Category Archives: Personal Development

Oracle Essbase 9.3 Developer Certified Expert

It’s official, I am now an Oracle Essbase 9.3 Developer Certified Expert:-) After several years working with Microsoft Analysis Services, I decided to invest some time in learning more about Essbase. I have to say it has been a fascinating experience, both with regards to the platform’s endless possibilities and the quality of Oracle’s training program. I definitely should now update my post on Cubes & Universes;-)

Take a vocation vacation

Brian Kurth, Vocation Vacations‘s founder, insists that “happiness and passion can and should be an integral part of what you do”. His company thus gives you an opportunity to test the waters and spend a few days experimenting with a new job without leaving your current occupation. Vocation Vacations even offers gift certificates. I’m sure you could argue this is just a sign that people complain too much, that it has always been possible to pursue your dreams if you only had the guts. As for me, I think it’s a wonderful idea.

Go out and learn!

Paul Graham posted a great essay back in January that was originally meant as a High School graduation speech. In his sometimes politically incorrect words (see full text),
Paul invites teenagers to “look for smart people and hard problems”, treat high school “as a day job” and “go out and learn” because “curiosity turns work into play”. All in all a fairly inspiring text that may come in handy when your kid needs some motivating to work his/her way through a defective school system.