Monday, March 22, 2010

Facebook etiquette

Our family has grown big enough that it was easier to create a website for all of us to post information for keeping each other up to date. The use of the website has gone down though as more and more facebook does the same functions and also allows me to keep up with our friends as well. The problem being that this new way to communicate leads to new rules for interacting with people. I treat everything I say as pretty much a public discussion but I also end up posting political opinions from time to time. (I know, I know, never talk about politics or money in public discussion.) I have learned the hard way that there are other people willing to post over and over to try to either change your opinion or drown you out; I’m not sure which. The problem being that I have a diverse group of friends and some of the time there are a lot of political postings on things that I never intend as such with someone getting offended. Now if this was a totally public forum I feel that would be OK but since I consider this to be a representation of how I feel, I should get the last say or to remove offensive material which also offends some people. (I have not been offended, but some stuff is easier to remove then to try to explain one group of friends to another.) At some point, I’ve realized that some people have much thinner skin than they expect others to have so there is no winning.

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Restaurant Week

There is a tradition that during the slowest 2 weeks of the year all the restaurants do something called Restaurant Week (http://www.nycgo.com/restaurantweek). Basically a set price ($26 for lunch or $40 for dinner) to a the whole meal (appitizer, 2 course meal, desert). It is a good chance to go to the really fancy places that would normally cost $100 or more. Of course there are a lot of places that usually have meals in those price ranges anyway so you have to do research to find the good ones. And, the good ones are usually book pretty early so this has been a tradition that people prepare quite in advance for. We ended up going to Jean Jaques and had French fusion. Quite a tasty meal.
To coincide with that our local area had their own restaurant week the following week. There was a huge castle that we had driven by many times on the freeway and knew that it had been turned into a hotel and restaurant. We couldn’t resist eating there since I had looked into it and knew I didn’t want to spend what they were charging. As it turns out, I am quite glad that we didn’t pay to much since their food was not all that great. They served traditional english food that was heavy and bland. It would have been fine at a Renaissance faire but not somewhere where the dress-code required a tie.

Saturday, March 20, 2010

Spring Rain

I thought the worst of the snow was in February but we got more in March. There was a foot of snow then the next day enough rain would have been 3 feet of snow. Since the ground was already soaked the extra rain and wind knocked out trees and power lines everywhere. Working at a computer company does not do that much good when all the internet connections are down because so many lines were snapped by falling trees.
It was sunny all weekend but we still have snow piles in parking lots. It was kind of weird for it to be warm enough to be walking around with shorts already but to still have snow on the ground. It kind of made for a weird first day of Spring to get another dump of snow after it had been so warm.

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Business related matters

Part of my job has involved working with Unicef. My group had everything planned and then the Haiti earthquake hit. Literally we had the meeting the day after the U.N. building had collapsed and 100 U.N. workers were still missing.We were trying to find things we could work on together so pretty much all our examples just explained how they could be used in Haiti. I did some more work with them where I was the only one that was going down to the city and I couldn’t help but take some pictures of the U.N. flags before the meeting.
Of course part of working with any company requires getting lawyers involved. The Big problem I have found is that their only care about their job. They get paid based on protecting the company. The problem is that when nothing gets done the company is best protected. So it is in the lawyers interest to stop any progress.
I also got my first patent. It is kind of weird to officially be an inventor. To bad my first patents are system patents that will probably never mean anything.