Hello and happy Friday!
Not an especially pretty one here, I’m sad to say. But the plane train went by this morning, which is always cool to see:
If you’re wondering why a green 737 fuselage is rolling past my office: Boeing builds the fuselage in their massive Everett, WA factory. The fuselages are then transported by railcar to Boeing’s Renton factory for final assembly. It never fails to surprise and amuse me to see a plane fuselage going by on a railcar outside my office window. One of the unique things about living in Jet City.
In other news:
- Detroit has been officially declared a fiscal disaster — everyone saw that coming, sad to say. As a lifelong auto enthusiast, it saddens me deeply to see the Motor City in such an untenable state.
- I’ve successfully avoided engaging in the ongoing battle over Yahoo rescinding work from home privileges for their employees…thus far. Everyone from Sir Richard Branson (he’s against the decision) to Dr. John Sullivan (he’s for it) have weighed in this week. My quick take: Mayer is deeply rooted in the ‘data drives every decision’ religion of Google and has brought that to Yahoo. She wouldn’t have made this move on a whim. There is evidence that some current/former Yahoo employees think it’s the right thing to do due to abuse of permanent WFH arrangements by certain employees. Offering permanent (or even frequent/regular) WFH is not the norm at high performing companies like Google, Facebook, or Amazon. If you are in as big of a turnaround as Yahoo, you must do things differently. Innovating requires real-time collaboration. Mayer saw this at Google.
- A sinkhole opened up under a man’s house in Florida, swallowing him up while he slept. Seriously, Florida? Roving Pythons, cannibals, and now this? And apparently the type of soil conditions that caused this sinkhole are widespread through a good deal of the state. I’ll take my chances with earthquakes, volcanoes, and possible tsunamis (no laughing matter–please note the ocean directly across the street from my office), thanks.
What’s up for the weekend? I’d like to get some work done in our garden. We have signs of spring already, which provides further encouragement to get out there:
(Please ignore the ratty looking walkway; it’ll be getting a fresh coat of paint as soon as I can reliably count on a few dry days. Which in Seattle is usually sometime around July 5…)
A friend has invited me to make a meal using the sous vide cooking technique tomorrow. I’ve been intensely curious about this method of cooking for some time now, so I jumped at the chance to try it. She’s a fantastic cook, so I’m sure it’ll be a great meal.
Have a great weekend, everyone!