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the pursuit of metappiness: the beginning of the world wide... wall :)
This fortnight was sweetly kicked off when Adam brought new cupcakes he’d baked, and that set the tone of the week: full of new, sweet things: new chair and room layout in Plan, awesome treats Chris and Mirona brought from Turkey and three very cool cakes which are now on our whitelist: a Chocolate Truffle Cake, a Red Velvet Cake and a Raspberry Chocolate Cake :)
cupcakes to cope with the end of euro2012
To start from the beginning and just to make sure you feel how awesome it is to work with great people who bring us treats, I’ll show you Adam’s amaretto cupcakes:
And yes, they were soft, tasty and very appreciated—as was the cook :) This sweet treat helped Adam through Euro2012’s final, which had Spain and Italy face to face, and also made the rest of us feel something good had emerged from the championship. More so since none of the teams we represented had gotten the title. What can we do? Spain is the team of the moment :)
happy people have spacious lifes
The fortnight had barely started and we had already made a colourful change to our Plan room. Out with the old, in with the new, along with our established desire of having a spacious life (which was the title of a quick demo I made last Friday). It started as a scary pile of twenty unassembled chairs. Eventually I got through all that and I can now say I’m an expert at assembling this kind of chair :D
Right now we have a whole new setup in Plan and everyone is happy with it. Even though we have exactly the same number of tables, they’re now laid out in such a way that we can even walk and wander around freely—and for some that helps creativity flow ;) Do you like it as much as we do?
chocolate, oh chocolate
If you know how much we like our sweet treats, then next to home baked cakes like Adam’s, it’s no surprise we also indulge our sweet tooth with some amazing chocolates from our travels. Mirona & Chris brought Turkish delight, at least their take on it: a perfect mix of dark chocolate with caramelised pistachios. Have you ever tried this?
Well, these alone are worth planning a trip to Turkey. Take it from a bunch of demanding sweet teeth around here ;) Which got exercised further when Tom came back from France with mini Toblerone!
it’s all about the cake
Talking of indulging… I mentioned we’ve had three very good cakes, and just so you can share it with us, I’ll show you a small sample of the Raspberry Chocolate Cake we had from old friend Bea’s of Bloomsbury. This went from fork… straight to our whitelist.
weekly code review gets us going on elasticsearch and nimrod-node.js logger
Last Wednesday for our weekly code review Sergio and Luke were in the spotlight going through ElasticSearch, and Nimrod Node.js logger respectively. As intended, that opened the debate to some interesting questions from everyone around. That’s the way to crack big things and move forward, certain of how it works and the best way to go about it.
the world wide… wall
On a different note, during the first week of the fortnight both Tom and Sergio were away on holidays. While the former went to the South of France, sipping wine, eating obscene amounts of cheese (which he reinforces whenever he gets the chance!) and driving around picturesque villages (small medieval towns?), he also found a moment to send a postcard! That officially marks the beginning of our World Wide Wall where we’ll document our travelling around the world through postcards :)
OK, there were two postcards there already, but three is family! Sergio, on the other hand went back to Italy not only for a friend’s wedding, but also to tan a little bit more, under the kind of decent sun London seems to missing this year. He was in Rome and in Sicily, and somewhere along the way, a boat ride happened, so he made sure we’d all be feeling his pain by tweeting this virtual postcard:
Looks like a great place to be, no? Our engineers know their way around the world :)
a busier friday as a potential metabroadcat joined us
To close this fortnight on an even more positive note, Friday we had not just the usual food fest, but a wannabe MetaBroadcat visiting, too. As the final part of our recruiting process, our guest spent the day hacking, with breaks for Turkish food (big enough to have leftovers, tasty enough for everyone to be happy with their choices), a game of Quoridor which he won (of course Luke, Keeley and I had planned just that way cough) and some debates about whether he’s too young for some of us to admit our own ages. He was commanded to have a couple of birthdays ASAP for everyone to feel better :D And then we enjoyed his demo, learned what he had learned for the day, hit the Holborn Whippet and… presented our guest with an offer ;)