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On John Leaving Mozilla

Posted 4 months ago at 00:56. 2 comments

J├ĄgerbombJohn has posted his farewell over on his blog.

John’s been managing me now for 6.5 years. I’ve had other friends/mentors/managers before, but it was under John that I became a manager myself.

Everything I’ve learned about people-first, no-nonsense management has come from him. Everything I’ve learned about cross-group co-ordination and asking the right questions has come from him. Everything I’ve learned about Irish whiskey has come from him.

On the technical- and pure getting-shit-done-side, the Google Tech Talk he gave on “Release Engineering as a Force Multiplier” is probably the only resume he’ll ever need, even if he doesn’t actually need it.

Where does John’s departure leave Mozilla, and more specifically, our release engineering team, and even more specifically, me?

I don’t know, but I’m optimistic, mostly because of the imprint left by John on all of us.

Current Tunes: Audien - Wayfarer | Filed under Build/Release, Firefox, Friends, Management, Mozilla, Nostalgia

Never Tell Me The Odds

Posted 4 years, 7 months ago at 13:53. 0 comments

Millennium Falcon enters the asteroid fieldPoach Motel’s statistically-aberrant winning streak came to an end after 4 games on Sunday. We won our first game of the day against another tough opponent to make it to the tier finals, but we ran out of gas in the finals, losing 12-15 to new tier champion, Fresh.

Considering we weren’t even supposed to be in *this* tier, I’m not overly broken up about it. Finishing 10th overall is the best showing ever by this team or its core of players. Kudos to all involved. Can’t wait to pick it up again with most of you in a few weeks for Fall league.

Current Tunes: The Gareth Emery Podcast - Episode 86 | Filed under Friends, Frisbee

Punching above our weight

Posted 4 years, 7 months ago at 22:19. 0 comments

Little MacPoach Motel always starts the season seeded (by request) 21st out of all the teams in our Monday night ultimate league, and every year after playoffs, through some great, often heroic, accidents of chance, we always end up seeded…21st. Inertia is strong, at least until this year.

On the strength of two late-season victories against stronger-on-paper teams and the inevitable attrition of higher-tier teams before playoffs, we managed to sneak from a top seed of tier 3 up to the bottom seed of tier 2. That should have meant a quick smackdown from the top seeded team in tier 2 when we played them tonight in the first round of the playoffs…except that we won, and it wasn’t particularly close.

The best part for me is that the last 3 games have also been some of the most fun I’ve had on the ultimate pitch in a long time. We’ve been playing smart ultimate, some of our new players are really coming into their own, and we even convinced the occasional visiting alumnus to suit up for us. Most tellingly, for the second year in a row, Poach Motel won a spirit award for the entire Monday league, so I guess it looks like we’re having fun out there to others too.

The spirit prize involves free beer/food tickets, so no matter how the rest of our playoffs go on Sunday, we’ll all be going home happy.

Current Tunes: Above and Beyond - Trance Around The World 282 - Andy Moor - 2009-08-21 | Filed under Friends, Frisbee

Saying /goodbye

Posted 4 years, 12 months ago at 00:10. 5 comments

Just takin' a breakMy World of Warcraft account expires tomorrow. I am letting it lapse and retiring from the game.

Not much of a mystery as to why. In the end, it came down to family.
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Current Tunes: Above and Beyond - Trance Around The World 264 - Woody van Eyden - 2009-04-17 | Filed under Family, Friends, Gaming, WoW

Lemonade

Posted 5 years, 8 months ago at 19:09. 1 comment

Kev puttingAs the old adage goes, when life gives you lemons, you go play disc golf.

Kev, Tracy, and I took a little break from the Firefox Summit and squeezed in a “quick” 27 holes before/during dinner last night. Having not played since…last fall?, I had a fantastic round, putting very well and scoring -1 over 27 holes.

Despite the rock slide and other unrelated snafus, the Summit itself is going very well. You can follow along using our stream of consciousness mash-up. If nothing else, it’s fun to witness the varying degrees of aplomb that people are exhibiting in the face of adversity.

