for this subsystem, and was therefore not able to sign up (nor had he any interest in doing so again) when the assigned person decided to leave the company this spring.
Instead we hired another guy who fortunately expressed high dedication to getting this project done.. He was employed specifically for this project on June 1st.

This tuesday - however - he reported that he had found employment somewhere else - and suddenly we were without project lead for a project that usually starts in july/august and runs until february...

Today we were informed that a replacement had been found ... Claus had accepted to resume his project leader task - which suddenly meant that there was an opening as Subsystem Manager...

I was asked - and I accepted the position...

So now - 9 months after employment - and just 7 months after being introduced to the world of financial securities, data vendors, stock exchanges and what not, I've been appointed chief of the subsystem that handles registration and maintenance of financial securities - a highly business critical system...

I can't help but feel a bit proud of my self -- but also a bit awestruck that the whole system now is my responsibility... I know that I don't know every facet about this system yet, but still I hope that I'll turn out to be a good manager...
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I've been actively working to maintain a positive attitude towards life... Been thinking about spiritual concepts like Karmic Wheel/"What you give is what you get" lately... I've made an effort to be more proactive at work - be more overbearing when others make (what i percieve to be) mistakes....
And in some sense, I'm slowly starting to believe that you in some sense can reap rewards by just taking a more positive stance on life.... A few observations:

I've got a interesting job - got some nice colleagues and I very often get positive and affirmative comments from the things I do...
My department chief and the chief consultant has just commented independantly that they find me more skilled as head-honcho for the subsystem, than the guy currently holding that position (my intermediate boss), although I'm very new and he's been in the company for years. She (the dept. cheif)  would review the situation in the coming months - but this may be a way to a better position and/or salary...

Edwards just endorsed Obama...

To top that off, I've just been invited by Mozilla Corporation, to partake in the 2008 Firefox Summit in Whistler, B.C. Canada -- All expenses paid!
So I'll be making my first trip outside of Europe in the last week of July...

How can I feel but blessed...
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Just wanted to post a bit, since it's been so long....  So here goes...

I've just got home from work about an hour ago... Had a day that really makes me love my job...

It's a bit complicated, but I've managed to remedy some things that my lazy  superior (more on him in a later post) dispatched yesterday -- and got kudos from my department manager for "taking the initiative on my own to get this situation in order"...

A bit later in the day, I managed to get three departments to work together about a systems test, we'll be running next Thursday. Usually they go "That's not my responsibility - I don't know anything about it - I'm overloaded with work as it is..." - but this time I got the persons, who now will be participating, to act together as a team: It's not "Søren demanding that we run this test" - It's "WE have genuine interest in making sure that our systems pass this test"...

These two issues was what I (mainly) worked with today.

Mind you - none of it was my responsibility, per se -- but since nobody wanted to take charge, I did... And it seems that, because of it, we will be ready to pass MWAT2 (Market Wide Acceptance Test 2) on Thursday ;-D

So today was a good day --Hooray!

*hugs*
/Søren

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