nyankoframe: (The rest is still unwritten)
Here's the official announcement.

Now I can finally talk about what I was working on publicly for the last year and a half :)

(edit: Fixed the link)
nyankoframe: (*sigh*)
Woke up this morning to 48 degree weather outside and what must've been the thickest fog yet this year. Fortunately, I was able to get to work without any trouble.

Work continues to be really intense (and crazy hours), and I'm really looking forward to Phoenix this weekend.

Last Friday I went to Kennelly Keys in Bellevue Square on a whim, and ended up getting two contemporary/classic rock piano duet scores (The Beatles and another one which I can't remember right now, but might've been West Side Story). In addition, I also found...

Cesar Franck's Prelude, Fugue et Variation (op. 18) for two pianos, with both scores. This is a piece I first heard during Touch 2005, and its haunting melody has stayed with me since - it's not a joyful nor extremely morbid piece, but for some reason its melancholy appeals to me.

I almost literally squeeed and ran all around. :D What's even better is that since it had apparently been special-ordered and had been out for more than a week (so the person who ordered it hadn't come to pick it up), I got the score for free and the store will order another copy if requested by the other person.

Now I just need to find a partner and time to perform this with. :D
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This week has been really busy and hectic in terms of work. I've been working pretty much almost every day until 9 pm or later (I got home tonight about an hour ago), dealing with test automation (fixing automation, and writing new automation), investigating bugs and test failures, building source code (and dealing with the failures) and learning more about new technology areas as part of my work. It's really a lot of work and every day I come home just about ready to flop into bed.

However, I got some unexpected surprises this week, namely my first Ship-It award ).

It was really unexpected, for me at least, since I believed that these awards were only given to people at Microsoft who had shipped an actual product; the only project (until recently) I had been working on since I joined Microsoft was Windows Vista SP1, which wasn't an actual product in itself, or so I thought.

Anyway, to cut a long story short, I'm really thrilled and excited about getting this award and I just had to beg my colleague, who happened to bring his camera to work today, to take a picture of the award so I could post it. For obvious reasons, this award is staying in my office and will not be coming home in the near future. ;-)

I would like to thank several people for this award. First and foremost, all members of the genus Felidae domesticus ).

Additionally I'd like to thank my manager for encouraging and subtly pushing me to stretch my boundaries by giving me more responsibilities and challenges than I had ever dreamed of as well as recognizing my outside the box thinking when analyzing problems and dedication to solving and root-causing them, my colleagues and people I exchanged conversations with (email, phone, IM or in the hallways), and my friends both within and outside Microsoft who helped me get through times when I felt overwhelmed by it all. There are way too many people to thank here, but I want to specially mention [livejournal.com profile] itsacz for helping me get settled down in Microsoft (and its culture!) and for helping me with issues whenever I asked him to. Thanks, [livejournal.com profile] itsacz! :D *hugs*

*gets dragged off stage*

Anyway, I don't intend on spending too much time talking about the award, since there's always more work to be done on the horizon. But for now, I leave you with Office Space.

edit: resized pictures based on getting mpittened feedback from [livejournal.com profile] wao
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I accidentally BCCed a large mailing list when replying to an email someone had sent answering my question.

Can you say "prepare to be flamed"? :P

At least I learned my lesson though, and some of the non-flaming replies were actually helpful in terms of what I could do to avoid spamming the list other than by BCCing it.

Karaoke~

Apr. 1st, 2008 11:40 pm
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I sang White Rabbit tonight (after being primed with some drinks and food ^^;;;; ) at our monthly Karaoke @ Microsoft social event (it was at a dive bar in Kirkland this time :P) and it actually went off pretty well - the original was sung in a female voice, so I obviously couldn't match it, but I tried my best and it was pretty good. I don't have any photos though (I forgot to ask my friends to take a picture XD). The funny thing was that when I sent in the request for this song, I was reminded of [livejournal.com profile] mewryuu who introduced it to me almost 7 years ago. That seems like it was a really long time ago and I wonder what she's been up to since then...

It was pretty fun, and everyone tonight sang really well. It's a pity that [livejournal.com profile] itsacz didn't want to join us, but maybe one day I'll get him to sing too >o
nyankoframe: (*sigh*)
I'm typing this entry from work, and looking outside the window at the pretty falling snow... in March!!??

I think [livejournal.com profile] itsacz already went home (since he has a longer journey than I do), and hopefully I won't have any problems cycling home...

I wonder what this means for plans tonight, though; I was planning on watching 21 with some friends and then hanging out at my place, but if it's snowing this much they may not want to drive. I guess we'll find out later tonight?

