sergebroom: (Jefferies Tube)
I accomplished an accomplishment at the office yesterday too.
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I am proud of myself.

The boss pinged me, all worked up about some issue she'd just found out, saying "Don't they fix the issue and then rerun it? We can't just not run it at all without telling anyone." I calmly pointed out that this was a known issue that the appropriate people had been made aware of by me last week and that they were working on it, but I asked her to clarify which issue she was referring to, in case it was something new. I refrained from explicitly saying SHE was one of those people I had informed of the situation, and from making other sarcastic comments. Now, if you'll excuse me, I'll go pat myself on the back.
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I accomplished an accomplishment at the office yesterday.

smug check

Mar. 19th, 2015 11:11 am
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I probably need a smug check.
Because I feel quite smug right now.

Our system is made of subsystems, each with their own servers. One of those subsystems will soon migrate to new servers. The coordinator of that subsystem (the only higherup in the team who treats me with respect) asked me to join a meeting that he and other folks were having, and they had some questions about our job scheduler, which is my area of expertise. One of them then said that they'd opened a request for the scheduler's most recent release. I pointed out that our system uses an older release, and they kind of went "crap" about the wasted effort, but at least the error was caught early enough. I then explained why we use an older release instead of the most recent one. What I didn't say publicly, but said privately to the subsystem's coordinator is that, if our team's higherups had consulted me one year ago, I could have set up a way to use the most recent release.

Once again, I saved the team's collective ass.
I should casually mention that to the people who have authority over me.
No, not the donkey part.

what works

Mar. 19th, 2015 11:06 am
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That works every time.

Your higher-ups say that this bit of the system may be a problem, and you do your research, and you don't get a response even two weeks later? Write back saying that you'll assume that they do not consider this a problem after all.
sergebroom: (Draco)
"So Dee, you were telling me screaming yams don't exist."
"Because they don't."
"Says the woman with snakes for hair."

I'm now reading Seanan McGuire's "Pocket Apocalypse".
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Some of you may remember my expressing some amusement at a work meeting where some items were referred to as parking-lot items, an expression that has apparently been around for quite some time even though I myself have been around for quite some time. Today, someone suggested to parking-lot an item. Yes, it's now a verb.


Mar. 13th, 2015 10:16 am
sergebroom: (Moloch - kaboom)
That was funny.

My coordinator is off completing the assembly of a new human who should be released in April. While that's going on, my coordinator's henchman is in charge. This morning, he asked me why I had created a request to put some of our system's processes on hold. I suggested that he read a certain email exchange that had started yesterday, which explained why I was doing what I'm doing. That satisfied his question, and he then approved my request. The reason why this is funny is that HE is the very person who yesterday had told me that we needed to put those processes on hold.


Mar. 13th, 2015 07:43 am
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Last week, I got my yearly review, and this praise from my boss: "You do a lot of tasks that people don't want to." (Insert a pic of Superman holding the Daily Planet's giant globe, or of someone pumping out the contents of a portolet.)Today, the promised bonus showed up on my paycheck.
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I was amused that my manager finally sent an email to the team's coordinators who are below her and above me reminding them that I own all responsibilities for our sysyem's job scheduler and that they should involve me in discussions of possible changes to that job flow.
sergebroom: (Superman)
I just had my yearly review. I got a 3 out of 5, which is what I expected. Officially, 3 means that I have met all their expectations and even surpassed some of them. I see it as meaning 'mediocre', but at least I am getting a small raise and a nice bonus. My favorite part was when the boss said "You do a lot of tasks that people don't want to."
sergebroom: (Rocketeer)
I notice that most of the nominees on my Hugo ballot are women.
Come to think of it, it's like that every year.
sergebroom: (Cornelius)
"12 Monkeys" has had two occurrences of "If I do this, it will stop the plague from happening" and, in both cases, it doesn't because the Future's historical records were incomplete. OK. The first time, it was a nice twist. The second time, I became quite annoyed. If next week's episode winds up having the ending of last night's episode turn out to be one more case of this, I'm quitting.
sergebroom: (Merlin)
It can be dangerous to read a book again after 40 years, especially if it's by an author you loved, but it didn't keep me away from Clifford Simak's 1968 novel "The Goblin Reservation". I did remember that it was set centuries in the Future, I did remember that one of the main characters was a prehistoric man rescued by Time Researchers and who now went by the name Alley Oop, that another character was a ghost who didn't know whose ghost he was, and that there were goblins and trolls, but I had forgotten that these and many other disparate elements added to a slightly messy assemblage and that Simak's style could be clunky. Still, after all those decades, I vividly remembered this:

"Facing one another, dancing to the music of the fairy orchestra, were Ghost and William Shakespeare."

gone at 83

Feb. 27th, 2015 11:12 am
sergebroom: (Spock)
Leonard Nimoy has passed away.
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An interesting bit came out from our employer's townhall meeting today. Demand for mainframe skills, especially COBOL, are not going away, and the demand might actually increase. That's reassuring. Our system used to have many mainframe components, which I built singlehandledly, and they're the only part of the system that never broke. It's nice to know that I could revive my failing career elsewhere with my old skills.
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When one of our team's coordinators sent and email to the whole team asking me how much I had to pay the gatekeeper ladies for our deployment request to be approved so quickly, I publicly responded to them all that no money was involved, and that my French accent did it. (Privately I responded that it's because the gatekeepers like me. I guess my treating them with respect does work.)
sergebroom: (Mist)
"Odin Child-slayer," Mist said, sweeping her arm across her face, "you are not fit to rule Midgard."
"Then you will die, along with every mortal or Alfr who dares to follow you."
"Do you see any mortals or Alfar here?" Mist asked.
The All-father smiled. "Loki," he said. "You have chosen poor allies."
"I would say that you’re at the disadvantage, Odin Dick-waver," Loki said.
"Dick-waver?" Mist said, barking a laugh.
"One must stay abreast of the times," Loki said.

From "Battlestorm", final volume of Susan Krinard's contemporary fantasy story that began with "Mist" and which will be published by Tor later this year.
sergebroom: (Yojimbo)
"In the early evening a tiny moth-demon was trying to batter its way into my room through as tear in the paper screen, no doubt attracted by the scent of poverty."

Thus begins Richard Parks' "To Break The Demon Gate". The author has published many short stories about Lord Yamada, investigator of the occult in Heian Japan, but this is his first novel about Yamada. I've barely begun and am already enjoying it, as I expected.
sergebroom: (Uncle Sam)
I just finished going thru the lengthy Phase II of my tax work, and found that I am indeed missing a couple of forms, and an inaccuracy in the W-2 form issued by one of Sue's former agents. (Yes, *I* keep very good records.). Phase III will involve my chasing for the final and correct forms. Phase IV will have me fighting intelligent ants. Phase V will be the meeting with our tax consultant.