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Feb. 5th, 2012

My main project at work, the main work that pays me enough to live on, lurches onward. Right now, actually, I'm in the midst of recoding some of the ``development'' features that are supposed to be really big aides to clients in gathering and processing data so they can do these ... conjectural things ... that ... I don't really understand. But I keep occasionally getting to hear people explaining what they want to do, and that's been behind the big rewriting, so I can actually do the interactive stuff they want.

Last week we also got rounded up for a morning to do a presentation billed as a training session for two groups of clients. It turned out to be two groups, anyway; it was, for us, scheduled as for one group. Office gossip suggested there was a possibility that two groups might be there. And indeed, there ended up being the two groups there. And while it was billed as a training session I'd call it more a sales demonstration session, since all we really did was show off the features of this thing, including me going on for an hour listing different things that can be done, and pointing out what soon could be done.

Afterwards ... somebody ... arranged for lunches, in those aluminum disposable chafing dishes that mark training-session lunches. I was surprised none of the three choices were vegetarian-friendly, though; even the pasta dish, which I would expect to be the default vegetarian-safe choice, was saturated with meat. (I admit to having maybe too much pulled pork, but I don't often have pulled pork, so I have to make up the averages.) And each of us from the company sat at different tables to talk with groups of customers.

I chatted with my table fairly well, I think. One of the people sitting there happened to be from the next town over from me, and was a Mac user too, so I had several pieces of not much to talk about. As we were going back to the office, one of my co-workers quipped, ``What was with you today, having a personality?''

Trivia: Apollo 14's backup crew devised its own mission patch, featuring the Road Runner and Wile E Coyote, with the prime crew represented by Wile E, and the backup crew, with a ``Beep Beep'' quote, to indicate they were ahead of the prime crew. A ``Beep Beep'' was even patched on to the Modular Equipment Transporter wagon used to haul material. Source: A Man On The Moon, Andrew Chaikin.

Currently Reading: Greyland, Dave Van Arnam. The cover text promises the book is ``Dave Van Arnam's Sci-Fi Classic'', which I can surely believe about a book in its first edition. And, truly, who hasn't heard of this book or seen how much post-1972 science fiction is either an imitation or an answer to it? (It does contain a startling mention of Hari Seldon and Foundation, millennia in the indefinite future, although in a tolerable context: an important part of the book is sociological experimentation to find a more utopian way of life. But that's a rare direct mention of someone else's books in a science fiction book.)

PS: Finding, and Starting to Understand, the Answer, and looking at this awkward bit where you get to decide if the answer is right or not after you know what it is.

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