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Showing posts from February, 2005

I hate payroll

Once again, I found myself in the middle of a payroll crisis at work. The system we implemented for timekeeping last year has caused us nothing but headaches, and has brought me far too close to the inner workings of payroll. If I'd wanted a career in payroll processing, I would not have spent the last five years of my life trying to better myself as an application developer.


Our mortgage loan application was officially approved on Friday. Our lender told us it was denied the first time it was submitted, but he was able to make a few "tweaks" and get it approved. I'm content not knowing what those tweaks might have been.

A good leader

There are ten qualities explained in Buddhism which make a ruler of a government just. They are called the tenfold governing-qualities (dasarajadhamma) for they make a ruler or a government just. Generosity (dana) is the first. The ruler should not crave for wealth and property, but should give it away for the welfare of his subjects. It is this quality which makes him work for the wellbeing of the people, introducing tax relief for the needy and subsidised schemes where necessary. A high moral integrity (sila) is the second quality, which means that he should not destroy life, steal and exploit others, commit adultery, utter falsehood and take intoxicants. This keeps him free from corruption. The pure moral character of a leader gives him a position of high authority and his subjects maintain full confidence in him. A sense of commitment (paaiccaga) is the third one, which makes him sacrifice his personal comfort, name and fame, even his life, in the interest of the people. Honesty an


Yesterday ended with me receiving word from two potential new employers that they had decided to go with other candidates. Instead of feeling completely dejected, I was impressed with the fact that each company contacted me to let me know. One of the hiring managers even called me. Hats off to both of them for their professionalism.