T-24 days

It is 24 days until I fly out to yet another country to start at a new company. This time, and there have been a few times already, it’s a bit different as this will be an internal transfer.

I’m writing about this now because this week everything has really kicked into gear: The relocation company have contacted me, IT have started arranging the transfer of my email (3Gb of email in one year, and that’s after trimming out things I don’t need to keep for reference) and the flight is finally booked, with room for Oliver.

At this point in the process in the past, I’ve had a similar feeling to when I was looking forward to starting at a new school: What faux-pas will I make on my first day? Will I encounter any cliques? If I make friends, will they be the right friends?

This time, however, I already know many of the people I will be working with and I know how the company functions. I am aware of the internal politics and the political factions that have formed over different issues. I’m left wondering if I will be treated differently by them than if I was starting completely fresh. If so, will it be a more positive experience, or a more ‘constructive’ one?

PS – Squeeeeee! New country, new city, new job!

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Concise | Futility Closet – Buckminster Fuller explaining Einstein’s Special Theory of Relativity in a telegram in 1936.

The US Election VP debate

I’m trying to think of what to write about the VP debate I watched this morning, but I want to avoid writing what other people around the world will put far more eloquently than I.

I’m taking a greater interest in the US election this year than I have in any previous year. Mostly, this is because I’m moving there in a few weeks (on election day, no less) but also because I feel it is getting better or clearer coverage with the online technologies that have really matured in the last four years.

My conclusion from the debate must be taken alongside my limited knowledge of the history of these candidates. I have based my assessment on how the candidates communicated and discussed their points, as well as the content of their arguments.

I am left with the feeling that Biden is self-assured with a demeanour that suggests a wealth of experience and an inherent honesty, while Palin has been very well coached on how to solidify her party’s core demographic, but comes across as insincere through her efforts to appear to be a simple character.

Given the role of the vice-president, I am left hoping that I arrive in a US in which Biden is the successful candidate.