I went all of January without whispering sweet nothings to you. I have been determined to not pass February the same way. If Chris can find the time to blather, by Jove, so can I.
B.S., Computer Science
In December, I participated in my graduation ceremony at Washington State University. Excepting a need to jump through a few final administrative hoops, my long and strange adventure in formal education has come to a close. On this blog, I intentionally made infrequent mention of my schooling. ...
Sorry, I can't complete that thought. The sentence conjured wistful emotions. Regardless, the vacation is over now and I'm back to real life. My rationale for the whole experience was justified. End result: I'm not a better person - I'm more complex.
And it would hurt too much to publish a postmortem.
North Ballard? Crown Hill? I call it home.
8560B Mary Ave
We've known for quite some time that I accepted a position at Microsoft. And, just shy of a year later, I've begun my post. Almost every person I met during my interview had either quit or moved in the intervening reorgs. When I walked in on my first day, both my manager and I were completely unknown qualities to one another.
Yes, of course, I'm still adjusting to the culture. I come from a strong open source background. Things are working out, though. If/when I decide to start a MSDN blog, I'll link to it from all the right places.
I don't normally announce when these things start. Just when they end. The idea is to not jinx it. But, I'm feeling abnormally positive about sa_rah.
Also, Facebook kinda takes all the surprise away.
Startup Weekend Seattle
At kung_fu_mike's prompting, I participated in Startup Weekend. You can read about the creation of Skillbit and maybe even a few words about my short experience in leading 30-some developers on the blog.
- Match your software's organization around your team's organization.
- Pair every developer.
- Dedicated teachers.
- Set milestones - measure progress.
- Set deadlines - just to break them.
- Facilitate FUN!
The hard drive died on my laptop. For me, this is functional equivalent to a stroke. My brain is undergoing expensive exploratory surgery. I have high hopes for a partial recovery.
Suffice to say, I also have notes (on paper) for a comprehensive post on my new backup strategies.
Odds and Ends
- I'm the best man for Kirk's wedding?! Which reminds me to buy tickets.
- I bought an acoustic guitar. And have started learning to play it. I suck but oh my god I missed making music.
- DJ Shadow / Cut Chemist & Kid Koala. Damn good show, and well worth the money.
- Smash Brothers Brawl. So good. I bought a Wii in preparation.
And that, my friends, is a wrap up. Real content, real soon!