January 1st, 2007

Welcome to 007!

I went to a party hosted by Dave Krieger to ring in the new year. It was all the way down in Santa Clara, so i was a bit apprehensive about driving all that way on this particular night, but i thought it would be a good chance to reconnect with him and the Foresight crowd. I had a good time and ended up staying quite a lot longer than i expected.

It seems it was just the thing — most of these people i hadn't seen in a few years, and they were excited to see me again. From the moment i stepped in Chris and Romana immediately opened a conversation about what i should do with my life. Within a couple of minutes we'd slipped back into our old roles — Chris has always been a sort of personal advisor to me — so we talked about big ideas and plans for a long while. Romana and Russell are pretty big on the idea of working at Google, which is something i've been thinking about more in the last week or so. Lest i give you the impression that the evening was all serious, let me add that we covered the whole place in silly string, and i got introduced to Robot Chicken, which can be roughly described as "absurd stop-motion sketch comedy for ridiculously short attention spans".

Watch out, chess players.

A little before Christmas, my brother Cassian was in town with his family. I hung out with him and my nephew Nathaniel and my niece Carolyn for a while here at Kingman and then we went to the Lawrence Hall of Science.

Nathaniel was just back from a national chess tournament in Orlando. He's seven years old. He wanted to play a game of chess, so we did.

I'm not much of a chess player, but i'm not exactly terrible either. He kicked my butt... and in that kinda embarrassing way where your opponent looks like he's not really paying that much attention while you think really hard for a few minutes, and then after you make your move, five or ten seconds of pondering is enough for your opponent to respond.