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The promised update (part 1)

Posted by chrisgwinn on February 24, 2009

People keep asking me “Chris, where are you working now?”  And I realize that I never actually posted my follow-up about the new job.

I’m at Intertech now.  Intertech is a consulting and training company in the Twin Cities that does both .NET and Java work.  I’m (probably obviously) on the .NET side of house, doing consulting work.

Being part of a company with such a strong emphasis on training is exciting – they’re serious about providing training to their employees.  I’ll be taking their WPF training this year, finally breaking out of the server-side and web focus I’ve been in for nearly a decade now.  There may also be a chance for me to be on the other side of the classroom occasionally – Intertech has a program where their consultants do guest presentations in the classroom.  And the instructors here are good – I’ve taken classes from Intertech before, and Andrew Troelsen’s book helped me when I was first learning C#.

So far, I’m liking it.  The people are great, and there’s a good variety of work.  There are, however, some problems with baked goods.  Since there are always snacks for the students, there aren’t a lot of good opportunities for me to bring in donuts or bagels.  There are worse problems to have.

The whole job search thing has also changed my mind about the value of networking.  Rick McGuire put me in touch with Tom Salonek fairly early in my job search, and I ended up in a good opportunity I likely would not have found on my own.

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Three things I’m fond of, in one shirt.

Posted by chrisgwinn on October 26, 2008

There’s a lot going on.  Some good, some bad, some I can’t get to until the good and bad stuff calms down a bit.  More later.

Until then, behold the best t-shirt design I’ve seen in forever.  I’m buying one as soon as I accept a job offer.

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Less good donut news

Posted by chrisgwinn on August 18, 2008

I appear to have become the guy who blogs about donuts in Minnesota. Well, we all have our niche to fill in the world, and I can think of worse.

Mel-O-Glaze was burglarized this morning. Around 4 AM, somebody broke one of the doors and tried to steal their TV. I guess one of the guys who lives in a nearby apartment saw it happen and called the cops. There was a TV sitting in the ally when I got there, so maybe they didn’t get far? I’m confused on details.

Apparently this is not the first time in recent months that Mel-O-Glaze has been robbed, which is why they are no longer a donut shop and an internet cafe. Sad. If you live in Minneapolis, you should stop by and buy something – I’m sure they can use the business.

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