What a week. Brighter than Gold by Cat Empire has been on repeat this week- I needed some energy. Winter slowly giving way for what might resemble spring but I feel rather drained after months of darkness, cold, rain, and insomnia. Do you ever get in a state where you can’t get anything done? – Where you just can’t get yourself started? I’ve been there the last two weeks, and that is very far from how I usually am.
So to force myself to get things done I would go to a café and work. There is something comforting in the sounds at a café, and I’ve been there working almost every day this week. A large skinny latte with 2 extra shots espresso, a brownie, and I do get some work done.
On Tuesday I saw a tweet about something called drone.io . This is a rather sleek and simple continuous integration service. Of course I had to give it a go. But, SHOCK, HORROR, there was no support for .Net? Determined on trying it I decided to give Go a go- pun intended.
So I had a first experience with that. And it went something like this…
Curly brace added
Darn you curly braces
Obviously I suck
Import namespace. Yes…. Good idea.
But in the end I got there, one small package, two functions and one unit test. Builds running green. Yay. And I’d like to learn Go, I just need to figure out a better why than just curiosity. I need to build something, so if you have a suggestion let me know. I’ll write about drone.io in a separate post.’
I attended a UG meeting yesterday, Dag talked about Azure on non.Net and Lisa talked about TypeScript. A lovely surprise was that a girl I had met at a GeekGirl UG was there so we ended up chatting a fair bit as always, ‘fika’ booked for Sunday. It might look like there are no girls/women at the UG, but there were- we just happened to all be on the first row. Not sure why 🙂
Lisa did a good job and I can tell she had prepared well, and I’d love to see more. Dag was entertaining and lovely as always.
I had to run since I had an appointment at the beautician- an American lady that is quite the workaholic. Explains why she did my eyebrows at 11PM on a Thursday when the rest of the town is sound asleep. She was downing coffees putting my coffee drinking to shame, and we were talking about everything from advanced functions in excel, to programming, to travel and moving to new places.
She kept asking me, ‘Iris, now you go take a look and tell me what you think’. I would climb down from the bench, and look in the mirror, ask for adjustments, and she would draw on my face and ask ‘this?’ and then go back to working on the brows. We did this for hours. Her husband called a few times, it was getting late. But she never stressed, she seemed to pay extra care to checking and checking, making sure I as the paying customer, got exactly what I wanted. ‘I never let anybody walk out that door without being happy’ she said. ‘You would make a great developer’ I told her.
And when I walked home, I kept thinking about that. Some people do that so well. Regardless of pressure, lack of food and sleep, long day, shit weather, they get shit done, and shit done well- without sacrificing quality.
The next day I went back, I had forgotten something there. She was consulting a client. She met me with a big hug, and over her shoulder I could see a client that was having a bad day, but Jackie the beautician was lovely as always- answering probing questions from the skeptical client polite and with a gentle smile. ‘You are in good hands’ I winked to the other girl as I grabbed what I had forgotten. She just stared blank at me (you don’t talk to strangers in Sweden). Oh well. I *just* knew she would be all smiles later, once she got the ‘Jackie treatment’.
You find bits of inspiration in your everyday life, if you look for them. And for me this week, it happened to be a lady that colors and waxes my eyebrows. Next project, when the client gets irritated, or we are on the 1000nth hour with no sleep or food, I’ll think about the late night session at her clinic. And I’ll ask, ‘Is this how you want the arch on your brows?’. Okay, I’ll probably ask something else. But you get the point.
Tomorrow I’m going to Leap ‘hack’ – AKA code for Leap Motion with the boys. There will be food, Japanese game shows bad humor and a lot of code. Sunday is Java meets C# as me and Evelina are sampling some vegan food in the old part of Gothenburg (I’m not a vegan, but my favorite restaurant is a vegan place.)
Have a fantastic weekend!
Some PowerShell, drone.io, behaviors and Windows Store Apps – blog posts coming up. Not combined LOL. And oh. I’ve got massive news. But we’ll save that for next time 😉