Mister Eclectic (howeird) wrote,
Mister Eclectic

No show

Hustled to get to work by 9, which meant leaving Domino's latest outside-the-box effort in front of the office doors. The guy I was supposed to meet/get trained by sent a note at about 10:30 that he was too busy to do it today. Grrrr.

All hands meeting with the guy who is in charge of all video services engineering for the corporation. He didn't use the available mike, doesn't know how to project, has a thick Scottish accent, so if it wasn't for his simple and large typeface Powerpoint slides I would not have understood anything. Except somewhere in the middle there was a slide of his CV, made simple and in large type which showed he has a doctorate in artificial inteligence. Not on the paper, but blurted out loudly enough for me to hear,  he said he met his wife there, she is a year younger then him, and her doctorate was also in AI, and it was about an error he had made in his thesis. :-)

Part of the show was a presentation of a patent to one of our French engineers (he mostly works remotely), which could easily have referenced my Dad's patent, but didn't.

His timing sucked, it started at an hour into the USA-Belgium game (the part of the company I work for was founded by Belgians, Israelis and Americans). Luckily he kept it short, and the game went into extra innings. Big crowd in and around the lab - big screen in the lab showing the game (glass windows separate the lab from the hallway). Our excuse was we needed the verify the video quality. I was pleasantly surprised at the sportsmanship shown by many of the players, something FIFA is sorely lacking.

Our one English engineer couldn't take it, and went back to  her desk. I don't enjoy watching soccer, but even I could tell the USA goalie, whose surname is, appropriately, Howard, was magnificent. I later read he broke the World Cup record for saves in a single game.

 After the loss, the place went dead, but it was generally accepted that (a) it was a great game and (b) USA could be proud of getting that far. I still say it could have used a star goal-maker like Gretzky. Much easier to score with a big stick in your hand.

I had actually seen the start of the game elsewhere - I went to Round Table, expecting a crowd because they have about 16 screens and a pizza buffet. There was plenty of seating but they didn't keep up with the demand on the buffet, and I ended up leaving after only three small pieces. Felt gypped because they didn't have any of their apple cobbler pizza.

Drove a block away, dropped off the RMA defective iPod Classic I bought on eBay, then back to the office.

After work, back home, with A Mission™. I've been thinking about doing something about the T-shirt situation. I have a lot of them. Right now they are on shelves in closets and on a rack in the 2nd bedroom. Folded and in piles. The shelves do not pull out, and I sometimes have to take a whole stack out to find the one I am looking for. The hard answer is install drawers. The easy answer is pull out the drawers, pop in hanger bars and put them all on hangers.

So the first thing was to measure the spaces, in case drawers was the answer. But they are all different, and non-standard. Next was the question "how many T-shirts do I own, anyway?. So I counted them.
169 on the shelves, maybe 3 in the laundry hamper.
That's more shirts than I have hangers. But looking at the space they take up now I am pretty sure they can all fit on hangers if I remove the shelves. One can always buy hangers.

 In other research, I found on Yelp a new place to have my nails done, will check them out after work tomorrow. I was going to soak off the ones on there now, but got distracted by Famous in 12 after my Tivo slowed down and then rebooted itself. Also distracted by another pair of webcams showing up, one to replace a unit with dead wi-fi, and the other for a spare. It took an hour to configure it, and mount it above the tub. Domino is having a bad week after that grooming horror show, and the tub is her new obsession. The last 2 mornings she actually scratched at the bathroom door to tell me she wanted in. I keep the door closed at night because the street lamp outside the window is way bright.

Plans for tomorrow:
Work - hope to do that video work
1-on-1 maybe but probably not
Check out the nails place

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