Current Tunes: Jason Orendorff's session on Really Using Mercurial | Filed under Firefox, Friends, Frisbee, Mozilla, Photography

Shaver Day

Posted 5 years, 9 months ago at 23:45. 0 comments

You can be my wingman any timeMike Shaver and I met back in high school during the early ’90s. I took him under my wing and soon taught him the finer points of making taped announcements, how to drop a House of Pain remix on a crowd at *precisely* the right moment, and how to skip class to play cage basketball.

Despite all that, something must have clicked. Since high school, I’ve had the pleasure of working with him at four (!) separate companies. I owe my professional existence to Mr. Shaver, so I’m thrilled today to see him get a little back.

I raise my glass to you tonight, Mike. The handlebars are firmly attached to the bike now, my friend.

Current Tunes: Ananda Project - Cascades of Colour | Filed under Friends, Mozilla, Nostalgia

Why should I update to Firefox 3?

Posted 5 years, 10 months ago at 12:01. 4 comments

Victory RobotThis post is primarily directed at my family, friends, and anyone who I’ve helped to install Firefox over the years. Hopefully my co-workers already know how awesome we are.

A new version of Firefox is coming out on Tuesday. Casual internet users may be asking themselves, “I already have a web browser. Why should I update to Firefox 3?” There’s lots of great stuff in Firefox 3, but several of the new features bear special highlighting for casual users:
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Current Tunes: Casual, Rock Marciano, Vordual Mega, & Tragedy Khadafi - Think Differently | Filed under Build/Release, Family, Firefox, Friends, Mozilla, Software

Office cabling complete

Posted 6 years ago at 11:23. 0 comments

Spaghetti wiringThanks to kev for coming over this past weekend to help me wire up my office for ethernet, and the rest of my house for phone. My office feels much less ghetto now, and it sure is nice to not be using wireless on my iMac any more.

Current Tunes: The Crystal Method - Blast | Filed under Friends, Hardware, House

You can see how the sausage is made

Posted 6 years ago at 14:07. 0 comments

Firefox LogoMy friend and co-worker, Mike Shaver gives a great interview over at howsoftwareisbuilt.com about just how Mozilla operates and what motivates us. I highly recommend it to anyone who’s had the misfortune of listening to me try to describe what Mozilla does.

Current Tunes: Dr. Dre - Deeez Nuuuts | Filed under Friends, Mozilla

Pilgrimage

Posted 6 years, 4 months ago at 01:56. 1 comment

Kev and I went to Pittsburgh last weekend to take in the Steelers game. We stared down the worst snowstorm in 60 years and said, “We’re too stubborn to change our plans!” This year’s pilgrimage was especially meaningful for me because I’ve been a Steelers fan since the early ’80s when the only NFL football you could get on TV in Canada were games that featured either the Steelers or the Cowboys.

We used to do this every year: pick an NFL team, preferably within crashing distance of someone we knew, and then go see a game. We’ve been stymied the last few years by the logistics of choosing a city and a time that worked for the 3 or so other participants that normally joined us in this venture. We were almost stymied again this year until Kev and I realized that the logistics for just 2 people were much easier to figure out.

Things that were reaffirmed to me this past weekend:

  • If you can’t establish a running game, especially outdoors in winter, a) you suck, and b) you’re not going very far in the playoffs.
  • Going to NFL games is a lot of fun, and a completely different kind of fun than going to CFL games or even hockey games.
  • Traveling over the winter holidays for fun should only be attempted by trained professionals. Do not try this at home!
  • Weather happens. Deal.
  • Acting nice to airline staff gets you on to flights you might not otherwise get on. This works exceptionally well if the people in front of you in line try to blame the airline staff for the weather.

Kev and I will definitely be doing this again next year, and we’ve even picked a city: Seattle. As much as we love travel delays, we’ll be aiming for a game much, *much* earlier in the season though. Hopefully this will be enough warning for our slacker friends who were unable to join us this year.

Current Tunes: Nothing | Filed under Football, Friends, Travel