Bahrain GP 2018

Going to start with a tangent and just celebrate Liverpool’s triumph in the Champions League quarterfinal first-leg! 3-0! Hoping that they can hold on and make it through to the final though based on results it would look like they would see one of Bayern (eww), Barca (double eww), or Real Madrid (proper gross). (This goal is simply spectacular though). In any case, let’s get back into Fake F1!

Let’s review the Australian GP.

Australian GP

Results Roundup:

Position Team Points

1

think of something clever later

149

2

A Little Bit Lauda Now

144

3

Daigle

140

4

Anderson13yu73467bnefyhjyhjdf

139

5

Green eggs and Hamilton

136

6

Doyagao

130

7

Team Shoey

123

8

TEAM RAUSCH KICKS ALLISON

116

9

Chase Careys Mustache Racing Team

110

10

Too Many Hamilton Hats

105

So much for the third DRS zone increasing passing in the race (there were only five overtakes after the first lap). The halo in the picture was a bit, distracting, though I’m not sure how best to fix the angle for that. We got to see the first Seb finger (ugh) of the year and hopefully proves there will be a tight race at the top this year. Meanwhile down the grid, I can’t be more pleased that McLaren is back in the points! WOOOOO! To be honest, Haas looked great all weekend just spectacularly unlucky. Force India will have a proper challenge for the 4 spot in the constructors, this is a good start!

*Conspiracy theories I’ve seen have the fix in for Ferrari to win both the Driver and Constructor championships this season to help Liberty secure their involvement for another couple of cycles. But that is from some sore Mercedes fans who cite the Bottas crash in qualifying and the Hamilton ‘technical’ glitch as early proof.

Speaking of good starts, a big congrats to ‘think of something clever later’ for picking up the first win of the season! I’m pleased everyone has points on the board for the first race. Scores not too badly distributed either, just 44 points separate top and bottom. I’ll be trying to keep up the Fake F1 Statsheet again this year (it really fell off towards the end of the season last year), it needs a bit of tweaking still, I’ll get around to it, eventually.

Big props to Daigle for scoring a podium on the first weekend in the league! Significantly fewer props to Anderson for making an exceptionally difficult team name this year to really make my updates messy.
I’m assuming that the second half of the team name means : 13 yellow ulcers 73,467 blanket ninjas enjoy fighting yams hiding jellyfish yonder high jumbo dunes far-away
What that has to do with Fake F1, I have no idea but there you have it.

Kim-ster Award : (Race Winner)

Wooden Spoon: (Lowest Score)

Wooden Paddle: (Special Distinction for Terrible Race Coverage)

 

Special thanks to Andrew for putting together the paintshop awards for the week. Looking forward to keeping it up for the future updates!

Current Overall Standings

Position Team Total Points Change

1

think of something clever later

149

2

A Little Bit Lauda Now

144

3

Daigle

140

4

Anderson13yu73467bnefyhjyhjdf

139

5

Green eggs and Hamilton

136

6

Doyagao

130

7

Team Shoey

123

8

TEAM RAUSCH KICKS ALLISON

116

9

Chase Careys Mustache Racing Team

110

10

Too Many Hamilton Hats

105

 Up next: Bahrain GP!

I’m excited for night racing! At the front, Hamilton will be eager to score an early win while Ferrari will want to start to snowball. Kimi looked strong so don’t sleep on him having an look in at the championship himself. They’ve also extended DRS zone Looking forward to seeing if McLaren can stay in the points if both the Haas don’t shoot themselves in the foot.

What the track looks like:

Woody Woodpecker!

Track conditions:

No big surprises it is going to be hot! It’ll be a curious balance as teams try and ensure the setups are good moving from the wet Melbourne air to the desert. There’s also a factor that only one of the practices will be held in the evening closest to mimic the qualifying/race temperatures.

Tyre/Pit strategy:


(Credit formula1.com)


(Credit Pirelli)

Bahrain is notoriously difficult on the brakes and given the track condition and teams selecting a majority supersofts, I would imagine most teams will run a two stop strategy (Supers to Supers to Softs) and perhaps we’ll see someone try and run a cheeky one stop (Softs to Mediums).

