Posting from class

I am currently sitting in my I.T. Project Management class where we are learning about PRINCE2 project management methodology. And so far (in 5 weeks) I have learned little. There is an (optional) exam coming up so we can be certified in PRINCE2, but we have been given no suggested readings, although they have sold over 70 textbooks for students to study. Of course, google helped me read the book for free …

I phoned one of my references today to give him a gentle and polite kick in the butt: 2 weeks and he has not submitted the reference email given to him by the University of Queensland. I’m dying for a new job, one that pays more, has better hours, reflects my interests in I.T., closer to home, cleaner, quieter, easier. ohh.

Tomorrow is Two Months

I’ve been in Australia for two months now (came Dec 4th). So far things are going smoother than I could have expected. We found place to live rather quickly, although there are other suitable places, we didn’t want to spend more time & effort searching, inspecting, and filling out applications. This one was available, so we took it.

Another job offered me around $16/hr, including 4 weeks vacation (the norm around here), sick pay (normal as well), and a business car to drive around Brisbane. I told him “no” because i found another job requiring no quotas, hardly any major responsibilities, and $19/hr. I figured, for the 6-12 months that I will be working in Brisbane, I’ll take the $19/hr.

I submitted my application to OzTrekk yesterday. It should arrive there in about 2 weeks, and tomorrow I should find out how much time it will take before I will be notified of weather or not I got in.

Chatting with the folks Sunday should be a lot of fun. My webcam isn’t working (yet) with opensuse 11.1 (it worked with 11.0 so I don’t get it). I’ll get it sooner or later, but for now I might need to borough EVs laptop/webcam so I can skype my family back home.

Australia is suffereing some strange weather — hurricanes (called cyclones around the pacific), droughts in some parts, floods in others, fires. It is affecting crops, and prices at my store have been bouncing like yo-yo’s.

Mentally, I am focussed on working, earning some money, paying for my food/rent/etc. Nextly, I will look at P.R. (permanent residency) to see if I can take my Masters program as a domestic student (and pay 50% tuition)