Friday, March 29, 2013

Days Off in England

In England, eight public holidays are spread throughout the year. On top of that, most workers receive five to six weeks of paid holiday leave, which isn't eroded by sick leave unlike most forms of American "personal time off."

The 2013 holiday calendar, in case you will be visiting, is as follows:

January 1 - New Year's Day
March 29 - Good Friday
April 1 - Easter Monday
May 6 - Early May bank holiday
May 27 - Spring bank holiday
August 26 - Summer bank holiday
December 25 - Christmas Day
December 26 - Boxing Day

Which means that our frantic efforts in the last 48 hours to send in the visa applications are somewhat in vain, since the visa processing center in New York is also closed for the current four-day weekend!

Hoping to hear for a result on Tuesday or Wednesday of next week.

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Move Date

Best Estimate: April 10. No sooner than that, at least.

Saturday, March 16, 2013

Google needs to disintegrate its platforms

Looking to start up a new blog, naturally I went to www.blogspot.com, however little did I know that the service is now associated with Google. One would think that upon starting a blog the first tasks would be choosing a layout, title, theme, etc. But with Google at the helm these aren't even options at the onset, taking a back seat to integrating with Google+.

First off, no one uses Google+ for any unique purpose. It is a poorly engineered attempt at social networking that isn't taken seriously by anyone. For all the fantastic products they engineer (my favorite of which is the chromebook I'm using to compose this post), Google+ ranks near the bottom.

Second, if I'm writing a blog, it is for a specific purpose or audience. I will make sure that it reaches that target audience without Google doing the guesswork for me.

So what is the aforementioned purpose? I will use this space to document my thoughts and experiences as I move abroad and get a glimpse of life in a new surrounding.

London, here we come.