Summer’s here!

We’ve entered the summer grilling season in the traditional Seattle way – with a rainstorm!  Actually, usually we have just a bit of a drizzle, but this day was more of a proper downpour.  I happened to be at home in the afternoon when a military plane was circling low over Redmond.  I didn’t get any good shots of it, but I did get this picture of my rain-covered grill that I liked.  It was tougher than I expected to get just the weber logo in focus and I ended up playing with aperatures for a bit before i got one that was close to what I was looking for – you can see for yourself below.


Happy Summer everyone 🙂

my head is in the cloud…

I’ve mentioned it on facebook, but not here yet – about a week and half ago I started a new job over in Windows Azure.  It was a hard decision in some ways because I’d been in Windows Servicing [really old link for definition] for so many years (so much for the couple-year-plan when I first joined :)) and the mission, customer value, good people to work with and hard problems to solve were all something I very much enjoyed.  That said, 1.5 wks in, so far I’m glad I’ve made the move.  Ask me again in a few months :).  In a lot of ways, I’m already recognizing that I maybe should have moved earlier.  I think a piece of advice I heard a VP give after a talk sums a lot of it up (paraphrased):  “You should stay in your group until you’ve shipped one or two product cycles.  When you’re in the back of the meeting and you’re the guy rejecting all of the ideas brought up to improve the next version because they’ve been tried and you’re pointing out how they failed last time, it’s definitely time to move on.”  Times change, ecosystems change, assumptions change and the reason something failed last time might not hold true anymore. 

Anyway, random thing that’s really cool about my new job is that to familiarize myself with <movie trailer guy voice>”the cloud” </movie trailer guy voice> is that I’m actually writing some stupid small apps that use it.  It’s the first time in the last few years that I’ve actually written code and while it’s not something I’d want to spend all day every day doing right now, it’s a lot of fun to get a bit back into it.  Yes, I’m a geek.  Oh, and Azure is super cool.  I’m not biased at all (already) :).

“summer” weather got you down? Go somewhere else!

When the strange weather we’ve been getting for “summer” in the area (grey, cool, rainy) gets you down, you should get out of dodge!   We’ve just wrapped up a second trip this summer, both in the last few weeks.  First was a trip to Montana for whitewater rafting and hiking on the Middle Fork of the Flathead river for a week.  I’ll have a longer post about the trip coming in the next week or so – it was fantastic and I can’t say enough good things about it :).  The second trip was a few days in DC with some friends to see some of the sights and the Sounders take on the DC United.  Very fun if a bit hot, humid, and tiring and I’ll also post more specifically about that trip too :).  In the meanwhile, here’s a photo from each.

Creek coming down from the lake towards the river that was next to one of our campgrounds:

Photo of the creek coming off of Castle Lake near Middle Fork of the Flathead River

Gerry pointed out at one stage that  you’d actually be better off just getting photos of most things in DC from the web or a book or something.  He’s right, but nonetheless here’s my photo of the White House :).  Just above where the photo ends there’s actually a nice blue sky rather than just the haze and clouds you see behind it here…

The White House