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So what'd I do on Friday?

So what'd I do on Friday?

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Well, the day was pretty much a wash, work-wise.  I spent most of the day swapping war stories with co-workers.  On the other hand, the 20 dozen bouncy balls I brought into work were a huge hit.

Bouncy balls have long participated in Microsoft events, Hans Spiller, one of the original compiler guys has a great write-up of the significance of the bouncy ball on his site.

Oh, and nobody trashed my office :)  I think I'm happy.  But I did get at least one decent picture out of the day (thanks Steve!)

That's what was left of the bouncy balls at about 3PM.  The flowers (20 roses) are from Valorie.

Other highlights you can see in the picture: Some of my collection of lego models.  Unfortunately, the Imperial Star Destroyer's out of frame, as is the Statue of Liberty.  On the bottom shelf of the bookcase, you can see my collection of service awards (3, 5, 10, 15, and now 20).  On the shelf above it is my rather small collection of patent cubes.   When you submit a patent at Microsoft, they give you a little cube with the title of the patent and your name.  When the patent is granted, they give you a wooden plaque with the front page of the patent on it.  I know people who don't have enough wall space to hold all their patent plaques, instead they're kept in a pile in their office.

On my desk is a small part of my collection of manipulative puzzles, I've not yet gotten them all out after my last office move (back in January).

 

  • Congrats, Larry!

    P.S. Your obviously keep your office much neater than I ever did...
  • No, you're only seeing the good half. The other half's much worse.
  • The bouncy ball page says:

    > The second big war came about when after
    > many years of no security, the company
    > finally decided to get a security guard.

    Oh no. So many people were complaining about security, saying that Microsoft doesn't get it. And then when Microsoft DOES get it, a war breaks out. We can't win.
  • Congrats and savor the moment! Enjoyed reading all your 'it was ___ years ago today' posts, lots of good history and inspiring stories there. I wonder if they still sell those Lego Teknix construction sets?

    The best is yet to come...
  • All I have to say is that you look as unlike how I imagined you to look as is humanly possible.

    Actully, that's a lie, I have something else to say. Apart from the big-ass coffee-table book published a few years ago, the odd business-centric book, and a selection of blogs, there's not much in the way of "History of MSFT" books about. Just you and Raymond Chen probably have enough material for several volumes of interesting insights into MSFT, and a lot of people on your list of names could probably add a lot more to the mix... I know I'd buy it!
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