365 Days of Random

Random musings about nothing at all

Rocking Fridays

My team at work has started using this online service called “Turntable” where you can create a room, invite people into it, and anyone can be DJ for however long they like (or until someone kicks them out). They started talking about this a few weeks ago and since music isn’t always my ‘thing’ I hadn’t checked it out yet. But today when people started complaining that noone was in there I thought I’d go take a look. It’s been a lot of fun.

You can just search for artists or albums you know/like (for me I never remember the names so it takes me awhile to get going) and build up your ‘song list’. Then if a spot opens up you can PLAY MUSIC where you get to play whatever song is at the top of the queue when it’s your turn. We’ve had some great songs, some totally LAME songs and a good majority somewhere in the middle. But the conversations and comraderie in the room are GREAT!! It’s been a perfect example of a social app that’s fun to play around with and doesn’t get in your way. If you don’t want to DJ you can just hang out and listen to what everyone else is playing. You can vote on songs you like or don’t like and you can see your little avatar dancing away when you’re rocking out.

It’s a small thing, but it’s made my day go by quite quickly and it’s also given me a good distraction when I needed a break for a few mins. But the background sound track has also allowed me to get a crap ton of work done today. I forget sometimes that even if I don’t know much about music, have any real talent for it, or have any desire for the ‘music trivia knowledge’ to take up space in my head, I really do ENJOY music and love having it in the background. What’s been great about today is that there is only one other person in my office and I don’t need my headphones…. the volume is low enough that you can only hear it when you’re standing right at my desk. I don’t often listen to music all day because having headphones in my ears all day generally hurts my ears and I end up with a killer headache.

I think the plan is for our team to have ‘turntable tuesdays’ (which may get expanded to more days during the week) but any time they are in there I think that I will join in and just leave the music on in the background. It’s been a great day.

September 16, 2011 Posted by | Fun & Entertainment, Random, Technology & Gadgets | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

5 years… wow!

Today is my 5 year anniversary at my current employer. Well… technically it was yesterday but since that was Sunday we’ll call today ‘the day’. I remembered this on my way into the office this morning and told my BF about it…. it’s kind of cool, and yet also a bit scary to think that I’ve been working for this company for five years. The REALLY scary part of all this is that I’ve actually been around this company for ELEVEN years… six working for a client that USED the software we build and five actually directly involved in building the software. Anyway, I got to the office and didn’t really think about the anniversary again. Then just after lunch I got a call from the reception desk saying that I have a delivery. The managers of my department sent me a little treat basket with some balloons to recognize the day…. was very sweet.. pun intended 🙂

But man… so much has changed in the last 5 years… not just about work either. Moving here was the first real ‘break out on my own’ moment in my life. I’d been away from home for some time now.. but I was only a four hour drive and could go home whenever I wanted. I lived with my cousin (who is my best friend) so I had a constant connection to family and friends. I was not really ‘on my own’. Moving down here was a big decision. I didn’t know anyone, it was a new country, it was a new city… a bigger city than I’d lived in before. I would be living 100% on my own (no roommates anymore) and I’d be a 10 hour drive (or 2 hour flight) from home. I will admit that I was a bit scared… but I don’t regret it for even one minute. It was the best decision that I could have made. Since being here I’ve met some people who will be friends for life. I’ve grown so much as a person. I’ve had so many incredible experiences… both professionally and personally. I’ve loved, I’ve lost friends unexpectedly, I’ve learned, I’ve tried things I never even thought to try (like climbing) before I moved here and I’ve really ‘come into my own’ I think. I don’t think I’d be the person I am now… or know as much about myself as I do if I hadn’t taken the leap of faith to cross the border for good.

As it is to be expected over five years, a lot of things aren’t the same as when I moved down here. Friends and family have moved, gotten married, had babies, been divorced, passed away….. Every experience you have shapes you into the person you were meant to become. And I am very happy with who my experiences have made me. When I look back and really think about it seems like a life time ago (and yet somehow only yesterday) that I decided to pick up and move down here. I honestly can’t believe that it’s been five years already.

And I have to say, I am very much looking forward to the next 5 with this company… and to wherever life decides to take me next. In a blink we’ll be talking about the NEXT five years… scary how fast it goes by.

August 22, 2011 Posted by | Random | , , , , | Leave a comment