Sunday, April 20, 2014

Google’s Project Ara is quite intriguing. ¬†And I remember thinking a while back - that I wish I was an electrical engineer and could create / design my own phone, and not have a bunch of extra components that I didn’t need. ¬†Project Ara could be that phone!

More here and here.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

I don’t remember many group projects from elementary school through college , which probably means I was a total slacker when it came to group assignments. I think I would remember them if I was the person who ended up doing everything.

The irony is that I feel like I’m paying for it now at work. We lack a true leader so I’m finding myself frequently having to pick up after people. Sometimes it’s as simple as explaining how to use algebra to calculate something. Other times, people are asking me to make judgement calls for them.

If I were being recognized for my awesome teamwork and leadership abilities, that would be one thing. But I’m not, not really. Instead, I’m like the elf cobbling shoes at night, that no one except the cobbler knows about. And that’s frustrating and demoralizing.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Tried the Vanilla Macchiato from Starbucks today - I couldn’t really taste a difference between that and a Caramel Macchiato… or a flavored latte.

Friday, March 14, 2014

Dealing with mistakes at work

When I make a mistake at work, my first thought is usually “crap!” followed by “how do I cover this up?” I’m not advocating lying by any means, but just entertaining this thought for thirty seconds lets me get it out of my system so I can come up with better, ethical, more rational solutions.

It may see a little ridiculous, but it’s not. I’m not a doctor or a pilot - if I make a mistake, I just have to fix it and move on. Naturally, I’ll want to learn from it so I don’t make the same mistake again, but it’s almost always fixable (albeit sometimes at a monetary cost).

Whatever rational solution I end up with is bound to be better than telling a lie, followed by the inevitable moment my boss finds out I made a mistake AND lied about it to cover it up. But sometimes you just have to go through the whole process to get to where you need to go.

Saturday, March 8, 2014

Weird couple of days…

Found out yesterday that my mom’s high school friend’s husband passed away - on Facebook, of all places (I’m friends w/ my mom’s friend on FB).

And of course, the mysterious disappearance of the Malaysia Airlines flight.

Then while running errands today, I ran into parents of two separate childhood friends. We all live in the same geographical area, so it’s not that surprising, but still - it was a bit serendipitous.