World... Meet Snowfie! 
Here's the newest member of our little family. She's a lot of work, and it can be heart-breaking trying to get her to work into our schedules while still getting all the care she needs, but so far it's going well and she doesn't seem to hate us.




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Amanda Lang can go to hell. 
A story has just come up talking about how she tried to squash the big CBC story on RBC's outsourcing last year. From reading this, it's hard to tell whether she really did or didn't, so I found it hard to form an opinion of her actions based on that alone. What I DID do though was look up a story she did for the Globe and Mail on the subject. Here it is: http://www.theglobeandmail.com/globe-de ... e11084876/

This is such a massive load of corporate shilling it hurts my head to even read it. I worked at RBC for 15 years and saw first hand what their outsourcing is all about, and I expect it's the same for all the other companies doing it. There wasn't even a tiny bit of it that had anything to do with finding people who were more qualified than those here in Canada. It was 100% about getting people cheaper. There were a few good people but most of them were woefully unqualified and needed to be spoon fed copious amounts of training just to get useful work out of them. But they were cheap.

This here is the most telling quote in her whole article:

"Information technology workers displaced in Canada are being replaced not by cheap Indian workers but by better ones. India has emerged as a centre of excellence in applications development, for instance, and so a business needing the very best in that field will seek it out."

That's not just vaguely untrue. That's a bold-faced lie that's easily verifiable by talking to ANYONE that's had to integrate outsourced workers into their projects.

She's not a journalist. She's a tool, and should be ashamed of herself.

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Twyn Rivers Drive 
Today I rode my bike on Twyn Rivers Drive for the first time.

I don't really recommend it. Ugh.

http://app.strava.com/activities/150688652

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Crime 
I'm drinking this stuff tonight.

http://www.beeradvocate.com/beer/profil ... jasonmason

Poor Michelle. She tried the first sip before I'd had any. She said it was like drinking pepper sauce. She wasn't really wrong.

After the first few sips, the pepper isn't quite so potent anymore, though it's nearly 10% alcohol, so that might help.

Beer Advocate basically hates it. If not for the fact that I've never had anything like it before, I'd probably agree with them. It's uniqueness sort of saves it for me though.

That and the fact that I'm not really familiar with the Lukcy Basartd Ale (not a spelling error) that it's based on, so the sense of shame at ruining it is lost on me.

I won't buy more, but I'm glad I had it.

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Times Are Changing 
For my entire adult life I've been working full time for the same company. Today they gave me my gift to celebrate 15 years of service. It's a juicer. Hopefully I like home made juice.

Also, on Wednesday, I resigned. My last day will be May 7th.

*sigh*

It's the end of an era. On the 8th I'll start a new job with a new company. I'm confident that it will all go well, but it's a huge change in my life and, of course, it's a risk.

If I make it to Christmas, life will be good and next year should be one to celebrate. Wish me luck.

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