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Jay & Laura passed through [Apr. 7th, 2007|10:39 pm]
I have managed to accomplish an astonishing amount of nothing so far this weekend. Bills and taxes tomorrow, but for today, it's been all about computer games and websurfing.

We got to see Jay & Laura (and a whole huge pile of other people -- nearly all the usual crowd, plus bonus extras like Keith and Dan and Bill) on their way through town on the way from San Diego to Massachusetts on Thursday. Hooray! It was great to see them, and it looks like it's a move that will be very positive. They both looked really happy. (And now there will be yet more people to go see in the Boston area.)

I had a moment of "oh my god, we are such grown-ups" at the party, when I realized that a bunch of us were sitting around discussing software development management techniques and source control software. In our defense, it was a very interesting topic. I had this realization that when I start doing some of the heavy-duty data quality assurance work later on this year, I should get some advice from my friends, because several of them are, like, QA professionals. Go figure.

Another interesting tidbit: so I have this theory about how most people are overly paranoid about food safety. I eat things that have been sitting out on the counter overnight all the time, and I've never gotten food poisoning. Oogy tummy sometimes, sure, but I've never thrown up because of something I ate. So I figure it's adaptation. If you eat things that are a little bit off now and again, your body gets used to it and is more equipped to handle it, right? Anyway, I discovered that a couple other folks have the same theory. Dan even has some evidence: he partook of a dish that gave everyone else food poisoning, and he didn't get sick. Unfortunately, I still haven't been able to figure out how you can distinguish between that hypothesis and the reverse, which is that some of us have iron stomachs and gradually learn we can afford to be lax about minor spoilage...

Anyway, we had twenty people there (not counting kids), just to hang out, see some friends from out of town, eat things from the grill, and talk about stuff. This is what big parties are all about in my little community. That makes me happy.

[User Picture]From: nehrlich
2007-04-08 12:16 pm (UTC)
On a totally selfish note, if you get any QA advice from your friends, can you pass it on to me? I'm starting to do some QA work myself, and I'm muddling through, but I've been soliciting advice from the people I know that do QA and wouldn't mind more.
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[User Picture]From: lovecarnievan
2007-04-09 06:37 am (UTC)
On the topic of discussing software development management techniques and source control software: YAAAAWWWWN. It happens a lot, and I love being around y'all anyway. Maybe I'm just not as grown up as some.

On the topic of eating food that is potentially contaminated: Maybe it's a been there, done that situation? I've had food poisoning, and it was a god-awful four days. It took two people to take care of me. I also dated a guy who got samonella, and it kept coming back (with the bleeding from body openings) because he didn't give himself enough time to recover. There's also the fact that us gals have to consider the fact that many of us are the food source to our offspring and their lives are much more fragile. I think it tends to make us more gun shy. I agree with you that a vast majority of the cases of "food-left-out" are probably benign, but we have to play the just-in-case card every time.

It was fun! BTW, I've gotten used to looking for you at K.S. now.
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