On the Big Island of Hawaii, clear sunny days give way to warm starry nights via glowing orange-red sunsets. A few examples from Captain Cook and Kailua-Kona on the Kona coast, and from the top of Mauna Kea.
.. and a good song like Gotye’s “Somebody That I Used to Know” even better.
Thunderclouds over downtown Bellevue WA
A Saturday afternoon at Pike Place Market, filled with beautiful fall flowers, fresh seafood, and a crush of people escaping the rain.
Western Washington state is one of the most beautiful places in the world, gloriously green all over. When I first moved here, the scent of the evergreen trees was ever present… it smelled like Christmas everyday.
A great take on what it’s like to work at Microsoft.
At Microsoft, bugs get opened, triaged, de-duplicated, assigned, re-assigned, re-re-assigned, resolved, closed, re-opened, and re-resolved on the glide path to zero blocking bugs for ship. Software engineering is true engineering, but it’s messy – it comes in fits and starts, and just when you get rolling along,
Oh. Time for a break.
A soda sounds good,
Microsoft will keep you well-caffienated and hydrated. There are coolers with carbonated and non-carbonated beverages, dairy, juices, flavored waters, dispensing machines with over 100 options, tea, hot chocolate, hot apple cider, Starbucks coffee,
(they don’t go out of order all that often, but people post some great signs when they do,) and filtered cold, room temperature, and hot water,
conveniently labeled by facilities. These kitchen areas can be a cornucopia of amusement. From the corporately-mandated slapstick attempts to do the right thing,
(those first-generation biodegradable utensils just couldn’t stand the heat in the kitchen…
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