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Change. Bank.

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Lots of the SNL skits I've seen over the years aren't that memorable... but this one, "Change Bank" has long been a favorite of mine.

I left the amazing group at the Chron on Friday and today I started my new gig with JP Morgan Chase, in the N.A. Investment Bank Technology Center.

Changing jobs is tough. The most difficult part, for me, is dealing with the emotional ties I made at the previous job. It's heart-wrenching leaving people you spent 8 hours a day with for the last n years. Second to the emotional change is the anxiety you have before you start the new job, not fully knowing how things will play out.

We'll miss you Will Willis

My experience has been that things will be great at the new place... just as the were at the last. The key for me is making the transition a quickly as possible.

Why my new job rocks...

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I work for the Houston Chronicle, the main news paper here in Houston Texas. I'm an application developer in the online advertising team and I love it. It's the best job I've ever had. Briefly, here are a few of the reasons why chron is a great place to work.
  • they're a Linux/Perl shop
  • the team is small (chron.com is run by a handful of geniuses)
  • I'm the worst player in the band [read this book for the explanition]
  • everybody's cool, down to earth, and did I mention they're super geniuses!?!
  • They are all about the following:
  • Good Management
  • I'm learning new stuff EVERY day:
  • group outings to BWW, Jillian's, etc...
  • and last but not least, large amounts of weeeeee!

Update: [20070627] I'm doing some link updates and making some minor tweaks 9 Months later and Chron is still as awesome as ever.

Multitasking

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Dreamweaver is being temperamental today, it keeps timming out to the FTP server. So between uploads I'm making effective use of my time by taking a defencive driving course online while I wait :P


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RIP QA

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RIP Compaq.com Quality Assurance team!

I'm a webmaster!

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Today is my first day on the job with the Harris County Public Library. This job is going to be so fun! First of all, I show up and find that I have a nice sized office that I share with a cool co-worker. I've got a 17'' flat panel monitor on my desk with a brand new Dell computer equiped with a P4 2.8GHz processor and 512 MB of memory. Next to that is my new Dell Latitude Notebook that sports a 2.39GHz processor and 512MB of memory. Holy Crap, I was working on a P2 500 at idea, this set up (at a government job mind you) blows away what I've been working on. Oh, I almost forgot, they also gave me a new HP color printer as well as a new HP scanner.

The software is even leghit! I've got a brand new personal copy of macromedia's studio mx, Adobe's Photoshop 7, Illustrator 10, Acrobat 6, and GoLive. Incredible!

The perks don't stop there. This however may not be a perk to you, but it is to me... I got to order office supplies! Anything I wanted! That is so sweet.

Now, all this stuff is just superficial, let me get down to the meat and potatos of the job. I've already been tasked with making site-wide changes to the current site, as well as designing and creating a new site directed towards teens. I'll get to write database apps with web front-ends in perl, do graphics work, program HTML and CSS. It's great, the stuff they want me to do is going to be so fun. I can't wait to get started.

Don't listen to the person that tells you that government jobs suck.

Between jobs

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Today is Sunday. My last day of freedom : ) Tomorrow I start working for Harris County Public Library. From the job description I found on the web this will be my dream job. I say today is my last day of freedom, but I really can't wait to start this new job. This last week has been nice tho, I've been able to tie up loose ends and get things done around the house that have needed to get done like the car inspection, hanging that celing fan, mowing the lawn, cleaning my room, etc, etc...

Anyway, I'll keep ya posted on how things go at the new job, I'm anxious to get started.

Poor me...

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In an effort to make some more $$ I've started selling some clothes of mine on ebay. How sad :(

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Jeans

2 weeks notice

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I put in my 2 weeks notice at idea today. I've been there since Feb 2000. I've never worked any place consistantly for that long before. I'm moving on to the Harris County Public Library, e-branch Division to be their web programmer. I'm looking forward to the new job so much :) not the commute tho :( METRO here I come!

bye bye contract

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I've been on contract at Compaq, now HP for over 3 years. Today was my last day. It was a super contract and I'm going to miss it. I didn't realize how much I liked working there till now.

Just call me Wilbert...

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This one hits too close to home :)

Throw me some $$ !

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I updated my company website today. It was kinda compulsive, I didn't put alot of tought into it, but I think it turned out ok.

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