Continued to bum around feeling unhappy. Even though there are lots of wonderful people here whom I will miss enormously, I'm still itching to leave.
I dropped in on a DIG meeting. Afterwards, talked to Timbl about decentralisation and the future (or not?) of the Web; and listened to an interesting chat between Sandro and David Karger.
I had dinner at the new Cornish Pasty Co place with Liz and Beth.
I skipped out on the final W3C lunch because I was feeling crappy, but wish I hadn't. I did manage to run into Amy vdH, Wendy, Philippe, Dmitri, DanF, Nicola, and others, before the end of the week (which came early due to Thanksgiving) though.
I joined Ilaria's PhD student research group meeting, and ate Ilaria's delicious homemade risotto.
I had my PhD review meeting. Could have been better. I need a better idea of what my final conclusion is, and how to evaluate it.
Frustrating MBTA commuter rail experience as no ticket booths open late, no card transactions on board train, and no online sales, only an app that doesn't work on my phone.
But crisis averted as the staff practice (or at least did tonight) benevolent negligence: telling you sternly that you need to get off at the next stop if you can't pony up enough cash or figure out how to install the app, and that they'll be back to check on you in a minute.... and then never returning.
Today set out to be a quiet day of working/procrastinating from home, then a flurry of last minute plans and serendipity meant I got to meet people I previously only knew of online, and have some good conversations that will lead to future exciting work and travel related things. Sweet!
At short notice, my roommate Liz invited me sailing on the Charles. When we got there there were no boats available, but some friendly strangers had space in theirs and picked us up. One of those strangers happened to be Nate, whose Microsoft Research blog posts I'd read this summer and who had been twitter-introduced to me a couple of months ago by our mutual friend Doc. I'd been meaning to follow up and find time to meet up with him. After about 15 minutes of chatting with him and his friends in their boat, I realised who I was talking to. What are the odds?! Nate's research is relevant to mine, and he recommended a seminar group I should attend; bumping into him this way was an incredible stroke of luck!
Earlier today I learned that Shane is in town for a couple of days as part of a roadtrip around the US, so I met him and Morgan for dinner, and we talked indieweb, travel and vegan food for a few hours. And I might now have exciting and exotic christmas plans as a result.
My first 'real job'! Perpetually felt like a tent because they only sell plus-size clothes and we had to wear merchandise as our 'uniforms'. Traded favours with friends/my mum to come in and buy the shop magazine so I could meet weekly targets. The most fun thing to do was keep records of lowest-net-income days. The winner was a day when the only transaction I carried out was a refund.
Started as part of the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme, and just didn't leave; spent Wednesday and Saturday afternoons selling used stuff, keeping the shop tidy and being sweet to old people. Sometimes I wrote short stories on tissue paper.
Someone trusted me to teach 4-8 year olds to swim. For a while my sister taught the next group up, so a fun game was graduating the really annoying kids asap. Sometimes she'd move them back down again.