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Commute of the Day #2612

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Day_2612

Pearce and I board at different stations, but we often end up riding the same car of the same train on the way to work. Usually he catches up in his journal as he rides, while I’ve been writing for NaNoWriMo; today we just sat together and talked, which is at least as good. Pearce is working on music mixing again, which is a subtle art – manipulating multiple layers of a song to they sound good together while still maintaining an organic feel.

The days are busy – it’s good to have rides like these to keep caught up with friends.

dear shadow
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November 16, 2015 at 10:32 pm

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Bridge of the Day #2243

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Bridge of the Day #2243

I planned to stay in tonight, but from nowhere Pearce invited me out to climb in the city, with Paul in tow we sailed out over the bridge.

As a tired passenger I get to enjoy certain things from a sleepy viewpoint – flowing tunnels, the blurring of electric lights through swept-away rainwater. That’s one of the earliest things I remember, and it’s always nice to slip back into that for a moment.

captain kirk is climbing a mountain

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November 13, 2014 at 1:32 am

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Arc of the Day #2220

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Arc of the Day #2220

I had my first coding job interview today. I was given a series of whiteboard challenges, as we were told there would be, and I think it went fairly well – I was able to talk out the puzzles as I worked on them, and my interviewers pitched in their own ideas here and there. It may well be that this line of arcs here becomes a common sight, framing the beginning and end of each day.

I like the interviewing process for coding positions. They’re very much focused on learning your way of thinking, and how you approach problems, rather than on discrete facts you know or cliché greatest-weakness-style questions. Programmer-interviewers know what can be learned quickly and what can’t, so they can ask the right things to know capable you are.

It feels like a fair fight, you could say – you come out knowing you were well represented.

Whew. Lots more to go. Another chapter is nearing its end, perhaps.

lemmy

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October 21, 2014 at 12:30 am

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Eye of the Day #2164

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Eye of the Day #2164

The skylight gazing down on travelers as they return home at the end of the day.

Today went well but I am wary of my health at the moment, so I will be sleeping early.

sapphire

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August 25, 2014 at 9:52 pm

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Stop of the Day #2121

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Stop of the Day #2121

I wonder how bus drivers feel when they’re carrying only a single passenger. During busier hours the bus is loaded with an indistinct crowd, most of the passengers blurred into anonymity; a single rider seated at the back of the bus becomes a quiet point of interest, and there must be at least a passing curiosity about what those stragglers are like, and what they’re doing taking the bus so late.

Scarcely-populated public transit is a lovely place to sit and read and reflect on the weekend, though. I’m happy for the chance at it whenever it comes up.

the mesopotamish sun

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July 14, 2014 at 12:33 am

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Dust of the Day #2089

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Dust of the Day #2089

The path home this morning was wreathed in a dusty sort of light, and the curve of the rails above drew me forward as I pedaled. I took a quick photo without stopping – the early sun seemed worth keeping.

I was out early because a dream had woken me, and after I’d taken the time to write it down I felt awake enough to get on with the day.

In my dream I had commandeered a submarine, and a song in my head – some blend of Andrew Bird and Fleet Foxes – compelled me to bring it to the peak of deep-sea spire. With the vessel settled on the rock, I began to pull the bolts out of the walls, and gradually the entire structure split apart. Suspended safe in my diving suit, I watched as the remains of the submarine fell away from me, scraping its way into the abyss. Other sunken ships and shanty-town ruins (sea shanties?) became visible, then crumbled as my submarine tore away their foundations. I was left hanging there in the dark, unsure of what to do, so I just swam. Eventually, in the middle of the night, I found my way to a grassy island full of goats, their wool very soft and very thick.

I love these deep-diving dreams, even if they are uncertain and at times a bit scary. There is something about floating there, feeling the water surrounding me, that makes everything seem so intimate and beautiful.

I mentioned the dream to Lauren, and she suggested that it portrayed my current career position – how I may be pulling out bolts now to try and explore something else. It seems unlikely that my subconscious was trying to make that point, but perhaps it’s still a notion worth entertaining.

you should come back home

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June 12, 2014 at 12:47 am

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Ride of the Day #2009

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Ride of the Day #2009

In a low mood, or after a hard night, it’s easy to stay home and stew like that. It really is better, though, to get yourself outside and get your heart moving – perhaps to help filter out all the bad blood. I hope today helped a bit.

Tomorrow I”ll be flying – it’ll be nice to see the clouds from above again.

land of the livid dead

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March 24, 2014 at 12:55 am

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