EDIT: It turns out [livejournal.com profile] itsacz hasn't left yet, and he didn't drive to work (I think he took the bus). I still hope he has a safe journey back home though...

EDIT2: It looks like it's stopped snowing (for now?). Yay~!
nyankoframe: (I rock.)
I normally go to work on NE 40th Street and then through the Overlake Transit Centre Center to work. Most days, I cycle on the road (after making a left turn from 148th) and then take the pavement sidewalk through OTC into the Microsoft campus.

Today, though, I took the road as usual and promptly got stuck in traffic because they had closed two lanes of the overpass above 520 (there was only one turn lane and one through lane). So I just hopped off the road and cycled on the sidewalk until I got to OTC. It was priceless. D:

It's cleaner (less chance of inhaling noxious fumes) than cycling on the road, although the tradeoff is that sidewalks tend to be more uneven (they have a lot of ups and downs, as well as having to wait for traffic lights) and there are pedestrians too, which makes it slower. One good thing though is that you won't have angry/impatient drivers honking at you, flipping you off, rolling down their windows to throw things at you (!!!) or getting out of their cars to talk to you (!?!?!). Not every place has a sidewalk wide enough, though...

I did get a little bit wet on the way, but I don't really care about that, since I'm in my "heated" office right now (I have 8 computers which are all on). ^_^
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I had a short stay in Singapore, and didn't manage to get some things done that I wanted to, but overall it was really enjoyable. ^_^

Touch 2008 was really good and by itself was definitely worth coming for. But equally important was meeting up with friends and relatives, and having a good time.

Though I was shocked to find out that the piano at home is pretty much a gone case now. T_T But maybe I'll buy a piano in the US...

I'm landing in the US on Monday morning (March 3rd), and will be going back to work the day after.

Off I go to the gate now~
nyankoframe: (chu~)
Just a very quick post while I wait for my flight to Singapore to board ^^;;

I went on January 19th with some friends to the San Juan islands, which are near Puerto Rico off the coast of Washington state. It was my first time there and I'd heard about it only because it's a very popular place to go to for whale-watching. It also happens to be very beautiful and has a lot of history behind it (did you know that the English and the Americans fought over it, and one of the wars was caused by a pig?)

We didn't get to watch any whales this time (probably wrong time of the year), but we had a lot of fun and I enjoyed myself very thoroughly. ^_^

Some pictures )
San Juan Islands

I went skiing on the 22nd and it was pretty fun, even if I fell down a lot. :P I don't have a lot of pictures, but I do have this one which I asked [livejournal.com profile] itsacz to take while he was off being a snow bunny.

Skiing! )

Things were pretty quiet after that, with a lot of time being spent at work getting ready for the release of Vista SP1. I did go to Hula-Hula in downtown Seattle for a karaoke event, though, and it was really good even though [livejournal.com profile] itsacz couldn't make it. For one thing, I sang "Summer Nights" from Grease with one of the people from work who was organizing it and she's a really good singer. We did a really good rendition of it (and she told me I sang well, too!) and I only wish I'd brought along a camera phone or something so that I could record our singing. ^^;;

Nothing much else happened, except that I took part in Chilly Hilly on Sunday which was at Bainbridge Island. It wasn't very chilly, but it certainly lived up to the "hilly" part! After 35 miles of cycling I was barely able to walk for a few minutes, and I had to stop somewhat frequently on the route to rest my legs. It helped that there were a lot of people selling Gatorade, water and edible snacks though, and some of them were very cute. :P I have some pictures, but I'm too lazy to upload them right now so I'll post them when I get to Singapore.

Anyway, right now I'm off to Singapore (via Tokyo-Narita) for a week actually 4 days to relax, get some paperwork sorted out, catch up with my friends and go for Touch 2008. It's all about the Gershwin, baby :D
nyankoframe: (I rock.)
I got my first-ever tax return W-2 form in the mail today. ^^;; It looks really complex right now but fortunately as part of my relocation package I get one free consultation with a tax professional. Now I just need to remember how to do it. :P

I also got some unexpected news (which was good, though) at work just before I left. ^^;;; It will definitely make the year ahead much more interesting...

Still need to post pictures and a write-up of my trip to the San Juans as well as skiing, which I'll do probably once I get home tonight or maybe tomorrow depending on how sleepy I am.
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On my way home last night, I saw an accident very near the building I work in. I don't know exactly what happened, but there was an ambulance, 4 police cars, and a cyclist who was being loaded onto a stretcher. His bicycle was on the sidewalk though and there was a SUV also stopped at the scene. I hope the cyclist is alright...

