On my desk today was the proverbial Big Envelope that delivered the news that I'm officially a finalist for a Chairman's Award, along with the other members of the team I was on last fall that built the print on demand functionality for our Just Wink app.
I am stupidly excited that we've made it this far, extremely proud of the work we did together, and honored to be among such fine company. Now I have to see if I have a suit that fits...
My boss scored a few MaKey MaKey kits from their Kickstarter campaign and distributed them among the office to see what creative things we'd find to do with them. My cube neighbor Dave Noyes wired up a food-based drum kit--bananas as toms, lettuce as hi-hats, a red pepper as bass, and a slice of bread as the snare, all played with a pair of celery sticks.
In this photo, we find our coworker Julie being surprised and delighted by playing with this unorthodox setup.
Later, once all the inputs were rigged up, I convinced Dave to drum along with a NIN tune:
I think it's safe to say it might be one of the best Monday afternoons of all time.
Yes, today I got two of my coworkers to play with plush Star Trek characters while I was in possession of a camera. It will be a moment long remembered, I think.
In actuality, we were being pros and planning the blocking for a little photo shoot for REDACTED AWESOMENESS THAT I CAN'T DISCLOSE YET so that we know if the composition works before we try it with actual people. Though if you only knew what the cat was saying...
We decided this year that it'd be fun to send off our summer interns with a mini version of our annual Hack Day event. To our delight, we found them more than up to the challenge; all of their projects and presentations could have been good, strong contenders in the main event.
Here we find our panel of judges focusing intently on a presentation.
Spent a lovely Thursday enjoying the awesome weather in downtown Cleveland as part of the Amazing Race-themed company fun day. After zooming around downtown and coming back to the old Power House for lunch, we spent some time meandering through the new Greater Cleveland Aquarium, where my regret at not bringing the DSLR along went into overdrive.
I was hard-pressed to choose my favorite shot of the day, but ended up going with these guys, because I have no idea when else I'll encounter overhead lobsters. The rest of the set has a few others that I really enjoyed, such as Martin having a staring contest with a fish, an underwater stingray and his reflection, a stingray passing under a bright light, and a shark passing overhead in the tunnel.
Yesterday, our entire company went tobacco-free in our buildings and on our property. I expect this probably saves us a hefty sum on health insurance fees, but it's also forcing people to really confront their tobacco use and make good changes, and I'm excited for and proud of my work friends who are getting out from under this at last.
I'm pleased to note that at 122 days, I'm now a full third of the way (33.4% actually) through the 365 project. Yes, I still have a backlog of things to post from our Disney trip, but at least I know I have good shots for every single day.
While the bulk of the 365 work is still ahead of me, it feels really good to have made it this far.