What Am I Studying Now?

And is it Six Subjects?

Probably not.

I have an ongoing and slow moving study going involving Introducing the New Testament, 2nd Edition. I’m only just wrapping up Chapter 2 and I’ve been at it for weeks.

I’m also working on my 9th Step.

I’ve already written about my battle against Malassezia yeast. There’s a huge learning curve with that.

Ongoing study of racial equity. Recently read How We Can Win: Race, History and Changing the Money Game That’s Rigged by Kimberly Jones. Currently reading Where Do We Go from Here: Chaos or Community? by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. I have several more titles in my list but next up is White Rage: The Unspoken Truth of Our Racial Divide by Carol Anderson.

Growing up, I learned to hate communism but never actually learned what it was. So I’m working on that now. It’s really hard. A lot of the foundational texts are written in lofty language that has become hard for me to follow and explainer videos are either just as obtuse or sneeringly dismissive. I did get Manifesto of the Communist Party by Karl Marx, A People’s Guide to Capitalism: An Introduction to Marxist Economics by Hadas Thier, and Workers’ Councils by Anton Pannekoek.

Related, but not exactly the same, I’m learning about cooperative business models. Last night I rented Shift Change: Putting Democracy to Work, a documentary about cooperative businesses in Spain (not in Marinaleda, which you may have already heard of) and in the US. There is a huge amount of additional information at the website of the US Federation of Worker Cooperatives.

Also looking at several resources about mutual aid.

Still training the dogs on talking buttons, but that’s a bit more about supplying data for research than consuming research.

This all is, of course, not counting the constant YouTubing for information about things I have to do. Like replacing a ceiling fan, snaking drains, and sanding floors.

On hold: I’ve got a huge stack of US history books that I want to get to soon.

Six Subjects is a Bust

A. I’m interested in too many things all the time and get distracted.

2. There’s just not enough time to pursue six subjects, even when not distracted.

Epsilon. I’m tired and frustrated.

Current Six Subjects

My Program of Recovery

  • Meetings
  • Sponsorship
  • Step work
  • Daily reading
  • Slogans
  • Service 

My Employment

  • SAP Administration
  • HANA Administration
  • Sybase
  •  Libelle System Copy
  • Oracle
  • Linux Administration
  • Windows Administration

Physical Education

  • Zumba
  •  Tai Chi
    • Qi Gong

Racial Work

Religion – Christianity

Religion – Unitarian Universalism

Six Subjects: Prepare for the Next Role, Part Deux

So, you know how The Big Plan includes finding a better paying job and then finding a remote work job later, with the desire that both be the same job? Well I got a new job.

It’s not a better paying job. In fact, it’s slightly worse in that department because it’s salaried instead of hourly wage. And it’s not officially a remote work job. However, after the training period, I am allowed to work remotely, which is a huge development. It means I can finally get a dog. And possibly it means I can do the recon work in Arizona for my desert base.

It’ll mean actually fixing things, and it’s a multi-disciplinary role, so it’s fixing several sorts of things. Tonight is my last night on the service desk, and then everything changes. Again.

Including my Six Subjects, because now my “next role” is also my current role while I’m getting up to speed. Which opens room for a new 6th subject. And that’s a good thing because I’m studying shooting and hunting now.

My Program of Recovery

  • Meetings
  • Sponsorship
  • Step work
  • Daily reading
  • Slogans
  • Service

My Employment

  • SAP Netweaver
  • HANA
  • Oracle
  • Sybase
  • MS SQL
  • MySQL
  • SQL Anywhere
  • Windows Server
  • Red Hat Linux 

Civics

Physical Education

Shooting and Hunting

  • Rifle
  • Pistol
  • Shotgun
  • Deer
  • Small game

Spanish

Six Subjects: Prepare for the Next Role

I passed CIS v3!!!

Whew. I was tense. Went in low on sleep and after a super busy shift with little time to study.

Next things to study for this subject:

  • Familiarization with products and technologies outside my current role
  • Re-familiarization with technologies I haven’t used in a while

Already got some of the second one whipping my sites back into shape.

Current Six Subjects

My Program of Recovery

  • Meetings
  • Sponsorship
  • Step work
  • Daily reading
  • Slogans
  • Service

My Employment

  • Improving performance at current activities

Next Role In Employment

Civics

Physical Education

Spanish

 

Cloud Infrastructure and Services (CIS) v3

The front page says that one of my Six Subjects is whatever next role I’m preparing for in my employment. Currently that’s a more specialized type of technical support. A job agent is running reports for me about positions that open up fitting my keywords and other parameters, so I’ve got a good idea of who’s hiring whom, and what skills are needed.

Previous advice to the contrary, lots of these posts list a preference for Dell Certified Professionals, so one of these certifications went on the list for right after VMware VCP. My certification tracking map says that Cloud Infrastructure and Services v3 is the correct one for me. Here’s a link to the description of the certification and the exam (PDF). Here’s a link to more information about the course.

I’d already taken the v2 online version of the course when I was first hired, as it was requisite for the position. I didn’t know there was a certification for it, though, and then it was upgraded to v3, which I took also, still unaware. There’s a difference between studying to know and studying to pass an exam, for me. The first is about grasping concepts, while the second is about reciting the required terms in the right combination.

So now I’ve taken the course again, and generated some 500 notecards in the process. I’m still going through the student guide to make further notes. My pedantic memory is not what it was, and, frankly, my confidence took a huge hit when I didn’t pass VMware vSphere 6.5. It was good that I didn’t – it meant changing everything about how I study, but it increases anxiety, too.

Got 85% on the practice test. It takes 60 to pass. I’m probably going to be okay. Probably.