Right, the last couple of days: busy. Monday we shipped REALbasic 2007, release 2. We pulled my big new namespaces feature just before it went final, but my big new incremental compilation feature stayed in – not surprising, as it’s been finished for months. What’s more, all the devs upgraded our internal tool environments to 2007r2. We’ve been “dogfooding” RB for a long while now, but this is the first time we’ve been able to upgrade at the same time as our users.
Evening, I went over to Question House for dinner with Eric, Leah, and Connie. I helped Leah cook – we made a caprese salad and pasta with sauteed vegetables. Nice way to spend an evening with some good people.
Tuesday morning, company meeting, then a drive up to Lynnwood to drop my new Mars Rover off at the dealership (forced to move from its oh-so-convenient South Lake Union location by streetcar construction). Yeah, yeah, I just bought the machine and shouldn’t be having problems, but I somehow managed to break the traction control system, and there was an incident involving a snowbank up in Whistler… oh well. Land Rover likes to make their customers happy, and sent me off for the day in a shiny new silver LR3.
Onward: engineering meeting. Lots of work. Fixing various problems in 2007r2. Nothing serious, but there are always a few last minute discoveries. We’ve been having lots of discussions about ways to improve our QA processes lately.
Once work was done I rocketed over to Heden for more home improvement. I punched a hole through the bathroom wall, hooked a ground tap up to the cold water pipe, ran it sideways around the closet wall and up to the junction box on the wall by the door, and then ran romex down to the new outlet. I punched another hole high on the same wall for the cove lighting and installed a j-box, which took some careful fitting in order not to disturb the existing wiring.
Out of time: home, shower, new clothes, over to Kai’s Bistro in the U-district for happy hour, then dinner at Ruby’s with Jenny T. There was a storm of dodgeball checkins from Waid’s, where Tuesdays have become Burner Night, so we rolled over there. Lots of good people, some decent music, punctuated by a big horn the DJ occasionally blew for no apparent reason. Waid’s has a pillow room upstairs – instant burner magnet.
This morning, I drove back up to Lynnwood and swapped the LR3 for my own car, which I actually like much better than the newer Rover. The traction control / ABS works again, the marker light doesn’t fall out anymore, and I have an estimate for the body work…. eyyshhh.
I stopped by Guitar Center on the way home and picked up another mic. Now we’ll have one for each of us. Collin & Greg do most of the singing, but Dawn adds her voice to the mix on a few songs, and I’m singing lead on one of our recent songs. We flirt with harmonies every now and then, but haven’t done much in that direction – maybe I’ll push us a little more in that direction now.