Archive for category Work

Dogfood, Nom Nom Nom

Dog food, the common noun, is reasonably self explanatory (pro tip: it’s food for dogs). Dogfood the verb or dogfooding the verbal noun, though, might require a little bit of explanation. At the root of it is this: if you make dog food, you should feed it to your own dogs. There are essentially two […]

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This Morning.

You’re going to have to wait a little while longer for the Computer History Museum, Silicon Valley Wandering and San Francisco based updates I had in mind, since I still haven’t found a good way of adding the images I wanted to. In the meantime, I thought I’d tell you about my morning, in a […]

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Fourteen Days in the Valley

I can see the mountains, but I suppose that’s only to be expected. I am in Mountain View, after all. As of today, I’m in Silicon Valley for my “noogler training,” something which most companies would just refer to as an induction. At Google, though, there’s a bit more too it than that. There are […]

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Relocation Relocation Relocation

As part of my pretty sweet relocation package from Google, I have the help of a “flat search consultant”. If you’ve ever watched Location Location Location or A Place in the Sun, you’ll more or less know what this is. If not: why not? I have a couple of friends in the Kingston area (and […]

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Day One

This is going to be short. Suffice to say: almost everything you’ve heard about working for Google is true. That being the case, there is no slide in my office. I’m told they have them in Mountain View and Zurich, however, and I’ll apparently be visiting both this year (Mountain View next week!). The food […]

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s/@seebyte\.com/@google\.com/g

Yes. That’s right. I did it. I used a sed expression as post title. I’ve been very quiet as of late, though in my defence I’ve been very busy for a few months. In the middle of that I had a potentially life changing decision to make, and then I was dealing with the ramifications […]

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The Day Job Part 2: Let’s get SAUC-E!

If you know when I started my PhD you’ll be aware that it took quite some time for me to finish it. There are various reasons for this. One is that I spent quite a bit of time working and getting industrial experience during it. The other is that it took me something in the […]

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The Day Job: Autonomous Underwater Vehicles

If you’re reading this blog and don’t actually know me in the real world then you might be wondering “who actually is this guy?” and possibly even “what is it that he actually does, aside from starting to talk about procedural landscape generation, and then falling suddenly silent?” Well, clearly I’m a person who is […]

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…and Another Thing…

As a small adendum to my previous post: You how annoying it is a couple of hours after an argument which didn’t entirely go your way, when you suddenly start coming up with really good comebacks? You have no idea. It’s nothing that would have saved me from the majority of the corrections, but still. […]

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The Boardroom

That important thing I was talking about before?┬áIt was my PhD viva, and it happened last Friday. Remember, remember, the fifth of November, indeed. It’s possibile that given time I’ll look back upon it as a positive experience (as many others do), but right now I’m still reeling a little. The closest thing I can […]

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