Long time no post, eh?
Okay, brief update on my life.
I‚Äôll start with the normal and work up to the crazy stuff.
I‚Äôve been listening to Amy Winehouse lately. Pretty good. A sort of modern take on 40s music, with a Lauryn Hill-esque voice. Also, the new Nine Inch Nails album is starting to grow on me, but it took about 8 listens of the full album before that started to happen. It‚Äôs quite political, which is cool, but it‚Äôs also quite repetitive, which is not.
I went to a live performance by The Rural Alberta Advantage last week at Sneaky Dees, with my friend Lola Rudin, who I haven‚Äôt seen in *years*. The show was great, and it was nice to catch up with Lola. We went to Trent together, and both enjoyed Regoczei and his, shall we say ‚Äúunique‚Äù, style of teaching. If you go to the band‚Äôs site, listen to the song ‚ÄúSleep All Day‚Äù ‚Äì it‚Äôs my favourite.
I was nominated to be the new leader of the Social Responsibility Committee at work. As such, I get to plan what our company will do over the next 6 months in an attempt to be a better corporate citizen. I assembled my team last week, and we‚Äôll be deciding our top 5 priorities later today. The attached photo is of the 6 Committee Leaders: Me (Social Responsibility), Blake (Recognition), Jeff (Training), Aline (Celebrating Success), Matt (Culture & Communications), and Zakir (PR Stunts).
I had a great long talk with Jen in London last week. So good to hear her voice. We haven‚Äôt talked much since we dated, but I think we‚Äôll hang out more this summer than we have in a long time. Oddly, we may have more in common now than we did when we dated. The universe is crazy that way.
I had a good 90 minute chat with Rudy Ens of Proactive for Life on Sunday, all about the Neuro-Emotive Technique of ‚Äútherapy‚Äù, if you want to call it that. It‚Äôs very pretty cool, in that it assumes the solutions are within you, not external to you. Because I have a psych degree, I can tell you this fits into the realm of ‚Äúcognitive therapies‚Äù, but it‚Äôs really a new kind of branch that could be called ‚Äúsub-cognitive‚Äù. Cognitive therapies have been shown to be *as* effective as medicinal therapies for certain types of mental illness.
This past Saturday Jeff and Tara and Mark and Christine and Wesley and I went on our first Geocaching adventure. Basically, someone with a GPS unit hides some treasure somewhere in the world. Then they post the coordinates of the cache to the Geocaching website. Then people like us use our GPS to go find it. When you find it, you sign the log book and take part of the treasure and leave a bit of your own for the next people.
Today I sent in a proposal to speak at the Zend Con(ference) in San Francisco in October. My proposed topic is ‚ÄúThinking N-Tier‚Äù ‚Äì which is about how to separate which types of code into what layers of an application. That‚Äôs probably a lot of mumbo jumbo to most of you, but for me it could be fun
At work we launched the first version of our new RazorPoints loyalty & incentives platform. During the crazy work weeks leading up to the launch, the other staff in the office tried to keep us happy by providing us with copious amounts of snacks and RedBull On one particularly trying day, I returned to my desk to find a complementary bag of goodies, including a Nerf-esque dart gun, which provided endless joy for me, and endless frustration for my co-workers We‚Äôre still waiting on dividers, keyboard rests, & bookshelves, but we have already received some wardrobes for our coats, and blinds for the windows. Also, we‚Äôve been assured that the rest is being sourced and is not far off.
Last weekend I received a call from a lawyer in the US informing me that a case is being brought against a company I did some work for at one point in my past. They were tossing around numbers as high as $2.4 billion, so it‚Äôs pretty insane. I‚Äôve learned enough about blogging recently to know not to mention any names here. In fact, this is probably the limit of what I can say. Talk to me in person if you want to know more.
And craziest of all, I will be turning 30 years old this Thursday, April 26th. I’m going out for dinner with my friend Jen (not the one I dated), and on Friday April 27th I’m having a get together at my place from 6-10pm, followed by drinks and dancing at The Schmooze, downtown. If you’re reading this, you’re more than welcome to attend.