Saturday, March 03, 2001

Well, super busy week.

So, everyone knows we had an earthquake in Seattle on Wednesday and boy was it fun. That is to say freakin scary. The office I work in is on the 12th floor. Our building is designed to flex during an earthquake, and boy did it. I'd say we were swaying 5-6 feet. So they sent us home early, even though our building seemed perfectly fine and they were letting people back into it almost immediately.

Then I ended up staying up super late trying to get ready for my trip to Boulder on Thursday. I was up late making changes to the prototype, then when I got to work Thursday morning I found out I had missed something and had to make more last minute changes before running out to catch a cab to the airport. The earthquake caused all kinds of delays at the airport but we managed to get on an early flight (11:00). It was ironic that our plane was delayed on the ground until 12:30 though, which was when we were supposed to leave anyway. I also managed to spill my tea in my seat on the plane (after burning my tongue on it earlier). Oh, well...

Software user testing is really interesting. While you're observing it it becomes a cross between actual work and MST3K. You're watching what the user is doing on video and discussing why they're having trouble and watching for patterns of use. You're also adding amusing jokes about the whole thing ... you really have to... you see, you're watching someone have trouble with something you spent a lot of time trying to make easy to use. You're really making fun of yourself because you didn't make it as easy to use as you thought.

So we made it back from Boulder with some good information, next time I have to remember to bring my digital camera so I can post some pictures. Well, we're going to the International District tonight, so I'll bring it there and put some stuff up.

Tuesday, February 27, 2001

A couple days behind.... I wasn't really feeling personable yesterday.... so I shaved my head and stood around being anti-social.

So I'm off to Colorado on Thursday. Heading to Boulder to hang with Hewlett Packard. We're going down to oversee some user testing. The testing is being done with a prototype that I created over the last couple months. Build a fairly complete application in Director, it's a prototype of software that will be running on an embedded device. That is to say it's a self contained unit that has software built into it, but it's not really a computer (as such). Anyway, I build something pretty complex that will be used for user testing and I'm pretty psyched.

We've been spending a lot of time trying to figure out what we want to do with ourselves. The economy is going down the toilet and we're sitting here in Seattle hoping I don't lose my job. I find it rather upsetting. I know I shouldn't dwell on it... but that's the think I don't want to have to dwell on it. ....

Sunday, February 25, 2001

We've been saving our change for about 3 years. And today we took it to the grocery store and dumped it into a change machine. It turns out that we had over 2800 pennies and something like 2 or 300 nickels (plus a scattering of dimes and quarters). All in all we ended up with $60 in change. It took us like 15 minutes to put it all in the machine. Heh..

I think I'm going to start trying to list all of the unfinished (in progress) projects I have currently going on... it's not going to be pretty. Unfortunately I need some perspective. I have an incredible talent for starting things and never getting around to finishing them. Not because I can't follow through... more that I have SO MANY at once. *sigh* I think it would be a really great thing for my self esteem if I finished one ... or two.