But in happier news, I went out with some of the other Singaporeans (and non-S'poreans too) and we had a really awesome dinner at I Love Sushi followed by a few hours of pool at Garage in downtown Seattle.

And yes, I did eat sushi too in addition to the chicken teriyaki I had together with a delicious mudpie. :D
nyankoframe: (neko-Shinku)
unfortunately

I've been really busy with work, though, to the extent of working over the weekends and not having much free time for anything, or not feeling like doing anything, when I get back home.

So the Boston/New York pictures will probably have to wait a while longer to be posted. Sorry.
nyankoframe: (mpittened)
No, I'm not literally mpittened at work unless, that is, I bring along nyankopitten and promote it to mpitten to mpitten myself with, but I certainly feel like that today in particular.

The week since I came back has been alternately frustrating, tiring and exciting. It's frustrating because I keep running into limitations (some of which are meaningless and others which are crippling) of the tools that I use to develop these work items; tiring because I pretty much have to write everything from scratch since there isn't anything that previously exists which is also largely because things were in constant flux until very recently and also because there are hard/immovable deadlines for the work (which a lot of other things are also riding on); and exciting because for each piece of the overall project that I do finish (I've done about 5 or 6 pieces so far, and a colleague on my team's done about 4 or 5 other important pieces) I can put them together and watch things take shape (although they still have to be tested and debugged, which invariably results in more frustration, hair falling out and other things including a tendency to be snappish sometimes...).

At the same time, I started my driving lessons again today with the same instructor that I'd taken lessons with previously. It was pretty fun and I remembered most of the things from the last time, although there was a minor scare when the car went over the curb after I made a right turn and accelerated a little too fast, which I also blame on the car having a very twitchy accelerator pedal. But at least nothing bad happened and hopefully nothing will on Friday, when my next lesson is. ^^;;

And since [livejournal.com profile] wao has been complaining a lot about cat pictures, here's one to make her be quiet satisfied.

They are Pixel and Matrix, and they are made of awesome, win and above all, CAT )

I haven't forgotten about my trip holiday report, BTW. XD

Edit: I left work at 11:00 pm, and I'm cycling home now, to come back tomorrow and continue working.
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A bit old, but I think at least one person would appreciate this. :D

You know who you are )

In other news, I went to Vancouver last Saturday on a day trip with some friends, and it was, for lack of a better word, awesome.
Vancouver )

On Sunday, I went to a friend's place for a barbecue lunch. Even though it was raining, he still went ahead with the BBQ, and it was surprisingly good. I enjoyed myself a lot there and felt like I had a good weekend overall.

This week's been quite busy with work and new responsibilities as a result of the review feedback that I'd gotten last week in addition to some things that were completely unexpected, which is why I'm really glad that I'll be going on vacation tonight for 8 days. :D I'm really looking forward to meeting [livejournal.com profile] haplo3k and [livejournal.com profile] fusilliban for the first time, as well as meeting [livejournal.com profile] relsqui and [livejournal.com profile] testing4l again in Boston. And then after that I'm going to New York for 6 days to spend time there with another friend of mine and visit some relatives.

I have a feeling that it's going to be an exciting week ahead. ^^
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I was coming into work this morning from NE 40th St (and then a right onto 156th and then into the main campus through 36th) doing about 12-13 mph because it was raining and the pavement road was wet. There was one driver in particular who was apparently so annoyed at my cycling that she got out of her car at the traffic light (while both of us were in the left-turning lane) and told me to either get a car or get off the road.

I suppose this is to be expected, but I thought someone working at Microsoft, of all places, would be more tolerant of cyclists, especially on a rainy day. It was also darkly humorous that if I took that person's suggestion of getting off the road, I'd have to either cross 3 lanes to get to the sidewalk on the right-hand side of the road or go across 2 lanes of oncoming traffic (!!!) to get to the sidewalk on that side.

Some people... *rolls eyes*
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The last two days were full of firsts:


  • Yesterday, for the first time, I got slightly tipsy happy on soju ^^;;; And I also had a really wonderful dinner with some of the people from my Korean class as well as with our teacher~ And I should probably watch Oldboy at some point

  • A bug that I filed was so important that it became a ship-stopping bug. ^^;; It was pretty impressive amazing considering how much some people really didn't want to consider it as one and how hard they fought...

  • I had my first driving lesson in lunch-time traffic today. It wasn't really that scary except for when people suddenly merged into my lane or came out of driveways. ^^;;; I still need to work on my steering and braking though... Anyone wants to watch me practice? xD

  • I went to Quiznos' for the first time today and had a very yummy sub~

  • I signed up for my first ever bike race, and to top it off, it's the annual Seattle to Portland cycling race, which is about 204 miles long and is almost exactly a month from now. Time to start cycling to the place where blobs live somewhere hilly and far away. ^^;;

  • I finally got myself _________ ________ ____ (check my profile) >.>

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But first, a random weird meme!

