Author Archives: El Jefe
I’m realizing that I haven’t updated the Official NJLE™ website in over SIX MONTHS. Wow, that’s my epic failure. It’s kind of bizarre how much things can change in such a relatively short (or relatively long, depending on your perspective) period of time.
The NJLE has always been kind of sliding by; on the brink of both wild success and brutal failure. However, in the past couple of months… it’s become glaringly obvious that belts are going to have to be tightened and things are going to have to change up in this bitch. See, everything in this place… surrounding us, in Canada? So much of it is affected by the price of oil. The whole world is affected. But here’s the trend:
Anyway, the main source of income for the NJLE is related to the price of oil. “On the outside” your highness is an engineering desk jockey for a company servicing the oil and gas sector. With this downturn, the NJLE GDP is taking a forced 10% hack-and-slash and a deep, deep round of layoffs that’s going on at my place of employ as a reaction to the global economy.
So, I have to look at my options. I think I’m relatively ok for the next month or two from a layoff perspective…. maybe. After that? All bets are off. I’m looking at possible opportunities elsewhere however, given that layoffs are rampant in my industry right now, I think it’s unlikely that I’ll find something after I get punted. So… I’ll have my five figure layoff payout. Low five figures, let’s be clear. Very low.
And then? If I don’t find another job? It’s EI for yours truly… and that’s something that I know very little about at this point. It’s terrifying to me to not have a job. To not be able to provide.
Anyway, the future is not known to me. Maybe shit will turn itself out just fine. Maybe not. I am not Nostradamus of some wizened prognosticator. I’m clinging on to this moment, taking life day to day. Because that’s all I can do right now.
So, I’m looking through this engineering document for this project that is around $300,000,000 in capital cost. It’s quite a hefty document with an indecent number of pages and a lot of blood, sweat and tears (emphasis on the tears, I’m guessing) going into it.
I get to one section where they are estimating costs for various portions of the project. They obviously were using some kind of a template to put these costs together but the title on each page was written in Comic Sans font…
This isn’t a handout for a grade 3 class newsletter. This isn’t a Tupperware party invitation. This isn’t a sign for a lemonade stand.
This is a technical document that details the work involved with a $300,000,000 industrial project. DON’T USE COMIC SANS! Our client sees this! It makes us look like a mickey mouse operation! Whoever did this needs to be fired. For reals.
Ebola spreads to Sierra Leone’s capital of Freetown: WHO gravely concerned deadly virus could go global
This scares the shit out of me.
July 2014 – DISEASE– The worst outbreak of Ebola moved to Sierra Leone’s capital of Freetown where an Egyptian was found with the city’s first confirmed case of the disease. The unidentified Egyptian national had traveled from Kenema, the largest city in the nation’s Eastern Province, and checked into a clinic east of Freetown, Sidie Yahya Tunis, director of Information, Communication and Technology at the Ministry of Health and Sanitation, said by phone today. The person was moved back to the Ebola center in Kenema, he said. “The Ebola disease usually spreads to other places when suspected or confirmed cases in one community move to another, they abandon treatment centers to stay with relatives or they seek treatment outside the Ebola centers,” Tunis said. There have been 99 Ebola deaths in Sierra Leone out of 315 laboratory-confirmed cases, the ministry said in an e-mailed statement today. The ministry said…
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It’s because TV has got so awesome lately. Seriously. The last 5 years have shown some serious improvement in the quality of television that isn’t sitcom or soap operas. As a result, the hard drive of my computer is blowing up with all kinds of awesomeness waiting to be watched.
#1 – The Americans Season 2
#2 – True Detective Season 1
#3 – 24: Live Another Day
I was hoping to find something more to see how many players there are in North American leagues but this is still really interesting!
“Okay Google, turn down the heat.”
Using Google Now, a homeowner will soon be able to talk to a Nest Learning Thermostat and complain about the heat. And that’s just the beginning.
Google is turning the Nest Learning Thermostat into the hub of smart homes. With the “Works with Nest” developer program, announced today, gadgets, cars and universal remotes will all work with the Thermostat, providing automated actions agnostic of the brand. Suddenly the smart home world is much smaller.
Nest’s Matt Rogers says the idea behind this system is to build seamless and practical experiences in the home and to sell more Nest gadgets at the same time.
The smart home world is widely fragmented. Everything from smart light bulbs to web-connected thermostats are controlled by a separate app and live in their own world. Several gadgets have attempted to bridge brands and conjoin the worlds, but…
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