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Game of the Day #2613

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Day_2613

Xiao and Danny broke from work to play this old game, passed down through generations of school children: one person places their hands under the other’s, like so, and tries to pull their hands out and slap the top of their opponents hands before they react. If an attempted slap misses, the other person gets a turn to attack. It’s a game of reading your opponent and second-guessing yourself, and one of the many memes that somehow became ubiquitous before the growth of the Internet.

I took photos, hoping to catch one of the slaps, and the Googlebrain stitched together all those moments into a jittery motion. I rather like it, though – these two were so happy as they were playing this game.

corny as kansas in august

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November 17, 2015 at 11:47 pm

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Rink of the Day #2606

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Rink of the Day #2606

One of my coworkers is pretty into ice skating, and invited everyone to come skate at the rink over lunch this afternoon. I didn’t realize there was an open-air rink at all; its artificial chill stands rather stark against the line of palm trees across the street. To be fair, neither palm tree nor ice are really native to San Francisco, so they’re meeting here on equal grounds.

Over the hour or so that we skated, I worked out, roughly, how to skate backwards in hockey skates. I don’t have it down smoothly yet, and there were many moments when I lurched forwards and nearly fell flat on the ice, but I never quite hit the ground and I definitely improved in the short time I had to practice.

It occurred to me that it’s been quite a while since I’ve really learned any new physical skill. I don’t spend much time on things that are difficult for me, which is something I should change; the gradual process of letting your body familiarize itself with a new task, improving without a conscious understanding of why, is an incredible feeling.

Besides our resident pro skater, only two other coworkers came along to skate today. The rink was empty save for one talented skater who spun about in the center of the ice. It was fun to have it to ourselves, but why aren’t more people interested in going?

rain song

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November 11, 2015 at 12:10 am

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Photo of the Day #2578

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Photo of the Day #2578

I’ve been in a bit of a lull today, but my coworkers were all running at full capacity. A surprising number of them know how to juggle, and they talked a bit about the different techniques and patterns involved in that particular magic. They’re quite good with the standard juggle, three balls weaved into a figure eight, but floundered a bit when I challenged them to cross-juggle, throwing the balls to each other. They’re all built to think like engineers, though; a few minutes more and I’m sure they’d have figured out an efficient technique.

I haven’t put much time into practicing this, but today I think I did manage four consecutive throws, which perhaps could qualify as actual juggling.

don’t I, don’t I

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October 13, 2015 at 11:45 pm

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Conundrum of the Day #2559

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Conundrum of the Day #2559

We ran into a few more walls in today’s hackathan than we expected, of course, because by nature hackathons are full of unforeseen problems. K3 and I spent most of the afternoon and evening fiddling with a single bug, finally reaching an awkward solution at the end of the night.

Still, even with an unfinished doodle to show for our work, it was a good day – lessons learned, minds stretched. Someday we’ll have a functioning machine at the end of one of these hackathons, but the struggles in the meantime are worth it.

grump times

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September 25, 2015 at 12:43 am

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Coach of the Day #2500

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Coach of the Day #2500

On my biweekly catchups with Sasha we walk down to the ferry building, talking about whatever happens to be on our minds at the time. Everyone at work has these little meetings with their assigned dev coach; the hope is to get sense of how everyone is getting what they need from work. I like that – it makes the relationship between company and worker seem like a fair exchange.

We usually talk about whatever happens to be on our minds; thoughts about the office are relatively sparse. Here in the ferry building, on the balcony above the crowd, I took a photo of the view, and we talked about how the most important photos to take on a trip are the ones that only you can take – shots of your family, the little things you do with the people you’re with. Photos of the sights and spectacles have been taken a thousand times already, and can be found on the Internet. Take photos, then, of what you really want to remember from the trip.

With that in mind, I took a photo of Sasha as we talked. The scenery can wait for a day when I”m on my own.

the point of even sleeping

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July 27, 2015 at 11:42 pm

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Crew of the Day #2498

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Crew of the Day #2498

More work folks came to Dogpatch this time around, while Pearce brought his friend Brian and Kari brought Tom. I spent the morning trying to juggle each little social sphere, bouncing between walls, hoping to provide some advice or engage in a little conversation or even climb a bit. It was a good morning, and we followed it with some delicious food, but I was still so scattered the whole time.

Laurel and I are both just about knocked out. Zinky, of course, is ready to party the whole night through, like the youngster he is.

squid action

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July 26, 2015 at 12:27 am

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Lunch of the Day #2493

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Lunch of the Day #2493

We’re allowed to take celebratory lunches now and then whenever we finish some substantial chunk of our projects. For a while we’ve neglected that privilege, but Danny finally got us motivated to organize a meal today.

This is the same restaurant we visited several months ago when Danny had just joined. The waiters here are sharply dressed, as are the businessfolk who all come here for their business talk; we were the only ones so terribly underdressed, but they served us delicious food all the same, and I had a view of the cybernetically enhanced palm trees outside instead of all the fancy people at the other tables.

It was just the three of us here – Danny, Xiao and myself. I like tiny lunch groups like this so much more; conversation is more cohesive and I get to be more of a part of it, rather than straining my ears to hear across the table over all the clatter.

The food was delicious. I’ve never had such good gnocchi – like savory marshmallows stuffed with dreams.

I could give you all the answers

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July 20, 2015 at 11:18 pm

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