a long time coming

Posted on Sunday 10 February 2008

sense :: taste // mojito

So the new boss starts on Monday. I don’t know whether I should be frightened or excited. Either way, I’ve been kind of blase about the whole thing. Possibly because I’ve been more and more disenchanted with my boss lately – it’s not my job, I don’t mind the job so much, it’s really the lack of organization at my workplace and the pretentious aggressiveness of my boss’s boss (our CIO). I really do think he doesn’t understand exactly how he makes the other people in the office feel, but it’s clear that there’s a palpable calmness and relaxed atmosphere when he’s not in the office. Let me help you out with the org chart. I report to a director (my boss), who reports to the CIO. I’m talking about the CIO. My boss (the director) on the other hand, means well, is a great guy, but is just a disorganized mess. I suppose I’m supposed to help him out, but I can only help him out so much, and I can only take being treated like an admin because he’s too disorganized or lazy to find documents and paperwork himself so much. So that’s frustrating, but I won’t have to deal with it for much longer because the new boss (new director) is starting, and my unit is getting shuffled under him because my current director doesn’t much care for project management. The new guy seems much more buttoned up and organized than the old one, but he’s really close to our CIO, which makes me worry that he’ll fold like a lawn chair every time the CIO makes a completely unreasonable demand, and he won’t be able to accept feedback or frustration from me. We’ll see how that plays out.

Either way, I’ve updated my resume and thrown it out on the usual circuit of job sites, just to keep myself on the market and my prospects fresh. We’ll see what happens. I’m not seriously planning a job move right now – I’ve only been where I am for about a year and a half or so, but if things stay this frustrating, I might bail. Like I’ll tell my boss and his boss, I’m cautiously optimistic, but I’m too young and too early in my career to trust anyone in any office. My first and foremost obligation is to myself and my career. I wonder if Apple or Google are hiring in the vicinity. Anyway. Enough of that, although it felt good to get out.

I went ahead and updated the back-end of all of my blogs and sites – I had no idea it would take so long to do! The one-click WordPress upgrades were easy enough, but the upgrade of Gallery for Photowerks took forever because I had to reinstall it like five times, then upgrade the theme a dozen more. And I’m still having a few issues – if you try to browse photos and it sits there on the “loading photo” screen, just click the icon at the bottom to full-screen the image. It comes up then. I have to get to the bottom of that.

I also finally got around to what had been a new year’s resolution for the past couple of years; I decided to put WordPress under Plastic Bohemia and redesigned it from the bottom up. No more frames for me! It looks good too, if I may say so – it’s using an ancient WordPress theme, one that the designer doesn’t support anymore (he doesn’t even post it on his website anymore – just a snarky message about “I used to have a theme, a lot of people want it and ask me, but I don’t have it anymore so go away,” something like that) but I still think it’s absolutely perfect for PB. The side-box is perfect for a link to the stream, and since it’s persistent across pages, it works really well. Anyway, I like it. Maybe now that it’s redesigned I’ll try to spend more time in front of the turntables making mixes.

Speaking of free time, I have to admit I’ve been happier in WoW lately than I have been in a long time. We’ve actually been raiding Karazhan, planning on doing Zul’Aman, and I’ve been able to drag people into heroics lately to keep the blood pumping. Even though most of my favorite people have all but abandoned Stormrage for greener RP pastures elsewhere, it’s nice to still get something out of the characters I worked so hard to level up and gear up. Now if only I get out of the annoying work-related late-night maintenance nights every 4th friday of the month (I’m the only non-tech at the office still doing them), then I don’t have to miss a Kara night each month sitting at the office babysitting a moronic server patching process. (can you tell I’m bitter?) Anyway, I miss all of my old friends who bailed on our server, but at least those of us left behind have been making something of ourselves. Speaking of which, I need more badges. Zul’Aman tomorrow, and then back to Kara to finish up on Monday!

1 Comment for 'a long time coming'

    February 12, 2008 | 2:10 pm

    The different chemistry you can get in an office with or without one person never fails to amaze me. For the good and the bad.

    :: grins ::

    National Geographic Museum: open Monday through Saturday and holidays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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