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Job #3 for 2009

Tuesday, November 24th, 2009

Well I can’t say I intend to make a habit out of this, but I have changed jobs again. This makes it the second job change and the third job I’ve had this year!

I had an amazing 6 months with Morgan Creative but after a partnering company unexpectedly withdrew their support, they weren’t able to keep me on. I was very sad to leave because I was working with awesome people on awesome stuff in an awesome location.

During my job search I was basically looking for three things:

  • a larger company,
  • a ‘cool’ office environment/culture, and
  • a recognised name.

This led me to Atlassian, who have been growing fast. They’re a big name in software, especially for Sydney. The company is filled with really smart people and the culture is still very start-upish, which is awesome. I’ve been brought on as a Support Engineer for JIRA Studio, a hosted version of virtually all Atlassian products.

The whole process, from the interviewing stages to having just finished my second day, has been great. Everyone is very friendly and it’s clear that they really do care about people over processes. I think I’m going to like it here!

Sharp, stabbing pains when coughing

Sunday, July 19th, 2009

Shortly after I started my new job I developed a bit of a cough. It was quite annoying and lasted about two weeks, although there were no other symptoms besides coughing. I was glad it didn’t develop into a full cold.

However, just as the cough started to subside, I began experiencing a sharp stabbing pain around my lower right rib cage whenever I coughed. This pain increased over time and it became painful to move that area of my body.

After a bit of research (mainly here) I discovered that I had pulled an Intercostal muscle.

I bought some cough syrup, which did ease my coughing a bit. Fortunately the cough subsided just as the pain was getting quite bad. I also found that pressing my hand up against the sore spot as I coughed would lessen the pain a little.

It took about two or three weeks for the muscle strain to go away completely. It really mucked up my running schedule because I stopped when the cough started and, because of the subsequent muscle strain, couldn’t start again for over a month!

In retrospect I should have bought the cough syrup earlier, as reducing the amount of coughing even by a little bit could have helped me avoid the muscle strain entirely.

Farm Town Madness

Friday, May 29th, 2009

My parents (of all people) got me on to this new Facebook application called Farm Town (made by SlashKey). Normally I don’t add these kinds of applications because they’re generally time wasters, but since my parents were spending so much time on it (and had roped in my sister) I gave in.

Ploughing some fields with some onions growing in the background.

Ploughing fields with onions growing in the background.

You basically have your own farm where you can plough fields, plant crops, harvest crops, sell crops (the main source of income), plant fruit trees, sell fruit, buy animals, houses, barns, fences, paths and even increasing the size of your land.

It also keeps track of various achievements and awards trophies based on that, which can unlock new abilities. For example, if you get enough neighbours (other Facebook friends playing the game who agree to be your neighbour) you will be able to sell items you’ve purchased instead of just deleting them.

If you’re short on funds you can go to the Market Place to ask for work harvesting other people’s crops. People have incentive to hire people because it doesn’t actually cost anything and the resulting crops sell for more than if they did it themselves.

It’s quite addictive when you start out but now that I’ve hit level 24 it’s starting to lose its appeal. There’s simply too much land to deal with and it’s not challenging to get large sums of money with valuable crops like onions and pumpkins.

I don’t really know why I’m posting about this game. Maybe I just feel it desrves it because of how long it has kept me entertained for 😉