Measure, then act

Dan, a co-worker from Automattic wrote this in a p2 post today:

Measure, then act. Almost every major decision we made was in response to real-world data. Often we would be surprised and have our expectations challenged, both in terms of what was NOT possible, but also what WAS possible.

It reminds me of the old saying, “Measure twice, cut once”, and in software development, the more we measure, the more we discover.

We are making good progress at the new office. A ping pong table has been long sought after. We’ve got one now, and it’s great way to get on your feet after hours of sitting at a computer. Now we have got to do something about the blank wall. I’m excited at the prospect of painting a mural. I may post a few mock ups in the near future. Please be on the look out!

Turkish Delight

Today I traveled to San Diego to meet with my team for the first time. My verbal skills Are not at their peak right now due to some unruly jet lag. I can at least say this: I’m fully thankful to be working with these folks. And I’ll be writing more thoughtful words about them as our time goes on and my exhaustion ceases. At the very least, I’ll write a summary of the meetup and share some photos.

For now I’ll leave you with 2 words to ruminate on: Turkish Delight. Oguz brought us some from his home country and I had never tried it before. It was a pleasant experience. It is similar to what we call fruit snacks here in America. But the flavor is more deeply fruity, and they are coated in a very light powdered sugar. The texture is not like anything I’ve tasted before. Each color is its own flavor.

Here is a photo of the signs for our new Maine office crafted by Tinkering Monkey, and a photo of the office, AKA “The Mill”, at dusk. Though the wind chill probably has us below zero, things are looking hot in Westbrook.

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2014 Time Lapse

Holy smokes, 2014 was the biggest year of my life thus far! When I try to convey the magnitude of this year to my friends and family in everyday conversation, my emotions win out, and I trail off. So why not put all of the events in a nice easy-to-consume list, in chronological order for those of you who have not yet broken the barriers of time.

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