It’s been a fun weekend, but the most important part is probably that we actually moved into the house and will now be living out of it (and, in my case, working out of it). :D Most of our stuff is still in the apartment waiting to be boxed up, but the important stuff (computers, some clothing, cooking things) are all over here now. I’m typing this from my new office at my new desk.

(Relatedly, my photo journal and photos site have both gotten updates, also from the house. Yay!)

I think it happened mostly by accident. On Thursday, I had some time, so I went to the Fios store in Bakery Square to sign up for service. Turned out they could send a technician the following morning, although why one was necessary was unclear… the house had Fios service less than 6 months ago, and the previous tenant had the router in the exact same room where we wanted it. But meh?

We’d inquired about service the previous Saturday, and as our house is wired with coax already (in pretty much every room that matters), we decided to get the 50/50 plan, since that was the highest Verizon would provision on coax, and we were less than eager to have new wiring work done to run cat5 in the necessary ways to get service in the office on the second floor.

So the technician comes out the following morning (within his time window, amazingly!) and I meet him here, and he starts evaluating how to drill holes and run cat5 from the basement to the office. Uh…?
So apparently Verizon no longer provisions new users on coax, even though the entire reason we’d selected Fios (over cable, and why we even considered it alongside DSL) was that it could run over coax already in the house, and a large part of our decision for the 50/50 plan (in addition to it being enough speed) was that we wouldn’t need new wiring done.

I managed to get the tech to escalate to his manager, who approved a new provisioning on coax for us. Less than 5 minutes after that call, we were up and running… less than 24 hours after I had signed up at the store. So that was fast service.

We’ve been spending weekends (Friday and Saturday nights) at the house, so we did that after climbing and food on Friday… but then wondered why we shouldn’t just spend the weekend moving essentials over and just start living over here instead. So we did that too, and spent the amazingly nice weather this weekend moving things over and generally making the house livable.

Tomorrow will be my first day of work from the house. I expect VPN will severely limit the benefit of getting Fios, although given the video call problems I often have, hopefully things will generally improve with the (much) higher speeds. (And, in a speed test, we actually got more than the advertised speeds — about 57 down and 65 (!) up.)

This post is a wall of text, so here’s a climbing Ian.

Happy birthing day to me…

…I am twenty three.
(No, actually, that’s a lie.)

The house exists and is a thing and has furniture and stuff inside of it. And on Saturday it had people (25 people, at one point) inside of it. It’s large enough that it never felt full during that time, even with simultaneous games happening in the living room (Nertz), dining room (Betrayal), basement (Agricola), and second-floor office (Bohnanza). We could have had another game going in the library too, probably. (Contrast that to our apartment where we hosted probably a dozen people last Carnival, and it felt so overfull that it was uncomfortable.)

(Not pictured: Dan, Yubin, Matt, Michael, Maja)

But I had a birthday party on Saturday, and a ton of people made it out, and it was awesome. Yubin made a post-birthday-song speech for me thanking everyone for coming out and put really nice words in my mouth. :) I’m super lucky and blessed to have so many friends and an awesome house to host them all in.

Anyway, house!

More photos are here.

I think the only pending thing at the house at this point is getting internet access and cleaning the bathroom (and getting a shower curtain for it). Otherwise it’s move-in ready… we actually spent the night there on both Friday and Saturday and it was fine other than having to come back to the apartment for showers.

Yay house. :D

House, work, Until Dawn, Powerball

It’s 5 AM and I can’t sleep for some reason, so here’s a general braindump of things from the last few days.

Our house is approaching usable and livable status! Keith needed a trip to Robinson last weekend, so we tagged along and used his car to buy 8 chairs and a TV stand at Ikea. Our living room couch and armchair also arrived, so we actually have furniture now, and it’s awesome. We spent the weekend building furniture and cleaning the place in preparation for my birthday party there this upcoming weekend, did our first load of laundry in the machines (which all work fine, albeit slowly and strangely since I guess they’re all fancy and have tons of modes and settings), and generally started bringing over things from the apartment.

