You’ve seen quail, right? When you see quail, what do you notice? Do you notice that they seem like old British women, when walking around: their heads held high with their feather sticking straight up and then their pear shaped bodies wobbling around as they shuffle along the sidewalk? I’d like to put a scarf … Continue reading Episode 66: Are you having a “Quail Week”?
As a software tester, my success mostly depended on myself. I did have to work with a developer who could hopefully code well so that I had a working application. But guess what? If I found a way to break it, all I did was send it back and say, try again. All I needed … Continue reading Episode 62: In The New Job, I Depend on Others, Constantly
Remember how we decided that I could now go by Master Larrie? I earned the title and all: wrote the papers, virtually attended the classes, read loads of boring textbooks, read one interesting novel, had meetings in Second Life, and had professors hood me in a ceremony. Now I’m here to tell you to add … Continue reading Episode 59: Some People Call Me Tim… or Scrum Master
I think the fact that my desk at work was often covered with paperwork, labels, charts, and post-it notes was just a sign that I had a lot of work to do and that I was doing it. But some of my coworkers had clean desks and I know for a fact that they were … Continue reading Episode 58: Bring Back File-For-Fun Fridays
I kept on finding great excuses to buy new shoes: I’d started a new job; that job required closed-toe shoes; I probably needed these shoes in many different styles and colors; and then we decided to have Capri Fridays! It was Janet’s idea and, of course, I went along with it. This also meant that … Continue reading Episode 50: Fridays Used to be Capri Fridays
A chiropractor once joked with me about how we’ve DE-evolved. If we started out hunched over as apes, then eventually stood up straight like men, we’ve gone back to hunching over like apes again. Blame Bill Gates or Steve Jobs; pick your poison. I came into work the other morning, and sat down at my … Continue reading Episode 48: Improving my PC Posture
I logged in to our time clock application this morning: Double click to open the kiosk, enter employee number, enter last four digits of social security number (oooo, how secure). Ah, there you are. Let’s check and see when I’ve been arriving at work. Yep, lookin’ good (for me): 8:11 AM 8:09 AM 8:05 AM … Continue reading Episode 46: A Corporate Lactation Program
It’s tough some times to strike that ideal balance between life and work. For me, I am always hoping to find that career path that leads to me being paid to do whatever I want (like travel places on an airplane, play soccer, drive sweet cars, etc). So until I find that path*, I continue … Continue reading Episode 45: 10 Steps for Work-Life Balance in the IT World
My boss is out; my lead is out; it's Friday and March Madness is happenin'. Despite all of this, I'm working. It's the best way to make the day go faster. That's ALWAYS the theme of Friday, you know, hurry up and bring on the weekend already. With the boss-ship being out today, we don't … Continue reading Episode 40: Today’s Team Meeting – Subject: Century Egg
Stacky forgot yesterday that she only has three walls here at work. I reminded her of this, but didn't remind her that those walls are mostly made of fabric and not even as tall as I. They're still taller cubicle walls than some workplaces, though. So I got to thinking about what life would be … Continue reading Episode 36: What would YOU do with four walls?