Odds:


(courtest labrokes.com.au)

Hamilton heavily favoured (maybe more liberal use of Party Mode?). Again, Kimi looks great value here and surprised to see Bottas favoured over the Red Bulls. Valtteri did win the pole last season and finished on the podium though. Haas over Alonso (makes sense) with the Renaults splitting the McLarens. I’ll be looking to see if Brendon Man-after-my-Hart-ley can finish near the points.

Don’t forget to set your predictions!

2017 Results:

Pole: Valtteri Bottas

Fastest Lap: Lewis Hamilton

1st: Sebastian Vettel

2nd: Lewis Hamilton

3rd: Valtteri Bottas

2017 Fake Racing Results:

1st: Weekends Without Bernie (Andrew)

2nd: Doyagao (Brian)

3rd: Team Shoey (Heather)

Wooden Spoon: TEAM RAUSCH KICKS ALLISON (Anthony)

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NOTY 2018

Name of the Year 

One of my guilty pleasures every March is taking a look through the excellent Name of the Year bracket. If you’re not all bracket-ed out this year, it is worth a look and certainly going to give you a bit of a laugh. Voting for round 1 started this week if you want to jump in on the fun, hit the link above! The following is my filled out bracket and then some unnecessary analysis:

noty 2018-TP

Bulltron Regional

Starting off really strong here with the 1 seed, Salami Blessing. There has historically been strong support for the ‘food’ names in the NOTY bracket and I expect Blessing to make it easily into the Sweet 16. That’s where the run is stopped by a underdog (but fan favourite), the 12 seed, Miracle Crimes who has a (tremendous backstory) who will beat a real gem in 4 seed, Early Charlemagne.

In the bottom half of the region, I’m not as impressed with the 2, Jimbob Ghostkeeper   as I am with the brilliantly balanced 6 seed, Tuna Altuna. I may be making a huge mistake but I can’t help but to back the 3 seed, Mosthigh Thankgod, who is the spiritual (pun intended) successor to former NBA star and 1996 NOTY nominee, God Shammgod. I’ve got Mosthigh edging out Miracle Crimes in the regional final here.

Dragonwagon Regional

Probably the weakest region in my opinion which should make it a relatively easy escape for the 1 seed, La Royce Lobster-Gaines (shoutout Missouri teachers). Benefit here, in being both pleasant to say and has your general ‘great name’ tropes: ‘La’ + ‘food’ + ‘hyphens’. Really the only things missing is a professional title (like Dr. or Professor) or more importantly, a reference to a funny body part/function*. I like Delicious Peters at the 9 seed but unfortunately Delicious won’t stay too long.

Lola Honeybone (5) v Chardonnay Beaver (4) is a hilarious matchup* but the upset I’m picking is in the lower half of the bracket where I’ve got Crystal Patriarche (6) taking out Quindarious Gooch (3) and the weakest of the 2 seeds, Ceejhay French-Love. Still, hard to imagine Lobster-Gaines not able to claw (I APOLOGIZE FOR NOTHING!) out of this region.

Fruithandler Memorial Region

This one was a bit harder to pick as I think there are a couple of selections that I could make a case for. First, the 1 seed, Makenlove Petit-Fard has excellent balance all the way through the name and should easily get into the Sweet 16. There will be a clash at that spot, I predict, with the severely underseeded at 12, Dr. Megha Panda. That will be a tough one for the voters, no clear-cut, black and white (NO APOLOGIES FOR PUNS) winner but I’ll back the good doctor to move on to the regional final.

Bottom side of the region, you can’t sleep on (wait for it) the upset for the 10 seed, Devoid Couch over the excellent Sir’Zion Dance (7).  Blossom Albuquerque (3) has an unlucky draw with the names in this region and I have them losing to eventual regional champ, the 2 seed, Rev. Dongo Pewee.* There is a very good chance that the winner in the top half (Petit-Fard or Dr. Panda) will take the region but I’ll go with my gut and roll the dice with the immaturity of the voters.

