Posts categorized under: Amazon Expedition

Into The West

Being an account of the emotional side of leaving an employer that has defined one's career.

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Ten Years

Ten years ago today I got on a plane in Edmonton with my bike, two suitcases, a huge pile of immigration paperwork, and a cat.

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July and August (And Beyond)

New house, huh.

By now more than a few people who will be seeing this post have seen the house. It's nice. Really! Please, come and visit! We've more or less settled in, and have been getting out into the neighborhood. There are some fantastic little shops and eateries in …

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Urgh. Boxes Heavy. House full.

*Takes a breath*

Okay, well, that was fun.

It turns out that we had a lot of stuff. Who knew? I mean, we knew we were going to have to pare down a bit, but the degree to which it happened surprised me some. In the last week we've shipped …

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The Factory is In

C and I have landed in our new place. It's an older place in an older neighborhood, and holy shit do we have lots of stuff. It's especially obvious when it's all packed into a house that's a bit smaller than we started with.

So, the layout is sweet, in …

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Tick, Tock

So, what's new?

Wow... where to start...

Okay, so first up: We sold the house! Char and Matthew went up to Edmonton over the last week, and handled the final sale of our house to, well, honestly I have no idea! Some folks from out east, anyway. It cost us …

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Picking up the reins

I'm increasing feeling comfortable with the nature of my job here, which is fantastic. We have such a complex problem domain, with so many teams in play, that it's a full time job (and more!) just to manage that organizational problem.

All of which means that the tools I get …

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Taking my finger off the pulse

I'm an inveterate blog reader, which must come as a surprise to precisely nobody. I read blogs by authors, programmers, and random joes who seem to have something interesting to day. To augment that, I also read community weblogs (Metafilter being the most prominent of that lot).

I read these …

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I think -- and I'll know by the time many of you read this -- that we may have found a home, at least for now. It's a compromise (we'll have to store the dining room set, which makes me ... sad) but I think it's a good one.

The neighbourhood is awesome …

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An Expedition up the Amazon

About three months ago, I was contacted by a recruiter for Amazon. Yes, that Amazon. The big kahuna. One of the titans of the tech industry. Some emails flew back and forth, some phone interviews occurred, and one in-person interview as well, and shortly after PyCon US 2011 (which was …

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