October 30, 2011

A Visit to Seattle for the Microsoft PAC Meeting


A Visit to Seattle for the Microsoft PAC Meeting

Shortarmguy's Diary Update for October 30, 2011


On Monday, I hopped on a jet plane to fly over to Seattle, Washington to visit our good friends at Microsoft.  Since it's hard to represent going to another city on my blog, I usually like to take a picture from the plane while flying over the city.  When I saw the big Seattle Space Needle, I thought that would make for a great shot!  It took me a minute to get my camera from my backpack, power it on, and snap the photo.  By the time I did I could barely see the tower any more, but luckily I still got the shot.  Amazing, isn't it?

I woke up bright and early on Tuesday morning and headed over to Building 122.  Unfortunately I'm under NDA with Microsoft regarding what was discussed so I can't really say much about it, but I did post a little bit here: Microsoft's Vision of the Future.  Don't miss watching the video, because it's really cool stuff!

Outside of the meetings, I had a great time hanging out with fellow PAC Members Missy, Dan, and Cami.  They sure are fun people!   We ate Oysters together on not one, but two separate occasions.  That just makes for a good bonding experience.


Returning home, I was excited to see where the boy's robot was at in it's progress.  Since I missed one of the meetings while I was away, I hadn't seen that they'd built their "Dumper" already and were just ready to start testing it.  Since this was such a momentous occasion, I just had to record it.  Here was the result:


Prior Lake Middle School Robotics Team # 4 Dumper Test Video


Over the weekend, we had a bit of a scare when we went over to Grandma Linda's.  We realized that it appears she's shrinking!  She used to be much larger than both Avery and Luke and suddenly Avery is taller than she is and Luke is not that far behind.  We're concerned for her and have started advising her to do stretching exercises and to eat "Long Food" like spaghetti and celery stalks to help prevent her condition from worsening.  Hopefully, it will help.

The water continues to get colder, but Sunny insists we're not going to have winter this year.  He stubbornly claims that he gets to swim all year round this time and there's no way the lake will freeze.  I guess we'll just have to see if he's right.

The boys have decided to skip Halloween and instead will be attending a wedding this year.  We were a little surprised at their choice, but the couple seem to be nice people so we can't blame them for it.