As one of the most experienced members of the team, part of what I have to do is be on the lookout for the things I’ve seen burn myself or others in the past. And they frequently show up again, no matter how good the team is.
There are always problems. Your job is to see if you can spot them before they hurt someone.
Docville, the yearly documentary film festival in Leuven, is coming up next month and the film closing the festival will be “Where to invade next” by American filmmaker Michael Moore. While I was in Rotterdam for a couple of days of downtime last week, I saw they already had the film in the theater and decided to go to the late showing of it at Cinerama.
The film starts out a bit too tacky for my taste, with Moore’s “official” mission to “invade” these other countries. But once that’s out of the way, what follows is are a bunch of sincere stories from Italy, France, Norway, etc. Each perfectly contrasted against their counterpart in the United States, eg: payed holidays, food in public schools, the prison system, free education, … the list goes on. Moore takes the ideas from these places back to America, ideas that we consider basic rights and welfare.
The premise of the movie is quiet predictable but that doesn’t take away from it. The best part of the movie for me was the focus on education, on kids and on humanity. The film closes by asking the question “Knowing all this, would you want to move, live and work in the United States” – And the answer spells out loud and clear: “No”.
After resting for 2 weeks, I had a badminton match in the upcoming weekend (on Sunday). On Saturday morning I strapped on my running shoes and headed out for a short test run. I took 2 laps around the block and things felt fine. I also added some interval sprints at the end, since that’s what sparked up the pain in the first place. Things felt ok but I was still a bit apprehensive about getting too excited and giving myself the all-clear.
We played our badminton match on Sunday evening and the plan going into was that I’d test my knee in the 2 doubles I was playing and see if I could do my single. 3 hours later, all was good but I still was not very convinced. The matched were not up to our usually level of play and intensity, so who knew what would really happen when push came to shove.
A week later, we faced a much stronger opponent and let’s just say they pushed and we shoved back. 3,5 hours later, absolutly gased from having played some amazing machtes: zero troubles with the knee. All clear.
So, time go get my game face on and kick training back into gear.
Remember that stuff about crazy people and bad code? The internet is that except it’s literally a billion times worse. Websites that are glorified shopping carts with maybe three dynamic pages are maintained by teams of people around the clock, because the truth is everything is breaking all the time, everywhere, for everyone. Right now someone who works for Facebook is getting tens of thousands of error messages and frantically trying to find the problem before the whole charade collapses. There’s a team at a Google office that hasn’t slept in three days. Somewhere there’s a database programmer surrounded by empty Mountain Dew bottles whose husband thinks she’s dead. And if these people stop, the world burns.
Since I plan to run a few trail races in 2016, I started the year off with a training run in a forest nearby. It was a very foggy morning and it was much colder than the days and weeks before. Once I made it into the forest I followed the walking route and winged it from there. 90 minutes and about 15km later, my legs were shot, my head cleared and my heart happy. To more running and more trails this year 😊
It’s a definitive characteristic of the people I work with that they sign up for too much. They’re optimists. They believe they can do anything. They’re eternally growing. That’s the poetry, here’s the reality. There are two paths for these eager optimists. The first path is the individual who is capable of both signing up… More
As the 75th anniversary of the blitz – Germany’s sustained bombing campaign of the UK in the second world war – approaches, these beautiful and striking pictures show the famous bombsites, the tin helmets, the victory rolls and the carry-on spirit