Chrotchtangle Region

More doctors in the this region! My bracket heavily relies on the 1 seed, Dr. Narwhals Mating to overcome any upset bid from the fantastic Clinton Bacon (16) which is a clean, simply strong name. I think in years past, Clinton Bacon could have had a decent run into the last 8 but this region is just too stacked. My surprise pick in this region is the 12 seed Genuine Potts, which, admittedly is not the strongest name, but it has gusto! A very real chance my predictions fall apart when Rev. Hobbit Forrest (5) rolls in that opening matchup but there’s always a surprise upset somewhere in that range. Special shout out to the 4 seeded Beau Titsworth, which (as with many names on the bracket) just speaks to mean parents right? Or, I suppose in the happier scenario, just someone changing their name for the giggles. If that was the case, hats off.

In the bottom half of the region, I forsee the rise of the 3 seed, Dr. Taekwondo Byrd who kicks (hehe) things off by knocking off the Bucky Worboys (14) and then dropping Cinderella hopeful Hallelujah Lulie (11). I’m a big, big fan of the 7 seed Lukas Chalupa who will likely face the 2 seeded Shaka Licorish in a food fight (okay I apologize for that one) in the second round. Dr. Byrd flies (I promise I’ll stop soon) into the regional final where I’m predicting Dr. Narwhals Mating to secure the victory.

Final Four

Mosthigh Thankgod (3) v Rev. Dongo Pewee (2)
I’m liking this matchup less and less the more I think about it. But too late! I’m going ahead with it and predicting Rev. Dongo Pewee to make the final.

La Royce Lobster-Gaines (1) v Dr. Narwhals Mating (1)
1 Seeds battle! It could really go either way in the creatures of the sea battle. I’m going with Narwhals Mating here because that just seems more powerful in this case. (I’m also sort of regretting making this pick now that I’m studying it again, but there is a rule to bad paint-shop photos and rule #1 is after it is saved, no going back to edit.)

Final

Dr. Narwhals Mating (1) over Rev. Dongo Pewee (2)

Image result for dr narwhal
(credit TheOstrichFarm – DeviantArt)

 

Hope you enjoyed this Friday distraction! I won’t keep up with round by round updates on the blog but I’ll post once the tournament get closer to the finals. Let me know if you’ve got your own picks!

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*everyone on the internet is secretly 12, immaturity rules the NOTY

I Built A Computer!

 

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It is a thing that I’ve always wanted to try. ‘Legos for adults’ I’ve been told of the computer building process. To be honest, at the end of the day, it isn’t too far from the truth. I read a lot of guides and different types of builds and consulted a fair number of people to get an idea of what parts I should be looking at and what the process would be. To start, this is the closest approximation of the  final list of parts that I ended up putting together:

TP PC

Computer Parts

This build, per my calculations, would be placed in the middle/high tier. The video card is definitely pretty top of the line and the supporting components certainly help the system hum. Memory is prohibitively expensive at the moment due in part to the high demands of cryptocurrency miners (as well the GPUs) but I have left some room for expansion and the video card should last me another generation of games. Special thanks to my co-worker, Wittawatt, who gifted me the liquid CPU cooler.

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First things first, it is a terrifying process. A lot of the guides I read and videos that I watched referenced horror stories where parts would get shorted out by a bad power supply or by a static shock which meant hours of lost work and the death of a part generally worth a couple of hundred dollars.*

The second thing I’ll tell you is that after you get over the fear, the process itself is very peaceful, a meditation. I imagine it is not dissimilar** to the feeling that the people get putting together jigsaw puzzles which have seen a tremendous resurgence in the last couple of years.***

Growing up, I did as many kids did in my generation and consumed all the technology as I could. I didn’t, for a long while, have a game console, not even a handheld. Fond memories of going straight to the games area at Best Buy to play on the old setups they used to have, for some unspecified period of time while Dad ‘shopped’. I was so short at the time, I had to look up at an angle that my neck hurt afterwards, eyes rarely blinking and spending several trips perusing the aisles, carefully pricing the games on the shelf.

