Sunday, 19 April 2009

"Work in international environment"



This title above was taken from the job advertisement when I found it.



However, it doesn't sound so international for me. :P Besides, the team thinks I'm half-polish or lived here since early age. They speak no english to me, and one of them presented me some documentation in english about the following project and asked me whether I would be able to read that doc to the end... hehe. I politely answered that I could manage it. :P




Working with the polish staff is cool. They know how to have fun and work at almost the same time. Well prepared for fun, the room 1C05 has calendars hanged on the was (naked women's calendars ofcourse) and a dart board for practice and relaxation. :)



Everyone who's able to develop software in C# is invited to join this "international fun ambient" - CVs, send them to me. :)

Saturday, 18 April 2009

They are bringing the metal to the people, my friends!




Run! Don't miss the chance! Metallica will be performing alongside Alice in Chains and Thin Lizzy! This will be the metal bash of your life!! Don't forget your bottle of whiskey! Because they will play the song "Whiskey in the jar" for sure. Ahaha! :P

  • August 1 Dublin, IRL - Marlay Park
    • Tickets for this all general admission show are now available via www.ticketmaster.ie
    • Other acts performing include Alice In Chains, Thin Lizzy, and more.
    • Tickets are € 76.50 + fees and those under age 16 must be accompanied by an adult
    • Please note the venue change from Fairyhouse Racecourse
    • You can purchase up to eight tickets during the general onsale

Useful links:

www.ticketmaster.ie
www.ryanair.com
www.metallica.com

See you there!!

Monday, 13 April 2009

Mountain Biking in Bystrzyca Kłodzko


"...Never was the kind to do as I was told, gonna ride like the wind, before I get old..." - from the song "Ride like the wind", written by Christopher Cross.

Exactly what I did. Why being at home if I can enjoy speed and ride like the wind? -- First of all, I would like to thank Magda Kubiak (wearing green on the photo) for the invitation to join her family during easter celebrations! Eeee!! :)

Magda and her family live in such beautiful house in the hills. A house which was left behind by the germans after the WW-II, and still preserves the original german look from outside. The village is called "Stara Łomnica", eight kilometers away from Bystrzyca Kłodzko. I ended-up invited to come back again during summer, so I can have Malinówka prepared by her mother. :)

By bike, on saturday, we took a 25km track in which one-fourth of it was a tough uphill with small breaks to finally reach a sanctuary in the top of the hill (850m from the sea level), and then a hardcore downhill enjoying the view and the waterfall. Couldn't take the best of my "downhill skills" because my rear-break was not so effective, and the combination of: Speed + Front-Break Only + No Helmet, wouldn't bring nice results. :P

On sunday, I had a special easter breakfast, polish-style, with special soup called "Żurek", and blessed eggs (really blessed), and cakes! Even though, I have no religion I went to the church to see the ceremony. Many people come carrying baskets full of painted eggs (several colours) and then the priest pours blessed water in each of them and then when people are leaving the church, some fire-fighters are waiting outside with the their helmets in position to get some "contribution" (for what? was the church on fire at first place? eheh), so they get few painted eggs as easter gift. :P --- Traditions are weird!

Ahead with the training, Wrocław Marathon is comming soon. :)



For the full album of photos, click here.


Saturday, 4 April 2009

New job, wider horizons


Expanding possibilities for me! New job, new opportunities. :)

Yesterday was my third day in a finnish-swedish IT nearshore outsourcing company with more than 16,000 employees in 30 countries. I'm the only american (person from the continent "America"), allocated in Poland. :P

My workmates are nice, friendly and, some of them, very funny.

The position I am holding currently is entitled Software Engineer.

My duties and responsabilites are:
  • Participate in modelling and documenting of software architecture.
  • Participate in planning of implementation details.
  • Responsible for designing, implementing, testing and documenting software according to given specifications, or similar task related to the area of specialization.
  • Describe system requirements and specify functional requirements (use cases).
  • Describe user interfaces and business classes.
Best impressions as possible. Let's see what is yet to come. :P

After my first friday, I went for a beer with two more people, their names cannot be revealed for safety reasons eheh. One of them attempted to arrange a party in the second office and called a third person:

...
- Hej dude? Let's make a party in the office?
- Daniel is here!
- Daniel????
- Danielo! He is listening too.
- Who the hell is Danielo?
- He's our.. our.. brand new workmate.
- I don't know...
- But listen, listen.. he is fan of football!! He is canarinho!!
- Oh, I love football. I've been playing it all my life.
- Listen, and he has lots of.. you know.. hot chicks. One phone call and they will come.
- Cool, just buy some beer and come.
- Seriously?
...

Hehe, conversation was something like that. Check the (almost) full conversation in WAV format by clicking here.