Good riddance to 2017

Welcome 2018. And as for the annus horribilis that was 2017, well, I’m perfectly happy to see the back of it.

Honestly, it was just awful, despite a pleasant start with family. This year we’ve had one of the girls involved in a shockingly severe accident on her scooter, I have reportedly fought the mumps (that’s Halifax for ya) and possibly mono in the fall. I also spent half the year in depression which was not quite properly treated,which culminated in my firing one month before Christmas. Yay.

Of course I may well be better off not working for Ping anymore. I never quite fit in there the way I did at Actional, where I spent 8 years before being laid off. Then again that layoff did leave me rather more bitter than before. It certainly left me feeling that I can’t trust employers at all. The phrase “human resources” says it all – as an employee you’re a resource to te company, alongside capital, real estate, computers and office furniture. You are no more than that. Companies realize the negative connotation of the name and sometimes call it something else like “people operations”, but there’s no real difference. I can call myself Sebastian Vettel all I want, that’s not going to make me a four-time F1 world champion.

Perhaps my error has been in seeking salaried work when I should rather try to develop my own ideas. And so I find still a little optimism going into the new year. Maybe I can find my real calling this year. We will see.

At the Disney Store

Disney Store Ottawa
Disney Store Ottawa

The Disney Store at Rideau Centre, which as a parent I am contractually obligated to visit. They own pretty much 100% of the entertainment industry at this point, but I can’t help but notice how little stuff they have related to films and shows they did before 1990, which is a shame.

Talk about fiddling while Rome burned!

Bank of America executives have recently expressed shock at the bad state of recent acquisition Merrill Lynch. Maybe they would not be so surprised if they had considered Lynch CEO John Thain’s $1.22M renovation bill for his office last year, which featured an $87,000 rug and $15,000 sofa — even as he cut expenses for others and laid off staff. After all, the CEO sets the tone for the rest of company, right?

Are we about to witness life as a disaster-porn TV special?

Not that people should panic or anything, but there has recently been a large cluster of seismic activity around Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming. And Yellowstone is already known to be a supervolcano which is overdue for an eruption by about 40,000 years.