Even at a young age, there are pictures that back up faint memories of an old computer that helped teach our ABCs on an advanced-for-the-time CRT monitor. I was hooked. There are a lot of stories I can share about growing up with the computers, learning little bits of code here and there or attempting (unsuccessfully) to cheat my time limit during school but I’ll leave that for another time.

Fast forward, I’m itching for a project and finally have the desire and the means to put together a computer of my dreams; super fast, big ol’ graphics card, and powerful to handle anything. It is really hard to describe the feeling after hours of tinkering away at all the different pieces, to flip the switch and see everything come to life. My case has a viewing window on the side (as shown above) that helped display the built-in LEDs on the components when the power was switched on. I may have done a little dance.

I have never quite felt more confident of my understanding of the hardware and felt so much appreciation for the technology. And there is certainly a sense of ownership in it that I really embrace. Saying that, an ongoing feature of this blog will be reporting about what I’m playing. (Hint: There will be a lot of games I’ve played before but on super high settings.)

 

*The best guide I watched and re-watched at least twice over while performing my build was this one and I highly recommend the channel to anyone interested in building a PC:

 

**I’ve had the distinct pleasure of working closely with a fine contingent of Her Majesty’s finest citizens which has led me to a real appreciation for the English language. It is easy to point to the pronunciation and the vocabulary but the real charm of the British (that I work with at least) is the usage. There are layers and nuance tied into a measure of cultural reference that is both inaccessible yet utterly charming. Part of that is the reason that makes me want to write more and use the double negative in the above case because it is so much closer to how I wanted to say the sentence rather than what would be the more proper way to write it. 

*** Link An article from the Telegraph about the resurgence of ‘tangible’. Vinyls, physical board games, and jigsaw puzzles have all seen a recent rise, attributed, perhaps, to a stand against the digital revolution. I’m not in a position to disagree. There is something to say about having physical media in your hands, understanding how it works and something completely different to say about unplugging from the ‘Internet of Things’. There is satisfaction there, a sort of quietness that is hard to describe as quiet but a necessary connection to the physical world. 

 

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Congrats if you’ve got this far! Longform writing, I feel, has become increasingly unpopular. There are much more interesting things to read and watch, understandably. I’m guilty of skipping through longer pieces myself. The intention here (as stated in the tagline) is practice. There was a time I felt quite high on my ability to write. With time and practice (maybe in a hundred thousand words) I’ll get back to what that point again.

A note: if you’re receiving this blog through your email, I’m about 76.4% sure that you can edit your settings on the wordpress website so that you are updated less frequently because honestly, there is going to be a lot of pretty crap writing in the near future.

Fake F1: Australian GP 2018

Normally reserved for the email boxes for participants in the “F1 in the ALPS” fantasy Formula 1 league, I deliver these updates/previews throughout the season (with varying reliability). Moving forward, I thought this would be a nice thing to add to the site as I ease my way back into writing. Enjoy!

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Weeeeeeeeeelcome back to a brand new season of Fake Racing! I’m so excited to share some truly amateur analysis, wild speculation, and awful track reimagining paintshop with you again this season. Lots of things to get through, buckle up for a hot new F1 season, let’s get into it!

First things first. Get your teams set up and your picks in! I’m writing to you from the future and FP1 is less than 12 hours away and qualifying will begin Friday night/Saturday midnight (17:00 Australian Saturday).

New Logo!

Just the fourth after the previous logo served 23 great seasons. I personally enjoyed the ‘negative space’ “1” in the previous design but the new one doesn’t irritate me as much as I’ve seen expressed in corners of the fandom. Descriptions say that the new logo is meant to represent two cars (the ‘F’ portion) racing for the finish line (the “1”) portion. If I was a manufacturer or something, I think I might be a bit more cheesed but they got the word out on the last day of racing last season so hopefully resources weren’t too heavily invested at that point. Rebranding though, it always brings out some of the worst business-bro language, get a load of this from F1 commercial chief, Sean Bratches:

“We are trying to reposition F1 from a purely motorsport company to a media and entertainment brand with the heart and soul of a race car driver in the middle of it.”

Oof. Classic marketing word salad. (I’m guilty of this as well. Check out other posts here, where I’ll also be posting these updates throughout the season.)

Halo!

