Photo Meme

Sep. 14th, 2010 05:07 pm
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IMAG0351, originally uploaded by sskroeder.

It seems that almost my entire LJ Friends list have chosen to participate in this meme... Here's my contribution...

Preemtive excuse: I didn't have time to take a picture at work, when I noticed the meme, so this is taken after I got home...
It'll probably invalidate the meme, I guess --- If so: here's a picture of me *LOL*

--[ The Rules ]---------------
When you read this, you're tagged. Take a picture of you in your current state. No changing your clothes, or putting on makeup. NO Photoshop. Show your friends list the real you.

sskroeder: (Default)
Today, the Earth has completed yet another trip around the Sun... Even more so, the number of trips taken is divisible by 10, which (apparently) is cause for extra attention...

In plain English, it's my birthday.... So at work, we had an informal get-together to celebrate...

IMAG0191

IMAG0193

The string of peppers may seem odd to some, but it's customary here in Denmark that if you reach the age of 30 without being/having been married (thus technically being a bachelor) you get "pepper".... Usually it's given by sprinkling the victim with pepper (the spice; grounded dry pepper seeds) - but I must say I'm much more pleased with my inventive colleagues interpretation...

For men, you're then called a Pebersvend (Pepper Jack) -- For women, the term is Pebermø (Pepper Maid)...

A lesser known custom is to apply the same with turning 25 - but with cinnamon instead of pepper...

At least now I look as old as people tend to think I am - Thirty-something ;-D


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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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Instead of seeing what is on my computer desktop (which is not particularly interesting), here is instead the view from my desk at work...

To the left is the very handsome [livejournal.com profile] fogbear , joining in on the Photo of the Now Meme -- Work on the right (COBOL code for the ones that need to know ;-)

In front, my beloved Starbucks Vancouver Mug, which holds the essential 3 times Espresso that I start with each morning...
(Many of my co-workers note that I may have the largest mug in the company... Thanks Starbucks! ;-D)

The flags in the background ... Well - they are there for a reason... Can you guess it ? *LOL*

sskroeder: (Default)

Photo of the Now, originally uploaded by sskroeder.

Joining in on the fun...

Me at work...

Meme rules

  • take a picture of yourself right now.
  • don't change your clothes, don't fix your hair...just take a picture.
  • post that picture with NO editing.
  • post these instructions with your picture....
sskroeder: (imervad)
The skies are grey outside - has been so for the last few days. Only consolation is the weatherman's promise of a dry and sunny weekend...
On Monday, the foul weather returns -- just in time for me to return to work... ;-//

Regarding Flickr
I've removed a lot of uninteresting pictures on Flickr - I had a lot of  "Oh look! - It's a mountain" pictures from my bus trip back to Vancouver earlier this month, these have now been removed, and I'm putting a bit more effort in moderating what goes up there...
Also - I've noticed that some of my co-workers have discovered my account, so I've decided to restrict pictures of a sexual nature to "friends-only" -- E.g. the latest photo session of me in nothing short of a harness (sort of) is now for friends only

...just saying ;-D

If I know you on LiveJournal and you aren't on my Flickr friends list, please let me know your Flickr user name -- or PM me an email address to send an invite ;-D

And for all Firefox 3.0+ users
Check out Mozilla Ubiquity (link fixed) and make sure to see the intro video... It's still in the works - but really cool none the less ...
sskroeder: (face-amsterdam)
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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