Off but not out

I had to write the following to my colleagues at Canonical today:

Warthogs,

After just shy of 6 years I’m afraid my time here has come to an end.
This has been a dream job for me, in no small part due to the people
I’ve gotten to work with and call my friends.

So thanks to all of you, especially the oft-renamed team that for now is
called system enablement. It has been an absolute pleasure and I hope to
see you again.

Cheers,
~Scott

I meant every word of it.

As it stands I’m on the lookout for some new challenges, but first I think I’ll take a few days and enjoy the extra time with my family.

Also on:

Finnish the Dishes

I wish I’d seen this before we redid our kitchen.

In the 1940s, inventor Maiju Gebhard calculated that the average household spent almost 30,000 hours washing and drying dishes over the course of a lifetime. Machines take less time but still require loading and unloading, cost money and occupy quite a bit of kitchen real estate. Sink-side racks add labor and clutter while taking up space

Source: Finnish the Dishes: Simple Nordic Design Beats Dishwashers & Drying Racks – 99% Invisible

Steam Indicator!

After having my desktop computer shut down for a week while my father-in-law was building a ceiling for our basement (thanks, Barry!) I started it up tonight and ran through the absurd amount of raring updates that I’d missed, then on a whim decided to fire up the Steam client and check for updates there too. As it happens there was an update, and look what I found when it finished:

Indicator for Steam!
Indicator for Steam!

Just adding to the insanity.

Okay, just a little pinprick

Yesterday I stopped off to get a flu shot, mostly as a precaution for UDS (since I no longer ride the bus regularly my immune system isn’t what it once was). I made polite conversation with the pharmacist as she gave me the shot, but because my mother raised me right, these lines were running through my head the way they have every time I’ve gotten a shot since I was a kid:

Okay
Just a little pinprick
There’ll be no more aaaaaaaah!
But you may feel a little sick

Can you stand up?
I do believe it’s working good
That’ll keep you going through the show
Come on it’s time to go