May 30, 2004

Bye!

Woohoo! That meeting was what I thought it was. I got made redundant, effective immediately.

It feels kind of strange. This is the first time I haven't worked at that place for 11 1/2 years. I hardly know what to do with myself.

May 28, 2004

Uh oh. Meeting.

I have been asked by a middle manager to attend a 10am meeting. I wonder if I will be returning from this meeting.

May 27, 2004

May 26, 2004

Still here

Looks like I still have a job. That's good I guess.

May 25, 2004

Showdown

Someone from my work's HR department is having a meeting with my boss today about the issue of possibly getting made redundant any day between now and a year's time. I wonder if it will be tomorrow?

Dinocam

Before you e-mail me to tell me, yes, I have seen DinoCam (the White Island crater webcam).

Farewell Naomi - for now

Yesterday we travelled to Canberra to attend the funeral of Naomi Atkins. Naomi and Felicity were born prematurely to good friends of ours Graham and Karen in December last year. It is always difficult to go to a funeral of a small baby, but we found the funeral very helpful. It is good to keep in mind that as Christians God knew us while we were still being formed in the womb. We look forward to getting to know Naomi when we see her again in heaven.

May 21, 2004

Geocaching Fix

I must be experiencing withdrawal symptoms. This morning I was preparing rice cereal for my little boy (he is 8 months old now). As I was putting the cereal and spoon back in its plastic container I was struggling to get the lid on. Straight away my brain started thinking "I will need to re-arrange the swaps before re-hiding this."

May 20, 2004

New Layout

As you can see, I have a new layout.

May 19, 2004

Ugh. Early start again. I kind of wonder why I do it when I know my job won't exist in 12 months time.

May 18, 2004

I read an interesting article today on "plogging" (for project blogging) called The Virtues of Chitchat. It discusses how an intranet blog focussed on an IT project is a great information sharing tool. I think I'd need some kind of assurance that I wouldn't get sacked before I started something like this at my work!

May 17, 2004

We finally got our new (OK it's second hand) car on Friday night. Yay! The only problem is that it does not have the child seat fitted to it yet, so I am the only one who gets a go of the car.

May 14, 2004

We had a meeting at work yesterday where we were told that the "strategy" for our department is that the Asia Pacific region will no longer be a "development hub". Basically what that means is that if you happen to have a job as a developer and you work somewhere in the Asia Pacific region, you had better start looking for another job. Nice.

May 13, 2004

Now that Blogger hosts comments I have hadded comments to my blog.
I just finished reading Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood (web site about Margaret Atwood). It is fiction, but very well researched fiction, and kind of along the lines of The Handmaid's Tale. It deals a lot with genetic engineering, but is quite a thought provoking look at where our society is going, particularly with regard to the influence of big business and governments on our society. I highly recommend it.