Monday, July 6, 2009

On Lighter Loads...

What are the odds that my closest friend and I, he in the hardware industry and I, in software, would both lose our jobs during the very same week? Talk about synchronicity! As it happens, full-time employment wasn't the only thing that we shed this past week. My mother recently lost all of her hair as a result of the chemotherapy treatment she is undergoing for breast cancer, so the two of us decided to shave our heads as a gesture of solidarity.


I wasn't kidding when I said that I was facing this transition with an open mind! Thanks to all of you that have shared your best wishes for my future endeavors. Having offloaded the weight of the corporate world... and now my hair, I feel more invigorated than ever to take on my next challenge. Stay tuned for details.

5 comments:

Achim Demelt said...

This looks and sounds like new beginnings, indeed! With so many things shed, let's see what the soon-to-come growth will bring. All the best for you and your mother.

Pierre Gaufillet said...

All my best wishes in this period of great hardships Kenn, and a speedy recovery to your mother !

Nicolas said...

I found out about this after reading a couple of interesting articles in this month's issue of IEEE Computer magazine.

Agility & Respect - who knew that the four pillars of the agile manifesto could be synchronously used for both agility (obviously) and ethics (surprisingly)?

In the same issue, there is an interesting editorial article about the importance of Best Practices for Standards Communities". Unfortunately, this article is silent about the synergy between open source and open specifications. Eclipse & OMG are the two pillars by which the OMG specification development lifecycle feeds into the ISO standards development lifecycle. If it weren't for Eclipse UML2 to see OMG's UML in action without hindrance of proprietary code, I doubt that the UML would be as popular as it is today. At least, I doubt that I would understand the UML as well as I do without it. I suppose that others must feel the same; how else would we explain the interest from ISO for adopting one of OMG's UML 2.x version. This raises an interesting question about when a specification is good enough to be adopted as a standard?

lovesick puppy said...
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lovesick puppy said...

thinking of shaving my head too, just to show my friend's dear mother that i do not forget her, on the contrary my thoughts and heart are with her... Kenn, are your parents always living in the same house as yours? Love love xoxo