How weird am I? )

I ended up not being able to go for the go-karting event like I planned because something important/urgent (in work terminology, a priority 0) came up at work at the last minute and I was stuck there the whole afternoon. :( But that was more than made up for by a wonderful birthday dinner at Blue Ginger with [livejournal.com profile] itsacz and another friend. ^_^

I'd had 육개장 (yook gae jang) the last time I went (which is very delicious and filling, and just the right level of spicy), so this time we decided to do a grill instead. We picked a table which had a flat grill, not a curved one, so that limited our choices somewhat ^^;; But the server was very helpful and offered us suggestions on which meats we could cook on our grill, so we ended up cooking boneless premium 갈비 (beef kalbi) and 돼지 갈비 (pork kalbi) the first time, and the second time with 불고기 (bulgogi). We also experimented with things like cooking seaweed and radish on the grill; it was interesting, but the seaweed still tasted like seaweed even after it was grilled. ^^;;;

Of course, since it was my birthday, we had to have a toast, so my friends bought a bottle of 소주 (soju). It had a pretty nice flavour, being slightly sweeter than normal rice wine yet not too sweet, and it went down quite well. ^_^; At 14% alcohol content (by volume), it was also pretty mild, which was good, since I was being driven back home. ^^;;; Reading the Wikipedia article may also be quite enlightening. I also now have an empty bottle in my kitchen. :P

One of the things that amused me greatly was that we ran into my Korean teacher while we were there. ^^;;; He wished me a happy birthday and told us a little bit about what he was going to cover next week. I'm really looking forward to the beginner-continuation classes that'll be starting next week and going on for the next 10 weeks! It's definitely cheaper than going to UW's summer classes ($500 per credit hour >_>) and in a way it's also much more fun being in a relatively small class (right now our class has about 10 people).

Today's my first driving lesson and I'm somewhat nervous about it because it's the first time ever that I'll be driving a car, but at the same time it's also something I have to do a very useful skill. I'm probably not going to give up cycling to work, though, in spite of what everyone says. ^^;;

고양이가 등을 화살모양으로 둥글게 구부르다~ 고양이가 야옹 울다~~ 고양이가 목을 가르랑거리다~~~!! <3
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...except this time it's actually almost my birthday. o_o

I 've been up for 17 hours today and I don't feel sleepy. ^^;;; This can probably be explained by drinking tea, lots of sweet drinks, a bottle of stout in the morning, energy and determination in finding bugs at work and getting lots of work done today (which I came back from at 9:30 pm >_>), playing MvC 2 against someone at work and actually managing to win only once, and just possibly, the fact that I'm one year older and alive and having things to look forward to. ^^;

I'm really grateful to all my friends and family who got me a lot of birthday presents, including some things I never expected. ^^;;;;

In no particular order, I'd really like to thank these people for their presents that really mean a lot to me~ (this list will be updated, too, so please don't feel left out if you're not on it yet):


  • red Blue blob and Yuu

  • grue Cow and Espada

  • a The mpitten

  • A dessert pudding

  • A warm, fuzzy, furry creature that can spit and is very beautiful :)


I'd also like to thank everyone who wished me online, either via messages or /kill (you know who you are ^^;;; ).

I really hope the year ahead will be better, and I'm really looking forward to it! I hope everyone else will have a good year ahead too, especially several of my close friends for whom things are somewhat rough right now.

In other news, I AM GOING TO START DRIVING LESSONS ON FRIDAY RAWR <_< This means I will be able to get CAT soon, hopefully~

The piece I'm listening to is from a 6-CD box set titled "Piano Fantasy: Music for Two Pianos" and is completely awesome~ Thank you so much to the friends who bought it for me~
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Shipped my laptop this morning using FedEx Ground. It should get to Acer by next Monday (April 30th), and I'll probably get it back around mid-May.

Today is a bit cold, though not that cold. ^^;; At least it isn't 40 F or worse

And I met my new officemate in the cafeteria, and it seems like we'd get along together quite well. ^_^

I love buffalo chicken salad for lunch (with romaine lettuce, cheese and ranch dressing) ♥~
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Somehow, I managed to fall face down (and off my bicycle) while cycling on a gravel path to work this morning...

Fortunately, I didn't get seriously injured, but my right palm took most of the impact, even through a pair of gloves, and it's rather sore now. ^^;;;

It should be okay soon, though. ^^;;;

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