It turns out I’m hard to please… at least at work. I’ve realized that over the course of the last year I’ve gotten in the habit of responding to most proposals with the phrase “I don’t hate it”. That’s about the most praise I can muster for most ideas – not because they’re bad ideas, but because they’re incredibly hard problems with no bright, shiny solutions. And only bright, shiny solutions truly deserve more praise than that.
That led to a conversation with Matt today about how to level set those statements against other less common phrases that I also use:
“I’d buy that”
“I don’t hate it”
“I don’t love it”
“are you sure?”
This was all brought on by an idea to which I responded “not bad”… I think it surprised him that I didn’t hate it. :)
It’s hard to blog about things a month after they happen. Unfortunately that’s about how long it took me to go through the roughly 1,000 pictures I took while in China over the course of two weeks.
The short story was that I got the opportunity to go through work on a trip to help get partner teams ready to ship Windows 7. It was an awesome chance for me personally and professionally and I’m glad I was in the right place at the right time. The work was hard, spending some very long days doing tedious work, but the nights more than made up for it! Admittedly, we could have gotten more sleep than we did, but it was well worth the caffeine-based survival tactics to be able to fit in all of the work and play that we did.