Yesterday was diet cheat day (and Earth Day, yippee). In addition to the healthy breakfast I had a sandwich, a beer, some potato chips, a hamburger, a few fries (really didn’t do much for me) and a few more beers. Oh and a sandwich.
And my stomach *hurts* this morning. The fries I could have skipped. The chips were tasty but I could have stopped after the first handful. I enjoyed the burger but could have also done that with a lettuce wrap…. maybe. There is something really enjoyable about picking up a burger.
I wonder if I shouldn’t make this simply diet cheat dinner in May
This week’s diet cheat day started with… a bowl of blueberries with yogurt. Wait, that’s not a diet cheat day food. But I was craving yogurt with blueberries so I went for it. I guess the fun food will need to wait for later, we’ll see. I am not craving much this week, maybe a cheeseburger. Or pizza is always a favorite.
A teammate of mine is looking to get more kids into programming via Kodu. There is a US-wide competition going on right now!
Calling all US kids!
In case you hadn’t heard already, Microsoft has launched a US national Kodu competition, where kids aged 9-17 can submit their best Kodu games for a chance to win great prizes, a trip and $5000.00 cash!
The winning entrant will also win $5000 for his or her school! Our hope is that this money would go toward helping fund the lab with upgraded equipment, and give more kids learning opportunities related to technology literacy.
The contest is completely free to enter, and is split into two categories: 9-12 and 13-17. There are full grand prize awards for each category, so two schools will each receive a $5000 prize. Full details can be found at http://koducup.us.
Deadline for game submissions is end of day, May 10th, 2011, so please feel free to contact me if you have any questions.
Brad Gibson | Program Manager Microsoft Research FUSELABS
One is supposed to celebrate Earth Day by walking, running, biking, planting a tree, the usual suspects. For a variety of very good reasons I am not doing those things. In fairness and paying off my Earth Day debt I rode my bike to work three times this week.
But I am celebrating today by buying a new car. Oops.
The headlines in the Seattle Times shouts about proposed tuition increases of 16% for the next few years. And there is a growing body of thought that says maybe college isn’t a great idea. Or great in all cases.
I’ve also spoken to several colleagues who wonder if the education they got was in fact useful down the road. In my case I needed some time between high school (massively immature) to work (somewhat less immature, at least capable of attending work five days a week) but in terms of learning there wasn’t all that much. I enjoyed some classes, I learned some things, but really not much more or less than I do in my normal life.
Jury is out but this bears watching especially as my kids move towards high school.
I should really count these up. As I have written before dietcheat day, a word my iPad refuses to recognize as a word for some reason, is not part of the Primal Blueprint diet. It is also essential for me to stay on the straight and narrow. I can pass by donuts and bread all the time as long as I know there is an outlet.
The outlet this morning? I small tub of low-fat vanilla yogurt. Interesting that when two adults living in the house are doing PB then there just isn’t much non-primal food sitting around. I then tried some shredded wheat nugget cereal we picked up at Whole Foods for the kids. So I had wheat and milk, should be an interesting experiment on my digestive tract this morning. Cereal sounded good but by the way, but it wasn’t. Should have had eggs.
20 years of debating Windows vs. Linux. I once spent a year with an entirely Linux-based house. I wasn’t that bad, could have gone longer but ironically the synch tools for iPod just weren’t good enough then which compelled me to flee.
“Plain and simple, the one thing I tell people to do is to “Eat Real Food”. Until you eat real, unprocessed foods, there’s no need to worry about low carb or low fat or any other set of rigid rules or labels. If you aren’t cooking real food for yourself at home, all of the labels you try to put on your eating are irrelevant.”
This resonates for me as much as anything else. It’s the simple Michael Pollan formula to some extent and is the easiest thing to remember. If it was processed, it isn’t good for you. There might be exceptions. But 99% of the time this is simple.
You can get fancy and Paleo (pay-lee-oh for those of us in the US, pah-lee-oh for UK readers, we looked it up) or Primal or 4HB or whatever, but eat natural things.
Many organizations have pieces of this. From what I’ve heard Amazon is probably doing this the most uniformly but that is based on limited info. The key items in my experience which thread throughout almost all successful projects:
Doers to non-doers is 5-10/1. By doer I simply mean someone who is producing. Titles often don’t matter and whether the thing being done is code or some other valuable piece of work (production artwork, critical UX design in non-code) you need a lot of doers and very few people who are doing something else.
The more open the system, the faster you go. Jumping through hoops to get to source code or bug tracking or issue lists or work items or being able to suggest changes mid-stream slows everything down.
The appropriate role for a non-doer (in this article think product manager, in my job we call them program managers) is to shepherd the project. Sometimes a shepherd leads, sometimes he follows the herd and cleans up the mess, and sometimes he gently helps steer the herd. The stretch the analogy if the herd leaders are running towards the right destination a good shepherd simply looks ahead and makes sure the gates are open. If they are headed for a cliff then the shepherd warns them off. But you don’t need one shepherd for every three sheep.
I suspect we’ll see a lot more articles about how Facebook works soon, a book or two as well. Then a few on Twitter. People once wrote books like this about Microsoft and early in my career we read books about the IBM way. The truth is that there really isn’t much new under the sun.