Boy there has been a lot of words written about the Halo (check out this piece in the Guardian). Obvious thing out first: It is a safety device. I don’t think that any sane fan of Formula 1 is saying, “Yes, I want to watch and support a sport where there is the greater possibility of death.”

Let’s draw a parallel to another sport, say, boxing. If there were a way to reduce the brain injury in that sport, wouldn’t it have a broader appeal?*

*Okay boxing maybe not the best example. The decline in popularity over the years probably has more to do with the widespread, systematic cheating and numerous federations of promoters ducking each other’s fighters. It would take a truly transcendent fighter (Anthony Joshua? Gennady Golovkin?) to try and boxing back and not spectacles like Mayweather v. MacGregor and even still, there is a huge amount of controversy around those fighters.

Do I like the look of the car now?
Not really, no. I was kind of a fan of the Red Bull aeroscreen/shield situation but the curved glass apparently distorted vision and generated some strange aero situations for the driver helmets and given the timing, the halo was selected. I’m genuinely surprised that it appears by most reports not to have much of an impact on driver visibility.

Is open wheel going away?

I mean, probably as the sport evolves? I don’t think so though.

Does the introduction diminish the daredevil image of the sport?

Maybe to the hardcore fans. What these drivers do is pretty superhuman and the sport will be inherently risky. Trying to navigate at 200+ MPH inches away from another multimillion dollar car** doing the exact same thing is insane.

**Okay how about this about an analogy for F1? Soap box derby for the super rich.

France! Germany!

More racing! The schedule is set in such a way that the run up to the August break is going to be one hell of a slog. 5 races in 6 weeks! It will be a proper test of the reliability of the engines as new regulations on the # of non-penalized engines (also other parts) has dropped.

Tyres!

One of the parts I personally enjoy about F1, but wasn’t quite as prominent last season was diverse pit strategies. Pirelli has introduced a couple new levels of compound (7 total!) to offer a bit more diversity but the entire range has been improved for speed. Some early estimates I saw were saying a second per lap improvement this year. The promise of more pit stops and divergent tyre strategies is such a fun extra wrinkle. I DEMAND MORE UNDERCUTS!

Up First: Australian GP

Starting off the season Down Under at the self-proclaimed sporting capital of Australia, Melbourne! Everything is kicking off down here, the AFL (Aussie Rules) is just about ready to start, Rugby Union and Rugby League are in the first couple of rounds, A-League (soccer) Finals (playoffs) just around the corner. And I really love the promise at the beginning of a new season. I’m not a huge baseball fan but there is really something quite special about spring training and reading a bunch of articles about teams evaluating players and trying to project what the long season may have ahead. Really pumped to see the cars get out there in FP1 tomorow! SO EXCITED!

What the track looks like:

Clearly a nice Aussie bloke trying to soak up any last sunshine before Aussie winter.***

***If you have any ideas for what the track looks like for future races, let me know! You may see your ideas badly recreated by yours truly. Next race : Bahrain

Track conditions:

Typical Melbourne moving towards winter: warm, then cool, some rain, some not. Looks like Friday will be clear and warm but a rainy qualifying and maybe a slightly mixed bag for race day. It will be great to see a bit of everything for some early information on how the cars will perform over a variety of conditions (if the snowy Barcelona pre-season testing wasn’t quite extreme enough).

Tyre/Pit strategy:

There’s usually a nice little grid graphic that F1 puts out but it looks like they haven’t released that feature of have canned it for this season. In any case, Pirelli have picked Soft/Supersoft/Ultrasoft tyres similar to last year. The top ten finishers last year were all one stop but with an extra DRS zone (Melbourne will be the first track to feature three zones) to encourage more passing, I’m thinking we’ll see most teams try and run a two stop.

Odds:

Hamilton and Mercedes the early favourites with Vettel and Mad Max nipping in right behind. Curious that Raikkonen is rated that much further back but I’m pleased that Alonso and Vandoorne rated so highly (go McLaren!).

While we’re here:

Outright Driver’s Championship odds. I think the Red Bulls are good value here, I think they’ll have a great season.

Aaaand the Constructor Odds tend to agree.

