Despite being at work all the time, and being constantly busy, I am still a human. I am social. I have a life, family, and friends. I have thoughts and experiences. Once in a while I share them, and when I do, I do so in this category. If you don’t know me personally, chances are you’ll find posts in this category particularly boring.
After what must have been the fastest delivery in the history of online shopping, my brand new shiny Google Nexus 10 has arrived. It’s black in color, packing 32 gigs of storage, very fast, and with a beautiful screen.
The wait is finally over.
So far I have only managed to update it to the Android 4.4.2, install and configure all the apps I use, download and watch an episode of the Vikings, and login to every single social network. It is too early to say much yet, but so far I’m loving it. Colors, performance and the battery life seem to be perfect.
I got tired of waiting for Google to release the second generation of Nexus 10. At the same time, I am still scared of all the available choices from other vendors. Today I ran out of patience and ordered the tablet. With keyboard. And a case. And also a couple of games – Call of Duty “Ghosts” and Grand Theft Auto V, which were on the pending list for the next Amazon order.
Clearly, waiting is not my game… I’ll let you know what I think of these once they arrive and I play with them for a bit.
My Philips PhiliShave beard trimmer finally died, after serving me for almost 12 years. Today it was replaced by a Remington trimmer – device of scary possibilities. Next time you see me, I’ll probably be scarred, bandaged and slightly bleeding, but with inexplicably handsome beard.
The year 2014 is rollin’ in already. It’s still a few hours away from where I am, so this is a good time to take a few minutes and reflect on what 2013 was like. I’m not gonna do a lengthy post, like the last year, so here is a quick summary of what it was for me and what happened (with links to archive for more details).
January. Mostly spent at work, launching the huge project, tying up loose ends and dotting all the i’s.
July. Another business trip to Tel Aviv, Israel. A new team member at work and a new area to learn a lot about – Quality Assurance (QA). Pretty much reading and reviewing software all month. Work extends even to my personal projects with HashBackup and Amazon S3. The highlight of the month though was the workshop I attended for work. Eye-opening!
September. I’ve been given a new title at work – Director of Web Development, for pretty much the same work I’ve been doing so far under Team Leader and Senior Developer.
October. This was a month to learn new things, which are out of my daily scope. At first, I attended the First Aid training, which got me prepared for emergency situations and accidents. And second, I’ve became a trained Fire Marshal. Also, flew back to Tel Aviv, Israel for another business trip. And learned to cook sushi at home – the first try was horrible, but the second one was way better. Oh, and there was yet another workshop even from work, for which I stayed in Aphrodite’s Hills for a couple of days.
November. I’m on the cover of Forbes. Just kidding. Started taking some of the annual leaves I had accumulated at work. Relaxing, resting, not doing too much.
And if that list is not enough, here are a few more overall bullet points:
Place of the year: Alio Olio, Limassol. I’ve spent hundreds of hours in there, enjoying the company of many cool people, drinking probably a truck-full load of beer and enjoying some food.
TV show of the year: Homeland. The best TV show I’ve ever seen. Period.
Movie of the year: In the loop. Even though it was released back in 2009, this was the year when I watched it. Made me laugh out loud a few times, and it’s a smart comedy – something that I haven’t seen in a long while.
Drink of the year: Beer. Obvious, of course, but I thought I’d throw it in anyway.
Dish of the year: kebab in Tel Aviv. Those things are awesomeness out of this world.
There you go. These are the highlights of my 2013. There were more, of course, with friends, family, projects that are still in progress or didn’t make it, jokes, videos, music, gaming, fooling around, and so forth.
Here is to an even richer 2014! Happy New Year and best wishes to you and your family. Have a great one!
The old fat man dressed in red, with a long white beard just visited my home. He said that I was mostly good this year, and left a whole bag of presents. He only had a few moments to spare, so we served him with a ginger beer and a few cookies. (Apparently, he is lactose intolerant and doesn’t particularly like the taste of milk.) He then rushed away, promising to visit us again on the New Year’s Eve in about a week. He also left a message for me to pass on to all of you. Here it goes:
Merry Christmas everyone! Best wishes to you and your loved ones!
Just over a week ago, I spent a couple of days in Forest Park Hotel in Platres, as part of the Team work and communications workshop. The company I work for – Easy Forex – organized it for about 20 people. We had a good mix of people who work together on a daily basis, across several teams, from both Cyprus and Israel. There were a few issues to sort out, a few things to improve, a bit to learn, and also some fun to have.
I’ve been to a few similar events before, but none of them even comes close to how useful and interesting this one was. It wasn’t boring, it wasn’t “motivational” as in “look within to find yourself and your path to success”. It was practical, to the point, and as much individual as it was team-oriented. Two people who were hosting, organizing, and managing the event were Paris and Deano from Open Box Communication. And I have to say that they really know what they are doing. Most people went in skeptical, closed, and maybe even slightly aggressive. The change in attitudes was obvious even a couple of hours in. Two days later we left as rather different people altogether. At least, the way I saw it.
Here is a little YouTube video they composed with a few highlights. I know it’s probably irrelevant to most who weren’t there, but for me it will be a nice reminder to go back to once in a while.
If your team has any issues you should definitely consider these guys. If you think you don’t have any issues, I strongly recommend to consider them anyway, as they will bring out a lot of things that you’ve probably never thought about.