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Student Publishes Extensive Statistics On the Population of Middle-Earth

chancycat Tom Bombadil (218 comments)

Completely appropriate that Tom Bombadil (and Goldberry) would be set alone under the heading "anomaly".

about 2 years ago

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chancycat chancycat writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Monday, 26 March 2007: ironic how good news can be stressful. After a year+ being dedicated to a new business group, I'm now offered a non-IT / in-the-business role in another group (led by my old managers) nearby (same corporation). The promise is to be no longer on-loan from corp-IT, but to be really *in* the business. So now, today, I am being offered an in-the-business job by the business I've been with this past year. Yay: happy escape from IT and its invent-absence philosophies, but stress of having to choose between my old management friends and my newish business cohort.

Ironies relative to my earlier posts.

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chancycat chancycat writes  |  about 9 years ago

Monday the 27th (June 2005) was a dark day around here - of the ~30 of us in our web-services software section, five were given notice. Looks like they get two weeks to locate jobs elseware in the company or they get the nine-week layoff package.

Great times to work in large-enterprise IT. Egad. No vision around here. And just reading Steve Jobs' 2005 commencement address at Stanford (link) makes me really wonder what my employer is really worth, in terms of my investment of my time.

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chancycat chancycat writes  |  more than 9 years ago

Lay-offs loom around site - Back on Wednesday the 13th of April (2005) our section manager and functional manager let our section know that the IT budget has been cut (OpEx) and our group was in a dire deficit. We could stand to lose up to 15 folks to the axe. Yucky feeling and nightmares that night. And my project is cut, seemingly randomly. The past two weeks have been OK though as we scramble for recovery, outside funding and realignment. Maybe most/all of of software types will make it through?

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chancycat chancycat writes  |  more than 9 years ago

Just another post, 11 August 2004 - what is an online journal supposed to be to me? I can't trust slashdot entirely, so no major secrets... shall I just recap the recent past?

Work has me traveling more. Soon to travel to France for 10 days on business. Going to a coworker of Erin's wedding in Salt Lake City soon - Betsy and Rob. Should be fun.

The kitchen+house remodel is finished. What an easy process that only costs ~$80,000! Financial impact to be felt for a while (~2+ years)...

Erin turned 27 the other day. She says she had a very nice day. We have been playing chess together consistently for a few days now. We played a game at Nearly Normals last night over drinks - she a watermellon margirita, me a mohito. We basically played to a draw, but she let me call it my win.

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chancycat chancycat writes  |  more than 11 years ago

This morning (1 Feb 2003) I woke up at 5:40PST to go out in the dark of Oregon with my dog to try to see the STS-107 Space Shuttle Columbia re-entry trail. It was suprisingly a clear sky - it is usually raining around here. I was supposed to be able to see the trail at 5:54am. Didn't see anything, I thought perhaps mission control had the shuttle come down on another pass, 90 minutes later. I came back inside to check the status of the landing on the web - only to eventually learn that the shuttle broke up at about 6am over Texas. Debris being found in central Texas now...

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