the New Stuff:
The big news around our house is that Kristin
has stepped down from her position as the Manager of Information
Systems at TSI TelSys,
and is moving instead into a part-time role with the company.
Kristin helped start the company back in '95, building the Information
Systems department from scratch, and now that her founder's stock
has fully vested, she is free to begin transitioning into the
lifestyle of the free-lance consultant (which I've been enjoying
since leaving Magnet back in '96).
In a related story, TSI is finally hiring a new computer support
technician. This increase in the IS department staff will allow
Kristin to focus more on the long-term intrastructural development
work she prefers, but which so frequently gets set aside whenever
a user support fire needs putting out. Moreover, switching to
part-time at TSI will allow Kristin to devote more time to her
other job, here at Looney
Labs, and the more time she has to work on running and growing
our business, the sooner it will become self-sufficient.
However, with Kristin shortening her paid hours, I'm going
to need to find a new job. Of course, I can't really complain....
I've gotten to take a lot of time off this year to do art
and design work for
our new products, but having completed many of those efforts,
our focus now shifts towards marketing and selling those products,
and that's Kristin's area, not mine. So, it's time for Andy to
go back to work.
Fortunately, I'm not in a big hurry. The holiday surge in
gift shop sales is keeping me both busy and adequately funded,
for the time being. But come January, I'll need to get serious
about finding something new to work on. So, I've updated my online
to reflect my current status, and I'd appreciate any leads that
you, my loyal readers, might know about. Thanks!
The other big news is that I presumably have a lot of new
readers this week. Last week, Kristin
Matherly (a.k.a. the Other Kristin) posted the Day
of Ruin joke from the Y2K
calendar t-shirt to rec.humor.funny,
and we got a ton of new mailing list signups this week as a result.
This single posting has generated so much new traffic to our
site that we've decided to bestow platinum membership
on the other Kristin. Good call, Kristin!