The past week has been a bit odd for me, since it’s the first time in 15 years that I’ve been unemployed. It’s a temporary condition until I start at Intel on Monday, but I have avoided being a slacker during my “week off”.
The goal this week has been forward momentum, making as much of my gainful unemployment as possible. Recycling old computer parts, visiting friends in Alabama, a bit of house cleaning and restructuring my home office so I can actually work from home.
I still feel like I could be doing more with this time, but at the end of the week I’m happy with the time off. I saw friends and got a good start on my standing desk … so I have a new setup for a new routine.
Sunday is my trip to Oregon. I’ll arrive in Portland, drive to Hillsboro and get set for my first new employee orientation in over a decade. Good thing I can transition to employment before I get too comfortable … those empty Ikea boxes aren’t big enough to live in.
Sao Paulo, Brazil – June 15, 2010 – 4:22pm
The point of watching the game isn’t to see the game … it’s to see the fans. That’s my approach to watching today’s World Cup match with Brazil and North Korea. However, failure to plan means I’m watching it in a hotel bar, which isn’t exactly the height of local color.
Still, just seeing the fans in the street before the game tells me I’m not in Kansas anymore.
Continue reading “Brazil: The Sound of Angry Bees”
So far, this quick little trip to Sao Paulo is starting out weird. Just getting into the taxi seems to be fraught with mishap.
Continue reading “Brazil: Confusion Upon Arrival”
Yes, I’ve been out of touch lately. Work is only part of the reason. Hobbies have also contributed. But a lot of it is just needing time to decompress and think about what I want to be writing.
Continue reading “Where in the world …”
With the Super Bowl behind us and the promise of spring around the next ice-covered corner, I have some free time to think about technology. Specifically, how the world has a love-hate relationship with a device that hasn’t even made it to stores yet …
Yes, it’s time for Brian to talk about the iPad.
Continue reading “Love in the Time of the iPad”
The past few entries concerning Taipei make it sound like I’m one of those gallivanting chefs on a travel show, stopping in some foreign city for a few pints and an exotic meal.
Truth is Brian gotta work for a living. Sunday rolls in and it’s time to prepare for a trade show.
Continue reading “Taipei: Working for a Living”