High-tech fondue 2011 February 2 19:32Posted by diamond in : Random,Work , add a comment
I’m oncall, sitting in a swiss restaurant, eating fondue, fixing machines in tokyo on my laptop:
|From Drop Box|
Sometimes the world seems really bizarre. But also very cool.
Working 2011 January 18 13:18Posted by diamond in : Health,Work , 3 comments
I wanted to write something longer, but i keep putting it off. So i’m gonna go with the short version and actually get it written
I’ve not been productive in work in a long long time. The last 9 months have been awful, and before that was still pretty bad. While Google have been exceptionally supportive and understanding, it’s still been a very large burden on me, weighing me down. I want to be productive, to contribute, to use my abilities. Not being able to do so was killing me.
But finally, last week, something happened. I got a new project (working on ganeti node groups), and for the first time in ages, things were looking up. Here’s the rundown on why:
- It’s a cool project, it’s something that i find interesting, so it’s easier to motivate myself to work on.
- There’s an established large local development team, so i’m not working on my own, not constantly running into team issues that have never been considered.
- It’s well-defined, so i’m not running into questions that i can’t find answers for.
- I’m working directly with other people i know well, so there’s support, and positive peer pressure.
- It’s a big chunk of work, not something i’ll be finished in 2 weeks and then be in limbo again.
In short, it’s perfect. I sat down with my team lead before the xmas break and talked to him about the sort of project i was looking for, and this is exactly it.
So there i was, bright-eyed and hopeful. But i was also worried. I have a history of getting excited about something new for a short period of time, and then losing interest. So i was worried that i’d lose momentum in a day or two. And while i’m still worried, i’m much less so. Why? Because i woke up yesterday morning, and i wanted to get up early so i could go to work and get stuck in. I had completely forgotten how that felt. This is hope, this is progress, this is the direction i want to be going in.
diamond & speling 2008 November 3 19:47Posted by diamond in : Work , 1 comment so far
A conversation just now:
aug: you know the decommission script we have, since forever?
diamond: oh yeah, i wrote the first version
aug: oh! then it’s your fault!
aug: in all that time, it’s been misspelt. there were 3 s’s in it. no-one noticed until last week, when ciaran went “wtf?”
aug: and when we renamed it, we discovered that its (misspelt) name was all through the documentation
aug: so we had to update all of that as well
diamond: oops. that certainly sounds like me
I wrote that script a year ago. Sigh.
Doctor, doctor 2006 November 30 12:29Posted by diamond in : Health,Work , 2 comments
On 11/29/06, Stephen Shirley wrote:
> I managed to strain something in my wrist yesterday.
> It seems to be getting better, taking today off to try
> and rest it up.
Failed to get better, doctor has ordered me to rest it till monday, girlfriend complains that i never take her orders, all allegations that this is a foosball-related injury are strenuously denied. Girlfriend now also complains that she was only joking when she suggested the above mention and that i wasn’t meant to type it. Sheesh.
I’m available by mobile if anyone needs more girlfriend-related whining.
Siren 2006 November 20 17:55Posted by diamond in : Random,Work , 3 comments
I got pulled over by the mountain view police on the way to work this morning. The reasons given were:
- Failing to yield to oncoming traffic at a juntion
- Failing to yield to a pedestrian on a crossing
Oops. The latter is definetely true, i didn’t spot the pedestrian until i was well past (nor was i aware of the exact laws on how pedestrian crossings work over here). The former is debatable, i thought i had cleared the junction in plenty of time, but i wasn’t about to debate it with an american policeman -)
He was very polite, told me his name and why he’d pulled me over, asked to see my license, registration and proof of insurance, asked how long i had been over here, then went off to check them. He came back and asked me why was i here, when i replied i worked for google and was over on training, he replied with “So.. you’re over here a lot then yeah?”, to which i hastily replied that i’d only started working for them about 6 weeks ago.
He finally told me that he was going to let me off without citation, and explained very clearly the rules that i had broken. I went on my way, shaken but not stirred.