Except that I got a call Sunday night from work that things were exploding. Apparently we managed to break API logins for many customers. It turned out to be a weird edge case that we hadn’t considered, and that had existed for years, but that was revealed now because we stopped doing fallback in a way we had previously. Lesson I guess is to always always always log when stuff is happening that you don’t expect to, and pull logs before deprecating code. (No matter how many times we do this I still get amazed at the weird things our customers sometimes do.)
That was an all-nighter mostly (with an hour or two of sleep between Sunday and Monday), so it was a rather unfortunate start to the week. At least the rest of the week has been quieter.

As previously reported, I acquired a PS4 for Rock Band and Guitar Hero recently. As part of the Black Friday deals, I also picked up a copy of Until Dawn, which plays out kind of like a visual novel but with more exploration and real-time reaction events. It’s actually ridiculously fun, even if my video gaming skills are super rusty from not having really gamed in like a decade. (Then again, I never did play actiony-type games anyway, preferring to stick to RPGs, so maybe I never had them in the first place.) Completed my first playthrough today and somehow managed to get everyone through without dying.

I still need to pick up a second guitar for Rock Band, but the $100 price tag is proving to be a psychological barrier. If I get that, the drum cymbals attachment, and a second mic (and mic stand), I’m going to be down nearly another $200, which seems like it would be better spent on several good board games, or a bunch of good DLC songs. Meh.

Also today, I bought a lottery ticket for the first time. The thrill of having a tiny shot at that ridiculous sum of $1.5 billion proved too alluring, but I was also hoping I’d at least win the cost of admission back by matching the powerball or a couple of numbers. But no such luck — between my manual pick and the QP ticket, I matched exactly zero of the final numbers. It’s just as well anyway… who needs nearly that kind of money?

Photo Firsts (Andrew, Ben, Shawn, Todd, Trisha, Harsimran)

Two posts in one day? What is this madness?

I added a bunch of Bay Area people to stats, so it’s time for more photo firsts. This seemed to make more sense as a separate post given how many new people there are.

First photo of Andrew T.

August 8, 2009 at Sharon and Charles’ housewarming party

First photo of Ben J.

Also August 8, 2009 at Sharon and Charles’ housewarming party

First photo of Shawn

May 9, 2009 at our apartment (along with Ally and other Mozilla people)

First photo of Todd

April 16, 2010 in the cluster

First photo of Trisha

June 27, 2008 at work before leaving for the 154 release party

First photo of Harsimran

June 27, 2008 at the 154 release party

This is the new year

It’s 2016! life‘s photojournal and stats pages have both been updated.

Hard to believe that it was an entire year ago that we sat in the living room drinking champagne out of reindeer cups to celebrate the new year. Seems like only a few months ago.

It’s been rather a crazy year. We went to 4 weddings this year, including our own (which we also spent most of the beginning of the year planning) and bought a house, and had various work changes and turmoil. I visited HQ three times (I think a new record for me?), spent an extended period of time with my parents, and bought my first mattress. I was also away from Pittsburgh for nearly all of December, which was its own bit of fun.

I spent the first week of the month in San Francisco for work, followed by a Phoenix trip, which was good. I stayed 2.5 weeks in Phoenix to try and see some high school people before Christmas, and it worked out somewhat? Got to see Pat, Vicki, and David, at least. (Also got to see Jennie and Schmiddy, which was less planned, but still awesome.)

More photos are at photos.

This past week has also been really hectic. We had a car for the week, so we went to all the places we couldn’t normally get to to buy things we couldn’t normally carry. Unfortunately, a lot of stuff didn’t go as expected. Ikea was sold out of the chairs we wanted, and wasn’t going to get more until tomorrow (Saturday), and the car was due back yesterday. Costco also had a couch we wanted, but we’d have no way to get it back other than renting a U-Haul, so we’re looking into other options that include shipping. Also generally we didn’t get as much cleaning done in the house as we would have liked, but that’s the way it goes?

Yesterday evening Akiva hosted a New Year’s party at William’s house (while William was out of town, which was rather amusing). It was nice having people to celebrate with.

The house is nearing move-in condition. We’ve cleaned almost all of the first-floor rooms and will continue trying to find furniture to fill them. We built the Ikea table and Target storage cubes we bought and put them in the appropriate rooms, and it’s nice to start having furniture. I think at this point we just need a bed frame for the mattress, and to clean the kitchen out so it’s usable, and it’s technically ready for us. Woo.