Don’t forget to set your predictions! I’m in favor of the new flex question category to replace the ‘first to retire’ prediction. Best of luck in the new format, please direct all gripes/complaints to the Fake Racing Commissioner. Questions/suggestions about the Fake Racing Preview/Update, hit me up.

2017 Results:

Pole: Lewis Hamilton

Fastest Lap: Kimi Raikkonen

1st: Sebastian Vettel

2nd: Lewis Hamilton

3rd: Valtteri Bottas

2017 Fake Racing Results:

1st: Doyagao (Brian)

2nd: Weekends Without Bernie (Andrew)

3rd: Seb’s Finger (Thang)

Wooden Spoon: Team Shoey (Heather)

An Ad That I Love Vol. VI

I’m going to take this opportunity due to a power outage at work to do one of my favourite things! An Ad That I Love post! Today’s ad came out almost two months ago but I doubt that many people have seen it on the TV. It appears to be an internet only ad and definitely making some waves especially from such a large player in the market.

The company is Kmart and it is currently the 3rd largest discount chain in the world (behind Wal-Mart and Target). I know I haven’t personally heard much from Kmart in the last couple of years besides financial troubles, especially after the company purchased struggling Sears* (date was 2005 according the sources). They have a convenient pharmacy which I believe is the last time that I really went into the store for anything. It brings to mind a saying that was tossed around in business school, something along the lines of “If you’re not in the top two, then you should not compete in that industry.”**

*There is a point to be made here that traditional brick and mortar department stores have struggled with other retailers with more and more people shopping online. These electronic retailers (Amazon, ebay, Zappos) do a great job of keeping costs lower than department stores but do have an issue with clothing wherein most shoppers still want to physically touch and try on clothes before purchasing. (Side, side note: Universal sizing, can that be a thing already? See: The 7 Most Baffling Things About Women’s Clothes) Sears has been able to pull through by aligning itself strongly with a tools/hardware as Kohl’s or Macy’s with straight to wear fashion and home goods. Department stores showing surprising resilience and maybe making a comeback? 

**A problem that I run into frequently is that I keep great quotations in my head but have no idea where I heard or read it. This is a problem cause I feel like 40% of the time when I’m having an intelligent conversation and want to incorporate information that I learned (or a great quote) I don’t put in that potentially excellent point because I think I have about a 60% chance of misquoting or misinterpreting the information and/or using a less than reliable source (see: reddit). 

So in the discount chain area, Kmart is in slow decline but with thousands of stores still open and a hefty network of suppliers and great some notable in house brands (Martha Stewart collection?), what is a company to do? Viral video ad campaign?

Oh boy, that made me laugh so much the first time I saw it. So it is an old established brand resorting to what really is the lowest common denominator. It is unexpected, crass, and very funny. Let’s break it down:

First things first, the service Kmart is advertising is having items shipped directly to stores for pickup. This has proven to be a particularly effective generator of sales for rival WalMart and Target as these brick and mortar retailers seek to tie in online presence to the store. The idea is simple, if you find something that you like when you’re shopping online, you can have it shipped for free to your local store where you can pick it up (usually within a day or so) and try it on and touch the item. At the same time, that is bringing you into the store with the opportunity for additional purchases (“while I’m here” type of thing). And it really doesn’t cost the company all that much extra as the lines of shipping between stores is existing at some level or another anyway.

The presentation is fantastic, while Wal-Mart and Target may have had established systems in place, both failed to make such a splash in the market, with the video above scoring nearly 19 million views on the official Kmart channel.***

***It is important to note that, especially on youtube, once a video begins to become “viral” several copies will be made on various channels in order to take advantage of the popularity. People will “repost” these videos in order to bring attention and views to their own channel which generates the channel owner revenue (through ads). Therefore any given video, such as the above ad, may have several million views outside of the “official” channel. 

Does it work?
Hard to say. According to this ABC report at the end of May, Kmart is showing a decrease in sales for the quarter but there really hasn’t been enough time to evaluate its effectiveness. There is a lot of buzz around the ad and personally, it is the first time in a long time that Kmart has really done something to stick out. I look forward to seeing how much of an affect this campaign has not only for the bottom line for Kmart but for the industry as well. How cool would it be if this helps Kmart sweep to some sort of fantastic resurrection?

