As a child, I watched the space shuttle Columbia enter orbit on a 13 inch, black and white television. I remember my dad waking me up at oh-dark-thirty many times to watch the launches. It changed my life. Even then, there were no words to describe the pictures of man going into space. To watch Return To Flight on DiscoveryHD brings tears to my eyes. Night and day doesn't even begin to explain the difference.
I ship software, from time to time. Maybe, if I'm really lucky, two hundred thousand people will be affected by my work. If I do something wrong, nobody dies; not even someone's grandmother, though we like to use that as our cut-off. It's nothing compared to protecting the lives of seven astronauts. It's a humbling experience.
NASA needs our support, our confidence, and our funding.
So did you ever notice how most people nowadays start new thoughts or interrupt discussions with "so"? I wonder how that started. Pretty much everyone I know does it, be it west coast or east coast. Wonder if it's an American thing.
On Friday I plowed through over 2000 bugmails to get caught up. I think the best thing is to re-assign the default owner of all new Camino bugs to "firstname.lastname@example.org" just like other projects. Our crack-team of triagers does an excellent job of staying on top of the incoming bugs and I no longer have to worry about seeing every bug that comes into our project. Don't think that this means I'm stepping away or anything, I'm just too busy at GOOG to watch every single bug. Don't be surprised when your new bugs start going to nobody. Trust me, your bug is in good hands.
After years of drooling and two months waiting for the shipment, my new toy arrived in my driveway last weekend: a new 330i. Yes, I am that pretentious fuck that I swore I would never be. But you know what? I love it. I love everything about it. The driving is so much fun, and it's luxurious in a way my Celica could never match. I don't give a hoot what people think of me because I drive a bimmer. I drive it because it's an incredible car. I must say the iDrive is a bit annoying and clunky, but once you get used to it, it's not so bad. Who knows, maybe I am just like all the other pricks that drive bimmers. Time will tell.
If you're not watching "So NoTORIous" on VH-1, you're missing out. It's hysterical in a way that I never expected. Sure, it's scripted, but very well-written and watching Tori Spelling completely make fun of herself is worth every second. Must see TV, I say.