I’ve been really productive lately… Witness the complete success of my pulled pork experiment, fixing the sinlaws DirectTivo (I think I fixed it, at least), sprinting towards deadlines at work with reckless abandon, and traveling all over the place to be with family and friends.
I made a mad dash to get my project to Alpha release by the end of June, and managed to demo it at our weekly development meeting on the 30th. I think I impressed everyone in on the demo, I’m pretty sure several of the people who were doubting whether or not I could deliver on my performance and compatibility claims were put in their place. And really, while I referred to this as an Alpha release, imho it is Alpha-in-name-only. While it’s the first release to grace the hands of the testers, it’s feature complete and has been pretty well beat-upon by me and my fellow developer. Hopefully they will beat the hell out of it and track down anything I missed, but I feel great about the quality as it stands now (not quite shippable, but definitely branchable).
The pulled pork has been going over like gangbusters (with everyone besides , that is, who isn’t a fan)… I brought some coworkers home for lunch and each had a few sandwiches… For my entire life I thought Barbeque was some kind of voodoo art which required tons of specialized equipment, but it turns out you can make the real deal with stuff most people have access to.
Parking has become a pretty crazy problem here at the Arsenal. Nobody seems to know whether the problem is increased load from the tenants, or from outside pressure (people using the FREE garage then taking the 70 bus to Central, etc), but it is now not uncommon to be unable to find any parking in the complex if you arrive late.
Today, the Arsenal had security officers with clipboards posted at all the garage entrances, making people roll down their windows, asking them “We want to make sure the people using the garage work in the arsenal”, and then waving them through. What, exactly, does this accomplish? Why would it be so hard to distribute parking passes to all the tenants? It can’t be that expensive to print up a few hundred hang tags for employee cars… Instead, you have this security crew assigned to create traffic and test peoples ability to lie. I wasn’t even asked what company I worked for, I was just told “We want to make sure the people parking here work here”. This would be much more frustrating if I didn’t walk or take the bus on most days…
Geoff at work found this awesome allergy warning on the wrapper of one of the candies my company gave out in our Halloween goodie bags:
“This product contains Tartrazina Colouring (E-102) that can cause alergical reactions in sensible people”
I was also fond of “On Rare Occasions This Product May Contain Gluten”. If you’re allergic to Gluten, are you going to play Russian Roulette?
For lunch today I ordered the Hallaca at La Casa de Pedro, which was the special of the day.. It is a traditional holiday meal, so I’m hoping that it is offered throughout the holidays so I can have it again! It was one of the more delicious things I’ve eaten in awhile.. We’re so lucky to have such a great restaurant with such great lunch deals right here in the complex at work…
I saw the shortest little snowstorm at the end of my walk to work this morning, about 30 seconds of the lightest flurries I have ever seen then nothing… It was like a teaser trailer.
We caught Blade Runner: The Final Cut last night with the film club.. It was refreshing to see a director treat the revisiting of an earlier, classic film with the respect they should. Great crowd last night, afterwards we ended up at Fugakuyu, which was a bit pricey for the film club…
Earlier this week I had to fill out some Health Insurance form here at work for Open Enrollment. There were lots of really silly fields, but I had fun with one of them.. Let’s see how long it takes for me to hear about it:
Title: Software Engineer
This weekend was totally out of control…
and I left for the annual Halloween Party in Dryden, NY after work on Thursday… We made pretty good time, and listened to Game 2 of the World Series on the radio during the trip.. It was the first time I had listened to baseball on the radio, and I was surprised as to how easy it was to follow the game. I look forward to being able to listen to games on Sirius after the merger during future trips. We went straight to the Bed and Breakfast across the street from the Hammond/Gunther (or, as I have dubbed them, The Hamsters) household. We saw the last inning of the game, and Corinna went to bed. I joined the party across the street and stayed up far too late. The weekend is a blur… I actually even had a costume this year, it only took me 5 years to actually dress up for the big Halloween party. There was a pig roast. There were abandoned buildings. There was
who is beginning his slow reign of the human race.
Sunday, after the long drive back to Boston, we settled in to watch what became the final game of the 2007 World Series. I don’t know if it was because of my lack of sleep, but it was a real nail biter for me… I was so completely shredded after the game that I nearly passed out.
I finally have a Mac at work. This is a wonderful thing, but it will be awhile before I can really adopt it as my new machine as I am really busy on some contract work (i.e. the kind with really firm deadlines we have to deliver on) for the next few weeks.
I’ve felt out of sorts all week, and I’m not sure why… I ended up driving to work most of this week, so perhaps that has something to do with it. I slipped and fell on the way to work on Monday, thanksto some piece of shit who couldn’t be bothered to clear their sidewalk… After I got to work, I hooked up my iPod to the computer and it wasn’t seeing the connection. I thought it got damaged in the fall, but after banging it on the desk a few times and blowing out the dock connector, it finally seemed to work.
Corinna and I continue trying to button up the remainder of the pre-sale house tasks… Last weekend we moved even more stuff into the storage locker.. We have a few final things to put in there, and I will hopefully get them together this weekend and be able to check that box. Last night I took
to Home Depot so she could pick out paint for the bedroom and get some other supplies. I am no fun to shop with, so we have an agreement where I am the chauffeur and then I sit in the car doing whatever.. Last night I spent the time catching up on old issues of Skeptical Inquirer. I have a stack of about 6 issues that I never even opened, and I’d rather not move them if I don’t have to…
Today I walked in… It’s so beautiful outside, it was really invigorating!
This Sunday, the film club is going to a pre-screening of “Hot Fuzz” at the Brattle, and Simon Pegg and Edgar Wright will be there in person… Should be a good time!