Dec 21, 2006

Why I love working at Cornell.

The best GINGERBREAD house

I would like to go on the record and say that this is the Best GINGERBREAD house from the Great Gingerbread contest of 2006. Why do I say Gingerbread with such force? I'll tell you why! When we decided to make a gingerbread house, a member of the other team (let's just call him G. Errit) decided that it would be better to build a GINGERBREAD house out of CARDBOARD. GINGERBREAD house out of CARDBOARD. I thought this was a bit odd, but figured I'd go with it. When it was all said and done, Robyn and I managed to make a very nice, normal, STANDARD Gingerbread house. I think it looks nice. We added some "accent pieces" which included a dark chocolate door and White chocolate icicles. Gummy wreaths also make great details. I think it came out awesome. I'll post a picture of the "tainted" house in a little bit when I can find it...
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Dec 6, 2006

I can see the waterworks.

I enjoy my work freedom. The freedom to do what I need to do without someone hovering over my shoulder asking me if what I'm doing is necessary or not. I enjoy being able to say "I think going to implement this" or "I wonder what will happen if I do this."

What I don't enjoy is being given this freedom, but with no means of using said freedom. I understand that this is not a binary situation: there is no Right/Wrong, On/off. I guess I'm excited to head into unknown territory for me Professionally.

I feel like a kid that's passed his Canoeing test at camp and was told he could go out on the lake without a life guard in the boat with him. I want to take my friends (dreams, aspirations) out for the ride of their lives, but can't because the Canoe is still tied to the dock and I can't undo the supershank knot. I see so much potential with this job, both professionally and personally. I really do like it.

I just wish the dock line wasn't still hooked to my canoe.

Dec 4, 2006

Feeling so Sound

Another day at work.

While I don't dislike my job, I'm not sure what to make of it. At my last job, there strict rules in which I had to stay within. While there was a great degree of flexibility, there was some stiffness to the rules. Since I knew where my boundaries were, I was able wrk within them and try many new things: such as getting the Open Directory structure setup, or build and optimize images.

Here, I think there are virtually NO boundaries. The possibilities are numerous: If there is something I want to do I can do it...within reason. I don't think I'm used to this. If I want to redesign the Active Directory Structure, I can. IF I want to modify the WSUS server and change the time when people install updates, I can. I'm responsible for getting the backup policies in place. I'm responsible for defining the default domain policy.

I think it's a bit overwhelming at first. Since College, I've always been in very structured environment, and was molded to fit that. I need to take a step back and relax. There are several things I would like to do; I just need to figure out how start/plan.

I hate to say this but I think I need to go to Project Management Training.