Another Trip to the UK

As I teased before, I was back in the UK for some meetings.  The original plan got all sideways when my main person I was meeting with left for paternity leave just before I got over there.  No worries, as I was able to use the time to meet with others and get some good work done.

This time, I brought my main camera over with me, and spent some of the downtime taking pictures, mainly in Bournemouth, as I was only in London for the Monday, and was in meetings all day.

Anyway, here are some of the pictures I took.  Enjoy!

Back from London (again)

So, when I started the new job last November, my boss told me that the new position was not a traveling position.  Well, after three trips this year (including one to Columbus, OH), and the one I just got back from, I think he was wrong. *grin*.

So, this time, I was in London for most of the two weeks, but I did get a side trip to Bournemouth to meet with the team there.  I was over there to get brought up to speed on a new project I am starting.  This one will be more project management  vs development.

Oh and of course, I took some time to take pictures.  Some are here:

More Travel

Well, I had to open my mouth and say that I thought things were going to slow down. About that…

So, I get word late on a Friday I needed to get to New York for a meeting with a vendor. A frantic hour or so later, and I have things booked, and that Sunday, I have this view:

view-from-the-seat

In my rush to pack (I had lots of little things to get done before climbing on the plane, including a quick round of D&D with the kids: "Dice!"), I totally forgot my camera. So, I spent some time playing phone-photographer. The results are here.

Trip To Bournemouth, UK

Sorry for the lack of updates, but the last few months have been very busy with work and everything going on with the kids and their activities. It is summer time, so now I might be able to get some rest.

So, last month I got to go visit Bournemouth, UK for work. I was going over for a kick-off meeting on a new phase of the project I have been working on for a while.

It has been a few years since I was last in the UK, and then it was mainly in the London area.

I did have some downtime, so I was able to explore a little bit, and take some pictures.

The food was good, and on the last night everybody was there we went out to a small pub and listened to a local group playing ‘Western and Clasic Rock n Roll’. Very odd choice for someones from the US to hear in the UK.

Exit, Stage Left

So, the current gig is not what I expected when I interviewed. While the people working there are dedicated, intelligent, and hard-working, the fit is not right for me. I’m going to rhetorically vote with my feet and go elsewhere — in the words of the immortal and beloved Snagglepuss, “Exit, stage left.”

Starting November 21, I will be transitioning into a new roll. The new gig is a home-coming of sorts, as I will be re-joining GTI at JPMC here in Houston, but in a different role then I was before. The new position is in more engineering/architecture than the old one, and it promises to be a lot of fun.

No travel, alas, so no chances for pictures from far-flung parts of the globe for now.

And May is almost over

The month is almost over, and again, this site is quite. Sorry about that.

Last week, I was in Austin, TX for OSCON 2016. The show was fun, and it was the first time in over 5 years that I was just an attendee instead of a presenter or booth worker. While OSCON seems to be targeted more for developers and the DevOps scene, there were a few things I could use in my current Ops role.

Speaking of current Ops Role, I have transitioned to a new group at $EMPLOYER. I am now in the HPC (High Performance Computing) group, still as a Senior Linux Administrator. While most of the job is the same, the HPC group uses a global file system, and I have never played with one of those, it is learning time for me! The group has had some transitions in the last 12 months, so there is a lot of digging in to find out what is where, what is working, and what is not. The users are doing good work with the systems, so it is more of how can we manage the system better and faster, and react to changes better/faster.

On the photos side, I have not gotten back into the swing of things, and I need to set a goal, and go for it…and stop making excuses. 🙂

The motorcycle is down, and I guess I have not found the time to work on it. I think I know the issue, and it requires a little work. With Ride To Work Day in less than a month, I should get busy and get the bike back up and working.

And in the geeky side, I think I am going to switch over to using MarkDown like all the cool kids, as it does seem easier to use than RST…

First Day

Old street sign post

The first day at the new gig went like any first day normally does. Paper-work and meeting lots of new folks. The office is in a part of town where I used to live, so I know it fairly well. This is a repeating theme, since the HP office was near my high school.

Since I got into the office early, I was able to swing one of my favorite coffee houses. While the customer base has changed a bit from 20 years ago (more suits and no nose-rings) and the menu has a bit more on it (beer, anyone?), the coffee drinks were the same, and they tasted as good as I remember.

The picture is of the old street sign post on the corner of the property.

Moving

HP logo

Well, after 4 years (almost to the day), it is time for me to say good-bye to HP. The team I worked on is a great team who really know their stuff. However, I am a geek, and I want to be doing things with tech, and not talking about tech, and for the most part, talking is all I have been doing. I have learned a lot and was given a chance to do some traveling which I do not think I would have been able to do.

So, where am I going? Well, until after I start and get on-boarded, I am not sure how much I can say. It is a financial company based in Houston, so I will not be moving the crew, just changing the direction I commute back to into the sun again.

Stay tuned here for more updates, and I will probably be using this as a place to document some of the new things I learn on the way.

Peace.

More travel

View in front of The Venetian

I am back from Las Vegas for a trade show for work. The hardest part was two and a half days of setting up an isolated network for some hands on training.

The training went very well, and I got some good feedback from the students. By the last session, all the kinks were worked out of the training, and the students were able to explore a bit more than planned, but that was okay.

Gondolas waiting at The Venetian

The major downside is that I did not have much time but one day for a quick walk around where I was staying at The Venetian to take some photos. It is a shame, as there are lots of really cool visuals around the strip and in Las Vegas. Maybe next time.

Bell Tower and The Moon at The Ventian