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Another week went by since I last updated you on our quest for metappiness and, yes, we keep surpassing ourselves and having a lot of amazing things worth telling (or writing!) about. Just imagine, it even included me pursuing some secret missions and you will also find out, first hand, some great news! Read on.
This week was off to a great start.
On Tuesday, Adam arrived and dropped this "bomb" on us: Yes, there is cake in the room today. Sadly I could not bring the whole creation in as its impractically large. I have instead brought a couple of slices. I can’t in good conscience recommend anyone eat a full slice to themselves so please feel free to carve up and take as much as you’re brave enough to eat.
And, Oh, It Looked So Good!
I would risk saying it tasted even better, and some of us are of the opinion that Adam could rule London if he went public with his baking creations! The rich mixture of chocolate cake with chocolate cream and salted caramel layers was divine.
We did agree that his was a sensible advice, not eating a whole slice. It might be a challenge for the future though, if anyone wants to take it to the next level.
Apart from cake, we also had another session of MetaTalks. Hooray!
If you’re an engineer, you have probably already spotted a point of conversion between these two languages. They are both functional languages, and according to Fred, he felt Haskell would be a good thing to discuss because it would allow for a quick comparison with Clojure, but other than that because it also pushes you into thinking on a different way; not only because it is a functional language but also due to its stuctural pattern matching features.
Just like it had happened the first time we had a MetaTalk, after Fred had brilliantly wrapped up his presentation we headed out to the pub for our World Wide Known MetaBeers.
Come to think of it, that deserves a blog post in itself—and it will get one, very soon.
We had several guests joining, including family and friends of some of our team members, and that led to very interesting and loud debates on matters as diverse as Haskell—no way of avoiding it :) Cheers Fred! But also, Luke with long hair (and he even showed us proof), how it’s always sunny in Kent when it’s cloudy in London, according to Mirona and Chris, but not so much according to Tom, who grew up in Kent and assures us it rains a lot more than people think. The evening also covered fish that cook themselves, Caribbean beaches in Scotland, what it is like for Keeley to have Rob (or should I say Dr. Chatley?) as a lecturer, future collaborations, the incredible number of calories in Adam’s cake (you don’t want to know), goings on elsewhere in the media industry and… wait for it, Windows 8 and its shiny Metro interface! It turned out that our resident Linux expert, Liam, had to demo the latter the day after.
It was amazing fun, like all our MetaBeers. Join us one of these days, either for MetaBeers or some other event. We are very eventful people, and by the end of this blog post you will hear about our next big idea for fun with friends, clients, partners and everyone who wants to join us. Keep reading.
Well, for me—I have to say—the first 20 minutes at the Pub were a little Euro 2012 painful. Remember when I introduced myself? That’s right. I am Portuguese. I am also a huge fan of football. And by the time we arrived at the pub, the match between Portugal and Denmark was on its final 20 minutes. Thankfully, it had a happy ending, from a Portuguese point of view.
While I can’t deny I’m very happy to see Portugal going through to the next round, with the Czech Republic as the next opponent, for the other teams which are represented at MetaBroadcast, like Italy, and even England with its miraculous performance last Friday, it’s still depending on decisive games to take place in the next few days. For Ireland, it didn’t end well at all. But the Irish fans did an amazing job singing in support of their squad at the end of the game that had them eliminated, showing a lot of dignity!
When I started this blog post, I mentioned I had been doing some secret missions. Yes, more than one. You were waiting for it, but for now I can only disclose one.
On Monday, Jun 11th, during WWDC, we all waited breathlessly for an announcement about the next generation MacBook Pro. And yes, there was going to be one. And yes, it was going to have a retina display! And so, my secret mission began.
It had been secretly decided that we wanted to see one of them shiny things close up, and we had a beneficiary in mind, as well. He had been working very hard, and brilliantly, and he deserved special recognition for his major efforts which we all appreciated—and a better tool to get the job done than his trustworthy, but oldish Mac Mini.
That might have been easier, if the Apple Stores of London received the laptops the day they were supposed to. When they didn’t, I became a very diligent stalker of their Business Teams in order to make sure we would have one of the first new MBP with retina display in the entire country. These efforts payed of nearly a week later, and on Friday, our daily demo was a "secret" demo, during which we unveiled the toy and gave our lucky mate a chance to play around a little, while showing everybody else how cool it really looks.
And yes, it is awesome :D
And yes, Fred was thrilled during and post-unwrapping.
Soon after, Foodie Friday arrived, and with our resident Italian, Sergio elected as the most impressive person last week (due to hard work that payed off nicely), we were only a little bit surprised when he chose pizza for lunch, knowing just how hard he fell in love with the Bountiful Cow burgers.
But it was a great call to get pizza, as we ended up setting a new record of pizza eating around here! We managed to devour three trays of Princi treats. We could all agree that the pizza was especially well done this time, and for shows… Nothing! We have nothing to show, because we ate it all ;)
As for our ongoing Diplomacy game, as you know, Fred is the one making sure all moves are received and made prior to the next season, and here is what happened in the past week, as seen by Fred, The Diplomat:
Spring 1902 – Autumn 1903
England, realising it might have to do something if it wants to survive, managed to make it on to continental Europe and secure Belgium. However France, having secured the Iberian peninsula, seems to have taken a certain dislike to the English advances. Meanwhile Russia has made assured progress on all fronts in the beginnings of what looks like an ominous sweep eastwards. In the centre of Europe, Italy has tangled with both Turkey and Austria-Hungary but isn’t quite sure yet which dance partner it prefers. Turkey appears to have finally sorted out its chain of command and is making steady progress through the Balkans. Austria-Hungary is hanging on for dear life having misplaced Budapest in a freak accident. All this time Germany has been sitting in the middle looking a bit lost, not sure whether to head North, South, East or West.
Are you still with me? Because I saved a treat :) In the past, we had almost regular Movie Nights attended by friends, partners and even family. They have been great fun, but a lot of work as well, and with what we learned we are going to kick it up a notch and turn them into Pool Nights!
Our first Pool Night will happen on July 5th, and you are all VERY welcome to join us. We will refashion our Plan room, set tables and chairs aside, and it will all be about Pool, Chatting, all around Fun and, who knows? Competitions?
You will have further details on this closer to the actual date, so keep tuned for more.
Last, but not least, I finally had a big screen set up on my desk. Well, to be honest, it was the other way around… Easier to switch desks than it would have been to unclamp the monitor and then clamp it back on. Why finally? Because this move only took two months!
For now, imagine the screen is off due to my second secret mission, about which I might report next time. Or not :DDownload as PDF