Sometime last year, we were at a restaurant where they were nice enough to provide paper and crayons for my daughter, but the paper didn’t have the usual “shapes to color in”, and the crayons were an odd mix (can’t remember exactly, perhaps … brown, purple and orange?)
I came up with a way to play on that paper, and this has since become a regular-is game for us, so I’ll try to describe it here.
Draw a grid, not too large (8 by 8 or 10 by 10 seem to be a good sweet spot), with small squares.
Take turns picking a random square, and doing WHATEVER you want in it.
No rules at all, about what to draw. It’s okay to fill it with one color. It’s okay to fill it with two colors. It’s okay to make a single circle or square within it. It’s okay to have a wavy patter. Whatever you like.
The result ends up looking quite nice, and when we play this, we call it “making a quilt”. So yeah, try it out sometime 😀
Stumbled across one of these in a small gift shop and picked it up. I have to admit my ignorance at not coming across this before, but it flies amazingly smooth.
I mean frisbees fly too, but you have to flick it just right, and you have to teach kids how to throw it level. This in the other hand, flies pretty much however you throw it.
I was wondering why it does, and came across this old news article (1985, so 34 years old today!) about its invention.
As he looked into the Frisbee, Adler discovered that no one knew exactly why it flies as well as it does. The thick edges create turbulence which somehow makes the platter fly in a stable fashion (if you throw it correctly). But the edges also create considerable air resistance, or drag.
Apparently, The only way to fly straight and level is to get the center of lift over the center of the disk !!
The current form of the “Aerobie” is a later iteration of one big change: replacing the frisbee design with a shallow cone !
We have an Android TV at home. Turned it on tonight to watch some Netflix in the background, get informed that “the network needs to be set up”.
Okie dokie … wait, the router isn’t scanned? We’ll enter it manually (already suspicious) … now I have to guess whether it has WEP or WPA or WPA2. Enter password. Sorry, “router not found”.
After a few rounds of this, I googled this error, found a rant by some guy who’d paid for “geek squad support”, only to be informed, when he had them on the line, that he should go buy a new router. After swearing a bit, he said, he’d calmed down and just turned the damn thing off and on again.
Obviously, my songs were new and my parents’ songs were old, but I found myself listening to some music today and suddenly realized all of it was around 25 years or more in the past, which is (just for perspective) older than some of the people on my team at work (!)
All of this is early-to-mid-nineties, and while I don’t want to go into the ”music was better in my time” mode, well …
I joined Pure Storage in the beginning of last year, and felt like it was one of the best year of my life, for numerous reasons:
Learning to live outside “the Google bubble”
Meeting a bunch of interesting, smart people
Learning a whole bunch of new tools and ways of thinking
Getting a a good feel for the different tradeoffs involved in a small-vs-large place (eye opening!)
About a year and a half later, something else came along that I felt unable to pass up, and as of next week I’ll be joining the team at Confluent.
There are a few things that are interesting to me:
A focus on Distributed systems
The potential for event-streaming as a transformative force for all digital businesses, not just the likes of Uber and Twitter
An impressive team that I met both during interviews and after
A sweet spot in terms of engineering size and focus (no longer a small startup, but still having a lot of room to grow)
A new challenge for me: a while new ecosystem to learn and master (!)
Of course, all these reasons are “after the fact”; the real motivation ultimately comes (for me, at least) from some sort of “gut feeling” that I get when I meet new people.
I felt this feeling when I first met a few people at Pure, and I felt it again at Confluent, and I gave to trust in it, and that I’m doing the right thing right now …
Making a change like this is new for me, because I’m not accustomed to ever changing anything when I’m happy (always sticking around until something makes me really unhappy) —— I will greatly miss everyone that I’ve worked with or talked to at Pure, as well as the managers who supported me, and I do hope we can stay in touch and work together again some day …
… but for now, I’m looking ahead with nervous excitement to the start of a new adventure.