Here is the latest ad:

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As always, let me know if there is an Ad that you love and it might be featured here!

New Adventures

Let me (once again) apologize for not writing more frequently. There have been a number of developments that have radically changed my circumstances.

As a refresher, this blog was originally a class project for an undergraduate marketing class. The intention to give everyone in the class a platform to create or expand on a professional online presence. There were other things taught as well such as making sure that you had an updated LinkedIn profile for networking purposes. (My LinkedIn) But mainly it was to make sure that you had something other than what is likely a poorly maintained facebook page for employers to look at, a chance to showcase a portfolio of interests, written communication, and whatever limited technical skills required to update a blog. More and more jobs have online applications and many of them ask for any sort of sites that you might have a profile and having a blog is a great place to include information so that the employer can get to know you without actually meeting you in person first.

This leads me to my current placement.

From my rather gloomy post reviewing paperwork and making calls to dealers/back offices/shareholders in Kansas City, I passed my one year anniversary with my mutual fund services company with little pomp. I was internally very excited though as this meant that I was free to pursue other opportunities within not only the company itself but also the parent company and the many branches that were spread among several industries. Among them, a small but rather successful mutual fund servicing company in Denver, Colorado. I filled out a number of applications and was pleasantly surprised to hear back from Human Resources who, (after verifying I knew the job posting was indeed in Colorado and I did indeed plan on relocating,) set up a phone interview. Long story short, I said the appropriate things and was invited for a day trip out to Denver for a face to face interview. (I must remember to write a post about how neat it was to have a day business trip.) A week or so later I was offered and accepted a position on a projects team. About a month after that, I packed up some belongings and drove myself down I-70 9 or so hours to the mountains.

So far it has been almost everything that I could have asked for. People have been very welcoming and pretty friendly. I live downtown and am enjoying the hustle and bustle of the city (albeit with many more cyclists and beards than I had previously imagined). The view from the office is just fantastic as we have a lovely view of the mountains on the 8th floor. There is a lot for me to learn and I think for a time it will be a struggle to keep my head above water. The main thing the office is focused on is making the transition to the parent company’s technical systems, the systems that I had just left in Kansas City. While that experience is nice, it is hard to make that transition from user to the man behind the curtain, especially when expectations were initially so high. It is suffocating when I have no way to even flash any of my previously celebrated skills. Just a blank slate, starting back at the beginning. But then, I suppose, no one said change was ever easy. And Rome wasn’t built in a day.

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And it is strange, I don’t have to be who I was at all. I knew a handful of people in the entire state before moving out here and thus, I can be someone completely new to all the people that I meet. I can have whatever nickname I choose, I can pick whatever new favourite drink and pretend I’ve been drinking it for years. Anyone who has ever obsessed over an avatar will know how I have been feeling over the past couple of weeks. You can create a whole new person, what little things would you have them do or say? And then that person is representative of you moving forward. I have been filled with excitement, anxiety, fear, and encouragement all at the same time and yet as I sit at my desk, the main feeling is:

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“Sedated” I think is the word. Everyone sitting, quietly, focused on the task at hand, a phone rings, the rat-at-tat of a hundred keyboards which represent the whole of the transfer agency combine with the tick-click of a hundred mice drawing impossibly endless circles on a hundred desks barely separated by short little cubicle walls to make a sad sort of percussion section in the grand orchestra of the office. Every once in awhile there is a mumur of conversation but not the same repetitive security verification and confirmation numbers that tumbled monotonously out of all those mouths in Kansas City. Thankfully there is something more, but only just. A paper cup pops as someone sets down his coffee before returning hands to the work that continues on and on as the shadows grow and fade on the mountains, majestic and tantalizingly close, timeless in their watch over the city.

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Happy to be writing again. Thanks for your patience.

 

Frederick visiting Red Rocks.

Frederick visiting Red Rocks.

Adidas Energy Boost

 

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A couple of pictures of the shoes:

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