Eight Long Irish Months

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It’s been such a long time since I’ve written here. So many things have happened since my arrival here in Ireland. While I might enter into more details later, here’s a brief summary:

  • Spent about 6 weeks looking for the first job, including a battery of tests and interview with Yahoo! While the position was only partial matched with my skills, it was a great experience in the end.
  • I’ve had a three month contract with Symantec. Yes, that Symantec. I got to work on a very interesting project with a team of great people. Unfortunately I fell victim to the dreaded “cost saving” after the global restructuring of June 2013.
  • Spent the next 2 months looking for another job, only to hit two more obstacles: key decision people in vacation (thus halting effectively the recruiting process) or not being suited for the desired profile (namely hardcore Javascript developer). I even got a couple of the “you’re over-qualified for our position” speeches. Hit some more “big names” like PWC, MasterCard, so not everything was a total loss.
  • Landed another contract, this time in Limerick, with another fantastic team of people, called DevEire.
  • And last, but not least, I tried my hand for the first time with the already famous Smashing Magazine Monthly Wallpapers. And what do you know: I made cut and appeared in the October list with my “Trafalgar Day” entry. Scroll down a bit and enjoy.

I will try and make more time in the future for both this site and TridentDesign (another victim of my hectic year). Next in the plans is the long started and even longer delayed redesign. Now, that Bootstrap 3.0.0 has been launched, I have no more reasons to procrastinate.

See you all soon. And “Thank you!” again, Smashing Magazine.

Hello Ireland

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After a month of unrest and two days of complete and utter mayhem we finally arrived to Dublin, Ireland. It was also the first time our cats were separated from us to travel alone – a pretty stressful even for all involved.  It got me thinking about the old saying – “Home is where the heart is”. In our case it would transform into “home is where our cats are” – be it a hostel, a rented apartment or a hotel room.

Dublin did not give us a warm welcome – the harsh wind made it quite chilly. We’ll have to get accustomed with the Irish weather after two years of mild Catalan climate. We had rainy days, clear days and mixed ones – we even got to see a genuine Irish rainbow. And our first leprechaun was taller than me and was collecting money for charity in front of Trinity College.

What next? I’ll be chasing a job full time now and use the spare time to get back to my projects: Trident Design got neglected for more than a month and this very website looks too plain. I am even considering dropping WordPress and moving to a file CMS. The most popular one at this moment seems to be Jekyll – I just need to study it a bit more before committing to the change.