Friday, July 31, 2009

Thursday, July 30, 2009

Play Time

Devin was showing off the half-width HP blades. It was really fun to take a look inside, but it was also very satisfying to see some grumpy geeks take a break from "work" to play with a machine.

I wonder if this is part of the "using your hands" thing. If it is, I really like it.

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Focus Part Two

Hrm. The focus on "growth" wasn't working well ... just ended up going in circles. Let's see if there's anything I can do about the "play" side of my chart. If I play enough, will work be more enjoyable? I don't mean screwing off, I mean approaching systems as if they have simple rules, not a lot of heavy implications, and that they present a fun diversion of some sort, even if they're really boring at first look.
That didn't quite come out right. That's what I'll ponder tho.

Wednesday, July 22, 2009


I think I'll try to focus on the portion of my little map about personal and professional growth. Since I seem to look at it several times a day, what I'm gonna do it just snap a picture and set it as my ifone wallpaper. Fun twist on "mindfulness," eh?

The way I drew it (which mindfulness may revise, you never know) is that the "growth" I feel I'm missing comes from two sides, the personal and the professional. On the professional side I feel that to "lead" more would satisfy me. On the personal side I feel that to "relax" more would satisfy me.

This should be interesting to ponder.


Friday, July 17, 2009

Sharing Space

We really should have thought of this earlier ... sharing space with Scott works very well. My current thought is that if we can wrangle a large three-person office (by chopping the QA lab in half) then me and scott and the newb can have a nice "center of excellence."
I'd forgotten how nice collaboration is when you have competent peers.

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

New cubicle

So here's the new cubicle; it's actually not bad. Rather than that flimsy cloth-over-foam-and-chrome junk that most folks get, this stuff has panels and things that dampen the acoustics noticeably.

This'll make a fine little Elba for the next six months. Plus it puts me next to Scott and the Noob, which I think is going to turn out to be good.

SAS Team Meetings

These SAS team meetings always make me feel good. I would like to figure out what it is about 'em that works and bring it to the larger meetings.

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Studio K with Scott

I stayed later than I expected tonight, and would've stayed later if I didn't have a nice "fuck it" moment. Rather than just head home and drink, I went next door to Studio K with Scott. We talked about work .. lots.

It's funny, we interviewed a really promising candidate today and I'd pointed out that everyone has a PS3 on their desk. But as Scott and I were walking over to Studio K, Scott reminded me that none of us has played friday afternoon games in a few months.

All work and no play is making jack(s) a dull boy. Let's fix that.

I declare war.

I was in a "team meeting," when the pondering of the past few days came and wrote itself on paper. This is the piece of paper.

I'm hoping to use this to remind myself to ponder and think.

I need to refocus myself to have some more professional growth and personal satisfaction.